Sunday, August 23, 2009

54. Wachusett Green Monsta Pale Ale

Green Monsta Pale Ale is from Wachusett Brewing Company in Westminster, MA. And as the label and website attests, it is a BIG Pale Ale. We hope those at Wachusetts don’t take this the wrong way, but it was not as big as we thought it would be.

Green Monsta has a bready, hoppy nose, and a reddish copper color with a creamy off-white head. Beginning with a dry malt and biscuit flavor and moving into sweeter maltiness with reciprocal hop bitterness, Green Monsta then finishes oddly: it is kind of sour or something, almost like the biscuitness returns to drown out the hop bitterness or there is some sort of lager finish going on. Either way, we weren’t sure what to make of it. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. All in all, it works, but we still feel let down by the promise of it being a BIG Pale Ale, and then getting this. You can call us lame for being suckers and believing in the advertising, but the truth is the reality still hurts when one’s hope is crushed. Khan!!!

From the Wachusett website: “A BIG PALE ALE with an awesome balance of Belgian malts with Fuggles and East Kent Golding hops.”

ABV: 6.4%
IBU: 53


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