Green Monsta Ale | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer has been replace by their Green Monsta IPA.

Added by Todd on 06-11-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 133
Reviews by barleywinebrewer:
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I needed to pick up a 6 pack and I remembered buying this for a friend while in MA on a beer run. says pale ale on the bottle, strong ale here. What I found was a nice drinking, mildy hoppy bready malty brew which was neither an APA, nor a strong ale but just stronger than sessionable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had chances in the past to try this beer while traveling in New England but never did,I acquired a bottle to give it that try...finally.Poured a deep clear golden with a nice tight formed one finger head that never really goes away.Big malty aromas with not much hop presence,caramel and and toasted with a hint of iron,only a passing whiff of leafy hop shows through.Flavors are malt driven with its sweeter caramel base,a firm toastiness comes through as well,not much hop balance to be had.Its good but its not a "Big pale ale",at least in an American way,still its a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on clearance from the local packy. Pours a medium amber in color with a good two finger head and lots of lace. Floral and hop aromas in the nose. Biscuity malt with a slight caramel sweetness with lots of hops to balance. mouthfeel and carbonation are good. Drinkability? had no problem drinking several for this review.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the parents for a birthday 6-pack. Pours a stately orange-amber with a nice healthy swath of creamy head. Pretty hazy.

Slightly husky, biscuit, and caramel aroma mixed with some gentle noble hops for a balanced aroma.

While balanced in flavor as well, the malt is very interesting and almost more pronounced than the hops: sweet with light caramel, butter, and lmilk chocolate notes. The noble hops provide life and crispness to the beer, making for a very poundable beer.

Nice little brew...the head never went anywhere and the haze seemed to lift with warmth. Never guessed it was a strong ale, even with the "Big Pale Ale" note, until I saw the style and ABV on BA. Send more, Dad!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Barking Dog in Amesbury. The beer was a golden, almost amber, color with a decent white head and a bit of lacing. It had a caramel and floral aroma, pretty sweet. Taste followed form with caramel and piney hops. Maybe a little too sweet, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good value in the New England craft beer scene, a 6-er can be had in the $8-$9 range for the most part, good $$$ in comparison to the ABV.

It's not very balanced, but when I drink this beer I'm looking for hops and not balance. The smell lets you know you'll be in for a hop treat and it doesn't disappoint.

Although it's very hoppy, the alcohol is quite hidden (even moreso in the draft version).

All in all, release of this bear in bottles is a positive addition to the New England craft beer scene.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer with freshness indication notched on the label. Pours clear, glowing almond amber, with bubbles continuing to rise up to a creamy medium tan head, that leaves plenty of lush lacing. Smooth and full bodied brew, quite a creamyness apparent on the tongue and coating the entire mouth. Nicely balanced creation with a respectable, yet smooth hop wallop, followed by moderately sweet malts. Well crafted and pleasant enough if unspectacular offering.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

EDIT: The new bottled version is nothing like you read below...just your standard semi-hopped pale ale and just plain average IMHO.
My score is now based on the new version w/out further explanation...the past remains to keep a record of what this once beautiful beer used to be.

On tap at Red Bones...big thanks to noob.
Only had this one other time on tap at Sunset Grill last year, but if my memory serves me correctly, this one has tamed down a bit.
Pours a very clear, bright copper color w/ a full finger of the creamiest white head I have ever seen....and half of it goes nowhere for the duration of the pint.
Aroma seems to be lacking, but this may be due to that huge mass of inpenetrable head sitting on is still nice w/ a balanced blend of sweet malt and fruity hops.
The taste is truly enjoyable...syrupy sweet, but not cloying and has a decent amount of malt making this one more comparable to some of my favorite IPA's (Mojo, Smutty to name a couple).
The mouthfeel is fantastic...I have never witnessed such a creamy texture as I am finding in this one and the drinkability is real high...I could sit all day and enjoy pint after pint of this gem.
Normally, I would rate this beer a bit lower b/c it is pale in comparison to most IIPA's I encounter, but I can't do is just too delicious and one of my favorite brews to date.
Please WBC...make this one in your normal rotation...with this one toned down just a bit, I believe it will be very well accepted by the masses...IMHO.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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 jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells crisp and malty, with large toasted grain and brown sugar aromas, as well as a hint of hops.

On the tongue, the malt reigns large and immediate, coming on in waves of toasted grains that are heavily reminiscent of Grape Nuts cereal, with a distinct thread of pine, as well as caramels. Light hints of fruit esters accompany these malts, including apple and apricot notes. The hops are present from the beginning, but come through more strongly midstream as the malts fade off, and the ale finishes with a nice bitter grapefruit aftertaste. Carbonation seems to be slightly heavy, providing a nice fizz.

Overall, the flavors in this ale mingle well together, and while they are on the medium to medium-light side, enough attention has been paid to balance to make this an easily-drinkable, good quality ale. Perfect summer or bar fare, as well as being a far higher-grade alternative to Budweisers.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber color witha thick and tightly bubbled head of dimpled foam that lingers long.

Aroma of grassy notes and some ripe fruit, a little honied sugar.

Balanced flavor of biscuity malt, rich but not sweet. Toffee and overripe apple emerge. Some bitterness rides along, good complement to the malt, not overpowering, finishes a little piney. Slight warming in the finish. Well-balanced, but not overly complex.

Even mouthfeel, full and creamy. Finishes a little tingly. Tasty beer, decent drinkability, but not world-class.

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Photo of sloejams
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

tap sample from the brewery

This is their strong ale seasonal named, of course, for the landmark left field wall on Fenway Park. There are big hops and lots of malt in this and the smell and taste are loaded with them. It is a monster. The slight problem I have is that it is slightly boring. The balancing makes it unclear which way it goes. It only knows big. That said it is enjoyable, certainly not to session.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wachusett- Green Monsta

A- Light reddish copper brown with a nice big fluffy head. Good messy lacing down the glass.
S- Strong floral and citric hops. Mildly sweet caramel malt tossed in.
T- Nice crisp citrus rind and floral hops gie way to a sweet buttery malt in the end.
M- Sweet with a quick touch of bitterness. Finishes off creamy. Slight alc. touch in the end as wel.

Overall- A slightly better than average ale. Alc. well hidden so a 6er would be plenty.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hoppy beer, yet not a double IPA. Restrained hops,caramel, though bitter, I did not quite enjoy the bitterness all that much and found it one dimensional, ideas not working. A little head on medium yellow. Mild hoppy aroma. A tad above medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Mission Bar & Grille, Boston, MA on June 10th, 2008. Notes: Deep amber. Orange & gold highlights. Creamy head drops but leaves initial rings of lace. Nose is mainly malty and floral. Very little hop (?)... does appear in the flavor, spice and floral, and a touch grassy. Malty, clean, straightforward grain with light caramel. Balanced bitterness. Finishes spicy as the malt quickly passes. Alcohol is never noticeable. Great name. Reminds me of Green Monster malt liquor.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i have been into Wachusett ever since my brother moved to Massachusettes 3 years ago, i originally became a fan 1st of country ale then blueberry ale was popular with the girls of the group. Now i have tried the Green Monsta ale, a moderate to high abv% at 7.3 this "big pale ale' stands out due to its drinkability. it does not indicate on the bottle so users be cautious, but after one you can feel it in your head so i referred to the website to find out that it is 7.3%. that being said enjoy in moderation. Green Monsta ale doesn't really have an aroma when you crack the bottle or even when you pour it in the glass, that may be the belgian hops used, they are not very aromatic. so after you smell it you may not be impressed, but after a taste which is supreme and easy feeling on the palate. You will. although it is a little maltier than most pale ales. which may not fly with avid Pale drinkers as myself. it's different complexity sure has made my tongue think a little differently.

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ampzilla for this fine surprise.

Appearance: It's a little hazy and a nice copper color. The head is absolutely magnificent. It's off-white in color and an incredible three fingers deep. Retention was very good and a nice, thick sheet of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Citrus orange and grapefruit aromas kick things off. Very sweet and refreshing. There's a strong malt presence here. There's some caramel sweetness and a biscuity scent present. There is a mix of citric and floral hops, but they're somewhat subdued. Not a major player, but they complement the other scents well. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: Caramel and biscuity malts actually come through first here. It is a little sweet, but a nice mix of malts that gives it a very solid backbone. There's a bit of citrus orange and grapefruit that add some sweetness, but they're not that strong. Hops are actually stronger here than on the nose. They add a really nice bitter twist along with some citric and floral qualities. For some reason, this flavor is really working for me. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is somewhat dialed down, but it really doesn't reach a silky level. Goes down nice and easy though. Drinkability is very high. The abv's not high enough to deter many and it really is easy drinking.

Wow. I'm really impressed with this one. I didn't quite know what to expect, but it's very impressive. It's all around solid in all respects. No huge flaws at all. Highly recommended if you run across one.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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 FLAbeergutinMASS
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. Growler filled at the brewery. Huge deposit, but refills are quite reasonable. Huge meaty head, so many characteristics, just so fresh. A lot to be said when you see the beer maestro pour you own bottle from the muthaload. Classified as a strong ale, but this beer has definite IPA characteristics. Hoppy up front then, smooth fruity follow through. An OUTSTADING beer!!!

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Photo of JSBILK
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of alleykatking
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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 beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 bonbini26
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of HopEnthusiast
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Green Monsta Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 159 ratings