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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 74
Gots: 82 | 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 PDXHops
2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Photo of Klym
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to Palphen for this unknown-to-me DIPA!

A: A murky golden pour with a one finger head and spotty lacing. Looks a little thick on the pour.

S: Not very aromatic. Some hops and a little bit of floral/bready notes in the nose. Hard to pick up many scents.

T: Really interesting. Tons of hop character with a smooth, toned down hibiscus/jasmine tea/honey flavor in the taste spiced up by some strong pine notes. Think it has to match your palate but I'm finding this quite unusual, really expertly developed, nicely blended and just overall delicious.

M: Medium bodied, maybe even a little on the light side, with a little bit of honey-mix like mouthfeel. Fits the beer really well.

O: This is a great, very thought out and well developed DIPA that goes off the beaten path a bit. This deserves more respect, no doubt about it. How many famous, crap IPAs have I had.. and to know this is just lurking out there. Get your hands on this! Would especially recommend this if you liked the stone japanese green tea collab IPA.

Photo of CrookedStill
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on bottle.
Poured a clear golden/amber with a dense 1-2 finger thick head.

Right upfront there's a massive floral hop bouquet with hints of citrus. There's a bit of caramel behind the hops.

Citrus/pine hops hit first but isn't overpowering. Nice malt sweetness next that really compliments the hops. Very well balanced for a DIPA. No trace of alcohol and finishes with a slight bitterness.

Great carbonation. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy but falls well short of the syrupy messes I've had before.

I was really impressed with this beer. It's the first from Wachusett that I've tried and I've got to say that I'm excited to try more from them. Most of the beers I've tasted that are DIPA aren't balanced and many are much too cloying. This is a very solid beer.

Photo of Yagman3000
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a nifty new Tripel Karmeliet goblet (yowza!).

Appears a really pleasing gold. There's a touch of orange in there too with a peak of brown. There's a nice foamy rich head that won't subside - especially resting in the middle.

Smells a little faint. Picked up mostly a golden with a touch of sweet lemony hops coming through.

Tastes breadier than I'd hope for. Would expect more bitterness from a double IPA. A little boozy on the way out. It's a hitter all right in terms of bang but could have had more of a hoppy presence.

Mouthfeel is pleasing. Creamy, expanding, and a nice amount of effervescence.

Overall a good beer but needs more hop kick to live up to a double IPA billing.

Photo of sendsilk
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a recent trade with Dnuggs as an extra. Thanks Doug!

I've had a couple of Wachusett beers in the past few years so I was looking forward to trying this.

A- Great, clear bright orange/yellow with a 1" head that stuck around for a while.

S- Nice floral hops but not very strong. I can tell that this beer may be a little old, not too far gone, but not fresh.

T- Yeah, that confirms it. It tastes good, I imagine at one point is was VERY good but I am getting the thicker syrupy taste that happens to the IPA's and DIPA's as they get a little older. Fresh would have been good

O- Would like to try it fresh, it stills tastes good, but thicker and syrupy....hence why all IPA and DIPA should have a FREAKING DATE ON THEM!

Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i am a fan of low aby imperial ipa's. Such a hard style to let out the accent properly. This does in in 2% less than most. Solid well rounded quality. Light tingle. Nose is just right... Pine and citrus textbook. Hop forward but still has a good malt walnut. Good yeast structure. Good lace. A bit tannin protein heavy from lengthy primary feel... Not for aging. But on turgid. I want to make this. Great... Formal. Any ipa fan will like it.

Photo of abgba121
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours amber with a thin white head, nice retention and lace down the entire glass

S: sweet malts up front, pine and citrus on the nose and finish

T: fruity sweet and bitterness at the start, some pine hops follows, not much for fresh hop flavor on the finish, though it has a residual bitterness throughout

M: medium body and carbonation

O: good DIPA, will buy again though it could use some more dry hopping to bring the hop bite up

Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Founders snifter. Got this guy as an extra in a trade (Thanks Gushue!).

Best by: September 2011

A: Pours a wonderful amber with lighter hued orange edges. Nice 1 finger pure white head with not very much retention, even with a vigorous pour. The ripple-effect from the lace was also very nice on the drink's way down.

S: The smell is not as pungent as I would like, but I'm still picking up hints of grapefruit and some pine-like hops.

T: The light bitter fruit hits you up front then fades back down to mellow oaky bitterness. The finish is a little less than stellar with sort of a woody and light pine finish.

M: Medium to light bodied with an oily finish that leads to semi-bland finish. The palate is struggling to cling to some semblance of taste, but it's failing.

O: While the brew was very refreshing and an excellent kick start I'm afraid it fell a little flat at the end.

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

Pours a lightly hazed dulled gold color with moderate cap of soapy white bubbles, splotchy retention and some sticky rings of lace at the top of the glass. Scent is dominated by a blend of grapefruit, pineaplle, floral notes and a touch of pine, faint lightly sweet malts noticeable once you get passed all the hops. Despite a fresh bottle, the first sip wasnt as bitter as I would have liked but quickly warmed up to the wonderful blend of grapefruit, pineapple, touch of lemon zest, light pine resin and floral notes. Malt is lightly sweet, does not present itself in the flavor completly. Medium in body, lighter than others in the dIPA style, adequate carbonation and bone dry finnish. An impressive limitedly distributed dIPA that shows great hop flavor, minimal malt interference but lacks only a little bit more bite.

Photo of modernartblues
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ah, the infamous Larry (if your from MA anyway), have heard a lot of MA BAs proclaims the awesomeness of Larry...so here goes

Poured into A Tulip, Fresh Before Sept. 2011, consumed July 2011

A: nice copper amber color, perhaps a bit darker than I prefer my DIPAs, I suspect carmel malt is the culprit, but still nice two finger head of off white head

S: GRAPEFRUIT, touches of other C-notes, nice, like this beer so far

T: falls down a little bit in the taste, not near as vibrant as the nose, mostly grapefruit rind, touch of bitterness, but not bracing

M: very drinkable, but still a bit sticky for a 4.0, this does not approach the best IPAs in the region

O: a good beer, one I might sample again on tap, but would not reach for a bottle. Usually I love these 7.5% tweeners, but Larry is merely solid

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

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into tulip glass. The beer is a fine copper color with a few streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The head is large, foam and varies in color from white at the top to egg shell tan at the bottom. A good amount of lace is left behind as I swirl the glass about.

Big pine hop aroma, with a touch of alcohol and crystaline sugar sweetness. Very appealing.

There is a big hop flavor to Larry, but not as big as many DIPAs. Bitterness is everywhere, but it isn't sharp or very oily. There's plenty of pink grapefruit without being acidic. Alcohol isn't apparent, nor is there a lot of sugar.

The body of this beer is on the heavier side of medium, and carbonation is just slightly above average. All the tiny bubbles work well with the hops. A long lasting coat is barely felt; it's more like lingering flavor. No stickiness on the lips makes this drinker happy.

This is a very good DIPA. Its too bad I had to drive to MA to get a bottle. If you find yourself within Wachusett's distribution range, I suggest you get yourself a bottle.

Photo of ggilman
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber poured into a Sebago Tulip.

Light honey golden color with a big frothy eggshell head. A little lace but the head fades fast. Smell is malt and vanilla, alcohol and faint hops. Maybe an older bottle?

Toasted caramel malt. Roasted vanilla alcohol with smoked woody finish. Some nice grapefruit bitterness as it warms. Acidity in the back of the throat. No fresh hop presence.

Slick and oily. Heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

A good beer, but no hop fix. Curious what it would have tasted like fresh. I'll definitely edit my review if I find one.

Photo of ejyoung
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I was looking forward to this one but it left me disappointed.

A: Looks nice - great copper color with a three finger off-white head that falls into basically nothing besides a thin white ring around the side of the glass. Some lacing.

S: Some grapefruit and pine, but it smells pretty sweet overall. Biscuit, peaches, and caramel play a big part. The alcohol is also noticeable in the aroma.

T: Lots of malty, caramel sweetness. Hop flavor is minor compared to what I was expecting from a DIPA. It comes through at the end with some grapefruit and citrus zest.

M: Very sticky sweet. Carbonation is a little low.

O: I can usually put down a DIPA pretty easily, but I'm struggling on this. The sweetness is just way too high. I'm hoping this is just a bad bottle, but I was told it was fresh.

Photo of WSB
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful hazy orange/burnt amber color. Due to careless pouring I got a nice three fingers of head, light and wispy, off white, that eventually settled down to a manageable lacing on the glass.

The smell is modest- hoppy, though not overly flowery or perfumy. But the hops-Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe, Magnum, Centennial- are most definitely present.

Mouthfeel is great- light body, a little tingly on the tongue (85 IBUs of bitterness will do that)

Taste is awesome. Hoppy, but more piney than flowery, and perfectly balanced by the American Two Row, Crystal and Munich Malts . Totally unexpected for an Imperial IPA. This is the most drinkable Imperial beer I've ever had.

If you're a hop head like me, this beer is must drink. Find it , buy it , hoard it, but most of all, enjoy it.

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The head is short and dense, settles into a light cap.

The aroma is sweet. There is a buttery caramel characteristic from the malt. The hop aroma is of tropical fruit, mainly pineapples. Some orange as well. Not a huge fan of this hop profile.

The taste mirrors the aroma. A sweet caramel malt mixes with a candied tropical fruit flavor from the hops. There is some light grassy and piney notes in the end but it doesn't really make the beer bitter. Again, not a big fan of mixing a caramel malt profile with hops that give tropical fruit notes, it gets too candy sweet for my liking. The light bitterness does help.

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation, a hair slick on the palate with a light bitterness in the finish.

The beer is well made but its just not in my wheelhouse. It drinks fairly easy.

Photo of DrewShal9
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Widmer Brothers Reserve snifter (Thanks for leaching this snifter at charlie's kitchen, Rob)

A: looks like an orange/apricot hue shining with a bold white head
S: grass, citrus, slight pine, and a small hint of booze at the end I feel like im at a summery picnic.
T: Citrus, pine (hops are strong but balanced with malt), a hint of pineapple.
M: not heavy nor is it light. Perfect blend.
O: definitely buying this again! Best $6 I've spent in awhile. The alcohol isn't noticeable until you're halfway through the bottle then it hits you since it's so drinkable.

Thank you Wachusett for making such a beautiful product. Definitely will try more of your beers now!

Photo of Thads324
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before September 2011 dated bottle
A : pours a pale, light copper color, big white head that sticks like crazy to the edges of the glass.

S : a hop aroma of light citrus and fresh grass. A bit of booze comes through before a little sweet malt towards the end. the sweet meets hop for a nice mellow yet strong aroma.

T : starts with a wet hop that coats the tongue. Spicy and floral notes, with a medium bitter taste towards the middle and end. The malt is very sweet and subdued, but not overly sweet or cloying. the finish is long and pronounced with hop, and as the beer goes on the bitterness stays on the tongue.

M : not very heavily carbed, as you get it really only in the front of the beer. Sweet carries a wet finish that is long lasting.

A pretty damn good imperial ipa. would love to try it even fresher, but still great stuff and a reasonable price as well

Photo of HopHead84
2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


Bottle courtesy if bring. Snifter. Enjoy by September 2011.

A: Dark orange and transparent with a frothy white cap. Scattered lacing.

S: Heavy on the malt right off the bat (caramel). Dank pine and a little onion. Faint grapefruit. Pretty muted and malt heavy.

T: Lots of caramel with a whisper of grapefruit. Some pine. Moderate bitterness. Malt heavy with little hop expression.

M: Medium in body with medium moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and a little heavy.

Overall: I'm not sure if this is an older bottle or if the beer is normally like this, but I'm not impressed. Not at all hoppy and far too much malt.

Photo of stevenstofen
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A - Nothing too spectacular. Pours a golden orange color with an off white head. The head dissipated rather quickly, but it leaves a beautiful lacing behind.

S - Hoppy and citrusy. A little floral and piney; nice fresh smell.

T - HOPS! It is a DIPA afterall... I get hints of orange and grapefruit on the finish. Again - mostly the hops stand out here.

MF - A pleasant tingly feel that only remains for a few seconds after swallowing the beer.

O - It's difficult to determine - especially after having a DIPA like Mongo. I'll say it is a great local brew (Massachusetts) and an overall decent DIPA.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks dpowers, Dave, for the beer. It was awesome!

A: A nice dark copper body with a modest head and light lacing.

S: A nice grapefruit hop aroma with some sweet and fruity notes in the background; sweet malts balances the bitter nose as well.

T: Initial flavors are bitter orange zest and lemon, followed by pepper on the back of the tongue- interesting flavors indeed. Hops are everywhere on this one, fruity to floral to tropical to citrus, but are nicely balanced with a hint of sweet malts. Complex flavor without being too distracting or messy.

M: Light to medium body; high carbonation; clean and crisp texture (wished it was more sticky).

O: Really loved this beer and hope to get it agian in teh future. A nice take on the style and would have liked the mouthfeel to be slightly heavier. Could definitely drink a few of these in one sitting. Definitely worth picking up if you see it.

Photo of MikeyMikee
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6/9/11..served at fridge temp.

A- Copper, amber with an off white head...the head retention is alright but nothing spectacular...good lacing left on the glass.

S- Very citrusy and tropical. The soft mango, pinapple notes really come through..a little bit of orange as well..not too much grapfruit but you can tell its there. The smell is definetely not in your face but its really good...very smooth.

T- Tangy orange zest, with a pretty strong grapfruit presence. Floral and citrus hops. Not too much on the malt, there is that grainy pale malt feel to it, but nothing really worth mentioning other than that. This is a very hop foward beer and if your a hop head youll love this. A slight ethanol taste but its not a bad thing at all.

M- Carbonation stings abit..the hops also contribute to the sharp bite but there is definitely a little too much carbonation for my liking. The bitter hops are really pleasant though, its got a crisp feel to it. Little bit dry on the finish as well.

O- A really solid beer, one of the better DIPA's that I've had. Its just a bitter, bitter beer with not too much malt interference which is great!

Photo of beenitty
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours red/orange with fairly large head and very good lacing.

Smell - Pine, Hops, citrus, resiny sweetness also singes the nose, in a good way.

Taste - Slight spice, no hop taste and very good balance, great hop smell and no hop taste.

Mouthfeel - Hops, carbonation, resin, slight bitterness. Super smooth though, could throw these back without that accumulation of bitterness we all hate.

Best thing about this beer is 7$/22oz in NYC area. Good stuff considering the crazy with DIPAs now that hit you in the wallet. Very solid offering. Most other Wachusett beers are kinda weak and fruity so this was a definite upgrade.

Hopheads who like balance should enjoy this one.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (best by sep/oct 2011) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pours golden (yellow/orange), hazy, 2 and half finger orange-tinted withe head with tight bubbles, lots of bubbling action at the top. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, slight fresh cut grass, lots of floral notes, a little sugar, light alcohol.

T: Grapefruit, orange, lots of floral notes, a touch grassy. A good bit of bitterness right off the bat with plenty of pine. Middle brings a sizeable base of toasted malts with a little caramel/crystal sweetness. Mild fruit and lots more floral notes ripen through the middle and linger to the finish. The Finish is a little sweet with a lot of pine, bitterness, and floral notes (more so than citrus at this point). The bitter pine and floral linger on for a long aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly noticeable on the front and finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation (maybe a touch light for the style), fairly resinous and sticky. Sweeter (wet) finish with plenty of bitterness. Fairly smooth, slightl warming finish, but not too much alcohol taste.

O: A damned good DIPA that verges on being outstanding.

Photo of dedgarmcvey
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 22oz bottle at Winchester Wine and Spirits in Winchester MA.

Appearance: Poured with a healthy off-white head that shrank, but did not disappear. Color in sunlight is a lovely amber, touching on copper. Laced irregularly, but in good quantity.

Smell: Piney hop aroma with a bit of malty sweetness. I have a cold so few notes, but won't downgrade on that account.

Taste: Sweet without the malty-boozy flavor of bad imperials! Hops are quite present and lend lots of earthy flavor without being overpowering @ 85 IBUs. Expected a slightly more in-your-face Imp. IPA hop profile, but perhaps the age of the beer (Past its freshness date, but still good). My wife hates punch-in-the-mouth IPAs, so it's nice to find ones she might palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Nothing offensive here. Feels like beer.

Overall: I felt this beer deserved a 4.5 overall from the <i>balance</i> of the flavors involved. I appreciate an imperial IPA that can balance balance strong hop presence with malt, and not come off as boozy (I could name names, but won't), something I have been more and more negatively aware of lately. The malty flavor comes close without crossing that thin line between "This beer is more than hops!" and "Didn't finish fermenting all that sugar!"

This is my first BA review, so congrats to Wachusett Larry (And the Publick House in Brookline MA!), you will be forever remembered as the ones who started it all.

Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.