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

Wolaver's India Pale AleWolaver's India Pale Ale

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481 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This robust India Pale Ale follows British tradition by using bountiful amounts of fresh hop cones to produce a crisp clean character; blending Magnum, Crystal and Hallertauer hops with generous amounts of Munich and Carmel malt.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-07-2001)
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New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer suffers from some inconsistency issues. I had two from a mix pack that had great juiciness. Then I bought a 6-pk, and the first bottle (only one month since bottling) is all malt and no hop. There's still a nice spice character on the finish, but it's not nearly as good as the two I had from the mix pack I got earlier this year. The nose is more corny than I remember too.

Original review:
Why are people hating on this beer? Let me guess... because it's not a huge, hyped, hop bomb brewed in a small, trendy brewery named Hill Fartstead?

I admit that this is not the best IPA I've ever had, but the people rating this in the 2's need to get off the hype wagon. This is not an American DOUBLE IPA, and it shouldn't be rated like one.

This beer is a subtle, solid IPA with a well-balanced hop and malt character that comes across in both taste and aroma. Subtle spice and juiciness on the finish, with hints of citrus (citra-like?) and tropical fruit (mosaic-like). Very lightly buttered for an IPA. Just amazingly solid and well-balanced.

The mouthfeel is also wonderfully carbonated and smooth. Crisp, fitting.

Finally, I like the 6.5% ABV. This beer is a great daily drinker. Session with a kick.

Don't hate on it because you can find it in supermarkets and it's not named Heady Topper.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:49:24 | More by tkdchampxi
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

very clean tasting bitter ipa. good amt of caramel malt shining through the hops but still hoppy as hell and balanced, clean tasting and a dark orange/amber red color, pretty foggy and unfiltered looking. just a nice one. slightly above average but not a mind blower

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 19:59:36 | More by dank203
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1st pick out of the Best Market Wifey 6 pack!

Nice clear reddish amber hue with a whopping, soapy, long lasting head that gave the glass a good lacing.

Moderately hoppy aroma that snuck past my ongoing sinus congestion!

Taste is definitely English IPA being that this brew is not brimming with hops or alcohol but has enough hoppy and malty flavour to justify it's classification.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel with subtle carbonation.

A GOOD English IPA and a GREAT session IPA. A perfect beer to spend a night with and not regret it in the morning! Definitely a repeat buy!!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 22:48:10 | More by BrewMaven
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New York

2.41/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pint glass

A: poured out with a proud 2.5 finger head that relaxed after a few minutes. Cloudy amber disposition

S: definite floral aroma that preoccupied the senses

T: for lack of a better description, wheaty overtones with a light, secondary IPA presence.

M: a narrow body with a bitter attitude.

Note: Unfortunately, I have a bias against a particular "white" flavor I sensed in this beer so please factor that into my taste/smell rating.

White beer lovers might find this organic IPA very refreshing, but it doesn't possess the definitive rustic qualities I prefer in an IPA.

I'd revisit Wolavers' IPA on a hot, summer day with female friends, but wouldn't select as a year-round go-to.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 07:33:30 | More by bvj
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Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For an IPA, it lacks hops and any real substance.

For the record, I prefer IPA's which are full-bodied, hoppy with distinctive flavours. Unfortunately, Wolaver's IPA does not fit the bill. While it's very smooth, with a small hint of bite at the end which lingers on your tongue, I don't find there's anything distinctive at all about this beer.

If you prefer a "smooth" IPA without much bite, then give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:42:12 | More by jhchan
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3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance - very cloudy honey-amber, with a large head and chunky lacing
Smell- earthy, bit of pine and sweet overtones
Taste - earthy and choppy, though nothing like an American IPA. good proportion of bitterness.
Mouthfeel- very smooth. Goes down very well.
Overall a good solid IPA. Organic. Not as refreshing as I prefer my IPA's but solid nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 01:52:16 | More by USArmySteve
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip pint glass.

A-Hazy, unfiltered, copper-orange color. A touch of amber. The pure white head, 1-plus finger, lasts and leaves big fat sticky rings of lacing.

S- Hoppy; floral and citrus. Some caramel malts.

T- Strong hop flavor of citrus, earthy pine, floral. Some malty sweetness and lasting herb.

M- Very clean. Lots of malt gives it good body, hops give a semi-dry finish. earthy hop bite.

O- Good beer, with the right hops and bitterness for the style. Drinkable at 6.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 13:54:08 | More by NiceTaps
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3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's - Wolaver's India Pale Ale, poured into DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy orange with an amber hue and a big bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves chunks of lacing. Bubbly. Some retention.

Smell - Aroma is almost more of an IPL than IPA at first, but I was patient and pulled out the more subtle aromas by gently disturbing the brew. Hops are juicy citrus, some slight sour breadiness from the Munich malt, hint of sweet as well.

Taste - Rich caramel malt, almost creamy, then spice(s), then citrus and some piney hop bitterness. The taste itself was all over the place and confused me a little, but I wasn't cringing.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and creamy with a dryness about it that makes it crisp and refreshing. Zero booziness and great drinkability. This was the strong suit of this brew by far.

Overall - A well balanced organic offering from a solid but not overly remarkable brewery. Definitely enjoyed and recommend for fans of a smoother IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 13:31:53 | More by JMScowcroft
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3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced quickly to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with bubbles coming up through the glass. Some spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Earthy and citrus hops, caramel, and bready malts too.

Taste: Same as above with a little spiciness and bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty nice beer for an EIPA. Not familiar with the style, but this is a good way to start off.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:47:18 | More by Flounder57
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3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the English ipa has not been a go to style for me, and they have been increasingly popular in the northeast it seems. this one though, is a winner. a version far superior to its peers. it pours a hazed orange to brass color with a lasting inch of khaki fizz. the nose is nicely hopped, more bitter than anything else in terms of aromatics, with a sturdy but clean rather than filling English malt vibe. less caramel in the malt flavor, more fresh bread, a nice combination with the lightly citric hopping. I get just a touch of grapefruit in the finish. there is a ton of body here, a few of these is ample. nice carbonation and clean finish give it some drinkability though. ive learned that even well made versions of English ipas are not my favorite. this is one of the few times ill ever be patriotic, but the American ipa style, to me, is a much more enjoyable brew than even the best of the English persuasion. this would be a textbook example of the style though, and is worthy of higher praise.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:56:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; dark orange, slightly cloudy, with a thick fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. Smell is well-balanced, lots of malt with some crackery notes, and some attenuated floral hop scents. Taste is spot on the nose; crackery, slightly sweet malts, and floral juicy hops on the back end with a full, creamy mouthfeel and a wet, crisp finish. Certainly nowhere near as hoppy as its American-style counterparts, but a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 03:32:15 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy orange. About a finger and a half of creamy white head with mild retention. Thick around the edges with a good amount of lacing. Some carbonation and a little bit of sediment

Aroma: Bready malts, some caramel sweetness. Toasty cereal grains. Faint citrus hops. A touch of earthiness. Nothing mindblowing here but not bad

Taste: Follows the nose for the most part. Cereal grains in the foreground. Like oats. There's a wheaty twang. Some sweet caramel. Earthy hops meet somewhere in the middle but seem a bit like an afterthought. At most there's a slightly oily pine presence in the finish. Like the nose nothing out of the ordinary but not much of note. Decent

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Some body but not much bite. A bit watery. Clean

Overall: Not one for the ages but it might get you through in a pinch. In the end there just isn't much to write home about in this beer. Very average

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:52:49 | More by MistahBeah
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New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into .5l cylinder glass.

Retried into stemless wine glass on 8-15-13.
Disappointing, as reviewed by BuckeyeNation, there's a kind of staleness to WOLAVER's beer, found it in Pumpkin last night and in IPA tonight. the staleness dissipated over time. (*not as profoundly stale!, but in that general direction, so this beer gets downgraded a bit by it)

Appearance – Pours a dull hazed orange-copper color with a two finger off white head.
*But compared with Dales Pale Ale - not as pretty or bright a copper. some big bubbles in head, lighter level of lacing.

Smell - More laid back and subtle than AIPAs. a blend of sweet and hop. caramel sweetness with hops, earthiness backing. A bit of sweet orange hop as well. Quite nice and very subtle.

Taste – Starts with bread mixed followed by citrus and floral/herbal arc. The herbal and floral hop intensify on back end. finishes earthy. But again, subtle like the smell. Wholesome, approachable, sessionable, not much sense of the 6.8 or esters. More calm and earthy. Refreshing aftertaste, goes well with food, in this case (grilled grass fed burgers on pretzel roll with grilled asparagus (it's spring), red pepers, mushrooms, garlic).

Mouthfeel – Hi creaminess, lo carbonation. The creaminess parallels the earthy hop, the grass. Organic!

Overall – Very original, refreshing, made in Vermont IPA. Subtle and good starter IPA. Personally I like the piney crisp complexities of Dales Pale Ale, Stone, Troegs. This one less citrus and more earthy. It is a nice break from the more traditional. Every hop head must try it. Organic! Made in Vermont!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:32:47 | More by Act25
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New York

3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From 01/26/13 notes. Had on tap at Bare Burger in NYC on the LES. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy amber orange color with one to two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, citrus fruits, toasted malts, and earthy notes. Super malty in the nose; was hoping for more hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, bready malts, grains, wheat, earthy notes, and some floral notes. Again, very malts taste for an IPA; a little disappointing.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall not a bad beer, but a very malty IPA; I was hoping for more hops. Fruity malts throughout and some light citrus hops, Easy to drink and again, not a bad beer, but if you're looking for a hoppy IPA this isn't the one for you.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 18:04:54 | More by mdfb79
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2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange color which is a little darker than other orange colored IPA's like Two-Hearted and beers similar, although it is not as dark a reddish brown color as Victory's Hop Devil. The head lingered for a while and left some lacing on the glass. The appearance looks pretty promising. The aroma is, well, hop free for the most part it seems. I smell alcohol, I smell sweet malts, and I smell strawberry twizzlers, but not hops....this smells more like an Irish Red than an IPA for sure. The flavor presents a light malty taste with a decent hop presence riding the ending. There is just enough bitterness to balance this English IPA, but I would like just a touch more of a hop profile. The MF feels pretty typical.

Overall, this beer is pretty "meh." It's okay, but this Wolaver's line is not really impressing me so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 15:20:44 | More by jifigz
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish copper with a thin, off white head that has a short retention but leaves a lot of lacing

S - very faint nose; caramel, citrus, grains

T - malty, some toast, citrus, some pine, faint bitterness

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an easy to drink beer with a decent flavor. It's not very forward, but its enjoyable. I could slug a few of these with ease.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 23:58:40 | More by tdm168
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, peach-copper coloring with a fluffy, white, frothy head that clings all over the glass. Aromas of subtle sweet caramel, resiny, fresh hops, and a light, citrus highlight. Smells very well balanced and very palatable. Flavors are light, with a resiny and peppery hop forward presence that is quickly followed by a light, sweet malt backbone. Much lighter flavors than the aromas lead you to believe. Very smooth and balanced, and very drinkable. Citrus highlights join the party at the end of the palate, and the blend goes right into the aftertaste, with the citrus and spicy hops holding most of the flavor profile at that point. Very tasty and well blended. Light bodied throughout, but still manages to support the flavors. Resiny, slightly bitter finish that dries the mouth. Very tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:06:04 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - surprisingly red colored when poured but seemed to settle into more of an amber. There was little head when poured into a tulip glass
Aroma - very little off the nose in the bottle but surprisingly smooth and light citrus aroma from the glass
Taste - there was a delicate spice to the aftertaste and mild citrus hop originally
Mouthfeel - crisp, light and refreshing and not too carbonated
Overall - definitely a surprisingly tasty beer for it's organic status and I would recommend to an IPA connoisseur looking to expand their palate

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 04:21:26 | More by poop_brew
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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a beautiful lightly hazed orange-copper color with a two finger off white head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within, which upon popping slowly over time give a lighter level of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is a blend of sweet and hop. A nice caramel sweetness acts as a base with hop aromas of a heavy floral and earthy hop smell. With these aromas is also a very light amount of a sweet orange hop as well. Quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a light citrus and floral/herbal smell. The herbal and floral hop intensify and drown out the citrus as the taste goes on. Also as the taste advances the lighter sweetness that was present upfront decreases as well. More toward the end of the taste a large earthy hop flavor comes to the tongue. The earthy, when mixed with the other hop flavors leaves a bitter, but yet somewhat sweet flavor on the tongue as some citrus sweetness comes to the taste as well. The aftertaste these flavors leave on the tongue is quite interesting.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the above average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is just below average. The creaminess really accentuates the earthy hop nicely, although a slightly higher carbonation level may have been nice for the other hop flavors.

Overall – It is actually quite different then the “more standard” ~ 6-7 % abv IPA. Not nearly as citrus and much more earthy. It is a nice break from the more traditional and is well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:47:49 | More by Darkmagus82
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy light copper color pours with a good head stand. the head is a persistant creamy and rock off-white head.

S: Citrus and pineapple hops aroma with a low grassy note dominate the aroma. There is some malt and light orange-like fruity ester.

T: There is good hops bitterness but the hops and malt flavors are muted. A toasty and biscuty malt with a touch of sweetness support an assertive hops bitterness and moderately-strong hops flavors of citrus and pineapple. There is a light orange ester, no diacetyl.

M: Medium bodied and moderately-strong carbonation with a slight prickle on the middle of the tongue. A light alcohol warmth.

O: A pretty decent IPA with a nice hops flavor that unfortunately isn't to lively. I'm hoping this is a result of not being all that fresh because if the flavors poped it would be an outstanding beer. There is a bit of astringency, while not that bad, that could be reduced by using a high alpha acid hop variety.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 02:49:12 | More by MadScientist
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2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange copper with an off-white head - good retention and lacing.

Not a lot in the nose grainy malt and sour citrus.

Taste goes from malt to a grassy bitter lemon rind. Not really that appealing. This one for me is a thumbs down. Will not try this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 16:40:57 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper with an off white fluffy head. Sheen layer remains as the head, really nice lace clings all the way down. Good looks.

Brew smells of earthy and floral hops followed by some sweet malts. Good nose.

Brew has good smoothness up front, has some mild peppering in the middle, more so in the lingering bitter finish. Resiny and bittering as you drink. Nice malts help balance this one out to add to some great sessionability for the non hop heads. Good hops here and nice sweet malts. Nice full bodied brew here. Really a very nice ipa here.

Really nice brew here; I really like this one. Case worthy sessionable stuff here. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:03:33 | More by magine
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New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl oz bottle stamped: 32960151712. Sampled on June 9, 2012. The pour is a slightly cloudy medium to dark amber with a foamy beige head that lingers. The aroma is rather hop-free but I get a nice sweet malt note along with a clean, crisp feel. Overall mellow on the nose. The body is light to medium but leaning more to medium. OK, the hops announce themselves with much vigor as early as the first sip. It is moderately bitter toward the end. This is a decent enough IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 22:03:04 | More by puboflyons
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3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass:

A: hazy orange colored body with a one finger white head that died within thirty seconds. There was barely any lacing left and very little carbonation was seen rising.

S: some light pine and hops but there really wasn't much there.

T: sweet yet spicy blend that tingled in my mouth, not bad. The pine and hops came out with some lighter fruits in the taste.

M: medium with a good smoothness. It had a moderate carbonation in the mouth.

O: this was a decent brew. I'm pretty sure I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 00:06:05 | More by BeerKangaroo
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New Mexico

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big white long lasting head sits above a not quite clear honey golden colored beer.

Sour grains and little bitter hops aroma on this medium bodied beer.

A light sweetish hops taste with a light bitter aftertaste.

An ok, but lesser IPA, grab yourself some Broken Halo instead.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 22:19:22 | More by LXIXME
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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.