Wally | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The citrusy aroma and flavor is achieved from an experimental 2-step dry hopping process using Citra and an experimental hop named 431. Other hop varieties used in this brew are CTZ, Bravo, and Simcoe.

70 IBU

Added by TheManiacalOne on 01-22-2017

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Reviews by jlindros:
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4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/26/17

Pours a large frothy rich 1 finger head that fades slowly, sticks around as well as sticky lacing, dark orange tan solid milk-shake colored murky beer.

Nose lots of juicy citrus, orange cream, tangerine, pithy, mandarin orange, a hint of grapefruit, a little rind and mild sweet creamy oats, little perfumey orange.

Taste very creamy rich oats wheat and malts, a little sweetness, but quickly into hops, lots of pith, orange juice and orange cream, tangerine and some apricot stone fruit as well, a mild candy sweetness brings marmalade notes, maybe a little white peach too, fair bitterness, a drier slight sticky finish with a bit of bitterness and lingering orange and pith.

Mouth is med bod, pretty creamy, decent carb.

Overall well done take on NEIPA, not too boozy, not too bitter, not too sweet, well balanced creamy malt and juicy citrus hops, much better than many of the other attempts at NEIPA out there, and this should be fairly easily available too.

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Photo of DontWorryHaveaHomebrew
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Highest Quality Per Price Ratio out there for those in New England. Great quaffable East Coast IPA. It's become my new daily drinker. It's not Tree House or Trillium, but it's drama-free, half the price, and available at my corner liquor store, so, no brainer. And 12 oz cans are nice sometimes too, especially in the summer / daytime.

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Photo of Jason
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Lots of froth on top of a hazed out orangey colored brew. Big pungent juicy citrus character in the nose and on the palate. Zesty, faint pine, ample bitterness, and grapefruit rind come forth in the middle. So this is their answer to the whole NE IPA craze, the best things about this beer ... its not going to break your bank and you won't have to spend a day driving and waiting in line and those are two things to brag about IMO.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 10/5/17 opened on 11/20/17

See, I'm one of these crazy beer drinkers who believe you can get a seriously quality New England IPA outside of the big hot-shots: Treehouse, Alchemist, Bissell etc....now, dont get me wrong, those guys are brewing brilliant beer. But I feel the "rarity" and buzz , hype factors feed into some of the big ratings for these...."I stood in a line for three hours, and was lucky to get a can" buzz breweries. With that out of the way....here is an old stand by, craft brewer from yester year (1994) haha....Wachusett. Quietly holding court in central Massachusetts. Lets see if this could possibly hold up to big hype brewers.....

A hazy gold color with white and orange highlights. This one is hazy....not muddy or as chunky as lets say...Treehouses Julius and many others. Same robust, white foam cap, decent lace and very well retained.

The aroma....certainly very hop-forward. Is it as stinky as some of the seriously heady buzz New England IPA's....not exactly....but its close. A very citrusy sweet hop, pineapple and honey, creamy scented malt, tropical with a red fruit blend and slightly earthy.

The mouthfeel is about as good as it gets, not as full or thick feeling as some other offerings but certainly crisper, cleaner with a sharp malty bite, light but full of flavor. A light to medium body....but very crisp. Juicy at first with a subtle, earthy toned dry bite. Right on!

The flavor starts out with a very crisp, slightly sweet malty bite, quickly over taken by this wild combo of hop strains. Now, I like my juicy, pineapple, fruity....hop effects just fine, however the real stand out aspect to this hop charecter is the dry, earthy, golden wheat and leafy taste. I like GREEN tasting hops. Deep earthy tones that balance out all of the big tropical juicy, high-end, big alpha buds have to offer. So, the sharp, earthy, only slightly bitter effect is just perfect and very complex. But Wally has both charming hop charecteristics going for him, juicy, pineapple and earthy in all most equal parts. Impressee? You bet.

So, will Wally find his way into my top 20 IPA's of all time...maybe not. But I will say Wally is a serious contender, not to be over looked just because you can pick him up at a decent beer store or convience store.I didnt wait three hours to get him, and none of my BA peers or beer geek friends cared that much when I brought him home, but hey....guess what, all the more for me!

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 8/13/17

A: Golden tangerine with some orange at the core and yellow gold around the edges - hazy, as advertised, though not a turbid sludge (as some may desire) - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

S: Not particularly intense, but nice - bright citrus, with some nice tangerine and orange flesh, juice - grapefruit zest - green, resinous hops - some light pine - peach - light bread and light crackers at the base, with some sweetness

T: Impressively well-rounded - bright citrus, as the aroma suggests, with some tangerine juice and notes of orange and ruby red grapefruit - marmalade - floral citrus - touch of lime - light touch of citrus oil - resinous hops and a some light pine - some under-ripe peach - touch of earth - fairly clean malt base with some light bread, crackers, touch of wheat - faint hint of booze, particularly as this warms up

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, silky smooth, mostly clean finish

O: To the window... to the Wally

Huh. This is legit. I haven't exactly had anything bad from Wachusett over the years, but I wouldn't have expected this to be as good as it is. It's a solid New England style IPA. If this were brewed by a different brewery, was in 16 oz cans, and was more limited, I guarantee the score here would be higher.

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Photo of Crentist
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- nice looking thick and unfiltered NEIPA
S - sweet smelling, ripe fruit, hint of mixed berries. Underlying dankness compared to a lot of the areas beers, reminds me of the NEIPAs I had up in Maine.
T - a little biscuity but mostly dank, well balanced beer. The flavor here is not overwhelming, but there is nothing weird about it one way or the other.
F - wonderful thick mouthfeel from a well dry hopped juice.
O- This beer is a great example of a package store NEIPA that you don't have to wait in line for, it's been in my rotation for a few months. Great daily drinker.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of woodchipper
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can dated 8/12/17 to a nonic.
Hazy, not cloudy, medium head, good lacing later, no visible rising bubbles.
Aroma is mild, hint of the hops to come.
Bitter in front and back, not unwanted though. Hint of the malt in the middle.
Carbonation makes its presence known despite no bubbles in settled glass.
Pretty good, but I swear I liked it better my first try 2-3 months ago.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmwhitehead
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gary01453
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VFerrec
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange, little bit of foamy head, minimal lacing.
Smell is faint citrus.
Tastes is citrus foward. Grapefruit, orange, and a malty sweetness at the end.
A little thin for my liking, but overall not bad for the price point.
Better then Larry and Monster IPA.

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Photo of Shaymus
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbong73
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best beer by this company hands down. I do like the Green Monster as well, but this brew says it all with a New England Style IPA. You won't go wrong for the price and the content.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXMRTN
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Wally from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 163 ratings