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 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 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 Durge
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pine Crest golf course in Massachusetts, this ale had lots of bubbly action in a deep amber colored brew with a goodly light tan head and good lacing. Tasteful light herbal hops and biscuit aroma. Very much the same in flavor, very effervescent and refreshing. Grassy bitterness in the back and it permeates the tongue pretty well as you go. Pretty easy drinking. Hoppier than I expected. A solid refreshment.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap while at lunch at cambridge 1 near Fenway Park. Served in a tall thin pint glass. No noticeable head, and a distinct lack of carbonation. Color was a rusty autumn orange. Smell was of weak pine notes. Taste was pretty good though, as most Wachusett beers are well made. Slight bit of hops on the tongue, with a nice balance of maltiness. Not a lot of body to this beer, but that just adds to it's smoothness. A good session beer or pitcher beer, or a good beer to have with a meal as it's not going to overpower any of the food's flavor. One of the better Wachusett offerings.

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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 dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Recently sampled this New England brewery's IPA, which was very good, so I expected to be satisfied with their American Pale Ale...
An aggressive pour yielded a light-amber, off-golden colored hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating...
Unassertive, mild aroma with grains, amber, yeast, and earthy tones...
Grainy, caramel-flavored taste that was pleasing and refreshing without being overbearing...
Nice, creamy, rich mouthfeel included with a good level of drinkability...
A decent stab at the style, and a pretty good depiction, but nothing above and beyond...
All in all, pretty average...

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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 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 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 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 tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber color with massive off-white head. Great retention.
Smell is light with some slight fruity notes present.
Taste has a buch of up-front sweetness that slowly evaporates and leaves a bitter dry sensation at the finish.
Leaves an bit too sweet taste in the mouth.
A OK beer , but nothing special.

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

Wachusett- Country Ale

Appearance- Copper Orange with a decent size head that left behind two big lace rings.
Smell- Earthy notes, leaves and oak. Light caramel malt aroma as well.
Taste- Caramel malt with a touch of dirty earthy hops. Slighty woodsiness to it.
Mouthfeel- Dry up front with a sweetbody and a dry flavorful finish.

Overall- Definitely not bad at all. Nothing over the top here, pretty safe Pale Ale that would appeal even to our BMC friends.

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

Pours a light straw colour with a frothy white head atop the liquid. Head retention time is decent and after it subsides a minimal amount of residue remains on the glass.

The aroma is faintly sweet and malty, with a kiss of hops thrown into the mix. Some bread notes come into play but the dominant feature is certainly caramel from the malt.

Flavour is more of the same, with caramel malt sweetness being the main player here. Hops kick in toward the finish of each sip to strike some sort of balance but the flavour from the hops is minimal at best. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch watery at times.

There's a basic mix of flavour here that, whilst far from envelope pushing, gets the job done. IT won't wow you by any means, but this one would best make for a nice thirst quenching drink in the warmer months.

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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 sloejams
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sample from the brewery itself

This is like a toned down, more accessible version of their IPA. It has an amber hue with a slight head. There is a nice fruity summer wheat taste that makes it easy drinking for the summer months but I'll take the IPA.

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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 bjohnson
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden amberish color. Nice white frothy white finger head leaves a film of retention on top. Good looking lace.
S: Very refreshing smelling with hints of apple and wheaty malts.
T/M: Good fruity hop profile hits first--a bit of apple and pear in there. Good buttery malts slide across the tongue leaving a slight bitterness twang in its wake. Crisp carbonation with a light body.
D: Worth a try as most things from Wachusett are. Not a bad pale ale for a warm country summers day.

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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 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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Wachusett Country Pale Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
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