Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company
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Reviews by number1bum:
3.55/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear and vibrant burnt orange color with a sticky two inches of light beige head. Keeps an uneven, mostly full lace and coats the glass with quite a bit of patchy webbing.
Smell is very fruity, with aromas of orange, mango and peach in particular. Has some sweetness to it as well, giving it just a touch of an over-ripe fruit quality. There is some booze here too, which is somewhat surprising at only 7.5%.
Tastes pretty much just as I described the nose: quite fruity, with a modest sweetness and some alcohol burn in the back. It's very orange-y although not in a pithy sort of way, but instead in a sort of Tang-kind of way. There is a tropical quality to the fruits as well - mango again comes to mind. The alcohol is somewhat bothersome to be honest and again is surprising given that this isn't in the 9-10% or higher range. A good smack of hop bitterness lingers into the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, but it has a sharpness and a hint of burn to it that detract from the feel. Not overly smooth by any stretch, and the hot alcohol is probably what's causing that sharpness.
This is decent, but really nothing special. It's different, with an interesting mix of fruity qualities that are somewhat unique among the DIPAs I have tasted (= many). The alcohol makes it drink a bit messy, however, and there's an overripe, almost rotten fruit quality here too. At the end of the day it's not bad, but it doesn't come very close to being special either.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2011 01:06:19 | More by number1bum
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3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Consumed from 12 oz. can
A - From pouring a bit in a glass, a light amber shade body with the slightest haze.
S - The scents wafting from the open can include pine, grapefruit, and orange. Some dank, earthy, grassy aromas are detectable, too.
T - A pleasant mix of pine resin, grapefruit, orange, and floral earthiness from the hops. The malt balances out the hops with a wildflower honey and sugar cookie sweetness. The finish is fairly bitter, but this is again offset by a lingering sweetness.
M - Thick and sticky from residual sugars. Moderate to mild fizz from the carbonation.
O - A damn good, but not amazing DIPA. The hops are not as fresh-tasting as many other lupulin-heavy brews and the malt is a bit sweet for the style. However, for the price point and convenience of cans, a great buy!
Serving type: can
07-14-2014 00:36:04 | More by hail_seitan
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. can poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Pours a dark orange, amberish color with a two-inch white head. It's hazy and pretty solid. Unsurprised to learn it's an unfiltered beer.
Aroma: This beer has a pretty florid bouquet. Lots and lots of pine, hops, citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Some grass and herbaceous character as well. Smells like a big, sturdy IPA.
Taste: The taste delivers what the nose promised. Big, bold flavors of piny hop bitterness along with lots of lemon and grapefruit. Some booze is also noticeable. This beer has just what I want out of a sippable IPA - bitterness, flavor, and more bitterness.
Mouthfeel: This beer isn't super heavy, which is good, because with the high ABV and bitterness a really thick body might be too much. It has a good "all seasons" depth.
Overall: A terrific IPA. Hits every notes you'd expect from a big, punchy IPA, and still leaves you wanting more. A huge victory for this Wormtown brewer.
Serving type: can
07-13-2014 20:55:33 | More by illpass78
Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.