Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wachusett Winter Ale


Wachusett? I choose it!


Wachusett Winter Ale Six-pack

Name: Wachusett Winter Ale
Style: Ale
Brewery: Wachusett Brewing Company


Wachusett Winter Ale Bottle

Discovery


I mentioned previously that I wanted to review a string of seasonal beers, and when I saw this offering, I had to try it. I’ve had considerable experience with the Wachusett Blueberry and I’ve enjoyed it for years.

Not too jump ahead, but I plan on a new theme where I review various offerings from a single brewer, and you can be damn sure I’m going to try and review a range of the Wachusett Brewery beers.
To learn more about this brewery, I suggest going to their website, but if you are unable to click, here is something I pulled from their site:

Wachusett Brewery founders Ned, Kevin and Quinny developed a significant appreciation for beer while attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Adventures in biking, canoeing, and hiking that led the trio to the northern New England states allowed them to visit some of the first operating craft breweries. Armed with a "we can do this" attitude the three cast off from their careers in engineering and biology to found the Wachusett Brewing Co. in 1993. Wachusett Country Ale was introduced to beer fans of Massachusetts the next year after lots of experimenting to get the formula just right. When Wachusett opened, the three designed and built most of the equipment; did the brewing and filling, selling and delivering, and everything else that a small startup brewery needed.

I sit here with my IT background and wonder if I should’ve made a similar change in direction, and if I would be more fulfilled because of it. Oh well, if I opened a brewery, I would feel guilty about drinking another brewery’s beers, and that would be sad.



The Beer

Wachusett Winter Ale Bottle and Glass


Beer characteristics

I’ve been growing more self-satisfied with my structured presentation of the quantitative and qualitative measures of the beers. If you don’t like it, or have a suggestion for an enhancement, please do share.

Quantitative parameters of beer character

  1. Using the industry preferred The Hitchens Taste Scale for measuring the bitterness and sweetness of a beer, I would put this at a +1. if I used fractions, I might say +1.5, but I’ll round down for simplicity sake.
  2. 6.1% alc/vol, which is a little high, but not very noticeable.
  3. This beer is honey colored with light cloudiness.

    Qualitative parameters of beer character

    1. The aroma has an orange citrus undertones, but nothing too bright or overpowering.
    2. The flavor is bright hoppiness with the citrus that was present in the aroma.
    3. The aftertaste doesn’t last very long. The clean taste exists quickly and prepares you for the next sip.
    4. The mouthfeel stands out in that I really feel it on the roof of my mouth. I hadn’t noticed that before, but I’m intrigued and will be more cognizant of that on future tastings.
    5. This has fine and light carbonation, which produced a good head.
    6. I feel like this beer should be drunk cold, and as with other winter season beers, they seem to ask you to drink them outside in the snow. Maybe after a day on the slopes, you could crack one on the outside deck.

    Recommendation


    I’ve enjoyed Wachusett's offerings for years and this is just another in a long line of successes. Not only do I recommend you drink this beer, but because of their product consistency, don’t be hesitant to try one of their other offerings.

    - Enthusiast

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