Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk

Beer: Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Belgian IPA
ABV: 5.7%


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Mug
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.

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