Wolaver's India Pale Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
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
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Notes: Born on 5/21/14 (consumed 07/22/14). Poured into a nonic pint
A: Cloudy apricot colored beer that sports a 2 finger white head. the head is pillowy and comprised mostly of smaller bubbles. The bottle has a very clear shoulder label with the bottled date.
S: Sweet smelling, with hints of apple and caramel. There are malty smells. Not getting any floral or strong hop scents.
T: A hint of bitter but well balanced with a sweetness from the malts. There is a mild caramel characteristic along with some pine needles.
M: Really nice mouthfeel. Smooth and coating feeling. No strong bitter or dry after taste.
O: This is a great East Coast Style IPA. I would put the ABV estimate at 6.2% or lower. There is a slight alcohol presense - but nothing distracting. The sweetness balanced with the mild bitter is really nice. The body is fantastic along with the mouthfeel. This is a really enjoyable IPA. I would definitely drink more or share them. This is a beer that an early IPA padawan might like - as they develope their palate. It is a good intro to the style - without being a hop bomb.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 02:13:10 | More by fscottkey
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.