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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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205 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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: 205 | Reviews: 98 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jermar:
Photo of jermar
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine take on a classic style. Very fresh tasting with some fruitiness and good balance between bitterness and some malty sweetness. Good head retention.

jermar, Dec 31, 2001
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

oberon, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of jpwadd
3/5  rDev -12.5%

jpwadd, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

SunDevilBeer, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2%

TimoP, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Jason, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Billolick, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

tigg924, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of chudson1992
3.5/5  rDev +2%

chudson1992, May 26, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Mantooth, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

stereosforgeeks, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

glid02, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Trashcat
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Trashcat, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of poop_brew
3/5  rDev -12.5%

poop_brew, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of sloejams
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

sloejams, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of racer2k
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

racer2k, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

NJpadreFan, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of KenC
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

KenC, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

tempest, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of warchez
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

warchez, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of tc1072
3.5/5  rDev +2%

tc1072, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

bewareOFpenguin, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev +2%

ChrisL24481, Aug 30, 2013
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Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.