Quinn's Amber Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Quinn's Amber AleQuinn's Amber Ale

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77
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90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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 pgenius
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful amber coloring with bubbly white head

S - Sweet malt aroma, maybe even a mild hop

T - Like the aroma, sweet malt flavor up front with a small amount of hops

M - Really smooth, slightly too watery for my taste

D - Really easy to drink, refreshing, but still has a substantial amount of flavor for a light-bodied brew. I'll have more of these

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.

Photo of acarroll413
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured for a 12oz bottle into a mug

A- not as amber or red as i would have liked. in fact it was quite dull amber, but the head was big, off white and beautiful

S- hops, not wheat surprisingly, but alcohol and a slight slight slight bit of wood

T- vile. bitter up front and not at all refreshing or satisfying in the back end. its like youre expecting a smooth, hoppy, crisp red ale and you get a nasty old wheat flavored ale.

M- not smooth AT ALL, well carbonated, and a medium-light thickness.

D- eeeh.

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!

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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
4.03/5  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...

Photo of ecoboy
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Quinn's Amber Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.