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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

849 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 77
Gots: 107 | FT: 2
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 Chelsea1905
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zgunder
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of DarkStar2
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BigCheese
3.87/5  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.

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of tyamhydrogen
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of eclipse54
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of jlogan7
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.