Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) - Wachusett Brewing Company
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Ratings: 240 | Reviews: 148 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
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
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
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