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.
Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 159
Photo of bmccarthy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Like the name says, this is an ale with big flavor. The pale ale hops announce themselves early and stay strong throughout. The sweetness of the ale is dry enough but does become a little overwhelming at times, harming the drinkability.

Aroma is strong but dry, like the taste. The deep coppery color and solid head are pleasing, as is the steady carbonation.

Overall, a slightly over-the-top offering from Wachusett.

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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 always...it's nice to get to try a new beer!

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Photo of cheapxceptbeer
2.46/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This would be a great strong ale if the smoky flavors of the malt didn't overshadow everything. I can try and make out the other flavors but it doesnt matter, this is sickeningly smoky for a strong ale, and the smoke flavor just doesnt mix with, what would otherwise be a delicious complex brew. Why smoke, why?

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 nlmartin
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to TheManicalOne for sending this beer my way during The Little Guy Tribute Bif. The beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a clear amber coloration with orange highlights. The head is creamy and quickly resolves to a thin covering. Concentric rings of foam line my glass.

Smell: The aroma consist of caramel and a slieghtly earthy / floral aroma.

Taste: The beer has a malty toffee / caramel flavor. The hops creep into the flavor profile about mid way and bring a mild bitterness to my palate.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers body is medium. The beer drinks very smoothly. I could throw several of these back in an evening. Not exactly a scary monster nor is it a super freak.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a fairly short head. Smells of nicely bracing hops with some citrus and pine, some sweet malt, and a little bit of sour graininess. The taste is nicely balanced. Pine, citrus, and herbal notes from the hops, some sweet malt, and a bit of graininess. Tastes more like an IPA than a strong ale, and the bit of slight sour graininess detracts slightly, but this is pretty solid overall, whatever the style.

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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 stephens101
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red with golden hues at the edges. A little over one finger of thick, dirty white resilient head eventually turns into a thick covering with some fingers stretching toward the rim. Some light fruits and yeast float to the nose and cover some almost hidden earthy hops. Tastes malty, fruity and grainy with a subtle hop hit at the very end. An undercurrent of bready spice exists underneath it all. Has a medium body without much carbonation. Fairly easy drinking overall, and not as "strong" as you might think, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The second in my New England trip ales, this one is a disappointment. Unlike the Smuttynose Big A IPA, which was to die for, this is just OK. I have 5 more of these and no more Big A. Oh well.

This has just a little over hoppiness to it, but not what I would like (or expect).

There isn't anything funky about it. The appearance is great (VERY nice lace in the glass). I just would not buy it again for a while (since there are lots of other untried things out there).

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. For Freshest Taste, Enjoy by October notched on the label. Poured a light, translucent copper with a tight, half-inch, off-white head that settles into a quarter inch, consistent cap with some spits and slashes of lacing during the tasting. Big hops aroma off the cap became more subdued in the glass - I detect some citrus in the mix, but nose is fairly minimal. Some piny hops upfront, cut by some citrus across the flavor profile, as well as a sweet quality; perhaps caramel malt and a mere suggestion of breadiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and effervescent; a little prickly on the front of the tongue, with a light, lingering bitterness between quaffs. Decent brew - resembles an extra IPA in so many ways, even though American Strong is a catchall for higher abv beers. Not bad, but I wasn't blown away; somewhat lacking in complexity; however, alcohol is pretty well-hidden.

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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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another relatively obscure one for me. I had never even heard of it when it landed on my doorstep. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2009.
 
Appearance 4 - Nice pour here, light amber in color with a good bit of clarity to it. Nice carbonation level climbing up toward the top of the glass throughout the session with a good two inch white head on top at first that gradually settled down into a broken crown.
 
Aroma 4 - Light piney hops, hints of bready notes and a nice bit of light citrus poking around the sides as well. Nicely balanced without becoming overly malty.
 
Taste 4 - Continued on here pretty nicely. Light dose of piney hops right out in front is quickly and evenly saturated across the tongue. Smooth orange and pineapple hints round the sides with nice bready malts serving to really balance it out quite well.
 
Feel 4 - Nice medium body, light carbonation and smooth. Not much to fault it on here at all.
 
Drinkability 4 - Very session able. This was a nice light IPA that could easily be put down with more then one. I had no issue at all with going through it in no time.
 
Overall - Very solid here. I have to give them credit I have had quite a few IPA's and this was a very solid example of the style. Easy, smooth and loaded with flavor I would have no issue at all with going after it again.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange color with a shallow wispy off white head that fades fairly quickly to spotty patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is timid, slightly toasted biscuit. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied and lively. The flavor is sweet and malty with a little spice to it. A reasonable drinker.

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Photo of JMD
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich light copper color with big pillowy off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus and piney hops. Toasted malt, bisquits with some sweet carmel and molasses. Aroma is balanced but a little faint.

T: Sweet upfront. Toasted carmel malt, sweetbread, and honey. Finishes with a nice hop bite with some grapefruit and citrus. Some alcohol was present as well.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation

A: This is a nice full-flavored ale. For a high ABV, these go down very easy. As a Yankee Fan, I didn't want to like "Green Monsta", but it's a quality brew.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 ExtraStout
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear copper color with a two-finger tan head of thick foam. It left very nice sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of burnt toast malt, grasses and citrus (mostly orange).

T - It tasted of sharp burnt toast maltiness with a spicy hop kick. A good deal of bitterness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This good strong ale. It really tasted like an IPA.

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

Bought this on a lark when I was stuck for what to buy at my cross border beer joint. Saw this and thought what the heck.

Pours a nice golden color with a creamy long lasting head. Very inviting.

Smell was refreshing. I was used to hop bombs and this was very different. Clean malty smell, very mild hops.

Taste was much different then I was expecting. Somewhat sweeter than I expected. I didn't realize that this was 7% until I got onto the BA. Def a little more kick then I thought. Still refreshing though.

Mouthfeel was in keeping with a 7% beer. Solid but not syrupy.

Drinkability. Very drinkable....not overpowering and very tasty. I would have to have more than one at a sitting for sure.

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Photo of truknon
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I previoudly had this at a BBC in Framingham, Ma. I liked it so much I had to pick up a sixer at my local Wegman's store. Even though I'm a Phillies fan!! lol

At any rate, it poured beautifully into a Pint glass with a creamy white foamy head. Smell was a mix of malt and fruit, almost like a piece of Double Bubble gum!?! Has a nice clear coppery look.

Overall, I think this is a very drinkable beer. Especially, with a ABV at 7% it is not to harsh and not to weak. Definitely more than one bottle in a sitting is standard! But what beer isn't??

I will definitely buy this again!

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

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear rich amber color(what? It's not green?) with about two fingers of lingering bone white foam. A nice looking pour. Aromas and flavors are of grapefruit peel, lots of sweet malt, some caramel, medium toasted bread and grain, sweet yet slightly pungent with a hint of pine. Possibly a notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. You won't guess this ale to be 7+%. My glass was empty in no time.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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 BabyBastard
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dark shade of amber. Looks very similar to an IPA.
From the smell, you can tell this is no IPA, a malty aroma is the dominant scent to this brew.
Big malty taste is what follows the smell, barely any hop flavor to be had here. Nothing too over the top, could be a bit more balanced on the hop side, in my opinion, but still tastes decent.
Nothing too impressive with mouthfeel, about average, not too watery or overly carbonated, thought not quite what I would expect in a strong ale.
Good drinkability, alcohol is well masked, so be sure to imbibe in moderation, folks. Seems to be an average American Strong Ale here, but worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Golden-highlighted copper in color with only a faint chilled haze. A mild, creamy sheet that leaves a thin ring of lacing around the snifter while fading to an intact sheet. Thin and spotted lacing with decent strength.

Tropical fruit, brisk citrus: grapefruit primarily, and bubblegum. The alcohol presence is noxious and hot. Burnt wheat and grain; moderately adjunctory-smelling.

Bland wheat and grain that is spiked with just a bit of peppercorn. This grainy base quickly receives a diacetyl, burnt biscuit flavor. Surprisingly faint hop oils that impart a nutty, pine flavor. The alcohol presence is slightly warm and lasting, but nothing over-the-top. A very bland-tasting strong Pale.

Medium bodied; slightly rough with a burst of aggressive carbonation, but pleasantly smooth for such odd flavor components.

A boring-flavored ale. Some unpleasantness in the adjunctory grains and burnt toasted malts, but nothing offensive. Unfortunately, not all that pleasant either.

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