Larry | Wachusett Brewing Company

959 Ratings

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by Patrick on 07-25-2009

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Photo of Mattyssox
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I won't even go through the letters. I'm an IPA guy. this is perfect. I would consider never buying another brand of IPA again if they sold this in 12 packs. literally perfection. Anything less than an A is not doing this beer justice.I think the only downfall would be how hard it is to find.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
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...

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Photo of seh410
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Yellow/orange color, clear, with one finger of foamy off-white head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Super floral hops, grapefruit, some yeast and malts in the background, but mostly a full, tropical delicious hoppiness dominates

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fruity, tropical hops hit first, followed by a great, strong, malty background. Aftertaste is short and while the hoppy bitterness is totally there, it hits in the front and doesn't linger past its welcome. Mouthfeel is medium to full, and creamy with a slightly dry finish

Notes: Drinkability is awesome. Great, excellent, perfect beer! Well done!

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Photo of Spgeorge
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I cannot say enough about Larry. I think it is better than the almighty HeaddyTopper. Tough to find at the store but worth the effort. Will be trying to clone in the fall and hope to come close to the flavor and body of the real thing. My ATF. If Wachusett Brewery sees this PLEASE start selling these in 4/6 packs.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Pours light brown, somewhat cloudy, with an awesome 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.

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

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Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of masterhomebrewer
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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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

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick, but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced and starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong but not-over powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, couldn't be happier that this beer is now bottled and is not just available on-tap. It's a very good 2IPA that I could drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Borkman18
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by: June 2012 - I sat on this but it still tastes great.

A: Pours a very frothy white creamy head with tons of lacing and a sticky spider web trail. Ruby red / straw in color, a nice

S: Aroma of grapefruit , fresh oranges, no rind , very little pine which was somewhat surprising and refreshing.

T: Wow, still great tasting even a few months past the best by date. I had failed to find this the last time I had looked in June, and had put this in my fridge. No worries there though as it is still delicious. I will have to revisit with a fresher bottle next time. There is a sweetness that I want to describe as Ruby Red grapefruit and the color gently hints at it I felt. This is a very refreshing thirst quenching DIPA. There is no overbittered flavor in here at all, just fresh, just peeled orange citrus and grapefruit. Little if any pine at all, and a nice sweet malt backbone. More than two row, with some great specialty grains poking their head out.

M: Medium body with a mild mid level carbonation. Both I felt were spot on.

O: Overall this beer really surprised me. I had heard about this about two years ago and I would say if you can find it, it is definitely worth a shot. It should surprise you too if it has flown under your radar.

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Photo of gatorhophead
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not a fan of the name but whatever floats your boat I guess. Opaque, dark golden orange color. Bubble collar retention with a skim mass in the middle leaves lacey splashes in it's wake. Rouses well.

Aroma = hop playground + olfactory utopia. Piney citrus hops, orange citrus, peach and floral hops, and even some peppery hops. Biscuit malt underneath all the glorious hubbub.

Piney hop resin seeps through an active, almost buzzing bitter. "Juicey," and "fresh" are the first two words that come to mind. "Awesome" is worthy as well. Humming bird nectar sweet biscuit malt has a nice sticky feeling from all the hop oils.

I had my first Pliny a few weeks ago and this was equally as good if not better (better mouthfeel). This is DIPA can hang with the best of'em.

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Photo of MikeyMikee
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6/9/11..served at fridge temp.

A- Copper, amber with an off white head...the head retention is alright but nothing spectacular...good lacing left on the glass.

S- Very citrusy and tropical. The soft mango, pinapple notes really come through..a little bit of orange as well..not too much grapfruit but you can tell its there. The smell is definetely not in your face but its really good...very smooth.

T- Tangy orange zest, with a pretty strong grapfruit presence. Floral and citrus hops. Not too much on the malt, there is that grainy pale malt feel to it, but nothing really worth mentioning other than that. This is a very hop foward beer and if your a hop head youll love this. A slight ethanol taste but its not a bad thing at all.

M- Carbonation stings abit..the hops also contribute to the sharp bite but there is definitely a little too much carbonation for my liking. The bitter hops are really pleasant though, its got a crisp feel to it. Little bit dry on the finish as well.

O- A really solid beer, one of the better DIPA's that I've had. Its just a bitter, bitter beer with not too much malt interference which is great!

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty tulip. A half-inch white head shrinks to lacing on top of a light straw color. This smells fantastic. Lots of tropical fruits and sweet fruit punch. This is the third time I have this beer and this is the best it's smelled because this is the freshest it's been. The taste is slightly sweet, and mimics the smell with a slight hint of citrus in the finish. This is one of the less astringent DIPA's I've had, but the flavor is quite unique in it's marriage of hops and malt. Delicious! Carbonation is relatively light on this one. Definitely wish I bought more, I could drink this all day!

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Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For freshest taste, enjoy by December 2011. Whew!

Nice pour, thick orange haziness with an even thicker, bonewhite head.

Nicer aroma. Strong citrus hops backed up by sweet dough nodes, almost like I'm at a bakery. Very nicely balanced, and there's some nice aged fruit complexities that shine through a little bit as the beer warms up.

Tastes good, but not quite so good as the aroma had me hoping for. It avoid all the double IPA pitfalls--there's no syrupy thickness nor any mindless hop intensity. The hops have been muted by age, but are still present and nicely citrusy. The real star her is the barely and yeast combination, which come together in a sweet melange that's like fresh doughnut batter.

Anyone who faults that an double IPA that's this well balanced for lacking an intense hop presence needs to do a little bit of reading.

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Photo of Hendry
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange and two finger ecru head of about one finger,solid lacing. Fools you into thinking it looks nearly clear when in fact it is partly cloudy when held up to the light.

Piney & grapefruit rind aroma, slight sweet malt presence.

First sip was a sharp palate stripper from the get go, quite resinous & pine needle dominated. The grapefruit rind factor comes into play after a handful of sips,lingering bitterness,some warming but not unexpected for 8.5%. Malts are lying low,hops are ridin' high.

Medium mouthfeel,spot on carbonation,lingering bitterness from the hops is pleasant and not overdone.Crisp finish after the initial shock treatment from the first taste.

One of those IIPAs that earn your respect as you make your way through the bomber. This is an under the radar solid IIPA deserving of the awards it has earned. After purchasing this on vacation in New Hampshire, I noticed "Larry" (fans of TruTV Impractical Jokers HAVE to laugh at the name) on the shelves in Vermont. This is an East Coast IIPA to send as a surprise extra: one that will impress hop zombies and one they likely have never heard of or thought of getting. Solid effort from Wachusett and highly recommended. Not a delicate tropical IPA, this is a solidly bitter high IBU hop bomb.

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Photo of Jonny41
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type; Had from can and bottle

appearance: Average golden/tangerine color nice head minimum lacing

Smell:Nice mild smells not overpowering in any way but NICE, citrus sweet notes nothing offensive or over the top

Taste: This is where it takes off, had one late night from can. One word SMOOTH. Soft feel great flavor extremely easy drinking. Got a second pour from bottle the next night just to make sure it was as good. Awesomely smooth great balance of flavors grapefruit comes thru in the finish slightly sweet more aromas, i really cant stop drinking this.
Where are they hiding the 8.5%? a very easy beer to get in trouble with. I want more.

Mouthfeel: smooth again smooth

Overall: a 4.75 I want to go higher but am afraid its just love at first pint will be trying much more of this to make sure.

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Photo of Beglane
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!!

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Photo of pat61
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.

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Photo of WSB
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful hazy orange/burnt amber color. Due to careless pouring I got a nice three fingers of head, light and wispy, off white, that eventually settled down to a manageable lacing on the glass.

The smell is modest- hoppy, though not overly flowery or perfumy. But the hops-Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe, Magnum, Centennial- are most definitely present.

Mouthfeel is great- light body, a little tingly on the tongue (85 IBUs of bitterness will do that)

Taste is awesome. Hoppy, but more piney than flowery, and perfectly balanced by the American Two Row, Crystal and Munich Malts . Totally unexpected for an Imperial IPA. This is the most drinkable Imperial beer I've ever had.

If you're a hop head like me, this beer is must drink. Find it , buy it , hoard it, but most of all, enjoy it.

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

A: pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a two finger slighly off white fluffy head with decent retention
S: smells of caramel malt, pine, citrus and some tropical fruit
T: tropical fruit and caramel malt kick things off with some grapefruity hops ratchet the flavor up another notch along with some more sweet malt flavors. slight pine and on the swallow a nice melding of citrus hop and residual sugars. very nice
M: meduim body with prickly carb keeps things lively and the beer is slightly syrupy but not overly so. not cloying either
O: Proof that the East Coast knows their way around a DIPA. Fantastic flavors and exceptional balance. If you can get this and you aren't drinking it you are doing a disservice to yourself.

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