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Wachusett Country Pale Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett Country Pale AleWachusett Country Pale Ale

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179 Ratings

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001)
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Photo of PicoPapa


3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Best By Date of 3/15/14. Part of the Box of Brews Mix 12 Pack. Pours a translucent amber color with virtually no head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is bready and grainy with some floral hop notes. The taste is bready with some light floral bitterness and some lemon. Easy to drink with not much carbonation or body. Floral finish. Overall, a pretty run of the mill Pale Ale. Not bad but not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 19:47:29 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden/amber in color with a mild haze. Two fingers of creamy white head retain very well. Spidery lacing.

S: Bready and grainy malts. Citrusy hops. Lemon. Hint of mango.

T: Hoppy up front with lost of tropical fruit. Pineapple, clementine, and lemon. Very slight herbal backing. Modest bitterness. smooth graininess on the back end. Grainy finish with lingering hop bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very full and creamy in the mouth. Carbonation has a small bite that provides refreshing crispness. Smooth.

O: At this point in the game it falls in the middle of the pack as far as the style goes. It's easy enough to drink, but there's nothing that really makes you want to come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 20:29:29 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of HalfFull


3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 04:27:07 | More by HalfFull
Photo of BOSMECH


3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again Wachusett has done anouther good job, this beer is very smooth for a Ale nice golden color and is very very drinkable and very smooth on the pallet I am not from the New England area but have lived here for 6 years now and have been trying all the New England beers I can and Wachusett time and time again has produced beers that have been very very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 17:50:06 | More by BOSMECH
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with a decent white head that recedes quickly but leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Smells earthy and bit minerally with a fair amount of sugary malt sweetness and light floral hops beneath it. The flavor is sweet with an odd buttery tartness to it. Light toffee and butterscotch flavor with a mineral aspect to it. Little hop flavor and barely enough bitterness to keep this from cloying. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary bubbly mouthfeel. I picked this up on a whim to fill my mix a six. This is quite sweet and lacks any balance, I'm glad I only have one.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:03:47 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of kristiekatk


2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
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
Photo of SouljaSaia17


3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, about to review another beer from my state of Massachusetts. I have had the Blueberry before, but wasnt and am not too fond of blueberry beers.

A: Pours a light golden color with an amber tint. Has a 2 inch soapy white head that dissipates moderately and leaves some lacing.

S: At first I get some clove or some other type of grass hop aroma. A slight pine but not bitter at all, followed by a blend of honey, yeast, and some grains.

T: I get some of the grassy notes upfront in the flavor and then blends out with a hint of honey, yeast and an apple cider type taste.

M: Sweet and slightly tart, no carbonation to speak of but a very drinkable spring/summer feel.

O: Pretty good pale ale, not anything to rave about but nothing from Wachusett is, from what I have had. I would just keep this as a one off in a mix-A-six.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 02:24:14 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
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
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a honey color, with a finger of head and some lacing. Smells of very malty buscuity sweet and a hint of fruity grape?
Flavors are not that of an APA. Its very malty, sweet, and has a very grape vine finish; almost grappa like. There is no noticeable hop at all...Its very heavy, and full mouthfeel. While its very unique brew, its just not representative of the style at all. But it does have some nice qualities, so I cant completely shoot it down...

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:34:18 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of cpolking


3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange and copper in color. There is a short head of white to off-white foam.

The aroma is fruity, citrus and ripe melon, zesty, along with maltiness and a bit of caramel.

The taste is richly malty, but with a nice fruit; rich, floury biscuits baked with a nice brown top, slathered in orange marmalade.

The mouthfeel has noticeable carbonation, but is also nicely smooth and round.

There is a pleasing aftertaste reminiscent of the flavors. This is a good and easy drinker.

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for sharing this with me.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:53:50 | More by cpolking
Photo of chefhatt


3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer when poured into a pint glass, it has a nice goldne body with a nice 3"white head that lays down to a thin lace round the edge of the glass. The smell is of light citrus, with a little malt. The taste is has a nice malt taste with a little citrus with a hint of hop. The mouth feel is good and overall a good pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 20:43:58 | More by chefhatt
Photo of jaasen64


3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- goldish brown. Very similar appearance as their IPA, but definitely a lot less head. Very little head. Slightly below-Average carbonation

S- Slighty citrusy, pretty sweet smell but not overpowering.

T- a little bit sweeter then other pale ales that I've had.

M- Smooth and drinkable. Pretty well bodied.

O- I'm not a huge pale ale fan, but it's not bad for a pale ale. A little bit sweeter then most pale ales I've had. I'd rank a little bit above average, but nothing to brag about.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 23:11:40 | More by jaasen64
Photo of BigCheese


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from mixed 12 pack

A : light golden hue, big white froth

S: some biscuit English malts, a touch of pine hops.

T : decent balance of malts and hops, English tasting yeast, some herbal hops, probably cascade. A bit of diacetyl.

M: a bit flat, medium carbonation,

O: pretty standard English pale ale, it's a lot better on tap. Lackluster but within style. It is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:56:23 | More by BigCheese
Photo of Brad007


3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a thick, frothy white head into my glass. Looks like your standard pale ale.

Dry with a good mix of sweet malt and grassy hops in the nose. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Lots of restraint here. Buttery malt and grassy hops that will please a hop-head without going overboard.

Lingering buttery malt and grassy hops also make up the mouthfeel here.

It's very simple but that may also be its' biggest flaw. Then again, some like their beer to be solid and drinkable. In that case, it certainly is.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 04:12:35 | More by Brad007
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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-

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:59:04 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of ricchezza


3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz. glass from a bottle. Copper in color with a ¼ inch thick head leaving little to no lacing on the glass.

Medium/light in body. Taste is sweet & toasty, hint of biscuit. Very light on the hops with a slight grassy presence. The balance is shifted towards being a malt dominated brew which I find surprising for a pale ale.

Super lightly carbonated and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 16:02:55 | More by ricchezza
Photo of cbutova


3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours into my pint glass with a clear orange body. Foamy off-white head forms to a nice size but doesn't retain all that well. A small amount of spotty lace.

S- Aroma of decent strength reminds me of tart apple cider mixed with bread, caramel and grains. Actually fades away after a bit.

T- Once again, I get a strong slightly tart apple cider for the most part. In the finish it fades somewhat to allow caramel malt, bread, grains and some light hops to come through. Hops are herbal and grassy. Slightly oxidized.

MF- Light body with moderate foamy carbonation. Finishes tart and very slightly bitter, almost not worth mentioning.

With each sip this tastes more and more like apple cider (non-hard cider). While I enjoy that flavor, it is not what I really expect in pale ales, at least as a main flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:51:20 | More by cbutova
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2.5" off-white head. A clear and very light amber color. Not alot of smell except for a little whiff of malt. Nice clean mild malt flavor with a short finish including mild hops. I'd say this is a good summer beer, an easy drinker that is a small step up from BMCs but yet still fully enjoyable by all, and a decent value in cost.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:25:44 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of slyke


3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Country Ale pours a lovely orange color with a white head that falls to a cap that sticks and laces well.

The smell is sweet with a little citrus.

The taste is also sweet with a bit of tartness. Not much hoppiness to speak of.

Medium bodied with a pretty clean finish.

This is pretty tasty brew. I wouldn't turn it down if I found it somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 00:16:26 | More by slyke
Photo of jman892


3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange with a pretty big head - fades fast - almost no lacing

S - Sweet smelling, a little malty. Not picking up on much else

T - On the sweet side. Nice note of sweet citrus fruit, and also apple is noticed, but no hoppy bitterness at all. Touch of caramel

M - Strong carbonation, with a light body. Pretty easy drinker

O - Definitely a sessionable beer, nice and light, with a sweet taste that isnt overdone

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 19:07:37 | More by jman892
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
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
Photo of wspscott


2.2/5  rDev -35.9%
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
Photo of DrJay


3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light amber with a rocky, light beige cap. Decent head retention, a bit of clumpy lace. Malty aroma, a little toasty, grain, light caramel. Hops were nearly non-existent, but there was a hint of citrus in the background. Bitterness was present throughout but was on the low side, flavours of minerals, malt, a little earthy, light fruitiness. Light bodied and dry. The carbonation was too high, not quite distracting but it felt coarse and didn't help the texture. Overall, it's okay. I'd drink this again if it was offered for free or I found myself in a situation where this was the best beer available.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 21:05:15 | More by DrJay
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle of a Wachusett's mix pack that recently made its way north of the border.

Pours a clear, dark gold color with a finger of solid white head. Nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smells sweet. Some light malts. A hint of apple.

Taste is.... light. Some up front sweetness, followed by some mild bitterness. A nice balance between the two. Initial carbonation feels a bit excessive, and reminds me of cider for some reason, but quickly calms down.

Certainly wets the whistle. A decent APA that is fairly easy to drink. A bit above average, but falling just short of really good.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:25:19 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of cpetrone84


3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slightly hazy golden color with orange hues shinging through. the head is thight and creamy, white in color with a few bubbles on top. it lingers for a moment leaving a decent lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is fair in strength, lots of toasted bread with an underlying caramel malt. Notes of lemon in the middle with floral hops behind. A touch of metallic phenol in the back.

T-the taste is hoppier than the nose. light notes of toasted bread with a touch of caramel. lemon, floral hops come in at the back with notes of grass and just a hint of metalic phenol and a touch of bitterness.

M-a little rough on the palate with a medium to light body, high carbonation and a slightly dry crisp finish.

D-this is a decent beer, nothing great here but easy drinking and not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 22:50:25 | More by cpetrone84
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Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.