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Thursday, April 11th 2013

Wachusett Light IPA
(Wachusett Brewing Company)

The world's first "light" IPA!  Wachusett first released this beer at Wachusett Mountain, a ski hill in Massachusetts, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Crowley family's ownership. Not just another session beer with a catchy name, the designation of "light" is not something taken, well...lightly by the FDA. The brewery needed to jump through several hoops, such as showing that the beer is in fact lower in calories than other beers, in order to secure approval to use the name. The good news is that this is a beer that is not light in taste like most other beers bearing the same designation. 

From Wachusett:

"Being fans of all styles of beer but really looking for an easy drinker packed with hops and flavor, President/Founder Ned LaFortune decided to embrace this very untouched style. The Light IPA is 4.0% ABV, 37 IBUs and only 121 calories."


Here we go...

Pour - darker golden in appearance with a big, white fluffy head on top. Clean pour with spot on carbonation. 

Aroma - a good deal of fresh hop aroma is present which is backed up by a malty sweet grainy aroma. This beer definitely has plenty to offer when it comes to aroma. The hops really are pronounced and come at you as soon as you open the can. I can't help but also pick up a bit of earthiness as well.

Taste - one sip and you'll realize that you are indeed drinking something that is light and sessionable. The hop aromas translate into a good amount of hop flavor but the maltiness is somewhat subdued. Light on the palate with a bit of tanginess and citrus flavor. Crisp and refreshing in the finish with a flood of hoppiness at the end that leaves your mouth just a bit puckered and dry.


Overall - Light? Yes. Sessionable? Definitely. Drinkable? Absolutely. This is a well put together light-bodied IPA with plenty of hoppiness to let you know that you are not drinking a low ABV pale ale. I can definitely see these being a great option for the beach during the summer or anywhere outside in the heat. Well done. Skeptics beware, you may be left with hoppy smiles on your faces. 

Note - in order to designate a product as "Light" it must describe a food/beverage which has been significantly reduced in fat, calories, or sodium. The FDA is pretty strict on what can bear a label and Wachusett has gone through the measure to get approval for the designation of this beer as a Light IPA. Unlike most other beers, Wachusetts' Light IPA lists the calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat contents of the beer on the side of the can. Interested to know how this beer ranks against other light beers when it comes to calories? Here you go...


Natural Light - 95 calories

Miller Lite - 96 calories

Coors Light - 104 calories 

Bud Light - 110 calories

Wachusett Light IPA -  121 calories


In case you're wondering, a medium-sized carrot has about the same amount of calories (30) as the caloric difference between Natural Light and Wachusett Light IPA.  Food for thought...


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Wachusett Light IPA
Style: American IPA
Brewery: Wachusett Brewing Company
Westminster, Massachusetts  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.0%
IBUs: 37
Date: April 11th, 2013

Posted by Russ

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