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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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743 Ratings
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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 70
Gots: 66 | 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:
Larry is an award winning brew. Coming in at an 8.5% alcohol by volume and 85IBUs...Larry is a true unfiltered imperial IPA.

(Beer added by: Patrick on 07-25-2009)
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Photo of mdr4669


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

App: Pours a clear golden caramel like color, with about two fingers of head, which quickly receads, and leaves a nice spotty lacing.

Smell: Characteristic Imperial IPA, citrusy and hoppy, with the primary characteristics being grapefruit and hops.

Taste: Just like the nose, initially I get strong citrus taste that's well balanced by a sweet mixture of caramel an hops.

MF: Crisp, and clean quite light for an IIPA, and goes down very easily.

Overall: Everything about this brew comes together nicely, one of the better IIPA's I've had, and it over-acheived for the price.

03-21-2011 16:30:43 | More by mdr4669
Photo of rinhaak


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Had tap at Yard House in Dedham, MA. Served in a pint glass.

The pour looks like melted caramel in a glass. No head (could this be the fault of the bartender?) with no lace, but these shortcomings are easily overlooked because of the enchanting nature of the consistency of this beer. Upon further reflection, it resembles a freshly pressed apple cider more than a beer.

Faint aromas of lemonheads and generic hops fill this uninteresting (but not offensive) nose.

The taste is crazy; this is almost a juice! I have never tasted an IPA this full of orange: it tastes like a hybrid of orange juice and tang with a twist. Very sweet (but not too much), the sweetness maintains a balance with an abundance of hops. A pleasant biterness finishes this beer, and there is never a hint of the strong alcohol in the taste.

What is shocking is the ability to have such a high level of sweet orange without ever being too sweet or at all syrupy. The beer is marvelous, but the orange is so intense that one beer (though very pleasant) is plenty.

Congratulations Wachusett on brewing one of the most unique double IPAs I have ever had.

03-14-2011 00:32:50 | More by rinhaak
Photo of Fluke828


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a SA perfect pint glass.

Pours a darker golden color with a beefy 3 finger head and not very much lacing.
Smells of grassy hops with mild floral notes and a faint fruity aroma. Taste is similar with a mild hop bite but a smooth crisp balance of bitterness and citrusy finish.
Goes down very, very easy, very crisp not too much carbonation, extremely drinkable east coast dipa.

02-26-2011 23:34:27 | More by Fluke828
Photo of CHADMC3


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a hazy orange with golden straw like hues with a generous and dense foamy head that leaves a scattered, yet sticky lacing behind.

Big hop aromas of citrus, pine, and a touch floral with underlying citrus sweetness as well.

More tasty hops on the palate, again they are citrus like grapefruit and orange with lemon zest, a touch floral, and more pine. Similar to the aroma, there is also some faint sweetness to let you know the malt exists, but the hops are the highlight.

This Impy IPA is medium in carbonation with a thicker body, yet quite smooth as it coats the palate.

Excellent character in this beer. Just the right amount of flavors and aromas to entertain the senses and easy to drink as well.

02-18-2011 05:11:40 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of billyshears


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

from summer notes.
initially had on-tap at publick house. reviewed from bottle brought home.
a: cloud orange amber, nice thick frothy head. nice sticky lacing coats the glass.
s: grapefruit citrus and pine with a bit of malt.
t: nice bready malt backbone compliments the piney (with a bit of citrus) hops that linger a bit.
m: nice medium mouthfeel. a bit prickly on the tongue but goes down smooth.
d= goes down smoothly and easily. wish i had more.

one of the better east coast dipas for sure.

02-11-2011 04:00:14 | More by billyshears
Photo of ms11781


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Best by March 2011 notched on bottle. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a 2 finger, fluffy, off white head. Decent lacing left on the glass.

Nose is very hoppy up front. Lots of citrus aromas including orange, tangerine and maybe some lemon. Slight hint of some malt sweetness but the hops really dominate here.

The taste is grapefruit and citrus hops up front. They come on strong and overwhelm the hint of sweet malt that tries to come through. A good dose of bitter hops at the end stick to the tongue.

The mouthfeel is slick and oily. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Resiny bitterness sticks to the tongue long after each sip.

Great drinkability for a beer of this size. By no means a beer to to have a few of but a couple aren't out of the question and are very enjoyable.

02-01-2011 03:05:45 | More by ms11781
Photo of BeerMaverick


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

A - A darker shade of gold and slightly opaque; Exactly the color a DIPA should be. 1/2 inch head thickness and moderate retention; white tiny bubbles stick nicely on the sides of the glass (pint glass) - looks amazing.

S - Pretty strong hop aroma out of the bottle and in the glass. More piney than citrusy, but pretty well balanced aroma.

T - EXACTLY what a DIPA should taste like...extremely well balanced. Piney and citrusy taste reflects the aroma nicely and the taste lingers a little. Aftertaste goes away pretty quickly making you eager for another sip.

M - At a whopping 85 IBUs makes my mouth feel great...soothes all parts of the tongue and mouth.

D - Can only have a couple of these at a time at 22 ounces of 7.5% abv. Overall for a DIPA, very drinkable.

01-31-2011 00:02:04 | More by BeerMaverick
Photo of SirSketch


3.88/5  rDev -4%

A - Pours with tons of eggshell-white, tightly packed head. The beer is a foggy yellow color.

S - Very intense, fresh hop aroma. Grass, lemon juice and subtle, fruity alcohol.

T - Sweet grapefruit, honey, floral hops and a moderate amount of bitterness.

M/D - Chewy, but carbonated enough to make it pretty drinkable. I would put this on the low end of 'Imperial' in terms of flavor and abv, but still a great, balanced IPA.

01-30-2011 04:15:30 | More by SirSketch
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy golden with a small whitish head.

S: Very nice - tropical fruits (pineapple) with some citrus (grapefruit). Touch of sweetish malt underneath, maybe sugar cookie dough.

T: First impression is more of the mouthfeel than the taste - it's thick, oily and juicy. Tropical fruits are the dominant flavor experience, though there's good sweet malt too. Balanced, more like an east coaster than a west coast DIPA. But the hops are still in charge. Finishes with a lingering lemony drying bitterness that offsets (somewhat) the thick, sweet flavors of the tropical fruit salad. Touch of spice at the end too.

M: Like I said, thick and slightly oily.

D: Very good. I like this type of DIPA, and it's going down fast.

01-23-2011 23:34:21 | More by Kendo
Photo of juhl31


3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

thanks nevins for the extra! and thanks abbey road for the accompaniment

-golden/orange/copper in color with a soapy white head

-i don't know why, but my first nostril whiff was corn. that quickly left and a decent hop character showed up. a bit floral, a bit grassy

-there is some hop flavor, but not a ton for an iipa. a good malt background rolls through the second half. some grapefruit in there alongside caramel and butterscotch. a bit soapy in the aftertaste. bitterness shows up at the very end

-carbonation is there and slightly strong on the buds. a bit dry for an ipa...not oily

-the back end of this beer is very interesting. it opens up to a different beer. this is a fine ipa, but not a go-to for me

01-21-2011 02:21:51 | More by juhl31
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Huge thanks to brew3crew for this bottle. Cheers Jason!

Best before 03/11 as indicated by notches on label.

Poured into DFH signature glass. Slightly hazed golden orange body. Two finger bone white head rests atop. Retention is very decent. Scattered lacing is left clinging tightly to the glass.

Plenty of hop aroma emanates from the glass. Fresh grapefruit, resinous floral and slight pine. Low levels of bready malt settles in underneath.

Tremendous balance can be noted right off the bat. Larry is hop forward yet has enough of a malt presence to balance. The hops layer sweet and bitter flavors rather evenly. Biting bitterness, pine and pith, come across on the front of the palate. Grapefruit, tangelo and tropical fruit follow soon after to lighten the flavor. Sturdy malt base develops towards the back of the palate. The sweet malt combine with the residual citrus hoppiness leaving a strong though pleasant sweetness lingering on the tongue.

Medium bodied IPA. Moderate carbonation, possibly a little higher than I would like. The finish is a bit long. The residual sweetness lingers a bit longer than ideal for the style.

Enjoyable beer. While not a top tier DIPA, it is certainly an adequate substitution. Very modest abv for the style, drinks rather easily. The sweetness does become a bit more than I prefer but it does not become off putting.

01-20-2011 23:29:32 | More by kzoobrew
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A-Cloudy and hazy orange color. Nice white head. Good lacing throughout
S-Nice fruity smell. mainly grape fruit. Pick up a little bit of citrus.
T-Great malt backbone is what really distinguishes this from most. Not to much bite from the hops, but you definitely know they are there.
M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.
D-Very drinkable. I like this DIPA

01-17-2011 00:14:50 | More by brew3crew
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, big orange citrus hops. In the taste, sweet to dry starting with a pine hop like bite and ending with orange citrus smoothness in the end. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Big hops, and a nice mix with pine and citrus. Quite fantastic.

01-15-2011 17:27:09 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

bomber tasted 12 January, labelled best by April 2011.

Slightly cloudy medium orange color with a nice big head that has better retention than many higher abv IPA's. Good lacing on the glass - a pretty beer.

There are floral hops and a bit of biscuit on the nose. The flavor is very hop forward, with some floral, but mostly spicy hop flavors. It is fairly dry for an imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel is dominated by a lingering broad spicy bitterness which is fairly peppery, maybe a little too much so, for the body of the beer.

01-12-2011 23:19:34 | More by CliffBrake
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice, this beer is a cloudy, deep amber color. There's a good inch worth of creamy white head, and both the retention and lacing are good.

Smell: The hops give this brew a ripe, grapefruit smell. There's also a strong, bready kind of maltiness that provides a balanced nose.

Taste: Very similar to the nose, the beer has a nice grapefruit taste balanced with a strong malt backbone. Both qualities complement each other well, resulting in a very tasty and balanced brew. However, this balance also leaves me feeling relatively unimpressed. I prefer my IPA's to eat the enamel off of my teeth, and this one is just lacking the hoppy horsepower needed to do that.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, good carbonation, drinks easy.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, balanced IPA. Not the hoppiest brew out there, but it's tasty and I am certainly enjoying it. Try it if you can get it.

01-09-2011 01:28:15 | More by krisandajt
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4.2/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: Nice 0ne finger width head. Good lacing. Mice cloudy golden-orange color.

Smell: Sweet passion fruit/grapefruit smell...Really excellent nose!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nice and mild. Has that grapefruit/passion fruit flavor from the nose as the basis for the beer. The hops are not too bold, as have been tasted in other Imperial IPA's. Has a the perfect combination of flavor, mouthfeel and drinkability. Very drinkable. Tasty.

Drinkability: I could drink this IPA in bunches. Very well maintained brew that is pleasant in every category. Seek, buy and enjoy. Nice work. My first taste from the Wachusett family and looking forward to the others!

01-06-2011 05:03:45 | More by July2Nov
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3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with 2 big foamy fingers of thick off-white foamy head. This retains with a rich looking finger that leaves back a cascade of robust spotty lacing. The aroma is floral feeling, with a dam herbal leafiness to it. Green smelling earthy citrus, spice, and pine are all fairly pronounced here. Thick sweet grains sit under the hops and control the nose maybe a bit too much at times.

The taste is pretty similar to the experience with the aroma. The hops are assertive, being spicy, resinous feeling, and bitter with grapefruit and rind. There is a bit of sweeter fruit involved here as well but the citrus is mostly coming off as bitter. The majority of the balance in this is mostly coming from a thick malt backbone of toasted graininess. This grainy sweetness hangs in the finish, along with hoppier notes of spice, resins, and pith. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a prickly carbonation that lies on top of some more herbal feeling underlying slickness. This definitely has some alcohol beef to it and while it mostly drinks well for its size, the warmth factor does increasing pick up as this sits and warms.

Based on the early reputation of this beer, I was expecting a little more here. While there was no lack of hop flavors, this was unfortunately also way too malty and grainy feeling in spots as well. At first I thought that maybe this was out of date even though I had bought this out of the cooler at Julio's in Westboro, MA (which always seems to move beer fast) but now I'm not so sure after reading some more recent reviews. Maybe this is one of those ones that you need to try with maximum freshness on it. I'd be willing to check this one out on draft sometime to find out.

01-05-2011 18:15:48 | More by Kegatron
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to steve8robin for this. secet santo '10. I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep orange pour, thick sticky white head, nice lacing. The aroma has lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus. The flavor has lots of pineapple, and citrus, has a nice lingering bitter finish. The body is firmly medium and average carbonation. A very solid DIPA.

01-05-2011 00:25:23 | More by bonkers
Photo of Kaiser81


4.08/5  rDev +1%

Bomber graciously sent to me by Hayesez. Thanks, Erik!

Bottle date of October, 2010. Poured into my snifter.

A - Pretty clear orange color with a frothy off white head, about a finger and a half. It leaves very nice lacing on my glass.

S - Very malty based imperial IPA with a touch of orange and/or grapefruit at first. After that, it starts off piny, goes sweet, and then gets that citrus blast at the end. There may be some rind in there as well. The smells are all there, though not overpowering like your typical west coast IPA. Pine, malt, and alcohol stick with it after a couple of minutes.

T - Orange, pine, and malt all mix very nicely. I want to say I get the pine first, then the malt, then the orange on the end, but all the flavors pretty much hit you at once. Touch of alcohol on the finish...not hidden very well, and more will probably come out as the beer opens up.

M - Medium body with slightly below medium carbonation. Doing real nice if you ask me.

D - I could drink this no problem. Compares decently well with west coast imperial IPAs, just a tad less hops, and not dry hopped like other ones. Pretty solid for a midwest brew in the style.

01-04-2011 01:05:51 | More by Kaiser81
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Received as an extra from rowingbrewer. Long time want. Thanks Mark!

Straight pour results in a two finger head of white foam. Great lacing. The beer is a hazy, dark amber color. The nose is citrus and pine with a caramel malt presence. Taste starts out fruity and sweet with notes of orange and grapefruit peel. Biiterness inserts itself into the equation mid-pallet, but is balanced nicely by the malt profile. Finishes balanced, dry and piney. Feel is right for the style, full but without the stickiness sometimes found in beers of this ilk. ABV is well hidden making this beer dangerously drinkable.

Overall I found Larry to be a thoroughly enjoyable DIPA. It is reminiscent of any number of great hop bombs that I routinely buy here in SoCal. If I had local access to this beer it would be in my regular rotation. Recommended!

12-19-2010 07:22:24 | More by Sideswipe
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New York

4/5  rDev -1%

From 12/04/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a golden amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and light pine hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, and pine hops. This beer was not bitter or super hoppy, but enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice IPA. This isn't a hop bomb or anything but it was still fresh and enjoyable. Would like to have again.

12-06-2010 21:13:26 | More by mdfb79
Photo of jsh420


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

extra from Kkottonmouthkngz

pours semi cloudy golden orange with a 1 finger that had decent retention and left some spotted lacing

smell reminds me of mojo - juicy fruity hops with a little pine

taste - again if this was a blind taste test i would think mojo but in the tatse there is quite a bit of sweet bready caramel malt and a little pine - dont get me wrong the flavor is good but this beer calls itself imperial and i just dont taste that

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation - very smooth and creamy

drinkability - is ok - beer is a tad sweet and just does not have the punch it should to call itself an imperial ipa

12-03-2010 04:18:13 | More by jsh420
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Ordered on tap at bukowski's in boston. Brew showed up in a 12 oz tulip with a generous finger & a half of frothy head. Appears to be a nice orange but hard to tell un a dark bar. Nice smell of citus and piney hops, nothing overpowering, actually kind of subtle. The taste follows the nose somewhat but a bit more bitter. This one smells a bit better than it tastes. Kind of watery, but an easy drinker. I would definitely have it again.

11-27-2010 00:36:14 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of perrymarcus


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy orange/amber tone with a finger plus of a creamy white heady. so so retention (lapses into a collar around the glass) but nice walls of lacing.

aromatic nose features tons of pine and citrus hops and suggests a malty backbone.

flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off, delivering a big wallop of fresh hoppiness: pine, orange, grapefruit, along with some balancing malts - though not as much as i was anticipating. hops rule the day with this beer. bitter, hoppy finish with a trace of alcohol.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. tasty and enjoyable, will definitely revisit.

11-24-2010 05:35:06 | More by perrymarcus
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Thanks to jpmclaug for this bottle!

Aroma:Sweet malt and hops. Apricot and peach.

Appearance:Amber in color, long lasting white head.

Taste:Delicious peach and apricot flavors are strong in the foretaste. The midtaste is full of bread and malt flavors. The aftertaste is nicely nutty.

Mouthfeel:Low to medium body, good carbonation, a little hop astringency.

Drinkability:This is quite an excellent IPA, while a little strong for a session ale, I certainly want to drink another one!

11-23-2010 02:16:47 | More by fear025
Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.