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

90 Ratings
THE BROS
68
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Ratings: 90
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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Photo of Duhast500
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blue Hills pint glass.

The color is a clear golden/amber with a half finger of foamy 0ff-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is giving off a sweetness that is all malt right now. There is a slight toffee or butter-crunch aroma that is a little sugary.

The taste is bready with that same caramel malts giving off some nutty flavor that was a bit surprising. There is a bit of a bitterness toward the end as expected but is just there briefly.

The feel of this beer is somewhat smooth. It does feel pleasant but there is a lingering aftertaste that was a little tough but a decent beer.

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 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 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.

Photo of confer
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of Kendo
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber in color with a half-finger whitish head. No lace whatsoever.

S: Florally hops over a slight bit of caramel malt.

T: First impression: there's something "off" about it. Lemony citrus over wet cardboard. Finishes with a minerally/metallic twang.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, with biting carbonation.

D: I wrote "Blech!" which pretty much sums it up. I'm glad I only bought the single.

Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
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 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.

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.

Photo of TheTrevor
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a copper-color with a two-finger head. The smell is caramel and toasted malt with a bit of nuttiness. The taste starts off with a slightly grainy sweet caramel taste that gives way to a metallic taste and a tiny bit of hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a some crisp carbonation. I'm not a fan of the metallic taste, but this isn't a horrible beer.

Photo of iceball585
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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.

Photo of hellcatsjg
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.

Photo of albern
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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 williamherbert
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.

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 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.

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 Greenlabel
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a fresh 6-pack purchased near the brewery. Pours a deep reddish color with a lasting white head. Smell is faintly sweet and, to an extent, fruity. The taste strongly emphasizes malt with a minimal hop presence. There seemed to be a somewhat metallic aspect to the caramelly sweetness of the taste and aftertaste.

This tasted different from the Quinn's I remember a few years back when it was labeled as an Irish Style Ale rather than an Amber Ale. If the formula has been "tweaked" in the process, it has not been to the overall benefit of the product. This used to be my favorite Wachusett seasonal. It now seems to be more of an average decent product but one with no special appeal to cause a followup purchase.

Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Quinn's Amber Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.