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Green Monsta IPA - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Green Monsta IPAGreen Monsta IPA

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 42 | 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:
An All-American yeast teams up with Cascade, Amarillo, & Centennial for a home run of hops in every sip.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-04-2011)
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Photo of EricCioe
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

EricCioe, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Wasatch, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of StLThrash
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

StLThrash, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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).

PEIhop, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The only time I have this beer is when I go to McCoy stadium to watch minor league baseball. This is the best (and one of only 2 craft) beers on tap at the stadium, so I always get it. It makes a great baseball beer. It has great flavor, unlike other "baseball beers" offered there. And I just associate it with relaxing with my dad at a ball game.

It's a dark golden brew, almost Abner....not exactly transparent. Head is fair and frothy, and sticks around for the entire time.

The nose is east-coast ipa all the way. Grassy, leafy hops with a touch of grapefruit and prominent caramel malts. The taste matches the aroma with a real nice balance between strong leafy hops and sweet caramel malts for balance. Touches of grapefruit are in the hop profile and the hops own the finish with a satisfying bitterness.

Above average in body weight with an almost frothy mouthfeel. mouthfeel. A little resiny feel to it.

I always find this to be a surprisingly good ipa that nobody talks about. There are better IPAs, but there's no reason most people wouldn't enjoy this enough. I enjoy it very much while spending a night at the ballpark watching minor-league ball.

jbertsch, May 27, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 16, 2011
Photo of pburland23
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on a Saturday evening at my sister-in-law's in Boston.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

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.

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.

pburland23, May 01, 2011
Photo of phantomwyse
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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?"

phantomwyse, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

was not a big fan of the original Green Monsta. Lets see if this is a bit better.

A-Pours a quite rich amber color. The bubbles rise quite aggressively. The beer is somewhat murky but there is no sediment to speak of. Head forms nicely but settles down to about half a finger's width. Leaves good lacing.

S-Grassy hops and floral hops lead the way here. As the previous review states, the is almost no citrus hop aroma here which is unusual. I am skeptical of the nose here but will keep an open mind. Bready malt background adds balance.

T-An amped up version of the nose. Grassy and floral hops hit the palate. Malt is more detectable in the taste too. A nice light bitterness sets in. The beer boasts a clean finish as well.

M-Lighter bodied. Clean finish. Well carbonated. Not too dry either.

O/D-Easy drinking. I could see this being a pretty good IPA to choose in the heat of the summer due to its rather light feel and flavor. Not a standout, but still alright. I would probably not buy another 6-pack of this unless the selection was very limited. Overall, better than the original Green Monsta, but you could find several better IPAs at any store likely to carry this in my opinion.

VelvetExtract, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a best before July, 2011 notched on the label.
Poured into a Liefmans Cervoise.

A-> pours a beautiful deep amber/tawny-esque color with just about a full finger of head with lots of sticky lacing. Fabulous nucleation (thanks in large part to the glassware I'm sure but still worth noting)

S-> bouquet is tough to place. muted florals, definite spicy grassyness yet no fruity esters or anything resembling citrus is detectable. Leafy hops are present as are bready/biscuity malt aromas albeit very subtle/faint.

T-> Interesting. Hops are obviously prevalent however without the dominating bitterness. The grassy notes from the nose are indeed here but what really took center stage are the malts. Slightly sweet at the start and through the middle with a the bread/biscuit taste showing up as it rolls over the tongue. Finishes with a sweet crispyness.

M-> Very clean, crisp, and refreshing. Fairly light in body with good carbonation.

O-> Very different than most IPAs that I've had, granted my palate isn't the most developed or mature so take that with a grain of salt. But this doesn't mean the beer is bad by any means, just unique and in fact it is quite drinkable and I would imagine will be very refreshing in the coming, warmer months. I would try this again for sure....

Fluke828, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

beerenjoyer1, Mar 26, 2011
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Green Monsta IPA from Wachusett Brewing Company
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