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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Grumpy Monk is a Belgian IPA. The long held brewing traditions of Belgian monks aren’t meant to be broken. Yet, to the monk’s 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 that’s balanced by a roasted malt sweetness for a complex and playful brew.

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3.5
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Amber in color with a rocky white head. Strong Belgian influence on this one with lots of clove and spice notes. A bit yeasty with some floral and fruity hops, particularly citrus peel. Some banana, too. The flavor is more bitter than expected, but still fairly bready. Citrus peel, pine, and floral notes give a nice hoppy character. Spice and yeast are evident, as is some malt sweetness.

3.3
pras (602) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle Pour by Jim Koch himself at Savor (that guy is the man!). Hard to remember, except that I was not overly impressed with this beer. Maybe my palate was shot at this point, who knows. Probably would try again.

3.4
nuplastikk (6452) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2012
12oz bottles. Filtered orange tan, frothy off-white head. Sweet sugary, hop resin aroma, pretty nice. An interesting beer, the big sugary sweetness doesn’t quite match up to the moderate ABV. A pretty decent offering overall, I’d be pleased with this at a brewpub. The tastes are sort of streamlined, offering a cleanish, standardized version of the style. Good all around, hard to find any real faults, just sort of regular too.

3.6
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Dark gold with white head...poured by Jim Koch himself! I don’t think it’s an IPA, belgian ale more like it, but I do think it was pretty good. Big mouthfeel and thick, with a lot of spice and sweetness.

3.4
Hangover (1142) - oxford, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Dark golden pour with a huge white head. Aroma faint, with yeast and bread notes. Mouthfeel is nice, medium carbonation. Flavor has more of tthe grain/bread/dough maltiness with a little bit of citrus on the back end. A bit peppery and spicy on the back end. Not too far from the description. It’s ok... a bit different. A bit astringent but definitely drinkable.

3.2
arone12 (932) - Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Pours a golden orange color. Smells and tastes Belgiany. Has some bitterness in the finish. Decent brew.

3.3
Onionkid (390) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle. Aroma is of yeast and malt. Taste is very yeasty with a slight IPA bite at the end. Very good mix, like these belgian/ipa mixes. 5.7% abv.

3
Porterguy41 (28) - - JUN 8, 2012
poured into a english pint glass, aroma vary light, app thick foamy head,taste banana & hops, palate light body, thin feel, lively, with abitter finish. overall a good brew.

3.1
jatman1988 (9) - - JUN 8, 2012 does not count
Pours a lightly burnt orange, with fluffy white head that quickly dissapated. bannana aroma with a slight pineyness. tastes like a fairly hoppy belgian...not quite an IPA though. smooth mouth feel. Wish it had more intense hop bitterness and more belgian fruityness. just a little weaker than I was expecting. A good beer to introduce someone to belgian IPAs.

3.4
radio_nowhere (1474) - Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2012
12oz bottle in the Samuel Adams IPA Hop-Ology pack. Pours a light copper color with off-white head. Aroma of pine, some Belgian yeast and spice. Taste is some fruit, malt and some hoppiness. Finished with a mild bitterness. Nice balanced beer, cool name too.


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