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Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 76
Gots: 116 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Patrick on 07-25-2009

Larry is an award winning brew. Coming in at an 8.5% alcohol by volume and 85IBUs...Larry is a true unfiltered imperial IPA.
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Ratings: 860 | Reviews: 318
Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Poured a dense, golden orange color with an unfiltered, chilled haze beneath a three-finger head of off-white carbonation which left big chunks of lacing on the walls of the glass.

S: Ripe, fruity aroma with some spicy, grainy sweetness and a peppery, yeasty aroma. Hints of banana, citrus and floral yeast fill the nose.

T: Nice, mellow malt sweetness up front with a bready flavor backed by fruity malts. The bitter hops overtake around mid-palate with a soft, lemon peel and grapefruit juice flavor that's quickly balanced with sweet, peppery malt notes before settling into a slightly chewy, bitter finish.

M: Full-bodied DIPA with great balance and a mellow hop sting kept in check by the moderate ABV and solid malt backbone.

O: A nicely done DIPA that doesn't have to rely on a higher ABV to tease out plenty of flavors. The 7.5% ABV is noticeable in the dense, malty flavors but this brew still stayed light, fresh and flavorful with plenty of hops to satisfy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently picked up a 22oz bomber. Have to question the "Imperial" claim though. Must be just over the line from a good regular IPA for much less $$.

Poured some into an imperial pint glass. Larry was a cloudy, golden-apricot hue. Scattered carbo slowly ascended within. Head was light and thin, mostly white foam clinging to the rim, leaving some lace here and there. Nose was quite inviting, with semi-sweet fruity, citrus notes abounding. Still plenty of hops present, but it comes across like a nice breakfast apricot jam. Body was about medium, but the feel was a bit light and airy on the tongue. Could have more heft, for a DIPA, imo.

Flavor was not as sweet as intimated by the aroma. Some subtle malty sweetness is there, but the hops dominate on the palate. They come across quite puckery, with lots of citrus, in the form of orange, grapefruit and a smidge more apricot. Bottom line is lots of rindy, pithy bitterness, though. A slight increase in sweetness appears with warming, but this is still well on the bitter side.

Overall, while I was excited to give it a try, it was a good but rather pedestrian offering for an amped up IPA and not worth the hype (and coin) to me.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Aaron420
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I randomly grabbed this one while I was in Boston, had never heard of it or anything but was pretty impressed. I poured it into a Sam Adams perfect pint. It poured a very light golden coppersh color with a white head, that dissipated slowly after pouring leaving a very light lacing. It had a very rich fruity aroma, with a little hops and alcohol mixed in. Taste was nowhere what I expected, I was really hoping for a lot more hoppy flavor, than I got. The taste was very fruity at the beginning, with a little pine, caramel, and alcohol bringing in the finish. The bitterness ended up perfectly for an extremely drinkable DIPA. I would defiantly like to try some other beers by the guys, next time I see any of there beers on a self I will be leaving the store with one in my hands.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice DIPA, not too aggressive. In a tulip glass it was a hazy apricot color with a small white head. There was a little bit of lace.

Aroma was citrus and sweet malt.

I got a taste of grapefruit and tangerine, very nice citrus presence. Some biscuity malt, complementing the citrus hops.

This was a very smooth, mellow beer. I'm beginning to appreciate these more subtle IPAs.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

A: Beer is not afraid to foam, mild hazed pale bronze color with a massive head.

S: Pungent citric, mild tobacco, tropical fruit, mint, coconut taffy and sweet bread.

T&M: Creamy, smooth, a healthy bigger body but not heavy. Hops are all over from a blanket of bitterness to a full on show of flavor; wild herbs, blonde tobacco, exotic spice & ripe citric rind. Ripe fruit from the alcohol and a meshing of hops, maltiness is more prevalent than most Imperial IPAs ... the balance is great to see, some sweetness there as well. Bittersweet finish.

O: Not the earth-shattering hop nuke which is fine, very drinkable hop juice here.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, $6 from Spirit Haus in Amherst NY. Has "For Freshest taste enjoy by" dating notched onto the side of the label. Nice, info to the consumer and fairly fresh beer.
Pours hazed medium honey amber, loose medium tan head, goes to a tiny bubble film and ample bits of lacing left on the glass.
Pungent hopped up nose, slides into a pleasing first few sips. Full flavor and quite satisfying DIPA. Resiny hops pull their weight from start to finish, enough malt flowing underneath to attain a semblance of balance. Nice DIPA, that I will seek out next time I return to the Bay state.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One fingers worth of white tight bubbles head on the pour. Nice clear golden orange body. Good lacing and retention.

Smells of Citrus, some pine and a lot of floral. Some bready sweetness as well. This is very clean and harmonious.

Tastes very sugary and plain initially, then a big lemony and floral hop taste. A firm piney yet clean and not sticky finish. The finish is very clean and some what refreshing.

Very pleasant on the palate. A firm clean piney and fruity lingering aftertaste is quite nice. Low carbonation.

Overall this is a very well crafted dipa. It keeps me wanting more, nothing is over powering or off putting. I understand now why some may like this.

$6 a bomber
Dated 250110. 50th day of 2012

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, orange/gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: pine hops, sweet citrus fruit-nectarine--tangerine

Taste: sweet citrus fruit-nectarine--tangerine, toasted malt, caramel, and pine

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium/high carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: Wachusett is really putting out some excellent ipas lately. I really like the tangerine taste. I could have several glasses. Nice and refreshing.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is grapefruit and oranges. Very fruity smelling. The flavor is nice juicy grapefruit with some oranges and caramel malt. Low to medium bitterness. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip. Dated best by October 2010, had September 28, 2010 - so almost 3 months old. Picked this up at Table & Vine in MA.

Pours a very light golden/ambery color that's almost abit wheat-like. It's got a generous two finger off-white head that's quite sticky with lots of lacing. Nose is similar to 60 or 90 min IPA, fairly sweet and malty with a good hop fruitiness.

Taste is like honey, it's sweet and fresh and very fruity - I really like this flavor, it's drinking like an IPA rather than an IIPA after the first couple of sips, it's not a super high ABV but it's totally absent from the taste. Mouthfeel is really nice, this beer had really high attenuation, the finish is very crisp and dry, carbonation is a bit low but it's ok it makes it go down real smooth like.

Very good beer, some people have said that it loses a lot of character after a few weeks, but I'm very impressed although I'd love to get this fresh on tap to compare at some point.

Finally, at $5.99 (in MA) this is quite a good deal for an IIPA - check it out!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into my tulip. It's a light copper with a 1 finger, white head. A little soapy in appearance. Legs slide down quickly but laces the grass nicely. Smell is fairly strong. Resinous, piney, and a very small hint fruit at the back end. Taste is very pine and resin right up front. I'd say the resin is a little more prominent. Finishes with a bready maltiness to it. Well balances but muted. Feel is dry with a lingering bitterness. Crisp and medium bodied with a very low carbonation.

It's strange that I really liked all the components of this beer but thought the taste was the weakest. I think it was just a hair muted in comparison to the nose. Still a nice, enjoyable brew.

Photo of boatshoes
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a very nice package from nonstick in our most recent trade, along with its little brother, California style IPA. Thanks Chris!

Appearance- Pours a medium shade of amber with just a touch more orange than the California single IPA version and about a finger of head. Head dies back fairly quickly on this very to some patching thin sheeting. A fair amount of beading carbonation to begin with but gradually dies down. Not much in the way of lacing however.

Smell- Much like the single IPA, a great citrusy nose. Huge notes of orange cream, bitter grapefruit rinds, and maybe even some pineapple here. Big fruits with little in the way of pine. Smells very good.

Taste- Starts off fruity, particularly heavy on the grapefruit rinds. More orange to follow up and again, some bready malt showing through, but not in a show stealing way. Finishes with bitter hop resins that, not surprisingly, are more evident than in the single IPA.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is slick and creamy with enough carbonation to keep it moving. Drinkability is very good for a DIPA and again, the ABV won't kill you at 7.5% for a double IPA.

Overall, a very solid DIPA and something I'd be interested in getting more of. Interestingly though, I think I actually slightly preferred the California style IPA when compared within their style category. Very solid and recommended though.

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Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
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