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

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Wolaver's Pale AleWolaver's Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

152 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Reviews by Mustard:
Photo of Mustard
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" date; no ABV %; purchased for $5.99/6 from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington; upper label describes the beer as having a "rich, malty body and crisp, dry hoppy finish".

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange brown with faint, ruddy highlights; batter-like, off-white, three-fingered head; only a small b-cup's worth of lace but excellent head retention -- one of those fingers made it to the bottom of my mug.

Aroma: Somewhat lightly of grapefruit, caramel and floral hops.

Taste: Light, sugary sweetness upfront; pronounced malt body; discernible notes of apricot and grapefruit; sturdy, rolling bitterness balances things out quite nicely; earthy, woody hop flavors; a hint of butterscotch; slightly spicy; light to medium bodied with a creamy, prickly mouthfeel.

Notes: As far as pale ales go, somewhere between good and very good.

Mustard, Nov 01, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mix of orange with a somewhat golden hue with a petty light wispy head,aroma is more on the malty side to me fruity and biscuity only a touch of hops.Great balance on flavor once again slightly leaning on the malty side a little sweet but finish nice and crisp as a cracker with a light leafy hop note.A real nice Pale wish I would have got it sooner.

oberon, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is orange and almost clear. It’s shiny almost, with just enough haziness to be noticeable. The head came on quite well with some nice foam, a bit of lacing, and some pits as it settled down.

Smell – The aroma is subtle but very balanced. The malts are laced with caramel but still “grainy.” The hop character is complex with some floral and citrus notes.

Taste – Ah, yes, this ale’s balance is its signature. This one is nice. The citrus hops come on with a bit of grapefruit bitterness and the malt base is big and strong.

Mouthfeel – Creamy smooth and just shy of medium-bodied. The bitter notes and dryness at the finish made me want to guzzle this one.

Drinkability – An excellent session ale. Clearly Wolaver’s best effort to date as VENOM pointed out in his review.

RoyalT, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a clear light amber with a frothy half inch head on top. Some citric hops in the nose along with a big caramel, bready, buttery nose as well. Not bad...but I'd like a little more hop in the nose.

First sip brings a slightly dirty, herbal, citric hop along with a crisp, bready caramel malt background. A slight bitterness makes itself known on the way down. A bit of grassiness as well. A decent APA.

Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body, good carbonation and a bit of creaminess. I like a little more hop flavor in my APA and this one somewhat bored me. I appreciate the organic ingredients and wish more brewers would try and use them.

orbitalr0x, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, on the neck states that this product is certified by the OTCO as organic. No freshness date.

Appearance: Golden with a touch of chill haze, the lace is very white and creamy.

Smell: Crisp grain and mild hop oil aromas.

Taste: A crisp carbonation lets a slightly chewy malt mouth feel of a bready sweetness come through, a liberal hop bitterness balances this ale. Some light alcoholic esters warm the throat, then this brew dries towards the end with a nice hop finish that lingers with some residual bitterness.

Notes: An exceptional pale ale. Great malt back bone.

Jason, Apr 17, 2002
Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellowish honey color with a small white bubbly head. Aroma is of sweet butterscotch. Flavor is hoppy and grassy, with some butter and doughey undertones. Subtle flavors that morph and evolve and rise out as I work through the pint. Delicate but making their presence felt. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very enjoyable beer.

far333, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

LXIXME, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of watermelonman
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a glowing orange and gold color with a medium head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

A good mix of pale malts and hops make for good smell and taste. Light floral hints join the malts in the smell. Hops complement malt all the way through the taste and leave a bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is solid and pleasing. The drinkability is fairly good.

watermelonman, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An attractive, clear, autumnal orange body with a healthy off-white head that settles to a thin ring... steady effervescence makes this look refreshing... mellow hops with ample spruce tinge to tingle the senses... malts are subdued, not roasted or toasted (nice)... a rather full-bodied mouth experience, with bubbles rushing in, hops impressing the tongue, and malts raining on the back of the throat... pleasant, slightly subdued presence and hop rush--refreshingly drinkable with estimably mutliple bottles--the balance is apparent, especially at the throat... another solid beer from their organic 12-pack... doesn't overpower but maintains a solid level of taste throughout--a bit malty for a pale ale, bordering on an ESB--but okay, some character to talk about!

dacrza1, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wolaver's- Pale Ale

Appearance- light caramel orange with a small foamy head.
Smell- fruity/ citric hops and sour mash.
Taste- sweet and metallic at first but finishing off with a grapefruit hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel- metallic bitter up front with a hop bitterness in the end.

Overall- If there wasn't a metallic twang to this I would rate much higher. Not bad, I'll try again in the future.

NJpadreFan, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber, white bubbly head with nice retention and lacing. Nose of earthy diacytl, dough, cream, slight oil, floral hops and orange peel. Tastes of hoppy citric peel and overall, nicely crisp in character. Maybe too much spicey orange peel hops. High carbonation and very smooth.

Definitely be getting this again.

tastybeer, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Varkias41, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of asabreed
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

asabreed, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of LordHammer
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

LordHammer, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 months old according to the bottling date, yet it shows no signs of deterioration. It pours a crystal clear amber body with a creamy white head that holds well before dropping to a decent collar and whispy surface covering. Tiny bubbles slowly rise to the surface, and some lacing around the glass adds to the appearance. The nose displays some caramelish malt and thin, but bright, citrus/floral hops that are quite welcoming! The body is medium and combines with a fine, restrained carbonation to give a smooth and gently creamy mouthfeel. The flavor displays an exceptional balance of softly sweet, lightly toasty and mildly caramel-tinged malt that's infused with threads of mildly citrusy and spicy hops backed by a supportive bitterness. It finishes dry with a firm bitterness and some lingering bready malt and spicy hops. Very nicely done. Well-balanced with alot of finesse. It's clearly a more delicate version of the style, but it's also very drinkable. And I appreciate the fact that it's organic!

NeroFiddled, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of Ezone024
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Ezone024, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber color with a white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is a little faint but it has some biscuity malt and a touch of hops. The taste is a pretty good balance between the malt and hops. Overall, this is a good and highly drinkable brew that is recommended. Good to see another tasty organic ale on the market.

cjgator3, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pale ale with a pleasantly rough bitterness around the edges. There's less malt than most APAs, making it seem more like an IPA. The hops taste like strong citrus juice with rind and pine in the mix. A touch of biscuit and light caramel malts compliments the hops nicely. Quite tasty. Organics aside, this is a good simple hops fix for anyone in need.

tempest, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The label appears to be a Wolaver's standard, with just the name and description changed. Brewed with Cascade, Cluster, and Hallertauer hops and Harrington malt. Brewed 3/24/08.

Appearance: Pours with over three fingers of light tan head. This sticks around, only settling a small amount, and leaving some nice sticky lacing in its retreat. The lacing continues all down the glass as I drink, very nice! The beer itself is a rich orange/copper color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine hops.

Taste: Spicy hops upfront that blend well into a long lingering mild bitterness. Some caramel and breadiness in the malt.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: With amazing head retention and lacing, coupled with a spicy yet well balanced flavor, this is a winner.

beveritt, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good PA, says it’s organic. Had many of the same ingredients other beers do, but I guess some feel that having that label is important. Okay, I’ll get off my soap box now. Very nice color, carrot orange with a frothy head. Taste was a little more that I had anticipated- big hops up front followed by a smooth fruity after taste. Very good beer, but very expensive for what it offers.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of OatmattStout
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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

OatmattStout, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a medium burnt copper-orange with a 1 finger medium beige foamy capping that didn't stick around for long as it dissipated to a sparse macro-bubbly layering. Visible carbonation was light.

S: rich, with sweet pine and grapefruit hopping that was very aromatic and enjoyable providing a nice citrusy fade that you didn't want to stop experiencing.

T: sticky, sweet grapefruit and pine with some sweet caramel balancing things out beautifully. The hopping and bitterness was very smooth, and refined with a nice juicy like citrus nature that blended well with the malt sweetness in perfect harmony.

M: light, very smooth and slick with a gentle carbonation and rich sweet sticky grapefruit lacing gracing the tongue leaving you wanting more.

D: A great drinking pale, case worthy and a thirst quencher on a hot summer day. Could easily drink this as an session.

beerthulhu, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Darkale
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brassy-copper clear body, moderate head dies soon. Spicy-sweet aroma with a touch of yeast.

Brash taste is quite hoppy with some grittiness. It is followed by faint fruit. Seems almost IPA in character. The hoppiness is raspy and astringent and, for a hophead, quite pleasing.

A darker, deeper pale ale than one usually finds.

Darkale, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

buzzy, Feb 22, 2014
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Wolaver's Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.