Green Monsta IPA - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Green Monsta IPAGreen Monsta IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

485 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 10
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-04-2011

An All-American yeast teams up with Cascade, Amarillo, & Centennial for a home run of hops in every sip.
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Ratings: 485 | Reviews: 86
Photo of lizzlethenurse
4.51/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all-time favorite beers! A light golden brown color and often pours with quite a bit of head, which tends to stick around for awhile as I drink it (which I do find a tad bit annoying!). The smell isn't particularly distinguishing or intense, but there is a light citrus-like smell to it combined with hoppiness that predominates.

It's incredibly refreshing and practically bursting with hops when you drink it, yet balanced enough so that it isn't overpowering. You can taste a slight citrus flavor as well to match the smell. It is quite carbonated, which in some cases can adversely affect the flavor of beers - however, in this particular case, the amount of carbonation seems to only compliment the flavor. There is pretty much no aftertaste other than a slight "crispness" from the carbonation and hops, which I love (I very much dislike flavors that linger for too long in the mouth).

The taste is consistent despite the temperature of the beer, which I find refreshingly wonderful. I could drink this during any season, but I'd say it's more of a summer/early fall-type beer due to its refreshing and light, yet very flavorful, quality.

Even better that it's called "Green Monsta." Go Sox! :)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 5/15/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty but thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus fruits and a little caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, not sure what caused Wachusett to re-create the Green Monsta recipe, but this beer is a very nice choice to drink for a whole evening.

Photo of fx20736
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought as part of 12 pack from Burlington (MA) Wines & Spirits on 4/18/14. Poured into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

appearance: hazy medium amber, offwhite head, nice lacing.

smell: nice moderate blend of pine/ eucalyptus and peach/ papaya.

taste: restrained piney hop bitterness with some bittersweet fruit like pineapple or peach on top of a thick bed of malt.

mouthfeel: solid, good.

overall: nicely balanced blend of malt & hops with fruit and evergreen also balanced. Easy drinking and pleasant.

Photo of JTHardy10
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A terrific east coast IPA. Extremely drinkable and medium-bodied. When I introduce people to IPAs this would be one of the first I have them try.

Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (TM) owes big ups and major props to Dennho for noticing that I had added this beer to my Wants/Wish List and then CANtacting me to verify my shipping address to send me a couple. One went to my local, in-person trader, tone77, last night and it looks like I have beaten him to the punch in terms of getting my review in.

From the CAN: "Unfiltered Ameri[CAN] India Pale Ale"; "Pack It In, Pack It Out."; "100% Endlessly Recyclable Aluminum C[AN]"; "Enjoy With Friends [undersigned] Mel Kevin Quincy [(?)]".

First of all, having spent a good deal of time in Boston, the name should have an "h" appended to it so that it will really capture the down east accent, ie. "Monstah". Secondly, the Crack and Glug made me realize just how much I would miss them if we went to the 360 degree CAN that Sly Fox is now promoting. I was going with the inverted pour until the head began to foam up to the point that I had to back off. The scent of pine was so strong that I thought that someone had perhaps left a car's air freshener in my kitchen. When all was said and done, I had a dense, rocky finger of tawny head with great retention in the face of today's humidity. It has been unseasonably cool up until now and suddenly it is as humid as July. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy orangish-amber. Leaning in, I really caught a whiff of the grapefruit odor accompanying the pine scent and simultaneously, my mouth began to water and I emitted a terrific sneeze! I love when that happens. I could wait no longer and got a big mouthful rolling around on my tongue. Mouthfeel was medium and the pine and grapefruit flavors not only commingled but were joined by a caramel sweetness from the malt. If they truly sell this at Fenway Park, it is time for me to make another visit. Finish was dry, very dry, like alum and I was sweating like a junkie awaiting his next fix. The lacing that had begun to appear was going to require the pneumatic drill that I keep out back for just such instances to remove. Well done, you Wachusett boys!

Photo of greenengineer
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle into my Notch 0.5l glass. Served cool - warmed up from the fridge under the tap for a couple minutes

A - bronze, clear - not cloudy foamy head from CO2 carbonation
S - Nice hops, hints of malt
T - hop bitterness but with a nice malt balance. Really nice.
M - a little bit of chewiness.
O - Good IPA. Tell me how this is different than their regular IPA?

Photo of ppoitras
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on cask at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Arrived in a pint glass with a 1" off-white head over the cloudy coppery blonde brew. Tons of lace, with a long-lasting head. Nose is prominently spicy hops.

Taste begins lightly sweet upfront, with piney bitterness in the middle, which continues through the slightly chalky close. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth, and oh-so drinkable. Would have this on cask again, no hesitation.

Photo of stevensd19
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had many of these ever since I found them in 12 packs in cans. Found fairly priced at $13 - $15 for 12 pack. Poured into glass is best, but by the pool or in a cooler the cans are ideal. This ale really surprised me, I find the balance of hops and malt very well done. It comes across more crisp and refreshing than many other IPAs so great for warm weather. I remember having it last year and it was just okay, not sure if they changed the recipe, but seems much better this year... or could it be that the Sox sucked last year and it tainted my taste buds? ha! As the Sox continue to win in 2013 it makes it taste all the better to enjoy during a Sox victory... btw, more for us as you never have to worry about any Yanks fans buying it...

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A self mixed 6 pack, this was a single bottle.

A: Rust color, with 2 finger head, that lingers on for a long time.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and slight hop presence, very pleasant

T: Citrus, grapefruit, hop presence, with hint of carbonation

M: Medium body, hint of carbonation, slight bitterness

O: Very nice IPA, enjoyable, would have again

Photo of jSehnert
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange copper color pouring a solid head. Smell of malt with some earthy hops.
Taste the malt with good bitter balance. Finishes dry.
Like this beer for it's apparent maltiness and hop balance, tastes bigger than it's 6% abv.
No strong flavor hops , might classify as a British style. Will have more !

Photo of Totalpackage411
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good IPA, had it while in Boston, pretty standard IPA.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright orange with a big, frothy, white head that has great retention

S - faint citrus, piny

T - piny, grapefruit, faint caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a rather simple but effective IPA. It has a decent hop character though not deep and has a nice balanced, rounded overall flavor. This is an IPA that I could sit back and drink for a long while. It's worth a try.

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

This is an awesome session IPA...THEY GO DOWN NICE..with that quality texture ...I can bang these babies all night!!!....just enuff hop with that grapefruit pop!!!!....Is it as good as the elite IPA's??? ...Hell no!!!! , not too far way though,...But you get MORE VALUE!!!....

Photo of illpass78
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, thick orange and with a big, pillowy white head that sticks around for a long time. Leaves a tons of sticky lacing down the side of the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Pine, apricot, citrus, a little tiny bit of clove, and some lemon are all present.

Taste: This is a tasty, citrusy, hoppy IPA. It's approachable and drinkable and packs a ton of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate for an IPA. Not so easy that it's boring - there's plenty to keep you interested - but it's very easy drinking for a beer with this hop profile.

Overall: Very nice IPA from those central Massholes. It's not quite as good as their Larry, but it's a damned worthy IPA.

Photo of rorjets
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a six of Wachusett 'Green Monsta' IPA up in Massachusetts recently. The name is an obvious referral to the Left Field Wall at Fenway Park. Poured from the bottle into an IPA appropriate glass, this brew has a thick, cream colored head, with nice lacing as the beer is quaffed. The body is a deep amber color. The aroma is quite enticing, reminding me of a walk in the hemlock ravines of the Berkshire mountains nearby. The first sip revealed a great balance between the citrus notes and bitterness of the hops, which are identified on the label as Cascade, Amarillo, & Centennial. The 6.1% abv is barely noticed. Overall a deeelicious west coast style IPA that I would be happy to drink again!

Photo of salzar
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden-copper. pours with minimal to no head,minor lacing in the glass. Big dry hop aroma. Big dry hop taste.Taste and smells like raw cascade hops. smooth and easy drinking with no astringincy in the back of the mouth. For a random can at a bar would defintly drink again.

Photo of hail_seitan
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed directly from can.

A - Can't really tell from the can, but looks to be a pale yellow color.

S - Very floral and earthy, with hemp, dandelion, and a bit of tropical melon.

T - Actually less potent than the scent. First grassy, spicy, hop flavors. Then a wave of malt sweetness followed by a touch of tropical melon and citrus flavors. The finish is fairly dry and bitter.

M - A very lively carbonation lifts up a medium, semi-creamy body.

O - While there is nothing exceptional about this beer, there is also nothing at all off-putting about it either. It seems content not to swing for the fences, but still succeeds overall. It is an enjoyable sumertime IPA to have while camping, fishing, or, as the name suggests, watching a baseball game.

Photo of BigCheese
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a mix 12 pack

A: amber copper hazy, nice tan head, some lacing but not a ton.

S: some cascade and centennial hops, pine and some citrus. Weak aroma overall.

T: taste packs more punch. I get an initial wave of mango, passion fruit, pineapple and tropical fruits. . Some honey malt is present to. Also some bready English ale yeast. Finishes with some floral hops and pine. Clean finish. Quite good. Legit hop character

M: slightly chewy but light, medium carbonation, quite sessionable. A tad watery.

O: pretty legit ipa. Better than many other local offerings. Nice tropical hop profile, with decent malt back one. Really solid option and great for the price, would love to try on tap, maybe next time I'm at fenway.

Photo of Nikxed58
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this as part of a sampler pack from a beer mailing club. Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a beautiful copper color with a nice light tan head that stays for a few minutes. It's long enough to really enjoy looking at the beer.

S - smells of citrus and lots of hops (obviously)

T - tastes of light citrus (mostly grapefruit) and spices. The hoppy bitterness is prevalent throughout each sip, and the after taste is of only hops.

M - medium mouth feel that leaves a dry finish, making you want more and more.

Overall, a decent IPA that doesn't stand out too much but is enjoyable.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at MJ O'Connor's in Boston, Mass.

A: Clean, orange-amber color beneath a frothy head of thin, white foam which left little lacing above the loose carbonation.

S: Sweet and fruity with wafts of citrus and pine in the hop aroma.

T: Nice, sweet caramel malt flavor up front with a little bit of toasted grain. The fruity esters flash quickly before the spicy, floral and bitter hop resins kick in. They are short-lived, however, as the moderate, toffee-like bittersweet finish settles in, leaving some mild hop resins on the palate.

M: Pretty well-balanced, a little sticky sweet up front and sharp and grainy at points, but overall pretty average.

O: Not a bad American IPA at all, and certainly one with good balance. The 6% ABV makes it a good choice for a bacon-cheeseburger pairing to break up fats and add some spices to the palate. Outside of that, I probably wouldn't have more than one in a session.

Photo of StLThrash
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to get this beer right after seeing it in BA magazine and the Bros. reviewing it too. Got this from my cousin (UHRHAN) who brokered a trade of some NE beers for 2 of my KBS...

12 ounce bottle with a drink by date of September 2011 notched on the label, poured into a pint glass.

A - Nice, hazy orangeish hue. Not a big head, maybe a finger, which dissipated fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S - Lots of pine and some earthy / herbal notes. Definite hop kick in the face which I like. Some citrus notes and slight hint of sweet malts.

T & M - Very smooth and drinkable IPA. Again, big hop character with some sweet malt. Leaves the palate a little dry. Nicely carbonated and alcohol is nicely hidden. Drank it pretty cold and pretty fast so didn't let the alcohol come out too much.

Overall - Nice IPA. My favorite style and this was worthy. Glad I scored a couple bottles of this and looking forward to my next one. Is it a top notch? No. But worth a try.

Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in, where else, Boston! This beer is a good IPA. The appearance is clean with nice carbarnation and is gold to amber in color and has slight foam that fades quickly. The smell is clean and not strong like bigger IPA's. The taste is mellow with nice hops in the taste and finish. This is a very drinkable IPA and a beer a lot of people will enjoy.

Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer when poured into a pint glass, it has a dark gold color body with a nice 2"of white head, that doesn't stay around long,but goes to a nice thin lace. The smell is of earthy hops. The hops hits your taste buds pretty strong, then a little bit of malt comes on the back of the tongue. The hops have a bitter finish. Great mouth feel, easy drinking ipa.

Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours clear yewllow gold with one finger of whtie soapy head, little lacing.
S - Lots of pine and grapefruit, some sweet orange, fresh baked bread.
T - Lots of lemon and lime flavor, big fresh pine hoppy traits, slightly dank, a lot of fresh bread malt on the end.
M - Juicy, a little tart, but well balanced.
O - This is a great American IPA, good use of American hops, lots of good citrus flavor.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy/foamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a very nice blend of hops/malts, a nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, malty, sweet, with some citrus notes. Medium Body, nice dry/bitter finish. A tasty brew, glad I got a chance to try it.

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Green Monsta IPA from Wachusett Brewing Company
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