Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 74
Gots: 88 | 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 joepais
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at the local bottle shop and gave it a try. I poured it into a shaker pint glass and got a two finger white head the lasted and laced down the sides of the glass. The brew had a hazy orange color to it.

If I didn't know better I would have thought this brew was from out west with all the fresh Hop aromas' coming off it. It was nice floral/citric, oranges and fresh cut grass come to mind. It is toward the bitter side in the flavor department and I enjoyed it that way I did get a little alcohol heat from this one, but I wouldn't have wanted to wait to drink it, and ruin the hop profile. The feel was the light side of medium, and it had a ton of carbonation.

Drinkability is ok, but I don't think anyone would need more than 22 oz in a sitting. A nicely built local DIPA. I will gladly grab this one again.

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

Pours a beautiful orange with a one-finger white head. Nice lacing throughout. Strong citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange shine though. Taste starts off with big citrus hops. Grapefruit dominates, followed by orange and a hint of lemon. Sweet malt balances the hops perfectly. A bit of a creamy, bready malt. Pine and earthy hops come back around to finish the beer. Mild bitterness. Truly a fantastic, well-balanced flavor profile. Alcohol is well hidden. Light, creamy mouthfeel. Goes down easy.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. 2009

Pours cloudy amber, off white head. I wish I waited to pours the bottom sediment as it is bottle conditioned beer.

Smell's good and hoppy, but aroma might be slightly subdued because I am drinking it nearly a year after it was brewed.

Super bitter taste, nice alcohol flavor to it; not at all overpowering. Good malty start to the sip to support such a hoppy flavor. Nice sweetness to the malt as well.

Mouthfeel is actually oily from the amount of hops used. I kind of like it when that happens.

I quote my friend's recommendation: "that one is a hoppy bastard."

very powerful flavor. I'm still tasting it minutes after finishing the beer. I sure could go for a sour beer now.

Photo of errantnight
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure what's up with the recent trend of "nothing special" reviews are for this beer... it's flat out great. Certainly better than the much hyped Boy King (review to follow)...

Pours a hazy golden orange hue with solid lacing and retention.

Aroma is rich and complex, orange and pine, passion fruit and maybe a hint of vidalia.

On the palate this is medium bodied, creamy, and with a satisfying mid-palate cracker sweetness that is overwhelmed by a resiny, hoppy burst. Citrus and fruit flavors dominate, filtering out to a clean, dry finish that is firmly bitter with a bit of an edge to it, but not overly astringent (no aspirin notes, here).

The essence of a superb strong west coast style IPA (I guess almost a double? But this really has more of an Alesmith IPA or Union Jack vibe to it, and is to my tastes, the sweet spot for west coast IPAs in terms of ABV). Hop forward in aroma and flavor, bold but well attenuated and "balanced" by just enough mid palate sweetness to accentuate the flavors, but no caramel and malt character to subdue them.

This should be sought after.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Good looking pour. Hazy, cloudy, deep amber. Rocky white head, good retention.

S: Citrus and orange peel; discernable bready malt presence. Citrus notes are bright and festive in the nose, enticing.

T: The nose is somewhat deceiving, this is a bitter bomb. Citrus in the aroma is replaced by resinous pine and perceivably generic bitterness. Bready malt is present in the finish, along with some slight alcohol despite a relatively low ABV. Decent taste, but I dont think this is competition for other top tier IPAs in my opinion.

M: Smooth, approaching creamy. Medium bodied I suppose, ample carbonation.

D: A high level of bitterness throws Larry's balance out of whack, even in the presence of some bready malts. This beer is also a bit boozy for a 7.5% DIPA. Pretty good but not great.

Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice dark amber/gold color with a half inch head that left behind a little bit off lacing.

S - Bitter piney hops and a bit of resin. Some citrusy hops and a strong malt backbone with a little bit of corn on the back end that is not unpleasant but not particularly good.

T - Fairly malty with a sour corn after taste. Decent hop profile, mostly pine with some bitter resin and a bit of citrus. It's good, but not great.

M - Medium body, creamy, strong carbonation.

D - Above average, but not super high for the ABV. Had beers with much higher that I've gotten down easier.

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

Re-reviewing Larry, I do think this is a solid IPA, definitely one to put in the top-tier of IPAs, or at least put it in the conversation. I thought it was rated a little high when I first reviewed, I am not changing my grade, but my outlook has changed.

Nice pour, good foam, orange-brown in color, not transparent, a bit cloudy.

It is very hoppy, the 1st time I had it I thought it wasn't that hoppy, but it is, and it is good hoppy. Nice bitter flavor, slight touch of fruityness, a little on the thicker side, has the nice sticky texture of a good IPA, so it does have all the necessary elements of a top IPA.

Goes down pretty easy, I could have a few of these and be ok with it, not too over the top or too rich.

I think Larry is worth a try, I think you will like it, I do think it is a little below some of the top IPAs but depending on the person you may like it better than some. I think it was in the ballpark.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at American Craft in Brookline today. Review from notes.

5.0 A: Hazy medium orange color. One and a half fingers of super creamy off-white head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing. Awesome!

3.5 S: Lots of citrus hops and some herbal going on here. Malts are in the background. Orange and mango most apparent. Some pine as well. Overall, aroma could be stronger.

2.5 T: Malts are bready, which I don't really care for in an IPA. Hops aren't too bold either, but still pleasant nonetheless. Orange and mango again, but not as strong as in the nose. Grapefruit and a touch of pine show up.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and reasonably creamy.

3.0 D: Decent overall, but nothing special.

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

Finally, a premier west-coast-style IPA from Mass.

A: Hazy - seems common with some really hoppy beers. White head.

S: Very nice blend of citrus, pine and some tropical fruit.

T: About every 3rd sip I could have sworn there were English hops here, the rest was pure PNW.

A very nice beer and it's nice to get it locally!

Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was browsing for my typical 22oz fair of the $10+ bottles when this jumped out at me. For $6 I figured why not. Overall pretty happy with it. Have I had better, sure, but not in this price range (of course, I dont frequent this price range).

A - clear but dark amber with a small head that quickly disappeared leaving thin lacing around the edges and clinging to the glass.

S - Typical IPA odors, the big two being of course citrus and pine. Gotta love the hops.

T - Much like the smell just more intense. A really solid IPA

M - Again, nothing out of the ordinary here. Nice carbination.

D - Very good. I can't remember why I didnt like IPA's for all those years. Really glad I picked up a bottle of this on a whim. Just goes to show you dont always have to spend $10+ to get a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, finally got to try the fabled Wachusett "Larry." chswimmer shared a bomber of this.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a well-retained white head and good lacing.

Aroma is pretty nice - very hoppy with citrusy, floral, and grassy hops.

Flavor is nice and hoppy with a little sweet pale malt as well as grapefruit, orange, and resin. No onion flavor.

Medium-bodied with average carbonation and some hop resins.

Of course the question you've all been waiting to hear me answer is: HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO GUBNA??? Well, the time has come to issue the final verdict. "Larry" is better because of its lack of onion flavor.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Props to monsterzero for this beastly extra!

I've seen some decent chatter about this brew lately, so I'm kinda psyched to be able to unexpectedly sample it. It pours a clear copper orange topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises pine sap, ruby red grapefruit, hard boiled eggs (the kind you'd find at a salad bar), and some light buttery toffee. The taste holds notes of orange peel, lemon zest, pine needles, and creamy caramel. Surprisingly, the hops are toned down a bit from the nose, leaving a much more balanced DIPA than I am used to. The caramel is stronger than usual, maintaining this lovely balance. The body is a solid medium, with moderate carbonation and a very lightly chewy feel. Overall, one of the better DIPAs I've had the pleasure of sampling. Good times without falling victim to an avalanche of Schwarzenegger-style hops.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle courtesy of steve8robin - thanks! Great extra. Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deeply hued caramel auburn, hazed either by the chill or the volume of hops in this one, capped by a massively sticky head, slightly off white, about two fingers tall initially. The retention is great, the taupe crown dense, like marshmallow fluff, that sort of head that you wish all DIPAs had, rocky, regal, rigid. The lacing is a little less impressive, perhaps not quite what you'd hope for given that head, and I'm unsure why - successive sips render is streaky, with ribbons and curls of foam clinging in odd patterns. The foamy collar has that same great chunkiness, blockiness, maintaining a constant uniform density throughout. Half-point off only for the funny lace.

Aroma: Sweet and minty, and very smooth. It's not overly aromatic - maybe that's the foamy cap keeping all those great aromas in - but what is there is pleasant. There are hints of grapefruit and orange, very smooth, juicy, not pithy or vegetal as some highly-hopped citrus-tinged DIPAs are, but again, the aromas here are largely of herbal spearmint and sweet, roasted grains.

Taste: That same strongly herbal minty quality, coupled with pineapple, papaya, mango, and a very berry notes. Very flavorful, but surprisingly mild in terms of bitterness - I normally expect those great juicy hop notes to be accompanied by a bracing or near-bracing amount of bitterness, but this one's smooth, juicy, sweet, and mild. Indeed, there's only a mildly astringent note that comes across as both "hop soap" (a flavor I'm sure everyone's familiar with) and a mild pineyness all at once that's reminiscent of hop bitterness. The underlying malt foundation is simple, biscuity, roasted, slightly caramel-ly, and perfect, insofar as it fulfills the primary purpose of any good malt foundation in a (D)IPA.*

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth, even, creamy, with enough carbonation in a body full of residual sugars such that it's not sticky and enough hop flavor that it doesn't come across as too sweet (a point that should have been made above). As the carbonation dies down, this one loses a point, if only because it is a sweet beer with not too much hop bitterness (a counterbalancing factor that lasts regardless of carbonation and is unfortunately lacking in this brew).

Drinkability: * It's odd. This one tastes like it should be a DIPA ... but the alcohol level suggests that this one's a strong IPA, or at the very least right in that hazy in-between gray area (by virtue of the level of flavor involved as well as the abv% level). Regardless, it's a pretty solid beer, even if the hybrid line-straddling nature of this one's stylistic wanderings does bring both the downsides as well as the upsides of both styles. Worth trying.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Publick House Provisions, a decent price at $6 for 22oz. The beer is light orange color and clear, just a little haze. The aroma is sweet and fruity, almost like there's sugar in it. The fruit in the hops is all tropical and citrus, grapefruit and pineapple and such. The beer taste very sweet, maybe a lot of it comes from the malts, probably no sugar as it doesn't have that type of flavor, and sweet hoppy flavors too.

This has a heavier than usual body for a DIPA, giving a feeling of higher than 7.5% ABV. I guess that diminishes drinkability for me.

Photo of Pabs311
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was lookin forward to trying this after the hype when it was released. was good but i've better east coast DIPAs...

A- pours a nice clear amber-orange color with a nice heavy head on it, settling to leave some nice lacing around the glass.

S- citrus, pine and some tropical fruit hops all aparent here. some malt poking through from the back to make an appearance.

T- A little lighter on the hop profile than expected here. same characteristics as the nose just not as intense. more malt poking through on the flavor.

M/D- medium-light bodied, good carbonation. not overly impressed with anything here. just an average good DIPA. Not putting this beer down, just not head over heels for it.

Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to portia99 for this extra.

Poured into weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a finger and a half of khaki creamy colored head. Fades to a thin layer, but leaves some sticky lace. Color is a bright golden orange. Some active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Some very sweet citrus notes right away. Fresh oranges, lemons, both present. It has some pine flavored hops. It kind of reminds me of a pine-sol like aroma in a beer form (but not in a bad way).

Taste: An odd citrus bittering flavor up front with some alcohol showing. More bready malts here as well. The pine hops are definitely here in full force. A very odd tasting dipa. Something is off here.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, but a bit creamy as well. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky and hoppy.

Overall, this beer was alright, but something was off in the taste for a dipa to me. Glad I had a chance to try this one though. It is somewhat drinkable. Thanks, Bill!

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

Bomber, best by August, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy bright gold body with a steady column of carbonation rising to replenish the inch of creamy white foam. Good retention and excellent lacing. Great looking IPA.

S: Primarily fruity, citrus hops and a healthy dose of caramel malt. Fairly muted, but not bad by any means.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely, but with some added vivacity and complexity to the hops - light pine and some spicy floral notes come through along with the orange and grapefruit, and balance nicely with the malt backbone. There's still a bit of dull, nondescript bitterness to the finish, though, and more alcohol than I'd expect from 7.5%. Good, not great.

M: Medium body with plenty of lively carbonation. Enjoyable.

D: Nice balance of flavor and bitterness, but just a touch too boozy for it's strength. This would be an extremely drinkable DIPA if it were 9-10%, but it's nothing special for a borderline imperial.

Notes: I'd heard such good things about this brew that I made it part of my mixed six-pack at Julio's (promised the wife to keep to a limit). While I don't think it holds a candle to Gandhi-Bot as far as New England DIPAs go, it's definitely a tasty dose of hops. I hope that my first Wachusett offering isn't my last.


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

22oz brown bomber

Pours light brown, somewhat cloudy, with small head

lots of orange and citrus in the aroma,

Great bitterness, very fruity on the palate with the presence of a hop sting which mellows out to a bit of a booziness.

Very palatable but the alcohol becomes apparent as you sip on.

This is a semi slow sipper.

Overall, this beer is fantastic. Lots of hop, citrus and flavor, will be stocking up.

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

Bomber courtesy of a great trading partner - BanditBrewingCo
Poured a golden amber with a one-finger head which dissapted into a thin coating. Lacing was light and nondescript. Nose was oranges at the front with some faint grapefruit and pine. Taste was oranges, grapefruit, apricot and some caramel and a piney back end. Bitterness was there but mild. Mouthfeel was medium to light and slick, creamy and light carbonation. While not my favorite, this was a good double and I would not hesitate to have another.

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

Thanks to Phil for throwing this one in during a recent trade.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing.

S: Tons of grapefruit, lemon rind, and tropical fruit in the nose. Wonderfully hoppy with just a touch of sweetness and bready malt.

T: The flavor is a nice mixture of sweetness (brown sugar?) and hop fruitiness and bitterness. The hops are very heavy on the grapefruit with a bit of pineapple and some nice pine on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation and a crisp finish.

D: A really nice IIPA and one of the better east coast offerings for the style. I would be happy to have this one again.

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

Poured 22oz bomber into snifter.

A - Poured a bright light amber/light burnt orange color with a solid 2 finger head that is boarding between slightly off white and snow white. The 2 finger head sticks around for a long time and dissipates to a 1 finger head for a while then goes down to a nice covering on the beer that leaves great lacing down the glass.

S - Hits your nose as follows: orange rind, grapefruit, slight pine, sweet toffee malt.

T - Orange followed by a nice kick of grapefruit that is nicely balanced by caramel/toffee sweetness with a good hit of bitterness in the end that is not overpowering at all with a bit of earthiness at the end. Good example of an east coast IPA.

M - Good amount of carbonation and a slight coating is left. There is a distinct bitterness at the back of your tongue that lets you know that it's an IPA.

D - Very drinkable with a lower ABV for an Imperial IPA but the "Imperialness" comes from the quality of this fine brew.

Photo of gameface23
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chill-hazed orange with a nice sized frothy head. Lacing is prevalent.

S: Pink grapefruit, orange blossom honey and a certain earthiness that I can't quite put my finger on. It's not as pungent as some of the best DIPAs, but it's still very nice.

T: A good dose of hop flavor (but not really bitterness) up front transitioning into a nice lemon/orange rind bitterness for the finish. There is also a malt sweetness and some bready notes from the Munich malt.

M: Medium-full body. Any thicker and it would be too malty. Any thinner and the finish would be too astringent.

D: I am proud that this beer is brewed in my home state.

Photo of Duhast500
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at American Craft in Brookline while watching the Celtics-Lakers Game 1 NBA Finals.

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a hazy with a slight orange/yellow color with about two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet with a nice sweet floral hop flavor with some nice citrus flavor with some nice orange and grapefruit. A nice bouquet of really sweet aromatics in the nose is quite pleasant.

The taste is real fruity up front and has a nice mix of grapefruit and some great tangerine. There is a real nice juicy bitterness that is fronted by a piney flavor. There is a bit of a caramel feel that seems to come from the malts and mixes well into the hoppy flavors that seem to dominate.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and comes down well and is pretty drinkable. It has a nice smooth, creamy feel and had a moderate amount of carbonation. A really good DIPA from a local brewery in MA.

Photo of DNICE555
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased across the street at a gas station in Chicopee MA on my way to play poker with Soupedup. A nice Surprise. Didn't expect to find anything at this place. Very small with a very small selection. Quality though, found a nugget nectar, wachusetts larry, and a moylans hopsickle. Probably only left because their normal clientele doesn't seem to be those into craft brews.

A - A Medium amber body with a decent white head. Poured into my pint glass.

S - Great citrus, bitter grapefruit, some pine, that oh so lovely hop aroma.

T - Nice bitter grapefruit. Not as much citrus comes through as in the aroma. Nice hop character. Malt backbone heavier than expected. Overall, very tasty.

M - Pretty smooth, borders an IPA and a DIPA.

I was pumped to find and try this one. A very solid beer.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery pint glass.

Appearance: Deep yellow to light orange in color. Two finger, beige, pilloewy head with decent retention. Mostly clear, an almost imperceptiable amount of haze throughout.

Aroma: Grapefruit and pine notes. The sweet grapefruit and tropical fruit notes stand out first, with the pine offering a little bitterness toward the end.

Taste: Very sweet tropical fruit and grapefruit notes upfront. The pine and bitter notes from the hops balance out the flavors toward the end. Slight bitter aftertaste. Really nice flavor profile, that manages to be flavorful and not a complete hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit dry toward the end. Oily as well.

Drinkability: Very average ABV for a double IPA, so that was not a main issue. The hop flavors were pleasant and made for a nice sipping beer. I had no trouble finishing one bottle.

Overall, an enjoyable and flavorful IPA. Really nice hop flavor throughout and just genuinely enjoyable. Definitely recommended.

Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.