Larry | Wachusett Brewing Company

965 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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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4.32/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 965 ratings
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