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Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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322 Reviews
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Reviews: 322
Hads: 912
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 78
Gots: 155 | 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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Photo of FloppyTopper
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,322 characters)

Photo of Brandegee
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received by trade (thanks Bex!). Can poured into Paper City Brewery mini IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright copper. Frothy, creamy head that fades to a thin white layer with healthy lacing.

Smell: Citrus, but very mild. Almost no real scent discernable.

Taste: Predominantly hop flavor with a grapefruit overtone. A pleasantly balanced IPA, though, and one that I should have probably left in the can to maximize the hop flavor, which dominates the beer. Smooth, and not overly bitter, with a caramel tinge. Almost a piney taste as well, which is probably enhanced by the syrupy mouthfeel

Mouthfeel: Yep, syrupy. Almost oily, in fact, but not at all unpleasant. Very drinkable, and the ABV is not discernable.

Overall: A great hop delivery device that doesn’t veer into cloying or difficult-to-drink. I’d be happy to drink another. (835 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.89/5  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. (996 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of Larryken
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larry now is in Cans!! Just bought a sixer and the taste is delightful. Better than a bomber I think. The alcohol taste is well hidden and this is a very balanced presentation, however it's 8.5 ABV so it's tough for me to drink more than a couple at a sitting. The beer has a pleasant flowery-fruity
aroma and a smooth, non-watery mouthfeel. From the can, pours a big head with very good lacing. (396 characters)

Photo of Joe_Grizzly
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (412 characters)

Photo of Spgeorge
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of Birdsong73
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,274 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of sitarist
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
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! (847 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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 (347 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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! (1,080 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, into a pint glass, it has a nice light amber color body with a nice 2"white foamy head that lays down to a nice lace around the edge of the glass.
The aroma has a nice malt smell but also a citrus bitter smell also from the hops. The taste is sweet up front then comes the peppery and bitterness from the hops in the middle of the tongue and closer to the back. the mouth feel is really good, well balanced goes down easy with just a little bit of a hop after taste. Overall this DIPA is really good for being only 7.5% abv, but i like them that way cuz they aren't heavy just goes down smooth. (622 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on tap at Grumpy's in Reading, MA this DOIPA is a sightly cloudy yellow amber color with a decent white cover and fair lacing. The aroma brings a grapefruit bread and malt with floral nuances. Nice. The flavor offers much the same with pear and sweet wheat that blends the citrus bite and seet grains very nicely. It's a medium-full bodied brew with light carbonation that feels smooth and quite drinlable for the style. (426 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best by October 12, 2012.

Lots of thick and white coating off kiltered head, easily makes four fingers and clumps big. Body is a dull orange amber, slightly opaque, some fast rising large cola bubbles rising through the body.

Nose is interesting. Sweet hop action, a little powdery baby aspirin, sweet malts and light brown sugar.

Taste hits real interesting. Bitter front of pine, very quick and disintegrating. Finishes with a real nice sweet bready malt and light sugar powdered toast feeling which is real nice. Oily feel in the palate, with a thick presence.

Overall, starts off kind of boring, but taste improves. Not too bad. (685 characters)

Photo of hmph
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one received in trade from Hevvymetalhippie , thanks for the awesome box!

A - Beautiful bold golden orange liquid with a good amount of haze and a frothy cream white head that leaves trails

S - nice grapefruit and citrus notes, with some grainy esters making their presence known near the end

T - Really nice sweet pine taste with some hints of the citrus on the nose, some maltiness coming in on the end , and no bitter finish

O - well done, delicious beer with the hops reserved but present, they make their presence known but then give away to a nice malt sweetness (580 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by: June 2012 - I sat on this but it still tastes great.

A: Pours a very frothy white creamy head with tons of lacing and a sticky spider web trail. Ruby red / straw in color, a nice

S: Aroma of grapefruit , fresh oranges, no rind , very little pine which was somewhat surprising and refreshing.

T: Wow, still great tasting even a few months past the best by date. I had failed to find this the last time I had looked in June, and had put this in my fridge. No worries there though as it is still delicious. I will have to revisit with a fresher bottle next time. There is a sweetness that I want to describe as Ruby Red grapefruit and the color gently hints at it I felt. This is a very refreshing thirst quenching DIPA. There is no overbittered flavor in here at all, just fresh, just peeled orange citrus and grapefruit. Little if any pine at all, and a nice sweet malt backbone. More than two row, with some great specialty grains poking their head out.

M: Medium body with a mild mid level carbonation. Both I felt were spot on.

O: Overall this beer really surprised me. I had heard about this about two years ago and I would say if you can find it, it is definitely worth a shot. It should surprise you too if it has flown under your radar. (1,260 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Poured a dense, golden orange color with an unfiltered, chilled haze beneath a three-finger head of off-white carbonation which left big chunks of lacing on the walls of the glass.

S: Ripe, fruity aroma with some spicy, grainy sweetness and a peppery, yeasty aroma. Hints of banana, citrus and floral yeast fill the nose.

T: Nice, mellow malt sweetness up front with a bready flavor backed by fruity malts. The bitter hops overtake around mid-palate with a soft, lemon peel and grapefruit juice flavor that's quickly balanced with sweet, peppery malt notes before settling into a slightly chewy, bitter finish.

M: Full-bodied DIPA with great balance and a mellow hop sting kept in check by the moderate ABV and solid malt backbone.

O: A nicely done DIPA that doesn't have to rely on a higher ABV to tease out plenty of flavors. The 7.5% ABV is noticeable in the dense, malty flavors but this brew still stayed light, fresh and flavorful with plenty of hops to satisfy. (1,044 characters)

Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.