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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett LarryWachusett Larry

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631 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%

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 pburland23


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my CBS snifter.

Appearance: Beer pours a crystal clear golden orange with about a finger of bright white head. Moderated head retention but some very nice sticky lacing. (4)

Smell: Mango, grapefruit and a touch of pine. Very hop forward. (4.5)

Taste: Bitter to start with some big citrus notes mostly orange, grapefruit and mango. Some sweetness from the citrus fruit and malts. Slightly dry finish. Very balanced IPA. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and mildly resinous. At 7.5%, Larry straddles the line between a standard IPA and an Imperial IPA. Alcohol isn't noticeable. Quite drinkable. (4)

Overall: Not a hop bomb by any stretch but a very flavorful and balanced IPA. Quite enjoyable. (4)

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 22:08:20 | More by pburland23
Photo of cpolking


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber, orange, copper in color with a tall quarter-inch head of off-white foam.

The aroma is rich and creamy fruits.

The taste is richly hoppy and malty, with more hop than malt. Creamy, round fruits on a solid malt base, slightly sweet and dense like a scone, with a finish of fruity tartness and light grassy bitterness.

This drinks incredibly smooth, creamy and non-bitter for an 85 IBU beer. There is some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:00:05 | More by cpolking
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slgihtly hazy, orange gold color with a thin, chunky, bubbly white head that clings well to the glass. Aromas of burnt leaves, cut grass, and cedar mix with grapefruit and mango fruit sweetness on the nose. Flavors are light and subtle, with an overall roasting to the grainy and slightly sweet backbone. Hops are wet and dark, with a "heavy" character to them. Nothing overly bitter or dry on this one, but more of a subtle layering of flavors. The hops are not in your face or overpronounced, but they are present and accounted for. The aftertaste has a slight peppering to it, with the fruit sweetness still holding strong. Some bitterness comes through in the finish, which is otherwise clean. A touch of resiny hops at the very end, but again, subtle. Solid, tasty beer. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 23:35:36 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of ExtraStout


3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently picked up a 22oz bomber. Have to question the "Imperial" claim though. Must be just over the line from a good regular IPA for much less $$.

Poured some into an imperial pint glass. Larry was a cloudy, golden-apricot hue. Scattered carbo slowly ascended within. Head was light and thin, mostly white foam clinging to the rim, leaving some lace here and there. Nose was quite inviting, with semi-sweet fruity, citrus notes abounding. Still plenty of hops present, but it comes across like a nice breakfast apricot jam. Body was about medium, but the feel was a bit light and airy on the tongue. Could have more heft, for a DIPA, imo.

Flavor was not as sweet as intimated by the aroma. Some subtle malty sweetness is there, but the hops dominate on the palate. They come across quite puckery, with lots of citrus, in the form of orange, grapefruit and a smidge more apricot. Bottom line is lots of rindy, pithy bitterness, though. A slight increase in sweetness appears with warming, but this is still well on the bitter side.

Overall, while I was excited to give it a try, it was a good but rather pedestrian offering for an amped up IPA and not worth the hype (and coin) to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 16:19:07 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy pale copper hue with a creamy stark-white marshmallow foam head. Fantastic lacing along with a lingering blanket.

S: Pine, tart grapefruit, buttered bread, toffee, and faint nutty elements. Very fresh smelling with a general mellowness.

T: Quite bitter (primarily pine) and cracker-like throughout with a certain dryness. Was anticipating a more pronounced and rich/buttery malt presence, but the lighter malt backbone is appealing. Grapefruit and faint watermelon fruit qualities come through along with a linger nutty mineral taste. Very good.

M: Medium-lighter body with an appropriate carbonation. Less oily and resiny than I'd prefer but still pleasing.

D: Growing very fond of the dryness in this, which translates to quite a drinkable DIPA. Very happy to have tried this fresh tasting DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 01:58:31 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best before 6/12/12. Pours orange with a nice one inch fluffy head, that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is grass, tangerine, and pine. Taste is that balanced nicely, with a subtle pineapple/grapefruit finish. Body is really nice, medium, nice amount of life, very lush, and so drinkable. This is a very nice beer, kind of drinks more like a regular IPA. Wish I had access in N.H. and wish the price was less than $6.99 a bomber. That would be a very expensive 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 21:53:35 | More by SawDog505
Photo of Homebrew35


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One fingers worth of white tight bubbles head on the pour. Nice clear golden orange body. Good lacing and retention.

Smells of Citrus, some pine and a lot of floral. Some bready sweetness as well. This is very clean and harmonious.

Tastes very sugary and plain initially, then a big lemony and floral hop taste. A firm piney yet clean and not sticky finish. The finish is very clean and some what refreshing.

Very pleasant on the palate. A firm clean piney and fruity lingering aftertaste is quite nice. Low carbonation.

Overall this is a very well crafted dipa. It keeps me wanting more, nothing is over powering or off putting. I understand now why some may like this.

$6 a bomber
Dated 250110. 50th day of 2012

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 05:20:40 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a mason jar

Pours a bright orange with a huge paper white cap. Cap raises three fingers to fill the glass and retreats in raindrop fashion, leaving some chunks here and there.

The aroma is a little faded as the best by date on the bottle is two months away. I can only assume that this is 2-3 months old. However, the hops have held up fairly well.

The nose is of tropical fruit, oranges, some toffee from the malt, pine needles, and a touch of dishsoap/perfume.

On the palate, citrus rind, dishsoap, pine needles, and some juicy tropical fruit come out. Some light toffee malt to balance this guy out a bit. Bitterness builds and lingers.

Medium body with a good lingering bitterness. I wish this guy was a little bit fresher, but I can't really complain.

Overall, this is a solid dipa with a good bitterness. Flavors run the spectrum with a decent balance from the malt. This is one I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:32:15 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of Kinsman


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body fills the class with a nice resinly looking bright white head on top.

Nice hoppy aroma with lots of tropical fruitiness and some piney notes as well. A bit of an herbal and grassy character comes out as it warms.

Strong hop flavors hit you right up front with nice piney character and a hefty dose of citrus and tropical fruit goodness. A mildly sweet malt character balances it out a bit and a nice bitterness rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit creamy. Overall, not the strongest of DIPAs but certainly a tasty beverage nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:10:21 | More by Kinsman
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A ton of thanks to Actonbrewer! Dated best by April 2012, poured into stemless chardonnay glass...

A- Deep orange color, pretty damn hazy in the glass. Very dense and stable, light cram colored head. Nice spotted lacing left on the sides of the glass...

S- Nice oranges, citrusy aroma, some balancing toffee malt, and just a minimal hint of soap. Also notice some ripe bananas and red delicious apples.

T/M- Very balanced beer. Doesn't come off as 85 IBU. Toasty malt, slight sweetness. A few hot fusels on the palate. Hops are a tiny bit fruity, but mostly earthy and grassy. Medium body, yet approaching full; with an appropriate level of carbonation to keep it slick.

O- Decent, not amazing, but overall very balanced. Would definitely drink again, just not for a hop kick. Easy drinker, yet dangerously masked alcohol... Win/Win!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:56:44 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of Chelsea1905


3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a duvel tulip

It appears a hazy golden orange, with a bit of sediment floating around the bottom.

Laves good lacing, but the off white head disappears quickly.

Smells of garlic and onion with grassy earthy tones too, not bad.

Tastes. Up front you get the initial wash of the hops, that are ok, nothing too impressive, and still a little onion like for me.

Mouthfeel is good

Overall, not a bad IpA but if this is a a double IPA that they are claiming, it leaves a little to be desired

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:53:39 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of billab914


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured amber orange in color with a frothy, off-white colored head filling the top inch of the glass. Very nice head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice hoppiness to it. I get some juicy, peach and pineapple notes mixing with some sweeter caramel and candied orange flavors. Very appealing aroma to it overall.

The taste shows a little more bitter, citrus rind to it throughout the flavor. I get a little more of the juicy, tropical fruit hoppiness coming out up front, while some of the caramel and candied orange sweetness is there in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer. It had a great range of flavors to it and the juicy hoppiness really went well with the caramel and orange sweetness. Very nice beer overall

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 22:17:09 | More by billab914
Photo of Suds


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

This beer is a clear golden color, with a large white head. Nice, soapy lace. The aroma is laden with hops....resiny, pine, and spicy. Some alcohol and a little grass and earth are also in the aroma. The taste is very well balanced, with a notable lingering bitterness. Malt is very prominent as well, specifically in the mid-taste, with a sweet softness of pale malt. Fresh, leaf-like hop flavor is present throughout the beer. Firm, solid body. This is a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:23:08 | More by Suds
Photo of DarkStar2


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This really should be commneded as it is widely available, priced appropriately so that you can enjoy it often and very consistent. Yes its not a Topper or an Abner as someone recently said but those are also much harder to come by. So while I will always seek out new and different I have to say this is my go to DIPA for my fridge and easy to have friends enjoy. ( should note I work for a company based in MA and buy this and bring back to Asia quite often) Am looking fwd to getting some Topper to bring back as cans are safer in the luggage!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 06:11:24 | More by DarkStar2
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber yellow with steady crème-colored cappuccino foam head that rims and webs. Sweet caramel and some orange on the nose.
Toffee apple with resiny, skunky bitter orange hops.
Lemon zest finish and musty linger. Medium, chewy, sticky, soft.

Soft, with some gooey hops, but doesn’t deserve to be called a DIPA. Always gotta wonder about brewpubs that bottle. Doesn’t live up to the word of mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 12:52:31 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into taster tulip.
Hazuy brown golden with a lot of lacing.
Malty hop aroma. Slight flat fruit...like banana.
Apple or banana flavor with a bitter hop malt. Its semi flat - ish. I want more from this brew.
Its not amazing, but its quality. I like it but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:31:39 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Amalak

New York

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

Completely opaque bronze. Thick as hell. Some bubbles. Big, thick, foamy white head that leaves a good deal of lacing. Intense, almost apple scent.

There's a maltiness and a weird celery stick flavor right at the beginning. There's a cider-banana taste in there, or something. I can't put my finger on it. Some sugar is making this different. Good, but different.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:25:17 | More by Amalak
Photo of BigCheese


3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad to finally review this. Have had on tap and enjoyed. Not super fresh, 2 months from best buy date.

A: copper and clear with a large white head. Leaves some great webbing.

S: grapefruit and piney hops, not very pungent but that's probably due to freshness.

T: drinks more like a old ale. Big caramel malt profile, with some nuttiness. There's a piney and citrus hop bite. It finishes bitter and herbal. Some honey notes in malt bill to. Nice bready yeast character too. As it warms I get some herbal hop resin flavors.

M: medium to low carbonation, oily, rich. Quite sessionable as is balanced.

O: awesome beer especially for price, nice to see a mass dipa. East coast style with the balance, a beer drinkers beer, not a hop heads. Definitely Wachusett best brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:56:12 | More by BigCheese
Photo of tyamhydrogen


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An initial 2 1/2 finger head forms, lowering to a small head with good retention. A copper color with a nice slight haze. It looks delicious.

S: The nose is dominated by fruity hops. Pineapple, citrus. Nice.

T: Well balanced. Although the fruity hops dominate, there is a bit of piney hop taste towards the end with a solid malt backbone. Not a full-on hop bomb and not exquisitely complex, but it's very enjoyable.

M: Good carbonation, medium body. No overwhelming lingering hop stickiness which works well with the rest of the beer.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Having spent most of my time in VT and MA it's nice to see a MA brewery produce a quality DIPA that even comes close to the VT offerings. Not as good as the Topper or Hill Farmstead Citra or Abner, but for MA residents it's a quality choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 06:31:53 | More by tyamhydrogen
Photo of Brad007


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a two-finger head into my glass. Good carbonation and good presentation!

Crisp with a touch of pine resin and mint. I like the aroma for sure. It's got a bit more substance.

The taste has touches of pine resin, light citrus and mint as well. Very hop-forward. I wouldn't say that it's the best but I'm more than impressed at this point.

Mouthfeel is very light but there are still remnants of the hops to savor.

An excellent example of the style that has legs. Not as strong as others but that can be a very good thing because it means you're going to have to drink this one while it's fresh!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 03:16:32 | More by Brad007
Photo of Gavage

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
Photo of eclipse54


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from rowingbrewer; thanks! Best by December 2011, so very near the end of this one's life span. Split into tulip glasses to share.

Looks gorgeous with a glowing orange body with some murky copper notes to it. About a half inch of foamy, pure white head develops, leaving large quantities of sticky, strand-like lacing behind as it settles.

The aroma is of spicy, earthen hops, lemon and orange zest, pine and birch, some vague straws and grains, and a faint hint of caramel malt.

It tastes of light citrus up front, primarily lemon and orange but with an inkling of grapefruit as well. Then, the hops make an appearance, though it is more subdued than led to expect from the nose; they impart an earthen, spicy flavor and bring the pine out before offering a bitter rush towards the end. Some caramel malt is noticeable throughout. Flavor is a bit thinner than anticipated, but certainly not bad.

Mouthfeel is very good; crisp carbonation that dances nicely off the tongue and lends to a clean, slightly dry finish.

Overall, a very good DIPA that is worth seeking out and trying. It's probably better when it's a bit closer to it's original bottling date, but it's still drinking well come the end of its suggested life span.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 04:04:09 | More by eclipse54
Photo of plehnus


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus, apricot, grass, followed by spices. American hops.

Appearance: Crystal clear deep amber body. Fluffy, generously bubbly off-white-straw-yellow head. Fairly light carbonation.

Flavor: Pretty sweet. Grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Floral, earthy, hops that are enhanced rather than competitive with the malts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with a fairly creamy feel. Initially the bite is strong, but there is a lasting albeit faint dry bitter finish.

Overall: Better this time than the last, from what I remember. It definitely improved as it warmed. Ingredients seemed to be well selected and harmonious.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:40:46 | More by plehnus
Photo of bpk59


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

Appearance is pleasant with a hazy golden amber color. Poured a nice thick head.

Pleasant aroma comprised of citrus notes and hops.

Taste is well-balanced - neither hops nor citrus dominate but combine nicely. Nice mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp yet smooth.

Overall Larry's a nice surprise - very well balanced for a double IPA. Would recommend if fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:23:07 | More by bpk59
Photo of mynie


4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For freshest taste, enjoy by December 2011. Whew!

Nice pour, thick orange haziness with an even thicker, bonewhite head.

Nicer aroma. Strong citrus hops backed up by sweet dough nodes, almost like I'm at a bakery. Very nicely balanced, and there's some nice aged fruit complexities that shine through a little bit as the beer warms up.

Tastes good, but not quite so good as the aroma had me hoping for. It avoid all the double IPA pitfalls--there's no syrupy thickness nor any mindless hop intensity. The hops have been muted by age, but are still present and nicely citrusy. The real star her is the barely and yeast combination, which come together in a sweet melange that's like fresh doughnut batter.

Anyone who faults that an double IPA that's this well balanced for lacking an intense hop presence needs to do a little bit of reading.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 04:13:21 | More by mynie
Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.