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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett LarryWachusett Larry

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833 Ratings
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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 76
Gots: 100 | 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 bpk59
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pleasant with a hazy golden amber color. Poured a nice thick head.

Pleasant aroma comprised of citrus notes and hops.

Taste is well-balanced - neither hops nor citrus dominate but combine nicely. Nice mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp yet smooth.

Overall Larry's a nice surprise - very well balanced for a double IPA. Would recommend if fresh.

Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For freshest taste, enjoy by December 2011. Whew!

Nice pour, thick orange haziness with an even thicker, bonewhite head.

Nicer aroma. Strong citrus hops backed up by sweet dough nodes, almost like I'm at a bakery. Very nicely balanced, and there's some nice aged fruit complexities that shine through a little bit as the beer warms up.

Tastes good, but not quite so good as the aroma had me hoping for. It avoid all the double IPA pitfalls--there's no syrupy thickness nor any mindless hop intensity. The hops have been muted by age, but are still present and nicely citrusy. The real star her is the barely and yeast combination, which come together in a sweet melange that's like fresh doughnut batter.

Anyone who faults that an double IPA that's this well balanced for lacking an intense hop presence needs to do a little bit of reading.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.77/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright orange with a 3 finger foamy head. Leaves lacing down the glass.

A little bit of pine and citrus with a strong malt backbone.

Starts off with some heavy caramel and a bit of citrus hop character. The sweetness stays throughout, but is overpowered near the end by a piney resin flavor.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are low-medium. A tad bit creamy.

Not terribly impressed by this one. Leans too much toward malt for the style.

Photo of davey101
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a shaped pint glass. Best before December 2011. Purchased in a gas station cooler...

A - Dark amber body with a lot of carbonation. Dirty soapy light khaki head.

S - Piney hops with some savory elements...I can pick up some dank onions. Floral and malty with just a hint of grapefruit. I really prefer fruitier IIPA's.

T - Very dank and dark. Lots of biscuity malts and caramel. The hops seem fairly faded and in the background but threes still a decent amount of bitterness. Pretty average. Mouth feel is medium with a good level of carbonation.

O - I was not impressed with this one. I've always heard good things about this local IIPA, and it took me a while to finally grab one. This just isn't doing it for me, very average and boring.

Photo of crzyc
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A: hazy orange brown body, foamy head some lacing / retention

s: citrusy, hops.

t: smooth, hops, grass, citrus. bitter finish

o: great ipa! well balanced, easily this brewery's best brew

Found in a brewery mixed case at my sisters

Photo of Mattyssox
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I won't even go through the letters. I'm an IPA guy. this is perfect. I would consider never buying another brand of IPA again if they sold this in 12 packs. literally perfection. Anything less than an A is not doing this beer justice.I think the only downfall would be how hard it is to find.

Photo of larryi86
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you DrewShal9 for this one
22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy orange with a two finger white head.

S- Tropical fruit and citrus hops, some sweet malts.

T- Close to the smell. I am getting some earthy hops up front, a good amount of sweet malts and of course citrus and a lot of fruity hops. Finish has a nice amount of bitterness that in balanced with sweetness.

M- Smooth, creamy, body is good, somewhere between medium body and full body.

O- This is a good DIPA, but doesn't stand out as great. Easy to drink and balanced. I will seek this out again, partially for the fact that it is a good beer, but mainly for the fact that it has my name on it.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Golden color with a slight orange hue, pours with aggressive head that is frothy and white and lingers a bit, leaves tons of lacing
S: grapefruit and orange with a sweetness similar to cane sugar with a bit of depth
T: hits heavy at first and then kicks in with a slight bit of funk, moves into a bit of darker citrus kind of like roasted grapefruit, ends with a slight alcohol tinge
M: very thick on the palate, thicker than i like to see in imperial ipas, medium carbonation tingle, light alcohol burn
O: not the best ive seen, a little thick, harsh, and heavy, still drinkable but not something i would have again

Photo of Nugganooch
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice little extra from Charliedvrs - Cheers bro!

22oz to pint
*Notes from 08/29/11

A: Larry pours a nice looking lazy golden light amber color with a perfect 2 finger white cap. It just pockets away at a slow pace with spider webs of lace all the way down.

S: Aromas seem quite muted for a DIPA. Light floral nose and some pale malts. A little fruity ale yeast and clean water. Touch of alcohol.

T: Big chewy caramel malts are dominant. A bit juicy with fruits and some spice notes. There is some decent hop bitterness across the palate that is peppery apricot. Sugary sweet toffee caramel body. Slightly warming.

M: Medium body - Creamy texture. Slightly sticky mouthcoat.

D: Average drinkability for a DIPA.
More on the sweet side for my preference and those chewy caramel malts can become a bit filling. Not totally out of whack balance wise. Some decent hops going on in there. Always up for trying new DIPA's

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.99 bomber from Causeway, Glouchester, Mass.

Hazy orange with golden highlights, topped by a fistfull of off-white creamy bubbles.

Inviting and assertive nose of pine, orange, and apricots.

Solid foundation of sweet caramel slathers the tongue. Giant dollop of juicy fruit follows all over the mouth. Big, big bitter bite at the swallow which lingers long after.

Big juicy bubbly mouthfeel delivers pleasure throughout the drink.

Overall, a superb DIPA, a great treat when in the Mass. area.

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

A: Beer is not afraid to foam, mild hazed pale bronze color with a massive head.

S: Pungent citric, mild tobacco, tropical fruit, mint, coconut taffy and sweet bread.

T&M: Creamy, smooth, a healthy bigger body but not heavy. Hops are all over from a blanket of bitterness to a full on show of flavor; wild herbs, blonde tobacco, exotic spice & ripe citric rind. Ripe fruit from the alcohol and a meshing of hops, maltiness is more prevalent than most Imperial IPAs ... the balance is great to see, some sweetness there as well. Bittersweet finish.

O: Not the earth-shattering hop nuke which is fine, very drinkable hop juice here.

Photo of PDXHops
2.56/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint. Hazy light amber topped with a half-finger of foam. This soon becomes a skim, but the lacing-to-head ratio is pretty impressive.

Big caramel nose with tropical fruits and touch of an odd savory note. Onion maybe? Boozy and smooth with a thickish body that seems to blunt the bitterness. Lotsa caramel here, but some interesting tropical flavors peeking through- melon, mango, grapefruit rind. A touch of pine. A little too heavy for its own good. Not bad, but thick, malty DIPAs just aren’t my thing.

Photo of danmcg62
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a Smuttynose Big Beer snifter. Pours a deep reddish orange with a small head. Decent looking brew.

S-Grapefruit and orange come to mide at first whiff. Mild pine and grassy notes. Figs and fresh baked bread come to mind as well. A very complex smell. I like it.

T-Very citrusy and a mild spice from the hops. Super tasty. The citrus and hops balance each other out quite nice.

M-A tad bready and a nice spice note from the hops. Nice feel in the mouth. Nothing is too overpowering, makes for a nice mouthfeel.

O-Overall this is a solid offereing, maybe one of the best from Wachusett. Very drinkable and complex at the same time. I love Larry!

Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.