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 Rudgers73
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured at Acme in Rochester, NY.

Nice deep copper in color with a light, thin foam head. Smells very green, as the name indicates. Floral and grassy hops are the general smell of the beer. Not much more is sniff-able through this. The taste is pretty much the same. Big floral hop punch at the front and then a relatively light and thin bodied malt follows through. It could stand to be a bit more balanced for a strong ale, IMO. More like a strong IPA to me.

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Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blurry pumpkin peel thanks to a surprising amount of suspended yeast. The darker color suggests some amount of caramel malt, although it isn't quite *muddy* pumpkin. The pale khaki crown is richly creamy and nicely sticky, which leads to some pretty impressive lace.

Wachusett calls this offering a BIG pale ale. It doesn't smell like one. Nor does it smell like an American strong ale. In fact, it doesn't smell like much of anything at all. A little caramel malt, a little earthiness... that's it.

I can see how the brewery thinks of Green Monsta as a beefed up pale ale. On the other hand, isn't a big APA an IPA? The beer tastes a little like an aged SN Celebration Ale, only not as caramel malty and not citric hoppy. And not as good.

The flavor profile consists of English toffee, a generic fruitiness, spent tea leaves, a hint of butterscotch and an herbal-earthiness from Fuggles and East Kent Goldings. The beginning and middle are balanced, with bitterness edging ahead of sweetness at the wire. Warming ties things together more tightly and allows the drinkability score to be bumped.

The only thing holding the mouthfeel back from the next highest score is slightly too tingly carbonation. It's at least medium (bordering on medium-full), is reasonably smooth and doesn't lose its way on the finish.

Wachusett's Green Monsta doesn't do enough things right to be considered good craft beer. A monsta really should be more aggressive. That said, this was an enjoyable ride, especially during ounces 8 through 12. Thanks to TheManiacalOne for the bottle.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber, with a thick, creamy head. Sheeting lace on the glass.
Pretty mellow aroma. Hoppy, but not assaulting. Plenty of toasty malt to back it up. Bright apple fruitiness. The hops present a resiny, earthy tone, rather than bright, shiny and citrusy.
The flavor opens with plenty of sweet, caramelized maltiness. Despite it's name, this one remains balanced. The hops never overtake the flavor, which is almost a letdown. I'd expect something named after the formidable Fenway obstacle to have a little more bite. The hops provide more flavor than bitterness, in the way of pine and woody resin. The malt feels pretty full and rich, with a dense mouthfeel, so I expect a generous amount of ingredients went into this from both angles. The hops do their job of retaining the malt, but don't provide any extra kick in the finish. Good flavors, nothing off putting, but I was anticipating a nice little kick in the teeth.
If a beer was named Green Monsta, complete with the MAccent, I would expect something very green in the way of our favorite plantThis fails to deliver in that acpect, but it's still a fine beer overall. If anything, the name detracts from an otherwise solid brew. A little on the sweeter side, which leads me to believe I wouldn't want more than two in a sitting.

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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 lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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 MSchae1017
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JahNoth for this one

I poured this one into a Dogfish Head Pint Glass.

The beer displays a deep golden, not quite amber color underneath a just off white head. The head easily erupts to two fingers of head. After dissipating, a nice ring, plenty of wisps of foam and a good amount of lace are left behind.

The aroma is quite malty. I am picking up honey and caramel.

The flavor is similar. Very malty displaying characteristics of sweet honey, caramel, bread dough, and a tea like hop characteristic.

The body is medium-full, which is great on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit lively, but smooth.

Overall...a bit too sweet for my taste. It just seems like it needs some balance. If strong sweet pale malty ales are you thing, go for it, this just happens not to be my preference.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of kkosmoski
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazed copper in the pint glass with a pillowy white head. Some decent cling to the sides on the way down. Aroma included toast with some faint caramel, a touch of spicy hop, and a bit of fruity yeast. Flavor is kicked off with a caramel sweetness in addition to a smooth, sweet citrus bitterness. This is followed by a faint metallic hit on the tongue, which transitions into a sweet malty finish. Bitterness pops back up in the aftertaste as the malt subsides. Creamy in the mouth with an adequate, soft carbonation and medium-full body. Some warming sneaks up between sips. A fairly balanced ale - it is a bit more malt-dominated, but there is a decent bitterness to back it up. The level of alcohol lowers the drinkability some.

A pretty balanced American Strong Ale. No huge, dominating flavors are present. Maybe a kicked up American Amber is what they were going for. I feel like they could have gotten the same amount of flavor out of a brew of lesser potency, but it is afterall called a Monsta.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper. Fairly solid head of foam.

S - Fruity, some apple and citrus. Some sort of berry aroma and light tropical fruit.

T - Quite malty but with a solid hop kick. Solidly bitter, with a bit husky grain and a rich combination of fruit. Little bit of grassiness.

M - A bit too carbonated for me, would be good to tone that down a bit.

D - Overall, an interesting and tasty pale ale.

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Photo of taez555
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clean clear orange/tan body with a pillowy white head.

Nose is very malt and dominated by a soft caramel malt.

Taste is medium bodied with a nice rich and well balanced caramel malt. There's a nice balanced citric hop taste, with touches of leaves and some mild grapefruit peel, as well as very well balanced, almost muted hot bitterness. The 7% ABV is no where to be found, it almost taste like a 5% or less beer. There's a very chewy, very bread doughy, caramel malt taste that's very nice and almost overshadows the hops. Ends with a clean lingering, almost dopelbock style malt finish.

You know, I really like Wachusett beers, yet for some reason this one just doesn't do it for me. It's a wanna be big beer, but compared to others in it's field(SN Celebration, etc), it's just plain boring and forgettable. It's not bad by any means, it's just if you call a beer the GREEN MONSTA, I'm just expecting a little more "oomph", and sadly that oomph is a little lacking.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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 kbnooshay
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a gloriously hazy orange amber with lots of carbonation racing to the top and a frothy off white head. Great rings of lace are left behind as i consume. The smell is of citric and floral hops with some nice maltiness. Flavor is outstanding. The rich roasted malt flavor is incredibly tasty and balances perfectly with the musty and earthiness of the hop side of the brew. Complex but also very balanced. Quite possibly the best American strong ale i have had to date. The feel is creamy, sticky and tingly from the carbonation. Very drinkable especially for the 7.3%.

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Photo of Viggo
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a very hazy dark amber, with some orange in the edges, thick off white head forms, very dense, drops a nice amount of lacing on the glass, great retention, head really sticks around in a thick ring. Smell is a little strange, almost smells like nothing. Light caramel, vanilla/banana, very soft fruits, bit of grains and bread, not much. Taste is similar, light caramel and bread up front, vanilla, floral, some sweet fruit and toast in the finish, a bit of spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth. Weirdly tasteless, but the aroma is worse, light all around but still somewhat enjoyable.

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Photo of dippy
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice light orange with crispy white head. nice 2 fingers that leave spots of lacing.

Smell is very citrus and slightly floral.

Taste is a nice belnd of hop and sweet. Kinda yeasty sweetness, Banana? HOps are citrusy, grapefruit with bite.

While i enjoyed this beer it left me wanting. I would drink it again and enjoy it but it wasn't enough to work into my regular rotation.

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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 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 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 prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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 ShrLSU
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy bronze in color with a light white head that left nice lacing around the edges.

Smell - A nice balance of hoopy and malty.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This has a bready taste. Then maybe some caramel malts and a good hop bite.

Drinkability - If I lived up in Boston this would probably find its way into my fridge quite often. This would make a great session beer. Very easy to drink and highly enjoyable!

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

Pours a hazed coppery orange with a creamy khaki colored head. Fruity aroma with caramel, roasted malt and feint grapefruit. The mouthfeel is medium with a prickly airy carbonation to it. There's a piney hoppiness upfront that's followed by flavors of caramel and citrus from the hops. Pleasant ale fruitiness that arrives midway and finishes with a resiny bitterness.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden/copper,with a thin white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is bready,and sweet.Body is on the heavy side with some carbonation. Taste is a sweet and bready up front with a bit of hops in the finish.Balanced,and the alchol is well hidden. Worth a try for sure.

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

Appearance- It is a copper colored beer with a little bit of carbonation tin the body. It has great head and lace. It is a nice looking beer.

Smell- It has a little bit of a burnt aroma at first but a citrus like scent takes over.

Taste- It has a nice fruity bitterness in the flavor. It wasn't as hop filled as I thought it would be but I was not disappointed by that.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and dry.

Drinkability- I enjoyed it and if I did not live where live I would try it again.

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