Wachusett Light IPA | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Light IPAWachusett Light IPA

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jbertsch on 03-18-2013

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Photo of jbertsch
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of EdM88
4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of IIPAHOP
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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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2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of pats3peat12
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHickman
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Wachusett Light IPA from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 108 ratings
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