Wachusett Country Pale Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Country Pale AleWachusett Country Pale Ale

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001

Our first brew back in the early 90’s, the original pale ale with perfectly balanced hops & malts creating super drinkability.
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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 99
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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper with a well sustaines white head that never fully left,light buttery tones in the nose but not a whole lot exciting a touch of toasted grain and leafy hop as well.An easy drinking ale but like the aromas not overly exciting starty out with a dyacital butteriness to it melding into light piney hop finish all this over top of a toasty malt base.Well a decent beer to to quaff down but dont expect to get overly excited over it.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer was a hazy orange/brown color with a medium-sized white head and a bit of lacing. A floral aroma, not much else. Underwhelming taste, some malt and a faint tinge of hops. Only a fair example of an APA, although I could see this as a decent session beer.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I've found a new lawnmower beer!

I've had this on tap at a few locations and never been too impressed, until I found the right environment to quaff a few. Goes down nicely with just enough taste to quench the thirst after mowing the lawn on a warm New England afternoon.

This is a great beer to start "converting" the BMC masses....not too threatening but a little bit of taste.

Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Good frothing of the head around the inner rim of the glass, clear tawny hue shines bright in the light.

Smell: Mild malty buttery shortbread, faint fruitiness and esters with a weak siding of hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Solid crispness with in the slick mouth feel, a layer of diacetyl is are to get by unless you can tolerate it like I can. Light footed with the hopping, bitterness rides the wave of carbonation and struggles to balance. Malty sweet with lingering remnants of diacetyl.

Notes: Not a bad ale to be had, just a bit too sweet in my opinion … that brings me to the thought of it being slightly off balance.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, freshness indication notched onto the label. Pours light honey amber, clear with an off white creamy head, leaving gobs of lacing. Nose is lightly of hops. This is a decent drinking beer, moderate amounts of hops and malt meshed together to achieve a reasonable balance. Nothing special going on here, but this is a pleasant and drinkable ale. Decent light sessioner.

Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, apple cider amber, small carbonation

Smell: apple cider, earth, and malt

Taste: apple cider, earth, and malt. For a pale ale, I did not get any hop balance

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, crisp, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I really do like this beer and could session it. I think this beer is sweet and tasty. However, I do not see this as a very good example of the style. I could detect virtually no hop balance--just a bunch of malt and more malt still. A very tasty beverage, just not as a APA.

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bukowski’s in Boston.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with hints of deeper caramel malts. Also present are mild amounts of earthy and floral hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry pale malts up front are joined quickly by darker caramel malt flavors. Midway through earthy and slight citrus hops come into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, with heavy carbonation.

Overall I didn’t think this was a bad beer, but it’s certainly below average for the style.

Photo of sloejams
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sample from the brewery itself

This is like a toned down, more accessible version of their IPA. It has an amber hue with a slight head. There is a nice fruity summer wheat taste that makes it easy drinking for the summer months but I'll take the IPA.

Photo of racer2k
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

A: Amber colored beer with some haze visible. Small one finger white head forms on my glass with consistent lacing which sticks around.

S: Sweet hoppy citrus smell with a nice malt backbone

T: Nicely balanced malt and hops profile with a robust malt background. Sweet buttery finish to the taste which is great.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium mouth feel to the beer.

D: Decent taste and a great session beer for the BBQ crowd.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wachusett- Country Ale

Appearance- Copper Orange with a decent size head that left behind two big lace rings.
Smell- Earthy notes, leaves and oak. Light caramel malt aroma as well.
Taste- Caramel malt with a touch of dirty earthy hops. Slighty woodsiness to it.
Mouthfeel- Dry up front with a sweetbody and a dry flavorful finish.

Overall- Definitely not bad at all. Nothing over the top here, pretty safe Pale Ale that would appeal even to our BMC friends.

Photo of tastybeer
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a white, finger high head.

S: Aroma is evenly lightly malty and hoppy. Fairly simple but nice and fresh. Cereal malt and soft floral citrus hops.

T: Nice toasty graininess going on here. Hops are brisk and floral. Refreshing...

M: Smooth and slick. Prickly carbonation and some dryness.

O: Not bad yet not too exciting. The fresh grain and cereal malt qualities are admirable.

Photo of KenC
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured slightly cloudy orange/copper color. As served, one finger of off-white head with fair to little retention. Just a trace of lacing until the end.

S- Bread malt, caramel and grain.

T- Like the smell, but a great balance of same. The slightest hop twang at the end. They are light, herbal and grassy. Nice!

M-Light body with moderate carbonation.

O-This is a great, light pale ale that goes down smooth on a warm Cape Cod afternoon.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's not a big American pale ale, its just a nice mellow session ale with a balance of caramel malt and citrus hops. Quite tasty for what it is. The bitterness is minimal for an APA and it reminds me more of a bigger summer ale than anything else. I'd say its worth a try if you're looking for a tasty lawnmower beer.

Photo of warchez
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This straw to light gold ale pours clean with tight white lace, and mild effervesence. Mild hop aroma and barely a hint of the malt.
The beer tastes as clean and crisp as it looks. Batch to batch this beer can sometimes have noticable diacytel but its not a terrible detractor. The mouthfeel is light and unencombered. I live the balance of hop to malt here. Everything about this beer is low key, which makes it a highly drinkable summer brew at the local BBQ.

Many may bash this brew because it isn't sexy enough. I say back up and enjoy the balance, your drinking a quality humble beer.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden color with 'narely a head. Good carbonation. I guess they call it "country" ale because it ain't too tart and it ain't too sweet, just like the lemonade. In fact it was just like lemonade, fast going down, barely any taste. The word "lawnmower" kept popping into my mind.

Photo of HalfFull
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Country Pale Ale pours a light copper with a touch of haze. A thin off white cap offers light retention.

Light citric hop aroma with a coarse grainy character dominates the aroma.

Taste is crisp and clean with citric notes dominant again. Offers a moderate lingering hop finish unlike their IPA's oddly, and a crackery pale malt character.

Spritzy carbonation and a light residual sweetness keeps things interesting and yielding an easy drinking ale.

A nice pale ale overall. Nothing over the top and yet nothing to detract either. Simple yet solid and my preferred brew from a mix-o-12 as for style...

Photo of wspscott
2.22/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
(best by Aug 2010)
From Matt

A: A pale copper color with a dirty, off-white, one-finger head. Lots of lace as the head drops.
S: A little bit of light grains, some toast, a little bit of sweetness, no hops at all.
T: A little bitterness in the background, so it appears they used some hops, no hop aroma or flavor at all, just a slight bitterness. There is a slight caramel flavor along with some graininess.
M: Medium attenuation and a relatively high level of carbonation.
D: This is not an APA, I am not sure what to call it, but the almost complete lack of hops makes it impossible to consider it an APA. This is a completely unmemorable beer. It is fine if you are looking for a generic beer, but there is nothing going on here. Easy to drink like the label says "Super Drinkability", the problem is water is easy to drink and doesn't get you drunk or fat. The last half of the bottle is going down the drain because the calories aren't worth it. Not recommended.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was totally blown away by this beer. Circumstances included this was one beer I found that blew me away. A hot day on Cape Cod, long day of work and a mellow night in front of me. Crack open the fist bottle, very sweet, and very wet. This was a serious departure from other PA’s I’ve had. Not very much hop just loaded with sweet goodness. I keep talking about how sweet it is..well here goes. Reminded me of apple juice, but not to fruity; not much in the way of hops, to be frank, it did not have very beery characteristics, it just tasted damned good.

Photo of OatmattStout
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice white fluffy head. good retention and sheet of lacing down glass.

Sweet grain smell

taste is very malty and diacetyl very involved. very mild hopping. this is not bad but could use a bit more hops to dry out the persistent sweetness.

Ok drinkability but might get to be a bit much with lack of hop balance

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the NE Brewfest on June 30, 2012. It pours a rich medium amber with a moderate silky head and decent clarity. The aroma is filled with sweetness, caramel, and toasted pale malts while any hops fall well into the background. The body is light to medium. The taste begins sweet and caramel-like with a low bitterness taking up the rear. I found it to be an easily drinkable and likable pale ale.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden orange color, thin head.

S: Light spicy aroma full of caramel and some oranges.

T: Subtle floral hoppiness. Very clean flavor, Creamy caramel, with a nice floral finish, some faint grapefruit.

M: creamy, softly carbonated.

D: Decent session beer and drinkability, good overall, nothing spectacular but solidly brewed.

Photo of TeddyBG
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in pint glass.

A: light amber with a cream colored head that shrinks but persists. Decent lacing.

S: Grassy odor up front and then good malt.

T: Nice upfront maltiness with a slight hop bite. Decent balance.

M: A little watery, but well carbonated.

D: Very quaffable. I have had this on tap and in the bottle; and both are extremely drinkable. Another good one from Wachusett.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a smooth cap of white that graced the top for a few moments before settling back down. light aroma, citrus hops, lemon, orange, nice hints of tangerine peel and a wonerfully well balanced profile. smooth, clean and very light delivery lets the flavor explore the palate and really gives a cool and resfreshing taste. clean an concise-

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw colour with a frothy white head atop the liquid. Head retention time is decent and after it subsides a minimal amount of residue remains on the glass.

The aroma is faintly sweet and malty, with a kiss of hops thrown into the mix. Some bread notes come into play but the dominant feature is certainly caramel from the malt.

Flavour is more of the same, with caramel malt sweetness being the main player here. Hops kick in toward the finish of each sip to strike some sort of balance but the flavour from the hops is minimal at best. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch watery at times.

There's a basic mix of flavour here that, whilst far from envelope pushing, gets the job done. IT won't wow you by any means, but this one would best make for a nice thirst quenching drink in the warmer months.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Cooper/ dark orange. Slighty cloudy. Small head that sicks around. Light lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts. Slightly toasted. Maybe a faint citrus note?

T- Sweet caramel malts and grain. There is a slight citrusy flavor in the finish. A mild touch of hops there to balance the sweetness.

M- Light to medium. Finish is dry, crisp, and fairly clean. Decently carbonated, but less than a light lager. Easy drinking for the most part, but wouldn't want it on a hot day!

*This is not wowing me, but this is not horrible. It's pretty simple, but it's a lot of different flavors. Not bad, but again, nothing to write home about.

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Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
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