Larry | Wachusett Brewing Company

331 Reviews

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.

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Photo of dental
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

decided to give this another try today. i dunno if i'm just getting bad/non-fresh batches (these cans list september 2015 as the best by) but i can't relate to the reviews on here. honestly, the 12 cans i've had pretty much remind me of the genesee ice 40s i used to drink.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fantastic hazed golden orange with a finger plus of dense light off white head, fantastic retention, frothy tall ring remains around the perimeter 5 minutes later, across the surface is mostly a thin layer of head, semi-spotty. Lacing is fantastic. Honestly looks damn near perfect.

S - Grapefruit, orange and maybe a hint of lemon, slightly rindy/spiced aroma. Dry yet semi-sweet aroma.

T - Quite crisp but its got some depth to it. Initially orange and grapefruit, not overly bitter, but enough to be crisp and refreshing. Definitely a bit of resin/rind type flavor. Light minimal malty body, not very sweet. Finishes clean as hell with only a very tame light wet bitterness lingering.

M - Medium bodied, fairly thick for the style. Perfect carbonation and flavor make this one quite easy to throw back. Still a girthier IPA.

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Photo of porter_collie
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed from 12 oz. can

A - From pouring a bit in a glass, a light amber shade body with the slightest haze.

S - The scents wafting from the open can include pine, grapefruit, and orange. Some dank, earthy, grassy aromas are detectable, too.

T - A pleasant mix of pine resin, grapefruit, orange, and floral earthiness from the hops. The malt balances out the hops with a wildflower honey and sugar cookie sweetness. The finish is fairly bitter, but this is again offset by a lingering sweetness.

M - Thick and sticky from residual sugars. Moderate to mild fizz from the carbonation.

O - A damn good, but not amazing DIPA. The hops are not as fresh-tasting as many other lupulin-heavy brews and the malt is a bit sweet for the style. However, for the price point and convenience of cans, a great buy!

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Photo of illpass78
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange, amberish color with a two-inch white head. It's hazy and pretty solid. Unsurprised to learn it's an unfiltered beer.

Aroma: This beer has a pretty florid bouquet. Lots and lots of pine, hops, citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Some grass and herbaceous character as well. Smells like a big, sturdy IPA.

Taste: The taste delivers what the nose promised. Big, bold flavors of piny hop bitterness along with lots of lemon and grapefruit. Some booze is also noticeable. This beer has just what I want out of a sippable IPA - bitterness, flavor, and more bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This beer isn't super heavy, which is good, because with the high ABV and bitterness a really thick body might be too much. It has a good "all seasons" depth.

Overall: A terrific IPA. Hits every notes you'd expect from a big, punchy IPA, and still leaves you wanting more. A huge victory for this Wormtown brewer.

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

Drank directly from the can.
Really nice citrus and floral aromas, more than I was expecting.
taste was very nice too, maybe a touch less than aromas but still really nice.
Mouthfeel was very good for a DIPA.
Overall, I was very surprised by this beer. Delicious!

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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden. Nice thin head, with consistent lacing.
S: Interesting for a DIPA. Hop aromas, but not as strong as could be expected, and more malty, sourdough bread aromas than expected. Still nice.
T: Mild citrus, and herbal hops, balanced by a malt presence stronger than most DIPAs. Very, very smooth and balanced as a result. Alcohol is well hidden.
M: Medium to Full bodied, not overly astringent. Mild and pleasing.
O: Really a great, very drinkable, approachable DIPA. Fantastic bargain at the price.

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Photo of FFreak
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I drank this straight out of the can. The aroma is slightly piney with some citrus notes. Nicely balanced bitterness, slightly sharp, with a fairly thick malt backbone. Very appropriate for the style. Nice silky mouth feel. Overall, a pretty nice IIPA.

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Photo of stephens101
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another day another DIPA!

A fluffy tan froth seeks to avoid extinction, and is successful, as it leaves a smattering of lace in its wake. Color is a bright, reddish-orange.

Aroma is subtle with some caramel malts peeking through a veil of oily hops.

Tastes sweet and creamy and wrapped in more hops with a slight spiciness at the end. Some vanilla is also noticed in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and just a little alcohol.

Good but not great.

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Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Slatetank for gifting me with a can of this. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear copper color with white sudsy froth and patchy lace sticking all over the glass.

The aroma is composed of pine, herbs and a grassy sort of cantaloupe or melon feel begore getting floral and fruity as it warms up. This brew's nose is all about the hops in a strange not so unified way but it is unique and enjoyable.

The flavor starts off a little unexpected with toffee malt then blending to bitter pine, pith, grassy notes and a bit of yeast. A sort of melon flavor is midpalate like cantaloupe before getting more fruity and floral towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a decent brew that I appreciate getting the chance to try. Thanks again Matt for the share.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this at Yankee Spirits in Montpelier VT, poured chilled from the can into a cervoise.

The color is a radiant golden with amber highlights and thick rocky white head with very fine bead, lace sticks well. The smell is pungent with mango, pineapple and citrus hop aromas with some faint malt sweetness and gentle alcohol accenting. The feel is great, not extremely bitter yet has a nice spiced texture with low malt in the feel and mild alcohol with a semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with plenty of hop flavor interwoven in the layers of herbal, tropical and citrus with some gentle hints of grassy hop and spice with an almost pine-like taste which teeters between pineapple and grapefruit juiciness. The taste of alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms but at 8% it is still not overboard for the strength. I like this a lot, a high quality Imperial Ipa, very drinkable and packed with hop flavor, not just bitterness.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It reads like the start of a bad joke. A guy walks into a Beer Garden (To-Go) and walks out with a boatload of CANs for him and his friends. No joke! I was in Media, PA for the annual Brandywine Valley Brewers Fest at Iron Hill and no visit to Media would be complete without a visit to Pinocchio's. I was there early, so I was hanging out, scouring the coolers when they started offering me all kinds of CANs, knowing that I am the originator of The CANQuest (TM) and it would have been rude of me to decline. ;=)

From the CAN: "8.5/85 8.5% Alc/Vol 85 IBUs"; "100% Endlessly Recyclable Aluminum C[AN]; "Pack it In, Pack It Out."

Larry Horwitz of Iron Hill would definitely approve of this review! Larry, Larry, Larry is the ChANt from the crowd as the Crack! takes place, revealing another brimful craft CAN. As I CANducted the inverted Glug, I could not help but recall the stunned looks on people's faces as I demonstrated this unorthodox pour while at The Garage in Philly on Saturday night. Hee hee. The trick is knowing when to back off so as not to have overflow. The pseudo-cascade settled into two dense, rocky fingers of tawny head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose was very minty on this one, kind of like standing in an evergreen forest in the winter and taking a deep breath. Ahh, get the sensation! Mouthfeel was medium, but the hops bite was like muriatic acid, etching into those weak taste buds and setting them on their heels. One should always be cautious when imbibing a DIPA, but I am a seasoned pro at this. Great lacing began to form around the edges of the glass and I rolled a mouthful around on my tongue in CANtemplation of how I was going to remove it later. Big mistake! Suddenly, the orange/tangerine citrusiness of this one came on full bore and I could not swallow it fast enough. The finish was gaspingly dry, but water was of no help. This fire was white phosphorous, but there was no way to jettison it over the side. Tears began to involuntarily roll down my cheeks as I cried out for my mommy. There was naught to do but press on. Larry, what did I ever do to you to deserve this kind of treatment?!? Each successive draught brought new kinds of pain and I think that I may have seared my esophagus. I CAN now only speak in a hoarse whisper. Great stuff! Drink some Larry in a CAN ... if you dare!

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Photo of mnrider
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Black Can.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber. massive off white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Citrus. Tangy. fruit. Sweet malts. Earthy.

T/M: Hops. Bitter. Citrus. Ripe. Sharp. Spices. Herbal Hops. Sweet fruity malts.
Excellent balance. Smooth and creamy. large bodied. The finish is bitter and a
little fruity.

O: One of the better IIPA's I've had out of a can and from New England. 8.5%
ABV, yet has a nice easy feel. Hops are strong and flavorful with a nice balance
of malts.


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Photo of RobbDogg
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber. A dark honey, bordering on amber, somewhat hazy, with a nice head that lingered. Smell is fresh and of fruit and hops. A hop explosion at first sip, is mellowed by some malt, and lots of fruitiness, lemon and grapefruit, that mask most of the alchohol. Less bitterness on the finish than many IPA's, but enough to count against the fruit. Fairly we'll balanced, and an excellent beer for my taste. I will try Larry again with friends.

Update- Tried from a can, and am still a fan. Going to serve it at a beer tasting.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bread dough, citrus, pine, hint of sweetness, earthy

T-bready malt, citrus, hint of caramel, pine, earthy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp yet smooth

O-pretty solid DIPA, easy drinking given the ABV

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Photo of BMFR1811
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber style bomber. Served at 58 degrees.

Overall: a great American dipa, everything that you expect, lots of hops, lots of malt, lots of alcohol(not overwhelming) that all blend perfectly into a full bodied, malt and hop Bomb.

Appearance: lighter then expected, but still a rich golden that falls just shy of amber/mahogany

Smell: lots American hops, citrus, fruit, berries. Definitely newer American hybrid hops. The home brewer in me is thinking simcoe and Amarillo.

Taste: lots of malt with what tastes like it could be Munich malt and lots of crystal. The malt bill lends itself to the slight alcohol taste that is not overwhelming. The hops balance everything else out. Tastes like chinook hops were used for bittering(think arrogant bastard) as well as probably magnum hops (think Sierra Nevada pale ale)

Mouthfeel: beer feels thick in your mouth, good body that is full and covers your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Almost can taste the hop oils covering your mouth.

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Photo of koutkid41
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Hazy and pale golden. Small head but faded fairly quickly.

S: Hints of apple, citrus but hops mostly faint. Mostly caramel background.

T: Slight pine and citrus, but again faint. Really sweet, chalky and bready caramel take stage.

M: Slightly sweet, light bodied and soft on carbonation.

O: Just an okay beer to me, just doesn't have that hop presence on the nose and taste that I look for. Kinda weird it had an almost tart taste and smell. Maybe it is slightly old, but no bottle date.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber-orange pour with two finger creamy white head with good retention and great lacing. Big well balanced, flowery, citrusy, malty nose with hints of tangerine, caramel, perfumey fresh hops, biscuit, and lemon. The taste is very floral with loads of bitter, juicy, hops along with hints of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemon, and subtle grass. The mouthfeel is tangy and oily with great balance and excellent drinkability with a nice dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is a great change of pace to some of the over-the-top hop bombs. Very floral and perfumey and less resiny.

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Photo of JAFoley
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Three nice fingers of large bubbly off-white head over a clear red amber body. Very good retention and lots of nice lacing.

S - Citrus hops and sugary bready malts and strong alcohol.

T - Huge lemon grass hops, earthy and floral. Very slight malt sweetness and strong biting spiciness from the alcohol.

M - Medium body with fine moderate carbonation. Somewhat sticky and very resinous.

O - This was a great surprise. It drinks like a strong west coast imperial IPA with tons of citrus hops and subtle malts. I'm glad to see such a great beer made in my neck of the woods. I'll definitely be picking this up again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber into a pint glass. 1/28

Pours cloudy copper amber, little hazy, white foam on top. Oily nose. Light pine. Touch of citrus. Even keeled hop, light malt, peppery bitter. Very flavorful. All nicely balanced, yet notably hopped. Good intro for me to this brewery, will look for more.

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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 puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 8, 2014.

The pour is fairly routine with its golden yellow character and big fizzy cream colored head. If this was presented to me blindly I might think I was looking at a standard adjunct.

But after the appearance everything takes off. The aroma is a fine balance of pale malts, earthy, pine, tangerine, passion fruit, and citrus hops. While the hops are what my nose gets first they are not explosive or overpowering.

Medium but slightly acidic body.

Smooth would be my one word description of the taste. It begins with a pleasant toffee malt character that is quickly taken over by the moderate hop bitterness. Yet while this beer tends to focus more on the hops it taste does not live and die in a hoppy environment. The toffee malts are there briefly only to be butted in by a moderate hop character. But nothing that makes me wince or pucker up like many DIPA's can do. 8.5%? You wouldn't know it.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a hazy pale orange color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tangerine, citrus, orange, caramel, bready, and a little booze.

Taste: Nice citrusy hops, mild tingly bitterness, caramel, and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, a little booze, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and mild hop tingly bitterness.

Overall: I haven't had this for some time, but couldn't resist the can. Great choice and next time I'll grab a few more.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out of the can into a glass with a slinky light golden amber color with almost no head. This color is becoming more and more evident with higher hopped IPAs and DIPA.

The nose here did not have the characteristic grapefruit aroma. There was a lot of citrus, I picked up on orange, lemon, lime and various melons

The mouthful was enormous I cant recall having a beer with so much body There was just the perfect amount of carbonation in this beer. I enjoyed it as I swirled it around my mouth. Every part of my tongue and checks were getting 'stung' by the hops and citrus coming from the 85 IBUs measurement. My mouth was getting bombarded from every angle. I was shocked at just how much power this beer had.

The finish though was someone lighter and disappointing. I was hoping for the same finish as this beer started. Dont get me wrong, the finish was still nice, but just wasn't on the same par as the start.

As the beer goes down the glass, I do pick up some more grapefruit. The heavy upfront citrus seemed to have calmed down a bit.

No real evidence of this beer being a 8.5% abv.

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Photo of markgugs
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12oz. can into a tulip glass

A: Gorgeous light orange that just looks like it's bursting with overripe citrus juice. Not too much head and only moderately sticky lacing, but still, the beer looks so inviting.

S: Ironically - given the taste - the maltiest part of this beer is the aroma it gives off. A nice toasted biscuit complements mild hop juice, mostly of the grapefruit variety.

T/M: Pure bliss, all kinds of juicy stone fruit and hop nectar. The IBUs make their presence felt by bruising your tongue throughout the finish yet leave your mouth begging for more. Tight carbonation keeps things sharp. Superb.

O: I just can't get over how good this beer is, especially given that I accidentally stumbled across while waiting to buy some New England Gandhi-Bot next door at their brewery. Everything's in line, the can is a perfect serving vessel, if this was distributed to 8 more states it would be sought after by everyone.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a great two finger pillowy white head that is kept up into an irregular snowscape by active carbonation. Aroma of sweet bready malt, tropical fruit, toffee and citrus hops. Flavor of bready, lightly caramel malt, piney and citrus hops, citrus rind, stone fruit, finishing with lingering grassy and citrus hop bitterness. Very nice creamy body intensifies the dense fruit flavors. A top notch IIPA that balances body, fruit flavors and hoppiness excellently. My bottle is a few months over the best by date, but I believe it was held in a cooler room most of its life. The herval flavors hops do seem to be a bit attenuated for their intensity, but this is good enough as it is to encourage me to seek out a fresher bottle. Nicely done.

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Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 957 ratings.
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