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Green Monsta Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Green Monsta AleGreen Monsta Ale

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133 Reviews
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Reviews: 133
Hads: 157
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer has been replace by their Green Monsta IPA.
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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 157
Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells crisp and malty, with large toasted grain and brown sugar aromas, as well as a hint of hops.

On the tongue, the malt reigns large and immediate, coming on in waves of toasted grains that are heavily reminiscent of Grape Nuts cereal, with a distinct thread of pine, as well as caramels. Light hints of fruit esters accompany these malts, including apple and apricot notes. The hops are present from the beginning, but come through more strongly midstream as the malts fade off, and the ale finishes with a nice bitter grapefruit aftertaste. Carbonation seems to be slightly heavy, providing a nice fizz.

Overall, the flavors in this ale mingle well together, and while they are on the medium to medium-light side, enough attention has been paid to balance to make this an easily-drinkable, good quality ale. Perfect summer or bar fare, as well as being a far higher-grade alternative to Budweisers.

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Photo of armock
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to stearns16 for throwing this in a trade.

A - Poured a light copper color with a thin white head that leaves spotty lacing behind

S - Is of bready malt with some funky hops

T - Starts off malty then the hops bitter things up but the overall taste isn't that good

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - While this isn't a complete drain pour the flavor profile just doesn't make it enjoyable glad I had the chance to give it a try but ones enough

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of my buddies had a few of the old Green Monstas lying in the fridge so I decided to get the new IPA version of the beer and compare. Have had this before and did not like it much but hey, just trying to make it interesting.

A-Pale orange in color. A bit murky too. Head rises then lazily falls. Decent lacing.

S-Malty sweetness with some lingering hoppy notes. Leans more toward the malty side than the hoppy side. Not dynamic by any means.

T-Very mild hop flavor is overshadowed by the malts. A bit too sweet, and the hops that are detectable are pretty lame here. Not too much to describe.

M-Medium body. Kind of a slick icky feel that I am not too fond of (probably because I don't care for the taste much).

O/D-Glad the IPA version killed and replaced this one and I didn't love the IPA much. Not my style. Just nothing I would ever drink again. The new Green Monsta wins.

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Photo of busterthecat
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best by: june 2011

A- Pours a mostly golden color with some orange hue. Light head with large carbonation bubbles. No lacing.

S- A light cereal grain aroma. Some very faint citrus and grassy hops. Very light all around.

T- Light overall. Sweet bready malt with some caramel tone. A faint hop bitterness. No real direction. Finish and after taste is a somewhat unpleasant bitter grass taste.

M- Light, pings, mildly drying. The finish that lingers is poor.

D/O- For a beer of 6.4% I would expect much more. everything was light and didn't meld well. This is gonna meet the sink.

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Photo of Brad007
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber color with a two-finger head into my glass.

Grassy hops followed by bready malt. Very hop forward.

Taste is very interesting with a strong taste of bread dough followed by lightly grassy hops.

Like chewing on a piece of bread. Flavorful. Easy to enjoy.

Love this pale ale. Worthy of the name too!

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Photo of rdpoint
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely, light golden with a small head that dissipates quickly, and not much on the carbonation side.

Smell is slightly hoppy with some carmel overtones

Taste is like a party of deliciousness. Nice floral start that quickly turns hoppy to a slightly carmel finish. Excellent taste overall.

This is a very easy beer to drink, and an above average APA, maybe a little on the sweet side but you'll set down your glass, go to pick it back up and wonder who drank you beer kind of good.

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Photo of BavariaYeti
2.34/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer always seems to excite me with the name, but it always definitively disappoints me with the first taste. I hope more from a New England brewer of this scale, but again it disappoints.
It's taken a few times to learn my lesson, but I will not sample again from my hometown local brew house.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a very light orange tone with hints of yellow. One finger off white head rises moderately quickly and then recedes leaving patchy traces.

S: Light aromas of crackers and wheat bread with just a touch of aromatic hops mixed in there.

T: Moderate malts mix with moderate hops. Slices of bread, cereal, touches of pine, but just at the edge.

M: Light to medium bodied, quenching, finishing a bit dry.

D: I really wanted this beer to be hit out of the park right on to Landsdowne, instead it bounces off the wall and the runner is out trying to make it to second. It's a nice little pale ale, but nothing spectacular. Not bad for its kitsch value to drink with a few friends.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of thick eggshell-white head. This retains with a think creaminess that flares up nicely and throws a robust cascade of sticky lacing up on the sides of the glass. Nice look. The aroma is grassy, herbal, and citric smelling, with some tropical fruits giving off sugars that mesh well wit the bready flavors of the malt.

The taste is mostly bitter with grapefruit and a touch of pine, which is quickly tempered by those same softer sugary fruit notes from the nose and the toasted sweetness of the malts. The finish is dry and bitter, with lingering notes of citrus peel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and while initially sharp on the tongue; this becomes more bubbly and creamy feeling as the liquid hits the back of the palate.

This was just OK, with hops and malt being in harmony for the most part but this ultimately just didn't leave much of an impression on me. I will say that the 6% body does flow pretty nicely for the size and this did drink rather decently with my dinner. I just don't see myself needing another one though.

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Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my harpoon IPA glass. It poured a murky, dark amber/slight orange color with a rocky and frothy white head to it. Good head retention and decent lacing.

The aroma is pretty sweet but also hoppy. It definitely has a malty sweetness to it with a bit of a toffee and caramel flavor coming through. The hops come through with more of an earthy, grassy flavor.

The taste shows more of the malty, toffee, caramel notes to it throughout the flavor. The hops come through with a bit of lemony citrus as well as the grassy, earthy notes. The malt is definitely more the focus here compared to an American Pale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little below average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malty flavors to it, but still managed to feel pretty light and easy drinking. The hops helped balance it out some and aided the drinkability. A very flavorful beer relative to the abv% and style, and one that I enjoyed a lot.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light orange with a huge creamy white head with great retention. A ton of lace sticks all over my pint glass.

S- Not a whole lot going on. Caramel malt comes to mind up front with slight nutty notes behind it. A bit of earthy hop hints. Grains.

T- Big caramel and nutty malt up front with a good amount of bready yeast hints. Earthy, mild-end hops round out a balanced, laid-back flavor.

MF- My favorite part of this one. Light body that is nice and creamy. The carbonation is on the lower end for a pale ale but works nicely with the flavor. Slight bitter finish.

DB- A nice laid-back pale ale with English Malt influence and a mild hop profile. Balanced and smooth, a nice surprise for a random shelf grab.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
1.99/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a golden/ slightly amber color with a small amount of head

S: Very sweet smelling brew with something slightly earth to it almost like fresh cut grass

T: Very sweet tasting brew that is slightly off putting, does finish with a slight hop flavor however that is quite nice

M: Nice strong tingle and almost feels slightly thick on the tongue, leaves a sweet taste on the back of the pallet

D: The brew is very sweet and also somehow has a thick element to it

Overall, not a big fan of this brew, its just too sweet and the earthy scent is quite offputting. Most likely will never consider or recommend this brew, there are better pale ales out there for sure

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Photo of silentjay
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a tiny bit hazy copper color with a fluffy off-white head that grows to two fingers, recedes slowly, and laces ok.

a lot of biscuity, doughy malt and some floral hops.

taste mirrors the nose. a lot of biscuity, doughy malt and some floral hops. there is also a pronounced booze presence, and a bitter (though not terribly pleasing) finish. some fruits and some woody earthiness can also be detected.

pretty light/medium bodied with too much prickly carbonation, but some decent oily hop resin left behind.

drinks average. not good enough to please us uber-geeks, but not approachable enough to be chugged by the masses. I have always been confused as to what they were trying to accomplish with this beer. They marketed it as a big, boozy beer but the bottled version clocks in barely above average. just average all around, if that.

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Photo of belgiumbud
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer out of a 12 oz. bottle while visiting the Cape Cod area...

Nice medium dark amber color

Not much aroma emanating from this beer...decent slightly yellowish white head

Nothing really stands out as far as flavor is concerned with this brew...but otherwise this beer was very smooth considering its final gravity

Always like to try new, regional brews when visiting different areas of the country...Beer was average at best but it did the trick when playing Polish Horse Shoes this fine, humid Cape Cod evening

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Photo of yesyouam
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wachusett Green Monsta is a hazy golden ale with a soft, dense, white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a grassy aroma that seems a little cheesy. It's pretty light bodied, lively and pretty smooth. The finish is kind of sloppy-- a little watery and a little chalky. It's amply bittered and flavored very simply with the taste of light grain and a leafy bitterness. It would call this a run-of-the-mill pale ale.

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Photo of DrJay
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange/amber colour with a thin cap of fine beige bubbles and a sturdy collar of soapy bubbles. Sticky lace, decent head retention. Interesting aroma. Fruity hops, light citrus, strawberry, earthy, caramel. Moderate bitterness with thin hop flavour, caramel and biscuit sweetness, a bit fruity, slight grassiness. Lingering bitterness and caramel. Medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation, fairly dry. Not a bad beer overall, but it didn't really keep my interest either.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this when I mixed a sixer for Memorial Day 2010...

A: Medium golden honey look. Very transparent. 1 inch whitre head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Oaky raisin upfront. Just dark roasty fruits, that's all I get. Hints of brown sugar. Eh.

T: Thick earthy brown sugar hops upfront. Dry in the middle with watery on the backend. Nothing special.

M: Carbonation blend is a little over powering. Decent.

D: Goes down decent after the hops get down. Good.

All in all, very forgettable. That's the first word that comes to mind when I sip this one. Maybe ok for a session beer, but nothing else. Not worth your effort.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a light golden yellow that is quite clear. The head is white, tight and bubbly. There is some retention with a spotty thin lace across the glass

S-notes of wild rice and rye up front. Light toasted biscuit and a touch of caramel. Hint of hop presence underneath but so faint.

T-the taste is very light, a smoked wood with notes of charcoal up front. The toasted biscuit lies in the middle accompanied by notes of caramel maltiness. A faint grassy hop presence in the back.

M-light body highly carbonated and crisp finish. Smooth feel and a little dry in the back.

D-this is extremely light in flavor and not a lot happening. There isn't really anything wrong with this but it is just so light and faint in flavor profile especially for a strong ale.

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Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from TheManiacalOne, thank you for letting try it. Poured into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A rock solid foamy and creamy head that is ivory in color. The color of the beer is medium amber with orange copper highlight. The clarity of the beer is cloudy. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich malty aroma with note of biscuit, toast, and yeast. There also notes of pine, citrus, and wood. In the background of the beer there is subtle note of phenols and solvents.

Taste: Robust malty flavor that has characters of biscuit, toast, and bread. There are solid notes of pine, citrus, wood, solvent, and solvents.

The mouth feel of the beer is warm, thick, carbonated, and rich.

Overall. The body of the beer is medium and slightly chewy. The finish is medium full. This is good beer it seems to me that is straddling between a pale ale and strong ale. The beer is good none the less.

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Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Medium gold and very cloudy.
S- Light floral smell, really not much of one.
T- Dry with a small bitter hop bite.
MD-Not really to much this. I didn't realize this beer was considered a Stong ale and that the ABV is 7.3. It sure hides that well. Tastes like an easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a trade to get my full of my west coast self out of the clouds and try something new. I didn't know what to expect with this strong ale, but was pleasantly surprised.
A - clean light copper. S - dry hoppy. T - i liked the bitter, as opposed to the typical malty strong ale to cover the booze. M/D - pretty unique beer, a lot going on, hoppy, dry, but tangy malty finish, good stuff.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Fins Raw Bar pint glass.

A: Poured a ruddy, hazy golden amber color with muddled clarity and a one-finger thick, creamy head of off-white foam. Carbonation is spare and lacing is light.

S: Smells warm and fruity, with hints of vanilla and honey amongst the light citrus zest and floral notes.

T: Flavor is a creamy, fruity malt blend at first, with roasted caramel, toffee and buttercream lending a smoothness to the profile. As this is sitting at the forepalate, herbal, sticky hops rush to the back. A modest amount of ethyl alcohol burn is mixed with the bitter, clingy finish.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, creamy and mellow at first, then picks up some acrid streaks from the alcohol and hop profile.

D: At first smell and taste, I banked this 7.3% ABV strong ale to be a dangerous session brew. However, I wouldn't call it a DIPA or even particularly great strong ale. The hop addition is unique, but maybe wasn't executed in exactly the right way. A decent strong ale with an assertive hop character, even if it doesn't jive as well as it could with the fruity, smooth malts.

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Photo of mikereaser
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 10/30/09.

A - Pours a hazy light copper color with just a light layer of bubbles on the surface

S - a bit of malt and grains along with a light citrus aroma

T - a bit bitter, a bit of citrus, some piney hops, but an overall balanced beer with a slightly bitter finish

M/D - a bit overcarbonated, medium mouthfeel, a bit bitter finish for me keeps me from wanting another

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hoppy beer, yet not a double IPA. Restrained hops,caramel, though bitter, I did not quite enjoy the bitterness all that much and found it one dimensional, ideas not working. A little head on medium yellow. Mild hoppy aroma. A tad above medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of dan4th
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Described by server as American Pale Ale, I was surprised at the tempting looking amber color of this beer. Mouthfeel is where I really feel like this beer wins, being silky, almost soapy, for something with this much hoppy flavor. Very well balanced, and drinkable. A solid bar food companion, but probably not something I'd keep at home.

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Green Monsta Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.