Tonight I decided to go local with my beer choice and picked up a six pack of Wachusett Brewing Green Monsta Ale. The name is taken off the fact a local sports team has a large green wall at their park and people are not known to pronounce their R’s around here. Enough with the name, on to the beer.
A clear, orange-red body filled the pint glass, with an ample top of two fingers white head. As the beer receded through the tasting a nice lace stickage was left on the glass walls. The aromas were quite subdued with some malt, which were sweet and ever so slightly burnt, and hops, which were of wood and earth. Neither overpowered the other and each had their time to shine. I did notice a slight alcohol note too, but everything else was what one might expect from a pale ale, though not necessarily “a big pale ale” as expressed on the label.
The taste is where this beer got interesting. A light to medium body met the tongue and so did the malt and hops. Once again neither overpowered each other. The malt had a chance to shine with some nice bread-sweetness, and the hops were able to have some face time with a nice bitterness strike. When I thought the beer was all done, a spice note hit the back of my mouth. Since I noticed no hint of spice in the beer’s aroma, this was completely unexpected. I know this sounds strange, but the spice was nutmeg, and it was good. I am not talking about “holiday beer” style nut meg flavoring, but definitely nut meg. Yeah, I’m still confused by it.
Everything about this beer was very general “pale ale” to me, until the end. The spice ending set this beer apart. My guess is the spice came from the Belgian yeast (As the beer warmed, it was originally coming out of a 50-ish degree beer fridge, I noticed some yeast flavoring in the finish) they used in the brewing process, and I salute them for using it. The ending might not be for everyone, but for me the beer warrants another purchase.