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Quinn's Amber Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

89 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
An easy drinking Amber Ale with low bitterness, a subtle malt profile and a balanced finish.

Availability: Jan-Mar

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2001)
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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

ColdOneKev, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

guezarka, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Benjaminwileketchum, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
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...

ppoitras, Feb 20, 2004
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

T_rizzo, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

j89de, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Burt, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

shigg85, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Hibernator, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of jbertsch
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

jbertsch, Mar 08, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

MuddyFeet, May 31, 2005
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

FenwaySquid, Mar 14, 2005
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.

rjplumer, Mar 17, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

williamherbert, Aug 14, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

hellcatsjg, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

orbitalr0x, Jul 06, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Trashcat, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

PaulD, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

gleeky99, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

JMCrocker, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

morebeergood, May 12, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

PatGreer, Feb 22, 2013
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.

oberon, May 02, 2007
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 26, 2007
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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.

gentlebubbles, Mar 07, 2004
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Quinn's Amber Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.