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Wachusett Country Pale Ale | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Country Pale AleWachusett Country Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first brew back in the early 90’s, the original pale ale with perfectly balanced hops & malts creating super drinkability.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
239
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
21.51%
 
 
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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 239
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +2%
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 Jason
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
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 jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -11.9%
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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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer was a hazy orange/brown color with a medium-sized white head and a bit of lacing. A floral aroma, not much else. Underwhelming taste, some malt and a faint tinge of hops. Only a fair example of an APA, although I could see this as a decent session beer.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I've found a new lawnmower beer!

I've had this on tap at a few locations and never been too impressed, until I found the right environment to quaff a few. Goes down nicely with just enough taste to quench the thirst after mowing the lawn on a warm New England afternoon.

This is a great beer to start "converting" the BMC masses....not too threatening but a little bit of taste.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, freshness indication notched onto the label. Pours light honey amber, clear with an off white creamy head, leaving gobs of lacing. Nose is lightly of hops. This is a decent drinking beer, moderate amounts of hops and malt meshed together to achieve a reasonable balance. Nothing special going on here, but this is a pleasant and drinkable ale. Decent light sessioner.

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Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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 chudson1992
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Mantooth
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a pint yesterday, comes out a nice amber color, clear, with a decent off-white head. Somewhat maltier aroma, fruit, backbone of bitterness. Flavor is way off, too much malt at first, fruit notes, there's some diacetyl here, finishes with an aggressive bitterness that never displays hop flavors. Has that weird vegetal note I can't pinpoint. Feels too heavy, too bitter, too unbalanced. Not good.

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Photo of Beersilio
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bukowski’s in Boston.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with hints of deeper caramel malts. Also present are mild amounts of earthy and floral hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry pale malts up front are joined quickly by darker caramel malt flavors. Midway through earthy and slight citrus hops come into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, with heavy carbonation.

Overall I didn’t think this was a bad beer, but it’s certainly below average for the style.

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Photo of poop_brew
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of justme
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sloejams
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sample from the brewery itself

This is like a toned down, more accessible version of their IPA. It has an amber hue with a slight head. There is a nice fruity summer wheat taste that makes it easy drinking for the summer months but I'll take the IPA.

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Photo of racer2k
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

A: Amber colored beer with some haze visible. Small one finger white head forms on my glass with consistent lacing which sticks around.

S: Sweet hoppy citrus smell with a nice malt backbone

T: Nicely balanced malt and hops profile with a robust malt background. Sweet buttery finish to the taste which is great.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium mouth feel to the beer.

D: Decent taste and a great session beer for the BBQ crowd.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wachusett- Country Ale

Appearance- Copper Orange with a decent size head that left behind two big lace rings.
Smell- Earthy notes, leaves and oak. Light caramel malt aroma as well.
Taste- Caramel malt with a touch of dirty earthy hops. Slighty woodsiness to it.
Mouthfeel- Dry up front with a sweetbody and a dry flavorful finish.

Overall- Definitely not bad at all. Nothing over the top here, pretty safe Pale Ale that would appeal even to our BMC friends.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a white, finger high head.

S: Aroma is evenly lightly malty and hoppy. Fairly simple but nice and fresh. Cereal malt and soft floral citrus hops.

T: Nice toasty graininess going on here. Hops are brisk and floral. Refreshing...

M: Smooth and slick. Prickly carbonation and some dryness.

O: Not bad yet not too exciting. The fresh grain and cereal malt qualities are admirable.

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Photo of KenC
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured slightly cloudy orange/copper color. As served, one finger of off-white head with fair to little retention. Just a trace of lacing until the end.

S- Bread malt, caramel and grain.

T- Like the smell, but a great balance of same. The slightest hop twang at the end. They are light, herbal and grassy. Nice!

M-Light body with moderate carbonation.

O-This is a great, light pale ale that goes down smooth on a warm Cape Cod afternoon.

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Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
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