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 Damian
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

Medium amber appearance. Just a touch hazy. The liquid was topped by a creamy, inch tall, ecru colored crown that fell rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

Weird stuff happening in the aroma. This described "English style pale ale" was a total diacetyl bomb. Sweet butter notes came through big time. There was a vague, rather artificial fruity quality as well. Malt extract also came to mind. I literally could not pick up even a hint of hops. This definitely brought me back to my days of trying many a bad home brew.

The taste was perhaps more appropriate for the style but also rather unremarkable. A touch of malts appeared up front before the hops kicked in. The hops were thin and bitter and and lacked much flavor of any type. Touch of citrus. Orange perhaps. Lots of generic, earthy hop bitterness. There was more earthy hop flavor and bitterness on the finish. As the beer warmed, the orange notes became more apparent and the bitterness subsided a bit.

On the palate, the beer was very light and fluffy. The liquid contained a super intense, large bubbled effervescence that seemed aggressive and rather excessive.

Macros and non-alcoholic beers aside, this is the worst beer I have tried in a very long time. The info on the label states that this was the first beer the brewers ever made, which is not surprising. Some things, however, are better left in the past.

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Photo of Nipitato
2.19/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Light copper topped with a buff head. Good clarity.

S: A boring aroma. Sugary malt with some melon like fruity esters.

T: This is a really poor taste. Grainy malt without much character. No definitive hop character. To be honest this almost tastes like a BMC light lager.

MF: Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D, notes: I dumped this about 2/3rds through. Doesn't exhibit any positive qualities of an American Pale Ale. Quite dissapointing.

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Photo of wspscott
2.22/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
(best by Aug 2010)
From Matt

A: A pale copper color with a dirty, off-white, one-finger head. Lots of lace as the head drops.
S: A little bit of light grains, some toast, a little bit of sweetness, no hops at all.
T: A little bitterness in the background, so it appears they used some hops, no hop aroma or flavor at all, just a slight bitterness. There is a slight caramel flavor along with some graininess.
M: Medium attenuation and a relatively high level of carbonation.
D: This is not an APA, I am not sure what to call it, but the almost complete lack of hops makes it impossible to consider it an APA. This is a completely unmemorable beer. It is fine if you are looking for a generic beer, but there is nothing going on here. Easy to drink like the label says "Super Drinkability", the problem is water is easy to drink and doesn't get you drunk or fat. The last half of the bottle is going down the drain because the calories aren't worth it. Not recommended.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead pint glass.

The color is a clear gold with a finger and a half of foamy white head ans some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit hoppy with some interesting grassy flavor that is just sliping out from the backend of the beer. Some slight apple aroma in the nose as well.

The taste is has some caramel flavor that is not unexpected with little hop flavor really coming out. There is some light malty flavor with a bit of a toast flavor but is minimal and fades fast.

The feel of this beer is of he smaller-medium feel beers. This does not go away with no afterthought but nothing stays long and is forgotten quickly. That being said this beer does go down easy and would make for a decent summer beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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.


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Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the most explicitly bready beer I have ever tried - it smells and tastes like a good Russian Pumpernickel (despite being the wrong color for it. I love Russian Pumpernickel. But I don't so much love this beer.

Pours a hazy orangy with a poor head that falls away quickly. The aroma has some floral hops on it, but really smells like bread. Some sharp pine resin rises as the beer warms. The flavor is malty and a bit sweet, with a strong bread character and some slightly piny hops, perhaps some overripe flower. The beer has a fair bit of flavor if you hold it in the mouth, but it finishes flat and a little sour. The mouthfeel is week.

I really can't see having a second one of these.

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Photo of kristiekatk
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

It pours a golden/amber, very hazy and bright with a soft and bubbly thin layer of foam.

The smell is very mild; some light buttery tones and faint fruits. Besides a light malty sweetness and a pleasant fruitiness, there is not a whole lot going on here. It’s lacking in hop flavors and is a little too sweet for someone expecting a pale ale. I will say that it goes down easy and has a crisp and prickly carbonation.

Though it’s a little thin, Country Pale Ale has a certain je ne sais quoi to it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an orange-copper coloring with a fluffy, small bubbled, off-white head. Huge amount of carbonation bubbles steadily flow from the moment you pour and all while you drink. The nose is fruity sweet, with citrus and pear characteristics, as well as a subtle hopping. Flavors are light and mild on a smooth, slightly watered down body. Roasted caramel and a muddled fruit cocktail flavor give the abundance of influence on the palate, with a touch of floral hops at the end. Floral and slightly buttery aftertaste with a filmy, slightly lingering finish.

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Photo of Naes
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This APA is amber in color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.
The aroma is nothing spectacular; just a trace amount of hops.
The flavor begins a bit grainy and finishes with a mild citrus hop presence.
Mouth feel is light to medium in body with active carbonation.

This is an average APA; nothing offensive, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color with a thin whte had and good lacing with light carbonation.

Had a malty, slightly grainy smell.

The taste was malty and grainy sweetness with a bit of a corn taste. That said, it was a tasty and balanced ale. But if there were hops there they were pretty muted.

The mouthfeel was unremarkable.

This is a decent session beer.

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Photo of NEhophead
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Enjoy by 02.2008.

Golden-tinted light copper in color; noticeable carbonation. Fizzy, white head that fades to a creamy, intact sheet. Patches of webbed lacing with pretty good strength.

Faint caramel malt aroma. Earthen, floral hops with a layer of yeast-filled mustiness. Lemon solvency.

Semi-sweet toasted malts with an astringent-like, weak floral hop character. Thin and watery malts at mid-sip followed by a powdery mustiness and a bland wheat and grain-filled aftertaste.

Light bodied; thin, dry, and grainy on the palate.

A bland, weak Pale Ale with an identity-less hop character. Glad I only picked up a single bottle.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden color with 'narely a head. Good carbonation. I guess they call it "country" ale because it ain't too tart and it ain't too sweet, just like the lemonade. In fact it was just like lemonade, fast going down, barely any taste. The word "lawnmower" kept popping into my mind.

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Photo of BierReise
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a restaurant in Wellfleet MA. Served clear bright gold with a light head. Everything about this beer was light. Light aroma of pale malt with a bit of citrus and hops. Crisp and light body with mostly malt coming out in the flavor. A refreshing beer and great for the hot weather but nothing really outstanding about it.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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 johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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 connecticutpoet
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was, as the style suggested, a deep yellow brew. It had a half finger head, and looked inviting.

Aroma was mainly of caramel, but there was a slight hint of citrus hops.

Taste was of slightly sweet caramel, with light hops. There was a buttery smooth finish. I wasn't too thrilled with the latter.

Mouthfeel was OK... as mentioned above, it was smooth. Not too thin, but not a lot of body.

Drinkability was a little below average. I could drink this as a session beer, but the butteriness was a bit too much, and it would get old really fast.

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Photo of winomark
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a meduim copper with a substantial frothy off-white head. Lots of streaming bubbles.

Aroma: Malty richness and sweetness, with the hops present, but slightly muted. Pleasant.

Taste: Lots of malt. Rich and slightly sweet. Hop bitterness makes an appearance in the finish. Somewhat short.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful, but quite light. Some thickness in the short finish. Not impressed.

Drinkability: A good brew, but nothing special. Worth a try, but no need to hunt for it.

Thanks to DevilDogg59 for the bottle.

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Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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 DrJay
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light amber with a rocky, light beige cap. Decent head retention, a bit of clumpy lace. Malty aroma, a little toasty, grain, light caramel. Hops were nearly non-existent, but there was a hint of citrus in the background. Bitterness was present throughout but was on the low side, flavours of minerals, malt, a little earthy, light fruitiness. Light bodied and dry. The carbonation was too high, not quite distracting but it felt coarse and didn't help the texture. Overall, it's okay. I'd drink this again if it was offered for free or I found myself in a situation where this was the best beer available.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2.5" off-white head. A clear and very light amber color. Not alot of smell except for a little whiff of malt. Nice clean mild malt flavor with a short finish including mild hops. I'd say this is a good summer beer, an easy drinker that is a small step up from BMCs but yet still fully enjoyable by all, and a decent value in cost.

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Photo of Gavage
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear dark golden yellow color. A one finger head creates a spot or two of lace.

Smell: grass and light fruit sweetness were all that was detectable by the nose.

Taste: mild caramel, hint of earthiness, grass, and some mild bitterness make up a simple and lackluster beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Brief grassy aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: mild flavored beer that leans towards the boring side. After one bottle you'll be looking for something else.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Boston. Big head drops to about 1/2" and leaves foam all around the glass. Hazy orange color.

Smell is pretty weak, sweet with very little hop aroma. Off-balance, could use more hops in the nose.

Flavor starts right off with a quick malty sweetness, but completely lacks any hop presence. I guess it's in there but not nearly enough.

Nice medium to full body that is good for the style. Overall a decent beer but would be a lot better with more hops.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Jason
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
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 OtherShoe2
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
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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