Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale)Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With an awesome floral nose, & fresh hop flavor, “The Purple” is one of the most sessionable IPA’s out there. Beer Advocate calls it, “A damn solid IPA”.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good bitterness with a casing of malt. Enormous head. Good mouthfeel for an IPA and lots of creamy foam at the beginning and end. Golden orange. CItrus aroma and citrus tangerine taste. Very good fish accompaniment. A good refrshment though there are so many IPAs even better out there.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a beer of the month in New Bedford, MA.. only $5.99 a six pack!

A well above average IPA, super hoppy in aroma and taste and it's all well balanced. It's a bit low in the ABV so it's pretty drinkable but it's very clean, crisp, and refreshing. Sadly, no other Wachusett beers are available around here in CT.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting my first offering from this Mass brewer,poured a clear lighter copper,with tight one finger white head that left a ring of lace as it settled slowly.Fruity categorizes the aroma for me tangerine and orange-like hop profile I also pick up some caramel sweetness underneath,very nice coating mouthfeel it glides down easy and is very smooth.This is not a hop bomb just a quaffable moderatly hopped for an IPA ale,that tangerine note in the nose shows up on the palate as well a touch of pine but its not very pronounced a hefty caramel malt base along with a faint buttery finish.This is an IPA to quaff its not over the top in hops (wich I love)but is flavorful and I think would be a good entry level IPA for people who wanna explore into the style,solid.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good combination of hops bitterness and citrus sweetness with a little bit of maltiness.

T: The taste is nicely bitter with that floral hops flavor that you look for in this style. There’s a decently hearty malt character and mild fruity citrus sweetness that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style, decent kick, I could drink several of these in an evening. This is may not be the most hyped IPA but I think it can hang with those that are. If you’re looking for one of those local gems, this may be one for you.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy, yet still bright, pumpkinish amber... a beautiful IPA hue. Richly cream-like describes both the color and the consistency of the cap, a cap that has a soapy, bubbly crown and that leaves plenty of soapy, bubbly lace. The nose is fantastic and could only come from bushel baskets full of the finest North American hops. I don't know if this beer is dry-hopped or not, but it sure smells like it. Pink grapefruit peel is uppermost.

While it isn't quite as snaptastic on the palate, this is still wonderful beer. For starters, there's a satisfactory amount of malt; noted more with regards to body/mouthfeel than actual flavor. The hops build steadily from the moment beer enters mouth, but don't really peak, they just sort of level off. Thankfully, the point at which they level off is satisfying enough, even for a hophead. The body/mouthfeel is medium in a general sense and the low level of carbonation is welcome.

Wachusett India Pale Ale is damn good beer. It has a first-rate aroma with an easily accessible hoppiness that should appeal to just about everyone. Another tasty treat from the Northeast courtesy of blitheringidiot.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was quite a nice suprise to me to be honest. I was expecting it to be a run of the mill IPA and it had a nice little body to it and really kinda won me over in the end. Poured a nice strong amber with a good two inch plus head of foamy sticky white lace. Good head retention as it really hung around for a good long while. Very nice side glass presentation as well. Smell was lightly hopped, not overpowering but good notes of citrus and pine on the nose. An underlying malt back was definatly present and rounded out the aroma very nicely. Taste was nice, well rounded flavor profile. Initial decent bite of hops quickly melded into an earthy, ugary back with a lot of bread notes to it. Very well balaanced. Nice dry finish left you wanting at least another sip. Good strong mouthfeel, thick, but not syrupy with a great carbonation. Excellent session beer. Good easily see myself having more then a few of these in an evening. Overall this was really quite good. This actually made me intrested in trying some others from the brewery and I am definatly open to trades for them.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rocky bright-white head with good ring lace. Slight haze to the light amber color.

Decent fresh hop aroma with a good neutral malt background. I smell pineapple and grapefruit.

Relatively dry malt; just about the perfect balance for an IPA. The hop becomes stronger during the tasting until the swallow where it is the only lingering flavor. Typical body and carbonation.

I like this IPA. I believe it may be a little underestimated because of it is so typical (i.e. not extreme). This will not "wow" anyone in the extreme department, but it is a solid entrant for an IPA.

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Photo of Jason
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

A- Orange amber haze ... completely hazed over. Two fingers of foam subside to a mere bubbly ring of lace that shows minimal head retention.

S- Big citric tone and orange rind hop character in the nose, hint of biscuity malt, nutty yeast and fruity esters in there as well.

T&M- Very smooth with a medium body. Orangey hop profile; juice to rind. Sharp bite of bitterness followed by a chalky yeast then a mild maltiness and faint fruity esters. Finishes with a long lingering bitterness and malt sweetness tail.

D- This is more of your run-of-the-mill Micro Brewery IPA and not very clean at that with the flavors all muddled together. Worth a try but don't expect a hop party in your mouth.

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Photo of stakem
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into can glass. The brew appears a pale copper color with soapy white cap that fades fast.

The aroma is muted but some citrus like oranges is present. Not much else but maybe a hint of grass too.

The taste is citrusy and zesty with a bit of orange rind and herbal notes. No much of a grain backing or alcohol to be noted.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall has a bit of a watery feel to it. I dont think id opt to having this again unless it was a new recipe or uber fresh release.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed amber with a thin white head. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus and pine with caramel candy.

The taste is citric (grapefruit rind) and piney with smell biscuity caramel. This fits into the "more balanced" IPA category. I can appreciate a more balanced IPA, but that's pretty much all this is. Fits the requirements of the style, but doesn't go much beyond. There is a hop flavor - grapefruit - but, it is on the sweet side. Something rather lackluster about the finish, which reminds me of sweetened grapefruit juice, in a way.

Medium-bodied, pretty smooth, but not quite chewy.

A more balanced, sweeter American IPA. Drinkable, but would get lost in the competition out there of this style, IMO.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color, a hazy, dark amber, with a sturdy white head above.
Big, hoppy aroma, spikey, sprucey, fruity, aflood with associations of grapefruit, citrus and more. Dazzling, arousing, a joy to drink in the nose.
Once on the tastebuds, a lovely hop-dance ensues, and while malt is not tasted, it's presence is adequately felt in this nicely balanced beer. As we continue to drink, the hops lose prominence in the flavor.
An IPA on the light side, with the flavor residing long on the plate, but playing a little too calm for my tastes. Could've been kicked up a notch, but if a mild-mannered IPA is for you, this is the one.
Thanks to UncleJimbo for it!

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Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer with freshness dating notched on the label. (not noting which year is being referred to allways annoys me however) Pours a light copper/amber, clear with a nice fine tiny bubble head. Leaves behind some well developed lace sheets of lacing. NIce. Light hoppy nose. Medium bodied. NIce hoppy IPA, here, grainy hops present and up front. Hops not overwhelming, but seem to fit into the typical decent IPA range. Drinkable sessioner.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy light brown-copper coloring with only the slightest film coating. Aromas of lemongrass and citrus hops, but mild. Flavors are crisp and light, with a bitter green backbone blending with a toffee sweet character. Grassy, peppery hops impart a bitter profile onto your palate. Bitter, resiny aftertaste with a dry, slick finish.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a two finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface layer that lasts. Some big bubbles in the head too.

Smell: orange, lemon, and a nice floral quality rises from the glass.

Taste: decent malt base with floral hop bitterness, orange, and lemon zest. There is a hint of peach in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Short aftertaste too. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: solid sessionable beer. This IPA doesn't kill the tastebuds with hop overload, but provides enough excitement you will want another one. Try this.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick white head. The aroma is of spicey pine. It is quite hoppy, but not over the top. There is also a malty taste here. I believe that's from an addition of Munich malts. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer is good. It is a little high in hops for some, but I love it; A fine IPA

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this beer.

Pours a nice hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, very slight citrus note. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy. Medium Body. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 15, 2013.

It is an attractive looking copper-amber color with some golden hues and a full off-white head.

The aroma is floral and earthy with hops with a more muted pale malt and sweet ester. Bitterness is the key.

The body is light to medium and there is a bit of a creaminess too.

The taste has a nice sweetness along with its bold hoppy bitterness at the end. While I found this to be a nice IPA I prefer their Green Monsta over this one.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light copper-orange with a patchy, frothy white head that was modertly lasting. Visible carbonation was light-moderate.

S: On the nose was fresh pine and oranges with a slight hint of fresh cut grass.

T: The initial flavor started out malty, with some sour citrus hopping and malt as well hints of fresh cut grass. The beer finished dry with a gentle sour malt and citrus lacing on the tongue along with dry flora notes.

M: The mouthful was moderate and creamy.

D: Drinkability was good overall while flavor was just moderate and average per style. Yawn.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with DLucky. Thanks Dan!

It pours a clear orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks quickly to just a ring around the glass. Lacing is close to nonexistant.

The smell is both hoppy and malty. Good citrus notes with some orange and lemon, and a caramel malt nose that also brings some candy sugar-like sweetness.

The taste is of grapefruit and lemon that packs some good bitterness and a bready malt base that's backed up by caramel malt sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter in this light bodied IPA and there's little to no aftertaste.

Overall, I think this is a pretty good example of the style. It just lacks a bit of assertiveness with the flavours, imho.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. As well, there is a quite a bit of orange flavour and some piney hops. The beer finishes a malty aftertaste and just a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - The beer would benefit from a little less carbonation but the taste was pretty solid. My bottle was fairly fresh and the beers flavour was well balanced. It wasn't too sweet so it might make for a decent session beer. If it wasn't for all the other really good IPA's out there, I'd say this is worth buying again..

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Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The IPA is a bright amber color, buffeted by a finger of rocky head that is quietly lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: The IPA has a crisp citrus aroma that shows off orange and lemon peel notes.

T: The IPA is robust, hoppy with a well-grounded malt profile. Citrus peel is dominant with an oily resin finish. Leafy tobacco flavors follow the peel with an herbal finish. Caramel malts have a full bready taste that follows the hops. More leafy hops flourish at the end of the sip.

M: The mouthfeel is pleasantly hoppy, resiny with a chewy malt finish.

D: The alcohol is moderate, assisting the drinkability. The sharp hop profile doesn't hurt things either.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Lighter orange color. A bit hazy. Smaller head. The head grows from the pour and dies down. Very mild lacing. The most attractive part of this beer is the label on the bottle. I am digging the purple font.

S-Mellow citrus aroma. Light maltiness. Overall, a slight aroma. Not unattractive but very passive. The nose does harbor some nice fruitiness however.

T-One of the lightest flavored IPAs I have ever had. The overall flavor is not bad, I have had IPAs with a worse flavor profile, but this brew is just too tiny on the tongue. This or Longtrail's IPA are two of the softest of the style I have tried. The flavor is like the nose. Citrusy, a bit malty, subtle fruity hoppiness. Just not enough intensity.

M-Light in the body. Good warm weather IPA. Mildly bitter and somewhat dry. I like the carbonation.

O/D-Just lacks the 'BAM!' that the real good IPAs display in both the nose and on the palate. The flavors are good but far too muted. Would have expected a bit better from the company that brews Larry.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear, a lot of nice lacing

Smell: citrus hops, brown sugar, and malt

Taste: light citrus and floral hops mixed with some toasted malt

Mouthfeel: semi-bitter with a sweeter finish, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: This is a nicely balanced IPA that I could have several of. The hops are there but not overpowering. Nice, light, and refreshing, I will pick this up again.

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Photo of DrJay
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear amber with an inch of dense white foam. Good head retention, lots of thick, sticky lacing. Fruity aroma, citrus and powdery hops, mild biscuit and doughy malt. Moderate bitterness coupled with malt sweetness, caramel, juicy citrus throughout, grapefruit. Pretty tasty and balanced, with a bit of hop spice in the finish. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation, slight dryness, nice texture. I liked this quite a bit. Great balance added to drinkability, but a less subdued aroma would have made it even better.

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Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey gold color with a frothy two-finger head into my glass. Very nice presentation for the style.

Hop profile hints at a mix of mint and pine. Malt is subdued and/or barely there.

A subdued hop bite greets the tongue followed by lightly-buttered malt. Kind of bland?

Mouthfeel would be better if hops didn't leave an odd aftertaste.

Average at best. I'm interested in trying Green Monsta IPA as I believe I had it on tap in Boston at McGreevy's earlier this year.

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