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

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BA SCORE
82
good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
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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John

New York

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good brew to have in your fridge as a session brew. I prefer this over the IPA as it's more balanced and fuller flavored.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2001 11:05:14 | More by John
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 00:38:09 | More by OatmattStout
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden / copperish with a nice tan head that leaves sheets of lace. Nice light citrus flowery hop aroma at first which dissipates. Great balance - nice malt flavor and rich with a nice hoppy balance. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a crisp dry finish. Solid !! One to buy again.

Label states "Certified Organic" & "Harrington Specialy Malt" & Cascade, Cluster, and Hallertauer hops"

This bottle was brewed by Otter Creek Brewing Co. Middlebury, VT.

Bottled: 01/14/03 (Batch #1291)
Tasted: 03/15/03

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 12:14:53 | More by RBorsato
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 22:02:15 | More by ericj551
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a creamy, off-white head composed of some very burly bubbles. Aroma is all Cascade up front with a nice hint of caramel maltiness underneath. The taste is similar, with a floral bitterness out of the gate that is oily and nice on the palate. There is a good balance here, too. Some nice roasty sweetness gives this one a well-rounded finish. Mouthfeel is chewy and fairly oily, with little carbonation to enhance the delicious flavors. Drinkability is good. This is finely crafted Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 00:43:24 | More by MobBarley
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 22:57:55 | More by beerthulhu
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled APAs are hit and miss. This one is a hit. Perhaps it's the organic label or perhaps the 6-er I bought was particularly fresh; but this was great. Beautiful light amber color, thick head that lasted few a number of sips; nice hops smell and just enough hops flavor to let you know you're drinking a great APA. Aftertaste is also floral hops with a bit of pleasant bitterness on the tongue. Makes you want to reach for another sip. Great representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 03:56:11 | More by tugdriver7
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BeerAngel

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with a nice 2-finger off-white head. The smell consists of a burnt bitter aroma along with a light tangy note. The taste reveals a nice smooth taste of light citrusy hops and an earthy grain and malt. It is light-bodied with a very clean finish and drinks down very easy. This makes the third Wolaver’s beer that I’ve had and they all have a very familiar characteristic about them. I wouldn't think just because these are organic beers that it would make a noticeable similarity in all the styles, but something does it. It is very hard to pinpoint but it’s there. I truly enjoyed this beer! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 19:44:44 | More by BeerAngel
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:58:06 | More by LXIXME
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ouncer with a 05/26/04 bottled on date. The color of this pale ale is a clear pale orange with light carbonation. There is a one inch white rocky head that leaves some very nice lacing ringing the glass. The smell is citrus and hop aroma filled. It smells like oranges to be more precise.

The taste is sweet and malty that finishes off with a good, balanced hoppy flavor. There is a sweet honey taste that is followed by mild bitterness in the hops. Overall, a surprising pale ale taste that is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 01:29:54 | More by abcsofbeer
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Morris729

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a thin creamy white head. Aroma is of sweet grains and malts. It’s very crisp in the mouth with flavors of grains and bitter hops with a dry finish. A very nice pale ale. In fact, this brew is my favorite of the three Wolaver’s ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 20:43:20 | More by Morris729
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shabbtastic

New York

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12oz twist off. A two finger thick white foamy head, which faded slowly to a nice plateau with tons of sticky lacing.

S - Spiced hops, notes of citrus such as grapefruit and orange.

T - Hops hit you up front and linger throughout the sip. Solid biscuit back dominates the finish. Very good APA represented here.

M - Thick and full for an APA, not a bad thing either. Creamy finish with plenty of carbonation to stand on.

D - Awesome! I absolutely love Wolaver's beers. I am quite pleasantly surprised with all their offerings. Pick this one up for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 01:01:42 | More by shabbtastic
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certified Organic. Bottled 10/22/05.
Pours a copper color with a 1/4" beige head that retains some but not alot. Smell is sweet malty caramel and some mild citrus and piney hop bitterness.
Taste is dominated by a huge caramel maltiness. The hops attack the palate unmercifully near the finish. At almost a year old I am impressed that this beer still has the hoppiness. Very well-balanced, complex and flavorful.
I would expect the mouthfeel to thin out over time, but it has held together well and feels as it should.
Overall a very flavorful and drinkable beer from a brewer that I think is very underated. All of you BA's out there need to try you some Wolaver's Organic Ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 19:00:33 | More by wcudwight
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle - Bottled on 3/28/06 according to the label.

Poured a hazy golden amber with a thin white lacing.
The smell was fairly strong and certainly inviting. It was of a floral graininess.
The taste was of a fairly thick malt. It was slightly sweet. The clean, crisp, grassy hops were well-balanced with the malt.
The finish was a touch bitter, but smooth.
Unlike this brewery's IPA, which is more in the British style because of the relative moderation in hops, this is a good example of an American Pale Ale - It had a generous dose of hops mixed in with the malt.
Another good brew from Wolaver's!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 04:20:22 | More by jwc215
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed-6 pack at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light beige head over the slightly cloudy light amber brew. Head is frothy and lasts well, with nice lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malt and cirtusy hops. The taste is piney/citrus hops with an undertone of pale malts. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice. Would revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 21:01:16 | More by ppoitras
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 18:54:11 | More by NeroFiddled
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 05:29:16 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best one of the Wolaver's mixed 12 I bought. This is hoppier than the IPA.. imagine that? Anywho, this looks and drinks like an IPA and even has a higher ABV than a pale ale, so I think there's a bit of a naming mistake going on here. Nice bitterness and great taste while being really drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 00:52:10 | More by oriolesfan4
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far333

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2003 22:13:51 | More by far333
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Darkale

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 13:42:04 | More by Darkale
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matjack85

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 06:19:14 | More by matjack85
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2002 21:11:18 | More by Jason
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2009 16:41:25 | More by donniecuffs
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

FWIW, this is good ol' batch #1429, bottled 9/30/03...

Appearance - center poured into a Sam Smith's monik glass - translucent tangerine color, 2 fingers of creamy, lacy foam, off-white with a hint of orange in it. A fine looking pale ale. I drank this so quickly it left lacy skid marks down my glass.

Aroma - started off with a decent citrusy burst, but quickly died down. Now only emitting a faint citrus and biscuity-type smell.

Taste - very pleasant Harrington malt based and just the right amount of hops to balance it with. A nice grapefruit aftertaste, low bitterness. Good stuff, no doubt.

Mouthfeel - a little heavier than average, average carbonation, some ramped up oiliness and smoothness without overdoing it. Where it should be.

Drinkability - demands some more sampling, a beer-tasting is in its future so family and friends can experience this one. Plus, it's ecologically friendly!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 17:04:51 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 01:50:23 | More by RoyalT
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