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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett LarryWachusett Larry

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848 Ratings
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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 77
Gots: 106 | 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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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of PDXHops
2.56/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint. Hazy light amber topped with a half-finger of foam. This soon becomes a skim, but the lacing-to-head ratio is pretty impressive.

Big caramel nose with tropical fruits and touch of an odd savory note. Onion maybe? Boozy and smooth with a thickish body that seems to blunt the bitterness. Lotsa caramel here, but some interesting tropical flavors peeking through- melon, mango, grapefruit rind. A touch of pine. A little too heavy for its own good. Not bad, but thick, malty DIPAs just aren’t my thing.

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2.56/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


Bottle courtesy if bring. Snifter. Enjoy by September 2011.

A: Dark orange and transparent with a frothy white cap. Scattered lacing.

S: Heavy on the malt right off the bat (caramel). Dank pine and a little onion. Faint grapefruit. Pretty muted and malt heavy.

T: Lots of caramel with a whisper of grapefruit. Some pine. Moderate bitterness. Malt heavy with little hop expression.

M: Medium in body with medium moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and a little heavy.

Overall: I'm not sure if this is an older bottle or if the beer is normally like this, but I'm not impressed. Not at all hoppy and far too much malt.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.77/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright orange with a 3 finger foamy head. Leaves lacing down the glass.

A little bit of pine and citrus with a strong malt backbone.

Starts off with some heavy caramel and a bit of citrus hop character. The sweetness stays throughout, but is overpowered near the end by a piney resin flavor.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are low-medium. A tad bit creamy.

Not terribly impressed by this one. Leans too much toward malt for the style.

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.82/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap @ Pour Judgement. $6/pint.

A- Really pale pour, not what I remember, pretty good head though. Lacing is spotty.

S- Nice piny hops with a twinge of onion which again I do not remember. I thought this one was much more floral when I had it before.

T- Nice pine bitterness, but there's a bit of the gubna in this one. This beer is not how I remember it, dirty lines? Old keg? better in the bottle? Onion/garlic and a rough, harsh bitterness. Hop profile seems to hav shifted away from the tropical fruit notes I enjoyed in the bottle.

M- Pretty potent lingering hops, moderate body.

D- Low. I did not care for this one on tap. I did not finish this beer, which is very rare. I will have to try this again in bottles to see if my plate has shifted drastically or if this was just a fluke. As it stands, I'd suggest getting bottles of this and checking the freshness date.

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2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Hazy and pale golden. Small head but faded fairly quickly.

S: Hints of apple, citrus but hops mostly faint. Mostly caramel background.

T: Slight pine and citrus, but again faint. Really sweet, chalky and bready caramel take stage.

M: Slightly sweet, light bodied and soft on carbonation.

O: Just an okay beer to me, just doesn't have that hop presence on the nose and taste that I look for. Kinda weird it had an almost tart taste and smell. Maybe it is slightly old, but no bottle date.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous gift from ClownShoesDreams, with an attached post-it: "Some folks think this beer is better than GUBNA." LOL! Thanks, Gregg!

A: Pours a murky, soft amber-orange body with glowing ruby/pink tints against the light. The head is a long-lived finger of off-white head; it retreats into a broken collar with some scattered bubbles on top of the brew. A little lace from the head, nothing during the drink.

S: Not a particularly vibrant nose, but it's easy to appreciate an orange peel and tangerine note as well as floral hops. Malt is restrained; it lends a bready and caramelly scent to the beer.

T: I enjoy the citrus notes here, though they carry an earthier/bitter bent to them than I usually experience -- as above, I liken it to orange peel over pulp. It blends nicely with the floral hops here. It's maltier than I expected from the nose, but not into American barleywine territory. Definitely an East Coast DIPA, though.

M: A little higher than medium viscosity. Medium bodied in flavor, with a slightly watery finish. There's a light harshness in the finish from the hops.

D: Fairly easy to drink, and quite an enjoyable flavor. I would never put it in the same class as Pliny the Elder or HopSlam, but it's a pretty close competitor for Leafer Madness or Hercules. If it were available locally for cheaper than those, I'd buy it.

And yes, it's better than GUBNA. But then, most beers are...

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3.04/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a shaped pint glass. Best before December 2011. Purchased in a gas station cooler...

A - Dark amber body with a lot of carbonation. Dirty soapy light khaki head.

S - Piney hops with some savory elements...I can pick up some dank onions. Floral and malty with just a hint of grapefruit. I really prefer fruitier IIPA's.

T - Very dank and dark. Lots of biscuity malts and caramel. The hops seem fairly faded and in the background but threes still a decent amount of bitterness. Pretty average. Mouth feel is medium with a good level of carbonation.

O - I was not impressed with this one. I've always heard good things about this local IIPA, and it took me a while to finally grab one. This just isn't doing it for me, very average and boring.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle to snifter. Thanks for the hookup Mike.

Pours a nice burnt orange color. Beautiful thick 3 finger head. Piney citrus comes through the nose. Cutting through all of that is the malt. Plenty of it. I'm worried now. Taste is on par for smell. Nice pine and floral citrus followed by caramel malt. Gross. Malty beer drives me nuts. The best thing about this is how well it is carbonated and carries in my mouth.

I really was excited to try this. Pretty much fell flat for me. Why is it there are some imperial ipa's that seem borderline barleywines? I don't feel I was duped but this was just pretty awful.

Photo of ejyoung
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I was looking forward to this one but it left me disappointed.

A: Looks nice - great copper color with a three finger off-white head that falls into basically nothing besides a thin white ring around the side of the glass. Some lacing.

S: Some grapefruit and pine, but it smells pretty sweet overall. Biscuit, peaches, and caramel play a big part. The alcohol is also noticeable in the aroma.

T: Lots of malty, caramel sweetness. Hop flavor is minor compared to what I was expecting from a DIPA. It comes through at the end with some grapefruit and citrus zest.

M: Very sticky sweet. Carbonation is a little low.

O: I can usually put down a DIPA pretty easily, but I'm struggling on this. The sweetness is just way too high. I'm hoping this is just a bad bottle, but I was told it was fresh.

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Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
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