RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Grumpy Monk is a Belgian IPA. The long held brewing traditions of Belgian monks arent meant to be broken. Yet, to the monks dismay, the distinctive character of Belgian yeast with its spicy clove and fruit notes can be reimagined when combined with the brazen hop character of an IPA. These hops impart a citrusy, piney, and earthy flavor thats balanced by a roasted malt sweetness for a complex and playful brew.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thetmaxx (913) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Poured from the ipa pack. Aroma was pleasant, noble hops and Belgium type aroma comes through. Flavor is nicely balanced with malt and bitterness. Very impressive beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoesefat (365) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Doughy aroma. Looks clear copper, good creamy head. Not too bitter or sour, a good mixture of flavors to make up this IPA! Light body, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (3121) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Kinda wheaty, kinda yeasty, kinda hoppy. Interesting experiment but doesnt do that much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wolfenkopf (193) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
The aroma is hoppy, lemony and hints at a strong, sweet floral content. It promises much. The brew is a golden brown that is close to amber. The head is an off-white, sudsy element that settles down after a few minutes, but never disappears. The taste is an unmistakable Belgian wheat with hop mixture that is surprising at first. I simply did not expect it to be right on, but it is. There is a carbonation burn to it, but it is minor. What sticks with you is the aftertaste of the Belgian wheat, which is to be expected. Overall, the palate is treated well. This is a very nicely done Belgian IPA. Good job, gents!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrownALEx (453) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Burnt orange pour that ends with a nice white head. Smells of yeast, banana and bread. Taste is all of the above along with an earthy hoppiness. Palate is medium bodied that starts slightly sweet and ends with nice bitterness. This beer has rather nice lacing. Overall not a bad beer but I could see myself forgetting about it soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (6947) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Draft @ Holy Grail, Epping, NH on 9 March 2013. Standard pint shows a golden color with an orange hue. Think head that had some retention. After it warms I pick out light yeast and a light Fruit. The initial flavor starts with light sweet fruit. Must be the yeast. Secondary, mildly bitter with citrus hops and some mild pepper. Medium in body, oily / slick texture with average carbonation. Overall, not a bad choice on draft but I certainly wouldnt look for it in a bottle. This brew happened to be my 100th rating in the Standard IPA style!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1806) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Clear copper with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Strong yeasty spicy aroma with hints of citrus. Taste is strong clove with banana, bread, and yeast. Faint citrus in the background. Thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Wheat bananay hefeweizen taste combined with a light to medium hopped IPA. Enough of both styles in the taste to make it a reasonable example of either with a slight twist. I?ve always liked the way a banana-taste centric hefe reacts with a significant amount of hops on the tongue- to the point where I even had positive feelings toward the old Michelob Hop Hound seasonal (Which didn?t have nearly enough hops). Very smooth and refreshing, would work well as a summer seasonal (Though they?d probably need a new name and labeling aesthetic). Note to Saranac: if you clone this, don?t include actual banana, the banana-*like* taste cones from the wheat. I feel the need to mention this because I once had a Caramel Porter from them that had actual caramel and toffee in it, as though they weren?t aware that the caramel in caramel porter typically refers to a type of barley malt- needless to say, that beer was horrific. The beer this review is about is excellent, though. :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2013
The brite amber to orange color that is almost perfectly clear is very appealing but it was lacking that great Belgian fluffy head. Aroma is pleasant fill with malty and floral notes. A easy drinking ipa with a nice clean finsh. A beer I could see being a year round go to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (1807) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Orange pour, small white head. Aroma is spices, lemon, and citrusy hops. Flavor is quite hoppy with some interesting spiciness... but a little off. Not sure why.

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