Beer: Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Belgian IPA
Serving Style: Bottle
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear amber body with a sticky, bubbly beige head that retains half an inch and leaves a thick coat of lacing.
Smell: Like a Tripel: notes of Tripel yeast, banana, and cloves. It’s bready and doughy, with a light floral hop.
Flavor: Slight but not aggressive hop bitterness, with a pleasant clove and biscuit notes. The first sip is a grassy floral hop, but it mellows out to a Tripel taste, which underlies the entire flavor. The hops comes back, but the final note is yeast.
Feel: Not overly carbonated, with a medium body that holds the flavor well.
Concluding Remark: The Grumpy Monk is one of six IPAs in Samuel Adams’s Hopology variety pack. A Belgian-style IPA, inspired by the ales brewed by Belgian monks, the Grumpy Monk is quite complex and downright delicious. An unexpectedly excellent combination of a Belgian ale and an IPA, I’d say.
Unfortunately the Grumpy Monk is available exclusively in the variety pack; but look for reviews of the other Sam Adams IPAs later this month–maybe you’ll want a 12-pack for yourself.