Green Monsta IPA - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Green Monsta IPAGreen Monsta IPA

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 496
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 10
Gots: 100 | 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: 80 | Hads: 496
Photo of 3beerdudes
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Loved this beer at Fenway; bought a twelve pack of cans. Had in a pint glass. Average smell, appearance, decent taste, mouthfeel. These are a solid enough IPA for everyday drinking, but really need to have an occasion to enjoy properly. Clear, thin mildly hoppy brew. Way better at Fenway :-) . (294 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a SA 'perfect pint' glass.

pours a clear, coppery amber tone while yielding a nice, foamy finger+ of off-white head. respectable head retention and lacing. likewise, nose is nice if not especially outstanding. fairly aromatic and obviously hop-forward, i get notes of pine, herbal, and citrus, and some malt character in the background.

flavor is a disappointment. wasn't expecting other-worldliness, but to me it definitely fails to impress. a bit overly bitter... the flavor profile, while mostly following the nose, is not working for me. sort of 'meh'... medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

what with the local brewery and red sox angle i really wanted to like this one, but, alas, IMO it's a mediocre at best IPA.

(originally reviewed: 07-17-2011) (792 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slitly hazy orange/amber with a short cap of beige bubbles. Decent head retention with a bit of clumpy lacing. Bready and malty aroma with a bit of citrus and pine, leafy hops - pretty mild overall. Fruity bitterness with an earthy, slightly harsh, edge to it. Moderate malt sweetness, mostly citrus. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A servicable IPA, but I didn't find it well balanced in the flavour and the aroma was on the light side for the style. Still, I wouldn't hesitate to order one on tap to see how it translated. (529 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a SA 'perfect pint' glass.

pours a clear, coppery amber tone while yielding a nice, foamy finger+ of off-white head. respectable head retention and lacing. fine looking beer.

nose is likewise nice, if not especially outstanding. fairly aromatic and obviously hop-forward, i get notes of pine, herbal, and citrus, and some malt character in the background.

flavor is a disappointment. wasn't expecting other-worldliness, but to me it definitely fails to impress. a bit overly bitter... the flavor profile, while mostly following the nose, is not working for me. sort of 'meh'... medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

what with the local brewery and red sox angle i really wanted to like this one, but, alas, IMO it's a mediocre at best IPA. (777 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

overall a very average ipa. has a nose of pine and cascade hops, but they are not well balanced in the flavor. its got a strange bitterness to it, unconventional and off a little to me. big bodied beer, but cannot get much malt flavors in my mouth because of the overpowering hop element. i usually like hoppy beers and seek them out, but this one is not well done. a more balanced flavor is needed here. (404 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

t amber color and nice clarity to it. A small head of maybe a half an inch rose up from the bottom and settled down to nothing rather quickly with little in the way of any fan fare.

The aroma was rather light. Lots of malts in this one at first, not really getting the strong hop nose of an IPA. As it warmed though some nice touch of pine came through, but again nothing very heavy. Same can be said for the taste which was nothing to write home about. Light citrus hops, touches of grain and a bready malt base. Not bad really, just nothing really pushing it any direction at all (582 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an orange honey semi-clear body topped by a 'monstrous' thick white head of about two inches.

S: Oily and hoppy, the centennial hops dominate, sharp and piney. Malts briefly flex with a desert cracker -like sweetness.

T: A little one dimensional, the hops impart a nice mix of citrus and pine and the malts mix and support well enough.

M: The key here is the head kicks in and gives a nice creamy touch to the mouth feel. Otherwise, medium bodied that finishes just dry.

D: Not bad, just standard. If you did want to be some kind of a stereotype and pair this with watching a baseball game, you could easily watch the game and gulp this down without taking a sip and saying 'damn this is good..wait, what just happened?" (734 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
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 JacobJustus1
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12oz Pint glass.

A- Pours a nice amber with a half finger of head. Decent retention.

S- Slightly grassy, somewhat herbal...there's a little bit of depth here but not crazy. Definitely some grassy scents coming through.

T- Decent carbonation, slight bittering from the hops, but not near what I expected. Definitely some light grassy, herbal, and citrus flavors, but the herbal and grassy notes take the front seat. Not much on the malt end. It's drinkable, I'll give it that, but there is not too much capturing my taste buds here. Slightly oily flavoring.

M- actually Mouthfeel might have been this beer's best point for me. It has a good mix of carbonation and body. It's drinkable for sure. Leaves a slightly dry finish.

O- It's pretty mild for a Green "Monsta". It's not bad but there are so many American IPA's to choose from that I won't reach for it. It was decent. (893 characters)

Photo of BoardwalkBock
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Otter Creek pint glass.

A: Typical IPA appearance. Nothing special, but still up to par with what I expect from an IPA. Good amount of carbonation visable.

S: From the bottle, Centennial hops are the dominant aroma. In the glass, the aroma is less distinct. Bits of pine.

T: Citrus and pine. Centennial and cascade hops definitely come through. Very slight hints of grapefruit.

M: I must say the mouthfeel was probably my favorite part of the beer. Good level of carbonation, and it lingers, which I prefer with my IPAs.

O: Not the best IPA, but I've noticed it is one of the more actively available beers here in RI since I've moved here a few months ago. Luckily, I've found a good craft beer store around here that provides much higher quality IPAs and beers all around. Overall, I remember the Wachusett IPA in the purple bottle being better. That being said, I would drink it again. (928 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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 ExtraStout
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at BBC in Franklin, MA as an opening day promo for the Red Sox. Beers pours a bronze amber with about a finger of fluffy off-white head. Moderate retention and lacing.

Smell is hoppy, but muted. Mostly centennial hops. It's not a hop bomb and it doesn't smell like one. An inviting aroma.

Taste was slightly underwhelming. It's hoppy, but not overly citrusy, piney or bitter. A touch of malty sweetness was present. All in all, the flavor was nice, but just not pronounced enough for my taste and somewhat of a lingering bitter after taste.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, a touch oily but otherwise, it was a nice, middle of the road drinakble IPA. Pretty good if you're in the mood for a decent beer watching a ballgame, but not much more. (761 characters)

Photo of abgba121
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light golden color with a slight haze, very thin head and light lingering lace

S: lacking in the aroma, little hop or malty presence

T: Tastes like a typical IPA, a decent flavor, slight bitter finish that lingers momentarily

M: good carbonation and light to medium body

O: a decent IPA, nothing spectacular (322 characters)

Photo of danmcg62
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a rusty color with thumb width head that slowly disappears leaving some nice lacing on the side of the glass, mild carbonation. Basically what an IPA should look like.

S-Citrusy hops come through with an almost bready smell pulling up the rear, a bit malty as well.

T-Mild hop bitterness comes through first, mild breadiness and malt is there too.

M-Smooth drinking, not too bitter.

O-Overall this is a solid IPA from Wachusett, easy drinking. It was one of my favorites over the summer. They had it on tap at Fenway Park near our seats. (590 characters)

Photo of PEIhop
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber-hued orange with a bubbly head that deflates quickly.

S - I don't get very much in the nose except for: fruity, citrusy hops

T - There is a blast of hops that reminds me more of an English IPA than an American IPA. The blast of hops is citrusy and herbaceous. There is very little malt to balanced out the quick, but short lasting, intensity of the hops.

M - Medium-bodied with a dry finish.

D - It is very drinkable. The lighter mouthfeel and hop presence makes it a nice choice for a summer barbeque. With that being said, I would prefer to pick up other IPAs first (Racer 5, Green Flash, or Titan). (625 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper-brown with a smaller than usual bubbly head of egg shell colored foam on top. Preliminary lacing isn't great. There is some bubble action in the body and some decent complexity in the body -- tiny pieces of sediment floating around. The head is just not great, though.

S: Got a big whiff of rancid, sour, expired at first. Mostly malts. Some biscuit. Some caramel. Maybe some pineapple. Some fruit in there, but not especially citrusy. Nothing really grabbing at me. Probably just over average.

T: Getting a caramel malty fruitiness. Also noticing that the flavor doesn't actually finish into anything. Not getting much bitter here. A very light flavor over all -- almost sessionable. It's just missing that burst of flavor I look for in an IPA.

M: Feel isn't bad. Smooth and creamy. Nicely carbonated. At first it comes across as a light bodied brew. Ends as a medium body beer. Nice oily feel. Some chewiness which brings out the malt and toasted grain. Feel is good.

O: Kind of you just above average IPA. I will say this -- if you're looking for something on the lighter side, then this might be the beer for you. But, nothing in this IPA is really standing out to me. (1,215 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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 mhtrac12
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on tap at where else but Fenway Park. 

A: light amber color. Nice foamy head that quickly went down, but retained its lacing all the way to the end of the beer

S: alot of floral hops to this one. Really sweet and pleasant. 

T: on the front end really sweet...really get a full blast of the floral hops. Not as much in terms of bitterness on the back end. A bit, but not as bitter as it coulda been. 

M:  medium body. Light enough to be perfect for a summer night at the ball game. 

O: pretty refreshing beer. The floral smell and taste are really nice but it could be a bit stronger with the buttering hops. But still wicked refreshing. Would limit to 1-2 for a session though.  (702 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Boynton in Worcester,MA.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a crystal clear copper with a sudsy quarter inch head that fades slowly to leave a light halo and no sidelacing.

S - Average malt and hops. Light floral but fairly standard.

T - light citrus hops and floral notes with slight carmel malts.

M - Average cask mouthfeel. Nice ans creamy andlow carbonation.

O - A very unimpressive wachusett ipa. Huge disappointment. (445 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
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 HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a hint of copper along with a touch of haze. Half inch of off white cap offers decent retention and moderate lace.

Oily hop aroma with citrus and pine notes coming through in full battle regalia. Touch of sweetness in the background and showing a slight hint of alcohol.

Tastes of orange pith and pale malts. Not overly complex by any means but nice and smooth in the delivery. Finish is a bit brief however and the bitterness doesn't quite measure up to the hop aroma delivery.

Decent coarse in feel with a firm grainy cracker character and a decent hop bite. Shows a flash of orange oil again before a quick finish.

An easy drinking IPA though the apparent sweetness does detract a bit as it shortens the finish of the brew. Does expand with warming to some degree. (796 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Initially had a thick foamy 2 finger head, faded down to a bit of foam with a reasonable amount of lacing clung to the sides. Color was a slightly hazy golden amber. Aroma was subtle, primarily a piney hop up front, with a hint of herbal citrus. Flavor was as expected from the aroma. Initially a bit watery up front then become strongly bitter, with a small touch of sour to finish it off. Felt thin in the mouth, most of the flavor was imparted on the ip of the tongue, and it felt watery in the rest of the mouth. Overall a bit better than average, but definitely not as standout as it could be. (634 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thickfreakness for passing this one my way.

This beer pours a clear copper with a two finger white head that subsides to a ring and leaves a little lace. On the nose there is a nice aroma of hop resin, pretty powerful in fact, and riding atop a base of caramel malt. In the mouth the hops very much took a backseat to the sweeter caramel flavoring. This is unfortunate in my view because while the caramel is fine, the aroma the hops gave was probably a better dominant note. The body is medium but the finish is less than ideal for me because the beer just sort of degenerates into a mixture of caramel and general bitterness.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but in a world where all kinds of breweries are making good to great IPAs, this one doesn't quite cut it for me. (785 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

New season of baseball, so a new version of Green Monsta is only fitting. Hops help out big time with the spectacular- looking head, and the brassy color underneath shows only a faint haze. Spicy, herbal and citric hop trio in the aroma; hint of ripe fruit and bread crust as well. Dry, more refined smoothness is quickly met by the semi-brash bitterness and sharp citric and oily herbal hop flavor. Suggestion of pears and mangoes in the middle from the alcohol. Maltiness is a little slim and certainly dry, with a light biscuity tone in the bitter dry finish. The American IPA style is a tough crowd—drinkable and hoppy are two things going for this beer. (720 characters)

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Green Monsta IPA from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.