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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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749 Ratings
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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 71
Gots: 67 | 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 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!

12-19-2010 07:22:24 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of mdfb79

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
Photo of cosmicevan

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
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!

11-23-2010 02:16:47 | More by fear025
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.

11-19-2010 03:47:18 | More by madjr80
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!

11-13-2010 01:10:46 | More by EgadBananas
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.

11-12-2010 04:36:42 | More by emmasdad
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.

10-27-2010 23:49:47 | More by NCSUdo
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.

10-26-2010 04:41:36 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of codewarrior

New York

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).

10-25-2010 15:12:20 | More by codewarrior
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.

10-18-2010 02:28:17 | More by Khazadum
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.

10-18-2010 01:29:32 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

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.

10-17-2010 15:23:32 | More by ShogoKawada
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.

10-15-2010 01:01:10 | More by pokesbeerdude
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.

10-14-2010 22:34:15 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of msubulldog25


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

A 22 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Received from charliedvrs back in the summer, cellared & fridged ever since. Label is notched: "For freshest taste: Oct 10", so we're right there at the cusp.

LARRY...there's no mistaking that this beer is called LARRY. If I could make these letters in 90-point type, that's how the label screams. An 'historic' beer, brewed for The Publick House Series (a Bostonian imbibing institution from what I hear), then some droning history on the side label.

A: Gorgeous: a copper/amber pour that's lightly hazed, shows plenty of glass-filling bubbliness, and sports a pillowy finger-and-a-half of dense ivory fluff on top. A ridiculous amount of lace, sticky foam in gradated rings from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Spice and citrus and evergreen all swirl around in the nose. Orange pith and caramel and dusty spice and dry leaves.

T: Ample spice, citrus and something like dried apple (interesting) with a heavy enough dose of spritely piney hops. Grassy blend of bitter greens fall and rise, caramel sweetness offsets any harshness. A creeping 'booze'.

M: Smooth, quite creamy. Carbonation is there, but hardly detectable. As mellow as he is, Larry also seems a bit scrawny - a lighter weight/feel and rather forgettable finishing mouthfeel. Saliva does flow, a 'juicy' beer.

D: A satisfying, well-balanced elixir...easy enough to drink, if not entirely unique nor overly exciting. Plenty good now, I'd speculate that I like the balance and mellowness as much (if not more) now than in Larry's younger days. Glad for a try, a definitely a redeemer for this brewery after a bottle of that dreadful Blueberry Ale...yeesh! :)

Appreciate the bottle, Charlie...

10-12-2010 01:04:06 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of busterthecat


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from 22oz into tulip. $6 from publick house provisions.

A- pours a dark amber/ orange. 1/2" head that recedes.

S- good hop profile, mostly sweet citrus, slight pine, malt undertones.

T- some bitterness upfront. sweet fruit, orange. light pine, some malt. No intense hop punch like other IIPA's.

M- bitterness fades to smooth pretty quickly. mellows.

D- Easy, slight booze. enjoyable.

Overall, a good IIPA, has qualities that are consistent with the east coast. was hoping for more intense hop profile. A good standard.

10-12-2010 00:32:25 | More by busterthecat
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lighter shade of amber with a one finger head that refuses to budge but leaves plenty of squiggles behind

Smell: Resinous and piney, with undertones of citrus, biscuity malt and a smidge of fusel alcohol

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with an increasingly piney flavor; by mid-palate, some citrusy tones appear underneath along with the fusel alcohol; after the swallow, the alcohol and pine dominate, along with a minty character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: This is so close to being really good but just has some problems in the fusel alcohol department; if the brewery can get that under control, it would be top notch

10-09-2010 01:25:40 | More by brentk56
Photo of Florida9


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

A: Poured into a tulip forming a huge head, a 1/3rd of the glass worth, bubbly-rocky and cream colored. Excellent retention. Clear, dark, dull yellow in color. Moderate lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, and pine. But not a very aromatic beer. Just kind of average for an IIPA.

T: Slightly sweet, but low on malts. Very citrusy. Mild to moderate bitterness. Rather light on flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

D: Overall, a good beer. Enjoyable and easy to drink, but nothing overly impressive. Average isn't the right word, but if there was an "everyday" IIPA, this would be it.

10-09-2010 01:14:12 | More by Florida9
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Bomber bottle, $6 from Spirit Haus in Amherst NY. Has "For Freshest taste enjoy by" dating notched onto the side of the label. Nice, info to the consumer and fairly fresh beer.
Pours hazed medium honey amber, loose medium tan head, goes to a tiny bubble film and ample bits of lacing left on the glass.
Pungent hopped up nose, slides into a pleasing first few sips. Full flavor and quite satisfying DIPA. Resiny hops pull their weight from start to finish, enough malt flowing underneath to attain a semblance of balance. Nice DIPA, that I will seek out next time I return to the Bay state.

10-08-2010 01:27:04 | More by Billolick
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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Thoughtful extra from Jason. Thank you!

Bomber shared with the wife pours foggy pale orange with a nice fluffy head. Just shy of what I find my IPA sweet spot for appearance.

Sweet and sour sauce coupled with orange. Slightly lacking in vibrance but not unpleasant.

Resiny and more sweet than bitter though a slight bitter nip pops at the finish. Citrus is fuzzy and present, though doesn't show in any major flavor. Orange would be the most dominant. Something about this profile doesn't fully grab me. Much like the smell, it's not unpleasant, it just doesn't grab me.

Mouthfeel is light in body and fizzy from the carbonation leaving a tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability is high though my desire to do so is not up to that level.

10-08-2010 00:42:06 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks to Jayli for this one.
Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with 2 full fingers of head. Spotted lacing down the glass edges.

S: Nice strong pine hops with some grapefruit and citrus qualities. Not too much malt present in the nose. Very appealing smell for this beer.

T: Wow. Crisp pine hops hit first followed by sweet citrus hops and a light malt. Light and clean with a generous hop character.

M: Crisp with moderate carbonation. Medium to light in body.

D: I'm sure this bomber will disappear quickly. Could probably knock back quite a few of these in a sitting. Great DIPA.

10-03-2010 23:24:30 | More by kirkpjr
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to SneezyAchew for this one!

A: Pours a thick dark squash orange with a billowing off-white head that slowly collapsed under its weight into a rocky, oily film that left spots of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Big notes of pineapple and citrus with sweet hints of caramel malt and hop resin.
T: More malt comes through on the palate along with some warm alcohol. Hops are mildly bitter and resiny. Lots of doughy bread, honey, sweet caramel and sugary fruits.
M: Medium-full body with a sticky viscous mouthfeel. Bitternes is low.
D: Not my favorite type of hop profile in a DIPA but well crafted none the less. Very juicy flavors. Probably epic on tap. Thanks again Michael!

09-30-2010 03:52:42 | More by scottfrie
Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.