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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett LarryWachusett Larry

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625 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Patrick on 07-25-2009)
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber style bomber. Served at 58 degrees.

Overall: a great American dipa, everything that you expect, lots of hops, lots of malt, lots of alcohol(not overwhelming) that all blend perfectly into a full bodied, malt and hop Bomb.

Appearance: lighter then expected, but still a rich golden that falls just shy of amber/mahogany

Smell: lots American hops, citrus, fruit, berries. Definitely newer American hybrid hops. The home brewer in me is thinking simcoe and Amarillo.

Taste: lots of malt with what tastes like it could be Munich malt and lots of crystal. The malt bill lends itself to the slight alcohol taste that is not overwhelming. The hops balance everything else out. Tastes like chinook hops were used for bittering(think arrogant bastard) as well as probably magnum hops (think Sierra Nevada pale ale)

Mouthfeel: beer feels thick in your mouth, good body that is full and covers your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Almost can taste the hop oils covering your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 20:26:56 | More by BMFR1811
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4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber-orange pour with two finger creamy white head with good retention and great lacing. Big well balanced, flowery, citrusy, malty nose with hints of tangerine, caramel, perfumey fresh hops, biscuit, and lemon. The taste is very floral with loads of bitter, juicy, hops along with hints of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemon, and subtle grass. The mouthfeel is tangy and oily with great balance and excellent drinkability with a nice dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is a great change of pace to some of the over-the-top hop bombs. Very floral and perfumey and less resiny.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 11:37:20 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of JAFoley

New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Three nice fingers of large bubbly off-white head over a clear red amber body. Very good retention and lots of nice lacing.

S - Citrus hops and sugary bready malts and strong alcohol.

T - Huge lemon grass hops, earthy and floral. Very slight malt sweetness and strong biting spiciness from the alcohol.

M - Medium body with fine moderate carbonation. Somewhat sticky and very resinous.

O - This was a great surprise. It drinks like a strong west coast imperial IPA with tons of citrus hops and subtle malts. I'm glad to see such a great beer made in my neck of the woods. I'll definitely be picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 20:55:52 | More by JAFoley
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber into a pint glass. 1/28

Pours cloudy copper amber, little hazy, white foam on top. Oily nose. Light pine. Touch of citrus. Even keeled hop, light malt, peppery bitter. Very flavorful. All nicely balanced, yet notably hopped. Good intro for me to this brewery, will look for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 18:25:37 | More by KTCamm
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4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type; Had from can and bottle

appearance: Average golden/tangerine color nice head minimum lacing

Smell:Nice mild smells not overpowering in any way but NICE, citrus sweet notes nothing offensive or over the top

Taste: This is where it takes off, had one late night from can. One word SMOOTH. Soft feel great flavor extremely easy drinking. Got a second pour from bottle the next night just to make sure it was as good. Awesomely smooth great balance of flavors grapefruit comes thru in the finish slightly sweet more aromas, i really cant stop drinking this.
Where are they hiding the 8.5%? a very easy beer to get in trouble with. I want more.

Mouthfeel: smooth again smooth

Overall: a 4.75 I want to go higher but am afraid its just love at first pint will be trying much more of this to make sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 16:06:31 | More by Jonny41
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 8, 2014.

The pour is fairly routine with its golden yellow character and big fizzy cream colored head. If this was presented to me blindly I might think I was looking at a standard adjunct.

But after the appearance everything takes off. The aroma is a fine balance of pale malts, earthy, pine, tangerine, passion fruit, and citrus hops. While the hops are what my nose gets first they are not explosive or overpowering.

Medium but slightly acidic body.

Smooth would be my one word description of the taste. It begins with a pleasant toffee malt character that is quickly taken over by the moderate hop bitterness. Yet while this beer tends to focus more on the hops it taste does not live and die in a hoppy environment. The toffee malts are there briefly only to be butted in by a moderate hop character. But nothing that makes me wince or pucker up like many DIPA's can do. 8.5%? You wouldn't know it.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 21:15:00 | More by puboflyons
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a great two finger pillowy white head that is kept up into an irregular snowscape by active carbonation. Aroma of sweet bready malt, tropical fruit, toffee and citrus hops. Flavor of bready, lightly caramel malt, piney and citrus hops, citrus rind, stone fruit, finishing with lingering grassy and citrus hop bitterness. Very nice creamy body intensifies the dense fruit flavors. A top notch IIPA that balances body, fruit flavors and hoppiness excellently. My bottle is a few months over the best by date, but I believe it was held in a cooler room most of its life. The herval flavors hops do seem to be a bit attenuated for their intensity, but this is good enough as it is to encourage me to seek out a fresher bottle. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 04:57:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Candia Rd.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that shows moderate retention. Pine resin and grapefruit mixed with a bready caramel maltiness make up most of the aroma. Moderate hop bitterness with plenty of pine resin and citrus flavor. A bit sweet on the palette with lots of toffee and caramel and a hint of alcohol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. A touch on the sweet side, but I could drink these.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 23:32:28 | More by johnnnniee
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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the hop presence in the flavor seems a bit old with this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 23:19:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Omnium


3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazy light orange, 1 finger of off white head, mild lacing.
S - Big juicy citrus and tropical fruit hops, some decent mild bready malt.
T - Orange juice, citrus zest, caramel and bready malt, the bitterness doesnt come through as much as you'd think. At the end you do get some diacetyl, which I'm not happy about at all.
M - Full, coats your pallate for a good while.
O - Dececent Imperial IPA for sure, good juicy traits, but the diacetyl subtracts so much from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:19:20 | More by Omnium
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Re-Review 9/15/13

Brief updates to the original review, with score changes, since this beer in a can has been super fresh and unbelievably delicious. It's much more melony than I remember, but still has a nice pine bite and finish. Each sip is a mouthful of flavors. Just a touch of booze deepens the flavors, and it finishes a bit dry with wonderful slickness. This beer in cans is spectacular- a perfect go-to brew for any occasion. Hopefully it continues to be easily accessible in my area.

Original Review 10/23/10

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

This is a very nice looking brew. It's an unusual hazy yellow with a nice, persistent head.

Aroma is fairly potent, and matches the flavor perfectly. Floral hops, with a hint of pine.

This brew is sort of a light version of DH 90-minute. Similar flavor, but is lighter on the booziness. There is a solid malt backbone, and the hops are quite floral, have a touch of pine, and are seriously dry. This hop character is pretty specific, and if you dig the 90-minutes and the Maharajas and their super-dryness and booze touches, you'll probably like this guy.

Mouthfeel is solid. It's a pretty dense beer, and each sip is full of flavor.

Drinkability is high. The flavors are mild enough, and the booze is totally hidden. I'll seek this one again at some point.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 17:56:56 | More by stonermouse
Photo of Roguer


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 22:29:15 | More by Roguer
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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Harpoon IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Translucent amber with a two inch tall white head which dissipated slowly to a thin surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Mild citrus

t: Hops forward over a creamy malt body. After the initial hop bite, the pleasantly slick mouthfeel becomes the most prominent feature. High ABV is hardly evident until the first half is consumed and the alcohol hits. Some hops linger, but mainly a clean dry finish.

m: Oily-smooth and silky, almost always a seductive quality in a beer, as it is here.

o: Desirable Imperial IPA. Enjoyable mouthfeel and moderate hop presence highlight this exceptional brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:55:56 | More by scotorum
Photo of Joe_Grizzly

New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm sampling this right now and it is TASTY

alcohol is hidden well too

I see the guy below me compared it to headdy topper and I have to say it's pretty damn close

not as fruity and the bitterness comes thru a little more but I can get this down the road

I don't have to drive 2 hours one way on a certain day of the week

HT is my favorite but this is damn good and I can always pour it into the headdy can

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:26:40 | More by Joe_Grizzly
Photo of Spgeorge


4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I cannot say enough about Larry. I think it is better than the almighty HeaddyTopper. Tough to find at the store but worth the effort. Will be trying to clone in the fall and hope to come close to the flavor and body of the real thing. My ATF. If Wachusett Brewery sees this PLEASE start selling these in 4/6 packs.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 18:23:04 | More by Spgeorge
Photo of Birdsong73


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm visiting New Hampshire and this was the first beer I tried. I must admit that the name attracted me to this one, followed by the fact that it was an IPA. It pours very well and doesn't produce too much head. A bit cloudy appearance with a light brown/orange tiny to it. Pleasant to the nose with a bit of a citrus smell. Very flavorful with the hops dominating your tongue and leaving behind a bit of an aftertaste, but not unpleasant. It does have a tiny bit of a meaty consistency that sorta comes with the Imperisl IPA's, but it too isn't unpleasant. I was pleasantly surprised and look forward to having other Wachusett beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 10:39:37 | More by Birdsong73
Photo of Hendry


4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange and two finger ecru head of about one finger,solid lacing. Fools you into thinking it looks nearly clear when in fact it is partly cloudy when held up to the light.

Piney & grapefruit rind aroma, slight sweet malt presence.

First sip was a sharp palate stripper from the get go, quite resinous & pine needle dominated. The grapefruit rind factor comes into play after a handful of sips,lingering bitterness,some warming but not unexpected for 8.5%. Malts are lying low,hops are ridin' high.

Medium mouthfeel,spot on carbonation,lingering bitterness from the hops is pleasant and not overdone.Crisp finish after the initial shock treatment from the first taste.

One of those IIPAs that earn your respect as you make your way through the bomber. This is an under the radar solid IIPA deserving of the awards it has earned. After purchasing this on vacation in New Hampshire, I noticed "Larry" (fans of TruTV Impractical Jokers HAVE to laugh at the name) on the shelves in Vermont. This is an East Coast IIPA to send as a surprise extra: one that will impress hop zombies and one they likely have never heard of or thought of getting. Solid effort from Wachusett and highly recommended. Not a delicate tropical IPA, this is a solidly bitter high IBU hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 05:44:17 | More by Hendry
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 09/06/13...yes! Finally a fresh bottle.

A: Golden-orange in color with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Decent lace and retention. No sediment.

S: The hops are powerful but so is the malt and booze. Very balanced yet properly hoppy.

T: Sweet, delicious malty goodness with a strong hop backbone. Pleasant boozy flavors balanced by American hop characteristics. Earthy, grainy, grassy flavors but plenty of hops to keep this an IIPA.

M: Smooth, sweet, dry, delicious. It's all there.

O: Fantastic example of an East Coast hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 05:31:22 | More by Gatch
Photo of sitarist


3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Blind beer #5 is a bomber. It opens easily with my sweet new bottle opener...

Pours a nice clear orange color, thick head falls to a cap that leaves behind copious amounts of lacing. (4.5)

Something is wrong with its smell. It has a wet cardboard smell. I also get whiffs of orange, toffee, bread, and pecan. (3.0)

Taste of faded hops. I taste bread, some overripe tropical fruits, and pecan. (3.0)

Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, creamy finish. (4.25)

Despite the off flavor, and aroma; this beer was still easy to drink. I would like to give this one another chance. (3.25)

Im guessing its a Double IPA thats past its prime, or a barleywine that has been aged badly. The reveal is: Wachusett Larry, a double ipa. It still has a few weeks left on the enjoy by date, but it has past its prime for sure. Oh well I have a good buzz now!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:15:58 | More by sitarist
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3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one is the orange IPA color with a very white foam in the tall tulip. Clear with no sediment in the bottle. Nice champagne bubbles and plenty spritzy on the tongue. A fruity hop aroma.

Some malty sweetness and a big alcohol flavor, sort of like Everclear and club soda. But here come the hops! Bitter and resiny, with a sharp mouthfeel. Very bitter aftertaste. Dry finish, in spite of the malt. A hint of spoiled fruit and mustard greens.

This one is a little more acidic and bitter than I enjoy. So many IPAs, and this one may be much loved on its home turf, but I don't find it worth the detour. From the 22 oz bottle bought at K'nB Wine Cellars in San Diego for $8.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 05:49:50 | More by mactrail
Photo of far333


3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 21:05:39 | More by far333
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops, flavor is an improvement over the 2009 brewing, some grapefruit less bitterness, more caramel, higher ABV helps (7.5 vs 8.5%). $6.45 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:53:18 | More by jdhilt
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Definitely a semi-cloudy amber, sediments and bubbles on the body all over the place. Head is nice and strong about half an inch coming off an orangey-white still heavy with slightly uneven lacing.

Smell: This scent is appealing but nothing that will stick to you. A little sniff here and there and it is gone. Light flower scent and caramel but soo light.

Taste: Light complexity, malty for sure with a bitterness that is probably the smoothest I have had on anything that I consider a real IPA. It's a little light in the taste department but doesnt mean it is not good. The wet-hop feel is that makes this beer unique and obviously good.

Mouth: You can't argue that this is definitely your medium to heavy beer. Smooth and lightly malty after-feel.

Overall: This beer is trying hard to be a little bit of both your regular american IPA and it wants to be an imperial. It does a good job at it and no I am not arguing, factoring in price and how easy it is to find it's definitely good especially after inhaling my dinner. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 06:05:54 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 00:05:06 | More by tdm168
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden copper color. A nice 1 finger off white head that's super creamy and lasts forever. Amazing retention.

S: Sweet and malty with some earthy hop notes and a touch of overripe citrus.

T: Similar to the smell with a big malty presence upfront. The malts are held back a bit by some grapefruit pith-like hops. A touch of tobacco, burnt herbs, bread and baby aspirin as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 22:43:35 | More by notchucknorris
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Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.