Wachusett Country Pale Ale | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Country Pale AleWachusett Country Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was totally blown away by this beer. Circumstances included this was one beer I found that blew me away. A hot day on Cape Cod, long day of work and a mellow night in front of me. Crack open the fist bottle, very sweet, and very wet. This was a serious departure from other PA’s I’ve had. Not very much hop just loaded with sweet goodness. I keep talking about how sweet it is..well here goes. Reminded me of apple juice, but not to fruity; not much in the way of hops, to be frank, it did not have very beery characteristics, it just tasted damned good.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a golden amber with a small white head. The aroma is heavy on malt with some caramel. The taste is just like the nose. A really good beer.

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Photo of xXTequila
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion Pale Ales are one of the most commonly f'ed up beers. Everyone seems to make them but not everyone makes them good. The guys at Wachusett make a really good clean tasting PA.
This beer pours a thick creamy off white head with a great earthy floral hop aroma. Lightly hazy golden orange color.
Sweet fruity malt and medium hop flavour.
This is a great beer.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.21/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wachusett is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Perfect staple for the style, holds steady throughout. Pours a shiny copper that almost glows. Perfectly clear, but not thin looking at all. Thick fomay head that receded to thin film. Lots of lace. Nose is fairly mild. Mostly just some sweet malts come through. Hops come through just lightly in the flavor, more like a backup choir to the malts. Very sweet and fresh. Also picking up some pear in the flavor. Has an almost full body to the beer. Very smooth and the weight of this beer kind of stretches out my cheeks. Great session beer to drink while catching an afternoon ballgame instead of doing work.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice drinkable beer, see Venom review, it sums it up the best
for me. I enjoy this one when I want to have a few! Very different
earthy- grassy- fruity- hoppy taste that is well balanced for a lighter golden ale. I got these Wachusett beers as a gift and after
sampling them this one stands out for its depth and character.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden orange color. decent foam that leaves lace and forms a ring.

smells light and citrusy sweet with a little caramel. smells crisp and refreshing

taste is buttery sweet caramel in the beginning turning into a light citrus hop finish. very pleasant, very refreshing.

mouthfeel is somewhat watery while at the same time a tiny bit buttery. its light body makes it very drinkable although its flavor is pretty modest.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Hop Devil Grill:
Pours a clear amber color that leaves a good amount of lace on the glass.
Scents are mild, fruity and overall pleasing. No particular notes come to mind... just a subtle bouquet.
The flavor profile is mostly smooth and nutty. Something reminiscent of a Ritz cracker but not nearly as greasy. Again, subtle, mild and well balanced.
Smooth and easy drinking from start to finish. This likely would make for a good gateway beer to those that know only the usual beer suspects at bars and parties.

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Photo of Riggo
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to my good friend and fellow BA "jward" and UPS for this one, a beer I can't get down here in Virginia.

Pours a clear, light golden color with a sturdy, creamy off-white head that leaves moderate lacing. In the nose, candyish fruit notes of apple, citrus, grapefruit as well as mineral and yeast elements. Initially, the flavor is sweet and malty but develops balanced, with a very mild, leafy hop bitterness. The finish is tart and dry. The balance on this one is excellent. The character seems sweet, yet never cloying, resulting in a mellow quality, especially with what seems to be low carbonation.

An interesting ale in terms of categorization. Pale ale seems like the appropriate category, its just that there are pilsener-like elements (the clear golden color, the mineral element) and perhaps Belgian pale ale elements (the sweeter, yeastier qualities). Not a complex beer, but a charming, refreshing, and quaffable ale.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a litely chilled bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear copper hue with soft fluffy off white head of 2 cm foaming up. The head fades gradually leaving large bubbly craters as it recedes.
Aroma is sweet caramel and citrusy grapefruit hops. some orange mixes in as well.
First sip reveals an average body with fine yet prickly carbonation.
Flavor is slightly sweet like oranges and caramel mixed and then allows for a bit of rindy hops on the finish. The taste overall is crisp and clean. Very smooth and easy to drink.
Quite a nice balanced beer that would be sessionable I think.
Give it a shot

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
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 jermar
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine take on a classic style. Very fresh tasting with some fruitiness and good balance between bitterness and some malty sweetness. Good head retention.

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Photo of jward
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to a recent Beer Advocate article, Wachusett believes that this "flagship" beer should be recognized for its "delicate" and well-"balanced" flavor. Indeed it should. Country Ale pours rust-orange, with a cloudy appearance and a big, frothy white head. The initial taste is slightly sweet. But the principal flavors are earthy, with notes of vegetables and toasted or baked bread crumbs. A slight bitterness is detected at the finish. This brew offers plenty of well-rounded, earthy smells and flavors, with some fruity notes as it warms in the glass. It suggests a really nice, and somewhat unconventional, combination of malts and hops that makes for a very quaffable beer.

(Also sampled this one on tap at the Wachusett brewery.)

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Photo of BOSMECH
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again Wachusett has done anouther good job, this beer is very smooth for a Ale nice golden color and is very very drinkable and very smooth on the pallet I am not from the New England area but have lived here for 6 years now and have been trying all the New England beers I can and Wachusett time and time again has produced beers that have been very very good.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A stamped April dated label in June. Hmmm. Exquisite orange hazy cloudy pour into a pint glass. A tight frothy tan head holds firm over little teeny suspended particles.

Mixed malts and sweet hops in the nose.

Apple and peach fruitiness in the flavor, with bit of malt prescence. Some orange peel and citrus notes blend in nicely.

A poised summer beer with drinkability that goes on for miles.

Last swigs: An excellent blanced summer sipper with some body. Afterall, everybody needs some body sometime. WACHUSETT hits another home run here.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of sleazo
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a sixer by accident. my friends who moved me in got a six pack of blue moon and this was pixed in.

A-Toasty copper with a lush full head. Doesnt dissipate quickly and leaves a nice head.

S-Toasted biscuity malts dominate the nose. A bit earthy too, a little too mild on the hops though.

T-More malty biscuits. The hops though make their presence felt here. A floral/medicinal type of hop hits in the follow through and the aftertaste. Nicely bitter through the middle and not too sweet in the beggining. This is a well balanced pale ale.

M-Medium bodied, with a steady dose of carbonation.

D-This is a nice treat to find in the fridge. This is a pale ale in the Sierra Nevada mold but it is one that is done with skill. This would make a good session, too bad i only have one. A good Pale Ale.

Edit--I do not read other peoples reviews until after i review and I was shocked to see people call this sweet. This isn't sweet at all to me and i am eating salty tortilla chips.

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Photo of warchez
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This straw to light gold ale pours clean with tight white lace, and mild effervesence. Mild hop aroma and barely a hint of the malt.
The beer tastes as clean and crisp as it looks. Batch to batch this beer can sometimes have noticable diacytel but its not a terrible detractor. The mouthfeel is light and unencombered. I live the balance of hop to malt here. Everything about this beer is low key, which makes it a highly drinkable summer brew at the local BBQ.

Many may bash this brew because it isn't sexy enough. I say back up and enjoy the balance, your drinking a quality humble beer.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber. Thin white head. Good retention and laceing. Smell is of sweet malt, fruit and yeast. Body is light to medium, and carbonated. Taste is of carmel and apple, with a nice spice finish. This is a smooth, refreshing summer ale. Recommended.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly decent brew....had on tap right at the Wachusett Brewery... Dark golden or medium-copper color, clear, small head with lacing in the glass. Mild malty nose, with medium body but just the right amount of (for me) carbonation on the tongue. Tasty malt start, a bit biscuity, with some caramel in there...mild hoppy, bitter dry finish. Good session bier...

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of meathookjones
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a good sized off-white foamy head. Head dissolves quickly leave a bit of streaky lacing stuck to the glass. Aroma was a mix of a nice lighter citric hoppiness with a solid caramel malt base. Pretty balanced and light but enjoyable. Sweet caramel with some grapefruit hops starts off the flavor. Light earthiness and some doughy malt in there. Balanced well with a good hop and malt profile. Ends on a lightly bitter citric note. Pretty smooth and creamy going down. Very easy drinking stuff and a solid all around pale ale.

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Photo of KenC
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of BuckSpin
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of 5/07) in a classic conical pint glass

Poured with some soft sizzle and a little surge. Nice & crisply fruited on the nose, oily hops, pine, ripe grapefruit, cold pineapple, wedges of orange slices, maybe some pink peppercorns. Head was a fat finger of incredibly sticky, mixed winter white foam that lasted a little while before reducing to a thin blanket of the same that laced like ivy. The body is a brassy, slightly orange golden hue, crystal clear, reminds me of that odd yellow light/glow that sometimes follows a summer rain and envelopes everything in that odd, golden light. Some isolated bubbles rise slowly thru it.

Pleasingly citrused on the tongue, yet also soft & creamy. Grapefruit and mild hops shine over a floor of straw/hay like malt, some orange is noticeable as well. Its setting a nice, leisurely pace. There is a underlining sweetness present, a clean taste.

It gets a little thicker on the palate, the citrus qualities get more candied, the hops grow & rise in tone and bitterness. The finish is more of the same yet subdued, a little more to the bitter side, slightly dry, whisper of cider, leaving a coating, clean, surprisingly sweet aftertaste.

This was very nice. APAs usually are either hit or miss with me in that they are either too hoppy or too mild/thin. This was neither, but a very nice balance of the two. This could pair with practically anything within reason as far as food and not be too far off if not spot on. Definitely would drink it again and would love to try some with some chow. Check it out if you are looking for a beer that is not too hopped nor too wimpy.

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in pint glass.

A: light amber with a cream colored head that shrinks but persists. Decent lacing.

S: Grassy odor up front and then good malt.

T: Nice upfront maltiness with a slight hop bite. Decent balance.

M: A little watery, but well carbonated.

D: Very quaffable. I have had this on tap and in the bottle; and both are extremely drinkable. Another good one from Wachusett.

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Photo of racer2k
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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 williamherbert
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a rich dark yellow. It's hazy, yet a lot of light still passes through. Lots of carbonation: huge bubbles. Zero head.

The aroma is light and fruity. It has a dual cherry/wheat nose. The cherry is dark, not sweet. Richer than a normal wheaty beer. The smell is nice, if a bit pungent with the sour cherry smell.

The taste is fruity, but a dark fruit, not saccharine sweet. Definite dark cherry flavor, with a mild wheat to balance it nicely. Leaves some sourness on the back of the tongue. Some try malt, but no hops, baby. It gets more bitter as it warms up.

It's thick and even a bit bubbly; this separates it from most summery/wheaty beers. It's a nice, solid and light brew. Wheaty and a little bit sour. It is a nice summer beverage. And it's deeper and fuller than most fruity beers.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy gold touched brown with a thin crème head that falls to nothing soon after pouring. Nose is a distinct tangy caramelized sweetness. Flavor has a citric theme as well with a firm tang to it. It gets close to being annoying, but it doesn't get there. It's fairly nice. There's an amount of leafy character to it that keeps it interesting too. Feel has a bit of a bite to the carbonation and the liquid is a bit thicker and sticky. This is a pretty decent brew. Easy to drink, even though that tangy citrus is a bit overdone. Nice to try. Could probably go for more than one of these.

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