ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, 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.
Ontape (471) - Valley Village, California, USA - SEP 24, 2014
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.
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. Ferris (17786) - 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. cfrancis (3638) - 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. Strykzone (7848) - 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.
rxeight (3344) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Can. Citrus and floral hops. Closer to a single than a double IPA. Serviceable, but not impressive. williamstome (2062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Orange pour, white head. Aroma is Orange, caramel, floral hops. fresh citrus hop flavor. delicious. Pclare (1) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014 does not count
Amber color with good head on the pour. Aroma is pine and earthy, with some citrus too. A fairly bitter taste but it’s offset by the sweetness that balances it out nicely. Overall a very good, but maybe not quite great beer. Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2014
This was an extra in a trade, and it’s great! Thanks, Chris! Lovely pour with a very grassy, floral aroma, a little tart lemon. Taste is bitter and dry, clear and direct. Nothing I don’t like about this beer. czar (9681) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
can. pours hazy golden orange with a small light beige orange head offering some retention and lacing. danky peaches, citrus and resinous woodsiness; barley sugar and honeyed maltiness, touch of caramel, quite fruity - small yellow fruits, herbal tea - maybe more bittering than astringent, booze - minty and perfumey alcohol. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily and thick, slightly sugary, assertive citrusy-spicy finish. big but enjoyed with the missus.