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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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757 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 71
Gots: 68 | 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 brew3crew
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

brew3crew, Jan 17, 2011
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.

OWSLEY069, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
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.

CliffBrake, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of krisandajt
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.

krisandajt, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
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!

July2Nov, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of bonkers
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.

bonkers, Jan 05, 2011
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.

Kaiser81, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
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!

Sideswipe, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Dec 06, 2010
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

jsh420, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
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.

cosmicevan, Nov 27, 2010
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.

perrymarcus, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of fear025
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!

fear025, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of madjr80
4/5  rDev -1%

22 ounce bomber poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Copper color very thick, fluffy head of foam.
Foam sticks to the glass while beer is consumed.
Very flowery aroma; hop aroma tingles the senses.
Good mouthfeel, and decent drinkability.
Relatetivley low alcohol for a double ipa.
Great beer, but a bit on the pricey side.

madjr80, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Light copper/orange in color, with deeper hues in the middle. Huge eggshell color bubbly head adorns with 2 fingers which lace beautifully. This is perfect in my opinion.

The aroma is a beautiful bouquet of pine needles, resins, bitterness, floral hops a hint of alcohol near the end, and finishing completely with a touch of sweet honey and malts.

Taste is good, but not as great as the smell. Initially it is rather bitter, slightly piny and resiny. Slight sweetness and a bit of a bite of alcohol at the end.

Feel is nice and smooth, a little crisp, with good carbonation. Upper light in body.

Overall, good drinkability. Looks great, smells very good, and an all around good DIPA!

EgadBananas, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

Received as an extra in a recent trade (thanks dpowers). Neither this beer (nor this brewery) had previously crossed my radar, but upon seeing it in the box, I was looking forward to trying it. Poured into a shaker a hazy, burnished golden color, with a big 2 and half fingers of tight, light beige foam. Aromas of fresh pine and subdued citrus. Full bodied, with pine, citrus, apples and caramel. A nice intro to this brewery.

emmasdad, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

22 oz bottle

A: Deep golden, copped hued body under a creamy white head. Good retention and decent lace.

S: Nice citrus hop, splash of pine, caramel malt hints, very good balance.

T: Pine and grapefruit hops dominate, some sweet malt hints thrown in, good bitter finish that doesn't go out of balance. Maybe just a slight hint of alcohol.

M/D: Full bodied, creamy texture, carbonation is slightly prickly. Good drinkability. Very soild DIPA.

NCSUdo, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Pours clear golden/orange with reddish hints. A very thick bubbly, foamy white head adorns the top of the beer and remains there for quite a while. Thick foamy rings of sticky lacing cling to the glass as the beer is consumed. Generous amounts of small, speedy bubbles suggest ample carbonation.

S: Very fruity, tropical, and floral. Orange, peaches, melons, and a very distinct smell of mangoes. Pine is apparent as well. No malt detected.

T: Very juicy melon rind and honeydew melon taste up front. Pine bitterness follows. Strong taste of tropical fruits: mango, peach, orange, pineapple, etc. Mango is the most dominant of these. Sweet fruity flavors reach a crescendo just before the finish. The finish is semi-dry with moderate pine bitterness, lingering tropical fruit, and doughy malt. A bit of warmth upon swallowing is the only indication of the high abv. Otherwise, the alcohol is very well hidden and does not show up in the taste or smell.

M: On the thicker side of moderate, and smooth. Carbonation is lively.

D: High. This beer is delicious and drinks like a champ.

Notes: Damn near perfection for a DIPA. It rivals anything from the West Coast. Bitterness is there, but will not knock your socks off. Buy this as fresh as possible and drink it quickly, in my experience it tends to fall off faster than most.

ryan1788a5, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

22oz bomber (drink by November 2010) into a chalice

Picked this up in a trade with phyfe99.

L: Deep amber with tons of soapy head. Tons. Good lacing and retention. This thing is gorgeous.

S: A good bit of hoppiness with lots of sweetness behind. Touches of the field as well. Could be hoppier.

T: Good amount of pollen right at the tip, followed by big-time hops, giving way to a well-balanced sweetness at the back. Good movement throughout the phases, and nice balance all throughout.

F: Nice and crisp, but a touch thick to my liking for a DIPA.

D: Delicious and well balanced. Just enough there to seperate it from the throngs. Touch thick in the feel, and a touch light in the hops department (85 IBU for a DIPA does seem a bit low).

codewarrior, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Khazadum
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Thanks Allie once more for a definite want that wasn't a want. Can't wait to crack this bad boy open. This was one of the many beers she sent in the Secret Halloween BIF. Dropped this into my favorite snifter and reviewed live.

A- Very interesting head formation. The middle and bottom are all tightly packed bubbles of egg-shell white while the top is huge gaping explosions. Large amount of froth developed, about a finger and a quarter preventing anymore to be poured into my glass. It dies down relatively fast to a wide collar and very small biofilm. Tons of coverage.

When held up to the light, the tiniest of bubbles can be seen all rising in their own way from the bottom. The liquid is the color of orange pulp, while in the shades we have that delicious rust color that reminds me of childhood bikes gone awry.

The lacing is thin, wide spread, and very temperamental.

S- Very malt forward. Sweet, bread aromas. Bits of apple and orange come forward. Faint pine. Everything on the whole is a bit faded. Disappointing that I have to try so hard just to find most of the hops aroma.

T- Intense in terms of malt. This is definitely not your average DIPA. It takes things a different route compared to many of the brewers today. The opening is delicate and sweet with caramels, toffee, and something bready coming out. As this evolves forward towards the finish its a very light bitterness on the back of the tongue that doesn't linger for more than a few seconds. Its almost clean.

The alcohol does have a bite around the edges, but it enhances the hops in the ending rather than detract.

M- I'd definitely say it was full of body. The carbonation is higher than I want giving me almost a soda pop sensation, but not the end of the world style. Lingers momentarily, but nothing like a syrup would do.

D- With their take on this style, I'd definitely say this was an easy drinking DIPA. You don't even have to be a fan or experienced hop head to get behind this one. This might be the 'hop-lite' version of an Imperial IPA. The alcohol isn't an issue, the flavors don't make me gag half-way through the glass, and the appearance isn't awful. Altogether, decent.

Khazadum, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a chunky one finger head with good staying power. This sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Hit with lots of citrusy hops, some grapefruit and a little bit of orange peel. Hint of malt on the back end.

T: Not as over the top hoppy/bitter as most doubles I have had. There is some nice citrus and a little pine action which gives way to a malty back end and a slightly bitter finish.

M/D: Thinner than expected, but pretty easy drinking. Felt and tasted more like a regular IPA than an imperial. I liked it, but didn't love it.

mdaschaf, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

On tap @ Pour Judgement. $6/pint.

A- Really pale pour, not what I remember, pretty good head though. Lacing is spotty.

S- Nice piny hops with a twinge of onion which again I do not remember. I thought this one was much more floral when I had it before.

T- Nice pine bitterness, but there's a bit of the gubna in this one. This beer is not how I remember it, dirty lines? Old keg? better in the bottle? Onion/garlic and a rough, harsh bitterness. Hop profile seems to hav shifted away from the tropical fruit notes I enjoyed in the bottle.

M- Pretty potent lingering hops, moderate body.

D- Low. I did not care for this one on tap. I did not finish this beer, which is very rare. I will have to try this again in bottles to see if my plate has shifted drastically or if this was just a fluke. As it stands, I'd suggest getting bottles of this and checking the freshness date.

ShogoKawada, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Big thanks goes out to gn0sis for this as an extra. 22oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a stark white head about 1/4 of an inch that sticks around nicely. Excellent clarity, and a decent amount of carbonation moving from the nucleation point.

S: Resinous piney hops, some citrusy grapefruit as well. Has a decent malt presence as well, just seems a little bit muted. A whiff of booze as well. Pretty decent, but like I said before, a bit muted.

T: Nice hop presence, and the malt profile is definitely more along the lines of strictly base malt, there doesn't seem to be much, if any, in the way of specialty grains. Hops are mostly bitter and citrusy, but seem to have faded a touch. This is a very dry beer, which aids in the bitterness department. Slightly boozey as well. Bitterness as it warms is more like that of tannins than hops. Interesting.

M: Fairly light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, incredibly dry and slightly tannic. Just a bit of boozey heat.

D: Fairly easy to drink and pretty loaded with flavors, but the interesting tannic bitterness dry the mouth a bit too much to make me want to really drink a lot of it. This is a pretty serious IPA though. Wish I could try it a bit fresher. Not bad, but not my favorite by any means.

pokesbeerdude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured into a snifter on 10/11/10

For freshest taste enjoy by October

Many thanks to nickd717 for the chance to try this

Tangerine in color & rather cloudy. Golden highlights on the bottom. The one finger head is slow to dissipate, eventually dropping to a thin, albeit dense, cap of bubbles over half the beer. Pretty impressive lacing at the onset, though it's mostly gone by the end.

While the aroma seems somewhat balanced it doesn't tip the scales in favor of the malt. The malts come across as solvent-like; it's got the whole lemon pine-sol thing going on. Hints ripe grapefruit & orange peel. Wisps of alcohol. Malts manifest as toasted bread & a hint of caramel.

Quick splashes of juicy citrus flavor up front. This gives way to a shot of earthy pine & a good bit of bitterness. Something of a floral thing going on, too. The hops seem just slightly at odds with the malts. Dry, toasted bread is most apparent with pale malt & faint hints of caramel. Some alcohol heat, especially on the latter half of each sip.

I'm calling it medium bodied; at first I thought is was maybe too thin but I've since changed my mind on that. Carbonation is comfortably on the lower side of average. As mentioned above, alcohol heat is appreciable & somewhat numbing. The finish is gritty, with lingering notes of toasted bread.

I came to appreciate this beer more as it warmed up; it gelled better, in my opinion. It's a reasonably solid take on the style, especially considering its east coast origins.

Ryan011235, Oct 14, 2010
Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.