Green Monsta IPA | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Green Monsta IPAGreen Monsta IPA

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An All-American yeast teams up with Cascade, Amarillo, & Centennial for a home run of hops in every sip.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Initially had a thick foamy 2 finger head, faded down to a bit of foam with a reasonable amount of lacing clung to the sides. Color was a slightly hazy golden amber. Aroma was subtle, primarily a piney hop up front, with a hint of herbal citrus. Flavor was as expected from the aroma. Initially a bit watery up front then become strongly bitter, with a small touch of sour to finish it off. Felt thin in the mouth, most of the flavor was imparted on the ip of the tongue, and it felt watery in the rest of the mouth. Overall a bit better than average, but definitely not as standout as it could be.

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

Thanks to thickfreakness for passing this one my way.

This beer pours a clear copper with a two finger white head that subsides to a ring and leaves a little lace. On the nose there is a nice aroma of hop resin, pretty powerful in fact, and riding atop a base of caramel malt. In the mouth the hops very much took a backseat to the sweeter caramel flavoring. This is unfortunate in my view because while the caramel is fine, the aroma the hops gave was probably a better dominant note. The body is medium but the finish is less than ideal for me because the beer just sort of degenerates into a mixture of caramel and general bitterness.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but in a world where all kinds of breweries are making good to great IPAs, this one doesn't quite cut it for me.

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Photo of dgilks
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hand carried back for me by the parents after a recent US trip.

Clearish golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Some lacing.

Bright tropical fruit aroma. Some citrus. No pine. Light sweetness. Okay.

Slightly fruity. Mild bitterness. Sweet malt body.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

A middle of the road, straight forward IPA. More like a Pale Ale in my book but it does the job.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

New season of baseball, so a new version of Green Monsta is only fitting. Hops help out big time with the spectacular- looking head, and the brassy color underneath shows only a faint haze. Spicy, herbal and citric hop trio in the aroma; hint of ripe fruit and bread crust as well. Dry, more refined smoothness is quickly met by the semi-brash bitterness and sharp citric and oily herbal hop flavor. Suggestion of pears and mangoes in the middle from the alcohol. Maltiness is a little slim and certainly dry, with a light biscuity tone in the bitter dry finish. The American IPA style is a tough crowd—drinkable and hoppy are two things going for this beer.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- brownish gold, about a finger of head, good retention.

S- hops and spices definitely come through.

T- Hoppy, but not overly so. Fairly crisp, a little bit sweet, light spices, but not too much flavor.

M- Pretty smooth and drinkable, but not the smoothest IPA I've had.

O- A pretty average IPA. Not bad, but by no means a go to IPA. I'd rank it pretty much in the middle of the IPAs that I've tried, being a Red Sox fan the best thing about this beer is definitely its name.

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Photo of Rideguy64
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Good IPA. Have not had in quite some time. Irony is they are in my back yard, so to speak. Nothing overwhelming, but not bad. Smooth start and smooth finish, with a nice IPA flavor. Hops don't kick you in the face, nor do they kick you in the ass. It is a solid brew to drink. In fact, you could drink a couple three of these and not feel like you have been roofed.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

A: hazy; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; moderate lacing;

S: tropical fruit;

T: a let down from the aroma; earthy, with a touch of tropical fruit in the background; very little bitterness; a somewhat bland finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very drinkable, but I would have preferred to taste more of the tropical fruit and I would have liked more bitterness;

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

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru light amber with a half-finger head that soon becomes a bubbly skim. Nice little band of lace up top, though.

Big grassy and herbal aromas overshadow anything else. They could have called this Green Grass IPA; it's absolutely one of the grassiest beers I've ever tasted. Kinda odd at first, but it grew on me. Mint and herbal notes, some cereal grain. Fairly bitter. Dry and crisp malt profile allows the hops to do their thing. Interesting take on the IPA style that took me from 'huh?' to contemplating a second pint.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange colored body; big, fluffy off-white head, excellent retention and lace. Appearance is solid. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and grapefruit hops, spices, and pine.

A bit on the sweet side, again with citrusy, grapefruit forward hop flavors, some pine, general fruitiness. Light herbal and spice flavors. Malt character is mostly caramel and fairly generic, doesn’t detract from the centennial and cascade hop notes or make much of an impression at all. Bitterness is pretty moderate for a contemporary AIPA.

Carbonation is medium to high, body slightly on the thinner side. Semi-dry finish. Easy drinking. Overall a decent IPA but not a standout in a crowded field.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a decent off-white head. Some lace, but none that sticks around.

Light herbal hop notes and toasted malt, Some bread and grain.

Middle of the road American IPA. A little lean in the flavor dept. Malt is toasty but not quite intense enough. Some bread crust and fairly nondescript hoppy notes. The bitterness is good in proportion to the malt, but there is some depth missing. Finishes with some malt and longer bitterness.

Medium bodied, a little bit thinner than expected.

A decent version of the style, but really middle of the pack. I'd have it again but there are many others out there that do it better.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

was not a big fan of the original Green Monsta. Lets see if this is a bit better.

A-Pours a quite rich amber color. The bubbles rise quite aggressively. The beer is somewhat murky but there is no sediment to speak of. Head forms nicely but settles down to about half a finger's width. Leaves good lacing.

S-Grassy hops and floral hops lead the way here. As the previous review states, the is almost no citrus hop aroma here which is unusual. I am skeptical of the nose here but will keep an open mind. Bready malt background adds balance.

T-An amped up version of the nose. Grassy and floral hops hit the palate. Malt is more detectable in the taste too. A nice light bitterness sets in. The beer boasts a clean finish as well.

M-Lighter bodied. Clean finish. Well carbonated. Not too dry either.

O/D-Easy drinking. I could see this being a pretty good IPA to choose in the heat of the summer due to its rather light feel and flavor. Not a standout, but still alright. I would probably not buy another 6-pack of this unless the selection was very limited. Overall, better than the original Green Monsta, but you could find several better IPAs at any store likely to carry this in my opinion.

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Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is a heavily clouded amber-orange, translucent leaning opaque with continuous soft bubbling activity. The head is a yellow-tinted wall of foam, starting at 2 fingers and remaining a more drinkable 1 1/2 for most of the session. The lowest it goes is half a finger, and strong, leaving chunky foam in plenty.
The smell is followed accurately by the taste, the main exception being that it develops a cheddary sort of note with time. Otherwise it's got some pith and pine resin, earth, some fruits and herb, going a little too astringent in the buildup. Still, it's a good and hoppy IPA that just needs to be cleaned up.
Crispness is up front in a medium body that has a flash of something a bit sharp and goes herbal-dry into the finish, which also takes a little off the body.

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Photo of pburland23
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on a Saturday evening at my sister-in-law's in Boston.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

Beers pours a bronze amber with about a finger of fluffy off-white head. Moderate retention and lacing.

Smell is hoppy, but muted. Mostly centennial hops. It's not a hop bomb and it doesn't smell like one. An inviting aroma.

Taste was slightly underwhelming. It's hoppy, but not overly citrusy, piney or bitter. A touch of malty sweetness was present. All in all, the flavor was nice, but just not pronounced enough for my taste.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, a touch oily but otherwise, it was a nice, middle of the road drinakble IPA. Pretty good if you're in the mood for a decent beer watching a ballgame, but not much more.

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Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; a rather modest head pancakes its way down leaving a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Grassy, with peach and pine accents

Taste: Bready malts buttress the unusual hop flavors of this brew - grassy, with peach and pine tones; very herbal and assertively bitter, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While I like the peach element that is almost hidden by the other hop flavors, I really didn't care for the grassy/piney blend that dominated; an interesting and different sort of an IPA, just not something I particularly enjoyed

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Photo of Fluke828
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a best before July, 2011 notched on the label.
Poured into a Liefmans Cervoise.

A-> pours a beautiful deep amber/tawny-esque color with just about a full finger of head with lots of sticky lacing. Fabulous nucleation (thanks in large part to the glassware I'm sure but still worth noting)

S-> bouquet is tough to place. muted florals, definite spicy grassyness yet no fruity esters or anything resembling citrus is detectable. Leafy hops are present as are bready/biscuity malt aromas albeit very subtle/faint.

T-> Interesting. Hops are obviously prevalent however without the dominating bitterness. The grassy notes from the nose are indeed here but what really took center stage are the malts. Slightly sweet at the start and through the middle with a the bread/biscuit taste showing up as it rolls over the tongue. Finishes with a sweet crispyness.

M-> Very clean, crisp, and refreshing. Fairly light in body with good carbonation.

O-> Very different than most IPAs that I've had, granted my palate isn't the most developed or mature so take that with a grain of salt. But this doesn't mean the beer is bad by any means, just unique and in fact it is quite drinkable and I would imagine will be very refreshing in the coming, warmer months. I would try this again for sure....

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Photo of SawDog505
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a one inch sticky white head, plenty of lacing. Smell is tangerine, grapefruit, pine, and grass. Taste is citrus and pine up front, with grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium for the size, plenty of life, more lush than dry, and very drinkable. This is nice IPA, I love the new beers arriving in N.H all the time.

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Photo of tronester
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden orange in color with a thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel and lemon. Taste begins with some apricot, then some light caramel, then some herbal grassy flavors. The finish is piney and minty. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a pretty good ipa.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy amber color. There is a small white head which fades to a cap of bubbles.

S: Fairly hoppy. Grassy herbal notes and some pine. There are also some light fruit flavors, grapefruit and citrus. Faint biscuity malt in the background.

T: Bitter hops provide most of the flavor. Pine and grass cuttings are prominent. There is some alcohol heat which complements these flavors. Not as fruity as the aroma at all, but maltier. Some caramel, toasted malt and bread balance the heat from the alcohol and hops.

M: Relatively thin with mild but effervescent carbonation.

O: A decent IPA but not really memorable. Bitter but not overwhelming hops dominate the experience. The lingering bitterness reduces drinkability so I wouldn't want to be drinking this all night.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Best by 7/20/13.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange with lots of apparent carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy white head retain very well. Lacing manifests itself in the form of foamy clumps.

S: Fragrant nose of peach, mandarin orange, and broken pine needles. Spicy and herbal as well. Malt base or caramel and toasted biscuit. Not entirely complicated, but good and fresh.

T: Moderately aggressive push of pine resin bitterness. Pine needles. Playful fruity tastes of mango, mandarin orange, and white grapefruit. Crusty toasted malts with a hint of caramel. Bitterness builds on the mid-palate and into the finish. Drying, bitter finish of pine needles and spicy herbs.

M: Light-ish medium body. Slightly creamy. A touch watery and lacking in substance. An aggressive blast of seltzery carbonation overcompensates for the lack of dimension. Enamel scraping hop astringency.

O: A no-frills, straightforward IPA. A little more balanced and East Coast in style, though there is a good amount of bitterness. It would get lost in the crowd were it not for some sensible marketing. Its baseball connotations go a long way to sell it around here.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pub glass. Poured a "TV beer" with great color, great head, with decent lacing. The smell is of sweet hops with a slight malt back bone. The taste is very average, not much hop bitterness, not much malt sweetness, not much dank, not much of any out shining taste. Easy to drink because it is so well balanced, not in a good way. Would prefer more bite, bitterness, and sweetness from my IPAs, this one had not much of any of these. Will not seek this beer out again, but if its my only IPA choice at a ballpark, will drink plenty of them.

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Photo of Dools9
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 12/20/12, can poured into a tumbler.

A: Hazy golden orange, three fingers of thick white head recede to a skim, leaves pretty nice lace.

S: Biscuity malt, some light herbal and pine notes, some caramel and toffee sweetness.

T: Bready, biscuity malt, slight piney hop bitterness, more malt sweetness on the finish.

M: Light to medium feel, medium carbonation, pretty sessionable and goes down easy.

O: Not the freshest can but who could pass up at 6.99 a 12 pack? This would probably be a much better beer fresh and would be perfect for the beach during the hot summer time drank right out of the can. Actually kind of grew on me as it warmed a bit, worth a shot.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops, a touch of mint. Taste is bold and hoppy, bitter, a bit of citrus, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned at the brewery brewpub on 7/11/2015 in a “Wicked Big Can” 32 oz Ball double tall-ball – awesome concept since it’s a half growler that will stay fresh longer. Pours clear gold color with a massive 2-3 finger whipped foamy eggshell colored head that faded very slowly, leaving excellent spider web lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of wet grass, floral hops, orange peel, cracked wheat, lemon zest, piney hops, grapefruit, biscuit and light caramel. Well balanced with the citrus hops seemingly the dominant player in the aroma game.

Tastes is much more malty and even similar to an English IPA with the buttery biscuit, sweet malt and caramel just as prominent as the citrus and piney hops. Flavor is bready with grains and a little husk that counters the grapefruit, lemon zest and orange peel; some herbal notes and light peppery spices come in at the end along with mild bitterness. A very easy drinking IPA, which is above average tasting.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, but too thin and nearing watery; mild bitterness is nice with the light carbonation and medium body, as the taste trails off grassy with some sweetness like malt or grains mixed with the citrus. Overall it was nice and easy to drink, but it’s missing any real excitement. It looked so great out of the can that everything else was disappointing.

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Photo of scotorum
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 2/28/14.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear dark amber with a finger thick white head which receded fairly quickly to sudsy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt.

t: Pine hops forward over medium malt base, bitter and at first slightly metallic aftertaste.

m; Light to moderate.

o: An ok stronger-than-average IPA, probably great at a Red Sox game in the summer. So I'm drinking it in the wrong season. But I like to change it up. I already had a malty winter beer earlier, and plan to have a stout later. This one does not seem to have a lot of flavor competing with the hop bite, but it is refreshing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at M. J. O'Connor's Irish Pub (Waterfront location) in Boston, MA

A: Pours a hazy golden bronze in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall slightly sudsy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing were observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted biscuit and caramel malts with some tropical/floral hops aromas of peach along with a stronger aroma of pine hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted biscuit and caramel malts that give it just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by the slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tropical/peach/mango and strong pine hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness (which is somehow not aggressive) which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Strangely, it was a little creamy (as if it was a nitro-pour but since I watched the bartender pour it, I know it was not).

O: I found this beer to be fairly easy to drink and quite enjoyable - a nice beer for an early Friday afternoon of a long weekend of vacation. I found the hop presence to be good but more East coast style (rather than the aggressiveness of a West cost style). I could probably have a couple of these in a session because it drinks a little lighter than it is.

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Green Monsta IPA from Wachusett Brewing Company
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