Larry | Wachusett Brewing Company

963 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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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pleasant with a hazy golden amber color. Poured a nice thick head.

Pleasant aroma comprised of citrus notes and hops.

Taste is well-balanced - neither hops nor citrus dominate but combine nicely. Nice mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp yet smooth.

Overall Larry's a nice surprise - very well balanced for a double IPA. Would recommend if fresh.

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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 jmarsh123
2.77/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright orange with a 3 finger foamy head. Leaves lacing down the glass.

A little bit of pine and citrus with a strong malt backbone.

Starts off with some heavy caramel and a bit of citrus hop character. The sweetness stays throughout, but is overpowered near the end by a piney resin flavor.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are low-medium. A tad bit creamy.

Not terribly impressed by this one. Leans too much toward malt for the style.

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3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a shaped pint glass. Best before December 2011. Purchased in a gas station cooler...

A - Dark amber body with a lot of carbonation. Dirty soapy light khaki head.

S - Piney hops with some savory elements...I can pick up some dank onions. Floral and malty with just a hint of grapefruit. I really prefer fruitier IIPA's.

T - Very dank and dark. Lots of biscuity malts and caramel. The hops seem fairly faded and in the background but threes still a decent amount of bitterness. Pretty average. Mouth feel is medium with a good level of carbonation.

O - I was not impressed with this one. I've always heard good things about this local IIPA, and it took me a while to finally grab one. This just isn't doing it for me, very average and boring.

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A: hazy orange brown body, foamy head some lacing / retention

s: citrusy, hops.

t: smooth, hops, grass, citrus. bitter finish

o: great ipa! well balanced, easily this brewery's best brew

Found in a brewery mixed case at my sisters

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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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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you DrewShal9 for this one
22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy orange with a two finger white head.

S- Tropical fruit and citrus hops, some sweet malts.

T- Close to the smell. I am getting some earthy hops up front, a good amount of sweet malts and of course citrus and a lot of fruity hops. Finish has a nice amount of bitterness that in balanced with sweetness.

M- Smooth, creamy, body is good, somewhere between medium body and full body.

O- This is a good DIPA, but doesn't stand out as great. Easy to drink and balanced. I will seek this out again, partially for the fact that it is a good beer, but mainly for the fact that it has my name on it.

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3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Golden color with a slight orange hue, pours with aggressive head that is frothy and white and lingers a bit, leaves tons of lacing
S: grapefruit and orange with a sweetness similar to cane sugar with a bit of depth
T: hits heavy at first and then kicks in with a slight bit of funk, moves into a bit of darker citrus kind of like roasted grapefruit, ends with a slight alcohol tinge
M: very thick on the palate, thicker than i like to see in imperial ipas, medium carbonation tingle, light alcohol burn
O: not the best ive seen, a little thick, harsh, and heavy, still drinkable but not something i would have again

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Larry from Wachusett Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 963 ratings.
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