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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

86 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.07%
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: 86 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
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

mikesgroove, Dec 11, 2011
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 Jason
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Jason, Feb 21, 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
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of WesWes
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a golden/light amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a pale and light crystal malt scent along with a fruity/sour yeast aroma. There is something wrong with the aroma. The taste is not very good. It has a real yeasty flavor that overpowers the weak malt bill. It seems almost past it's prime. The malt bill is simple and consists of pale and light crystal malts. Hops are faint and probably English noble varieties. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is the worst beer Wachusett makes. It's back to the drawing board with this one.

WesWes, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

smcolw, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

jdhilt, May 06, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

ejimhof, Aug 09, 2014
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
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.

plaid75, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks good. Mostly clear, amber in colour, with a solid half inch of light beige foam. A bit sticky with good head retention. Malty aroma, a little toasty and buttery. Slightly metallic. Pretty much the same in the flavour, low bitterness, kind of fruity in the finish. The body was fine up front, but fell away at the end. Medium to low carbonation, sort of creamy. Not bad overall, but I'm not clamouring for more.

DrJay, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

johnnnniee, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev -6%
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.

puboflyons, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, 1.5 inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a thin, consistent skim. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose reveals some caramel malt and fruity esters. Taste consistent with nose; however, flavor profile thins out a bit. Some biscuity malts also come out as well as a light hops bittering; fairly non-discrete. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Not bad, but a little lackluster

Jwale73, May 12, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Reagan1984, May 31, 2008
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

VelvetExtract, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

tigg924, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

UncleJimbo, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

ADR, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Davepoolesque, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Jayli
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice deep, clear amber color. The head is an offwhite color, relatively decent retention and slight lacing left on the sides. The nose is very weak, almost no scent at all. There is a touch of breadiness and pale malts, but other than that - not much to the nose. The taste is also very blase but a little more to it than the nose. Starts off with a malt flavoring, slightly sweet, slightly bready. Touch of hops but not enough or well blended to work well off the malt and sweetness. Medium bodied beer - decent carbonation, but a bit of a sour aftertaste to it. Overall, it's drinkable, but I would certainly pick something different. It's an ok beer but nothing really stood out.

Jayli, Mar 23, 2009
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Quinn's Amber Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.