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Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) - Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale)Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale)

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225 Ratings

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really rather enjoy this IPA, not because it's an especially hoppy or even a very good IPA. But I enjoy the flavor, and the alcohol content seems to be on the lower side, and it hasn't got a very strong flavor. Basically, I enjoy it for a sort of all purpose sipping beer for weeknights when I want some flavor, but nothing too strong or with too high an ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 15:30:45 | More by kIPA
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3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden on the pour with a mild haze. Creamy white head settles to a half-inch crown, but never goes away. Lacing coats the glass in thin sheets.

S: Very floral on the nose. Soft, perfumey hop scents. Wildflowers. Hints of tropical fruits. Mango, apricot, and peach. Toasty, grainy malt base with subtle caramel.

T: Just as in the nose, the hop tastes are predominantly floral. Pithy. Young plant shoots. Citrus and tropical fruits flit across the palate briefly. Lemon pith, peach, nectarine. Bitterness is tame, and takes its time easing itself on the palate. Honeyed grain and thin, runny caramel provide a simple but pleasing malt base. Honeyed grain and floral hop on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth on the palate. Carbonation is sharp and crisp. Mild hop oils.

O: A very simple IPA, but that's not a bad thing. It won't turn heads, but it's straightforward and pleasing. A good training wheels sort of IPA; those newer to the style can use it to get their bearings before tackling the larger hop monsters.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 16:52:19 | More by ryan1788a5
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into becker pint glass; clear bright orange with a huge flufy white head that leaves a good amount of medium lacing. Smell is a nice blend of crackery malts and sweet/herbal hops. Taste is tame and balanced; crackery biscuity malt is paired perfectly with a dash of bitter and herbal hops. I've had better IPAs in this tamer vein, but this one isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 02:31:05 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 15, 2013.

It is an attractive looking copper-amber color with some golden hues and a full off-white head.

The aroma is floral and earthy with hops with a more muted pale malt and sweet ester. Bitterness is the key.

The body is light to medium and there is a bit of a creaminess too.

The taste has a nice sweetness along with its bold hoppy bitterness at the end. While I found this to be a nice IPA I prefer their Green Monsta over this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 21:59:41 | More by puboflyons
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a single bottle in a self mixed 6 pack.

A: Rust color, 1 finger head, dissolved quickly

S: Citrus and grapefruit smell, pleasant

T: Slight grapefruit taste with slight bitterness, smooth

M: Medium body, smooth, very little aftertaste

O: Easy drinkable, a good IPA

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:08:09 | More by CorvetteMike
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4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from mixed 12 pack, probably like 2 months old.

A: a clear orange rust, thin had died quick, could be a dirty glass.

S: a nice piney and grapefruit aroma, smells like cascade. Classic American ipa.

T: a punch of grapefruit and pine comes, some caramel, toffee and bready flavors from the malt. Definitely some American yeast in the bready. Finishes very floral and herbal, is like a better version of sierra Nevada. Finish is dry and bitter.

M: medium to low carbonation, slightly creamy and syrupy, pretty full for the Abv. Definitely could session these.

O: a really solid ipa, great balance of hops, malt and yeast. Better than green monster, good example of a simple but great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:48:04 | More by BigCheese
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3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass pouring a hazed golden copper with a half inch of sticky foam. Nose of citric hops and a bit of tropical fruit along with a subtle pine backdrop.

Flavor is coarse and grainy with pale malts along with a resurgence of orange and pine notes.

Feel and finish offers a moderate bitterness with a somewhat brief finish. Overall a bit lacking as for depth for an IPA yet pleasant and drinkable.

Overall a fairly drinkable IPA, rather dry in delivery and without a distracting caramel malt profile. Offers a light level of bitterness but a good hop aroma. Easy and unoffensive, yet not memorable either.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:53:34 | More by HalfFull
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1.28/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Note: While I'm no expert and I haven't been reviewing beers for a long time (also back from a bit of a hiatus) but this is just awful. Wachusett is revered in the area I live almost as much as Sam Adams and much like Sams I don't see the point. What pains me especially is that I love an IPA, especially an American IPA (my favorite) and this is terrible. It was one of the first beers I ever had and turned me off of IPAs until I was a little over 22. I literally thought as I drank this for the first time, "maybe I don't like IPAs?". I'm confident it wasn't from a bad batch either. This was my 4th Wachusett IPA and they all fared about the same in my opinion. Onto the review

Appearance: A golden, rustic color. The lacing retains itself to the glass sparsely and is thin and not that sticky. As you drink the beer the head fades from a thin collar to just about nothing around the edge of the glass. Slightly carbonated but no noticeable bubbles. This is the best part of the beer.

Smell: Sweet malts, faint hops, nothing too special that stands out. With the flavor in my mouth I can detect some citris (mainly lemon).

Taste: Awful is the most elegant way to put it. For an IPA there is no bite and the aftertaste is washed out. Nothing lingers on your tongue. Another user described it as "Bland" for IPA which might have been true if not for...

Mouthfeel: I've never used this to describe a beer before but I would have to say - Painful. I felt distress holding this thing in my mouth. My mother watched me drink this and she was laughing at the face I made every time I put the beer to my mouth. I have had worse experiences but this is the worst for an IPA. There was no volume to it and unlike water it wasn't a neutral feel to hold in my mouth.

Overall: One word - skip

Serving type: straight from the tap at Keeper's Pub

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 18:20:05 | More by TheElusiveAlexT
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Golden copper, amber color, two fingers of lightly tan head. Nice lacing, good retention.

S: Sweet cracker malts, light pine and citrus hops.

T: Not overly bitter in the hops department but still very pleasant. Pine and citrus, some light buttery quality, grainy sweetness from the malts. Its balanced and easy drinking.

M: Light medium bodied, nice and smooth.

O: Not bad, definitely an easy drinker and would fit the bill for a more moderate ipa drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 18:33:55 | More by Dools9
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy light brown-copper coloring with only the slightest film coating. Aromas of lemongrass and citrus hops, but mild. Flavors are crisp and light, with a bitter green backbone blending with a toffee sweet character. Grassy, peppery hops impart a bitter profile onto your palate. Bitter, resiny aftertaste with a dry, slick finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 21:00:43 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.
served over three months from best before notch.

pours a mostly clear, golden/slightly amber tone while yielding a solid 1" foamy head. moderate retention; lacing in patches. nose is good, albeit unexceptional. hop-forward (citrus, some pine, maybe a touch of floral) with a definite malty presence.

taste is better than i was expecting judging from the aroma. nice balance between the hoppy notes and the caramel malty backbone. pretty tasty, actually. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, while not a tremendous beer, the wachusett IPA is really hitting the spot on this warm summer evening. i'm enjoying it quite a bit.

(originally reviewed: 07-27-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:18:01 | More by BostonHops
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good local beer here in MA. I enjoy it's smooth taste not to hoppy for a IPA but it is good over all.
Like just after you mow the yard.
I like the flavor when you just open it and it hits your mouth, very smooth.
The smell is great also not that super IPA smell but just right.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 20:58:25 | More by BOSMECH
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3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a brilliant medium copper with a substantial light tan head.

Aroma: Good hoppy tones with some sweet malt giving depth.

Taste: Nice hoppy bitterness throughout, especially in the finish. Malt adds a good backbone. Could use some more hops, IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful, but too light. Needs more body and wieght.

Drinkability: A good effort, but not hoppy enough for an IPA, IMHO. Give it a try if you are in the area, but no need to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 16:05:06 | More by ExtraStout
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3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey gold color with a frothy two-finger head into my glass. Very nice presentation for the style.

Hop profile hints at a mix of mint and pine. Malt is subdued and/or barely there.

A subdued hop bite greets the tongue followed by lightly-buttered malt. Kind of bland?

Mouthfeel would be better if hops didn't leave an odd aftertaste.

Average at best. I'm interested in trying Green Monsta IPA as I believe I had it on tap in Boston at McGreevy's earlier this year.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:44:49 | More by Brad007
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey gold with strong orange tint. 1-finger pale cream head. Decent retention and lace.

Raw citrus with notes of apricot and orange peel. Stronger than I anticipated.

Nice grapefruit flavor attenuated with mild honey. Slightly oily and resiny, really just a trace. Mildly bitter finish with extra fruit notes. Very nice, balanced ipa.

Body is slightly heavy for the style and a little grainy.

Very easy to drink. Nice entry level ipa.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:46:08 | More by beer2day
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
best before: nov. 2011 notched.

pours a mostly clear, golden/slightly amber tone while yielding a solid 1" foamy head. moderate retention; lacing in patches.

nose is good, albeit unexceptional. hop-forward (citrus, some pine, maybe a touch of floral) with a definite malty presence.

taste is better than i was expecting judging from the aroma. nice balance between the hoppy notes and the caramel malty backbone. pretty tasty, actually. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, while not a tremendous beer, the wachusett IPA is really hitting the spot on this warm summer evening. i'm enjoying it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 04:41:34 | More by perrymarcus
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this beer.

Pours a nice hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, very slight citrus note. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy. Medium Body. Not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 22:07:01 | More by Wasatch
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Bright, golden amber color with some chilled haze yet pretty decent clarity beneath a two-finger head of dense carbonation bubbles which retain fairly well but doesn't leave much lacing behind.

S: Some toasted grains add an aroma into the mix of grapefruit and grass clippings imparted by the hops. Smells pretty fresh and inviting.

T: Balanced, semisweet caramel malt flavor up front adds a little toasted biscuit and dry, cracker-like qualities to the mellow bitterness of citrusy hops. The finish lingers with some spicy, bitter grapefruit and orange notes before washing away with a crisp, balanced flavor.

M: Medium bodied and pretty darn drinkable. No off flavors to really speak of, save a slight metallic grip in the finish.

O: A pretty inoffensive, well-crafted IPA from Wachusett. The 5.6% ABV is packed with enough hop flavor and balanced malts to keep me drinking a few, before, during and after dinner. Paired well with grilled, BBQ chicken and would likely do the same with any meats touched to flame. Not the greatest, but it would certainly do again in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 00:38:00 | More by Gambrinus1184
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber/orange color with an off-white froth. Really nice lacing occurs and some of the froth sticks around in a very thin layer.

S - Citrus and orange scents with some malts. Nothing overpowering or breathtaking.

T - A good fruit/citrus taste with some pine and hop notes.

M - Very crisp with good carbonation makes it feel very nice.

O - A solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 22:30:22 | More by brstls4drmrs
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3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Lighter orange color. A bit hazy. Smaller head. The head grows from the pour and dies down. Very mild lacing. The most attractive part of this beer is the label on the bottle. I am digging the purple font.

S-Mellow citrus aroma. Light maltiness. Overall, a slight aroma. Not unattractive but very passive. The nose does harbor some nice fruitiness however.

T-One of the lightest flavored IPAs I have ever had. The overall flavor is not bad, I have had IPAs with a worse flavor profile, but this brew is just too tiny on the tongue. This or Longtrail's IPA are two of the softest of the style I have tried. The flavor is like the nose. Citrusy, a bit malty, subtle fruity hoppiness. Just not enough intensity.

M-Light in the body. Good warm weather IPA. Mildly bitter and somewhat dry. I like the carbonation.

O/D-Just lacks the 'BAM!' that the real good IPAs display in both the nose and on the palate. The flavors are good but far too muted. Would have expected a bit better from the company that brews Larry.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:21:58 | More by VelvetExtract
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light coper in colour, slight haze but for the most part clear. decent foamy head, real lightness to the head. head is white in appearance and some min lacing. there is also some minor carbonation present.

Smell - Hops, pine, some citrus and earthy tones. very light smelling beer, nothing to dominant.

Taste - not a strong tasting IPA, very bland actually. i found the hops did not come through, they where well hidden. You can pick up on the pine a bit and earthy tones.

Mouthfeel - overall, not a lot of volume added, has some good residual tastes, but nothing special.

Overall - I expected more from the smell, like this was going to blow my mind. this was an ok beer, just not a dominant IPA,

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 10:11:34 | More by Swedes21
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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange color, with a medium sized, foamy head

S - Citrus fruits on the nose. Smells sweet

T - Taste foillows the nose as it is very sweet, malty, not really at all what I was expecting. There is some sort of sweet fruitiness in there as well, maybe a clementine, or tangerine, or some type of sweet citrus fruit.

M - Nice medium body, prickly carbonation.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this. Its a little different than a lot of IPA's, low bitterness, higher sweetness. An easy drinking, pleasant suprise

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:01:51 | More by jman892
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. As well, there is a quite a bit of orange flavour and some piney hops. The beer finishes a malty aftertaste and just a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - The beer would benefit from a little less carbonation but the taste was pretty solid. My bottle was fairly fresh and the beers flavour was well balanced. It wasn't too sweet so it might make for a decent session beer. If it wasn't for all the other really good IPA's out there, I'd say this is worth buying again..

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 16:01:40 | More by spinrsx
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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead pint glass.

The color is a slightly hazy light orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit muted with the hop aroma there but it seems to be lighter then anticipated. Some grassy hops aroma does come out and is followed by a sweetness that was a little surprising.

The taste is bitter with some slight orange peel flavor coming out to hit my tongue but there is a nice watery flavor as well that washes some of the bitterness off and lets some of these other flavors be noticed. There is some nice lemon flavor that comes out as soon as the hops pull back.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and pretty drinkable with only a slight bitterness left after each sip that does not start building on your tongue like some hoppy IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 04:23:25 | More by Duhast500
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4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my new favorite IPA. It combines every element of an IPA in a perfect combination for me. So that's very specific to my tastes. Here's what I like about it: the hoppy taste and bubbliness is the perfect level. Both are stronger than many IPAs but not so overpowering in either respect. Perfect aftertaste: hoppy, a little fruity. I don't taste the blueberries like other reviewers, but the taste and smell does have a subtle fruitiness, so I guess it could very well be blueberry. I understand that the head and retention of this beer are not as good as other IPAs, but for me, the taste is exactly what I look for so I"m giving it a great rating. Great, hoppy, easy to drink IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 17:17:27 | More by wmcneill26
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Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wachusett Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.