Wolaver's Pale Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Wolaver's Pale AleWolaver's Pale Ale

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 139
Photo of LXIXME
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you pour this beer from an inch or so above the glass, you get a big off white to light tan head that takes it time to recede. Very nice honey copper color and quite a clear clean colored beer.

I really don't know what I got more of in the aroma, the slight sour grains, or light bitter hops, or lightly toasted caramel, or the citrus; but all of that was present in the aroma.

The taste was quite similar to the aroma with the exception that it seems that the light bitter hops seems to take over a little, which i really kind of liked. And this light bitter taste transfers well throughout and stays with you with its aftertaste. A pretty good beer, I think I'll have another.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice one finger creamy head. The body is dark dark amber in color. Looks like a pale ale should look. Smells just like a pale ale should smell too, not too hoppy, not too malty, nice balance in between. You definitely pick up more hops, and then a small malt note and sweet smell. I wish the smell were a little more intense, but oh well. Well, the taste is very very good, don't get me wrong, but I would not really classify this as a pale ale. I mean it tastes too light on the hops to be a pale ale. It tastes more like an english ale to me, not american. In the taste you get a hop bitterness for just a second, and then comes an immense sweetness and then in the finish you get malts for just a second as well. The taste is dominated by that sweetness. It's a great mix of all three flavors, but the sweetness is definitely the primary flavor. Good taste, not out of this world though. Drinkability is through the roof on this beer, mouthfeel isn't bad either.

Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- light clear amber color, little head and minimal ring of lacing
s- not much smell, maybe a slight malty scent
t- decent taste but not very hoppy,not very malty either, somewhat bland
m- decent mouthfeel for a regular pale ale but nothing great
d- its an average beer , grab a single if you like pale ales, all i can taste when i drink pale ales is a weak ipa

Photo of asabreed
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A copper color makes up the body, with some tinge of darkness to it. A frothy bright-white head doesn't leave an insane amount of lacing, but it's a sharp contrast from the body of the brew, and it does leave some big dots of lacing and some swervy rings closer to the body's top.

Smell: A good amount of husk, grain, earthiness, mild hop bitterness, and slight caramel. All fairly subdued, but it seems balanced at least.

Taste: I wouldn't call this a Pale Ale on training wheels, but like the aroma, everything seems fairly light, which, I suppose, can be good for a lawnmower-type summer beer. Good husky earthiness and citrus hops, with lingering mild fruit esters and earthiness and nice back-end bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Initially mildly watery with a good burst of sharp carbonation that comes through at the end and makes it a little more toward medium-bodied from the initial semblance of its light-bodied nature.

Drinkability: This gets pushed up a notch because it has enough flavor to be highly drinkable, with a good amount of alcohol to be sessionable, and it's, well, very easy-drinking for a Pale Ale. Wolaver's has never blown me away, but this is another solid brew from them.

Photo of matjack85
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.59. No freshness date but they claim all the ingredients are organic.

The beer poured a hazy gold color but made no head whatsoever - just a thin white rim. Despite the lack of much head, the beer still left some nice lacing on the glass with each sip.

The beer had a mild hop smell along with some fruit juice aroma.

There was a nice malty backbone to this but with plenty of hop bitterness for balance. A subtle apple juice presence completes the flavor. I like the taste of this.

Medium bodied with biting carbonation for crispness. Slight lingering hop aftertaste.

A very drinkable beer. Wish I bought more than one. I'm not a big pale ale fan but this one could bring me on board.

Photo of ericj551
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Review: Wolaver's Pale Ale is a copper orange with a thin head. The aroma is nutty, malty and sweet, with hints of herbal hops and a nice light fruitiness. The flavor is crisp, with nice toasted bread and light toffee malty sweetness. A mild, but noticeable bitterness balances the sweetness with some nice, light herbal hops.

2006 Review: The beer pours a golden amber with a this head that bubbles down to a lasting film. I smell hops, kind of metallic and a little grassy. Taste is sweet at first with a nice hop bitterness that drys out the flavor. There is a decent body, but if could be a little fuller.

Photo of CaptYellow
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A little darker than I would think. Darker than straw yellow. The head was huge. I filled less than half the glass with the beer and the head was over-flowing. A head lasted the whole time and left distinct rings of lacing around the glass.

T: The hops come out strong. I didn't find it to be balanced with the malt. The malt sweetness just came out a bit in the aftertaste. Perhaps being an American Pale Ale, it should be imbalanced this way, unlike an English Pale Ale.

M: Medium.

D: It's not my type of beer being that the dominant flavor is from the hops. For me, it's not very drinkable, but to others it may be. The imbalance and lack of discernible complexity are hits to drinkability for me.

Photo of EStreet20
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. 20 ounce nonic.

A - Fairly clear pale golden color with a finger and a half of off white head.

S - Grainy smell. Some slight hop aroma.

T - A nice malty drinker here. Sweetness leads the way and some dry grain finishes. Hops provide balance rather than big bitterness or discernible hop flavors.

M - Pretty smooth feel here.

D - Nice, smooth drinkable beer. A bit more American hop character may make me want more when I reach for this style but it's still a nice smooth brew.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - A light amber colour with some white, bubbly head and light carbonation.

S - A very mild hop scent- earthy with some citrus. Not much going on here at all.

T - Earthy hops with some citrus and a bit of malty sweetness. As I drink this, the bitter hop flavour becomes more present and the sweetness disappears. But the hop doesn't have much character - just bitterness. A very bland taste.

M - A lot of carbonation is present. The body is fairly light.

D - A pale ale should be drinkable and this one barely qualifies as that. Disappointing given how good the Wolaver's IPA is. Wouldn't buy this one again. In fact, I am not so sure what to do with the other 5 I have... Disappointing.

Photo of beerwolf77
2.29/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into my pint glass the beer is mostly clear golden yellow. A nice off white head reaches close to two fingers. After settling a thick coating of lace is left around the rim.

The aroma is heavy on the malt out of the gate. It has a strong apple juice thing going on. Maybe some spice and a hint of citrus.

The flavor is dry and bitter. Not in a good way though. It tastes like chewed up asprin. Maybe this is a bad bottle.

The body is thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall the looks had me thinking this would be a nice beer. I guess mom was right. Don't judge a book by it's cover.

Photo of natelocc787
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very unimpressive, especially coming from Otter Creek. This Pale Ale is the definition of unremarkable. Hops and malt balance each other out, mild citrus notes and pale malt with a dry, seltzer feel. Over carbonated and very average. Not recommended.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some citrus and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with a hearty malt character. Then some caramel & citrus sweetness quickly comes in. The hops presence is complementary and brings some balance but it's a bit on the weak side for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there aren't many beers in the style that I would choose this one over.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy amber into an American pint glass; thin white head, but surprisingly decent lacing. In the aroma, picked up notes of red cherry, banana, peach, caramel, and malt. The taste possessed a nice round 'smoothy' fruitiness throughout, punctuated with a semi-dry finish and a dry fruit aftertaste. Pretty rare for a beer style that I find too often nowadays to be hopped to death. A welcome change of pace. Surprisingly though, the mouthfeel was fairly light, though this did aid the beer's sessionability.

Photo of Ezone024
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

looks clean and crisp when poured out of the bottle
lots of carbonation with a clear dark golden color.

smells slightly metallic, which i have found alot of Otter's to taste. also smells of sweetness, not as floral or aromatic as other pale's.

It tastes of earthy hops, with hints of sweet citrus and sweet malts. it's malty flavor is actually very easy in the mouth, not overwhelming at all.

this is very easy to drink, you can throw back about 3 before you realize you had one.

i'd drink it again.

Photo of champ103
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms and leaves some sticky lace behind.
S: A very subtle aroma. Oily, soapy, and floral hops. Some sweetness. A mineral aroma as well. Also some perfume? This is a little odd.
T: Similar to the nose. Floral and grassy hops. Sweet caramel malt. Soap, and a mineral flavor.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. An easy choice for a session beer.

This is a good beer. Not my favorite from the brewery, but worth a try.

Photo of ajmoody76
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one year old twelve ounce brown bottle pours clear copper with a one finger off white head. some lacing.

nice malt aroma. fruity american hops on the nose. no off odors.

good sweet malt taste. balanced with earthy and fruity hops. mellow aftertaste.

good carbonation. mid body. good beer. says it is organic. could do session with this beer.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/11/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a cloudy, amber orange colored body, with a smallish white color head, diminishing. Hoppy aroma, malty sweet. Some English maltiness. Very English tasting hops. Pale, light, dryish tasting. Hoppy, somewhat bitter tasting.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful brown with trails of carbonation on close inspection. No suspension in the beer, but slightly opaque overall. One finger of brownish white head that quickly fades to almost nothing. Very little lacing.

S - Strong smell for an APA. Not a very good one though. More earthy than hoppy. Smells like a handful of dirt with some mintiness. Not terribly pleased with the smell, but what hoppiness is there is great.

T - I liked the taste more on the first sip than I did on any of the following. Taste is slightly malty in the beginning, and then fades to hops. However, there's a metallic undertone that I just can't shake. Almost a medicinal bitterness. Not quite bitter enough to be a sipper, though. Very crisp. Dry finish, somewhat refreshing.

MF - Very silky. Thicker than most APAs.

D - I could definitely go for another one of these.

Photo of dudecandle
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle Production Date 3/9/09 poured into Pilsner glass:

A: Golden color with high carbonation and a small head, which lasts pretty well. Modest lacing.

S: Very floral-hoppy, with a good malt background. Very mild citrus with a good peppery note.

T: Citrus comes out on top of the hops. Light malt still in the back. Considerably bitter.

M: Chewy and crisp, rather bitter.

D: Good example of an American Pale Ale. Good balance on the hops and malt. A little tough given the intense bitterness, but good overall.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber, one finger head.

S- Nice blend of spicy/citrusy hop aromas.

T- Hearty caramel and toasty malt flavor. The mellow toast sets up the spicy hop flavor at mid point nicely. A hop dryness carries into the semi sweet finish.

M- Pretty decent for a pale ale.

D- A nice balance kept it going down.

More of an amber than a pale but worthwhile nevertheless.

Photo of ncbeermonger
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden amber into my trusty sam adams glass

mouthfeel is heavier than I expected it to be

smell is good, drinkability is good. I won't go out of my way to find this pale ale, but if it is avaliable I would chose it over most beers

drinkability is good, a great little summer beer

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a picure perfect copper tone with a huge off white head that dwindles slow and leaves behind, fine even lacing with each sip. Aromatics bright citrus and pine needle layers with a sweet sugar coated malt layer, very perfumey. Flavor has ample hop bitterness but cohesion between malts and hops slips up a bit, somewhat off tart twang that I don't get. Finishes dry with a fair amount of hop bitterness and flavor more lively citrus peel and pine needles with some dirty earthy hop accents as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is pretty lively head sticks around from front to back. Drinking really smooth I'm quite excited about this line so far compared to past Organic beer experiences, delivrs hop flavor and drinkability...again if you see the twelve pack sampler and haven't tried the Wolaver's line it's a nice place to start.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit hazy, amber colored with a nice white head.

Aroma is piney hops, some citrus in there as well with a little caramel sweetness in the back.

Taste is mildly citrus, some earthy hops and a grainy malt character that does not impress.

Decent body, decent feel. Drinkable for sure but not a beer I'd go after again.

Organic...great I guess. Maybe if you care about those things, but I prefer taste.

Photo of LordHammer
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: A nice solid amber pour, beautifully clear. Builds about half an inch of head which fades to a fairly thick film.

S: Some sweet malts and a bunch of hops. Hope it tastes as good as it smells.

T: Leads with some toasted malt, then sweetness, and then a light bitterness at the end. Really could use some more hops to balance it out better. The aroma is a bit deceptive, it seems.

M: Carbonation is moderate and pleasant, and the beer strikes a good balance between light and heavy.

D: While I was hoping for a bit more hops, this is still a very solid brew, and one that I could drink several of. Another well made beer by the folks at Wolavers/Otter Creek.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid APA here. Nice orange amber color. Nice full head that showed good retention. liked the balance. good solid malt base and a smoothly hopped taste. very good mouthfeel that has a solid fullness. another good otter creek product. my type of APA, not overly hoped or bitter like many of these misnamed IPA called APA

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