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Wachusett Larry - Wachusett Brewing Company

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759 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 71
Gots: 68 | 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 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
Photo of oregonskibum
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with dense 1 1/2 inche white head. Head disippates slowly with a decent amount of lacing.

S: Orange, cirtus hop flavors come through most clearly. Some piney and mineral notes as well. Smells fairly light for a DIPA.

T: First impression is that this is a light, well balanced DIPA. Citrus - orange, lemon, a little grapefruit, come through most clearly. Malts are held in check with only a mild toast or biscuity flavors. Finish is slightly bitter, although the hoppy orange notes carry through into the finish as well.

M: Medium body (light for the style) with moderate carbonation.

D: This is very drinkable with very nice citrus flavors that are well balanced with a fairly minimal malt presence. While I would barely consider this a DIPA, this was nice. I suspect this was fresh, although the dates were marked on the bottle.

oregonskibum, May 03, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Vigorous pour yields only a half inch, frothy white head that leaves small amounts of lacing. Beer pours hazy amber and leaves walls of lacing that disappear quickly.

Smell: At first, a large hit of orange, with some other citrus and tropical fruit way in the background. Very sweet smelling. Some pine and herbal notes come out with warmth. The citrus flavor develops as in the taste, but not as much. As the beer warms, the sweetness drops off considerably, leaving a beautiful, earthy, fruity, floral aroma. Not quite as in your face magnitude-wise as I would like, but very nice.

Taste: First sip: slick, juicy ambiguous citrus up front, then a very late malt finish, without much bitterness (I love a beer that can make the development of flavor in a sip last a long time). My first impression is that this is much less aggressive than some DIPAs. As I get further into the glass, the finish gets pretty dry, and the bitterness builds up quickly. There's an interesting depth to the citrus character of the flavor. It moves from grapefruit to orange to tangerine to an almost banana-like flavor.

There's a good hop/malt balance at first, but the growing bitterness quickly pushes the bready malt backbone out of the finish (it makes occasional appearances deeper into the bottle, but is never a major player in the taste). The beer is less of a hop bomb than a hop adventure... it's somewhat mild but the development of flavor is very deep. Pine and herbal notes come out to join the myriad citrus flavors. It's very good. I'm glad I started drinking it a bit on the cold side, because the development of flavor that occurred as the beer warmed was quite intriguing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and juicy, solidly medium bodied, mild carbonation, growing bitterness, finishes almost too dry.

Drinkability: The ABV is very well-hidden, but the beer is just a bit more interesting than it is refreshing. The dryness is a bit much for me, though I like the flavor quite a bit. Absolutely would order or buy again, but probably not with great regularity.

All in all, Larry is a very good DIPA. To indulge in some silly BA forum-type nonsense, it's being generous to suggest it's in the same league as Pliny or Capt. Lawrence (or even Gandhi-bot), but it's rather masterfully made. It has the depth of a really good tripel, and very few flaws. It should be noted also that if this beer is available where you live, you probably won't be finding a (D)IPA anywhere near this quality for the same price. Lagunitas-caliber value (a compliment, from me at least).

Pahn, May 01, 2010
Photo of skullsplitter
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice appearance. A nice gold/amber color. The head was actually pretty impressive for something that was poured from a bottle. Nice and thick. Lacing was perfect.

S - Very light and by no means overpowering. It had a citrus like smell to it.

T- The taste is excellent. Very hoppy and bitter but well balanced with fruity notes. Just plain old good.

M - Nice carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - One of the best IIPA's I have ever had. Outside of the Black Shack Porter I have never had much time for Wachusett. I wish I could buy this in 6 packs! I could drink this all day. Hopefully this is a sign more good things are on the way from Wachusett.

skullsplitter, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every so often a beer comes from totally out of left field and surprises you. I had just heard of this brew when lo and behold it appeared quite covertly at our pre-DLD tasting extravaganza. No idea which New Englander brought this, but thanks! Served in a Schlafly pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Big soapy off-white foam that dissipates to a thick cap and leaves behind sheets of attractive lacework. Hazed dark golden body that glows when held to the light. Pretty close to perfect in my book.

S - Nice hop-forward aroma, with plenty of soapy Cascade hops, sweet citrus, light pine, and a solid bready malt backbone. Very good, but slightly undistinguished.

T - Taste is actually an improvement. This feels like I bit into an extremely juice orange. There's some light pine, floral, and sugar qualities, but this is truly verging on juice territory for me. The bitterness is well-attenuated and only picks up after about 4-6oz. Probably a 4.25, but I'm going to round up and ding the appearance instead.

M - Tingly, but soft carbonation. Medium body that is definitely big enough for the low (for a DIPA) ABV. No obvious alcohol heat. Finish is clean and not overly dry or sticky.

D - This was easy to slam down. It's probably more of an IPA+, but it's an excellent one. Wish I had some bottles of my own to enjoy in a less frenzied environment.

MasterSki, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of bum732
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange yellow, nice creamy fluffy head. Smells of big citrus, floral, raw hop resin, grapefruit, orange and lemon. Tastes of light bready sweetness. Big citrus and floral hops makes their appearance, touch of pine as well. Resiny finish, somewhat dry. Blast of raw hops with some mango. Moderate carbonation, good mouthfeel, not cloying in the least.

This is a fantastic beer, lots of hops and just enough malt to complement. Definitely in the west coast style, i was blown away by this beer, their combo of hops and just the right amount of hops is pretty much perfect. Love it!

bum732, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my DT snifter. Poured a hazy burnt orange with a latte-like, two inch off-white head. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent cap with spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Big sweet citrus notes in the nose with a slightly earthy/herbal quality behind. Taste consistent with nose; however, the herbal/earthy quality really manifests itself much more assertively - not quite the sweet grapefruit that one would expect as suggested by the nose, but a definite balance exists here between the two. I also get some light undertones of caramel in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly oily with a background carbonation that falls just shy of prickly. There's also a little bit of heat that comes out at the back of the throat. A tasty and well-balanced DIPA - very flavorful without a huge abv. A very good East Coast DIPA and worth seeking out.

Jwale73, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to axeman9182 for this one, poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright hazy orange with a big creamy white head that recedes quickly to a soapy cap with spotty lacing along the sides.

Lots of citrus in the nose especially oranges and pineapples, very much on the sweeter side of things. In addition, there are some light floral notes and some caramel malts.

The flavor is not quite as impressive as the aroma with some pithy citrus bitterness. There is some sweet caramel and toasted bready before the hops come back and leave a moderate bitterness in the finish - some citrus and some grassy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation which lends a creamy character to the feel. It is not overly bitter which adds to the drinkability.

Overall, a nice hop-forward DIPA that's sweeter than many in the style and very drinkable. Great stuff.

gford217, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber brought back from Boston for me by mikey711 thanks bud!

Appearance: Pours a super hazy pale copper with a 2 finger off white (slightly mocha) crown that shows medium retention and good lace.

Smell: Nice amount of both english style hops (earthy, herbal) and some citrus hops (grapefruit) over a ever so humble dab of caramel malt.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body but not watery! Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Extremely high. If the flavor profile "wowed me" I would have given it a 5.0

koopa, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber/red with a foamy white head and nice lacing

S- Citrusy, grapefruity, spicy hops with a sweet malt backbone. Rivals the best.

T- Perfectly balanced IIPA. Malt and some residual sugars, layers with a nice citrusy bitter hop profile. So much better than their regular IPA, you would not think it was from the same company. Absolute balance in this awesome example of an east coast IPA.

M- Light carbonation makes this a nice smooth drink that let's the hops provide the bitterness and makes for no sharp carbonation feels.

D- The perfect balance makes this very drinkable. The ABV just takes it down a small notch.

Yeah... I just rated this higher than PTE.

thisisxxmyIPA, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Walken
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wachusett: Publick House Series, Larry (Drink by July 2010) (Tasted 04/18/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Super hazy amber liquid fills the glass, pouring slowly down the center yields a righteous, big puffy pillow of off-white eggshell lace that doesn't want to go anywhere really. Fat chunks of lace stick to the sides of my snifter.
Odor: Grapefruit pith, pineapple juice, tangerine, nice varied citrus nose on this, very expressive hop nose.
Consistency: Light end of medium bodied, between the hop oils and rich malt palate. Carbonation is big, but delicate, massaging the the tongue.
Flavor: Holy yikes, a double IPA with some serious malt character? Interwoven layers of dry bread crust and juicy grapefruit, orange and waxy bitter herbs. The balance is definitely shifted towards the hops, but malt character makes a good showing in this beer. Finish is off-dry, tempered by that signature Wachusett fruity/alcohol yeast character and a layer of fat sappy bitter Chinook hop resin coating the mouth.

Goddamn, the east coast is killing it lately when it comes to hop forward beers. I'd love to see this as a seasonal for Spring or Summer. The alcohol in the finish could use some taming, but other than that, this is a hot damned kick-ass beer.

Walken, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larry pours an opaque yellow/orange color with a two-finger, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is strong and all hops. Lots of citrus orange and grapefruit with notes of pineapple blended in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate with a mild carbonated snap on the tip of the tongue. Not very chewy for an Imperial IPA. The flavor is similar to the aroma. Lots of orange and grapefruit citrus with a touch of pine. In the background is some sweet caramel malt which makes a fair attempt at balancing all the hops. It finishes with a mild peppery spice. Once gone a bitter floral hop flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, well crafted beer. It could use a little more body and malt, but otherwise no complaints. I hope this becomes a regular offering by Wachusett.

WanderingFool, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of BeTheBall
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper color with a beautiful two finger head. Smelled of hops, pine, grapefruit, grass. Taste was bitter with a high hops presence, plenty to wipe out all maltiness, just the way I like it! Delicious if you're a hop head. Mouthfeel was good, decent carbonation. Drinkability, due to the great taste was high for me. Great stuff!

BeTheBall, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of masterhomebrewer
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a Bruery tulip.

A-Pours a two-inch head with a gorgeous golden body.

S- Pine, pineapple, grapefruit, bready malt.

T- Resiny, oily, citrus hops balanced perfectly with a nice malt backbone. Absolutely delicious.

M- One of the best aspects of this beer. Sticky, resiny hoppy goodness. Medium carbonation and body -- perfect for the style. Chewy but not heavy.

D- Wow. I drank this one way too fast. This is up there with the best of all DIPAs -- East or West Coast. Rivals Pliny the Elder.

masterhomebrewer, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of ManVersusBeer
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out from the 22 ouncer, featuring LARRY in big letters and a nod to the Publick House on the label, into a light caramel orange. A nice froth of pure white head settles with subtle bubbles. Lacing wisps across the glass as I drink.
It smells of big hops and citrus--grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine--with some mild floral notes, cloves, and ginger.
The grapefruit hop presence is huge when I take a sip. Then comes bready, yeasty, and toasty malts followed up with a bitterness kick.
This is pleasant and crisp with a good dryness to it. I'm enjoying this. A good IPA with minimal alcohol burn and the medium carbonation works well with the back-end notes of refreshingly biting toffee.
Larry mellows out into a candy-like malt character with faint bitter pine hops to form a solid balance. Chewy, but easy drinking. Complex and tasty.

ManVersusBeer, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got a change to try this in bottle form. Had it a while back on tap and it was awesome.

A: Large thick creamy head slowly rises up to 2 fingers in my SA PP Glass. Semi hazy bright golden orange honey colored with quite a few bubbles rising up from the etch at the bottom, that I can barely see. The head leaves a perfect lacing.

N: A strong hop presence, with some nice malts. Starts with quite a bit of piny hops, and some citrus, chewy hops, and even a fresh musty wet hop burst. Below that is some malt character, with a little sweetness and heaviness, with an aroma that lets you know there's some booze in it. A juicy grapefruit aroma wafts its way through it all too.

T: It flays over my tongue thanks to the glass, and spreads that heavy hop character all over. It has a lot of strange hops. First with the musty fresh wet hop, then some pine, citrus, and grapefruit, followed with a slight chewiness, and then even fruity flavors. All that is even followed with some bubblegum. A slight spicy hop character as well. Pretty bitter but not overwhelming. I have to chew it to get through all that to the semi thick malt base and slight sweetness.

M: Pretty thick and chewy, esp for only 7.5% DIPA. Tons of carbonation with that.

F: At first it seems to die out quickly, as the bitterness fades to a slightly sweet malty character. Then a strong bitterness starts to come on with lots of spicy hop character. At this point it dries off quite a bit and adds a strong spicy hop and bitterness, with more musty wet hops lingering. A slight sticky syrupy feel is also there for a while, with a slight malt impression.

jlindros, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (best before July 2010), poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a pale and translucent orangey/golden color. Interesting...can't explain, but it looks a little watery with some color added - doesn't seem cohesive or uniform...really don't know how to describe this, but looks different than other beers. A light cap of white foam that dies pretty quickly and leaves behind an uneven collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Blind smell test, I'd say this is a glass of grapefruit juice. Really not a lot of complexity here, but I happen to like the smell of grapefruit juice, so it is fine with me. I'm struggling to find something else in here, but really not having any luck...maybe just a small hit of caramelly malt, but I'm reaching here.

T - Taste is quite good, and not surprisingly very much like a grapefruit. There is a bit of a cooling sensation, maybe minty that creeps in occasionally. Malt is a bit thin in character, but a bit of bread and a slight, slight hint of caramel do add something here. Along with the grapefruit I get good hit of fresh peaches.

M - Just shy of what I'd call medium bodied...just tending a bit towards the watery side, although it has enough body for the style. Nice, mouth filling citrus...leaves a wonderful coating on the sides of the mouth and the tongue and begs for the next sip. Carbonation is also just light of medium - gives a good smooth, not quite creamy feeling, which is working quite well here.

D - Gotta hand it to these 3 WPI guys (I might be biased, but can't really go wrong with someone from WPI...disclaimer: class of '94)...I have enjoyed the Wachusett beers over the years, but I think this one is definitely my favorite so far (California IPA is still in the fridge though). Maybe a bit on the heavy side to drink a lot of this, but if you are a big citrus fan, this one is sure to please. Gonna definitely pick up a few more of these before they disappear from the shelves....oh how I wish this was on tap at the Boynton when I was still in school.

portia99, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of gatorhophead
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A.) Pours a nice hazy orange with a 1/2" head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing.

S.) Starts out with an earthy piney hop smell then smacks you with peaches and mangos, I hope it tastes as good as it smells.

T.) The taste delivers on the smell, starts out nice and bitter on the tongue then quickly spreads to the sides of the mouth. The bitterness is then quickly followed by strong hints of peach and mangoes that lingers for a while and I'm glad it did.

d.) It's dangerously drinkable. The 8.5% ABV is a hair on the light side for an Imperial IPA, but there is not even a hint of alcohol in this beer. I love this beer and will be returning to the liquor store tomorrow to get some more.

gatorhophead, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a DIPA!! Super big foamy head that settles down to really lace the glass. The aroma super citrus, but more of a tropical nature. More pineapple and melon, super nice!. Taste is right there, more pineapple, grapefruit, but very well balanced with a nice malt smoothness at the end. This is the kind of DIPA you can really enjoy. Its more about the balance of flavor with the bitter instead of just a big Hop hit. Plus its not a real killer at only 7.5 ABV,which is light for a DIPA. I really hope Wachusett makes this year round and will bottle in 6 packs. For me this ranks right up there with the Avery Maharaja.

Liverpool08, Apr 07, 2010
Wachusett Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.