Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wachusett Green Monsta IPA

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1005) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best by date of 3/7/14 and cost $2.79 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark gold to orange hue. Carbonation visible. Pours to a fairy large, white, frothy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Strong aroma of pine needles and orange fruit.

Taste: It’s pretty obvious that Wachusett Green Monsta IPA is named after Fenway Park’s left field wall. However, if you’re going to name your beer "monster," even as a joke, you need to be more than just plain good. That’s not to say this beer is a failure, just that it doesn’t quite live up to its name. It’s a tame, drinker-friendly, well-balanced beer. Satisfying to be sure, but nothing approaching beastly.

What’s interesting about this beer is it has qualities found in East Coast, West Coast and even Midwestern IPAs due to its hop varietals. The Cascade imparts pine and resin, the Amarillo imparts citrus, and the Centennial imparts some flowers or perfume, respectfully. It’s more of a real hop flavor than raw bitterness, which is actually kind of nice. Though the malt backbone is not quite as pronounced as it seems like a generic amber or honey malt base without much sweetness. It reminds me more of a pale ale than an IPA. Though there is a strong bitterness on the finish with all pine, flowers and citrus flavors all returning at once. Drinking this beer is quite an interesting experience.

Drinkability: If you want a easily drinkable IPA, then Green Monsta is for you. The mouthfeel is not too intense and a bit on the thinner, more tepid end of the spectrum, though there is a distinct crispness to the finish. There’s little hop bitterness in the aftertaste and it’s actually refreshing for a moment while in the mouth. At 6.1% ABV, it’s quite tempting to session this beer, though I think it should be appreciated for its versatility since it works well on its own or as a meal companion. 
Grade: 7/10