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Wachusett Country Pale Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Country Pale AleWachusett Country Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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197 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
Our first brew back in the early 90’s, the original pale ale with perfectly balanced hops & malts creating super drinkability.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001)
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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 98 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by HalfFull:
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HalfFull

California

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

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...

11-30-2012 04:27:07 | More by HalfFull
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

07-06-2006 21:37:07 | More by oberon
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jpwadd

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -12%

07-10-2013 21:00:55 | More by jpwadd
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

07-25-2008 22:00:31 | More by lordofthewiens
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

06-20-2005 17:07:31 | More by SunDevilBeer
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-18-2012 16:33:12 | More by TimoP
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -12%

08-15-2014 19:00:50 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

09-07-2003 03:05:31 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev +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.

01-23-2006 22:41:35 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

09-22-2009 14:23:22 | More by tigg924
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chudson1992

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-26-2013 22:09:54 | More by chudson1992
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Mantooth

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

07-20-2013 04:30:25 | More by Mantooth
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

10-14-2013 03:20:25 | More by stereosforgeeks
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glid02

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +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.

08-14-2011 20:52:30 | More by glid02
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poop_brew

Vermont

3/5  rDev -12%

06-16-2013 19:11:54 | More by poop_brew
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sloejams

California

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

08-11-2006 20:23:21 | More by sloejams
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

08-17-2009 17:14:48 | More by racer2k
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

08-28-2007 21:21:39 | More by NJpadreFan
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KenC

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

09-25-2011 18:31:01 | More by KenC
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

06-26-2007 02:49:17 | More by tempest
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warchez

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

03-22-2007 18:33:05 | More by warchez
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tc1072

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-21-2013 02:19:32 | More by tc1072
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -12%

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.

04-07-2003 06:02:19 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-30-2013 10:53:00 | More by ChrisL24481
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rjm0715

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -12%

02-03-2014 22:28:43 | More by rjm0715
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Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
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