Wolaver's India Pale Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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Reviews by Fish113d:
4.13/5 rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pouring from a bottle into a goblet, it poured a beautiful golden/amber color w/ a nice 2cm of foamy, sticky looking head, that clung to the glass like Spiderman on Jane, leaving nice latticework or lacing on my glass. The head did dissipate some leaving a nice edge layer around the top of the beverage. Taking a few whiffs, I was pleasantly suprised to find that this IPA was not all hops as I had suspected, but had more hints of fruit (white grapes or plums) and even had some semblance of chocolate in there somewhere, which I found very intriguing. Slight alcohol tingled my nosehair a bit as well, which is always fun for me when I drink a beer! TAking a sip, it came to my palette very sweet natured, with little hops at first. The white grapes really jumped out at the tip of my tongue w/ some sugary taste, but then gave way to a nice earthy hops flavor that covered my palette on back until the swallow. Upon swallowing, this left a nice sweet floweriness (if I can describe it any better) and left a nice grassy aftertaste reminding me of cut grass in spring or summer! One knock on this one was the feel of it however. It's high carbonation beat on my palette pretty hard, and it never really gives way until the swallow, which may have taken away from some of the flavor. However, I got much more than I expected from this one, and it was a very nice crispy ale w/ a sneaky little 6.5% alcohol that I would recommend to just about anyone!
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2005 02:56:47 | More by Fish113d
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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.