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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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777 Ratings
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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 72
Gots: 73 | 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 ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/2" dense beige head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head falls WAY slowly, leaving a tall monolith of froth in the center, and thick coating all down the glass walls. Aroma is light to moderate of fruity hops, but nowhere near what I would hope for.

Taste starts with juicy fruit hops flavor, moderately sweet in the middle, and closes medium bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Hops character did start to blossom as the beer dwindled, but it didn't make up for the slow start.

ppoitras, May 18, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a tulip, shared by Brad at a recent tasting, thanks I've been wanting to try these new NE IPAs.

Beer is yellow to orange and really hazy. Forms a white head of medium and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low and looks pretty good.

The aroma is great. It is strong citrus hops with grapefruit, lime and some earthiness to it. Not much malt comes through in the aroma and I like that a lot. I caught myself smelling the empty bottle later in the night. Very awesome amarillo / cascade / citra aroma.

Beer is medium body, carbonation level in the mouth is completely appropriate. Not much sweetness, just enough on the front to get to the fruit flavors from the hops and the bitterness in the back. The beer is bitter but not overpowering. Its an interesting and good DIPA and I would definitely get more of it -- if that were possible.

drabmuh, May 17, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle kicked off the tasting at Brad's on Saturday.

Larry pours dark yellow, is pretty hazy, has a decent sized head and good lacing. Citrus and floral aromas smell very fresh and inviting. The beer is slightly sweet, with nice tart citrus fruits and some herbal/floral notes. The alcohol is hidden very well and this beer is nice and easy to drink. Overall, a very solid brew, and a good example of the style.

Huhzubendah, May 17, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big foamy white head with good staying power. Pours a hazy golden peach. Sticky webbed lacing.

The nose contains citrusy, lemon-mango infused hops, some faint pine notes and sweet malts. Orange sorbet with a touch of bitterness.

Lots of mango, orange and a touch of grapefruit in the flavor. Very fruit forward. Hop bitterness is good, but could be a tad stronger. Smooth malts with a touch of sweetness. Finishes with malty light bitterness. A good amount of fruit, but leaves you wanting a bit more in the hop department.

Mouthfeel is smooth and lingers on the light side for a DIPA. Carbonation is small, tingly and there is some bitterness. Seems a bit light for the style.

Easy drinking, refreshing, on the light side for DIPAs. Good for regular IPA drinkers who want just a bit more form their beer. Drinking the bomber is no problem.

Overall, this is a good DIPA, but it's not quite up there with the big guns. The fruit is nice, but I'd like to see more hops and a beefier body. Still worth seeking out, especially if you like fruitier IPAs.

sisuspeed, May 17, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, orange/gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: pine hops, sweet citrus fruit-nectarine--tangerine

Taste: sweet citrus fruit-nectarine--tangerine, toasted malt, caramel, and pine

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium/high carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: Wachusett is really putting out some excellent ipas lately. I really like the tangerine taste. I could have several glasses. Nice and refreshing.

tigg924, May 16, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with an enormous beige fluffy head that lasts and lasts. Some good rings and lacing.

Pine and grapefruit rind, but not as strong as I thought it would be. The head is masking this a bit. Trying to find other elements -- not there.

Big juicy hop presence with a decent toasted malt element. Some light fruit -- but push this way to the back. Lingering hop finish -- very pleasant, balanced, and intense brew. The alcohol comes up in the middle of all of this, but you hardly notice it.

Medium body with good carbonation to keep this one drinkable. Chug chug. This goes down very easy. You'll finish the bomber and immediately want another. Limited edition. Bummer. This should be a regular offering. I'm stocking up and gonna share this with some friends. Try this.

OtherShoe2, May 15, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thrilled to finally be able to have this one, I immediately cracked it open when I got home last night. Served cold and enjoyed while I cooked burgers, this one was consumed on 05/13/2010.

Rich dark orange amber pour was very cloudy even from the start. A nice head nearly two inches high then came up and over the top, settling down with lots of webbing and lacing down the sides of the glass. Lots of visible carbonation was also apparent from the very beginning. A very nice overall look, classic for the style.

Aroma is very fresh, lots of ripe, astringent citrus notes coming through the air almost immediately. Very floral and juicy. As it warmed a light bit of pineapple and grapefruit start to separate them, but there was by no means any bit of a malty balance here, this was a straight up hop lovers dream. Biting, sharp hops pierce the tongue immediately. Again lots of fresh fruity notes, orange, grapefruit, citrus, tons of sharp hops. Very nice light body is well carbonated and this lends itself well to hiding any ABV that might be a concern. Loads of follow through here as the flavor seems to longer on the palate for what seems like forever before you can finally shake that last taste.

Overall this was a great, great DIPA. So soft and bitingly sharp with the flavors, light, easy to drink and very enjoyable. Glad I have a couple bottles and would not mind having this all the time.

mikesgroove, May 15, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very generous BA for this extra. Been wanting to try this for a while. Bottle date best by July 2010.

A - Beautiful tangerine color with a large, frothy, and long lasting 2.5" white head that left ample lacing in the glass. Very slight haziness but this is simply gorgeous. 4.5

S - A nice balance of pine and grapefruit, although the grapefruit citrusiness wins overall. Nicely balanced with a touch of biscuit in the background. Very hoppy and juicy. 4.0

T - Immediate earthy bitterness with a slight touch of caramel sweetness. Dominating grapefruit citrus and lemongrass. Nice subtle pine that lasts through the finish. Hint of alcohol as well. 4.0

M - Medium bodied, a full texture that includes smooth carbonation, hint of prickle on the palate, and decent dryness. 3.5

D - Quite. This is a very nice moderately alcoholic DIPA. Certainly drinkable, I just finished the whole bomber myself. 4.5

DmanGTR, May 15, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with a fluffy white cap. There was about an inch of foam produced by the pour and clumpy lace clung to the glass as the beer disappeared. Fruity aroma, tropical pineapple, citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, a bit floral with faint malt in the background. Bitterness was solid, but not aggressive, and prominent from start to finish. Less fruity than in the aroma, yet still some tropical and citrus character. Some spicy hop character that wasn't present in the smell too. Caramel malt sweetness was evident early on, but diminished towards the end. Carbonation was a bit high at the start, then immediately mellowed to give it a creamier texture. Medium bodied, but the quick loss of CO2 left it feeling a bit dead after it sat on the palate for a couple seconds, almost like the body was falling away. Pretty easy drinking, feels more like a bigger IPA rather than moving completely into DIPA territory. I really liked the nose - fragrant and hoppy without being overly bold, but the flavour and texture just didn't live up to the promise of the aroma. Still pretty good though.

DrJay, May 12, 2010
Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow. Nice head with good retention and lacing. Reminds me of a combo of Hop 15, Big A, and Green Flash West Coast. Which mean it is a great beer. Lot's of citrus and pine on the nose. Good level of bitterness. Maybe the best local IPA, IMHO. Love. Love. Love.

BeerMusketeer, May 11, 2010
Photo of zebco
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a golden-orange. Kind of cloudy with a creamy, sticky head. Carbonation bubbles seem lively and active. A beautiful lacing as I drank this brew down. Definite hops on the nose. Pine, orange, pineapple, and florals are there also. Sweet malt taste coupled with powerful hops. There is also a slight warming note of alcohol. A lovely hoppy, bitter aftertaste. This brew has a great mouthfeel with a sort of creamy, coaty feeling. Major props to the brewer; this beer is awesome. I'm grateful to live so close (40mins) to the brewery as I see on their website they sell growlers of this stuff.

zebco, May 11, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Great hazy orange, with nice slightly off-white head, great lacing.

S: Big time pine hops, mixed with juicy grapefruit, then a sweet, almost pineapple or mango smell.

T: Just as the nose would lead on, does not disappoint at all. A lot of pine hops, with a nice citrus and sweet fruit flavor. There's also a great malt and brown sugar sweetness to balance out this great DIPA.

M: So smooth and creamy, almost perfect.

D: If there could be more than 5, I'd rate it higher. The hype around this is for good reason. Buy. It. Now.

mostpoetsdo, May 10, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle on a Sunday evening. Generously included as an extra from a kind trader from the Northeast on his first trade no less! Thanks, Eric, this hit the spot after a day of running around and doing housework!!

Once poured into my Founders snifter, I had to marvel - this looks great, cloudy orange, huge fluffy white head and awesome lacing. Damn close to perfect but tone is just a touch dirty.

Smell is great, but a tad muted. Tons of citrus hops, orange is the most pronounced flavor. Touch of earthiness, grass, and pine as well. Some malt is also present, sweet caramel.

Taste is also really good. Orange, pineapple, mango, and apricot from the citrus hops. Nice amount of balance shown, as there isn't a ton of ruinous bitterness. Malt is crisp and sweet, a kiss of caramel and also very nice for the style. I really like this, if it was dialed up a notch it would be a contender for the top slot. But as it is, it's very good!

Mouthfeel was a touch too carbed IMO. Just a touch less sparkle would make this perfect as the body is spot-on.

Drinkability was exceptional. A really great beer that went down amazingly well!

jampics2, May 10, 2010
Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive, dense head that settles very slowly in rocky fashion (leaving a really cool dome). Dark gold-orange color; very cloudy. Excellent lace!

Classic DIPA aromas of citrusy hop and mild, clean lighter malt.

Up front the flavor is balanced--mostly grainy malt with a note of grapefruity hop. The texture is full with an equally high level of carbonation. Holding the brew in my mouth, it stays predominantly malty. The swallow is where the hop bitterness shows up, more subtly than some. The aftertaste is lasting but not biting. No notable alcohol presence.

Here is one of the more interesting DIPA's. This is not an extreme version; in fact, I'd describe it as quite mild for the style. But still it is one of the better beers I've had in a very long while.

smcolw, May 09, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a hazy cloudy appearance and a small one finger head.

Smell is of zesty citrus hops. Not too floral for a double IPA, but i can't wait to drink it!

Taste is a nice bitter citrusy double IPA. Lots of orange, grapefruit, and banana. Very fruity and floral beer, light on the malt too, which is a good quality in a double IPA, as far as I'm concerned.

Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. It goes down very smoothly, glad to drink it.

Good drinkability, a little low on the bitterness, but pretty damn good.

pmccallum86, May 09, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought last weekend, fresh by date of July 2010.

Pours a golden color with hints of orange, the perfect sized head sits atop of the beer and fades at a ridiculously slow rate.

Smell has a nice piney citrus hop kick with a strong grapefruit presence, while the aroma is great at first it fades way too fast.

The taste is quite well balanced actually, while there is a copious amount of hops in the flavor, there's a sweetness that melds with it (seems almost honey-like), the aftertaste is less bitter and more citrusy which allows me to just down this bomber in quick fashion, the strength is not evident at all, great carbonation and a creamy-ish mouthfeel because of it.

If this was readily available to me, I would consider this an DIPA staple in my fridge.

deltatauhobbit, May 08, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recently picked up a 22oz bomber at Harringtons for $7.95 (plus dep and tax). Label had a little history and ballwashing present. Opted to pop it today out in the 'Zebo.

Poured some into an imperial pint glass. Larry was a cloudy, golden-apricot hue. Scattered carbo slowly ascended within. Head was light and thin, mostly white foam clinging to the rim, leaving some lace here and there. Nose was quite inviting, with semi-sweet fruity, citrus notes abounding. Still plenty of hops present, but it comes across like a nice breakfast apricot jam. Body was about medium, but the feel was a bit light and airy on the tongue. Could have more heft, for a DIPA, imo.

Flavor was not as sweet as intimated by the aroma. Some subtle malty sweetness is there, but the hops dominate on the palate. They come across quite puckery, with lots of citrus, in the form of orange, grapefruit and a smidge more apricot. Bottom line is lots of rindy, pithy bitterness, though. A slight increase in sweetness appears with warming, but this is still well on the bitter side. Overall, a rather pedestrian offering, and not worth the hype (and coin) to me.


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


Bierman9, May 08, 2010
Photo of Casey10
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow great beer very floral and citruisy. Nice and crisp.

A - pours a nice golden yellow one finger head.

S - oranges, tangerines, and lemons nice flowery smell reall nice.

T - great west coast style very delecious again with the great floral citrus taste to it.

M - stays with you smooth feel leaves a nice feel after as well.

D - Glad I bought 2 and looking forward to getting more when I am in MA. Great job !!

Casey10, May 07, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - orangish, reddish in color with a smooth matte sort of appearance. The head is about an inch of off-white batter-like foam. Very thick and dense. This is a great looking beer.

Aroma - big citrusy and piney hops. Some tropical fruit aromas as well as a bit of lemon grass. The fresh hop profile in the nose quite alluring (boy does that sound snobby). Seriously though, this has a great smell to it and it makes me want to dive in both figuratively and literally.

Taste - a big mouthful of grapefruity, citrusy, piney hops that leads to a sharp bite on the tongue. The backbone is not super sweet and the hops tend to stand out a LOT in this beer. Very refreshing on the palate, I have to keep reminding myself this was brewed here in Massachusetts and not Washington, Oregon or California. If you like a well-balanced yet BIG hoppy brew this one should satisfy.

Overall - by far the best brew I've had from the folks at Wachusett. Great job on this big IPA, it was excellent.

Would I buy more of it? - yep, for the price this is a great big IPA and its brewed pretty locally to me as well. Who says big bad Imperial IPAs have to come from the West Coast?

indiapaleale, May 07, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours out a slightly hazy orange-brown, looks just like apple cider actually. The head retains at two fingers very well and is a foamy, creamy beast. Some thick spots of lacing come far off the glass in several spots. Head retention rivals Duvel but the lacing falls a bit short.

S- Lots of hops up front, one unique thing that sticks out to me is the pineapple. Smell has a lot of citrus in it, orange is noticed the most. Malt makes a good appearance and is bready, rounds out the nose pretty well. The strength is good. Earthy and grassy hops are noticed as well.

T- Once again, a ton of hops. The bitterness level is fairly high but does not kill the tongue. Pineapple, citrus peel, orange, grass, earthy are some notes I pick up from the hops. The malt doesn't make much of an appearance behind a pretty damn good hop profile. This one really tastes a lot like orange-pineapple juice.

MF- Light-moderate bodied with medium-high carbonation. Both feel fine in such a hoppy beer. A pretty good amount of warmth hits the tongue as well. A coat of bitter pineapple-orange stays on the palate.

DB- A great price for a big double IPA. The flavors and aroma are good. The bitterness and huge hop flavors will be too much after a bomber but thats enough for me anyways. I hope this one sticks around and becomes a regular Wachusett brew, definitely the best I have had by them. One of the most affordable quality IIPAs I have had.

cbutova, May 06, 2010
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazy yellorange color. It has a thick off white head that falls slowly to a lumpy blanket. nice lace. a hearty nose - I could smell it as I poured it. I get a balanced smell of Sweet malt and Citrus hops. I am eager to see what happens with the taste.

Well the hops hit pretty quick. Grapefruit then it goes towards pine. The malt then starts to intermingle with caramel notes. The brew is medium in body and the mouthfeel is good. Nice carbonation yet pretty smooth. Overall an enjoyable brew, a solid DIPA.

ThirstyBird, May 06, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous gift from ClownShoesDreams, with an attached post-it: "Some folks think this beer is better than GUBNA." LOL! Thanks, Gregg!

A: Pours a murky, soft amber-orange body with glowing ruby/pink tints against the light. The head is a long-lived finger of off-white head; it retreats into a broken collar with some scattered bubbles on top of the brew. A little lace from the head, nothing during the drink.

S: Not a particularly vibrant nose, but it's easy to appreciate an orange peel and tangerine note as well as floral hops. Malt is restrained; it lends a bready and caramelly scent to the beer.

T: I enjoy the citrus notes here, though they carry an earthier/bitter bent to them than I usually experience -- as above, I liken it to orange peel over pulp. It blends nicely with the floral hops here. It's maltier than I expected from the nose, but not into American barleywine territory. Definitely an East Coast DIPA, though.

M: A little higher than medium viscosity. Medium bodied in flavor, with a slightly watery finish. There's a light harshness in the finish from the hops.

D: Fairly easy to drink, and quite an enjoyable flavor. I would never put it in the same class as Pliny the Elder or HopSlam, but it's a pretty close competitor for Leafer Madness or Hercules. If it were available locally for cheaper than those, I'd buy it.

And yes, it's better than GUBNA. But then, most beers are...

Arbitrator, May 05, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark amber color with a lot of hop haze to it. The head is pearl white, thick and creamy with a few bubbles on top. The retention is extremely solid lingering for quite some time leaving a thin lace covering most of the glass

S-the nose is a little light but brings big hops. Light malt up front, hints of caramel and bread; but very light. Hops take over and are the absolute focus of the beer. Pine, appricot and tangerine dominate

T-the taste is quite nice and big hops. Caramel and toasted bread up front but faint similar to the nose. Pine lies in the middle, hints of pine needles. Juicy citric hops take over, tangerine and appricot. Light bitterness at the finish.

M-smooth and syrupy with a good medium body. Oily and juicy throughout with a good crisp finish

D-this is tasty and shows no alcohol at all. Juicy and soft throughout with a nice light bitterness and big hop flavors.

cpetrone84, May 04, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to portia99 for sending this out my way!

A: Pours a beautiful light copper with orange tints. Massive white head with plenty of craters. Excellent retention and some very nice lacing on the way down.

S: Plenty of citrus and floral hops alongside some definite malt sweetness. Fruity characteristics come through along with the pale malt.

T: Much like the nose...sweetness balances out some of the hops. Hops are primarily floral with some tangerine and other citrus making their way in as well. Normally I'm not a fan of DIPA's with plenty of malt backing them up, but this one is surprisingly quite delicious in that respect.

M: This is where the sweetness is a bit of a drawback, but not that much. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a mild alcohol presence.

D: Highly drinkable. This has made the evening quite enjoyable, and I'm very much looking forward to the additional bottle that I have.

Thorpe429, May 04, 2010
Photo of clegolfski
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Whole Food Cambridge poured into awesome Dogfish Head snifter.

A- Really nice, fairly opaque, hazy orange

S- Bright citrus however not as pronounced many Imperial IPAs

T- See the smell profile, very well balanced but still deliciously bitey. Centennials maybe? Flavor lingers and lingers as a pungent earthyness

M- Mmmm... really hits the spot... very full mouthfeel but never overwhelming.

D- Drinkable but with enough hop bite to keep you in check.

clegolfski, May 03, 2010
Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.