Wachusett Country Pale Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +29%
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 PAs Ive 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.
08-20-2005 23:38:19 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
4.25/5 rDev +24.6%
In my opinion Pale Ales are one of the most commonly f'ed up beers. Everyone seems to make them but not everyone makes them good. The guys at Wachusett make a really good clean tasting PA.
This beer pours a thick creamy off white head with a great earthy floral hop aroma. Lightly hazy golden orange color.
Sweet fruity malt and medium hop flavour.
This is a great beer.
07-31-2002 12:44:21 | More by xXTequila
4.25/5 rDev +24.6%
Wachusett is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Perfect staple for the style, holds steady throughout. Pours a shiny copper that almost glows. Perfectly clear, but not thin looking at all. Thick fomay head that receded to thin film. Lots of lace. Nose is fairly mild. Mostly just some sweet malts come through. Hops come through just lightly in the flavor, more like a backup choir to the malts. Very sweet and fresh. Also picking up some pear in the flavor. Has an almost full body to the beer. Very smooth and the weight of this beer kind of stretches out my cheeks. Great session beer to drink while catching an afternoon ballgame instead of doing work.
06-29-2005 20:45:42 | More by MuddyFeet
4.22/5 rDev +23.8%
Nice drinkable beer, see Venom review, it sums it up the best
for me. I enjoy this one when I want to have a few! Very different
earthy- grassy- fruity- hoppy taste that is well balanced for a lighter golden ale. I got these Wachusett beers as a gift and after
sampling them this one stands out for its depth and character.
11-11-2003 02:18:45 | More by littlebibs
4.13/5 rDev +21.1%
pours a clear golden orange color. decent foam that leaves lace and forms a ring.
smells light and citrusy sweet with a little caramel. smells crisp and refreshing
taste is buttery sweet caramel in the beginning turning into a light citrus hop finish. very pleasant, very refreshing.
mouthfeel is somewhat watery while at the same time a tiny bit buttery. its light body makes it very drinkable although its flavor is pretty modest.
01-13-2006 07:43:10 | More by JasonCoop
4.1/5 rDev +20.2%
From notes taken at the Hop Devil Grill:
Pours a clear amber color that leaves a good amount of lace on the glass.
Scents are mild, fruity and overall pleasing. No particular notes come to mind... just a subtle bouquet.
The flavor profile is mostly smooth and nutty. Something reminiscent of a Ritz cracker but not nearly as greasy. Again, subtle, mild and well balanced.
Smooth and easy drinking from start to finish. This likely would make for a good gateway beer to those that know only the usual beer suspects at bars and parties.
02-20-2008 05:07:55 | More by ommegangpbr
4.08/5 rDev +19.6%
Many thanks to my good friend and fellow BA "jward" and UPS for this one, a beer I can't get down here in Virginia.
Pours a clear, light golden color with a sturdy, creamy off-white head that leaves moderate lacing. In the nose, candyish fruit notes of apple, citrus, grapefruit as well as mineral and yeast elements. Initially, the flavor is sweet and malty but develops balanced, with a very mild, leafy hop bitterness. The finish is tart and dry. The balance on this one is excellent. The character seems sweet, yet never cloying, resulting in a mellow quality, especially with what seems to be low carbonation.
An interesting ale in terms of categorization. Pale ale seems like the appropriate category, its just that there are pilsener-like elements (the clear golden color, the mineral element) and perhaps Belgian pale ale elements (the sweeter, yeastier qualities). Not a complex beer, but a charming, refreshing, and quaffable ale.
02-25-2003 19:11:12 | More by Riggo
4.05/5 rDev +18.8%
I am sampling a litely chilled bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear copper hue with soft fluffy off white head of 2 cm foaming up. The head fades gradually leaving large bubbly craters as it recedes.
Aroma is sweet caramel and citrusy grapefruit hops. some orange mixes in as well.
First sip reveals an average body with fine yet prickly carbonation.
Flavor is slightly sweet like oranges and caramel mixed and then allows for a bit of rindy hops on the finish. The taste overall is crisp and clean. Very smooth and easy to drink.
Quite a nice balanced beer that would be sessionable I think.
Give it a shot
10-08-2005 02:25:03 | More by sulldaddy
4.03/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
07-01-2012 17:32:36 | More by puboflyons
4/5 rDev +17.3%
According to a recent Beer Advocate article, Wachusett believes that this "flagship" beer should be recognized for its "delicate" and well-"balanced" flavor. Indeed it should. Country Ale pours rust-orange, with a cloudy appearance and a big, frothy white head. The initial taste is slightly sweet. But the principal flavors are earthy, with notes of vegetables and toasted or baked bread crumbs. A slight bitterness is detected at the finish. This brew offers plenty of well-rounded, earthy smells and flavors, with some fruity notes as it warms in the glass. It suggests a really nice, and somewhat unconventional, combination of malts and hops that makes for a very quaffable beer.
(Also sampled this one on tap at the Wachusett brewery.)
12-14-2002 15:48:55 | More by jward
Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
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