Mas Verde
River Roost Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #349
Ranked #1,657
4.31 | pDev: 5.57%
River Roost Brewery
Vermont, United States
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from the source enjoyed at home.
Hazy cloudy bright yellow in color with a bone white head that shows moderate retention. Tropical earthy citrus with hints of pine. Sweet bread and seltzer round out the flavors nicely.

Mar 02, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange — a little creamy, a little murky — with a fat finger of off-white head. Good retention and thick rings of lacing.

Retrained aroma of dusty pine, spearmint and even a little strawberry.

Sweet and creamy tasting up front, like some mushy overripe fruit (peach? strawberry? fruit cup medley?), which is quickly replaced by flash of the spearmint and some piney bitterness in the finish. No one flavor really dominates in the aftertaste, but the piney bitterness lingers the most.

Heavier than medium bodied with some definite creaminess to the feel and a kiss of fizz to the carbonation.

Very tasty. The “green” name is fairly apt, despite some unique flavors in this one.

Nov 21, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
No date (Consumed Aug-24)

It pours hazy orange-gold with a short-lived finger of frothy off-white head. Little lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit and grass clippings with an herbal, almost vegetal bite in the background. The flavor follows suit with a more pronounced sugar cookie malt body, mango, peach and a little earthy hop flavor. It has a lingering sweet finish, light carbonation and a juicy feel to it. It definitely has a "Verde" vibe to it, layers of fruity and planty hop aroma and flavor. The flavor in particular, really grew on me. It is definitely stonefruity, but there is a nice vegetal, resin counterpoint that is by no means assertive but is there and definitely makes this one have a unique taste. I'm pretty sure I've had this before on tap and don't recall liking it as much as this, but my palate is WAY fresher today than it was then. A nice, fruity IPA with a faint little kick to it. Drinkable, juicy, leafy and delicious.


Aug 24, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid brew with a golden haze and very smooth mouthfeel. Good hop and grain smell with pineapple and other cirus on the nose as well. Tasty and good drinking.

Aug 13, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned on: 6/7/19
Mink the bear

Full-on golden haze. Murky but bright...
White frosted gold. You get the idea...
Silky white foam cover. Constant coverage and intricate lacing.

Deep and earthy hop aromatics pop out first. Deep spice and dried herbs mixed with a very creamy tropical fruitiness. These hops have an incredible smell. Bananas and cream, tart mango chunks and pineapple. Light malted grains have a rather creamy and wonder bread thing happening. Nice nose.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, soft and pillowy. Fresh bite starts light, then it's silky. Dry, bitter earthy lingers and still finishes juicy, but fades out to watery and mild at the last minute.

The hop flavors are vast, complexity in the overall affect is deep. Earth spice, dried leaves, green tea, grapefruit with mango and dried fruit, trail mix style. The malty side is a combo of light grains, herbal and lager-ish sourness that holds it all down. A strange vanilla creamy effect rides right through the middle.

Good: The hops depth of charecter
O.k: creamy feel and flavor
Blah: texture and feel drops to a watery finish

Jun 16, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Courtesy of @jhavs

This beer captures my first experience with River Roost Brewery out of White River Junction, VT.

Since I’ve never had a beer from this brewery I’m going completely blind other than the information on the can.

Mas Verde IPA. 6.7%. Canned on 5/15.

Look: The beer pours an opaque, golden yellow & light amber color. The murk monster rears it’s beautiful head here. No visible carbonation. Bone white, fluffy head that settles down leaving a lot of lacing in its wake. The appearance has NE written all over it.

Purely based on personal preference I’ll note zero sediment upon final dump of the contents into my glass.

Smell: Gummy bear candy. A lot. Cooked grain, like that smell that whacks you in the face when you walk into a brewery. On the back is a green, skunky, dankness. There is a banana / coconut aspect to this IPA that screams Sabro. I don’t know what hops are in here but I’m guessing that’s one of them. This aspect shines beautifully as the beer warms and it’s absolutely delightful. Touch of spearmint and any previously noted skunky/dank notes are gone.

Taste: Light banana (think hefe), coconut and overly ripened mango. Not the most spearmint forward IPA I’ve had, but a nice undertone. Sweet, bready malt flavor. Slightly grassy and herbal bitterness is soft at first but really grows on the finish. Rather old school West Coast on the finish. The beer dries out slowly and nicely, adding some depth to the drinking experience.

Overall: The nose is really nice, but the cooked grains come across as rather unrefined and slightly detract for me. Though the fruitiness takes over and this aspect goes away as I go through this can. I really like the flavor. What I think is Sabro combined with the spearmint, and green, bitter finish are really tickling my fancy. This IPA has a unique flavor profile and feels natural as opposed to manufactured like some of these new school lPA’s. Well crafted, overall.

Jun 03, 2019
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TimothyD11 from New York

4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just a lovely New England IPA...wonderful blend of green (verde!) inoffensive hops and tropical fruit juice...I thoroughly enjoyed this. This ought to be in the 4.5 range here.

Mar 25, 2019
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold and murky with a dense white head. Nice globs of lacing on the glass. Smell is mainly pineapple to me with a bit of grapefruit and a decent amount of pine. Tastes only lightly sweet with grapefruit and pineapple. A nice bitter pine finish. There is a lot of carb which makes the beer feel both creamy yet light. Really great beer.

Jan 18, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lighter golden color, looked a bit white while pouring. Very hazy and murky. 2 finger white head. The head is quite frothy, and long lasting. The foam is just clinging to the glass for dear life as it dissipates.
The nose is kinda light. I do get some citrus from the hops. I smell a bit of pineapple. Just not a lot going on with the aroma.
Taste - Pineapple is there, a slight pine hop.
Slightly creamy, slightly juicy. Decent bodied.
Delicious IPA from River Roost.

Jan 17, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold growler poured into my snifter. Filled the growler at the brewery. The beer pours a cloudy goldenrod color with a fluffy bleached white head of 3 cm. The foam slowly slips down the sides of my glass and remains a thin surface layer and clingy edge layer throughout the sampling.
The aroma is citrusy and tropical with pineapple and orange mixing with some mango. A little bit of a grassy note comes through as well.
The first sip reveals an average body with medium carbonation and a bit of a slick mouthfeel.
The flavor is what I expect from the nose. I get a bit of biscuit malt and then all hops with grapefruit and mango with a bit of a peach hit. The hops drop out on the finish a bit and the alcohol is well hidden throughout. The lingering peach flavor on this beer is nice and I enjoy this experience, glad to have tried this brew.

Sep 23, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super hazy golden orange with two fingers of frothy off white head that didn't stick around very long.
Smells of sweet citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, some tropical notes.
Tastes follows grapefruit, pineapple, a little sweet malt comes through.
Medium to full bodied, very soft feel.
Overall very greatful to see these cans. Great brew!

Jun 15, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

juicy, grapefruit, and green qualities. danky notes and herbaceous/pine notes playing around with sweet candied orange and peaches and cream. mouthfeel is soft and its very well integrated and easy drinking as a result. clean and balanced IPA with some great citric flavors.

Apr 05, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic grapefruit nose. Beer played less citrusy and more herbal than expected. No notes available, but I'm guessing Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin--maybe Columbus involved somehow. Very earthy end taste. Makes me want to try more River Roost brews. They can craft.

Jan 31, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT.

This one pours a very and thick milkshake looking orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This is a grapefruit/tangerine bomb- so sticky and pungent on the nose- with crackery malt and some lemon and lime.

The taste brings much of the same, with a big dose of juicy and candied fruit flavor- grapefruit/tangerine/lemon/lime, with just a hint of supportive crackery malt, and the slightest hint of bitterness.

This is medium bodied, creamy and surprisingly full- with a milkshake light consistency.

River Roost continues to be a very impressive IPA factory- they're making beers that approach the masters of the style in Vermont.

Jan 15, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a completely opaque golden orange color with a mountain of pure white head that refuses to go away. Leaves a hilarious amount of cobweb lacing before finally settling into a thick foam that floats atop the beer like a fuzzy turd.

The aroma brings tons and tons of grapefruit and tangerine up front, followed by a wave of pineapple. There's some faint cracker malt and spicy pine on the back end.

The taste is full of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange juice. There's some subtle mango and pine notes before a sweet cracker malt backbone. Very nicely balanced.

The feel is lighter in body with moderate carbonation. Very crisp, with plenty of hop bite on the finish.

Overall, this is one hell of an IPA. It shoves your mouth full of hops but has plenty of malt presence in the back room to provide balance. As others have said, this has similarities to Tree House Green. It's like Green-lite.

Nov 02, 2017
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Mikee440 from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice beer here. Just the right amount of citrusy IPA goodness balanced by a lighter delicate mouth feel. Smooth and not bitter. Subtle and expressive all in one gulp.

Sep 01, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Some lace but not too much, even that just didn't seem like it wanted to stick around.
The aroma had some sweet crushed pineapple, ruby red grapefruit pulp, springy fresh lime sweetness and seemed to add just a pinch of that lime in a light "zing" at the end right before some cracker sweetness.
The flavor was moderately sweet providing the "zing" from the lime to bounce with some bitterness from some grapefruit rind. Seemed to balance extremely well and then flowing superbly into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Finish had a sturdy bitterness without being astringent to remind me that it was a very nice AIPA.
Overall, really nice AIPA. Seemed to be the kind where we're starting to make that transition to this New England styled IPA, but is it 100% there? To me, it's almost there.

Jul 23, 2017
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Phishagonia from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 64oz growler into tulip glass. This pours a very hazy, pale orange, almost grapefruit juice appearance. A nice medium-sized frothy head gives way to a fair amount of lacing. The smell on this guy is of tart tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, and a hint of a malt backbone. The taste follows suit, a lot of hop goodness going on here. Tropical fruits, some tart, some sweet hit the tongue with a nice balanced finish, albeit a little bitter. Another standout beer from River Roost! Not sure if this is purely coincidental, but with the name of this beer, appearance, and flavor profile, it does remind me a lot of Green from Tree House. However, this is one beer I will keep seeking out whenever I'm up in WRJ. River Roost never disappoints!

Jun 04, 2017
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml growler, filled at the brewery earlier today. Served in a tulip.

Pours a completely opaque straw-yellow like a glass of grapefruit juice with a scant half-finger of soft, creamy suds. Zero retention but leaves a bubbly ring and some chunky wads of lacing.

This is a fantastic smelling beer and I'm not even sure what I'm smelling. A complicated melange of crackers, lemongrass, tree leaves, lime and yeast.

Taste follows the nose, crackers, fresh shredded green leafy minty herbs, citrus rind, spicy, peppery wheat and smoky earth. Juicy, sharp, earthy, spicy, dank, all of these things. Finishes fast and clean with just a little pine bitterness.

Feel is sharp and clean, medium-light bodied and brightly carbonated.

The earth moved for me. This is seriously terrific stuff. It seems like every month or so I say OMG! that may have been the best IPA EVER! but, for what it's worth, OMG! that may have been the best IPA EVER!

May 13, 2017
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LordRogan from New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As we say in Old England (like New England, but old), this was the dog's bollocks.

Growler into some sort of glass (can't remember and anyway, who gives a s*^t).

Hazy, smooth, slightly sweet citrus delight. Got mostly grapefruit though some fainter tropical fruits in the back.
Not massive malt character just super smooth citrus delight. A GREAT IPA.

My scoring is justifiably high though I may be 0.5 extra because they're 10 minutes from my house! Wooo!

Feb 03, 2017
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say, this was exceptional. I have been rooting for these guys because of how close they are to my home and have thought everything they have made has been good. This was better than good.

Tasting at brewery, then growler poured into tulip at home.

Hazy, golden, glows when held up to the light. Slightly off-white head, thick foamy bubbles, settles slowly into ring around the tulip.

The aroma is bright, juicy, and filled with varied citrus including rind, pulp, and straight up juice. Not all sweet citrus though, nice grapefruit rind to settle things down into a beautiful balanced bouquet.

The taste is as expected. Big bright hoppy citrus flavors burst onto your tongue. The flavor is balanced by an even bitterness and slight malt background. Slight sweetness keeps everything together.

Moderate carbonation and medium body. Smooth and easy to drink. No aspect overpowers another.

I am very impressed by this brew and would be happy to share it with any of my BA compadres.

Jun 23, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/8/16, growler filled a couple days ago

A: Honey-gold with some light tangerine at the core - hazy and mostly opaque - pours with a medium size, white head, fades to a wispy cap, maintains a small collar, leaves spots of lacing

S: Juicy and lightly dank - juicy citrus flesh, mostly tangerine and orange - ruby red grapefruit - lightly resinous, dank - mildly leafy hops and a touch of mint - white grapes, mango, and passion fruit - some sweetness - pale grains and light malts at the base

T: Fruity and crushable - tangerine, orange, and ruby red grapefruit flesh, juice, and some zest - herbal, floral, and grassy notes - touch of mint, touch of pine - medium bitterness - fruity, with some fleshy white grapes, melon, mango, and passion fruit - some light, fruity sweetness, hint of sugar - neutral pale malts, light bread

M: Medium body, more smooth than crisp, medium carbonation, mostly clean finish

O: Uno mas por favor

Mas Verde has a juicy, fleshy fruit hop profile that is on the sweet side, but it's still highly crushable. Considering all of the beers I've had from River Roost (except for the stout) were hoppy, this is not a dramatic jump up in the hop bill. I look forward to the upcoming DIPA!

Apr 09, 2016
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