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Green Monsta IPA - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Green Monsta IPAGreen Monsta IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

82 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 506
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 12
Gots: 106 | 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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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 506
Photo of bluehende
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draught at a local pub. It was served too cold so the aroma was pretty much non existent. As it warmed it opened up into a decent IPA. Nothing but a little above average. (180 characters)

Photo of IIPAHOP
4.66/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle-Chilled Glass. Excellent IPA ..Smooth to drink with a light hop taste.Dark amber to look at with a medium head and a mild smell. Local Brewery Favorite. Wachusett Brewery. (178 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned at the brewery brewpub on 7/11/2015 in a “Wicked Big Can” 32 oz Ball double tall-ball – awesome concept since it’s a half growler that will stay fresh longer. Pours clear gold color with a massive 2-3 finger whipped foamy eggshell colored head that faded very slowly, leaving excellent spider web lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of wet grass, floral hops, orange peel, cracked wheat, lemon zest, piney hops, grapefruit, biscuit and light caramel. Well balanced with the citrus hops seemingly the dominant player in the aroma game.

Tastes is much more malty and even similar to an English IPA with the buttery biscuit, sweet malt and caramel just as prominent as the citrus and piney hops. Flavor is bready with grains and a little husk that counters the grapefruit, lemon zest and orange peel; some herbal notes and light peppery spices come in at the end along with mild bitterness. A very easy drinking IPA, which is above average tasting.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, but too thin and nearing watery; mild bitterness is nice with the light carbonation and medium body, as the taste trails off grassy with some sweetness like malt or grains mixed with the citrus. Overall it was nice and easy to drink, but it’s missing any real excitement. It looked so great out of the can that everything else was disappointing. (1,345 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was just ok in every way except appearance. It had weak flavors all around and pracctically no mouthfeel except for a faint promise from malt. hardly any bitter . It did have some grapefruit though and that made it pleasant. (231 characters)

Photo of rorjets
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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! (702 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is a heavily clouded amber-orange, translucent leaning opaque with continuous soft bubbling activity. The head is a yellow-tinted wall of foam, starting at 2 fingers and remaining a more drinkable 1 1/2 for most of the session. The lowest it goes is half a finger, and strong, leaving chunky foam in plenty.
The smell is followed accurately by the taste, the main exception being that it develops a cheddary sort of note with time. Otherwise it's got some pith and pine resin, earth, some fruits and herb, going a little too astringent in the buildup. Still, it's a good and hoppy IPA that just needs to be cleaned up.
Crispness is up front in a medium body that has a flash of something a bit sharp and goes herbal-dry into the finish, which also takes a little off the body. (789 characters)

Photo of Rideguy64
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Good IPA. Have not had in quite some time. Irony is they are in my back yard, so to speak. Nothing overwhelming, but not bad. Smooth start and smooth finish, with a nice IPA flavor. Hops don't kick you in the face, nor do they kick you in the ass. It is a solid brew to drink. In fact, you could drink a couple three of these and not feel like you have been roofed. (365 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

A: hazy; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; moderate lacing;

S: tropical fruit;

T: a let down from the aroma; earthy, with a touch of tropical fruit in the background; very little bitterness; a somewhat bland finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very drinkable, but I would have preferred to taste more of the tropical fruit and I would have liked more bitterness; (423 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of BTVflatlander
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

After a long debate between this and various other canned beers, I opted to give a nod to my now-waning Red Sox obsession. I had a bottle of this a long while ago when I hated all things hoppy and still enjoyed it, and 12-packs of cans are beer heaven.

A: I really appreciate unfiltered IPAs, so this was a big selling point for me. However, I intend on drinking the rest from the can.

S: Mostly spicy malt, actually. Which, for me, actually is troubling because I detest malty IPAs. That being said, it does smell kind of generically hoppy as well.

T: Malt up-front (uh oh) with a relatively strong spiciness and generic hop flavor. I don't get much citrus or pine as some have, but hey.

M: Great, on point.

O: I really should hate this beer to be honest, for it's way too malty an IPA for me. However, for whatever reason be it the Red Sox allusion or the cool can and the all-around pleasantness of the taste, I dig it. It's not a top tier American IPA by any means but it is something perhaps even more rare: an unfiltered American IPA that comes in 12 packs that you can enjoyably session over and over. For me, that makes me a fan. Recommended, but only if you have the right expectations. (1,202 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name...go Sox! Maybe I'm partial due to the Red Sox connection, and maybe it was because they were playing on the tube at the bar, but I was impressed with this beer. Dark honey in color, with a fresh and light scent. Nicely balanced with a good bitter finish. Wicked Pissah! (284 characters)

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A = Distinctly amber, with a respectable head that leaves ample lacing.
S = Hoppy without hitting you in the face, and a sweet fruitiness to the malt.
T = A slightly maltier IPA, nothing too dry or too bitter. I like it!
M = Medium bodied, just the right amount of lingering on the tongue.

O = I'm not an IPA fan, but this one is nice. The hop/malt balance is just right, and the fruitiness is a nice surprise. The hops don't assault, rather they add admirably to the complexity of this brew. I think this would pair nicely with just about any food that is traditionally served at Fenway Park -- GO, Boston Redsox!! (616 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 2/28/14.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear dark amber with a finger thick white head which receded fairly quickly to sudsy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt.

t: Pine hops forward over medium malt base, bitter and at first slightly metallic aftertaste.

m; Light to moderate.

o: An ok stronger-than-average IPA, probably great at a Red Sox game in the summer. So I'm drinking it in the wrong season. But I like to change it up. I already had a malty winter beer earlier, and plan to have a stout later. This one does not seem to have a lot of flavor competing with the hop bite, but it is refreshing. (665 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draught served in pint glass. Beer is medium orange amber with a bit of white head. Aroma suggests not much went into this IPA as far as dry hopping goes. Flavor is hoppy but quite drinkable. Reasonably well balanced, and very neutral in the aftertaste, but pretty average on flavor, too. Decent lacing, at least. Not at all a "Monsta", this could be quite sessionable, if it was worth your time. (396 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; a rather modest head pancakes its way down leaving a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Grassy, with peach and pine accents

Taste: Bready malts buttress the unusual hop flavors of this brew - grassy, with peach and pine tones; very herbal and assertively bitter, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While I like the peach element that is almost hidden by the other hop flavors, I really didn't care for the grassy/piney blend that dominated; an interesting and different sort of an IPA, just not something I particularly enjoyed (605 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Best By Date of the Ides of March 2014. One of the 4 beers in the Box of Brews mix 12 pack. Pours a coppery amber color with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is piney hops with some orange peel and lemon. The taste is alot less hoppy than the aroma with more of a malt presence. Some spicy hops with floral bitterness at the end. Hints of lemon. Lots of carbonation. Overall, its a decent brew to have in a mix pack but I probably wouldn't seek it out on its own. (503 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hand carried back for me by the parents after a recent US trip.

Clearish golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Some lacing.

Bright tropical fruit aroma. Some citrus. No pine. Light sweetness. Okay.

Slightly fruity. Mild bitterness. Sweet malt body.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

A middle of the road, straight forward IPA. More like a Pale Ale in my book but it does the job. (402 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. brown bottle. Has best by date.

A: Pours hazy copper color with a large off white fluffy head. Lovely retention with
nice sticky rings of lacing.

S: Faint citric herbal hops. Some fruits and a hint of malty bread.

T/M: Dry bitter hops. Light herbal flavors. Hints of fruit with a thin layer of maltiness.
Starts off cool and smooth, then turns drier with more bitterness. The finish is mostly
dry with the linger of hops oils.

O: There are a lot of American styled IPA's popping up lately and most of them are
being left in the dust of the more superior offerings. This one is left somewhere
in between. Easy to drink with enough hop flavor to satisfy, yet lacks where it
counts to make it a real stand out.

Cheers!! (731 characters)

Photo of Nikxed58
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 15, 2013.

It is an attractive amber-copper pour with a large lingering off-white head. Excellent clarity.

The aroma boasts a good supply of earthy and floral hops with a sweet Belgian sugar and roasted biscuit.

The body is light to medium and smooth.

The taste does establish itself as an IPA with the earthy and floral hops but the Belgian influence can also be found with a mellow Belgian sugar note and pale, biscuit malts. There is a sort of pear or apple thing going on as well. I enjoyed it. (545 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
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 (343 characters)

Photo of poop_brew
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from a 12oz. can. A nice a cold brew with a golden haze. Unfiltered goodness.

S - An excellent hop aroma right off the bat. Citrus notes as well.

T - A light and crisp session-able IPA with a high percentage. Perfect for sox games!

M - Light, not very complex, but certainly drinkable.

O - I'd recommend this to anyone looking for that Boston feel who can't get to Fenway! (387 characters)

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Green Monsta IPA from Wachusett Brewing Company
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