Session # 102 | Wachusett |Larry | 7.5% ABV
Imperial IPA | Westminster, MA | Rating: 92/100
One thing that should be pretty apparent to most beer geeks by now is that the west coast owns the craft beer market when it comes to producing some of the world’s best (and hoppiest) IPAs. They are also known for brewing them in such a way that really highlights the hops yet pulls back on the malt backbone that typically supports these styles. When I first set out to review Larry, an Imperial IPA from Wachusett Brewing Company out of Westminster, MA, I didn’t expect this east coast brewery to exceed my expectations. I mean let’s face it, the east coast IPAs just don’t measure up for the most part. However, Larry just might change a lot of minds — it certainly changed mine. Immediately out of the glass, I will say there’s nothing exceptional about the color or head on this one. That’s because it’s very traditional looking. It’s clear and has a very clean hoppy aroma which immediately transports you to southern California. It brings a lot of orange, pine, mango, and even a nice touch of honeysuckle. The taste is very nice as well, but tends to be a touch heavy on the bitter end. Though I appreciate the fact that the malts are pulled back on this beer to allow the hops to shine, it could use a touch more to help cut the bitterness. Aside from that this is definitely one to track down, particularly if you’re on the east coast and have problems getting some of the rarer west coast offerings. Up Next: Dark Horse Too.
Others: HotD Blue Dot, Firestone Walker Union Jack, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid