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Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) - Wachusett Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2000

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Ratings: 266 | Reviews: 149
Reviews by dannyvee:
Photo of dannyvee
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled at the bar at red fez. gave a hard pour, but was unnecessary- the beer overflowed. when things settled, the brew was a nice golden copper with a big white head. smell was citrusy, hoppy and a touch earthy. taste was hop, hop, hop. and then pine, citrus and a little more hop. ends with a very clean finish.

ipswich ipa has been my ipa of choice of late and think that this may take over for a while. a big, yet highly drinkable hoppy treat.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting my first offering from this Mass brewer,poured a clear lighter copper,with tight one finger white head that left a ring of lace as it settled slowly.Fruity categorizes the aroma for me tangerine and orange-like hop profile I also pick up some caramel sweetness underneath,very nice coating mouthfeel it glides down easy and is very smooth.This is not a hop bomb just a quaffable moderatly hopped for an IPA ale,that tangerine note in the nose shows up on the palate as well a touch of pine but its not very pronounced a hefty caramel malt base along with a faint buttery finish.This is an IPA to quaff its not over the top in hops (wich I love)but is flavorful and I think would be a good entry level IPA for people who wanna explore into the style,solid.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, we're out for dinner after the BBF, and I had this beer. I think it held up rather well after spoiling my palate with all the great Belgians. It was a faintly hazy orange with a medium head and some good lacing. A pleasant citrus/floral aroma. Citrus taste with nice hops bitterness. Fairly robust. I'd drink this beer again.

Photo of Todd
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with a freshness date.

Appearance: Golden/light amber in colour, with some haze. Excellent semi-white head that froths up almost like cream and sticks to the glass (dip your finger in it, and taste the hops!).

Smell: Hops with a sweet citrus aroma, and malt sweetness.

Taste: Rich and smooth mouthfeel up-front, followed by a malt sweetness and some light toasted malt notes that carry through very nicely into a well balanced dose of hops. Hop flavours are indeed very present when they claim name to the brews style with a sharp, prickly, almost salty raw hop flavour at the end. Up-front the hops meld nicely with the maltiness of this brew with hop oil, grapefruit-like, citrus notes. With so much flavour, this brew amazingly finishes rather clean on the palate, although we'll warn you ... you'll be burping hops.

Notes: IPA's are probably one of the most common styles in the US, at the moment. Honestly, I've been getting tired of them, however, not only did I enjoy this IPA, I also think that it's one of WBC's best brews. Definitely worth a try ...

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Jason
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

A- Orange amber haze ... completely hazed over. Two fingers of foam subside to a mere bubbly ring of lace that shows minimal head retention.

S- Big citric tone and orange rind hop character in the nose, hint of biscuity malt, nutty yeast and fruity esters in there as well.

T&M- Very smooth with a medium body. Orangey hop profile; juice to rind. Sharp bite of bitterness followed by a chalky yeast then a mild maltiness and faint fruity esters. Finishes with a long lingering bitterness and malt sweetness tail.

D- This is more of your run-of-the-mill Micro Brewery IPA and not very clean at that with the flavors all muddled together. Worth a try but don't expect a hop party in your mouth.

Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer with freshness dating notched on the label. (not noting which year is being referred to allways annoys me however) Pours a light copper/amber, clear with a nice fine tiny bubble head. Leaves behind some well developed lace sheets of lacing. NIce. Light hoppy nose. Medium bodied. NIce hoppy IPA, here, grainy hops present and up front. Hops not overwhelming, but seem to fit into the typical decent IPA range. Drinkable sessioner.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear, a lot of nice lacing

Smell: citrus hops, brown sugar, and malt

Taste: light citrus and floral hops mixed with some toasted malt

Mouthfeel: semi-bitter with a sweeter finish, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: This is a nicely balanced IPA that I could have several of. The hops are there but not overpowering. Nice, light, and refreshing, I will pick this up again.

Photo of badbeer
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark yellow with a white head and some retention and lacing. Aroma is fairly hoppy with some citrus and a touch of caramel and biscuit. Taste is much of the same, but the hoppyness comes out stronger than in the nose. Nice hoppy finish to this one. Medium carbonation and body. Good beer, could probably drink a fair amount of this. Thanks to hopdog for the sample.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the AOBF. Brewed especially for the AOBF and this one was aged in oak.

Coppery-colored in appearance, with a tolerable whitish-colored head that laced the glass in spotty patches. Definite hoppy aromas, spicy, piney, citrusy...the works. Taste followed smell, with a dry hoppy flavors of the citrus and spice shining through. Strangely, I only noticed just the slightest contribution from the oak aging. Compared to some of the other aged beers we had this evening, I was surpised by the lack of "wooden" flavor. Mouthfeel is good, with a clean and crisp finish. A very drinkable beer...nothing too heavy on the palate and not much in the way of a bitter aftertaste. I'd recommend this one.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again, thanks to bjohnson for a NE area IPA from my Wants for the BA Anny Club. Pours with a slight head. The color is a little light for an IPA. Smells of citrusy hops. Taste is also mostly citrus hops with a good bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is a tad bitter. Easy to drink and probably able to be a session beer with an ABV under 6%. Not bad but not noteworthy as an IPA.


Photo of Swedes21
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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,

Photo of virinow
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of far333
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy apricot color with a chunky, lumpy, frothy head. Had to actually get my nose wet to pick up a tiny aroma of hop and citrus. Flavor is initially citrusy, but a very low hop profile. A bit of an alcohol flourish in the finish, and then a strange metallic aftertaste. Sort of a "corn out of a tin can" kinda thing. Fine lacing down the glass. This seemed more like a pale ale, but the metallic flavor will keep me away.

Photo of BadBadger
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very pleasant India Pale Ale. It arrives in the pint glass as a nice amber coloration. There was a descent foamy head. The smell has strong hints of the tasty hops contained within. The taste is nicely hoppy with smooth undertones of sweet malt. A very good beer. Give it a try.

Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of EdM88
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sloejams
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Wachusett Brewery

This is the first of their beers that I've ever tried. It pours an nice, amber color with a cumulo nimbus looking froth. It has a nice hop bouquet - one that seemed intense when I lived back in Boston, but now in the land of the West Coast hop monsters seemed subtle. The finish is dry and refreshing.

This is Wachusett's finest.

Photo of racer2k
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had beer on tap at local pub

A - Nice looking IPA with a bright amber color which creates one finger of off white head and some light lacing around the glass. Good carbonation going here.

S - An aroma of citrus, grapefruit, oranges and lemon peels are all present.

T - Very tangy hoppy taste with a minimal malt profile. There are plenty of hops on board with a nice resiny finish to the beer. There is a slight malty tone to the back end of the sip but not over powering. Hop presence is the game with this beer.

M - Hoppy and resiny feel with moderate carbonation and a caramel finish to the beer.

D - Very drinkable session beer if you like a good dose of hops on board. Very nicely done Wachusett!! I will definitely drink this again!

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wachusett- IPA

A- Golden orange brown with a thick frothy head.
S- Sweet citrus. Orange, ruby red grapefruit, and lemon.
T- A fine balance of vanilla caramel malt and a lightly sweetened orange, grapefruit rind juice.
M- Sweet with a nice fruity hop bitterness bite. Creamy finish.

Overall- Sessionable. An easy drinker, not a mind blowing IPA but a good 1 thats easy to pound!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a "good 'til" date on the side, this one said best before July. Purchased on 8/13/06.

Poured a cloudy, grainy deep golden amber that had a big amount of sediment on the bottom and floating around. It actually turned the thin white head a weird orange color in the middle. It's got plenty of activity happening, no signs of things going bad. I've certainly never seen this much sediment in a 12 oz botle before. The Head had really good retention, creating some mighty fine lacing.

Smells hoppy and slghtly malty with a wheaty,yeasty effect.

The Horrible look of the beer does NOTHING to alter the taste of the beer IMO, It's very bold and hearty dry flowery hop. Semi-bitter, with mild wheaty and yeastyness in the taste. It's really a very mellow hop that goes down very crisp and clean and is really easy to drink.

The sediment and crappy overall look of the beer(It did say best BEFORE July!!) does little to effect the pleasure of the taste or the feel. A strange one here to say the least.

Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: More orange than yellow here. Nice bubbles. Fluffy white yet quickly-dissipating head, some nice raindrops on the side of the glass.

Smell: Cascade pungency yet there's a good amount of grain and caramel sweetness also. Balanced, but a bit one-sided, if that makes sense.

Taste: The taste is pretty much the same. Maybe a little too much sweetness? A bit of grain and pungency, but it seems to get lost from too much malt and fruit esters, not necessarily suffocating the hops, but they seem to take a backseat here, and I'm not sure an IPA should be doing that. Or, rather, in my opinion, an IPA should definitely not be doing that. When it warms, a bit of leafy and spiny hops come through, but it's subtle, though interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, or rather on the lighter side, with good creamy carbonation. I hate when the mouthfeel's the best thing about the beer, but alas; this is the case.

Drinkability: Definitely a sessionable IPA, and one of those starter IPAs for folks who can't take the insanity of the hops, though there seems to be enough for folks who dig them also.

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Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wachusett Brewing Company
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