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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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Reviews: 49
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 95
Photo of ppoitras
4.01/5  rDev +19%
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...

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Photo of Hibernator
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wachusett Quinn's Amber Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date clearly notched for July
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
* Directly from the brewery in Westminster, MA

Pours a light amber shade of brown. Similiar to a cup of Earl Grey tea. Very nice, fluffy light brown colored head on top. Spotted lacings on the glass.

The nose is full of malts. Aroma is slightly fruity, but heavy on the malt side.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with caramel malts throughout each sip. A nice hop presence helps balance this beer out. Wachusett brewery biscuit and bready flavors in there too. The feel on the palate is very "soft" and with syrupy malts.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium amber color. Head is sudsy rather than frothy, and dissipates quickly.

Smell: I smell malt and hops equally, and even a little something odd...like smelly feet... or even soap (maybe that was my glass not being washed well). It may be a slight caramel or toffee aroma, but whatever it is, it's not too much.

Taste: No worries - didn't taste like smelly feet

Mouthfeel: Just fine...it's what was expected. Just about the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability:VERY drinkable. I think you could bring this beer to a party and have many people, who may normally be used to Sam Adams, drink and like this beer all evening.

Nonthing fancy, but another solid New England beer. It makes love living in a region that's so prone to brewing its own beer, and doing it well. Again, even though this beer is nothing to shout about, it's something that I would buy again should the appropriate situation arise in terms of company.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not one of my favorite style, but now definitely one of my favorite brews for the style. Pours a clay color, like infield dirt with a big foamy head and lots of lace. Aroma is malty with hops very faintly in the background. Flavor was very sweet malts and hints of some sort of nut. Chestnut perhaps? Kind of an earthy feel to the whole flavor. Made me think of a foggy morning. Mouthfeel is pretty well carbonated with a medium body. Finishes very crisp. Very smooth to drink and tough to put down.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a BBE month of May notched on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color, poured a moderate head that faded quickly into a thin lace.

Aroma: Very faint, just a hint of hops

Taste: Sweet and malty to start, then faded to hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was crisp.

Overall: A decent brew, easy to drink.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rageagainst123 for the trade!

Appearance: Par for the style. Amber colored beer with a finger of head that lessens to a layer of foam that lasts almost the whole beer.

Smell: Caramel and malt dominate with a bit of nuttiness and hops as well.

Taste: Sweet caramel and big malts up front. Flowery hop flavor comes out during the sip and combines nicely with a bit of a nut flavor. Nice complexity for a style that can be rather plain.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit too much carbonation. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: Good Irish Red with nice complexity. High carbonation may limit how much you would want, but very tasty and seemingly low ABV may it quite drinkable.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at my brother's BBQ this past weekend. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark auburn color. Nice sized white head. Smell had a hint of pine to it with some noticeable hops aroma. Flavor was very tasty, as there was plenty of malt to satisfy my palate. Mouthfeel was smooth and I definitely felt that this beer had a nice aftertaste to it. Drinkability was quite good, as this beer had enough body to stand up to grilled foods. A nice red ale to drink by itself or pair with food.

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Photo of predikit
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber, leaves a fizzy white head that had decent retention

Smells very pleasing, hints of apple, a splash of grapefruit hops, with some fruity yeast.

The taste was very suprising, has a fair apple flavor to it, some honey, the malts are fairly subtle and the hops are so light to as not be there. This is sweeter than most beers I've tried, but doesn't turn me off in the slightest.

Light bodied, light carbonation, crisp finish.

I would certainly drink this again, would help quell the summer's heat.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of confer
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Gold with and orange tint, little bit of foam remains.
S-Sweet candy smell
T- Not bad but not really much flavor. Sweet taste, no hops at all.
MD- A very easy drinking beer, nothing special. All the beers from these guys seem very mellow.
Thanks to Larry P for bring these back for us.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant hue with clover honey color at the edges and the color of unfiltered apple cider in the center of the glass.

Nice bready, complex syrupy (as opposed to a corn syrup smell) aroma. I'm glad i got to this in September...it's not a perfectly fresh bottle, but it does suit the crisp in the Maine air. It's like an autumn ale without the fruit and/or spice. There remains a not unpleasant tartness. Elements of sourdough bread and honey hang in the malt character. Flavors linger in the subtle aftertaste.

Better than average, considering I caught this at the edge of its lifespan.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber. Fluffy head,with good retention,and lacing.Body is light to medium,and carbonated. Smell is of roasted malts. Nice,but weak. Taste is roasted,and sweet with a bit of hop in the finish. I'm not all that famliar with this style,but this is a refreshing good flavored brew. I would try it again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber color, nearing crimson...thin coverage of cream-toned fuzz above.
Aroma, rich and malty, sweetness, herbal and fruity.
Nice, if brief, hops at the front, then disappearing, evaporating, fading, along with the body. Begins medium, then bottoms out. Malt dominated, crisp on the palate, but disappointing after the hoppy introduction. A passable Irish Ale for the "punters" in the crowd, (the label for this one calls it an Amber Ale, not an Irish, though).but...alas, not grabbing me.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark hay color. Head is well put-together. Head retains and laces sporadically. Head is smooth and creamy. Fairly clear.

S-Sweet and light. Caramel aroma. Faint overall aroma. Not unpleasant. Barely any hops. Nothing offensive.

T-I actually enjoyed this more than I expected to. Sweet of course, but the finish is addictive. Light floral hops. Smooth flavor. Polished off my glass quite quickly.

M-Lighter bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth and a bit creamy. Alcohol hidden.

O/D- I am not a fan of this style. This was actually one of the better one I have tried from this style. Sweet and simple. Less coarse than other Irish Reds I have had. Nowhere near bad.

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Photo of albern
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of Irish Reds, so I need to preface any review with that disclosure. The beer is moderately carbonated, typically reddish in color, with some sweet malty caramel aromas, with the red fruity aromas typical of the style. The taste is malty, caramely, a bit flat tasting, some cloying sweetness, and the very typical copperish/reddish flowery taste of the Irish red ales. Nothing new in this beer. It is very typical of the style, nothing more, nothing less. It's okay, I'm not a big fan, I'm moving on.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, brown, longneck bottle with BBE month notch on the label.

This ale poured a clear, amber-red color with creamy, tan foam that settled. The smell was sweet malt with a hint of caramel. The taste was malty and only lightly hoppy with notes of caramel. Overall the flavor was "mellow". The mouthfeel was dry and smooth but with a crispness. It had medium body and moderate carbonation. Not much to say about this one, but it is a decent, easy drinking, not overly complex beer.

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Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Quinn's Amber Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.