Larry | Wachusett Brewing Company

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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy aroma. Cloudy orange tinged body with a big foamy head. Green hops, some vegetable.Big IBU, good malt backbone making it solidly drinkable.Finally caught up with this one, thanks for bringing back John.85 ibu-Simcoe, Magnum, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the hop presence in the flavor seems a bit old with this bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

one of the better beers ive had from these guys, which unfortunately still isnt saying a whole lot. its a really blonde imperial ipa, with a bright yellow color, really pale for the style, and with a thick white head over two inches high. it s smells still quite sweet from the grain, like it could get fermented down even dryer and stronger, and the hops dont really pop in the nose for me. the flavor, despite being done with the lighter color grain, is a little cerealy tasting, it overbalanced the hops, which come across leafy and vegetal but without the oily intensity i usually look for in a big ipa. bitterness is robust though. a rather drinkable can of big ipa, being a little lighter and not so huge in body or even abv for the style, but it just doesnt seem special to me, underwhelming but not bad overall.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lighter shade of amber with a one finger head that refuses to budge but leaves plenty of squiggles behind

Smell: Resinous and piney, with undertones of citrus, biscuity malt and a smidge of fusel alcohol

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with an increasingly piney flavor; by mid-palate, some citrusy tones appear underneath along with the fusel alcohol; after the swallow, the alcohol and pine dominate, along with a minty character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: This is so close to being really good but just has some problems in the fusel alcohol department; if the brewery can get that under control, it would be top notch

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -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!

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

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4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one is the orange IPA color with a very white foam in the tall tulip. Clear with no sediment in the bottle. Nice champagne bubbles and plenty spritzy on the tongue. A fruity hop aroma.

Some malty sweetness and a big alcohol flavor, sort of like Everclear and club soda. But here come the hops! Bitter and resiny, with a sharp mouthfeel. Very bitter aftertaste. Dry finish, in spite of the malt. A hint of spoiled fruit and mustard greens.

This one is a little more acidic and bitter than I enjoy. So many IPAs, and this one may be much loved on its home turf, but I don't find it worth the detour. From the 22 oz bottle bought at K'nB Wine Cellars in San Diego for $8.

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Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured amber orange in color with a frothy, off-white colored head filling the top inch of the glass. Very nice head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice hoppiness to it. I get some juicy, peach and pineapple notes mixing with some sweeter caramel and candied orange flavors. Very appealing aroma to it overall.

The taste shows a little more bitter, citrus rind to it throughout the flavor. I get a little more of the juicy, tropical fruit hoppiness coming out up front, while some of the caramel and candied orange sweetness is there in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer. It had a great range of flavors to it and the juicy hoppiness really went well with the caramel and orange sweetness. Very nice beer overall

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with 2 big foamy fingers of thick off-white foamy head. This retains with a rich looking finger that leaves back a cascade of robust spotty lacing. The aroma is floral feeling, with a dam herbal leafiness to it. Green smelling earthy citrus, spice, and pine are all fairly pronounced here. Thick sweet grains sit under the hops and control the nose maybe a bit too much at times.

The taste is pretty similar to the experience with the aroma. The hops are assertive, being spicy, resinous feeling, and bitter with grapefruit and rind. There is a bit of sweeter fruit involved here as well but the citrus is mostly coming off as bitter. The majority of the balance in this is mostly coming from a thick malt backbone of toasted graininess. This grainy sweetness hangs in the finish, along with hoppier notes of spice, resins, and pith. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a prickly carbonation that lies on top of some more herbal feeling underlying slickness. This definitely has some alcohol beef to it and while it mostly drinks well for its size, the warmth factor does increasing pick up as this sits and warms.

Based on the early reputation of this beer, I was expecting a little more here. While there was no lack of hop flavors, this was unfortunately also way too malty and grainy feeling in spots as well. At first I thought that maybe this was out of date even though I had bought this out of the cooler at Julio's in Westboro, MA (which always seems to move beer fast) but now I'm not so sure after reading some more recent reviews. Maybe this is one of those ones that you need to try with maximum freshness on it. I'd be willing to check this one out on draft sometime to find out.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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