Off The Wall: Green Monster

deschutes-green-monsterName: Green Monster (Reserve Series)
Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Bend, Oregon
Style: American Wild Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.00%
First Brewed: 2013
Price: $13.99

Ricky’s Thoughts

Earlier tonight Michelle invited us over to drink. We have been trying to schedule some time with them for a while, but we didn’t have anything else tonight, so we headed over. They just got back from Ohio, and brought back some beers from Great Lakes Brewing Company. From Dortmunder to Eliot Ness, I like everything they make.

To celebrate, we brought a bottle of Stone Suede and Deschutes Green Monster. Both of these beers are rare, and Brian really wanted to try them. If he is dragging back Great Lakes, we could bring some bombers of rare beer. We also missed Dakine’s driveway tasting. I owe it to him to drink a few good beers tonight.

We have 2 bottles of Green Monster, and I wanted to drink 1 now and age 1 until the desired drink after date. The drink after date is listed on the bottle, but I can’t wait a year to drink this bottle. Why not share it with friends? Cheers!

In the Glass: It’s not green! I didn’t expect it to be green, but it would be cool if it was! The beer pours a dark brown with a nice thick head. Not much lace, but I know this will be good. Bottoms up!

Nose: It smells like sour wood. This beer is aged in wine barrels, and it’s obvious. Also, the best after date is 9/1/14, but I wanted to drink a bottle fresh. I’ve heard it’s sour and too hot… But I like sour beers. It’s only 7.4%, so I’m not sure where the heat comes from.

Flavor: Here we go… Are you ready for this? I am!!! Oh. My. God!!! That is so sour and I LOVE it. I don’t get much wine flavor here, but it’s cold. I know this will get better as it heats up. There weren’t many of these releases in Arizona. I heard there were only 30 cases released in Arizona. We got 2 bottles, and that’s all I wanted.

I can’t get over how sour this is. I also love the label. If I was doing a blind taste test, I would think this was a Belgian beer. Do you know how they make sour beers in Belgium?

Mouthfeel: There isn’t much going on here. It has a nice subtle carbonation to it, but the sour flavors are what overwhelm this beer. That’s not a bad thing! I will be curious to see what it tastes like with some age on it. I bet the bubbles mellow out and while it will still be sour in a year, I bet the sour also mellows out for a more enjoyable and easier to drink beer. Ugh… I want to open the other bottle right now!

Aftertaste: The sour flavor hangs on, and finishes with a nice drying flavor.

I am VERY happy with this beer. I like sour beers, and this is just a great release. I like most… Everything Deschutes has released. Their limited release beers are the best, and this is one of the best I’ve had from them. I’m a happy beer drinker right. Cheers!

Green Monster: The Bottle Says: “MISTAKES HAPPEN, MONSTERS ARE BORN… LUCKY US.”

Rating: 4.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Ricky has been talking about this beer for a while now.  He’s been very excited to drink it.  Someone must be on a sour kick right now, because it seems like we’ve had a lot of them lately.  And he loves them.  I, on the other hand, like them ok, but I’m not sure I like them quite as much as he does.  And some of them are just downright too sour, in my opinion.  Let’s see how the Green Monster measures up.

We are trying this tonight with some Great Lakes beers, which are really good.  So far, it’s been a really nice tasting evening with our friends Michelle and Brian, who are the ones that brought back the Great Lakes beers with them from Ohio.  I’m so glad to try them again… I really love their Edmund Fitzgerald, it’s a pretty good porter. Anyway, back to the Green Monster.

In the glass, it’s dark brown, with a pretty decent head.  Almost looks like a brown.  Let’s try it.  I bet it sure doesn’t taste like one!  First sip… yep, this one is sour.  But honestly, I don’t find this one to be too sour.  It’s actually pretty good, and it’s pretty balanced.  Sour is the most prevalent flavor here, that’s for sure.  That’s about what I expected.  It’s good, and I’d drink it again.  I’m actually curious to see what the other bottle we have tastes like in a year, after the drink by date.  But I guess that will have to wait.  Maybe we’ll do another review of it then.

Rating: 3.5/5

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