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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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (11020) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottles from half a dozen places. Pours clear medium copper with 1-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, orange marmalade, somewhat sweet, with peppery dusty yeasty floral esters. Tastes funky, yeast, sweet, with notes of florals, hops, mango, orange marm, and a sweet somewhat cloying finish with some tannins and a finish that reminds me of Boston Ale, whch you don’t see much anymore. This one makes me grumpy, because it is formulaic, you can taste the preservatives, and I need Jim Koch to really kick it up a notch.


3.4
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2017
Ogle. Amber beer with a cream head. Spice and grapefruit aroma. Yeast and spice flavor with grapefruit and light pine. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Yeast and grapefruit liners with light spice and light pine.

3.4
Spab (4069) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
Growler from Summerhill LCBO. Pours a clear orange/amber colour with average-sized off-white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, tropical fruit, light toast and spice. Flavour is more Belgian than IPA with fruity Belgian yeast, some modest tropical fruit hoppiness, gently toasted graininess and a bit of clove. Average body. Solid.

3.4
Sammy (12725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2016
creamy mouthfeel. more belgian yeast than anything. caramel. on tap at summerhill.

3
alexsdad06 (10784) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2016
12 oz bottle from notes. Pours a clear orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale malts, caramel, some Belgian yeast, light spice, citrus, but some medicinal character distracts.

3.8
Cajun (541) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle - Pours amber white head. Spicy, over-ripened fruit, raisins....but with a bite of citrus. Hoppy, but fruity and flavorful. Bananas, cloves... but with that dry smack in the finish. Complex. I really enjoyed this one.

3.5
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a clear golden yellow w/fizzy head. Aromas of fruity hops and citrus. Smooth hoppy taste with citrus and pine tail.

3.1
GarrettB (1656) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2016
May 3rd, 2014 - The joke here is what makes the Monk Grumpy is the empty steiner, but I doubly appreciate the artist’s rendering of the monk, his chin mirroring the brother’s paunch, and a scathing eye looking for something to denounce or complain about. Like the sub-reddit of "Monks pointing at things", this puts me in the mood for a yeasty, tasty and semi-sweet beer. And this Grumpy Monk delivers, in some aspect. The nose is very sweet, with peach and pear juice, and even lemonade, to the extent that the aroma smells like a Belgian ale mixed with a shandy - a monstrosity no doubt concocted at a golf course somewhere on a hot day. The flavor is sweet, too, though not as much as the aroma. And like many beers from Sam Adams, I feel that the carbonation is too aggressive and pushy. It has some malt character and a bit of a hop twang, whereas the yeast ropes in peach and strawberry. But all these flavors feel very out of alignment, the balance very askew and mashed together.

3.4
coachd (929) - Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Smells of Belgian yeast with an IPA twist. The taste is more IPA than Belgian but it is a good mix. This deserves a fair rating. Not all macrobrews are horrible. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
IslandHaole (1299) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2016
Clear light Amber color with beige head. Mild banana, yeast and citrus peel. Bitter but has the unusual yeast that IMO, distracts rather than compliments the hops. Not a fan of this mixture of two styles that I enjoy on their own.

3.9
Aggiebob (1293) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle. Amber with a cream colored head and lacing. Aroma spices, fruitiness and malts. The taste also had some pine in it. A very tasty Belgian ale.


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