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Green Monster - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 201
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 5.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 60 | FT: 11
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Halcyondays on 08-26-2009

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Photo of MtnSoup
1.82/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer has all sorts of off-flavors. If you like this, you should consider finding a new hobby (aside from drinking beer), because this is a lesson in what a beer should not be. So many things wrong here. (207 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

I've let this warm up for a half hour after the first eye-watering sip. Whatever interesting flavors may emerge out of this stew in the long run, I say it's infected. Smells intensely of acetic acid. Clear amberish brown with not much head and little in the way of carbonation.

This is the most intensely sweet and sour beer I've ever tasted. I don't taste much of any backbone of flavor. It's just sugar and vinegar. I can't see what's going to happen in a couple more year to improve it. The bacteria will eventually eat up the rest of the sugar and leave that raspy bitterness not born of hops. It will be even more vinegary with the sugar by products. It's already getting nastily bitter at the finish.

I"ll be interested to see if I'm wrong in a couple of years. A distinct woody flavor finally emerges, which is the one saving flavor. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego. (901 characters)

Photo of yankeepride
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

The smell was not as foul as I had been lead to believe, but the overbearing acidity really made it hard to enjoy this in anything other than a 2oz portion. (156 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Best after 9/1/14.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is quite jarring with sour, nail polish remover, acidic, vinegar, and slight green apple aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, vinegar, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average sour taste-wise but the aromas are pretty poor and not pleasant to smell. (682 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess i had to smell it. Yes, it smells terrible, almost sulfiric. yet, curiosity made me taste it. Taste is nothing like the smell. Strange one indeed. At least I got to try this one on somebody else's dime. Now I can trade mine to some other curious soul. Or perhaps to somebody who craves this peculiar beast.
PS. I kinda liked the taste. (344 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Reddish body. Thin collar.

Smell - Acetic. Green apples. Kinda vegetal. Caramel.

Taste - Sharp sourness. Very acetic. Caramel. Sour apples.

Mouthfeel - It's not super sour, but it's an intense flavor.

Overall -Too acetic for my tastes. (304 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Been hearing some mixed things about this one lately so figured the time is high to open my bottle. Consumed from a deschutes teku.

a - brew pours a deep ruby mahogany that settles in the glass as an almost plum purple. Nothin fizzy head fizzes away quickish.

s - nose screams cherry tart from across the room but closer inspection reveals a mixture of brown sugar, chocolate, mustiness and some vinous characteristics. The smells seem to clash quite a bit and not all that pleasing.

t/m/o - taste is also a mixed up concoction that doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Mothers are some redeeming Flanders qualities in that one but they battle for supremacy with some brown sugar notes and the wine barrel. Feel is a bit puckers but mostly confused. Overall, a bit of a let down from a brewery that has come to mean flavorful brews...this one misses the mark, but not a total drain pour. I don't see myself getting through the bottle though. (950 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Muddy looking with a thin khaki head. Red highlights in the light.

Fairly varied on the nose and taste bringing together fruity components of raisin, plum, and cherry. Barrel is prominent in all aspects with wood, wine, and vanilla. There is also caramel, chocolate, leather, vinegar and has some pucker to it. Medium bodied and carbonation.

It's like there was a pretty great beer and a mediocre one mixed together here. It has it's moments but it is a little odd. (468 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/28/14

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Wait, this isn't green - lightly cloudy deep amber with some medium brown, pours with an average-sized, off-white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Big, burly, pungent funk - extremely ripe, with a ton of oak and vinegar - ripe balsamic vinegar and some wet, old, musty wood - some tartness, but any sourness is overshadowed by the funk - smells more like a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin than an American Wild - caramel and sweet malts, with some brown bread

T: Balsamic vinegar, basically - ripe, rich, almost meaty funk - huge balsamic vinegar flavors and funk - underlying tartness and sourness - straight-up lactic sourness, very wet, musty, damp - big, woody oak character - some sweetness, caramel malts - lingering sour and more funk

M: Medium body, low carbonation, lingering funk

O: Wrong. This is not green.

I'm not entirely sure what to make of this. It's sour and extremely funky. Add a little Belgian yeast and this would seem like a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin. It's ripe. (1,076 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a slightly hazed amber/orange with a half inch of off white head. No lace.

Sour apple, bandaid, caramel and dark fruit battle up front. Oak smoothes it out a little.

The taste follows the smell. Not bad, but a little all over the place. Goes down smooth with a little pucker.

I'm aging one for sure. But I'm not sure this will end well. It isn't a bad sour, but there are a few, slightly off putting elements to it that will either disappear with age, or heavily assert themselves. I love Deschutes, so my fingers are crossed, and I will re review. (562 characters)

Photo of jakewatt135
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best after 9/1/14
Opened on 2/2/15

Don't really know what they were going for here. Deep red appearance. Strong nail polish on the nose but it isn't enough to ruin the beer. Some sour, leather, and wine barrel flavor. Nothing special, mostly seems like a mash up of things that didn't work all that well. (305 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazed deep copper brown. Head is off-white with a small wispy cap. No lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Nutty. Leather and dark fruit. Cherry and tannic plum skin. Old chocolate and a touch of meat. Tons of cherry skin. Wet and musty. A ton of oak. Pecans. Old dried wood. A touch roasted. Malts are a touch sweet with a bit of caramelization. Slightly bready. Reminds me of Dissident with a nutty element. A touch of solvent with some mild earthy elements. Maybe even some rose water. Some vinegar - balsamic. Vague rotten fruit. Some musty funk. Barrel influence is heavy. A touch of wet hay.

Taste: A touch of old hop layered over a slightly caramelized malt base. Some solid earthy elements with some dark fruit. Cherry in abundance, tart skin, flesh, and juice. Fruit leather old worn leather. The nutty element from the nose is there but not nearly as aggressive. Some pecan and hazelnut. A solid lactic tartness. Vague milky sweetness. So much leather with a vague almost chocolate. Deeply tart with some citric powder on the back of everything. Warming makes it fruitier and ramps up the dry dry leather. Oak builds as well. Solid layer of red wine grape and old stale wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. Screamingly dry up front but the sip makes it a bit juicier as it progresses. Slightly astringent.

Overall: Better than going to Fenway.

A nice accident. Carries a ton of fruit and barrel. Excited to see what another year or two will do to this beer. (1,536 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a brown 22 oz bomber with a thick layer of hunter green wax enclosing the cap and upper neck of the bottle. I actually had to get quite medieval with it to access the cap. Obnoxiously, the label says "BEST AFTER: 9/1/14". Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Seems to look opaque and dark chestnut brown upon first glance. However, after holding it up to the light, there is a deep garnet to burgundy quality to it. Head sudsy and about a finger thick, the color of toasted marshmallow. Retention is pretty low, with it dissipating to a rim of bunched up foam on the edges of the glass, along with a sparse mottling of film along the top of the liquid.

Smell - Notes of sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, sherry as well as some notes of wet leaves, tree bark and fresh leather in the background. There also might be a bit of medicinal quality to it, but it's hard to tell. An underlying oaky base with a sour twang is a constant accompanying the other characteristics. There is a molasses element that becomes more noticeable as the beverage warms. So far off to a promising start--the smell is a bit weird, but it's also got an addictive complexity to it that makes me want to keep smelling it.

Taste - Sour and malty, and not seemingly very balanced. It's got a lot of the same elements I've found and liked in other wild ales, but this one is just offputting. There's also a sweetness that somehow separates itself from the sourness, making it seem like it's fighting itself. It tastes a bit artificial and metallic in a way. Just not digging it. The aftertaste is a blend of sweetness and lemon juice sourness. UPDATE: as the beer warms, the taste becomes much more well-blended and less conflicted. Highly recommend letting this one get closer to 50 °F

Mouthfeel - A bit viscous and cloying, with a medium body. The carbonation is high and provides for a effervescence that is unfortunately very necessary to offset the syrupy feel and rather unappealing taste.

Overall, a beer that I'm glad I only bought one of. I can appreciate the spirit behind this beer--take something that didn't go quite according to plan and turn it into something completely different and better. The whole "best after" approach is especially annoying when you open the beer fresh and it's not terribly good. Oh well, perhaps I'll run across some after September of next year and see how it's "supposed" to taste. (2,447 characters)

Photo of KillerWhale
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow! If your looking for something funky this is for you. Nail polish remover on the nose. Good mouth feel. Very tart, the wine barrels really shine through. There is so much going on in this beer. (199 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz (best after 9/1/2014) into a tulip. Pours a murky brown w/ a loose 1-finger head.

Aroma is powerfully tart and oaky. Smells like a pretty standard Flanders oud bruin. Sweet brown sugar, sour cherries and vinegar.

Taste is puckeringly sour and dry. Lots of barrel oak. Unfortunately, the sourness overpowers everything else. Gets a bit more balanced as it warms, however.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a dry finish.

Overall a pretty rough beer. Reminds me a little bit of the Dissident, which is also a little too far on the vinegary scale for my taste. (563 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes' Green Monster. 7.3%. Aged 3 years in wine barrels.

Okay, I gotta say: The wax top makes for a good presentation, but it's a bitch to get off!

Appearance: Very small amount of head. Light, fine-bubbled lacing. Deep red-amber color.

Smell: Hmm. Very different than I was expecting. The first smell I get is a sort of pickle/olive brine, like what I would smell from my mom's potato salad. That's a first! Not getting any other scents, yet.

Taste/Moutfeel: Okay, I'm getting more of the olive brine on the palate, with some apple seed. Moderate acidity. Maybe some sour grape.

I gotta say, based on the reference I got from my coworker, this falls very short. Not my ideal for a sour at all. It is interesting, and unique, but not my thing. It's a shame, I was told this has a big green apple flavor, but I'm not getting any.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Petrus chalice. (891 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a real oddity here, apparently some kind of mess up that spends 39 months in pinot noir barrels. this is no joke. holy wine. it looks and tastes a lot like a flanders oud bruin, brown red in color, mostly flat looking with a thin wispy tan head and a lot of acid. this is tannic as anything on the nose, could almost be a glass of wine. fruit is prominent, and lactic funk dominates. the taste is super woody, almost like decaying wine barrel, its so infused its defined the character of the beer. lots of acid, dry fruit, and pinot. not as much hops as I hoped for, but a really dramatic flavor experience just the same. the feel is tongue squeezingly acidic, burning, heart burn inducing. decent carbonation for its age, and a thinner medium body. overall this is an exercise in excess, all this time in wine barrels has turned this almost into a wine itself. I like it, but I don't need to drink it again for a long time. it was tiring. (939 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best after Sept 9, 2014 on the label. The prices at the 3 stores in Casper that carry/carried it had a wide range from +$15 to +$17.

The Green Monster is red, a ruby red, and not green at all as you find in "coloured" brews around that, supposedly, Irish holiday. The foam is white and small but long lasting with some nice lacing.

Can you say...tart cherries and vinegar? That's what I get when I take multiple whiffs. My first bottle I tried, I could swear I got sour apples but not this time.

Sour cherries and vinegar in the taste as well with a hint of a spice of some sort..maybe cinnamon? Maybe I'm imagining that but I thought I'd mention it. It does have a good level of sourness and isn't huge with the abv.

Good mouthfeel, drinkability is good. Though not up to the level of other enjoyable sour brews I've had the chance to try, I find it definitely worthy of checking out. I wonder what it will taste like *after* the best after date? I guess I'll save a bottle and find out. (993 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours maroon, with a light white head, fair head retention.

S: Cherries, heavy acid, noticable bug character.

T: Sour cherries, the malt is evident with a hint of caramel, but the bugs and acid take over. A real "raw" tasting beer.

M: This thing is extremely acidic, it feels okay and mellow and at the very back end, major acid like pH 2 or less seems to come back. I thought it was kind of fun, but makes the beer annoy at times, not for everyone.

D: An intriguing wild ale, I don't think I've had a sour from Deschutes before, it was nice to see them come out with one, glad to try it. (631 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
4/5  rDev +8.1%

best after 9/1/14 - opened on 12/9/14. wild: yep. funky: yep. fun: yep. gave it a 4 because, well, it's pretty wild :)

not one you'll want to finish yourself, it's just really crazy wild in the smell and taste. damp leather, aged fruit, tart, tart, tart, and a bit of carbonation. there is something a bit off putting in the nose, but it's tamed enough to not spoil the experience. mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy for the style, imho. worth the try if you run across it, tho if you aren't a fan of wilds, it probably isn't one you'll want to track down. deschutes, thanks for thinking outside the box; it was fun! (620 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's amazing what the world of yeast can do. Take the brewery's organic pale ale, use a few strains of wild yeast, and you have a sour beer. The beer is tart, full of vinegar like acidity, and finishes with some apples and assorted mixed fruits in the finish. Pleasant all around. (322 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby red one finger off white head with some carbonation and some lacing.

S-Lots of wine, grapes and oak. Some funk.

T-Lots of wine, oak, some grapes, mild funk not much else though.

M-Medium in body, and a very dry finish.

O-Very wine like. It got a lot of charactersistics rom the barrels. But at the end of the day nothing else as far as flavors really come through. (380 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big pop comes with cap is freed from the bottle. Brew is dark amber in color with lots of reds and purple. Clarity is looking pretty strong too. Fluffy foamy creamy tan head. Lacing is chunky and inconsistent.

Big raisin, vanilla, green apple, cider vinegar aroma.

Whoa. Tons of deep vinegar flavors. Carbonation sits kinda flat for what the cap sounded like. Sweetness is smooth and bitter. Dry, earthy, crisp, green apple, horsey, sour. Kinda harsh, barrel notes need to fade a bit for the drinkability to pick up. Only slight harshness.

This is a perfect example of a brew that will greatly benefit from a few years in the cellar. I can't wait to see where thing brew goes in a year or two. For still being so green, it's a great beer, that can only improve with more time. Not sure how I feel about the whole "it was an infected beer, turned experimental" and then sold for $2 more than Abyss... Recommended - with a grain of salt. (941 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured a lighter crimson like cooloer with a dirty white cap, fizzy, head is good at first but then sordove fizzes away leaving minimal lacing bubbles and curtains

S: A nice blend of red and dark cherries back with some white wine notes. Some funkiness and wood.

T: Cherries dipped in vinegar. Initial lactic tartness with a unripe red cherry note. A little bit of white grapes in the background, some Earthiness, old wood and a nice stinging, dry, effervescent like finish with more fruits

M: Medium-full bosy, stinging from mainly the acid and tartness.

O: Very good, young despite the barrel life. If this beer can chill out in the bottle a bit this will be a gem in several years. Despite some of its "young" like properties it was definitely a good wild/sour....for me anyways (789 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.24.13

A - Pours a cloudy medium to dark brown with a tan fluffy head that fades slowly.

S - Tart fruit, apple, leather, and earthy.

T - Smooth pinot grapes and oak with a tart fruity - green apple finish.

D - Decent carbonation and a medium body. Silky smooth amazing mouth feel.

O - Tart green apple with lots of pinot and barrel. I enjoyed this one and am excited to see how it ages. (410 characters)

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Green Monster from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.