Wachusett Country Pale Ale
Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett Country Pale AleWachusett Country Pale Ale
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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #345
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,534
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 14.58%
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
249
From:
Wachusett Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
78
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Wachusett Country Pale AleWachusett Country Pale Ale
Notes: Our first brew back in the early 90’s, the original pale ale with perfectly balanced hops & malts creating super drinkability.
Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 249 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by CHickman:
Photo of CHickman
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear gold color with a nice 2 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving really good foamy lacing. A lot of carbonation raced up the brew and a foamy layer stayed on top.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, buttered biscuit, light floral hops, wet cardboard and then it just seems like a basic lager. Second and third whiffs are basically sweet malt, grains and vegetables.

Tastes pretty much like it smells with sweet malt, grains, buttered biscuit, light floral hops, wet cardboard and then the lager-like basic flavor of vegetables. It's not bad tasting, but a letdown for an pale ale, even an English pale ale.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, bordering on watery, with a light body, mild carbonation and a grainy aftertaste. Overall just dull and boring.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Good frothing of the head around the inner rim of the glass, clear tawny hue shines bright in the light.

Smell: Mild malty buttery shortbread, faint fruitiness and esters with a weak siding of hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Solid crispness with in the slick mouth feel, a layer of diacetyl is are to get by unless you can tolerate it like I can. Light footed with the hopping, bitterness rides the wave of carbonation and struggles to balance. Malty sweet with lingering remnants of diacetyl.

Notes: Not a bad ale to be had, just a bit too sweet in my opinion … that brings me to the thought of it being slightly off balance.

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper with a well sustaines white head that never fully left,light buttery tones in the nose but not a whole lot exciting a touch of toasted grain and leafy hop as well.An easy drinking ale but like the aromas not overly exciting starty out with a dyacital butteriness to it melding into light piney hop finish all this over top of a toasty malt base.Well a decent beer to to quaff down but dont expect to get overly excited over it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with a thin white head that becomes a wisp, leaving a little lacing.

The smell is malty - caramelish with a light citric spiciness and yeasty dough. Something mixes in that is almost plastic-y.

The taste is of sweet malt - towards caramel. Buttered biscuit and light citric give some balance, though it remains sweet. A slight plastic-y alcohol comes through because body is rather weak.

The taste is thin - borders watery with almost pricky carbonation.

It's on the weak, sweet side, but it does have a certain drinkability despite that. Not bad considering mild detractors, imbalanced sweetness and overall thinness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with a decent white head that recedes quickly but leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Smells earthy and bit minerally with a fair amount of sugary malt sweetness and light floral hops beneath it. The flavor is sweet with an odd buttery tartness to it. Light toffee and butterscotch flavor with a mineral aspect to it. Little hop flavor and barely enough bitterness to keep this from cloying. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary bubbly mouthfeel. I picked this up on a whim to fill my mix a six. This is quite sweet and lacks any balance, I'm glad I only have one.

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Photo of garrisonp
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of HalfFull
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Country Pale Ale pours a light copper with a touch of haze. A thin off white cap offers light retention.

Light citric hop aroma with a coarse grainy character dominates the aroma.

Taste is crisp and clean with citric notes dominant again. Offers a moderate lingering hop finish unlike their IPA's oddly, and a crackery pale malt character.

Spritzy carbonation and a light residual sweetness keeps things interesting and yielding an easy drinking ale.

A nice pale ale overall. Nothing over the top and yet nothing to detract either. Simple yet solid and my preferred brew from a mix-o-12 as for style...

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Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, apple cider amber, small carbonation

Smell: apple cider, earth, and malt

Taste: apple cider, earth, and malt. For a pale ale, I did not get any hop balance

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, crisp, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I really do like this beer and could session it. I think this beer is sweet and tasty. However, I do not see this as a very good example of the style. I could detect virtually no hop balance--just a bunch of malt and more malt still. A very tasty beverage, just not as a APA.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer in the same session as Wachusett Quinn's Amber. I admit there are a few differences in these beers but man they are similar. If you gave me a sample on two different days, I'm not sure I could pick one from the other.

The biggest differences were the creaminess of the head, (This was creamy, Quinn's was more foamy)and the mouth feel where again the Country Ale was creamier and had better mouth feel.

This was a more balanced beer from start to finish.

A nice nutty caramel malt start balanced with some hops. Fades nicely and stays with you and provides a bready finish. A little bit sweet for my tastes but ok for the style.

I like more hop assertiveness.

Not my favorite Pale, but I'll let you buy me one. I'd rather move on.

GB

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Photo of clake
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received an orangy amber with a nice thick beige head. Some lacing, but not much that lingers.

Had to hunt for the scent. Some bready and sweet taosty elements, but that is it.

This brew is more on the sweet side if anything. Caramel and sweet bready toasted malt. Light bitterness in the finish, and some buttery elements as well. Not awful, but just sweet enought to be a bit cloying for the style.

Ok carbonation and medium to medium-lighter mouthfeel. A little thin as well. Ok, but --- uh.

Overall, it went down fairly easy, but I didn't want another. Too sweet, or just a real carmelized one-trick pony. Not a bad brew by any means, just not anything that really shines. A palate clearer for my pizza. Don't turn this down, but don't chase this either.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the NE Brewfest on June 30, 2012. It pours a rich medium amber with a moderate silky head and decent clarity. The aroma is filled with sweetness, caramel, and toasted pale malts while any hops fall well into the background. The body is light to medium. The taste begins sweet and caramel-like with a low bitterness taking up the rear. I found it to be an easily drinkable and likable pale ale.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper color with a large white head. Looks thick. Some lacey smatterings and thin skim retention.

Smells strongly of sweet malt--like donut dough. Faint, inviting floral hop.

Tastes of sweet donut malt with mild floral hop. Super smooth but really, really, sweet. Mildly cloying, sugary aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit husky.

This beer reminds me of wet grass. I like wet grass though.

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Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours into my pint glass with a clear orange body. Foamy off-white head forms to a nice size but doesn't retain all that well. A small amount of spotty lace.

S- Aroma of decent strength reminds me of tart apple cider mixed with bread, caramel and grains. Actually fades away after a bit.

T- Once again, I get a strong slightly tart apple cider for the most part. In the finish it fades somewhat to allow caramel malt, bread, grains and some light hops to come through. Hops are herbal and grassy. Slightly oxidized.

MF- Light body with moderate foamy carbonation. Finishes tart and very slightly bitter, almost not worth mentioning.

With each sip this tastes more and more like apple cider (non-hard cider). While I enjoy that flavor, it is not what I really expect in pale ales, at least as a main flavor.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: When the watrress gave it to me, I noticed that the lighting was bad around me, but it looked somewhere in between gold and amber. The head was perfect, white, and slightly larger than one-finger.

Smell: Slightly sweet...almost like dark citrus. Tried to point my finger on the fruit but couldn't. Other than that, decent balance between malt and hops, although I tasted more malt which is a-OK for this guy.

Taste: All I can say is that it was very refreshing...ok, I was definitely parched. Tasted pretty straight-forward, balanced with caramel malt notes, and a little tang to boot.

Mouthfeel: Slight bite back, but in a good way.

Drinkability: The one pint was very drinkable. Not sure if the citrus tang would become old after a couple - I only had one.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Best By Date of 3/15/14. Part of the Box of Brews Mix 12 Pack. Pours a translucent amber color with virtually no head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is bready and grainy with some floral hop notes. The taste is bready with some light floral bitterness and some lemon. Easy to drink with not much carbonation or body. Floral finish. Overall, a pretty run of the mill Pale Ale. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle of a Wachusett's mix pack that recently made its way north of the border.

Pours a clear, dark gold color with a finger of solid white head. Nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smells sweet. Some light malts. A hint of apple.

Taste is.... light. Some up front sweetness, followed by some mild bitterness. A nice balance between the two. Initial carbonation feels a bit excessive, and reminds me of cider for some reason, but quickly calms down.

Certainly wets the whistle. A decent APA that is fairly easy to drink. A bit above average, but falling just short of really good.

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Photo of justme
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Cooper/ dark orange. Slighty cloudy. Small head that sicks around. Light lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts. Slightly toasted. Maybe a faint citrus note?

T- Sweet caramel malts and grain. There is a slight citrusy flavor in the finish. A mild touch of hops there to balance the sweetness.

M- Light to medium. Finish is dry, crisp, and fairly clean. Decently carbonated, but less than a light lager. Easy drinking for the most part, but wouldn't want it on a hot day!

*This is not wowing me, but this is not horrible. It's pretty simple, but it's a lot of different flavors. Not bad, but again, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slightly hazy golden color with orange hues shinging through. the head is thight and creamy, white in color with a few bubbles on top. it lingers for a moment leaving a decent lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is fair in strength, lots of toasted bread with an underlying caramel malt. Notes of lemon in the middle with floral hops behind. A touch of metallic phenol in the back.

T-the taste is hoppier than the nose. light notes of toasted bread with a touch of caramel. lemon, floral hops come in at the back with notes of grass and just a hint of metalic phenol and a touch of bitterness.

M-a little rough on the palate with a medium to light body, high carbonation and a slightly dry crisp finish.

D-this is a decent beer, nothing great here but easy drinking and not bad.

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Photo of jman892
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange with a pretty big head - fades fast - almost no lacing

S - Sweet smelling, a little malty. Not picking up on much else

T - On the sweet side. Nice note of sweet citrus fruit, and also apple is noticed, but no hoppy bitterness at all. Touch of caramel

M - Strong carbonation, with a light body. Pretty easy drinker

O - Definitely a sessionable beer, nice and light, with a sweet taste that isnt overdone

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Photo of BigCheese
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from mixed 12 pack

A : light golden hue, big white froth

S: some biscuit English malts, a touch of pine hops.

T : decent balance of malts and hops, English tasting yeast, some herbal hops, probably cascade. A bit of diacetyl.

M: a bit flat, medium carbonation,

O: pretty standard English pale ale, it's a lot better on tap. Lackluster but within style. It is what it is.

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Photo of carrollmel7
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 249 ratings