Wachusett Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,449
Ranked #6,537
4.03 | pDev: 9.93%
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: 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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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the large 5 year old bottle it pours a hazy dark amber color with a modest off-white head that eventually diminishes to a thin layer and nice ring. The scent still has notes of pineapple. The taste remains on the hoppy side, with a malt base.

Jun 22, 2021
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mickyge from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a can glass yields a foamy 1 inch head and a crystal clear amber appearance

Aroma is earthy, bread, and a hint of pine. Loaded with hops

Taste follows the nose as it tastes earthy and malty with a hint of apricot

It’s a bit of a tongue grabber, resins and very bitter finish are pronounced. Medium carbonation, the alcohol comes thru as well

Overall if you are looking for a DIPA that’s not smooth, creamy and juicy, this one is for you.

Oct 13, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 ounce can.

Appearance: honey color, nice 1” head, medium lacing.

Smell: grapefruit, citrus, mild hoppy.

Taste: bitter hops, smooth and boozy.

Mouth Feel: lightly carbonated, thin, smooth.

A drinkable beer but boozy. I would not purchase again but would drink if offered.

Jan 18, 2020
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasty and rich beer. Apricot hue and creamy off white head. Notes of honey, apricot and pineapple. Pineapple and resin flavor, rich and a little funky. Some green vegetable notes too. Not a subtle beer, but well balanced enough to be tasty and go down easy.

Jan 18, 2020
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. 11/2/18

Pours out as an amber color with gold highlights. Pillowy, pure white foam, clumpy and lacy!

There is some very sweet aspects to the aroma, first is the caramel smell to the malt, and then it's a very sweet fruity blast from the hops. A bit of alcohol heat tingles, then it's key lime pie, tropical fruits,pineapple and earthy grains.

First impression on the first sip is....boozy! Some high heat and then a rush pf tropical sweetness from the hops. It's not very long before a seriously bitter and earthy dry effect rolls in and mingles with the heat. Complexity of flavor is very good with some sharp edges and sip-it only style. The malt has a very nice, medium bodied, caramel style sweetness. The high alpha bitter and dry side of the hops is pretty intense.

Overall, I'm personally enjoying this very much, bu the heat is pretty cranked up but the hop and malty balance is sublime.

Nov 02, 2018
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very acceptable imperial IPA. This review for the canned version. It has a hint of metallic and a tiny bit of soapiness. Nothing major. Not much of a nose that I would expect from a big IPA. Definitely big on hops, but it lacks the smoothness of some of the top imperial IPAs. But there again that is what you are paying for. Despite all that it is pleasant tasting and potent. Good value for money. Three cans in a mix pack. Better not to drink them all at once ! It packs a punch. Value for money.

Aug 31, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazy orange amber with a whispy one finger bright white head. Retention is solid and there are many chunks of lacing. Smell is citrus, pine and sweet malt. Taste is the same. Feel is light side of medium and sticky, no alcohol present. Overall a solid beer, but I wouldn't seek it out. Only 2 weeks before the best by date, so maybe it would be less muddled if it was more fresh.

Jun 26, 2016
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GuitarIPA from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Delicious IPA
L - pours a hazy, copper color with thick, cling white foam
A - hops and lots of malt
T - maltiness on the nose is balanced out by hop and resin/pine flavors. Nice combination of refreshing and bitter on the finish.
F - medium body, sweetness from the malt and good carbonation

May 06, 2016
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Czarkazm from New York

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the can, best before 8/12/2016. Collects in a snifter with a bright golden orange color and a healthy looking white head. The aroma is sweet malt and candied citrus, bubblegum, dried mango, candied peach, honey, melon mint, and artificial tropical flavors. Good carbonation on this one keeps it from feeling too sticky and sweet, medium mouth feel with light bitterness. Dank pine resin comes through in the taste, along with apricot fruit leather, cranberry, biscuity malt, passion fruit, sweet orange, and grass.

Apr 05, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is peach and nectarine for days with some biscuity malt.

The beer is less tropical on flavor with up front citrus peel, orange, lemon, a medium breadiness with some resinous and floral hops. The beer dries out well with a full on bitterness that lingers on the finish.

Jan 16, 2016
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snilsen13 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hey, this wasn't a beer a liked a few years ago, but things have changed at Wachusett! Tastes great now, really nice balance of mild spice, hop and alcohol to a clean finish. It's actually pretty darn good now!

Sep 28, 2015
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange pour, and a foamy white head after a hard pour. Dank and resiny hops with herbal notes and a dry bready aroma. The taste follows closely with the finish being mostly bitter. This has good body, flavor and drinkability for an east coast IPA.

Sep 21, 2015
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mhs413 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There is something about this beer that I just don't love. I like it, for sure, but likely wouldn't go looking for it. The can I had oddly seemed a little burnt.

Sep 19, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really dig this beer. The hop mix is great; apart from bittering hops you get simcoe for earthy resin, amarillo for orange, cascade for floral/citrus, and chinook for pine. The beer looks awesome in the glass, unfiltered and hazy with a nice head that sticks around for a bit. I thought the mouthfeel was great as a result, carbonation picks up the malt gravity and abv, which by the way is pretty well hidden. People may be under appreciating how good this beer is because it's fairly obtainable, which is fine by me because I can just go get more.

Sep 05, 2015
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978577 from Massachusetts

2.47/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm from the Wachusett area (north central mass). That being said, I wish it weren't such a mediocre a beer. `I also cannot understand the over the top reviews on this carp. Yes, I said carp, no typo. Out of 10 this is a 4. If you would like to experience a truly heavenly brew in this genre, I strongly suggest ingesting a Heavy seas Double Cannon. Mwah! Baby. ggggggggg. To each his own. This world doesn't suck, people do.

Sep 04, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

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

L: hazy gold, 2” lace, rocky, foamy reduces to ¼” S: Citrus, biscuit, fruit. T: starts with a burst of malt, then fruit, then citrus rind hops, lingering aftertaste. F: Creamy, luscious, moderate carbonation, medium body. O: A very well done DIPA.

Aug 18, 2015
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IIPAHOP from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great IPA by Wachusett brewing. Love the name..not sure what is about? Great taste..strong and heavy with a kick. I usually drink the bottles only...

Jul 28, 2015
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KSOZE from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Earthy and floral with a hint of citrus and spice. Nice hazy yellow with decent lacing. Smell matches flavor pretty spot on with some biscuity malt presence. Decent DIPA with a huge smack of bitterness.

Jul 28, 2015
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CHickman from New York

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery and it looked good and smelled good, but the flavor was very basic with mild citrus hops and a malty backbone that resembled biscuit. With that being said, it was not overly hoppy to be deemed a DIPA. It did mask the ABV quite well, but overall it was just a good, regular IPA in my view.

Jul 11, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: floral, earthy, a hint of tropical fruit;

T: earthy up front; floral and toffee at mid-palate; floral and earthy with moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not exceptional in any way, but very nice; I'm always happy with a DIPA that ends bitter;

Jun 16, 2015
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Oap--1127 from Connecticut

2.72/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had 4 cans out of a six pack over a few week period. Tried to like it but I cannot find a reason to like this beer. Cannot relate to the good reviews.

May 01, 2015
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Beglane from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled on 3-8-15. So fresh, so delicious, so refreshing the 8.5 ABV is really well hidden. I've made Larry my new go to DIPA, I really like how well balanced it is. I've been drinking this beer for years, I can't believe I've never reviewed it. Sorry I haven't showed the love, Larry!!

Apr 14, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can, best by date of 6/30/15

slightly hazy orange golden color. good head retention and lacing. nice overall hop flavor aroma - citrus, pine, herbal. just a bit of malt to balance things out. medium bodied

Apr 08, 2015
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Borkman18 from Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my go to Imperial at the moment. 8.5 ABV and 85 IBU's accompanied with citrusy notes makes this a must buy again and again. Unfiltered and has a head that dissipates rather quickly after pouring into a snifter.

Apr 02, 2015
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FredZ from New York

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The appearance is a hazy orange amber. Not much head to speak of when poured into a tulip. Very small amount of lacing as you drink.

S- Other reviewers mention banana and grapefruit in the nose. I get that, but I also get piney, resiny, apricot. The smell is sugary, almost like a sweet apricot jam. The smell is unique but not something that strikes my fancy. Not a prototypical DIPA for sure.

M- The mouthfeel is pretty standard, a little on the syrupy side. Not overly carbonated.

T- The taste is just not something I prefer. I almost feel like the beer I tried was not what this beer was intended to be, like it was contaminated somehow. But, I like my double IPAs a bit more citrusy and the hop profile on this beer is just not appleaing to me.

O- Overall, I would not go out of my way to drink this beer again.

Jan 24, 2015
Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 991 ratings