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: 261
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kIPA
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of CorvetteMike
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.