Quinn's Amber Ale | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Quinn's Amber AleQuinn's Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
wachusettbrew.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An easy drinking Amber Ale with low bitterness, a subtle malt profile and a balanced finish.

Availability: Jan-Mar

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
13.65%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of MoreThanWine
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.

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Photo of BigCheese
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bakeith
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of j89de
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
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

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of ZacharyJ
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Duhast500
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.

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Photo of ant5431
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.

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Photo of rjplumer
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.

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Photo of DrJay
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.

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Photo of confer
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
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

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Photo of jdhilt
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.

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Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of Kendo
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.

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Photo of u2carew
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.

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Photo of Jayli
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.

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Photo of jbertsch
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.

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Photo of TheTrevor
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a copper-color with a two-finger head. The smell is caramel and toasted malt with a bit of nuttiness. The taste starts off with a slightly grainy sweet caramel taste that gives way to a metallic taste and a tiny bit of hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a some crisp carbonation. I'm not a fan of the metallic taste, but this isn't a horrible beer.

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Photo of iceball585
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden amber color, semi-clear, half finger thick cream color head that faded quickly

S- Pale malts, toasted grains, nutty, wheat, hint of caramel

T- Caramel, grainy, light malts, slight metallic taste, hint of hops near the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, watery

D- Worth trying

This is very mild for being an irish red ale. I would like a bit more flavor and body to follow this style of beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this bottle into a pint glass and was greeted with a foamy 2 fingers head that was off white to beige in color. The light copper color was very clear with no visible carbonation.

Almost no lacing at all.

A slightly assertive nutty/caramel malt flavor up front that fades to no real finish what so ever. Some noticeable hop presence up front but again fades to a dry flat finish.

I almost note a light cocoa or chocolate flavor to the malt up front. Nothing to obtrusive.

Of course this is common for this style.

Probably an average example of this style, but one I admit I'm not that fond of.

Mouthfeel was pleasant and drinkability was good.

I will not seek this brew out again. I never choose this style to be honest.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rageagainst123 for the trade!

Appearance: Par for the style. Amber colored beer with a finger of head that lessens to a layer of foam that lasts almost the whole beer.

Smell: Caramel and malt dominate with a bit of nuttiness and hops as well.

Taste: Sweet caramel and big malts up front. Flowery hop flavor comes out during the sip and combines nicely with a bit of a nut flavor. Nice complexity for a style that can be rather plain.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit too much carbonation. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: Good Irish Red with nice complexity. High carbonation may limit how much you would want, but very tasty and seemingly low ABV may it quite drinkable.

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Photo of albern
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of Irish Reds, so I need to preface any review with that disclosure. The beer is moderately carbonated, typically reddish in color, with some sweet malty caramel aromas, with the red fruity aromas typical of the style. The taste is malty, caramely, a bit flat tasting, some cloying sweetness, and the very typical copperish/reddish flowery taste of the Irish red ales. Nothing new in this beer. It is very typical of the style, nothing more, nothing less. It's okay, I'm not a big fan, I'm moving on.

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Quinn's Amber Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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