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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett LarryWachusett Larry

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627 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 627
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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 23:03:51 | More by Sammy
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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
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South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thrilled to finally be able to have this one, I immediately cracked it open when I got home last night. Served cold and enjoyed while I cooked burgers, this one was consumed on 05/13/2010.

Rich dark orange amber pour was very cloudy even from the start. A nice head nearly two inches high then came up and over the top, settling down with lots of webbing and lacing down the sides of the glass. Lots of visible carbonation was also apparent from the very beginning. A very nice overall look, classic for the style.

Aroma is very fresh, lots of ripe, astringent citrus notes coming through the air almost immediately. Very floral and juicy. As it warmed a light bit of pineapple and grapefruit start to separate them, but there was by no means any bit of a malty balance here, this was a straight up hop lovers dream. Biting, sharp hops pierce the tongue immediately. Again lots of fresh fruity notes, orange, grapefruit, citrus, tons of sharp hops. Very nice light body is well carbonated and this lends itself well to hiding any ABV that might be a concern. Loads of follow through here as the flavor seems to longer on the palate for what seems like forever before you can finally shake that last taste.

Overall this was a great, great DIPA. So soft and bitingly sharp with the flavors, light, easy to drink and very enjoyable. Glad I have a couple bottles and would not mind having this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 16:39:14 | More by mikesgroove
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phil for throwing this one in during a recent trade.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing.

S: Tons of grapefruit, lemon rind, and tropical fruit in the nose. Wonderfully hoppy with just a touch of sweetness and bready malt.

T: The flavor is a nice mixture of sweetness (brown sugar?) and hop fruitiness and bitterness. The hops are very heavy on the grapefruit with a bit of pineapple and some nice pine on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation and a crisp finish.

D: A really nice IIPA and one of the better east coast offerings for the style. I would be happy to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 15:55:16 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lighter shade of amber with a one finger head that refuses to budge but leaves plenty of squiggles behind

Smell: Resinous and piney, with undertones of citrus, biscuity malt and a smidge of fusel alcohol

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with an increasingly piney flavor; by mid-palate, some citrusy tones appear underneath along with the fusel alcohol; after the swallow, the alcohol and pine dominate, along with a minty character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: This is so close to being really good but just has some problems in the fusel alcohol department; if the brewery can get that under control, it would be top notch

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 01:25:40 | More by brentk56
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to portia99 for sending this out my way!

A: Pours a beautiful light copper with orange tints. Massive white head with plenty of craters. Excellent retention and some very nice lacing on the way down.

S: Plenty of citrus and floral hops alongside some definite malt sweetness. Fruity characteristics come through along with the pale malt.

T: Much like the nose...sweetness balances out some of the hops. Hops are primarily floral with some tangerine and other citrus making their way in as well. Normally I'm not a fan of DIPA's with plenty of malt backing them up, but this one is surprisingly quite delicious in that respect.

M: This is where the sweetness is a bit of a drawback, but not that much. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a mild alcohol presence.

D: Highly drinkable. This has made the evening quite enjoyable, and I'm very much looking forward to the additional bottle that I have.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:56:55 | More by Thorpe429
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Props to monsterzero for this beastly extra!

I've seen some decent chatter about this brew lately, so I'm kinda psyched to be able to unexpectedly sample it. It pours a clear copper orange topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises pine sap, ruby red grapefruit, hard boiled eggs (the kind you'd find at a salad bar), and some light buttery toffee. The taste holds notes of orange peel, lemon zest, pine needles, and creamy caramel. Surprisingly, the hops are toned down a bit from the nose, leaving a much more balanced DIPA than I am used to. The caramel is stronger than usual, maintaining this lovely balance. The body is a solid medium, with moderate carbonation and a very lightly chewy feel. Overall, one of the better DIPAs I've had the pleasure of sampling. Good times without falling victim to an avalanche of Schwarzenegger-style hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 17:02:51 | More by TMoney2591
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every so often a beer comes from totally out of left field and surprises you. I had just heard of this brew when lo and behold it appeared quite covertly at our pre-DLD tasting extravaganza. No idea which New Englander brought this, but thanks! Served in a Schlafly pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Big soapy off-white foam that dissipates to a thick cap and leaves behind sheets of attractive lacework. Hazed dark golden body that glows when held to the light. Pretty close to perfect in my book.

S - Nice hop-forward aroma, with plenty of soapy Cascade hops, sweet citrus, light pine, and a solid bready malt backbone. Very good, but slightly undistinguished.

T - Taste is actually an improvement. This feels like I bit into an extremely juice orange. There's some light pine, floral, and sugar qualities, but this is truly verging on juice territory for me. The bitterness is well-attenuated and only picks up after about 4-6oz. Probably a 4.25, but I'm going to round up and ding the appearance instead.

M - Tingly, but soft carbonation. Medium body that is definitely big enough for the low (for a DIPA) ABV. No obvious alcohol heat. Finish is clean and not overly dry or sticky.

D - This was easy to slam down. It's probably more of an IPA+, but it's an excellent one. Wish I had some bottles of my own to enjoy in a less frenzied environment.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 14:33:56 | More by MasterSki
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Rhode Island

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick, but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced and starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong but not-over powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, couldn't be happier that this beer is now bottled and is not just available on-tap. It's a very good 2IPA that I could drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 22:17:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a killer pale, Munich, and biscuit malt scent along with a very nice bitter hop aroma. The taste is great! It has a smooth, pale and biscuit malt flavor. It has a floral hop character that's aggressive, but not overly so. It has incredible balance. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine DIPA. It's not big in any one category, but it's balanced and easy drinking; even better.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 02:24:06 | More by WesWes
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a tulip, shared by Brad at a recent tasting, thanks I've been wanting to try these new NE IPAs.

Beer is yellow to orange and really hazy. Forms a white head of medium and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low and looks pretty good.

The aroma is great. It is strong citrus hops with grapefruit, lime and some earthiness to it. Not much malt comes through in the aroma and I like that a lot. I caught myself smelling the empty bottle later in the night. Very awesome amarillo / cascade / citra aroma.

Beer is medium body, carbonation level in the mouth is completely appropriate. Not much sweetness, just enough on the front to get to the fruit flavors from the hops and the bitterness in the back. The beer is bitter but not overpowering. Its an interesting and good DIPA and I would definitely get more of it -- if that were possible.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 18:15:44 | More by drabmuh
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 01:51:43 | More by Mora2000
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got a change to try this in bottle form. Had it a while back on tap and it was awesome.

A: Large thick creamy head slowly rises up to 2 fingers in my SA PP Glass. Semi hazy bright golden orange honey colored with quite a few bubbles rising up from the etch at the bottom, that I can barely see. The head leaves a perfect lacing.

N: A strong hop presence, with some nice malts. Starts with quite a bit of piny hops, and some citrus, chewy hops, and even a fresh musty wet hop burst. Below that is some malt character, with a little sweetness and heaviness, with an aroma that lets you know there's some booze in it. A juicy grapefruit aroma wafts its way through it all too.

T: It flays over my tongue thanks to the glass, and spreads that heavy hop character all over. It has a lot of strange hops. First with the musty fresh wet hop, then some pine, citrus, and grapefruit, followed with a slight chewiness, and then even fruity flavors. All that is even followed with some bubblegum. A slight spicy hop character as well. Pretty bitter but not overwhelming. I have to chew it to get through all that to the semi thick malt base and slight sweetness.

M: Pretty thick and chewy, esp for only 7.5% DIPA. Tons of carbonation with that.

F: At first it seems to die out quickly, as the bitterness fades to a slightly sweet malty character. Then a strong bitterness starts to come on with lots of spicy hop character. At this point it dries off quite a bit and adds a strong spicy hop and bitterness, with more musty wet hops lingering. A slight sticky syrupy feel is also there for a while, with a slight malt impression.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 00:40:24 | More by jlindros
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a nice 2" head. Thick lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: grapefruit, pine, and caramel are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big caramel flavors with loads of pine, grapefruit, pears, golden apples, and a nice biting bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother and dry at the finish. The flavors last a long time in the mouth.

Overall: a very solid DIPA that was very easy to consume. Defintely worth giving this one a try if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 16:31:51 | More by Gavage
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive, dense head that settles very slowly in rocky fashion (leaving a really cool dome). Dark gold-orange color; very cloudy. Excellent lace!

Classic DIPA aromas of citrusy hop and mild, clean lighter malt.

Up front the flavor is balanced--mostly grainy malt with a note of grapefruity hop. The texture is full with an equally high level of carbonation. Holding the brew in my mouth, it stays predominantly malty. The swallow is where the hop bitterness shows up, more subtly than some. The aftertaste is lasting but not biting. No notable alcohol presence.

Here is one of the more interesting DIPA's. This is not an extreme version; in fact, I'd describe it as quite mild for the style. But still it is one of the better beers I've had in a very long while.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 19:43:50 | More by smcolw
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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
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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at American Craft in Boston. Served in a pint glass, this clear amber beer had a nice white head. This is one of the best DIPA I've had in a while. It's fresh, crisp and very drinkable for the style. If I didn't know better, I'd have several. The flavor was rich with pine and sharp grapefruit citrus. It was a bit floral and fruity at times, and there was a subtle, soft bready malt backbone. Find this beer. Not only is it unlike any other Wachusett beer, it's one of the finest hoppy East Coast ales I've enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 23:32:51 | More by tempest
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/04/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a golden amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and light pine hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, and pine hops. This beer was not bitter or super hoppy, but enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice IPA. This isn't a hop bomb or anything but it was still fresh and enjoyable. Would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 21:13:26 | More by mdfb79
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nonstick for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The DIPA is an auburn orange-brown color with a translucence that amplifies the steady stream of carbonation in the center of the glass. Each pour generated a small quantity of head.

S: The nose is very syrupy, very rich and thick-smelling. Excessive amounts of citrus and tropical fruit lie behind the thickness, as do full caramel malts.

T: It took me a while to come around on this double IPA. At first it struck me as treacly and syrupy. As it warmed, it matured and took on a fuller, hop-driven flavor. Tropical fruits, lush, mix with the citrus hops in an enticing combination. The ale is bitter so much as it is boozy, more heat than hops in each sip. The finish is malty with a wall of hops hanging around.

M: The mouthfeel is oily, accentuating the citrusy side of the hops. Everything feels muddled together, resulting in the thickness that hangs around.

D: Larry is a good IPA, thick and rich at times (often to the ale's detriment). I have another bottle in the fridge but I likely wouldn't crack the 2nd bottle right away, too much at one time.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 01:27:26 | More by akorsak
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New York

4.22/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:27:04 | More by Billolick
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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
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:35:10 | More by Jason
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Enjoy By: Jul 2010

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus aplenty. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly sweet, nice little malt note, and a good dose of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, way to go Wachusett.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 23:37:42 | More by Wasatch
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber received in a recent trade with dpowers. Thanks again Dave!

Pours a slightly hazy, light golden orange color with golden straw yellow hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy two finger white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the pint with rings and chunks of soapy lacing.

Earthy hop aroma with resinous, oily pine character as well as some sweet citrus and pale malt. Soil and almost vegetal smelling along with hints of grapefruit and lemon peel. Underneath there is a pale biscuit graham cracker malt base as well as some faint booze in the nose.

Chewy full body with a blast of dry, bitter hop flavor that lingers throughout over the sweet citrus, pale malt and sweet booze notes into a lingering dry finish. Up front there is a lot of earthy pine bitterness that is countered mid-palate by a subtle sweet presence. Hints of tropical and citrus fruit especially pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon peel. Slight heat toward the end of the swallow but the ABV is relatively well masked. Underneath the hop flavor there is a nice malt backbone with a slightly grainy biscuit/graham cracker flavor providing balance without taking away from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 06:04:41 | More by corby112
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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/2" dense beige head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head falls WAY slowly, leaving a tall monolith of froth in the center, and thick coating all down the glass walls. Aroma is light to moderate of fruity hops, but nowhere near what I would hope for.

Taste starts with juicy fruit hops flavor, moderately sweet in the middle, and closes medium bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Hops character did start to blossom as the beer dwindled, but it didn't make up for the slow start.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 01:18:31 | More by ppoitras
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Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.