Quinn's Amber Ale | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Quinn's Amber AleQuinn's Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of hellcatsjg
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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 +3.3%
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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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light and sweet caramel malt with hints of grassy hops.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet and nutty malt with a slow to arrive drying hop.

The mouthfeel was a bit toward the lighter side for the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking Irish Ale.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a bright light-orange. Quite hazy and thick-looking. Light head, very white. Disappears quick. Looks good.

Dark roasted amber malt smell, but with a nice top layer of hops. The malt smell, however, is a bit sharp/bitter. Slight woody accent.

Pleasant roasted amber malt taste, with a strong (good) flowery hop presence. Finish is a nice aftertaste: balanced hops and malt, both strong and nice. Slightly bitter at the end. Light butterscotch.

Light bodied, smooth feel, but slightly thick at the end. Leaves a light film. Smooth drinker. It's good and balanced: the hops and malt are both bitter but also flowery.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apples, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of fruit (apple & apricot) and caramel. There’s a very mild hops presence that comes in, but doesn’t stick around very long. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, not the best representation of style, it’s a decent beer to keep drinking for an evening.

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Photo of WesWes
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a golden/light amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a pale and light crystal malt scent along with a fruity/sour yeast aroma. There is something wrong with the aroma. The taste is not very good. It has a real yeasty flavor that overpowers the weak malt bill. It seems almost past it's prime. The malt bill is simple and consists of pale and light crystal malts. Hops are faint and probably English noble varieties. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is the worst beer Wachusett makes. It's back to the drawing board with this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a more of a lighter copper color than an amber a thin wispy white head atop,toasty aromas along a touch of butter and caramel.Light to medium mouthfeel but quite crisp it went down quite well,quite toasty a lightly sweet and caramelly with a hint of mineral.A basic amber here not much hop presence but it drinks easy.

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Photo of Greenlabel
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a fresh 6-pack purchased near the brewery. Pours a deep reddish color with a lasting white head. Smell is faintly sweet and, to an extent, fruity. The taste strongly emphasizes malt with a minimal hop presence. There seemed to be a somewhat metallic aspect to the caramelly sweetness of the taste and aftertaste.

This tasted different from the Quinn's I remember a few years back when it was labeled as an Irish Style Ale rather than an Amber Ale. If the formula has been "tweaked" in the process, it has not been to the overall benefit of the product. This used to be my favorite Wachusett seasonal. It now seems to be more of an average decent product but one with no special appeal to cause a followup purchase.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber. Fluffy head,with good retention,and lacing.Body is light to medium,and carbonated. Smell is of roasted malts. Nice,but weak. Taste is roasted,and sweet with a bit of hop in the finish. I'm not all that famliar with this style,but this is a refreshing good flavored brew. I would try it again.

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Photo of pgenius
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful amber coloring with bubbly white head

S - Sweet malt aroma, maybe even a mild hop

T - Like the aroma, sweet malt flavor up front with a small amount of hops

M - Really smooth, slightly too watery for my taste

D - Really easy to drink, refreshing, but still has a substantial amount of flavor for a light-bodied brew. I'll have more of these

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Photo of acarroll413
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured for a 12oz bottle into a mug

A- not as amber or red as i would have liked. in fact it was quite dull amber, but the head was big, off white and beautiful

S- hops, not wheat surprisingly, but alcohol and a slight slight slight bit of wood

T- vile. bitter up front and not at all refreshing or satisfying in the back end. its like youre expecting a smooth, hoppy, crisp red ale and you get a nasty old wheat flavored ale.

M- not smooth AT ALL, well carbonated, and a medium-light thickness.

D- eeeh.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a clear, brilliant orangish red color with a small bubbling off white head on top. Amber undertones. Aromas of caramel and sweet bread along with a well placed dirty, citric resin hoppiness that lingers in the background. A touch of nuttiness rounds it out.

First sip brings a well managed caramel maltiness upfront with hints of sourdough. A melding of fruit and nut follows and mixes in well. The crisp, slightly bitter finish features some herbal green hops. A nice Irish Red overall.

Mouthfeel has a strong, chewy body that exhibits easy drinking smoothness with mellow carbonation. This one goes down easy. A well built ale that I wouldn't mind drinking more often. Thanks to MuddyFeet and BIF20 for this one!

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Photo of Hibernator
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wachusett Quinn's Amber Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date clearly notched for July
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
* Directly from the brewery in Westminster, MA

Pours a light amber shade of brown. Similiar to a cup of Earl Grey tea. Very nice, fluffy light brown colored head on top. Spotted lacings on the glass.

The nose is full of malts. Aroma is slightly fruity, but heavy on the malt side.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with caramel malts throughout each sip. A nice hop presence helps balance this beer out. Wachusett brewery biscuit and bready flavors in there too. The feel on the palate is very "soft" and with syrupy malts.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not one of my favorite style, but now definitely one of my favorite brews for the style. Pours a clay color, like infield dirt with a big foamy head and lots of lace. Aroma is malty with hops very faintly in the background. Flavor was very sweet malts and hints of some sort of nut. Chestnut perhaps? Kind of an earthy feel to the whole flavor. Made me think of a foggy morning. Mouthfeel is pretty well carbonated with a medium body. Finishes very crisp. Very smooth to drink and tough to put down.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber color, nearing crimson...thin coverage of cream-toned fuzz above.
Aroma, rich and malty, sweetness, herbal and fruity.
Nice, if brief, hops at the front, then disappearing, evaporating, fading, along with the body. Begins medium, then bottoms out. Malt dominated, crisp on the palate, but disappointing after the hoppy introduction. A passable Irish Ale for the "punters" in the crowd, (the label for this one calls it an Amber Ale, not an Irish, though).but...alas, not grabbing me.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a BBE month of May notched on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color, poured a moderate head that faded quickly into a thin lace.

Aroma: Very faint, just a hint of hops

Taste: Sweet and malty to start, then faded to hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was crisp.

Overall: A decent brew, easy to drink.

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Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear mid-amber color. The head maintains a thin single bubble layer. Slight lace on the glass.

Very neutral smelling--the only off-odor is a slight metalic aroma. Nearly no hop and only a touch of malt.

The flavor is better than the smell and appearance would lead one to believe. It starts with a round malt touch that quickly gives way to a hoppy. The aftertaste is shortlived, though, and it leaves a sour post-milk experience. Nice body with appropriate carbonation.

Here's an okay beer. With the slightly off aroma aside, this is a very non-descript brew--neither offensive nor interesting. Worthy of a taste, but perhaps not a six pack.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, brown, longneck bottle with BBE month notch on the label.

This ale poured a clear, amber-red color with creamy, tan foam that settled. The smell was sweet malt with a hint of caramel. The taste was malty and only lightly hoppy with notes of caramel. Overall the flavor was "mellow". The mouthfeel was dry and smooth but with a crispness. It had medium body and moderate carbonation. Not much to say about this one, but it is a decent, easy drinking, not overly complex beer.

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Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper appearance. Pale yellow head, creamy in texture, lasts at 1/4 of an inch for just over a minute. Spare lace, crown-like rings. Spicy aroma, light grape astringency with some nutmeg. Flavor starts easy going but oddly slick, a fruity sense with some pear flavors, honeyish as well. Keeps its texture but the flavor pans out to mildly watery mid mouth, the hops could step up to the plate more as well. Toward the end of the glass, I was picking up weird aftertastes, something like parmesan cheese. Good appearance and start, decent overall drinkability, the close was a little off for me. Thanks to Liza P. for bringing a bottle back from a short Easter break in Rhode Island.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at O'Connor's

This was an amber beer, topped by a bit of fluffy whiteness that died quickly. Lightly fragrant, I found a bready maltiness to chew on amid the fine bubbles. With the clean bitterness in the hops, I could have a couple more. Very nice.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Pint glass presentation. Fluffy off-white head on deep golden-brown brew. Malt outpowers the hops a bit on this one, but they have obviously worked hard to get both constituents in balance for this brew, in preparation for their prime St. Patrick's Day window of sales. Taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability are all great on this brew, and I would recommend to anyone for a "with-dinner" beer. Enjoy...

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Photo of ecoboy
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant hue with clover honey color at the edges and the color of unfiltered apple cider in the center of the glass.

Nice bready, complex syrupy (as opposed to a corn syrup smell) aroma. I'm glad i got to this in September...it's not a perfectly fresh bottle, but it does suit the crisp in the Maine air. It's like an autumn ale without the fruit and/or spice. There remains a not unpleasant tartness. Elements of sourdough bread and honey hang in the malt character. Flavors linger in the subtle aftertaste.

Better than average, considering I caught this at the edge of its lifespan.

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Quinn's Amber Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 97 ratings