Green Monsta Ale
Wachusett Brewing Company

Green Monsta AleGreen Monsta Ale
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English Pale Ale
3.68 | pDev: 13.04%
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Green Monsta AleGreen Monsta Ale
Notes: This beer has been replace by their Green Monsta IPA.
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 159
Reviews by Kegatron:
Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of thick eggshell-white head. This retains with a think creaminess that flares up nicely and throws a robust cascade of sticky lacing up on the sides of the glass. Nice look. The aroma is grassy, herbal, and citric smelling, with some tropical fruits giving off sugars that mesh well wit the bready flavors of the malt.

The taste is mostly bitter with grapefruit and a touch of pine, which is quickly tempered by those same softer sugary fruit notes from the nose and the toasted sweetness of the malts. The finish is dry and bitter, with lingering notes of citrus peel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and while initially sharp on the tongue; this becomes more bubbly and creamy feeling as the liquid hits the back of the palate.

This was just OK, with hops and malt being in harmony for the most part but this ultimately just didn't leave much of an impression on me. I will say that the 6% body does flow pretty nicely for the size and this did drink rather decently with my dinner. I just don't see myself needing another one though.

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Photo of Hokies
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap and it pours a nice amber color with a nice head that leaves a decent lace on the beer. The aroma is a little weak but you can smell the floral hops. The taste is actually a lot more powerful than the aroma as the citrus is apparent on the nose and then the dryness from the grapefruit takes over and finishes a little dry. You can tell that it is a little stronger than most pale ales in terms of alcohol but the hops do not overwhelm the palate. Not the best pale ale I have had but I probably would not turn one down.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Relatively transparent, high-carbonated dark-golden color with a small sub-finger head.

Very grassy, hoppy, and yet with an interesting crispiness to complement. I was expecting a stronger, heavier IPA, but it turned out it was this more mellow, herbal brew. The toasted malts prevailed, and this sweeter ale made itself apparent.

A pleasant surprise, not as strong as its ABV would suggest it to be.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brilliantly clear caramel-orange with a one finger medium beige styro-foam head that pitted in the middle slowly receding in to a sparse foamy layering. Visible carbonation was extremely soft.

S: spicy oranges, caramel and moderat flowery bitterness.

T: started out thin then proceeded to spicy alcohol fusels (cinnamon), warm fruitiness (apples) and a dry hop bitterness. The alcohol was noticeable and spicy with some sugar sweet caramel and dry oranges detected as well. Spicy caramel and apple cider notes finishes things out with dry oranges and dry bitterness.

M: extremely light, oily and very slick on the tongue. Light carbonation and moderate alcohol warming.

D: A big drinking strong ale with a nice complimentary bitterness. Drinks bigger then advertised 7.3%abv making this a slow steady sipper. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pretty much got what I hoped for from the pour. A foggy bronze color with a frothy half finger white head. Lots of lacing that only adds to the beauty.

Smell - Hoppy with a nice malt backbone

Taste & Mouthfeel - Let me just say that this one is highly biscuity, and I love it. Caramel malt gives it a smooth easily drinkable feeling. Hop bitterness rounds it out in the end.

Drinkability - Snagged this one as an extra in a trade. If I lived up in the northeast I could drink this regularly. A well rounded easy drinker that would pair nicely with a day of football watching.

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Photo of mikereaser
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 10/30/09.

A - Pours a hazy light copper color with just a light layer of bubbles on the surface

S - a bit of malt and grains along with a light citrus aroma

T - a bit bitter, a bit of citrus, some piney hops, but an overall balanced beer with a slightly bitter finish

M/D - a bit overcarbonated, medium mouthfeel, a bit bitter finish for me keeps me from wanting another

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Photo of Jayli
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a fantastic amber color. 1 finger head that leaves a very thin retention throughout, and leaves amazing lacing on the glass!!! The scent is very bold in hops but quite mild in alcohol content. The taste is a full body flavored beer with deep and bold hops taste.... what is MOST surprising is the alcohol content. It was not a beer that you knew you were in trouble with the alochol content right off the bat - when I read 7.3 I almost fell over! Wachusett has done a fantastic job in blending the taste to mix with the ABV.
Being from Boston, I, of course, HAD to try this beer. I thought it was going be along the lines of Knuckleboch gimmick. However, I was beyond pleasantly surprised with smell, taste, and representation. This is definitely a keeper!

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Photo of FACSman
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color, thin head with lots of lacing

S - Slight hoppy nose with little malt, 0.5 point off for slight alcohol smell

T - Ahhh---Good crisp pale ale with a strong hop bite.

M - Bit heavy with light carbonation. A little Alcohol hotness on tounge.

D - An exquisitely drinkable beer. Though at 7.3% alcohol it might be tough to make it to the 7th inning stretch drinking these all night!

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Photo of ATPete
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

The green MONSTA pours a see through orange brown color with some visible carbonation and a large off white head. The nose hits you with citrusy hop notes and a grainy/metallic funk. Its taste is slightly tart with big citrusy dry hops, pepper and a corny/grainy malt backbone. Its light/medium body and moderate carbonation make for a nice drinking beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Went to MA over the weekend so was able to pick up more from this brewery.. this looks like their 'extreme' offering, with a nice little Red Sox reference in there. Pours a semi see-through golden color, decent head to it and a bit of lacing. Bottle label calls this one a big pale ale.. we'll see about that. Nice mouthfeel and body to it.. but just a way odd taste to me. Pretty hoppy, but there's a weird metallic after taste to it.. not a great finish to it. For its high ABV, it does a good job hiding the alcohol but at what expense? The taste starts off as a nice pale ale and then there's that weird taste on the finish... not terrible, but not something I would go for in the future.

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Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my harpoon IPA glass. It poured a murky, dark amber/slight orange color with a rocky and frothy white head to it. Good head retention and decent lacing.

The aroma is pretty sweet but also hoppy. It definitely has a malty sweetness to it with a bit of a toffee and caramel flavor coming through. The hops come through with more of an earthy, grassy flavor.

The taste shows more of the malty, toffee, caramel notes to it throughout the flavor. The hops come through with a bit of lemony citrus as well as the grassy, earthy notes. The malt is definitely more the focus here compared to an American Pale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little below average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malty flavors to it, but still managed to feel pretty light and easy drinking. The hops helped balance it out some and aided the drinkability. A very flavorful beer relative to the abv% and style, and one that I enjoyed a lot.

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Photo of LoboLikesBeer
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Robust pour into standard pint, light amber color, very bright and active, nice 2 finger head settling into chunky islands with plenty of lace sticking all the way down the glass. Overall fairly pretty.

S:Not overly aromatic, but some pleasant floral notes notable. No noticeable alcohol in the nose.

T: Bitter up front but eases into some nice hop flavor, tea like, followed through with a little malty sweetness to balance. Not overly complex, but certainly a decently balanced beer. Again no real notes of alcohol, for being classed as a Strong Ale, its taste isn't real strong, but a bitterness lingers throughout.

F: Fairly carbonated with a medium thickness, certainty you know its going down, but smooth enough to have a couple, two, three....

D: Very drinkable, the alcohol is barley noticeable until you put down a few, then you feel it. Wachusett's best beer right now, in my humble opinion, decent balance, nice hop profile, drinkable and a kick to boot. I'll just say it, Wachusett may not be the most innovative microbrewer, but they seem to always put a "decent" product out there, defiantly could put back a few of these.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, copper, medium carbonation

Smell: light malt, brown sugar, citrusy hops

Taste: toasted malt with a noticable citrus hop kick

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, crisp, medium light body, sweet start with a bitter finish

Drinkability: This is drinkable and the combination of malts and hops works well. There is nothing that really jumps out about this beer though. I could have another, but will just as soon pass. The higher alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Poured with a nice substantial head that had almost a whipped cream texture. The head eventually faded back into the beer, but left lots of clinging lace on the glass. The beer was a bright, clear amber color with no visible carbonation. Some orange highlights.

Aroma was of grains and some hop notes. Fairly mild aroma.

Flavor was well balanced and had some nice bread tones. A touch doughy. The hop character was very nice and present from front to back. I get some fruit and a touch of sweetness but I can't pinpoint the exact fruit. Leaves me with a crusty bread flavor behind the hop lingering finish

Mouth feel is medium/light and the beer is very smooth. Little carbonation. Nicely drinkable.

A good beer, honestly not one I would seek out. But if given one, I won't blink.

I have had one before and didn't really enjoy it before. I'll assume I was in a bad mood that day.

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Photo of Nbdyspcil6
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At first pour it creates a nice head and has a very clean appearance. The aroma reminds me of various other pales with a little more harshness to it. Taste has more bite then most pales ales but all around a good beer with enough alcohol content to make it interesting.

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Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of goblue3509
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light orange to gold color depending on where you look at it with a slight off white grayish head. There is decent lacing on this beer. The smell is of crisp citrus hops, that's about all you get. The smell isn't that complex but it is very good. The taste is of bitter citrus hops up front, which yeild to a very nice sweet malt taste. Great balance of flavor. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation and is crisp. The drinkability is off the charts, very smooth and refreshing, great hop bitterness at the front end and great balance with the sweet malt on the taste. The abv you can't even tell is above a 5 great masking of alcohol.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light orange with a huge creamy white head with great retention. A ton of lace sticks all over my pint glass.

S- Not a whole lot going on. Caramel malt comes to mind up front with slight nutty notes behind it. A bit of earthy hop hints. Grains.

T- Big caramel and nutty malt up front with a good amount of bready yeast hints. Earthy, mild-end hops round out a balanced, laid-back flavor.

MF- My favorite part of this one. Light body that is nice and creamy. The carbonation is on the lower end for a pale ale but works nicely with the flavor. Slight bitter finish.

DB- A nice laid-back pale ale with English Malt influence and a mild hop profile. Balanced and smooth, a nice surprise for a random shelf grab.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice coppery orange with a 1 finger off white extremely fluffy head. Decent lacing.

Has a very hoppy aroma, with a hint of citrus and yeast.

As for the taste, this is a medium bodied brew that has a nice taste of hops and malt, with a hint of citrus.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability, but not what i expected. I was looking for more hops. Good all around beer though.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle got in Local BIF from TheManiacalOne...thanks for everything Mark! Review from notes.

A- Pours a clearer deep copper in color. 2 finger tannish head comes and goes leaving a nice layer of lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks pretty good.

S- Tropical style hops in the front of this one along with some citrus in there (big grapefruit). Pick up on lighter toasted grains and maybe a little on the malt. There is a light alcohol smell to this as well.

T- The grains come out more so in the front of this with a burnt biscuty taste from the malts. There is a light buttery diacetyl off flavor to this. The hops only really come in on the tail end of this giving off a somewhat piney nutty taste. Nothing really at all like it smells.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the high side but after a couple sips I become use to it. With all the flavors going on this is still crisp and smooth for the most part. Left a light hoppy toasted flavor in my mouth and in the aftertaste.

D- I would drink this again if given the chance. There seems to be so much going on with this beer that I wasn't quite sure what to think. Made me think a little too hard on what I was tasting but as's nice to get to try a new beer!

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Photo of silentjay
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a tiny bit hazy copper color with a fluffy off-white head that grows to two fingers, recedes slowly, and laces ok.

a lot of biscuity, doughy malt and some floral hops.

taste mirrors the nose. a lot of biscuity, doughy malt and some floral hops. there is also a pronounced booze presence, and a bitter (though not terribly pleasing) finish. some fruits and some woody earthiness can also be detected.

pretty light/medium bodied with too much prickly carbonation, but some decent oily hop resin left behind.

drinks average. not good enough to please us uber-geeks, but not approachable enough to be chugged by the masses. I have always been confused as to what they were trying to accomplish with this beer. They marketed it as a big, boozy beer but the bottled version clocks in barely above average. just average all around, if that.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wachusett Green Monsta is a hazy golden ale with a soft, dense, white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a grassy aroma that seems a little cheesy. It's pretty light bodied, lively and pretty smooth. The finish is kind of sloppy-- a little watery and a little chalky. It's amply bittered and flavored very simply with the taste of light grain and a leafy bitterness. It would call this a run-of-the-mill pale ale.

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Photo of GWaters
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap @ Village Smokehouse in Lowell, MA

Overall. a nice beer to have during a night out. It takes a small risk, and does ok. I would drink this again if I were in the same setting.

Pour: Hazy amber color with nice eggshell thick foamy head. Foam stands for a while and then as it settles leaves a ring and a little lacing. Color settles and clears as beer stands.

Smell: A musty malt scent with a decent statement of hops. Some citrus notes, but mainly a mossy hops scent.

Taste: Starts with a solid hop statement laced with a sweet caramel flavor. Settles with a malty/mossy finish to accent the bitter hop introduction. Undertones of citrus and huskiness.

Drinkability: A very good bar beer. It has plenty of flavor and character to keep me interested, but is not overwhelming or too filling. The mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. Goes down smooth and doe shave a refreshing quality.

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Photo of Coorskid33
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A~ 2 finger head that linger well and laces the glass. Nice golden copper in color. A clean cloudyness with no visable carbonation.

S~ Hops and slight malt. Pleasant and not overbearing.

T~ Hops and toffee notes initally, and then you def taste the alcohol. Finishes nice and heavy with a hint of pine.

M~ Thick,nice carbonation level and flavor that sticks to your mouth. It's such a good thing!

D~ This is a well thought out and executed beer. You can tell alot of work went into making it a pale ale, but really in a class of it's own. Def worth a try if your can get your hands on a sixer.

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Green Monsta Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 159 ratings