Quinn's Amber Ale
Wachusett Brewing Company

Quinn's Amber AleQuinn's Amber Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #230
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
78
Ranked #47,225
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 13.95%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
101
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Wachusett Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Quinn's Amber AleQuinn's Amber Ale
Notes: An easy drinking Amber Ale with low bitterness, a subtle malt profile and a balanced finish.

Availability: Jan-Mar
Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 101 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle, not dated
Orange gold color with almost no head. Amber?
Fruity pine and caramel malt on the nose. Hops taste to me to be Cascade and Northern Brewer hops
Nicely carbonation, this would be great if it was straight out of a cask and dry hopped
Tastes good, but lacks something, as if the 3 college buddy brewers are too scared to offend
Its a good, easy drinking ale, in between a pale and an amber. At $1.50 for 12 oz. this was good value
Almost there

Mar 10, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle 11/15/18 needed a strong pour for a short lived egg shell white head, fizzy and foamy with large and small bubbles, spots of lacing. Clear new penny copper color appears yellow-amber in front of light.
Faint aroma of roasted malt, yeast and few herbal hops.
Taste is light, roasted and caramel malts with baked apple and pear to start, at its sweetest during the middle. Drys and bitters a little during the quick clean finish, an astringent aftertaste lingers. Warms well, a little more pronounced flavor appears.
Fizzy carbonated feel, light body. Not very "Red", light on taste and smell and a little watery.
On the plus side; inexpensive, not too bitter or sweet, faint hops per style, enjoyable.

Jan 12, 2019
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber, leaves a fizzy white head that had decent retention

Smells very pleasing, hints of apple, a splash of grapefruit hops, with some fruity yeast.

The taste was very suprising, has a fair apple flavor to it, some honey, the malts are fairly subtle and the hops are so light to as not be there. This is sweeter than most beers I've tried, but doesn't turn me off in the slightest.

Light bodied, light carbonation, crisp finish.

I would certainly drink this again, would help quell the summer's heat.

Aug 27, 2015
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francus from North Carolina

3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I felt this beer needed a more malty profile. The hops were of a variety I couldn't place either. All in all an average brew. I do plan on trying some of their other brews when I get a chance.

I did go to their website to look for merchandise and didn't see any. I like to collect brewery t-shirts.

May 06, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of bready caramel malt and light earthy hops to counter. The flavor is what I expected from the aroma. Sweet bread and caramel with hints of fruit and earth. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Serviceable ale, reminds me of something I would have been really into about 10 years ago, but today its just ok.

Apr 17, 2014
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber Ale, really? THis looks like bud with a drop of orange food coloring

S - Smell is mellow, nothing offensive, nothing stands out

T - Very disappointed in this beer. Would call it a pilsner. Taste is not amber like in the least.

M - Okay, again, nothing offensive, nothing outstanding.

O - Weak

Feb 20, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 15, 2013.

The pour is orange to amber with a quick burst of white fizzy head that dissolves by the count of three.

On the nose there are toasted breaded malts, sweetness, butter, and vague earthy notes. But everything is subtle.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is like the nose in that toasted bready malts and butter kick in right off but there is a low to moderate earthy bitterness hanging around at the end to add just the slightest bite. Easy to drink but pretty ordinary.

Nov 16, 2013
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DrinkSlurm from New York

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

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a copper color with some white foam and a lot of carbonation. Malty and bready fruity lager aromas. Taste is slightly below average, but its close enough to a 3...Crisp malt flavors, slight sweet fruit notes and a hint of yeast. its not bad, but there are better options out there. Mouthfeel is over-carbonated and dry. Again, give it a try but dont seek out.

Jun 13, 2012
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, muddled, copper-yellow coloring with a frothy, white, small bubbled foam of head about half an inch tall. Aromas are light and smooth, with a light sweetness atop some toasty and bready tones. Flavors are off-balance a bit, with a decent, strong roasted caramel malt backbone and some subtle fruit highlights overpowering any of the toasty and biscuity qualities that were present in the nose. The beer is light to the point of watery in mouth, which makes it easy to drink, but not overly rewarding. The aftertaste is cloyingly sweet, with a slight floral twist. The finish is a bit watery, and leaves a slight film behind. Like I said, it's easy to drink, but there are better beers worth your time and focus out there.

Mar 15, 2012
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark hay color. Head is well put-together. Head retains and laces sporadically. Head is smooth and creamy. Fairly clear.

S-Sweet and light. Caramel aroma. Faint overall aroma. Not unpleasant. Barely any hops. Nothing offensive.

T-I actually enjoyed this more than I expected to. Sweet of course, but the finish is addictive. Light floral hops. Smooth flavor. Polished off my glass quite quickly.

M-Lighter bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth and a bit creamy. Alcohol hidden.

O/D- I am not a fan of this style. This was actually one of the better one I have tried from this style. Sweet and simple. Less coarse than other Irish Reds I have had. Nowhere near bad.

Mar 01, 2012
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MoreThanWine from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pretty 1.5" custard head with decent lasting power. The body is a clear radiant orangy amber, which doesn't exactly look like an Irish Red Ale to me but it still looks nice. There's not much smell, just some malt. The taste has malt, it's creamy, and a little sweet. Body is pretty light weight. This strikes me as a decent everyday workhorse beer alternative to BMCs.

Jan 11, 2012
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brown color, hazelnut highlights are riddled throughout with a wonderful mix of colors. A smallish head of light tan then pops up from the bottom of the glass and reaches about a half an inch before settling back down again.

Aroma is of light caramel, roasted nuts, light touches of butterscotch like sugary notes. Warming brings out a very earthy and pronounced flavor to it. Really nice done but a touch light. This is my only complaint as it did not have the pop I was really looking for at the time. Smooth, even flavor really did not deviate much from beginning to end as the overall impact was nicely put together. A bit light on the feel

Dec 11, 2011
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blue Hills pint glass.

The color is a clear golden/amber with a half finger of foamy 0ff-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is giving off a sweetness that is all malt right now. There is a slight toffee or butter-crunch aroma that is a little sugary.

The taste is bready with that same caramel malts giving off some nutty flavor that was a bit surprising. There is a bit of a bitterness toward the end as expected but is just there briefly.

The feel of this beer is somewhat smooth. It does feel pleasant but there is a lingering aftertaste that was a little tough but a decent beer.

Mar 26, 2011
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ant5431 from Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass the one I had last week at the bar on tap was slightly better.
Nice reddish/brown amber color nice white head with a light sweet roasted hops smell.
Tastes much like the smell, slight sweet roasted hops!
Mouth feel was ok taste lingers on tongue. Like most of the Wachusett beers Ive tasted drinkable but not delicious.

Mar 23, 2011
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rjplumer from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear brownish red. Has a mild foamy head that doesn't last too long. Has a mild bitter taste with a hint of lemon. A faint hoppy aroma. This seems to a balanced brew that doesn't overpower in any one area. Nicely carbonated. Has a nice zesty feel to it.

Mar 17, 2011
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DrJay from Texas

3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks good. Mostly clear, amber in colour, with a solid half inch of light beige foam. A bit sticky with good head retention. Malty aroma, a little toasty and buttery. Slightly metallic. Pretty much the same in the flavour, low bitterness, kind of fruity in the finish. The body was fine up front, but fell away at the end. Medium to low carbonation, sort of creamy. Not bad overall, but I'm not clamouring for more.

Mar 05, 2011
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confer from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Gold with and orange tint, little bit of foam remains.
S-Sweet candy smell
T- Not bad but not really much flavor. Sweet taste, no hops at all.
MD- A very easy drinking beer, nothing special. All the beers from these guys seem very mellow.
Thanks to Larry P for bring these back for us.

May 23, 2010
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at my brother's BBQ this past weekend. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark auburn color. Nice sized white head. Smell had a hint of pine to it with some noticeable hops aroma. Flavor was very tasty, as there was plenty of malt to satisfy my palate. Mouthfeel was smooth and I definitely felt that this beer had a nice aftertaste to it. Drinkability was quite good, as this beer had enough body to stand up to grilled foods. A nice red ale to drink by itself or pair with food.

May 12, 2010
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, 1.5 inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a thin, consistent skim. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose reveals some caramel malt and fruity esters. Taste consistent with nose; however, flavor profile thins out a bit. Some biscuity malts also come out as well as a light hops bittering; fairly non-discrete. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Not bad, but a little lackluster

May 12, 2010
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Bready nose. Flavor is malty, caramel and very little hops, unusual for an amber. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Best by Jul 2010.

May 06, 2010
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, amber in color, medium/high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light floral hops

Taste: bread, caramel, and light floral hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, clean

Drinkability: Nice sweet sessionable bready flavor that is barely above average for the style. This one is pleasant to drink but does not jump out the way some other beers from this brewery do.

Jan 20, 2010
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Kendo from New York

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber in color with a half-finger whitish head. No lace whatsoever.

S: Florally hops over a slight bit of caramel malt.

T: First impression: there's something "off" about it. Lemony citrus over wet cardboard. Finishes with a minerally/metallic twang.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, with biting carbonation.

D: I wrote "Blech!" which pretty much sums it up. I'm glad I only bought the single.

Aug 11, 2009
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(A) Pours with a nice, frothy head then settles to the outside of the glass. Visible carbonation. Copper colored and transparent.
(S) Bready aroma with a mild sweetness, liken to caramel.
(T) Starts creamy, moves into a sweet, earthy taste then fades into a slightly dry, finish.
(M) Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied.
(D) A decent beer. Follows the form for an Irish Red, but not a stand out ale.

Apr 03, 2009
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Jayli from Massachusetts

2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice deep, clear amber color. The head is an offwhite color, relatively decent retention and slight lacing left on the sides. The nose is very weak, almost no scent at all. There is a touch of breadiness and pale malts, but other than that - not much to the nose. The taste is also very blase but a little more to it than the nose. Starts off with a malt flavoring, slightly sweet, slightly bready. Touch of hops but not enough or well blended to work well off the malt and sweetness. Medium bodied beer - decent carbonation, but a bit of a sour aftertaste to it. Overall, it's drinkable, but I would certainly pick something different. It's an ok beer but nothing really stood out.

Mar 23, 2009
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium amber color. Head is sudsy rather than frothy, and dissipates quickly.

Smell: I smell malt and hops equally, and even a little something odd...like smelly feet... or even soap (maybe that was my glass not being washed well). It may be a slight caramel or toffee aroma, but whatever it is, it's not too much.

Taste: No worries - didn't taste like smelly feet

Mouthfeel: Just fine...it's what was expected. Just about the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability:VERY drinkable. I think you could bring this beer to a party and have many people, who may normally be used to Sam Adams, drink and like this beer all evening.

Nonthing fancy, but another solid New England beer. It makes love living in a region that's so prone to brewing its own beer, and doing it well. Again, even though this beer is nothing to shout about, it's something that I would buy again should the appropriate situation arise in terms of company.

Mar 08, 2009
Quinn's Amber Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 101 ratings