Green Monsta Ale
Wachusett Brewing Company

Green Monsta AleGreen Monsta Ale
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Style:
English Pale Ale
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 13.04%
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
159
From:
Wachusett Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  7
SCORE
83
Good
Green Monsta AleGreen Monsta Ale
Notes: This beer has been replace by their Green Monsta IPA.
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 159
Photo of MattBrooks
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horseshoe, this beer boasts a brownish amber hue and a healthy, thick head. Upon tasting the head seemed almost creamy, reminiscent of European red cream ales. The malt flaor was not overpowering but present while the finish was long enough without being too much. I was once told that this beer would be coming out in bottle form this year (2006), but as it is now July, we'll just have to wait until next year. At over 7% alc, this beer sure packs a punch, but I could still see myself downing several in one sitting.

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Photo of TrickKnee
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even though the style suggests that it is an AMerican Strong Ale, according to the brewery it is considered a highly hopped IPA. Dont confuse it though with a dogfishhead though, it has a completely different taste. It was very crisp and drinkable before i realised it the growler was gone. If you are in the area of the brewery definetly stop by and pick up a growler, it is worth the $19 price for the growler as well as the$8 to fill it. I live almost an hour and a half away and it is worth the drive to go get it because they as of yet are not able to sell it in bottles.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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 warriorsoul
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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 top...it 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 it...it 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 MuddyFeet
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It ain't green--in any sense of the word. Swung by the brewery totally bychance the other day and they had just put the first batch of the Monsta on tap for growler filling. Filled me up a growler of the stuff. Oh, so good. Pours like a varnished penny, just a slight haze. Got a good, creamy head on the first pour (that growler is cool to look at, but awkward to pour from) and lots of lace. Subsequent refills still had plenty of head, but not near as much. Nose is hi-octane hops, with a slight malt background. The flavor is a great balance of malts and hops. I thought it was gonna be oversteeped in hops, but was very surprised when the malts came through very well to balance it all off. Also, got tones of apples and spice in there too. No sense of alcohol at all. Mouthfeel is very full--kind of stretches out my cheeks. This beer is way too drinkable--is that really a bad thing though?

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Photo of Truh
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hit a wall ball double with this one on 6/11/2004. 10.5-oz. pour in a snifter glass at Redbones.

Hue was a curtain of golden haze, verging on light mahogany. Tight head cleared down to a thin gauze clinging to the surface. Bouquet was almost overwhelmed by the hops, no surprise, and there was also a distinctive sugarcane sweetness that completely hid whatever malt character there may have been. To taste, not overly hopped, and less treacly that others, for example, Paper City’s Hop Monster. Straw and coriander were additional flavors noted, and it seemed in the end that this offering may have been a bit green and could have done with some more ripening.

Vastly drinkable, though I can’t imagine why it was poured in a snifter as the abv didn’t seem to warrant it; they’ve served Dog Fish 90 as full pints, why not this?

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this at the beer mecca known as Sunset Grill. It was nice light amber color with the smell of an IPA, not quite a Double IPA. It definately had the hop domination, but not what you may be expecting from something from this style. It is surprisingly well balanced and not overbearing. I would say that the Dogfish Head 60-minute is more intense. A nice pint overall and a step up from their normal IPA.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Pint glass presentation. Nice slightly off-white 1/2" head over a slightly orangey amber brew, and laced excellently. Aroma is strongly of hops, but there is evidence of malt in the nose as well. Taste is, as expected, dominated by hops, but not to a fault. The flavor is well-balanced with sweet malts as well, making for a eminently drinkable product. Enjoyed this better than their normal IPA. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Hope this one becomes part of their regular lineup.

<edit - 6/24/04, excellent on tap at the Horseshoe Pub as well. Give it a try!>
<edit - 9/16/05, this year's batch at Brew City is still good. Yummy stuff...>

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