Spencer Trappist ‘Monks’ IPA


“Our slightly hazy IPA made in small batches each month to ensure freshness. It is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops. It is a very drinkable IPA at only 30 IBUs.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Golden amber with a soft haze. Healthy two finger head which retains and makes a mess of the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: Not what we were expecting! Coming from a Trappist brewery we were thinking old world style with Euro hops but no it’s the opposite…jam packed with orange citrus, ruby grapefruit, tropical and stone fruits, dank and weedy herbals, pine resin, light florals and pithy citrus rind. Bit of a sticky semi sweet malt structure. Pleasantly surprised.

Flavour: Much more malt-driven but a hop bitterness really develops. Still got a tonne of sweet and at times pithy orange citrus, pine resin and herbals with a touch of stewy stonefruit and tropical fruits here and there. Definitely pick up the sweet and almost syrupy malt profile but this aggressive bitterness really cleans it all up. Very bitter finish which lingers.

Mouthfeel: Dry and fairly bitter for 30 IBU. Medium body and Co2. 6.3% ABV is well placed.

Overall: Absolutely love the aroma but the balance in flavour is a little skewed. It’s a slight palate-wrecker in the end. Not a bad drop though.