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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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BA SCORE
83
good

240 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

07-08-2013 01:12:24 | More by buzzy
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CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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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oldthumpah

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

07-05-2013 12:43:25 | More by oldthumpah
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dwoolley1

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-15-2013 21:00:41 | More by dwoolley1
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-13-2013 21:35:46 | More by doremite
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LeahM

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-20-2013 19:03:34 | More by LeahM
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scoot64

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

05-04-2013 23:25:57 | More by scoot64
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gwiedman1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

04-20-2013 21:40:40 | More by gwiedman1
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +10%
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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Remdog

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

04-13-2013 11:31:41 | More by Remdog
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Ernest78

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

03-09-2013 00:59:09 | More by Ernest78
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chickensaw

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-26-2013 00:47:19 | More by chickensaw
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-24-2013 22:19:18 | More by TheMultiYeast
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tc1072

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-21-2013 02:19:08 | More by tc1072
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tjdrewry

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-17-2013 03:27:55 | More by tjdrewry
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Boomerbob


4.5/5  rDev +22%

02-16-2013 03:17:28 | More by Boomerbob
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Sailracer


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-10-2013 21:11:52 | More by Sailracer
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bdn8183

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-08-2013 19:17:10 | More by bdn8183
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NHbeerfishing

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

12-31-2012 05:52:13 | More by NHbeerfishing
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HalfFull

California

3.43/5  rDev -7%
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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dgeebs07

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-30-2012 00:13:32 | More by dgeebs07
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andthevolcano

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-06-2012 01:22:04 | More by andthevolcano
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

08-27-2012 22:16:30 | More by Massbmx
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Beer21

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-27-2012 19:21:23 | More by Beer21
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TheElusiveAlexT

Minnesota

1.28/5  rDev -65.3%
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
Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.