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Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 77
Gots: 114 | 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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Ratings: 857 | Reviews: 318
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3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
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