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Green Monster - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 17
Gots: 64 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 08-26-2009)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 06:11:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-27-2013 00:57:17 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

02-03-2014 13:11:56 | More by Thorpe429
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-20-2013 02:28:02 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-25-2013 04:41:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

09-14-2013 06:57:52 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-21-2014 16:58:41 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-16-2013 07:46:02 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-16-2013 07:35:06 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:19:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 04:02:40 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 18:23:13 | More by Halcyondays
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-20-2013 14:08:44 | More by beernads
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 17:57:09 | More by barleywinefiend
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 01:51:04 | More by DoubleJ
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

10-20-2013 21:27:10 | More by BARFLYB
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drewone

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

10-27-2013 07:11:06 | More by drewone
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-17-2013 13:28:44 | More by Kelp
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 18:19:29 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 23:06:22 | More by Bitterbill
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:18:21 | More by Alieniloquium
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-25-2014 21:47:16 | More by Lare453
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mhaugo

California

4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 7.3% ABV.
Appearance: Deep chestnut with a slight chill haze. Zero head (3.75/5).
Aroma: Sour cherries, grape Kool-Aid dust, very sharp red wine, and a faint whiff of oak (4.5/5).
Taste: Rich red wine, sweet malt, intense sour, toasted oak, tobacco, and leather. Definitely opens up as it approaches room temperture (4.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation. Velvety smooth and with a sour pucker in the finish (4.5/5).
Overall: With the limited release this beer saw, I assumed that I would probably never see a bottle of it. Imagine my surprise when I ran across a bomber today. There is no subtlty in here. The flavors are big, bold, and concentrated. It’s fun to drink and should be interesting to see what it turns into after a few years in the cellar. Glad I grabbed a second bottle (4.25/5).

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 04:25:51 | More by mhaugo
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-27-2013 04:20:49 | More by strongaf
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Holland

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-14-2014 04:24:28 | More by Holland
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Green Monster from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.