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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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 240
Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is kind of sugary sweet up front with flavors of citrus and caramel. The sweetness temporarily gives way to a decent hops bitterness, but quickly re-asserts itself. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not too bad of a beer but there are several others within the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a smooth cap of white that graced the top for a few moments before settling back down. light aroma, citrus hops, lemon, orange, nice hints of tangerine peel and a wonerfully well balanced profile. smooth, clean and very light delivery lets the flavor explore the palate and really gives a cool and resfreshing taste. clean an concise-

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An incredible head for this style. Good lace. Crystal clear; Light amber color.

Mild aroma of dry malt; little hop; slight yeast nose.

This is a dry beer with a great deal of malt body. The hop is interlaced well. The aftertaste has excellent balance.

In some ways, I think I'm rating this too high--I consider this to be a middle-of-the-road ale. It pours beautifully and the rest of it is fine.

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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 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 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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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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 jwc215
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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 feloniousmonk
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy, bright amber hue, nearing crimson, good-sized creamy head remains as a tight white ring.
Aroma is aflood with fruit, largely citrus, with further hints of orange, tangerine, peach,melon, apricot, and more. Mostly sweet and sour, with a candyish notes taking over at the end.
Great, tangy hops greet the tongue at first, with a continuation of bright, sweet fruit.
Very light in body and texture, this ale, but I can't help liking it. I'd call it insubstantial, but the fruity flavor is so darned pleasant, all other deficiencies are forgiven. A sweet nothing, shall we say, and quite nice at that. Perfect for summer, I would pick this over any "lite" beer or "ultra" or puny yellow thing that needs a lime.
Thanks to UncleJimbo!

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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 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 tempest
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's not a big American pale ale, its just a nice mellow session ale with a balance of caramel malt and citrus hops. Quite tasty for what it is. The bitterness is minimal for an APA and it reminds me more of a bigger summer ale than anything else. I'd say its worth a try if you're looking for a tasty lawnmower beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is quite plain. There is little to no hop aroma here. There is a presence of pale ale malt aroma, but not much else. The taste also is nothing to write home about. It is typical of many pale ales. It is clean and refreshing, but lacking in hop flavor and bitterness. It does have a breadlike flavor that lingers. The mouthfeel is good. It is a light bodied beer that goes down easy. It is an average drinker. It does impress me much.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one and a half finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a buttery biscuit aroma with hints of whipped cream.

The taste was dominated by a mildly sweet and battery biscuity malt flavor. There was a smattering of citric hop as well.

The mouthfeel was clean and smooth. Good carbonation.

Overall a nice easy drinking smooth ale. Very quaffable.

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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 beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden orange color, thin head.

S: Light spicy aroma full of caramel and some oranges.

T: Subtle floral hoppiness. Very clean flavor, Creamy caramel, with a nice floral finish, some faint grapefruit.

M: creamy, softly carbonated.

D: Decent session beer and drinkability, good overall, nothing spectacular but solidly brewed.

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Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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 ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass from tap at Periwinkles in Auburn, MA.

Impressive off-white inch tall head, and a warm golden color were the first impressions of this beer. Nothing spectacular jumps at the nose, but the malt and hops are present and doing their jobs hand-in-hand. Nicely balanced brew, with easy potential to be one of those that you have one second, and it's finished the next. Good one from my fellow WPI grads...

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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 Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a thick, frothy white head into my glass. Looks like your standard pale ale.

Dry with a good mix of sweet malt and grassy hops in the nose. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Lots of restraint here. Buttery malt and grassy hops that will please a hop-head without going overboard.

Lingering buttery malt and grassy hops also make up the mouthfeel here.

It's very simple but that may also be its' biggest flaw. Then again, some like their beer to be solid and drinkable. In that case, it certainly is.

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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 Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. For Freshest Taste Enjoy By October notched on the label. Poured a translucent orange with a one inch, off-white head - consistency was between loose and frothy with lots of craters in the cap. Copious tiny bubbles present, effervescing in solution. Nose was mild - biscuity with a hint of citrus in the mix and a light dusting of aromatic hops towards the back. Taste consistent with nose with some residual sweetness coming through in the malt profile and and the biscuity quality lightly lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel was fairly light in body with a pleasant, crisp quality associated with the carbonation. Very drinkable/sessionable APA. Had the opportunity to try a few beers from this brewery this week and felt all the offerings I tried were sold.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
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 glid02
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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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