Wachusett Light IPA
Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett Light IPAWachusett Light IPA
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American IPA
3.57 | pDev: 13.45%
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wachusett Light IPAWachusett Light IPA
Notes: The world’s FIRST light IPS is our American version of a session IPA. This easy drinking “pub” beer is packed with flavor and only 121 calories.
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Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think that I picked this up during one of my many forays up to New England. I have a number of friends up there & it usually does not take much to get me to come up, especially for a weekend.

From the CAN: "100% Endlessly Recyclable Aluminum C[AN]"; "Pack It In, Pack It Out."

The Crack! went as planned, so I went with a Light Glug. There was no head, so I gave it a Light swirl and produced a finger of tawny head with decent retention. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity when held up to natural Light. Nose had a Light grapefruit-lemon citrusiness. I was Lightly pleased. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was kind of Light, less citrusy than it had been on the nose. It was decent for its style, but it lacked Ooomph. It seemed like another of the Aroma Hops vs. Bittering hops CANundrums that I have enCANtered with regard to these Light/Session AIPAs. Yes, I could discern hops in its flavor, but nothing like on the nose. Finish was Lightly dry, mildly bitter, but just enough to push it into the realm of dryness. This might be a good one for the backyard in the summer, but I just don't know that many calorie counters who are into craft beer.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice, clean and surprisingly tasty session IPA. Drank straight from the can. Nice aroma of pine, fresh citrus and light floral notes. The hops are there right up front and stick around through the entire beer. Taste is on the lighter side of mango and papaya with an orange undertone. Not as full flavored as a comparable non-session IPA but it still stands on its own. I rank this second only to the excellent Easy Jack but, since I live in MA, I'll reach for this beer just as often due to freshness.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another great beer from Wachusett Brewing...This is a great beer if you want to have more than a few. Still has a great taste...it is just a little lighter than the Larry and the Monsta.

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Photo of CHickman
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the can, pours a hazy gold color with a foamy 2 finger eggshell colored head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving realty good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of citrus fruit, floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, biscuit, light caramel and sweet malt. Very basic IPA nose, but quite nice for a light IPA.

Flavor is a drop off from the nose, with biscuit, graham cracker and light piney notes mixing with the floral and citrus hops. The caramel disappears and the lemon retracts as the grains show up stronger. Seems like an English pale ale more than an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light and slick with mild carbonation, a medium body and a finish that has a little bitterness mixing with the light hops and decent malt base.

It started out strong but faded down the stretch becoming just an average beer that bordered on forgettable. Session-able yes, tasty not really.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that expires 4/17/15. Sampled on January 26, 2015. I'm not sure when they stopped brewing it but I found it in a new mixed 12 pack today.

The pour is golden-bronze with an off-white foam head that leaves since lacing behind.

The aroma has a modest floral and grassy hop note with toasted malts.

Medium body.

The modest pale malt note mixes well with the better than expected floral hop character. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Poured from 12 oz. can into a Willis Tower pint glass.

The color is copper/gold with three fingers of foamy white head and some thin lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bright, fresh hop aroma with some hints of fresh cut grass. There is touches of cake frosting and some sweet break aroma.

The taste has more malt than hops with a bready flavor that carries it along most of the way. Toward the end there is some slight bitterness plays its part giving some hints of earthy, grass like flavor. Hints of dandelion and flower pedals take the very back part of the flavor and give it some welcoming character to this beer.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a silky texture and a real light body that is highly drinkable. It lays on the pallet like lace being drawn over your tongue and hardly leaves much a footprint there. A great session IPA that drinks well.

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark gold in color, medium-high carbonation, clear

Smell: earthiness and citrus fruits

Taste: caramel, earthiness and citrus fruits

Mouthfeel:slightly bitter, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A very refreshing, light and earthy IPA. The citrus hops are there, but the hops never overpower. Tasty, but may require a bit more hop power for those into hoppier IPAs.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, light caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is thin but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid and poundable IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Thads324
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper/deep gokden color with a massive pillow of white head. That head never stops! Ha
Smells of faint hops, grass,pine, and a hint of lemon. Very mild toasty grain smell.

Flavor is thin. Nuetral grain, white bread and zippy hops. The second half is hop dominant with slight pine and earth. A bit of citrus fruit zest as well. All flavors are light. Good bitterness on the tail end
Mouthfeel is thin and light, extremely high drinkability. Zesty and tingly hop bitterness

A tasty little light ipa. I like that it has a good malt balance unlike some light ipas. Those just taste like water and hops, but this is tasty and well balanced. I like it.

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Photo of Brad007
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 4% "light" IPA? This one was too interesting to pass up!

Pours a nice brown hue with a thick white head. A bit darker than I expected but not too far out of line for the style.

Pine hops greet the nose with a touch of malt underneath. Not much different from a standard IPA.

A pronounced bitterness slams the tongue followed by a nice dose of buttery malt. It's got that old school "pine tar" bitterness to it.

Body is noticeably light and crisp and the mouthfeel is full of lingering pine tar and buttery malt. Excellent combination here.

My only gripe is that I would prefer more balance over hard-hitting bitterness. Still a worthy try.

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Photo of BenJamin411
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on my way to the golf course instead of the usual Green Monsta or Harpoon IPA cans I would typically go for.

A. Had this one out of a can on the golf course, so unfortunately nothing to see here.

S. Nice floral hop aroma, gives you the idea that it's gonna be bigger than it is. Good piney, citrusy nose like a full-on IPA.

T. Starts off with a little hop bitterness with not much (read: none) caramel or woody maltiness, but subsides quickly on the palate. Finishes clean, but with a pleasant hop bitterness, though not as much as a "normal" IPA.

M. Surprisingly light. I almost felt as if it was like a domestic light with hops injected into it (which isn't as terrible a thing as it sounds, just odd to me). Definitely shows it's ~4% ABV here.

O. This is an odd one, but great for what it is. It's such a versatile summer brew for me. This is a hands down favorite for summer sessions on-the-go. I love me a hoppy IPA, but for mowing the lawn, golfing, sessioning, etc., I can't do something with an ABV of 6+. This is perfect for that. Even while smoking a cigar, the hopiness powers through to let you know you're drinking a beer, and a decent one at that. However, I don't see myself drinking this much past September/October. Those months call for a nice assertive and well balanced IPA or American Pale Ale. For what it is, it's a fantastic brew.

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I admit it. I was taken in by an add for this beer in Yankee Brew News and had to give it a try. I picked up a a six of cans with freshness dates clearly printed on the bottom. I'm always on the lookout for lower ABV beers that are versatile when paired with different cuisines.

Out of the fridge, I allowed one to warm slightly before pouring vigorously into a Harpoon IPA glass. Impressive rocky white head. Amber and golden appearance, mostly clear. Head dissipated fairly quickly. Light lacing remained in the glass. Strong smell of geranium flowers and some pine and citrus. Heavy hop presence throughout the sip, from start to finish. Rather thin mouthfeel, not offensive and quite refreshing. Quiet malt presence underneath the hop action. Very impressive flavor overall. Qualifies as a "craft" brew to me in every sense.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - poured out of a can into a Sam Adams glass. My expectations are quite low, so when I see a cloudy copper color with two fingers worth of rich off-white head crop up I am impressed. I am even more impressed by the retention, which lasted throughout the entire glass and left solid rings of foam on the sides of the glass.

S - Really nice fresh fruity hops here, or is it floral. I'm not quite sure, but it smells fresh, and I like it quite a bit.

T - the initial flavor is really nice, but it is lacking the bitterness and complexity that comes with a really nice IPA. It's a one trick pony, but admittedly the trick is pretty tasty.

M - The one notable flaw, but it is, after all, a light IPA. What do you expect?

O - I would honestly recommend this to any IPA lover who is looking for an enjoyable session IPA that goes well at cookouts or the beach. It's accessible to those who are afraid of "bitter beer", but flavorful enough to tide the hopheads over until they (we) can get our hands on something a little more potent.

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Photo of Dools9
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can BB 8/16/13 poured into a shaker pint.

A: Golden orange with a finger of fluffy white head leaving some nice lace, lots of fine carbonation.

S: Biscuity, bready, some clean pine, maybe a little bit of mandarin orange.

T: Follows the nose basically, biscuity/grainy malt, some caramel malt, light pine and a fruity melon/orange hop character. Very pleasant taste overall. Bitterness is low although not absent.

M: Light bodied, a touch creamy, with fine prickly carbonation, extremely drinkable which is without saying at only 4% abv.

O: Ridiculously sessionable and with a decent amount of hop flavor. Could easily drink a bunch on a hot day. Hard to call this an 'IPA' though, more like a session pale imo. The 12 pack I bought should go very quickly. Lagunitas DayTime however is still my favorite in this new 'session ipa' category that has been emerging. And if you're watching your calorie intake this would work well at only 120 calories.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden-orange in color. Hazy. One inch of finely-bubbled white head holds fast. Minimal lacing, just a tiny spot here and there.

S: Melon, tangerine, mandarin orange. Soft pine needle aroma. Thin caramel and biscuit malt base. The nose pops nicely.

T: Melon, mandarin orange, orange glaze, apricot, earthy pine. Dry and biscuity grain base hints of caramel and perhaps graham cracker. Finishes with soft pine and a fruity, tropical hop medley that ends rather abruptly.

M: Creamy and rounded in the mouth. It is a touch watery, but not as much as some of its competitors. Seltzery carbonation gives it just enough texture.

O: Session IPAs are always a tightrope walk for me. Most lose their balance and fall flat because of the lack of body. This one achieves a nice compromise between flavor/body and the low abv. And of course it's easy to drink. It sits very lightly in the stomach. This is the best of the style I've had to date.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap for the 2nd time now at the Wachusett Mountain pub.

It looks on the golden side of amber. Almost a slight haze to it. A cap of white head sticks around for most of the time.

Aroma is terrific. When I first had this, I thought they gave me a Larry because the citris aroma up front seemed too good for a "light IPA". But once I tasted I could easily tell it wasn't Larry. Anyway - aroma is aromatic with citric fruits. Must be dry-hopped?

Its flavor is nicely balanced. Hops are definitely noticeable, but a respectable malt profile with a noticeable sense of grain matches well with the hops. I really do like how both the malt and hops are noticeable, yet they compliment each other well. Neither sing too loudly, and you can still tell this is a low-ABV brew. It drinks like a breeze.

Mouthfeel is adequate. Understandably a bit thin, but it doesn't detract from the beer.

Overall what I like about this beer is that it tastes like a nice session beer, not just a "light" beer. I wonder if the "light" reference will deter people or lower their expectations? I'm real interested to see what others think of this once it makes it into full rotation for Wachusett. But ultimately in my eyes, it's a win for what it's trying to achieve. Real easy drinking that can please the hop heads.

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Wachusett Light IPA from Wachusett Brewing Company
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