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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”.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2000

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 283
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 bhalter8
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, again, to Reagan1984 for this one, the final of my NE IPA sampler trade! Pours a vibrant copper/orange color with a foamy, strikingly white, 1 1/2 finger head. Head quickly fades leaving almost zero lacing. A rewarding sniff of the brew offers a unique (at least in my opinion) sweet citrus balance to the hop character. I really liked the smell of this one. Obviously, citrus is no rare aroma when using certain hops, but sweetness of this citrus scent is what set this beer apart. A very nicely balanced flavor. The malts balance with the hops to offer a decent hop kick upfront, that mellows as you enjoy each sip. I'd call it medium carbonization, and a overall tart mouthfeel. In the end, a fine IPA, with some rewarding uniqueness to it.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger of white foamy head forms and has some decent retention. An orange/amber color with nice clarity. Very bright. Some light carbonation is visible. Spotty lacing rings in the glass.

Aroma is fresh and a nice combination of floral light citrus hops and toasted malts. Almost lemon light.

Really nice. Well balanced. A initial quick fruit burst, then some nice cracker and toasted malt flavors. This gives way to a nice hop bitterness that is crisp and lingers nicely.

Mouth feel is fairly light. Carbonation does bring the flavor to life.

Extremely drinkable. I enjoyed this more then I remember from my last bottle....

A good IPA.

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Photo of yossarian14
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored with a slight haze. Average head, retention, lacing. Unremarkable
S - Very citrusy hop aroma and sweet malty base
T - Biting rind bitterness in the middle but a sweet front and dry finish.

An easy drinking, sessionable IPA. A quality brew for hopheads and non-hopheads alike.

non-hopheads - i think i just coined a horrible phrase, i should buy a thesaurus.

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Photo of 0110x011
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Corey0212 for the opportunity.

A - Pours crystal clear gold. Fluffy, off-white 4-finger head lasts a good while, leaving gobs of sticky lacing behind.

S - Some pine and grapefruit hops, and a dash of caramel. Not particularly aromatic. Pretty mild, actually.

T - Bits of grapefruit & pine, some caramel & honey. A bit bready. Very mild. This is an IPA?

M - Light bodied. A bit too thin.

D - I could take down a sixer of this stuff, no problem.

Slap the words "Pale Ale" on this and it would be a killer session ale. But an IPA? I think not.

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Photo of badbeer
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark yellow with a white head and some retention and lacing. Aroma is fairly hoppy with some citrus and a touch of caramel and biscuit. Taste is much of the same, but the hoppyness comes out stronger than in the nose. Nice hoppy finish to this one. Medium carbonation and body. Good beer, could probably drink a fair amount of this. Thanks to hopdog for the sample.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light amber body with a small, white head with ok retention and some lacing.

S: Sweet, citrus, malt smell with some earthy, bitter, hop notes.

T: A fairly bitter, earthy, and hoppy taste with a pretty smooth, citrusy, malt backbone.

M: Medium-bodied beer that was pretty smooth. The carbonation was a little thin, but it was a decent beer overall.

D: A nice mouthfeel an taste combination made this beer pretty drinkable. Pretty good IPA overall.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at a Massachusetts wedding. Had a choice between this, Coors Light, and SA Octoberfest...

I'm poured an attractive, amber-orange IPA with a slightly hazy body infused with tiny bubbles that fuel a well-retained, fluffy cap of manila head. Nice lacing down the sides of the plastic cup. The aroma was excellent--lots of floral, grapefruit & citrus hops balanced by a sweet caramel malt presence.

Although the flavor probably fit the "Pale Ale" category better than an IPA, it was still quite tasty, with breaded, biscuity malt notes (slightly nutty) hitting the palate with every sip. Bursts of spice and citrus peel were dispersed throughout, but really didn't shine until the aftertaste. Muted, but a nice floral hop note was saved for the finish. Mouthfeel was crisp, medium-light in body, and well-carbonated. Considering the circumstances, this beer hit the spot, and complimented my Roast Beef well. Of all the lackluster wedding beers I've been faced with, I can honestly say I wish this brew were at every one.

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Photo of FACSman
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden amber with a full thick head and beautiful step lacing.

S - nice floral hoppy aroma

T - Nice and crisp, what an american IPA should be!

M - Good amount of body without beeing too terribly heavy.

D - Wonderfully drinkable, a hell of a lot of flavor for a 5.6% beer

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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 koopa
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle received in a trade with Reagan1984 thanks!

A-Golden orange with a 1 finger creamy white head with good retention and modest lacing.

S- Sweet citrus and bready malt coupled with a mild floral hop in the nose

T-Bread notes up front followed by floral hops and then a citrus zest wave that soon subsides. the hops are not aggressive in any way. this is definitely a traditional east coast usa ipa taste. Good thing for that citrus zest taste, without it this brew would be overpowered by sweet malt.

M- Felt a bit thin probably due to a lack of carbonation and really dried out my mouth.

D- Very drinkable because of how much it dries your mouth out and the mellow nature of the hops. This is an easy IPA to session with.

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Photo of changeup45
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a solid IPA. Dark orange color, nice sticky head, with a lot of lacing on the glass. Grapefruit hoppy flavor and a bit sweet but could have used that extra little kick. Definitely a good all around IPA though and I would certainly get it again.

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Photo of chemmie
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light amber color with a little white head that leaves a little lacing behind down the glass. Not too harsh of a smell. A little citrus from the hops, but not too much. The taste is the same. Not too bitter, but the hops add a nice grapefruit taste that stays for a minute. It isn't too bitter to make you pucker up, just enough to leave a good taste in your mouth. This is pretty drinkable and light. It's an IPA that you could drink a lot of on a hot summer day. Not too much flavor, but enough to make it taste good.

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

Pours a golden amber with a big bubble, loosly packed head that falls quickly leaving spotty, doyley lace across the glass. Smell is quite balanced between a bready, caramel, crystal malt sweetness and an orange zest (cascades?) bitterness. The hops come across very floral and a bit grainy. Flavor is unique. Sweet malty flavors of raisin bread hit the front of the tongue and are quickly followed by a hop presence that begins a bit earthy and transfers into a nice floral citrus bouquet. The finish is bitter and dry but balanced. Certainly well crafted, nothing to complain about here!

Thanks Corey!

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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 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 LeftyBWS
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Orange colored brew, pretty clear. Whitish head, one inch thick, kinda frothy. Slippery and thin lacing sheets that slide quickly into the beer.
S: Citrus and floral hops predominate, backed by some grainy and sugary malts. Solid.
T: Floral hops and grains up front, giving way to more citrus/sweet flavors in the middle. Finish is leafy and still citrusy, with a lingering hop nip. Quite nice.
M: Feels good, nice hop nip to it, not too bitter and not too malty.
D: Nicely quaffable. I could drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear gold with a big, rocky, clinging foam.

S - Not overly pungent - some fresh hoppiness, tangerines and light malt backbone.

T - Flavour is more pronounced in hoppiness. Some pine is most evident, but also some lemon, orange and grapefruit. Not as over-the-top as some IPAs.

M - Light-moderate body and soft carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. One of the more drinkable IPAs I've had. Flavour profile is a bit lighter as well.

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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 Durge
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA presents a golden clear color with a nice white head and good lace. The aroma is mild malt and brown sugar with subtle pine hops. It tastes of dry pine hops and cracker. It's quite light but very agreeable. Fair bodied with light carbonation, very drinkable and a very solid IPA worth trying.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce, single, bottle purchased for $1.99 from Gary's in Madison...
First-ever beer from this Massachusetts brewery...
Pours a light, tawny, bright-amber, slight copper appearance with a minimal frothy head that quickly dissipated and left a minimal amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Nice, subtle aroma of fresh hops, florals, citrus, and lemon zest...
Taste strongly resembled the smell, with a nice suggestion of hops, citrus, lemons, grapefruit, and fresh florals...
Good, rich, bittersweet, slightly sour mouthfeel with an equally good level of drinkability for an IPA - definitely not too cloying and very pleasing...
Good stuff and a great depiction of the style - recommended...

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Photo of billybob
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a medium amber in color with a two finger off white head that held very well with some spotty lace. fruity and citrus in the nose. slightly sweet and biscuity malt up front, taste of yeast and bitter citrus hops in the finish. light to medium body and more carbonation would have helped. not a standout but ok.

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Photo of Floydster
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle received as an extra from tprokop7, thanks for including this in my package, split with a friend tonight, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden yellow color with some orange highlights, 1/2 inch creamy white head that stuck around for quite some time, some lacing too

S-Tons of bready malt aromas, citrus that mostly consists of grapefruit and pineapples, some floral accents, and sweetness

T-Bread and biscuit hit me first, then some pine and floral hoppiness in the middle, followed by a citrus zest and other fruit sweetness in the finish, as it warmed it became sweeter and it really showed that it is unbalanced and malt was overpowering, hops mellow too quickly and lack any strength, not the way prefer my IPAs but still not bad

M-Malty and dry mouthfeel, thin to medium body, could use some more carbonation in my opinion, taste did not last long

D-Could drink a few bottles of this, light on the stomach, low in ABV, smooth for the most part, everything is hidden, refreshing

Never even heard of this brewery but not a bad IPA, always happy to have the chance to try something new, too malty for my preferences but others might enjoy it

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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 NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wachusett- IPA

A- Golden orange brown with a thick frothy head.
S- Sweet citrus. Orange, ruby red grapefruit, and lemon.
T- A fine balance of vanilla caramel malt and a lightly sweetened orange, grapefruit rind juice.
M- Sweet with a nice fruity hop bitterness bite. Creamy finish.

Overall- Sessionable. An easy drinker, not a mind blowing IPA but a good 1 thats easy to pound!

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Wachusett IPA (India Pale Ale) from Wachusett Brewing Company
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