Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company
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4.46/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
It reads like the start of a bad joke. A guy walks into a Beer Garden (To-Go) and walks out with a boatload of CANs for him and his friends. No joke! I was in Media, PA for the annual Brandywine Valley Brewers Fest at Iron Hill and no visit to Media would be complete without a visit to Pinocchio's. I was there early, so I was hanging out, scouring the coolers when they started offering me all kinds of CANs, knowing that I am the originator of The CANQuest (TM) and it would have been rude of me to decline. ;=)
From the CAN: "8.5/85 8.5% Alc/Vol 85 IBUs"; "100% Endlessly Recyclable Aluminum C[AN]; "Pack it In, Pack It Out."
Larry Horwitz of Iron Hill would definitely approve of this review! Larry, Larry, Larry is the ChANt from the crowd as the Crack! takes place, revealing another brimful craft CAN. As I CANducted the inverted Glug, I could not help but recall the stunned looks on people's faces as I demonstrated this unorthodox pour while at The Garage in Philly on Saturday night. Hee hee. The trick is knowing when to back off so as not to have overflow. The pseudo-cascade settled into two dense, rocky fingers of tawny head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose was very minty on this one, kind of like standing in an evergreen forest in the winter and taking a deep breath. Ahh, get the sensation! Mouthfeel was medium, but the hops bite was like muriatic acid, etching into those weak taste buds and setting them on their heels. One should always be cautious when imbibing a DIPA, but I am a seasoned pro at this. Great lacing began to form around the edges of the glass and I rolled a mouthful around on my tongue in CANtemplation of how I was going to remove it later. Big mistake! Suddenly, the orange/tangerine citrusiness of this one came on full bore and I could not swallow it fast enough. The finish was gaspingly dry, but water was of no help. This fire was white phosphorous, but there was no way to jettison it over the side. Tears began to involuntarily roll down my cheeks as I cried out for my mommy. There was naught to do but press on. Larry, what did I ever do to you to deserve this kind of treatment?!? Each successive draught brought new kinds of pain and I think that I may have seared my esophagus. I CAN now only speak in a hoarse whisper. Great stuff! Drink some Larry in a CAN ... if you dare!
Serving type: can
05-19-2014 23:15:08 | More by woodychandler
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 oz. Black Can.
A: Pours a hazy dark amber. massive off white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Citrus. Tangy. fruit. Sweet malts. Earthy.
T/M: Hops. Bitter. Citrus. Ripe. Sharp. Spices. Herbal Hops. Sweet fruity malts.
Excellent balance. Smooth and creamy. large bodied. The finish is bitter and a
O: One of the better IIPA's I've had out of a can and from New England. 8.5%
ABV, yet has a nice easy feel. Hops are strong and flavorful with a nice balance
Serving type: can
05-15-2014 19:46:04 | More by mnrider
4.21/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bomber. A dark honey, bordering on amber, somewhat hazy, with a nice head that lingered. Smell is fresh and of fruit and hops. A hop explosion at first sip, is mellowed by some malt, and lots of fruitiness, lemon and grapefruit, that mask most of the alchohol. Less bitterness on the finish than many IPA's, but enough to count against the fruit. Fairly we'll balanced, and an excellent beer for my taste. I will try Larry again with friends.
Update- Tried from a can, and am still a fan. Going to serve it at a beer tasting.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2014 19:43:33 | More by RobbDogg
Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.