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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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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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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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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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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Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 241 ratings.
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