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Wachusett California Style IPA - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett California Style IPAWachusett California Style IPA

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40 Ratings

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Patrick on 03-21-2010)
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Reviews by jamie2dope:
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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a new one from Wachusett, along with it's big brother, Larry. Gorgeous golden orange coloration, with a good amount of white heading. Not too much happening in the nose besides some mild hops and a touch of ginger. Taste is really all about the hops, which don't come off citrusy or piny like some others. Rather, it is just straight up hop flavor, which is not necessaily a bad thing. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, making for an appropriate Summer IPA. At almost 6% ABV, this one falls well into the realm of sessionable IPA. Wachusett nailed this one. They truly demonstrated what West Coast India Pale Ales are all about. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:49:13 | More by jamie2dope
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South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one at Hobo Hangout #9 while we ate dinner. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger slightly off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, and fruity hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, and fruity hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Based on the aroma I wasn't really expecting much if I am honest. However, the flavor on this one was quite nice and refreshing. The citrus on the flavor really did wonders as far as livening this one up. Granted this one still wasn't overly impressive for the style which hurt its score in the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 19:35:16 | More by thagr81us
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another one shared with calton while we ate dinner, we needed a bit of a break and this one did it nicely!

nice three finger high head of white foam that hung around for a good few minutes before finally settling down to a thing pillow of white which lasted till the end of the session.

not as heavy as I would have hoped it would be. To be honest a touch light overall with the aroma. Light floral citrus hops dominating everything here, in fact really not much else coming though at all. lots of sugar mingling in as well, sweetening it up and showing the malty side that was laying underneath. As it warmed, some light pine like notes arrived, as well as some earthy tones to show the way through.

little light for an IPA for me at least. There was some very nice floral citrus right up front which welcomed you and brought you on board for the rest of it, this faded quickly and was replaced by a solid back of light earthy grains and a touch of fresh grass Nice crisp finish offering a really nice dry bittering feeling on it. The long flavors of citrus were around for a good while and were nicely sweetened up toward the end.

Overall it appeared that it was just not living up to what I had wanted In it. The flavors were good, it was just that everything was way too light.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:37:11 | More by mikesgroove
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

This head of towering heights reaches past the rim of the glass and well above its hazed orange-amber color. Citric, mint and wildflowers from the hops with a dusting of malt are present in the nose. Its crispness drops off quickly. The hops round out the flavor and add a slightly sharp bitterness. The decent malt base seems to hold together, then finishes fruity and bitter with a trail of yeast. This beer is not half bad, even though its crispness is lacking and the malt does not really keep up at all. It's hard to compare this to its West Coast counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:53:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with several stiff fingers of dirty off-white colored head. This retains with a tight half finger that holds fast across the surface and leaves a rich and frothy coating of sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and leafy, with some sweet underlying fruit flavors and toasted graininess. This smells flavorful enough but there just isn't a huge amount of richness here to the nose.

The taste has a bit more oomph going on with it, with bitter citrus peel and some lesser feeling grapefruit character giving this some bite. Light tropical fruit notes hang on the edges of the profile and do most of the balancing here, as the malts are more grainy than sweet across the back of the palate. This finishes dry and pithy but not overly so. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy on the edges of the feel but then gets a little more crisp on the tongue as this moves around. The overall body is fairly soft and oily in the mouth though.

This is another hoppy offering from Wachusettthat I thought might have been out of date but it's looking like other reviewers shared the same thoughts with me on this me. While the flavors are there, this just lacks a robustness to the flavors that would have helped get this to the next level. Not horrible by any means and this still drank decently enough with my dinner this night but this one just doesn't live up to it's potential.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 20:20:59 | More by Kegatron
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Rhode Island

2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz into Lowenbrau mug.

A- Nice golden color, snow white head, lots of staying power, sticky lacing. Kind of clumps together and is a bit unapealling twoards the end.

S- Mild pine sap and some citrus notes. Nothing to write home about.

T- In my opinion, this is very 'east coast', not California style. This has a nice malt base and while it's hoppy it's not over the top or particularly potent. More pine than I'd like for a 'cali-style IPA'.

M- Good carbonation, body is a bit light. A bit too much sweetness.

D- Moderately low. I can't see how this is a good value given the many other east and west coast IPAs available for far less $$$ (in 6pk form). I won't be buying this again.

Looks like Larry is the one for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 13:05:50 | More by ShogoKawada
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, $5 at the Spirit Haus, in Amherst, Ma. Comes w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours typical looking hazed honey amber. Head starts large, loose and clumpy, then goes all fine, tiny bubble, and silky, leaves nice looking fine lace.

Not getting much in the nose, just a hint of hops.

Pleasant enough ale, but "California Style" its really not. Not giving me much of a hop presence/crunch. Tastes more like a liter summery pale. Better IPAs out there

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 23:34:22 | More by Billolick
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District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks akorsak!

Pours a golden copper with a creamy, whitish head. Fades to a clumpy sheet of foam with light bubbly clumps of lace. Aroma was the weakest part of the beer and only part that doesn't really live up the California name; piney hops and bready malts but overall very subdued. Flavor has a strong bready and doughy malt body with resiny and pine hops in the finish along with some peppery spice. Despite the low alcohol there is also a surprising amount of heat and booze in the finish. Mouthfeel is little harsh with a medium body and overly strong carbonation. Overall, a little harsh and lacking in aromatics, but some nice hoppy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 19:04:28 | More by yourefragile
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of sticky white. A partial skim coat revealed itself after a few minutes as well as some smeared lacing.

Aromatics have a light mix of citrus and pine. Grapefruit and a trace of tangerine zest. A whisp of biscuity malt underneath. Far from pungent or floral. Subdued for the style.

Medium bodied with a crisp, bone-dry mouthfeel.

Grapefruit zest and a decent bitterness start the palate. Very light on the malt and quite dry. The hopping never really ramps up to anything substantial. Pretty much grapefruit with a touch of malt and a firmish bitterness.

Finishes with some lingering grapefruit, and a minerally crispness.

Certainly easily drinkable and I love the dryness, but the hopping falls way short in all aspects. The boys at Wachusett should try a Pure Hoppiness or Sculpin and dig a little deeper in the hop vault if they are going to refer to this as a "California Style".

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:19:28 | More by brewandbbq
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New York

2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a very orange hazy yellow color like a honey type with a medium off white head that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is very sweet and hoppy with big Clementine aromas and even a touch of grapefruit zest. The flavor is just not balanced at all. The malt profile is non existent and really all your left with is poor quality bitter hops. Not really a complex beer. Mouthfeel is on point with solid carbonation and a dry finish. I would say this is not a good effort in showcasing the wet coast style in ipas. Really not that good.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:02:46 | More by Augustiner719
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nonstick for this bomber.

A: The IPA is a golden orange color, bright and cheery on this sunny day. A vigourous pour yielded three fingers of craggy head that laced nicely as it receded.

S: The IPA has a crisp nose that is heavy with grapefruit aromas. Pine comes through in the follow-up, adding strength and syrupy oils. Pale malts, bready as they are, don't have much to say here.

T: The piney hops, thick and resiny, register their presence immediately. The bite isn't as strong as you'd think, instead the ale takes a more subtle route. The hops are fleeting, especially when the ale is cold. Although a sweet berry flavor does linger around before the ale gets too warm. The bitterness is, despite my earlier protestations to the contrary, a little numbing on my tongue. The ale feels a great deal stronger than the 5.8% on the label.

M: The mouthfeel is hoppy, augmented with a bit of bready malts. The hops start off weak before picking up in intensity. My tongue was numb near the end.

D: A nearly sessionable IPA that packs a rich flavor. A noble concept that works here.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:44:19 | More by akorsak
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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straw yellow brown color, hazy with a big off-white head with good lacing. The aroma says sweet malt and lemony hop, nice and mellow. The flavor is also nicely blended with nutty malt and woodsy-pine hop with butterscotch highlights. It's solidly mid-bodied with a fine peppery carbonation, very pleasant feel with mild sweetness that's very drinkable while packing a satisfying hop edge. A nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:34:44 | More by Durge
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2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Disclaimer: I am NOT a fan of IPA style, but I have done my best to be unbiased.

A- Very light yellow hue. small amount of head.

S- It smells like a pine tree branch mixed with alcohol. Of course, I think all IPAs do.

T- Strong...with a very strong aftertaste. I found I had to choke it down.

M- Harsh. The rice crispy style of beers.

D- I could drink one. No more than that.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 02:05:50 | More by Guardian
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

portia99 sent this one to me in a fantastic trade!

A- Shocking bright orange in color with a good amount of haze. A finger of creamy, eggshell white head sit atop the brew leaving nice lacing. Good head retention also.

S- Striking notes of grapefruit and pine. A bit of sweetness lingers in the background. The IPA is a style that's so mastered nowadays it's hard to find one that really stands out, they're all just really good.

T- Once again, bitter citrusy and piney hops. The sweetness seems to come through quite a bit here, almost too sweet for an IPA.

M- Lighter body with good amounts of prickly carbonation.

D- The sweetness hurts this a little bit, but the lower ABV helps it. I would definitely drink this one again event hough there are better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:24:55 | More by kbeals
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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed orange colour with a fluffy, white cap. Good head retention, tons of streaky and clumpy lace that was quite sticky. Grapefruit aroma, powdery and fruity, mellow toasted malt. Solid bitterness with a sturdy malt backbone. Not much malt sweetness up front, but a biscuity and toasted flavour appeared mid-palate. Juicy citrus, lots of red grapefruit lingered in the finish. Creamy carbonation, medium bodied, nice texture. Quite tasty and a good IPA. Well balanced, but more aroma hops would really make this pop.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 01:32:55 | More by DrJay
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served at 49 degrees in my Harpoon IPA willibecker. Poured a slightly hazy, burnished orange with a dense, two inch, rocky, bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles effervesced in solution. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap - some thin wisps and strands of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose presents a nice combination of sweet and bitter - some tangerine and grapefruit essences upfront, with a slight herbal/grassy/earthy bitterness towards the middle and back. Taste is consistent with nose, but not as bold as the aromas initially suggested. There's also some slight biscuity notes that come out towards the back, and only a slight suggestion of bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp, cleansing carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. I'm not sure what makes this a "California" IPA, but it's very well balanced and pretty tasty. I'd love to see this in 6-packs. Goes does easy, while being flavorful and not overly aggressive on the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 23:31:19 | More by Jwale73
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to portia99 for this extra.

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours 1 finger of creamy off white head. Fades to a thin layer but leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Color is a hazed bright golden orange.

Aroma: Citrus and orange notes up front. Some floral hops here with a touch of malts showing through. Sweet with a little hop resin flavor.

Taste: Taste is a little fizzy and underwhelming. The hop bite is there but a lot of caramel malts show. The citrus blends together in an awkward way. The oranges stick out a bit with some floral hop resin taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bitter. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with some hop flavors and bit of stickiness.

Overall, a decent ipa for sure, but the taste was a bit off to me. It is pretty drinkable and definitely worth a try. It did seem fairly west coast based imo which was neat to see from an east coast brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 22:56:49 | More by mothman
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick, but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is thin for the style but it's hearty enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good IPA with plenty of flavor and substance to allow you to drink it for a whole evening without having to look for anything else.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 22:37:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Wachusett California Style IPA from Wachusett Brewing Company
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