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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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BA SCORE
80
good

481 Ratings
THE BROS
88
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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Reviews by Fish113d:
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Fish113d

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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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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.

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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.

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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.