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Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 77
Gots: 114 | 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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Ratings: 857 | Reviews: 318
Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of busterthecat
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wachusett Larry
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a hazy orange color with a decent head on top that leaves trails of sticky lacings on the glass.

Whiffs of freshly baked biscuits, raw citrus sweetness and spicy hops.

Full biscuit malt profile with hints of caramel sweetness. Raw spicy bite on the finish with citrus flavors of lime and orange. Serious malt backbone meets hoppy punch on the finish with a surprising 7.5% ABV.

Larry = winner.

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

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip. Dated best by October 2010, had September 28, 2010 - so almost 3 months old. Picked this up at Table & Vine in MA.

Pours a very light golden/ambery color that's almost abit wheat-like. It's got a generous two finger off-white head that's quite sticky with lots of lacing. Nose is similar to 60 or 90 min IPA, fairly sweet and malty with a good hop fruitiness.

Taste is like honey, it's sweet and fresh and very fruity - I really like this flavor, it's drinking like an IPA rather than an IIPA after the first couple of sips, it's not a super high ABV but it's totally absent from the taste. Mouthfeel is really nice, this beer had really high attenuation, the finish is very crisp and dry, carbonation is a bit low but it's ok it makes it go down real smooth like.

Very good beer, some people have said that it loses a lot of character after a few weeks, but I'm very impressed although I'd love to get this fresh on tap to compare at some point.

Finally, at $5.99 (in MA) this is quite a good deal for an IIPA - check it out!

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

I'm not the biggest fan of Wachusett.

A: pours a cloudy, darkish golden color with a two plus finger head that simmers to a thin lacing.

S: big hip profile. citrusy, piney hops dominate the aroma, with little to no biscuit notes found.

T: nice hop flavor. Seems to bit more on the citrus and floral side. Has a nice bitter character to it in the aftertaste. Bready malt flavor is there to keep this from being disastrous hop tea.

M&D: smooth mouthfeel; good drinkability.

Wow; wachusett surprised me with this top tier dipa. This is up there with Pliny, in my book.

Photo of Aaron420
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I randomly grabbed this one while I was in Boston, had never heard of it or anything but was pretty impressed. I poured it into a Sam Adams perfect pint. It poured a very light golden coppersh color with a white head, that dissipated slowly after pouring leaving a very light lacing. It had a very rich fruity aroma, with a little hops and alcohol mixed in. Taste was nowhere what I expected, I was really hoping for a lot more hoppy flavor, than I got. The taste was very fruity at the beginning, with a little pine, caramel, and alcohol bringing in the finish. The bitterness ended up perfectly for an extremely drinkable DIPA. I would defiantly like to try some other beers by the guys, next time I see any of there beers on a self I will be leaving the store with one in my hands.

Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks akorsak!

Pour is typical for the style, a translucent glowing amber orange color with a off white head, retentive head and moderate sheet like lacing. Body and aroma are thick and full of citric and tropical sweetness with a caramel malt body that becomes more apparent as the beer warms and in the finish. Overall this beer tends to be a little more sweet (than bitter) and syrupy than I would care for, but I thought this was a surprisingly enjoyable east coast DIPA.

Photo of soze47
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. I know it is cliche to compare East coast and West coast IPA, but this New England entry seems like it has a case of identity confusion. Fresh hoppiness is the star of this show and, in this drinker's opinion, is an anomaly for the more traditionally malty IPAs of the East Coast.

Appearance: Two fingers of foam, cloudy and orange in color. It looks much thicker than it is.

Aroma: Floral and citrusy. Hop-bomby at the nose. My friend said, "smells like minty weed, but maybe that is my unsophisticated beer palette talking." I can't say that I disagree with him.

Taste: Citrus and big hop bouquet translate well from aroma to taste. The maltiness tempers the hops from being too bitter, then anchor it down to a woody after taste. Hops are the star here, the malt does what great IPAs malt should do, hold up and accentuate the beauty of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and not heavy at all. Goes down smooth. Considering its style, it is very thirst quenching. When I was towards the end of the glass, I did get an accumulative hotness from the alcohol.

Drinkability:For a DIPA, this is one that I'd love to have more than one of in an evening (but probably not more than two 22 oz. bombers or I wouldn't appreciate all that this delicious beer has to offer). It is a very gulpable 7.5%.

Overall: This is a damn fine beer. As of now, it is my new favorite East Coast IPA. Two words: Larry Legend

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

A- 22oz bomber. Pours hazy golden color with a creamy head and good lacing on the glass.

S- Heavy citrus (orange, pine) aromas...very refreshing.

T- Expected a little more bite to the hops from the aroma, but it is not overly hoppy. It is has a nice balanced flavor and not too sweet like many east coast IPA's. Would like a little more hop forward flavor.

M- nice body and carbonation. Very soft mouthfeel and leave a pleasant residual hop feel all over your mouth.

D- Not too sweet or hoppy. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a killer pale, Munich, and biscuit malt scent along with a very nice bitter hop aroma. The taste is great! It has a smooth, pale and biscuit malt flavor. It has a floral hop character that's aggressive, but not overly so. It has incredible balance. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine DIPA. It's not big in any one category, but it's balanced and easy drinking; even better.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A collaborative beer we have here between Wachusett Brewery and The Publick House. Poured in to a pint glass, with color is slightly hazy orange, with about an inch of white heading that lasts. The smell smacks of pineapple, mango and tangerine from the hops. There is some degree of mint leaf and earth here, but the fruit takes center stage. More prickly, tropical fruit centered hops from the flavor, with just a tiny hint of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is certainly large, and somewhat syrupy for a Double IPA of such mild strength alcohol wise. Damn near perfect drinkability for anyone who loves hops. This is by far the best bottled Imperial IPA that has come out of Massachusetts. It should definitely give the west coast hop bombs a run for their money.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange hued amber with two+ fingers of bubbly off-white head that recedes pretty quickly. A few dots and wisps of lace are left behind.

Smells likes pine, spearmint, orange peel, bready malts, a hint of caramel, and some booze.

Taste is mildly sweet up front with notes of citrus fruit and some bready malt. Pine and citrus rind take over but the bitterness remains in check. It's a little boozy before a minty finish. Good hop flavor without a palate killing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and a bit creamy.

Being well-balanced with a low ABV and a relatively low bitterness but lots of hop flavor, this is very drinkable.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a rocky two inch head of beige. A solid skim coat remained for the duration along with some smeary lacing. Pretty nice looking.

Grapefruit and pine up front of the nose with some light fusels skimming atop honey-drizzeled malt. Fairly pungent once you get your nose down in there but not leaping out of the glass as a great IIPA should.

On the chewy side of medium bodied with a slick, almost oily mouthfeel.

Resinous, gummy hops start the palate with fusel-like alcohol cutting through the malt. Heavy on the pine, with some grapefruit to bring up the rear. Bitterness is restrained for the style and balancing.

Finishes with a hefty whallop of pine boughs, warming alcohol, and sweet malt.

Tasty, but slightly hot, and the hopping is a bit one dimensional. More tropical fruit please, especially in the nose.

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a nice white foamy head. Head has good retention and leaves a nice amount of lacing down my glass.

S- Smell is floral, and citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and orange. A bit of caramel malts coming it too.

T- Quite a bit of citrus hops coming in here. A bit bitter, with a nice piney flavor. Caramel malts come in toward the end.

M- This one is about medium in both carbonation and body. It seems to be about right on.

D- Very easy to drink and pretty solid for sure. I just think it needs a bit more of a bite to it to by in the DIPA category, but it still pretty solid.

Photo of caprediem1
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler @ 40 degrees that was filled less than 1 week ago at the brewery.

Appearance: Medium copper color with creamy lasting head, some lacing as head dissolves.

Smell: Fresh citrous, hoppy smell, like the hops from my backyard.

Taste: Tastes as fresh and hoppy as it smells. Thick, oily & pine needle flavor.

Notes: AAHHH, freshness. The advantages of having a quality brewery close to home. This growler will disappear fast. If you enjoy IPA's. this one's for you. If your taste buds stop at a Pale Ale, leave this one be.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - golden wheat/light tan in color, with more than three fingers of foamy rocky white head

S - as an IPA should, grapefruit hoppy aromas with piney/floral complements, some background honey sweetness

T - sweet honey in the first few moments of the taste, then the grapefruit/pine explosion into a full blown IPA, nice layering

M&D - thinner than i expected, yet smooth and easy to drink, not the best example of the style, but a nice beer nonetheless

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at American Craft in Boston. Served in a pint glass, this clear amber beer had a nice white head. This is one of the best DIPA I've had in a while. It's fresh, crisp and very drinkable for the style. If I didn't know better, I'd have several. The flavor was rich with pine and sharp grapefruit citrus. It was a bit floral and fruity at times, and there was a subtle, soft bready malt backbone. Find this beer. Not only is it unlike any other Wachusett beer, it's one of the finest hoppy East Coast ales I've enjoyed.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nonstick for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The DIPA is an auburn orange-brown color with a translucence that amplifies the steady stream of carbonation in the center of the glass. Each pour generated a small quantity of head.

S: The nose is very syrupy, very rich and thick-smelling. Excessive amounts of citrus and tropical fruit lie behind the thickness, as do full caramel malts.

T: It took me a while to come around on this double IPA. At first it struck me as treacly and syrupy. As it warmed, it matured and took on a fuller, hop-driven flavor. Tropical fruits, lush, mix with the citrus hops in an enticing combination. The ale is bitter so much as it is boozy, more heat than hops in each sip. The finish is malty with a wall of hops hanging around.

M: The mouthfeel is oily, accentuating the citrusy side of the hops. Everything feels muddled together, resulting in the thickness that hangs around.

D: Larry is a good IPA, thick and rich at times (often to the ale's detriment). I have another bottle in the fridge but I likely wouldn't crack the 2nd bottle right away, too much at one time.

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle with freshness notched oct 2010.

Visually appealing pouring an unfiltered bright golden copper with a huge fluffy white head that holds forever. Lacing is prominent and carbonation visible, this beer is art when held up to sunlight

Nose is very Balanced with hops having the upper edge. Orange/mango, grapefruit and pine all woven in to a beautiful earthy bouquet. Bready malts also hit the nose to make this all work together very well.

HOLY shit this is tasty, loads of hops pine, grapefruit, and lemon zest all nice and bitter leaving a hop linger that loves your mouth. Despite the hop slaughter the malts show up quite well and balance this baby out.

Medium/full bodied with perfect amount of carbonation. hop flavour lingers in the semi dry finish. Feels slightly soft in the mouth.

At 7.5 ABV this is in the lower alcohol range of the"double/imperial" IPA. So easy to drink with so much flavour packed in tight. Very tasty, highly recommend

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Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
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