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Quinn's Amber Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Quinn's Amber AleQuinn's Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

94 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2001

An easy drinking Amber Ale with low bitterness, a subtle malt profile and a balanced finish.

Availability: Jan-Mar
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by Reagan1984:
Photo of Reagan1984
2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this bottle into a pint glass and was greeted with a foamy 2 fingers head that was off white to beige in color. The light copper color was very clear with no visible carbonation.

Almost no lacing at all.

A slightly assertive nutty/caramel malt flavor up front that fades to no real finish what so ever. Some noticeable hop presence up front but again fades to a dry flat finish.

I almost note a light cocoa or chocolate flavor to the malt up front. Nothing to obtrusive.

Of course this is common for this style.

Probably an average example of this style, but one I admit I'm not that fond of.

Mouthfeel was pleasant and drinkability was good.

I will not seek this brew out again. I never choose this style to be honest.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a more of a lighter copper color than an amber a thin wispy white head atop,toasty aromas along a touch of butter and caramel.Light to medium mouthfeel but quite crisp it went down quite well,quite toasty a lightly sweet and caramelly with a hint of mineral.A basic amber here not much hop presence but it drinks easy.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a clear, brilliant orangish red color with a small bubbling off white head on top. Amber undertones. Aromas of caramel and sweet bread along with a well placed dirty, citric resin hoppiness that lingers in the background. A touch of nuttiness rounds it out.

First sip brings a well managed caramel maltiness upfront with hints of sourdough. A melding of fruit and nut follows and mixes in well. The crisp, slightly bitter finish features some herbal green hops. A nice Irish Red overall.

Mouthfeel has a strong, chewy body that exhibits easy drinking smoothness with mellow carbonation. This one goes down easy. A well built ale that I wouldn't mind drinking more often. Thanks to MuddyFeet and BIF20 for this one!

Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle,Freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Crystal clear bright amber hue, big frothy off white head that subsides very slowly.

Smell: Thin wet caramel and toasted malt, clean nose that seems a bit on the light side.

Taste: Semi-crisp and slick, medium body. Simple one-sided malt flavor seems a little watered down. Odd mineral, steely, grainy flavors in the middle. Touch of hop flavor and bitterness.

Notes: This beer has lost something over the years, very pedestrian and certainly does not stand above any of the traditional Irish Reds.

Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, amber in color, medium/high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light floral hops

Taste: bread, caramel, and light floral hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, clean

Drinkability: Nice sweet sessionable bready flavor that is barely above average for the style. This one is pleasant to drink but does not jump out the way some other beers from this brewery do.

Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper appearance. Pale yellow head, creamy in texture, lasts at 1/4 of an inch for just over a minute. Spare lace, crown-like rings. Spicy aroma, light grape astringency with some nutmeg. Flavor starts easy going but oddly slick, a fruity sense with some pear flavors, honeyish as well. Keeps its texture but the flavor pans out to mildly watery mid mouth, the hops could step up to the plate more as well. Toward the end of the glass, I was picking up weird aftertastes, something like parmesan cheese. Good appearance and start, decent overall drinkability, the close was a little off for me. Thanks to Liza P. for bringing a bottle back from a short Easter break in Rhode Island.

Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 15, 2013.

The pour is orange to amber with a quick burst of white fizzy head that dissolves by the count of three.

On the nose there are toasted breaded malts, sweetness, butter, and vague earthy notes. But everything is subtle.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is like the nose in that toasted bready malts and butter kick in right off but there is a low to moderate earthy bitterness hanging around at the end to add just the slightest bite. Easy to drink but pretty ordinary.

Photo of u2carew
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(A) Pours with a nice, frothy head then settles to the outside of the glass. Visible carbonation. Copper colored and transparent.
(S) Bready aroma with a mild sweetness, liken to caramel.
(T) Starts creamy, moves into a sweet, earthy taste then fades into a slightly dry, finish.
(M) Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied.
(D) A decent beer. Follows the form for an Irish Red, but not a stand out ale.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brown color, hazelnut highlights are riddled throughout with a wonderful mix of colors. A smallish head of light tan then pops up from the bottom of the glass and reaches about a half an inch before settling back down again.

Aroma is of light caramel, roasted nuts, light touches of butterscotch like sugary notes. Warming brings out a very earthy and pronounced flavor to it. Really nice done but a touch light. This is my only complaint as it did not have the pop I was really looking for at the time. Smooth, even flavor really did not deviate much from beginning to end as the overall impact was nicely put together. A bit light on the feel

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light and sweet caramel malt with hints of grassy hops.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet and nutty malt with a slow to arrive drying hop.

The mouthfeel was a bit toward the lighter side for the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking Irish Ale.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a copper color with some white foam and a lot of carbonation. Malty and bready fruity lager aromas. Taste is slightly below average, but its close enough to a 3...Crisp malt flavors, slight sweet fruit notes and a hint of yeast. its not bad, but there are better options out there. Mouthfeel is over-carbonated and dry. Again, give it a try but dont seek out.

Photo of gonzo000
2.67/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber Ale, really? THis looks like bud with a drop of orange food coloring

S - Smell is mellow, nothing offensive, nothing stands out

T - Very disappointed in this beer. Would call it a pilsner. Taste is not amber like in the least.

M - Okay, again, nothing offensive, nothing outstanding.

O - Weak

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apples, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of fruit (apple & apricot) and caramel. There’s a very mild hops presence that comes in, but doesn’t stick around very long. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, not the best representation of style, it’s a decent beer to keep drinking for an evening.

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at O'Connor's

This was an amber beer, topped by a bit of fluffy whiteness that died quickly. Lightly fragrant, I found a bready maltiness to chew on amid the fine bubbles. With the clean bitterness in the hops, I could have a couple more. Very nice.

Photo of ppoitras
4.01/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Pint glass presentation. Fluffy off-white head on deep golden-brown brew. Malt outpowers the hops a bit on this one, but they have obviously worked hard to get both constituents in balance for this brew, in preparation for their prime St. Patrick's Day window of sales. Taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability are all great on this brew, and I would recommend to anyone for a "with-dinner" beer. Enjoy...

Photo of ant5431
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass the one I had last week at the bar on tap was slightly better.
Nice reddish/brown amber color nice white head with a light sweet roasted hops smell.
Tastes much like the smell, slight sweet roasted hops!
Mouth feel was ok taste lingers on tongue. Like most of the Wachusett beers Ive tasted drinkable but not delicious.

Photo of iceball585
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden amber color, semi-clear, half finger thick cream color head that faded quickly

S- Pale malts, toasted grains, nutty, wheat, hint of caramel

T- Caramel, grainy, light malts, slight metallic taste, hint of hops near the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, watery

D- Worth trying

This is very mild for being an irish red ale. I would like a bit more flavor and body to follow this style of beer.

Photo of rjplumer
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear brownish red. Has a mild foamy head that doesn't last too long. Has a mild bitter taste with a hint of lemon. A faint hoppy aroma. This seems to a balanced brew that doesn't overpower in any one area. Nicely carbonated. Has a nice zesty feel to it.

Photo of francus
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I felt this beer needed a more malty profile. The hops were of a variety I couldn't place either. All in all an average brew. I do plan on trying some of their other brews when I get a chance.

I did go to their website to look for merchandise and didn't see any. I like to collect brewery t-shirts.

Photo of jdhilt
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Bready nose. Flavor is malty, caramel and very little hops, unusual for an amber. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Best by Jul 2010.

Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear mid-amber color. The head maintains a thin single bubble layer. Slight lace on the glass.

Very neutral smelling--the only off-odor is a slight metalic aroma. Nearly no hop and only a touch of malt.

The flavor is better than the smell and appearance would lead one to believe. It starts with a round malt touch that quickly gives way to a hoppy. The aftertaste is shortlived, though, and it leaves a sour post-milk experience. Nice body with appropriate carbonation.

Here's an okay beer. With the slightly off aroma aside, this is a very non-descript brew--neither offensive nor interesting. Worthy of a taste, but perhaps not a six pack.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, muddled, copper-yellow coloring with a frothy, white, small bubbled foam of head about half an inch tall. Aromas are light and smooth, with a light sweetness atop some toasty and bready tones. Flavors are off-balance a bit, with a decent, strong roasted caramel malt backbone and some subtle fruit highlights overpowering any of the toasty and biscuity qualities that were present in the nose. The beer is light to the point of watery in mouth, which makes it easy to drink, but not overly rewarding. The aftertaste is cloyingly sweet, with a slight floral twist. The finish is a bit watery, and leaves a slight film behind. Like I said, it's easy to drink, but there are better beers worth your time and focus out there.

Photo of ledhed1234
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great classic Amber ale-great taste, good head, lively Amber color, crisp taste-great every year

Photo of williamherbert
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a bright light-orange. Quite hazy and thick-looking. Light head, very white. Disappears quick. Looks good.

Dark roasted amber malt smell, but with a nice top layer of hops. The malt smell, however, is a bit sharp/bitter. Slight woody accent.

Pleasant roasted amber malt taste, with a strong (good) flowery hop presence. Finish is a nice aftertaste: balanced hops and malt, both strong and nice. Slightly bitter at the end. Light butterscotch.

Light bodied, smooth feel, but slightly thick at the end. Leaves a light film. Smooth drinker. It's good and balanced: the hops and malt are both bitter but also flowery.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of bready caramel malt and light earthy hops to counter. The flavor is what I expected from the aroma. Sweet bread and caramel with hints of fruit and earth. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Serviceable ale, reminds me of something I would have been really into about 10 years ago, but today its just ok.

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Quinn's Amber Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.