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 Ohmmygawd
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If there was a beer battle it would be between the West and East Coast IPAs. West likes them floral and sweet and East likes them hoppy and bitter. I like them in a clean glass with a good floral smell and a clean finish.

Wachusett Larry is an amazing beer for the price. $9 for a 6 pack of DIPAs? Yes please!

Can to Glass
A- standard good carmel color with a good size head on the pour.
S- Floral hops with a citris
T- Bitter malts to balance the floral hops. Sits well on the front of the tongue and doesn't overpower on the way down.
M- Heavy bitterness in the front with a clean following. The after-tast hangs around a little while and makes me crave a cracker or something to cut it.
O- Good beer for the price. It looks great, smells great, tastes like a bitter IPA but it feels like I should wash it down with something else to cut the glossy bitter feel in my mouth. Like cheddar cheese or crackers.

Great… Now I want nachos or cheese curds. Not saying it's a bad thing but I don't have either at home and this 8.5%ABV means I'm not driving anywhere.

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

12 oz bottle from Candia Rd.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that shows moderate retention. Pine resin and grapefruit mixed with a bready caramel maltiness make up most of the aroma. Moderate hop bitterness with plenty of pine resin and citrus flavor. A bit sweet on the palette with lots of toffee and caramel and a hint of alcohol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. A touch on the sweet side, but I could drink these.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Beehive Brew Pub in Canandaigua, NY.

Pours a clear orange/yellow, with a 1.5 inch head and great lacing down the glass.

Smells like honey covered grapefruit, orange, and pine needles.

Very similar taste. Strong, bitter hop flavors are up front and personal in your mouth. Lots of bitter grapefruit and pine flavor, very biting. The bitterness is not astringent or off-putting at all, however, it is very enjoyable and fresh.

Light bodied, full carbonation, crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

A surprise, didn't know Wachusett could run with the big boys hops-wise. Loved it.

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange with a solid foamy head. Overall this DIPA from Wachusetts is very solid in terms of hop profile, malt character and drinkability. Smells great with citrus and tropical fruit in the foreground while faint tobacco and bready malt come through in the background. I had varying hop tastes throughout the brew with noticeable yet satisfying bitter hops, tropical and citrusy hops come thorugh toward the end. I certainly pick up on a strong malty backbone here which quells the bitter hops, but almost too much so. I am generally disappointed with DIPAS that come at me with a rigid malty backbone, however I am mildly enjoying it in this brew... strange. Overall a very solid DIPA, yet not world class- all elements are well represented yet I could do with less malt and more hops. If they were to ease up on the malty profile and add more piney notes I think this could be much better. I would certainly recommend the brew if you like a nice malt to back up a hop profile and even if you don't its still a very drinkable and recommendable DIPA.

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Photo of tabhill
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

freshness date 2/6/2014
poured from can into a pint glass

A- one finger of head over a murky honey colored body. Slight amount bubbles continued while drinking with nice lacing on glass.

S- pleasant smell of hops with slight aroma of citrus - grapefruit

T- strong hoppy/grapefruit followed by a malty flavor

M- refreshingly crisp feel followed by a disturbing pasty coating on the tongue

O- really liked the hops but didn't like the pasty tongue feel. Maybe a bit more biterness would help.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wachusett Brewing Company - Wachusett Larry, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a mostly clear filtered copper amber with a massive fizzy head that retains well. Tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is citrus and pine with a slight sweet caramel malt behind it.

Taste - Malt is the backbone but resiny piney hops are in charge. Bitter finish, slightly astringent. Definite diacetyl creaminess but nothing real bad.

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter and boozy warm malt. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall - This is good and the price ($9/6-pack) is right. While it isn't what I would call a "top tier" DIPA, it follows the formula and delivers a reliable hop experience for fans of the style.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz can to my surprisingly versatile Fiddlehead “can glass.” Freshness date of February 6, 2014 printed in yellow ink on the underside of the can (“BEST BY:02/06/14 84”). Considering it’s mid-October currently, my guess is that this was brewed sometime between a week to five weeks ago; I tasted this last night and it sure tasted like a fresh-ass (D)IPA, so my money is on a week-old brew date.

Appearance (4.5): A good three fingers or more of custard-colored foam rises off the pour, with a healthy stream of bubbles coming off of the nucleation points on the bottom of the glass; meanwhile the body, which is a rich honey-amber color with dark orange hues and a modest chill haze, looks just lovely. As the head dies down, it leaves craters and pocks here and there on the top, along with wide, thin arcs connecting fat splotches and islands of foam on the surface of the glass. Pretty great retention, taking its sweet time to die down with fat bubbles in the middle of the head slowly crackling away.

Smell (3.75): Fresh-cut flowers, fresh-cut limes, some dank resin, a bit of orange juice, and an earthiness typify the hop character; that earthiness melds with a somewhat toasty, nutty malt character quite well. Could be a bit richer and a bit more lush, but I’m digging the fresh-cut limes and fresh-cut flowers.

Taste (4.0): A bunch more of the lime and floral character comes through on the palate, along with a healthy grassiness—this really has a pretty full, solid bitterness that comes in with the lime juice and wad of grass and hangs on until the pleasantly long finish. It’s almost metallic, actually, but (in my mind) not at all in a bad way. The malt body hangs out underneath all this weird hoppiness, somewhat toasty and slightly nutty, acting as a pretty decent but ultimately almost accessory springboard for the hops. (Or rather, the malt and hops don’t necessarily meld all that well, but they still play nice.) There’s a bit of booze that creeps in underneath the limey, floral hops, but it melds to the hops relatively well. I’m giving this a 4.0 for being both pretty damn solid and somewhat unique, when stacked up against all of the other clean DIPAs that are out these days.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Just on the light- side of medium-weight, with a dry, dry, dry finish aided by hop oils and some drying booze. The carbonation is very well done, with a moderate-volume foaming action that never prickles and tingles moderately, covering everything smoothly and evenly—it’s actually kind of velvety, despite the light-ish weight. Very nice.

Overall (4.0): Overall, this is a pretty solid DIPA and a nice change of pace. This is good, man. It’s limey and floral, rather than piney and resiny or citrusy and pithy. And, it’s solidly bitter but still easy-feeling. The main detractors, for me, are the not-quite-integrated malt body and the kind of left field hop character. That said, the left field hops are one of the things I like a lot about this beer—it’s just that it could use a slightly hops richer flavor. But still, overall this is a very enjoyable DIPA and considering it cost about $10.50/sixer of cans, I am quite pleased with this purchase.

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

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazy light orange, 1 finger of off white head, mild lacing.
S - Big juicy citrus and tropical fruit hops, some decent mild bready malt.
T - Orange juice, citrus zest, caramel and bready malt, the bitterness doesnt come through as much as you'd think. At the end you do get some diacetyl, which I'm not happy about at all.
M - Full, coats your pallate for a good while.
O - Dececent Imperial IPA for sure, good juicy traits, but the diacetyl subtracts so much from this beer.

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Photo of FloppyTopper
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of cans. Labeled best before Feb 2014, so I'm guessing it's pretty fresh. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pretty standard amber/copper and orange color. Very clear. Thick white head with lots of lacing.

S - Not a ton of nose to this. There is definitely pine, grass, and some citrus. You can smell the booze to it. Overall a nice light, fresh, bright, and piney smell.

T - A very smooth, crisp, sweet, grassy/pine hop flavor. A very nice compromise on sweetness and bitterness. The booziness goes down easy and you're left with a very sweet aftertaste. Nice!

O - A very nice New England DIPA. I love that it comes in cans, and it's at a good pricepoint at $10 a sixer.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Re-Review 9/15/13

Brief updates to the original review, with score changes, since this beer in a can has been super fresh and unbelievably delicious. It's much more melony than I remember, but still has a nice pine bite and finish. Each sip is a mouthful of flavors. Just a touch of booze deepens the flavors, and it finishes a bit dry with wonderful slickness. This beer in cans is spectacular- a perfect go-to brew for any occasion. Hopefully it continues to be easily accessible in my area.

Original Review 10/23/10

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

This is a very nice looking brew. It's an unusual hazy yellow with a nice, persistent head.

Aroma is fairly potent, and matches the flavor perfectly. Floral hops, with a hint of pine.

This brew is sort of a light version of DH 90-minute. Similar flavor, but is lighter on the booziness. There is a solid malt backbone, and the hops are quite floral, have a touch of pine, and are seriously dry. This hop character is pretty specific, and if you dig the 90-minutes and the Maharajas and their super-dryness and booze touches, you'll probably like this guy.

Mouthfeel is solid. It's a pretty dense beer, and each sip is full of flavor.

Drinkability is high. The flavors are mild enough, and the booze is totally hidden. I'll seek this one again at some point.

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Photo of Brandegee
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received by trade (thanks Bex!). Can poured into Paper City Brewery mini IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright copper. Frothy, creamy head that fades to a thin white layer with healthy lacing.

Smell: Citrus, but very mild. Almost no real scent discernable.

Taste: Predominantly hop flavor with a grapefruit overtone. A pleasantly balanced IPA, though, and one that I should have probably left in the can to maximize the hop flavor, which dominates the beer. Smooth, and not overly bitter, with a caramel tinge. Almost a piney taste as well, which is probably enhanced by the syrupy mouthfeel

Mouthfeel: Yep, syrupy. Almost oily, in fact, but not at all unpleasant. Very drinkable, and the ABV is not discernable.

Overall: A great hop delivery device that doesn’t veer into cloying or difficult-to-drink. I’d be happy to drink another.

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Photo of Roguer
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful big frothy head, pale, fluffy, and white, with lovely scattered lacing leaving spiderwebs and a thick rim. Translucent orange/coppery ale, a little cloudy.

Light IPA aroma, with some citrus and sweet tropical fruit. Maybe some biscuity malts on the back end.

Syrupy sweet IPA, but not overly fruity; rather, the fruit presence is nicely represented in the hops, but the sweetness seems to be on the malty side. Very well balanced. Tropical fruit, like mango. No unpleasant aftertaste, no citrus peel.

Extremely smooth medium feel, with no sting. Conversely, there's little lively feeling in the mouth; it's like drinking a tasty, thin syrup. Hop syrup.

I expect and appreciate more bite in my IPAs, but this is extremely smooth and drinkable. It makes for a different kind of DIPA. Huge malt load (very well balanced), tons of fruity hops, and high ABV; on the other hand, it's almost a little too smooth.

In related news, I'm going to start a band just so I can call it Hop Syrup.

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

Poured into a Harpoon IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Translucent amber with a two inch tall white head which dissipated slowly to a thin surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Mild citrus

t: Hops forward over a creamy malt body. After the initial hop bite, the pleasantly slick mouthfeel becomes the most prominent feature. High ABV is hardly evident until the first half is consumed and the alcohol hits. Some hops linger, but mainly a clean dry finish.

m: Oily-smooth and silky, almost always a seductive quality in a beer, as it is here.

o: Desirable Imperial IPA. Enjoyable mouthfeel and moderate hop presence highlight this exceptional brew.

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Photo of Larryken
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larry now is in Cans!! Just bought a sixer and the taste is delightful. Better than a bomber I think. The alcohol taste is well hidden and this is a very balanced presentation, however it's 8.5 ABV so it's tough for me to drink more than a couple at a sitting. The beer has a pleasant flowery-fruity
aroma and a smooth, non-watery mouthfeel. From the can, pours a big head with very good lacing.

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Photo of Joe_Grizzly
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm sampling this right now and it is TASTY

alcohol is hidden well too

I see the guy below me compared it to headdy topper and I have to say it's pretty damn close

not as fruity and the bitterness comes thru a little more but I can get this down the road

I don't have to drive 2 hours one way on a certain day of the week

HT is my favorite but this is damn good and I can always pour it into the headdy can

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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 Birdsong73
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm visiting New Hampshire and this was the first beer I tried. I must admit that the name attracted me to this one, followed by the fact that it was an IPA. It pours very well and doesn't produce too much head. A bit cloudy appearance with a light brown/orange tiny to it. Pleasant to the nose with a bit of a citrus smell. Very flavorful with the hops dominating your tongue and leaving behind a bit of an aftertaste, but not unpleasant. It does have a tiny bit of a meaty consistency that sorta comes with the Imperisl IPA's, but it too isn't unpleasant. I was pleasantly surprised and look forward to having other Wachusett beers.

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

Enjoy by 09/06/13...yes! Finally a fresh bottle.

A: Golden-orange in color with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Decent lace and retention. No sediment.

S: The hops are powerful but so is the malt and booze. Very balanced yet properly hoppy.

T: Sweet, delicious malty goodness with a strong hop backbone. Pleasant boozy flavors balanced by American hop characteristics. Earthy, grainy, grassy flavors but plenty of hops to keep this an IIPA.

M: Smooth, sweet, dry, delicious. It's all there.

O: Fantastic example of an East Coast hop bomb.

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Photo of sitarist
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Blind beer #5 is a bomber. It opens easily with my sweet new bottle opener...

Pours a nice clear orange color, thick head falls to a cap that leaves behind copious amounts of lacing. (4.5)

Something is wrong with its smell. It has a wet cardboard smell. I also get whiffs of orange, toffee, bread, and pecan. (3.0)

Taste of faded hops. I taste bread, some overripe tropical fruits, and pecan. (3.0)

Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, creamy finish. (4.25)

Despite the off flavor, and aroma; this beer was still easy to drink. I would like to give this one another chance. (3.25)

Im guessing its a Double IPA thats past its prime, or a barleywine that has been aged badly. The reveal is: Wachusett Larry, a double ipa. It still has a few weeks left on the enjoy by date, but it has past its prime for sure. Oh well I have a good buzz now!

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
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 far333
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear apricot colored with streams of fine tiny bubbles rising up quickly to a beige firm cap of foam that slowly recedes. Inviting aroma of bright fresh tangerine hops.

Initial flavors of citrusy hops, morphing quickly to grapefruit and bitter orange rind. Piney notes in the finish. Firm bitterness offsetting the malt, a bit of a rough-edged finish. Full mouthfeel, but tending a bit toward slick, slight warming of the cheeks. Very good IIPA.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops, flavor is an improvement over the 2009 brewing, some grapefruit less bitterness, more caramel, higher ABV helps (7.5 vs 8.5%). $6.45 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Definitely a semi-cloudy amber, sediments and bubbles on the body all over the place. Head is nice and strong about half an inch coming off an orangey-white still heavy with slightly uneven lacing.

Smell: This scent is appealing but nothing that will stick to you. A little sniff here and there and it is gone. Light flower scent and caramel but soo light.

Taste: Light complexity, malty for sure with a bitterness that is probably the smoothest I have had on anything that I consider a real IPA. It's a little light in the taste department but doesnt mean it is not good. The wet-hop feel is that makes this beer unique and obviously good.

Mouth: You can't argue that this is definitely your medium to heavy beer. Smooth and lightly malty after-feel.

Overall: This beer is trying hard to be a little bit of both your regular american IPA and it wants to be an imperial. It does a good job at it and no I am not arguing, factoring in price and how easy it is to find it's definitely good especially after inhaling my dinner. Salud!

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