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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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LARRY was originally brewed this summer for the Publick House’s Hop Head Throwdown. David -- owner of the Publick House -- It was such a success in growlers here and at the Publick House, that we brewed another batch to go to speciality accounts. We’ll be putting it in 22’s in March 85 IBUs 5-hops (Simcoe, Magnum, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook)


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Lawson’s tulip. Opaque orange/amber in color with a small white head from a gentle pour. Smells of grapefruit, sweet malts, a bit of butterscotch, and slight orange peel. Taste is grapefruit up front followed by some resin and pine. Well balanced with a slight malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. This is an enjoyable local DIPA. Would buy again for $6.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rbpotts (4) - Westford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2014 does not count
Surprisingly nice out of the can..... Nice Hops aroma. Great on the tongue and palate....I might try this again...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigda83 (281) - Jamestown, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kirk36 (149) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2014
A straight forward DIPA. Smooth for a double. Rather weak for a double. I would prefer another double. This seeks improvement! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cleverlobo (318) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 31, 2014
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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScipioA (329) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1243) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontape (360) - Valley Village, California, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Can, sweet extra from Lukaduke. This is nice. Pours a hazy rusty copper. Aroma is slightly subdued but nice with typical IPA / American hop notes. Taste comes to life more -- fruity and juicy with tons of citrus. A tangerine tree in a can! Bitterness is quite smooth and well rounded for 85 IBU. Drinks smooth with little hint of the 8.5% ABV. A winner.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4968) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle - Leafy pine and nice caramel. Cloudy orange with a white rich head. Leafy hops and pine with a bit of caramel. Well balanced and nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2498) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
Pours hazy deep gold with a small white head. Aroma is floral and pine hop bitterness with a great light grain malt bill. Taste is a solid pine and grapefruit hop bitterness, a little resinous and well balanced with biscuit and caramal malts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5063) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bomber I picked up on an east coast trip. This pours deep golden and has a nice off white head. An aroma of caramel and complex fruit. Those are tasted. The fruit is tangerine and grapefruit with tropical notes. Some floral, too. The malts equal the hops making this somewhat sweet. Caramel and pale malts work well. A little sulfur comes and goes. This was a nice beer and the alcohol was never noticed.


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