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Wachusett Country Pale Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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192 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Trailmix242

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -41.5%

11-15-2011 19:58:17 | More by Trailmix242
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oldthumpah

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -41.5%

07-05-2013 12:42:52 | More by oldthumpah
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Light copper topped with a buff head. Good clarity.

S: A boring aroma. Sugary malt with some melon like fruity esters.

T: This is a really poor taste. Grainy malt without much character. No definitive hop character. To be honest this almost tastes like a BMC light lager.

MF: Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D, notes: I dumped this about 2/3rds through. Doesn't exhibit any positive qualities of an American Pale Ale. Quite dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 17:24:54 | More by Nipitato
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wspscott

Kentucky

2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 19:41:20 | More by wspscott
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DavidHamilton


2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

07-14-2012 03:48:57 | More by DavidHamilton
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

07-27-2012 03:40:18 | More by DonFrap
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AGust82

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

10-09-2013 00:09:37 | More by AGust82
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead pint glass.

The color is a clear gold with a finger and a half of foamy white head ans some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit hoppy with some interesting grassy flavor that is just sliping out from the backend of the beer. Some slight apple aroma in the nose as well.

The taste is has some caramel flavor that is not unexpected with little hop flavor really coming out. There is some light malty flavor with a bit of a toast flavor but is minimal and fades fast.

The feel of this beer is of he smaller-medium feel beers. This does not go away with no afterthought but nothing stays long and is forgotten quickly. That being said this beer does go down easy and would make for a decent summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 03:27:38 | More by Duhast500
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Seanibus

California

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the most explicitly bready beer I have ever tried - it smells and tastes like a good Russian Pumpernickel (despite being the wrong color for it. I love Russian Pumpernickel. But I don't so much love this beer.

Pours a hazy orangy with a poor head that falls away quickly. The aroma has some floral hops on it, but really smells like bread. Some sharp pine resin rises as the beer warms. The flavor is malty and a bit sweet, with a strong bread character and some slightly piny hops, perhaps some overripe flower. The beer has a fair bit of flavor if you hold it in the mouth, but it finishes flat and a little sour. The mouthfeel is week.

I really can't see having a second one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 21:26:55 | More by Seanibus
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer in the same session as Wachusett Quinn's Amber. I admit there are a few differences in these beers but man they are similar. If you gave me a sample on two different days, I'm not sure I could pick one from the other.

The biggest differences were the creaminess of the head, (This was creamy, Quinn's was more foamy)and the mouth feel where again the Country Ale was creamier and had better mouth feel.

This was a more balanced beer from start to finish.

A nice nutty caramel malt start balanced with some hops. Fades nicely and stays with you and provides a bready finish. A little bit sweet for my tastes but ok for the style.

I like more hop assertiveness.

Not my favorite Pale, but I'll let you buy me one. I'd rather move on.

GB

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 17:22:57 | More by Reagan1984
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kristiekatk

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

It pours a golden/amber, very hazy and bright with a soft and bubbly thin layer of foam.

The smell is very mild; some light buttery tones and faint fruits. Besides a light malty sweetness and a pleasant fruitiness, there is not a whole lot going on here. It’s lacking in hop flavors and is a little too sweet for someone expecting a pale ale. I will say that it goes down easy and has a crisp and prickly carbonation.

Though it’s a little thin, Country Pale Ale has a certain je ne sais quoi to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 20:38:10 | More by kristiekatk
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Mantooth

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

07-20-2013 04:30:25 | More by Mantooth
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Schmidty3

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

04-27-2014 01:17:17 | More by Schmidty3
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lic217

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

10-04-2013 23:32:48 | More by lic217
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

07-20-2013 21:06:50 | More by Carpentiere
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rorjets

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

01-11-2014 18:54:47 | More by rorjets
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harsley

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

11-14-2013 16:07:53 | More by harsley
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

09-15-2013 02:01:15 | More by carrollmel7
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an orange-copper coloring with a fluffy, small bubbled, off-white head. Huge amount of carbonation bubbles steadily flow from the moment you pour and all while you drink. The nose is fruity sweet, with citrus and pear characteristics, as well as a subtle hopping. Flavors are light and mild on a smooth, slightly watered down body. Roasted caramel and a muddled fruit cocktail flavor give the abundance of influence on the palate, with a touch of floral hops at the end. Floral and slightly buttery aftertaste with a filmy, slightly lingering finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 17:15:41 | More by GarthDanielson
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Naes

New York

2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This APA is amber in color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.
The aroma is nothing spectacular; just a trace amount of hops.
The flavor begins a bit grainy and finishes with a mild citrus hop presence.
Mouth feel is light to medium in body with active carbonation.

This is an average APA; nothing offensive, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 01:03:01 | More by Naes
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masterbruewer

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color with a thin whte had and good lacing with light carbonation.

Had a malty, slightly grainy smell.

The taste was malty and grainy sweetness with a bit of a corn taste. That said, it was a tasty and balanced ale. But if there were hops there they were pretty muted.

The mouthfeel was unremarkable.

This is a decent session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2004 21:30:21 | More by masterbruewer
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Enjoy by 02.2008.

Golden-tinted light copper in color; noticeable carbonation. Fizzy, white head that fades to a creamy, intact sheet. Patches of webbed lacing with pretty good strength.

Faint caramel malt aroma. Earthen, floral hops with a layer of yeast-filled mustiness. Lemon solvency.

Semi-sweet toasted malts with an astringent-like, weak floral hop character. Thin and watery malts at mid-sip followed by a powdery mustiness and a bland wheat and grain-filled aftertaste.

Light bodied; thin, dry, and grainy on the palate.

A bland, weak Pale Ale with an identity-less hop character. Glad I only picked up a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 14:21:27 | More by NEhophead
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jpwadd

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -12.3%

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

Vermont

3/5  rDev -12.3%

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

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 06:02:19 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
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