Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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888 Ratings
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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 78
Gots: 140 | FT: 1
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: 888 | Reviews: 324
Reviews by masterhomebrewer:
Photo of masterhomebrewer
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a Bruery tulip.

A-Pours a two-inch head with a gorgeous golden body.

S- Pine, pineapple, grapefruit, bready malt.

T- Resiny, oily, citrus hops balanced perfectly with a nice malt backbone. Absolutely delicious.

M- One of the best aspects of this beer. Sticky, resiny hoppy goodness. Medium carbonation and body -- perfect for the style. Chewy but not heavy.

D- Wow. I drank this one way too fast. This is up there with the best of all DIPAs -- East or West Coast. Rivals Pliny the Elder.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Aaron420
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -0.5%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +4.5%
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 +8.2%
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 +10%
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 +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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +5%
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.

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear apricot colored with streams of fine tiny bubbles rising up quickly to a beige firm cap of foam that slowly recedes. Inviting aroma of bright fresh tangerine hops.

Initial flavors of citrusy hops, morphing quickly to grapefruit and bitter orange rind. Piney notes in the finish. Firm bitterness offsetting the malt, a bit of a rough-edged finish. Full mouthfeel, but tending a bit toward slick, slight warming of the cheeks. Very good IIPA.

Photo of FloppyTopper
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of cans. Labeled best before Feb 2014, so I'm guessing it's pretty fresh. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pretty standard amber/copper and orange color. Very clear. Thick white head with lots of lacing.

S - Not a ton of nose to this. There is definitely pine, grass, and some citrus. You can smell the booze to it. Overall a nice light, fresh, bright, and piney smell.

T - A very smooth, crisp, sweet, grassy/pine hop flavor. A very nice compromise on sweetness and bitterness. The booziness goes down easy and you're left with a very sweet aftertaste. Nice!

O - A very nice New England DIPA. I love that it comes in cans, and it's at a good pricepoint at $10 a sixer.

Photo of beenitty
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours red/orange with fairly large head and very good lacing.

Smell - Pine, Hops, citrus, resiny sweetness also singes the nose, in a good way.

Taste - Slight spice, no hop taste and very good balance, great hop smell and no hop taste.

Mouthfeel - Hops, carbonation, resin, slight bitterness. Super smooth though, could throw these back without that accumulation of bitterness we all hate.

Best thing about this beer is 7$/22oz in NYC area. Good stuff considering the crazy with DIPAs now that hit you in the wallet. Very solid offering. Most other Wachusett beers are kinda weak and fruity so this was a definite upgrade.

Hopheads who like balance should enjoy this one.

Photo of rdilauro
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out of the can into a glass with a slinky light golden amber color with almost no head. This color is becoming more and more evident with higher hopped IPAs and DIPA.

The nose here did not have the characteristic grapefruit aroma. There was a lot of citrus, I picked up on orange, lemon, lime and various melons

The mouthful was enormous I cant recall having a beer with so much body There was just the perfect amount of carbonation in this beer. I enjoyed it as I swirled it around my mouth. Every part of my tongue and checks were getting 'stung' by the hops and citrus coming from the 85 IBUs measurement. My mouth was getting bombarded from every angle. I was shocked at just how much power this beer had.

The finish though was someone lighter and disappointing. I was hoping for the same finish as this beer started. Dont get me wrong, the finish was still nice, but just wasn't on the same par as the start.

As the beer goes down the glass, I do pick up some more grapefruit. The heavy upfront citrus seemed to have calmed down a bit.

No real evidence of this beer being a 8.5% abv.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a chunky one finger head with good staying power. This sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Hit with lots of citrusy hops, some grapefruit and a little bit of orange peel. Hint of malt on the back end.

T: Not as over the top hoppy/bitter as most doubles I have had. There is some nice citrus and a little pine action which gives way to a malty back end and a slightly bitter finish.

M/D: Thinner than expected, but pretty easy drinking. Felt and tasted more like a regular IPA than an imperial. I liked it, but didn't love it.

Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a hotel rocks glass at a hotel in Cambridge. Purchased for $6 at Boston Wine Exchange.

Appearance: Mildly hazy copper-peach color, good rings of lacing, with nice scattered raindrops of bubbles on the top.

Smell: Notes of peach and citrus dominate, with back-end apples, honey, and caramel sweetness. Balanced, but I'm not getting a lot of complexity here.

Taste: Not especially harsh, but the bitterness level's overpowering and hop or malt fruit esters from really developing here, and I say that because it seems like a hindrance to the beer that they're not, in fact, developing. I supposed it's a good thing for a hop head, which I can be on certain days, but I also think the harshness shouldn't overshadow balance and nuance, and right now no malt characteristics especially, aside from minor fruit esters that see the light of day sporadically, are coming through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a good burst of middle and back-end, nicely in the middle and not going too far in either direction.

Drinkability: I'm not too keen on a beer when it's best aspects are look and feel, which is how I feel about this. The price point seems pretty good, and I wonder what some age would do to this since the hops seem pretty overpowering, but I think there are better ones out there. Glad I got a chance to try it, though.

Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on tap at American Craft in Boston, served in a standard pint glass

A - finger of foamy loose eggshell colored head. the beer is very clear, light amber in color. leaves thick veiled lacing behind.

S - pine heavy hops, grassy with a sharp biscuity malt bed. hints of caramelized grapefruit and oranges, floral hops, and citrus.

T - citrusy hops steering towards pineapple, oranges, mango...cut into sharply by wet pine needles and grass. heavy bitter hop bite (more of a 'crunch'). pine-heavy finish, earthy.

M - thin body, strong carbonation cuts into the beer sharply, all those nice flavors kind of fall apart to fizz in the mouth.

D - starts off like the best of them, slowly dwindles to a "good" DIPA thanks to a weird, undercarbonated body.

Photo of MTLDOG
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy copper/burnt orange color. With a Dover white colored head about 1 finger. Good lacing and ring around the top. Very good looking beer. Smells immediately grassy and earthy, even a bit of warm milk and some definite yellow sour grapefruit in there. The mouthfeel was medium, creamy with low carbonation. Taste was sharp. Grassy and dried citrus. Fairly spicy with a hint of malt sweetness. A touch boozy but with pretty well hidden for an 8.5ABV. Finishes dry and bitter and definitely hoppy. It gave me the urge to eat some extra sharp white cheddar. So I did, and it wen very well together. Very good beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy aroma. Cloudy orange tinged body with a big foamy head. Green hops, some vegetable.Big IBU, good malt backbone making it solidly drinkable.Finally caught up with this one, thanks for bringing back John.85 ibu-Simcoe, Magnum, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook

Photo of DrewShal9
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Widmer Brothers Reserve snifter (Thanks for leaching this snifter at charlie's kitchen, Rob)

A: looks like an orange/apricot hue shining with a bold white head
S: grass, citrus, slight pine, and a small hint of booze at the end I feel like im at a summery picnic.
T: Citrus, pine (hops are strong but balanced with malt), a hint of pineapple.
M: not heavy nor is it light. Perfect blend.
O: definitely buying this again! Best $6 I've spent in awhile. The alcohol isn't noticeable until you're halfway through the bottle then it hits you since it's so drinkable.

Thank you Wachusett for making such a beautiful product. Definitely will try more of your beers now!

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright orange with a thin, white head

S - citrus and pine

T - faint bread, big piny resiny hops, grapefruit

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice DIPA. It's very intricate but it hits the right notes. There is a very large hop presence that is piny and citrusy. The malt is present and adds balance. This is a good beer worth checking out.

Photo of Roguer
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful big frothy head, pale, fluffy, and white, with lovely scattered lacing leaving spiderwebs and a thick rim. Translucent orange/coppery ale, a little cloudy.

Light IPA aroma, with some citrus and sweet tropical fruit. Maybe some biscuity malts on the back end.

Syrupy sweet IPA, but not overly fruity; rather, the fruit presence is nicely represented in the hops, but the sweetness seems to be on the malty side. Very well balanced. Tropical fruit, like mango. No unpleasant aftertaste, no citrus peel.

Extremely smooth medium feel, with no sting. Conversely, there's little lively feeling in the mouth; it's like drinking a tasty, thin syrup. Hop syrup.

I expect and appreciate more bite in my IPAs, but this is extremely smooth and drinkable. It makes for a different kind of DIPA. Huge malt load (very well balanced), tons of fruity hops, and high ABV; on the other hand, it's almost a little too smooth.

In related news, I'm going to start a band just so I can call it Hop Syrup.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can into a Founders snifter.

Pours a frothy, 2 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a clear copper. Lacing is patchy and spotty with great stick. Very nice.

Nose is pine, tree sap and resin, cane sugar, caramel, brown sugar, and a sticky hop bitterness. Really aromatic too. Pretty good.

Opens cane and brown sugar with hints of caramel, pine, citrus, and tree sap hop bitterness. Resiny in the middle with more citrus hop bitterness, grass and bark. Finishes hoppy and juicy with grapefruit and amber on the aftertaste. Its ok but again, not my type of IIPA hop profile.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and goes down warm and quenching. Finishes dry with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Good.

A good beer but this is different than I remember. Clearly well made but the hop profile is just not my cup of tea.

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Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
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