313. Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk

This is another IPA that was part of Samuel Adams Hop-ology. So far I am not too impressed. Grumpy Monk is the Belgian IPA included in the variety pack.

Appearance is OK, nice orange color with thin white head. Minimal lacing left on the glass not a very impressive start. Same goes for the aroma which is minimal with some light malt and a bit of banana, citrus hop. Have to get your nose almost in the beer before picking up anything so again not too impressed with this. Taste is a little better as you get a fair amount of malt flavor but minimal hops which is why most people buy IPAs. Beer goes down easy and with a relatively low 5.7% ABV and 188 calories it is certainly drinkable just not something I would seek out. 
Cons: Not a lot of hops
Alcohol Content: 5.7% ABV
Calories: 188
IBU (Bitterness): 55
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: The long held brewing traditions of Belgian monks aren’t 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 that’s balanced by a roasted malt sweetness for a complex and playful brew.Our inspiration for this brew began with the idea of taking some of the elements we loved about IPAs, with their citrusy, piney character, and seeing what happened when we combined it with other style influences.  In our travels to Belgium we fell in love with the complex character of their distinctive yeasts with their spicy and fruity quality.  This wasn’t an obvious fit with the hop character of an IPA but we had to give it a shot.  The trick was in finding the balance of these flavors.  The result is golden ale with layers of complex flavor from apricot and clove, to a cereal maltiness, and a citrusy hop finish.

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