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 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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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 slyke
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Country Ale pours a lovely orange color with a white head that falls to a cap that sticks and laces well.

The smell is sweet with a little citrus.

The taste is also sweet with a bit of tartness. Not much hoppiness to speak of.

Medium bodied with a pretty clean finish.

This is pretty tasty brew. I wouldn't turn it down if I found it somewhere.

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Photo of jman892
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange with a pretty big head - fades fast - almost no lacing

S - Sweet smelling, a little malty. Not picking up on much else

T - On the sweet side. Nice note of sweet citrus fruit, and also apple is noticed, but no hoppy bitterness at all. Touch of caramel

M - Strong carbonation, with a light body. Pretty easy drinker

O - Definitely a sessionable beer, nice and light, with a sweet taste that isnt overdone

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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 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 david18
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at Bukowski's during a recent visit to boston. This beer was really nothing special. A typical pale ale from the east coast it did not have outstanding hop character in terms of bitterness, flavor or aroma. It was a little darker that a typical pale (I guess that's the "country"), decent head, good malt aroma. I enjoyed it but I'm not sure I'm gonna recommend it

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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 Seanstoppable
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle of a Wachusett's mix pack that recently made its way north of the border.

Pours a clear, dark gold color with a finger of solid white head. Nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smells sweet. Some light malts. A hint of apple.

Taste is.... light. Some up front sweetness, followed by some mild bitterness. A nice balance between the two. Initial carbonation feels a bit excessive, and reminds me of cider for some reason, but quickly calms down.

Certainly wets the whistle. A decent APA that is fairly easy to drink. A bit above average, but falling just short of really good.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slightly hazy golden color with orange hues shinging through. the head is thight and creamy, white in color with a few bubbles on top. it lingers for a moment leaving a decent lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is fair in strength, lots of toasted bread with an underlying caramel malt. Notes of lemon in the middle with floral hops behind. A touch of metallic phenol in the back.

T-the taste is hoppier than the nose. light notes of toasted bread with a touch of caramel. lemon, floral hops come in at the back with notes of grass and just a hint of metalic phenol and a touch of bitterness.

M-a little rough on the palate with a medium to light body, high carbonation and a slightly dry crisp finish.

D-this is a decent beer, nothing great here but easy drinking and not bad.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 albern
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a bit off, and it is just a notch above mediocre. It pours a fairly well carbonated coppery amber color with a slightly fizzy head and not much lacing. The aroma is sweet malts and grassiness, and not much else. The nose is not particularly distinct one way or another.

The taste is a bit tangy and imbalanced. There is a buttery citric flavor with not enough hops to keep this beer honest. As it settles, there is a slightly drying citrusy cardboard like flavor that emerges, which is worse. The problem with this APA is that they skimped on the hops and you're getting overly sweet, tangy, citrus notes all over the place, with not enough of a malty base, and not enough bittering hop to complement the sweet graininess to the beer. The mouthfeel is a bit spritzy, the aftertaste is fairly mild.

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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 jbertsch
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: When the watrress gave it to me, I noticed that the lighting was bad around me, but it looked somewhere in between gold and amber. The head was perfect, white, and slightly larger than one-finger.

Smell: Slightly sweet...almost like dark citrus. Tried to point my finger on the fruit but couldn't. Other than that, decent balance between malt and hops, although I tasted more malt which is a-OK for this guy.

Taste: All I can say is that it was very refreshing...ok, I was definitely parched. Tasted pretty straight-forward, balanced with caramel malt notes, and a little tang to boot.

Mouthfeel: Slight bite back, but in a good way.

Drinkability: The one pint was very drinkable. Not sure if the citrus tang would become old after a couple - I only had one.

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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 OatmattStout
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice white fluffy head. good retention and sheet of lacing down glass.

Sweet grain smell

taste is very malty and diacetyl very involved. very mild hopping. this is not bad but could use a bit more hops to dry out the persistent sweetness.

Ok drinkability but might get to be a bit much with lack of hop balance

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Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden amber body with a one-finger, white head with nice retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some slight, citrus notes.

T: A robust, sweet, malt, toffee taste with a toffee and slightly citrus aftertaste. Fairly robust taste and aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied with ok carbonation overall. A slight, watery feel to it took away from the mouthfeel, but still pretty decent.

D: A pretty good taste with an ok mouthfeel made for a fairly drinkable beer, overall.

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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 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 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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Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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