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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
okay

217 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001

Our first brew back in the early 90’s, the original pale ale with perfectly balanced hops & malts creating super drinkability.
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Photo of BigCheese
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
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-

Photo of nate1357
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of j89de
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ZacharyJ
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Trailmix242
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of KenC
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of ricchezza
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of slyke
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of jman892
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Photo of Duhast500
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.

Photo of wspscott
2.22/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at Bukowski's during a recent visit to boston. This beer was really nothing special. A typical pale ale from the east coast it did not have outstanding hop character in terms of bitterness, flavor or aroma. It was a little darker that a typical pale (I guess that's the "country"), decent head, good malt aroma. I enjoyed it but I'm not sure I'm gonna recommend it

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.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.