elpearson88 (1) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2015 does not count
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Nice taste. A little aftertaste but a nice strong double IPA. Recommend to IOA DRINKERS
musinj6 (478) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy golden with 1 finger head with good with heavy lacing. Resinous, piney hop aroma with some grapefruit. Toasted malt. Strongly bitter. Full bodied, chewy with moderate carbonation. Long bitter finish. Solid IIPA.
Quick3Beers (527) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy amber from a bottle. Nose is a little like nail polish remover, with some oaky notes. Flavor is a combo of floral and bitter hops, with some residual maltiness. A balanced mouthfeel. Good beer.
JStax (4124) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can poured into a brandy snifter thanks to lukaduke. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head of foam. The aroma has tropical fruits, pine, grass. The taste maintains the same profile as the aroma with medium bitterness and medium sweetness. Finishes a little floral. Medium carbonation.
rbpotts (5) - Westford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprisingly nice out of the can..... Nice Hops aroma. Great on the tongue and palate....I might try this again...
bigda83 (572) - Jamestown, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from can to glass and is a slightly hazy orange with white head. Aroma has floral and citrus hops present. Taste showcased those hops, but was surprisingly overshadowed by a roasty/sweet malt prescense. I was surprised. I usually prefer my IPAs to be on the citrusy bitter side, but this wasn’t bad at all.
kirk36 (181) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A straight forward DIPA. Smooth for a double. Rather weak for a double. I would prefer another double. This seeks improvement!
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cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; hazy amber with thick off-white head; aroma-citrus, pineapple, grass, caramel- very complex; taste-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter finish. Very pleasant
ScipioA (403) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy deep copper pour with a tan head - noting exceptional to look at but appetizing fer sure. Smell is juicy citrus and floral hops along with a little bit of roast malts. Flavor has a stronger caramel malt presence and some apricot/peach fruit as well. Dragged down by a harshly alcoholic aftertaste. Thick and sticky mouthfeel that still manages to froth up as you swish it around. Much better than I was expecting, quite pleased with this.
Chad9976 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It seems like most breweries try to make their double/imperial IPAs as light in body as possible. There aren’t that many that take the big body/sticky mouthfeel approach anymore. Wachusett Larry Imperial IPA is an example of the latter style, and a pretty good one at that. Plenty of hop presence here, but an equally strong maltiness, too. If you want a “well balanced” imperial IPA, this is it.
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It was canned on 8/8/14 and cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque shade of burnt umber, some carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, off-white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Surprisingly sweet and malty with notes of caramel and vanilla. Citrus juice concentrate and dank resin aromas are also present, though mild overall.
Taste: Usually the first thing I notice about a beer like this is the hop presence, but in the case of Wachusett Larry Imperial IPA the sweet malt character jumped out at me. It’s quite rich with notes of caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla. Of course, the hops are quite prominent as well. However, they create for a sticky, syrupy sensation of dank bitterness, rather than juicy or fruity character. It’s more like orange juice concentrate than actual O.J. At 85 IBUs it is indeed quite bitter, but nothing extreme. It’s actually rather mild compared to some other, more popular examples of this style.
Drinkability: Weighing in at 8.5% ABV, it’s no surprise there’s a minor presence of alcohol. Thankfully, it accentuates the sweet malty notes by giving it a slightly rum-like flavor and keeps the body thick and chewy. The mouthfeel is in no way crisp – it hits the tongue with a thud and slowly oozes across while leaving a bitter, resiny aftertaste. Wachusett Larry Imperial IPA is practically a barleywine, and it should be handled as such.