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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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258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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”.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear gold with a big, rocky, clinging foam.

S - Not overly pungent - some fresh hoppiness, tangerines and light malt backbone.

T - Flavour is more pronounced in hoppiness. Some pine is most evident, but also some lemon, orange and grapefruit. Not as over-the-top as some IPAs.

M - Light-moderate body and soft carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. One of the more drinkable IPAs I've had. Flavour profile is a bit lighter as well.

allergictomacros, May 12, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed amber with a thin white head. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus and pine with caramel candy.

The taste is citric (grapefruit rind) and piney with smell biscuity caramel. This fits into the "more balanced" IPA category. I can appreciate a more balanced IPA, but that's pretty much all this is. Fits the requirements of the style, but doesn't go much beyond. There is a hop flavor - grapefruit - but, it is on the sweet side. Something rather lackluster about the finish, which reminds me of sweetened grapefruit juice, in a way.

Medium-bodied, pretty smooth, but not quite chewy.

A more balanced, sweeter American IPA. Drinkable, but would get lost in the competition out there of this style, IMO.

jwc215, May 04, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA presents a golden clear color with a nice white head and good lace. The aroma is mild malt and brown sugar with subtle pine hops. It tastes of dry pine hops and cracker. It's quite light but very agreeable. Fair bodied with light carbonation, very drinkable and a very solid IPA worth trying.

Durge, May 03, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce, single, bottle purchased for $1.99 from Gary's in Madison...
First-ever beer from this Massachusetts brewery...
Pours a light, tawny, bright-amber, slight copper appearance with a minimal frothy head that quickly dissipated and left a minimal amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Nice, subtle aroma of fresh hops, florals, citrus, and lemon zest...
Taste strongly resembled the smell, with a nice suggestion of hops, citrus, lemons, grapefruit, and fresh florals...
Good, rich, bittersweet, slightly sour mouthfeel with an equally good level of drinkability for an IPA - definitely not too cloying and very pleasing...
Good stuff and a great depiction of the style - recommended...

dsa7783, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of billybob
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a medium amber in color with a two finger off white head that held very well with some spotty lace. fruity and citrus in the nose. slightly sweet and biscuity malt up front, taste of yeast and bitter citrus hops in the finish. light to medium body and more carbonation would have helped. not a standout but ok.

billybob, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle received as an extra from tprokop7, thanks for including this in my package, split with a friend tonight, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden yellow color with some orange highlights, 1/2 inch creamy white head that stuck around for quite some time, some lacing too

S-Tons of bready malt aromas, citrus that mostly consists of grapefruit and pineapples, some floral accents, and sweetness

T-Bread and biscuit hit me first, then some pine and floral hoppiness in the middle, followed by a citrus zest and other fruit sweetness in the finish, as it warmed it became sweeter and it really showed that it is unbalanced and malt was overpowering, hops mellow too quickly and lack any strength, not the way prefer my IPAs but still not bad

M-Malty and dry mouthfeel, thin to medium body, could use some more carbonation in my opinion, taste did not last long

D-Could drink a few bottles of this, light on the stomach, low in ABV, smooth for the most part, everything is hidden, refreshing

Never even heard of this brewery but not a bad IPA, always happy to have the chance to try something new, too malty for my preferences but others might enjoy it

Floydster, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rocky bright-white head with good ring lace. Slight haze to the light amber color.

Decent fresh hop aroma with a good neutral malt background. I smell pineapple and grapefruit.

Relatively dry malt; just about the perfect balance for an IPA. The hop becomes stronger during the tasting until the swallow where it is the only lingering flavor. Typical body and carbonation.

I like this IPA. I believe it may be a little underestimated because of it is so typical (i.e. not extreme). This will not "wow" anyone in the extreme department, but it is a solid entrant for an IPA.

smcolw, Mar 08, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

NJpadreFan, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear orange/tan body with a big frothy head.

Nose is a distinct fresh citrus hop mixed with lovely soft doughy/bread quality.

Taste is medium bodied and very clean from start to finish. There's a pungent citrus peel hop taste and a strong bitterness that sits just above the balance of the beer, but still feels right in the IPA. Touches of black pepper, citrus peel, spice and grapefruit juice. Malt backbone is again a nice dough and bread like taste. Very clean and very drinkable. This is a session beer for sure. Ends with a nice mild lingering bitterness.

Just a great session IPA. One of local restaurant always has this on tap, and it's easily just as good a beer to turn to as DFH 60 minute or SNPA. A great beer I could drink all night long.

taez555, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light copper-orange with a patchy, frothy white head that was modertly lasting. Visible carbonation was light-moderate.

S: On the nose was fresh pine and oranges with a slight hint of fresh cut grass.

T: The initial flavor started out malty, with some sour citrus hopping and malt as well hints of fresh cut grass. The beer finished dry with a gentle sour malt and citrus lacing on the tongue along with dry flora notes.

M: The mouthful was moderate and creamy.

D: Drinkability was good overall while flavor was just moderate and average per style. Yawn.

beerthulhu, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Solomon420
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for getting me a few East Coast IPAs to taste...

A: pours a lighter oragish-honey color, semi clear appearance
S: fresh floral scent, sugary sweet fruits, figs, apricots, malty citrus with hop aroma
T: at first, fruity, floral, ever so slight hop flavor. Most of this flavor is up front with not much left behind...but a very faint grapefruit bitterness. Its kinda lackluster in the flavor profile, almost "flat" if you will.
M: light, fluffy, bubbles rush past the tongue. Not much left behind after that...
D: Its definately a lighter IPA, perhaps good for the summertime when mowing the lawn. It left me expecting more flavor and hop character. Its almost a flat beer in that respect. Could be a good session beer if nothing else is available. Slightly below average, and I dont think I would buy a 6 pack of it...but it was a true pleasure to experience the brew.

Solomon420, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of Louie1031
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown, 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a modest head which leaves some lace on the glass.

A citrus hop smell is quite prevalent with this beer.

The citrus hop flavor hits you right up front. This beer certainly showcases the hops as you would expect from an IPA. A strong grapefruit flavor lingers on the tongue and dominates the palate. Malt plays a supporting role, adding some sweetness in the background.

The beer has a decent body and mouthfeel. I found it quite enjoyable to drink.

I love hops, so I enjoyed the beer quite thoroughly. It was a refreshing beer and I could easily knock back a few at a sitting and be perfectly happy. I think this is probably my favorite out of the Wachusett collection.

Louie1031, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of Beercub
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although not strong enough to really be an IPA, this beer was nonetheless quite tasty and drinkable. It had the typical citrusy/grassy flavours with just enough malt to round it out. Despite it being on the lighter side for an IPA, the flavor is delicate and complex and compelled me to drink another.

Beercub, Oct 15, 2007
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 mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was quite a nice suprise to me to be honest. I was expecting it to be a run of the mill IPA and it had a nice little body to it and really kinda won me over in the end. Poured a nice strong amber with a good two inch plus head of foamy sticky white lace. Good head retention as it really hung around for a good long while. Very nice side glass presentation as well. Smell was lightly hopped, not overpowering but good notes of citrus and pine on the nose. An underlying malt back was definatly present and rounded out the aroma very nicely. Taste was nice, well rounded flavor profile. Initial decent bite of hops quickly melded into an earthy, ugary back with a lot of bread notes to it. Very well balaanced. Nice dry finish left you wanting at least another sip. Good strong mouthfeel, thick, but not syrupy with a great carbonation. Excellent session beer. Good easily see myself having more then a few of these in an evening. Overall this was really quite good. This actually made me intrested in trying some others from the brewery and I am definatly open to trades for them.

mikesgroove, Sep 03, 2007
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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
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with july notched, I assume that's 07. Dark orange color with great head and lace. Looks damn good. Aroma is mild for an IPA but still alludes to what's to come. Pale ale like malt base, fresh tasting and sweet with bittering hops tipping the flavor towards more hoppy. Mellow aroma hops. Taste is more towards blood orange than grapefruit. Carbonation adds to great mouthfeel. Mellow for an IPA overall and tastes like an American pale ale. Great taste with a high drinkability and should make a good session brew. Support your local breweries.

mshallah, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a nonic.
Best before 08.2007.

Full copper in color with golden highlights. Half-inch, creamy white head with good retention. Ringed, broken lacing with good strength.

Juicy, floral hop resins. Moderate aroma of slightly sweet tea. Notes of mild citrus fruit.

Rough, floral and pine flavored hops. Airy, biscuit malts with a layer of diacetyl. Weak tea with a metallic off-flavor. Bleachy, dry finish is followed by a floral-tea aftertaste.

Medium bodied; gritty, earthen, yet musty and dry at times.

A decent IPA with noticeable flaws in flavor and body.

NEhophead, May 30, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


SkinnyElvis, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Shiloh
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing brew, above average but no special character to speak of.
Appearances of a murky golden/yellow with average carbonation, limited crown and thin lace.
The taste is that of a maltier pale ale than that of an IPA, this brew is to well balanced to feature the hops even tho they are prevelent but not to the point where they are featured as the star. Some citrus, some woody and some wort like flavours dominate in a mash like style ale. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy as well

Shiloh, Feb 24, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper, thick white head forms, very rocky, some nice lacing as well, good retention. Looks nice. Smell is malty and sweet, toffee, citrus hops, some floral, little bit of apricot, not over the top but pleasant. Taste is malty, very bready, some toffee, grains, light citrus and floral hops, some grapefruit in the finish, slightly bitter, malty in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation, very smooth. Not bad but I expect more character in my IPA's.

Viggo, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to my friend Ira

Pours a slightly hazed orange-amber with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Mild citrusy and floral hop aromas. A hint of malt lurks in the background.

Rather mild citrus and floral hops flavors upfront with a tea-like flavor. Followed by a hint of caramel malt and a medium bitterness. Finishes with a slightly bitter hop flavor that lingers.

Medium-light body, ample carbonation.

A nice, drinkable brew. A very "safe" IPA overall, it would be a good choice for introducing someone to the style.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 11, 2006
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2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on May 22, 2006. Julios Spring Beer Festival. Aroma of feneel and potpourri. Pour of hazed deep golden, rimmed with whisith. Flavor is meak and lightly malty. Hops? They seem severly subdued, to me. A highly buttery malt follows, with copious diacetyl and plenty of biting sock penny resin. Finishes dry, but uninteresting.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 04, 2006
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this one around a few times, but finally gave it a try because I like the new, snazzed-up label. From a 12 oz. bottle marked "FOR FRESHEST TASTE ENJOY BY OCTOBER". Poured a medium orange with a little bit of lacy head. The smell of hops is present, but not at all overwhelming. Much the same as far as the taste. The hops let you know they are there, but not in an obtrusive way. Nice little bite at the finish as it warms. A smooth, easy to drink IPA. Not something I'm likely to have a craving for, but enjoyable any time.

javenbohall, Oct 06, 2006
Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wachusett Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.