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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: 250
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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:
With an awesome floral nose, & fresh hop flavor, “The Purple” is one of the most sessionable IPA’s out there. Beer Advocate calls it, “A damn solid IPA”.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2000)
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Photo of pbrian
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. One of my new favorites. Nice fresh citrus hop flavor combined with a creamy maltiness. Great 'Drinkabilty'!

pbrian, Nov 20, 2001
Photo of jermar
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my current favorites! Great hops aroma and flavor and bitter bite. Only negatives are a slight haze (OK for this style) and a little thinness to the mouthfeel. I'd be happy drinking nothing but this for the rest of my life.

jermar, Jan 02, 2002
Photo of wmcneill26
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

wmcneill26, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shock. The one word says it all. I exspected a standard IPA, but this was a keeper. Not over hopped, like some left coast brews, this beer had an amazing mix of hops, that did not take away from it's overall taste. A definite great IPA, and coming from such a parocial brewery, it tasted so much better.

bewareOFpenguin, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of Murph
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden copper with a nice pillowy head that never really leaves and a nice lace a well. The smell is heavy on floral hops with a little bit of malt thrown in. The brew starts out with a strong hop bitterness before the hops wage a battle for dominance of the brew with the malt. In the end the hops win out but the malt sticks around to provide a very nice balance to the brew. The maltiness definitely comes out more as the beer warms as it starts off all citrus/grapefruit hops before mellowing out towards the end. Very crisp and refreshing and a great brew for the summertime as it is a serious thirstquencher and seriously drinkable. Definitely one of my favorites from Wachusett, this is definitely a first class IPA and as my friend the Bierman would say it is A1. Thanks to the Birman for the sample.

Murph, Jul 09, 2002
Photo of Boomerbob
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Boomerbob, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golden color with moderate white puffy head. No lacing present.
Smell is loaded with piney, grassy, and citrusy hops.
Taste has has a strong hop profile with strong grassy notes that are extraordinarily enjoyable.
Leaves an excellent taste in the mouth.
This a really as super beer that tastes great, is easy to drink and is very refreshing.

tgbljb, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of beernut7
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bold zesty hop profile with good malt balance. Hops really apparent in a flowery finish. A pretty heavy IPA.

beernut7, May 06, 2002
Photo of xXTequila
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great IPA...a big fluffy head that stays and rings it's way down the glass. Nice citrusy smell with a nice grapefruitish flavour that ends with a real green hoppy taste. Really really tasty.

xXTequila, Dec 17, 2001
Photo of FACSman
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden amber with a full thick head and beautiful step lacing.

S - nice floral hoppy aroma

T - Nice and crisp, what an american IPA should be!

M - Good amount of body without beeing too terribly heavy.

D - Wonderfully drinkable, a hell of a lot of flavor for a 5.6% beer

FACSman, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good combination of hops bitterness and citrus sweetness with a little bit of maltiness.

T: The taste is nicely bitter with that floral hops flavor that you look for in this style. There’s a decently hearty malt character and mild fruity citrus sweetness that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style, decent kick, I could drink several of these in an evening. This is may not be the most hyped IPA but I think it can hang with those that are. If you’re looking for one of those local gems, this may be one for you.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of BadBadger
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

BadBadger, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of ODBRIP
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big IPA fan, and I've tried a few. This is one of the regular hoppy varieties, not one of those super-hopped types. Nice smooth hoppy taste...traditional and balanced. Tastes very quality clean and pure. I would consider this up there, a bit better than Harpoon and many others....I've had better, but not too many. Basically an awesome drinking beer you could make a regular guest in your fridge any time of year.

ODBRIP, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big foamy, resinous white colored beer is sticky as all hell; leaving almost a sheet of lace. Chewy piney and grapefruit hop aroma. Citrus hop flavor is really tasty, and supported by some pale malts. There's a mild bitterness that comes out as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Just goes to show an IPA doesn't have to be a hop bomb to be good.

HappyHourHero, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of bjohnson
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange/cloudy golden color with a small head--Doesn't have much head retention but leaves great lace. Smells and tastes fruity or citrusy with avery good mouth color. This is a very drinkable beer any time of the year. Wachusett has many great brews and this rates among their best.

bjohnson, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of BassAssassin
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/amber appearance. Thin white lace.

S: Hops, Hops, Hops. A little fruit and malt. Clearly, this is an IPA.

T: Hops and grapefruit are the first flavors that jump out at me. I could have this for breakfast. The malt starts to peek through at the end, but the hops stay right there with it. Manages to stay fairly balanced with all the hop flavors jumping around. Actually, it finishes quite smooth and clean.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and slightly coarse.

D: This is one of my favorites. Not as big as some of the newer IPA's, but, it doesn't have to be with all the flavor going on here. A very solid and flavorful beer. Good for a session, too.

BassAssassin, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap... Nice golden to dark-golden color, a touch cloudy. Had a nice floral hop aroma. Medium body/feel on the tongue....very nice. Touch of malt to start, with a nice (!) hop finish. Not as much hop oomph as I like, but quite nice.

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Jan 20, 2002
Photo of jman892
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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

jman892, May 20, 2011
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WACHUSETT has a clearly marked freshness date on a plain label with a notch in April. Uh-oh...it's June. Here goes nothin'...c'mon seven come eleven. "Availible only in Massachusettes" bottlecap greets me first. Out with it, you 12 oz. devil!

Clear deep hazy orange pour topped off with tons 'o two finger deep cake-like off white head and a scant bit of a bubble here 'n there escaping. Mild head retention that leaves meandering hops Missippippi River silhouettes down the glass.

Fruity floral hops effervescence in the nose a la Anderson's Hop Ottin' and some grainy malt back up.

Sweet & bitter IPA taster. Well grounded while being lemon orange hoppy and citrusy. Powdery mild grassy notes with orangey fruit and earthy tones in the flavor. Overall dry aftertaste somewhat lingering. Some lolipop lingering malts.

Decent mouthfeel sizzle.

A mild ABV and well rounded IPA that goes a bit into the hop 'til ya drop genre for beer snobs like me but not too much to lose the average Joe.

Last swigs: If you like IPAs like little ole me, these could go back all night long quick fast and in a hurry. Plenty of full flavor and hops to please. This is not a 2IPA contender, but well worth seeking. Trust me. Thanks to my friend JBDubs from Millis for smuggling this one across state lines.

Beer is good. Happy hoppy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wachusett IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date notched for September
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
* Directly from the brewery

Pours a hazy orange brown color with a great fluffy head on top. Spotted sticky lacings cling on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is a combination of hops and zingy citrus scents.

This is a very sweet and hoppy IPA. Grainy and sweet from the malts, but overall most of the attention must be given to the sharp hop flavors. Citrusy and biting, the hop presence in this beer is at the forefront.

One of the better session IPA's in this market if you can find it fresh. The brewers at Wachusett did a good job on this one. Credit must be given.

Hibernator, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Purchased a six pack from Martignetti's

Appearance = Really nice looking clear honey amber with a ton of bubbles rising upward. Great 3/4'' creamy head that lasted quite awhile. This is a really nice looking beer.

Smell = Pleasant citrus pine smell. Not really memorable but good for an IPA. Citrus flavors dominate from the hops. There's a slight skunky smell that I can't qutie place but this knocks the smell down a bit. I hope this won't factor into the taste.

Taste = This is a really great tasting IPA. It's light but flavorful which leads to exceptional drinkability and would make this a perfect session beer. It's well balanced with a nice malt flavor coming after the hops, which are definitely showcased but not in your face in anyway. Mouthfeel is a little thin which is my only complaint but other than that this beer is great.

Overall = Wachusett did a fine job on this one. I definitely recommend it if you happen to see it somewhere. It's their best offering, along with the blueberry ale. Great, refreshing, tasty IPA that doesn't lack much.

LPorter33, Jan 24, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

oldthumpah, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

gwiedman1, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Ernest78, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of dannyvee
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

dannyvee, Jan 21, 2004
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Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.