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

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Wolaver's India Pale AleWolaver's India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

576 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-07-2001

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.
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Ratings: 576 | Reviews: 285
Reviews by JWU:
Photo of JWU
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a hazy yellow with orange/amber highlights. Thick white head, with a little lacing

S- floral/earthy hops with some fruity sweetness.

T- halfway between an English IPA and an American IPA. The malt base isn't as big or brash as some American IPA's, but certainly balances the earthy and citric hop profile. The fruity (apple/apricot/orange) component is the interesting part of this brew.

M- medium bodied, and overall nothing much to say.

O- good, but not great. Certainly different from the litany of west coast IPA's out there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An American IPA much more English in character pours a medium golden with an average head that left a little lace,aroma is leafy and lightly herbal with a dry biscuity malt hint.Taste is really subtle a little minty and herbal with the dry malt coming thru more as I drank more.Iam not a hop head but when drinking an American IPA would like more hop presence,not horrible by any mean just seems a little off.

Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Solid orange in color with a little cloudiness and a good head that came up nicely and laced my glass..

Smell – Big citrus hops and a very light caramel malt backbone make up the aroma of this IPA.

Taste – The malt balance steps it up at the taste. The citrus hops are nice, and a tad bit of piney flavor joins the show. This one is well balanced.

Mouthfeel – Creamy and smooth with a slight tang to the cheeks. This one is just medium in the body and very refreshing.

Drinkability – I liked this one a little better than my fellow BAs. I thought it was well balanced, refreshing, and would make a terrific session beer.

Photo of MadScientist
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.

Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper coloured beer with orange hues. head is decent with a nice white cap that settles to a creamy foam lace ring. Alcohol, light spicy hops, bready in the aroma.

Nice mild citrus hop sting, with a cheesy hop character. Hops are also a bit spicy/herbal and meld with a light spicy alcohol presence. Body is medium, mouthfeel is smooth and even. Malt character is ample and sweetish, with earth and wood notes. Nice hearty, dextrin fullness. Some bready flavours in the background. Fruity and juicy around the edges.

Nice alcohol bite, balanced with a firm malt and defining hop character. Just a good, solid IPA in my book.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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: Pale amber in colour with a creamy bubbly sticky lace.

Smell: Raw hop aroma, rustic grain and mild fruit.

Taste: Rich mouth full of rounded grainy malt, raw intense hop and some fruity esters. Some chewiness shows the residual sweetness and dextrins, the hop bitterness and flavour cut the malt to be well balanced for an IPA.

Notes: Very rich and very tasty, and at 6.5% abv it warms the body a little.

Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear apricot gold body with a small bonewhite head that retains well and leaves attractive patchy lace all over the glass. Aroma has a subdued note of pine cone hops, but is mostly citrus fruity. Orange notes dominate, complimented by a hint of grassy clover honey. Mouthfeel reveals a light medium body with moderate carbonation. Taste is grassy and fruity, with orange esters providing a sweet citrusy note. Good pale malt base with a bitter closing that resurrects the pine cone hoppiness. Very tasty and enjoyable, but not exactly to style. Thanks to mtnlover for this bottle.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled a few 12 ouncers, with bottled on dating, yeah fresh beer! Pours a clear golder amber, white head. Leaves light wispy lacing. Full, hoppy, grainy nose, maybe also a note of rye. Medium bodied, grainy dry hops up front, maybe a tad thin in the malt to smooth this one out, still a drinkable ale, Long lasting bitter and drying hops on the tongue. Worth a try, decent sessioner

Photo of woodymq
4.8/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has become my go-to beer lately. Stocked and reasonably priced at University Wine on Mass Ave in Cambridge. I just wished more places carried it and Otter Creek didn't make it in limited batches.

Distinct hoppy character. Perhaps the hop character is different from other IPA's because it is an organic beer, or because they use different hops than what I am used to. Whatever it is, I like it.

Color is a nice orangish amber, pours to a nice head. Does have a bit of "stickiness" in consistency that is pretty common to American IPA's.

If I have one dig against this beer is that I have noticed a slight variation in quality between batches. Normally, I chalk that up to how a beer is shipped, but I have a suspicion that it is more due to the fact that this is a smaller brewery. Also, since it is organic, there may be more natural variation than what is usually pushed out to us by the big boys.

In short, it's local, cheap, organic and a tasty beer to boot. What's not to love?

Photo of ironlung
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with bottled-on date of 5/5/08. Into Sierra Nevada pint glass...

A: Hazy orange. Hard pour,no head though. great lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Citrus. Grapefruit mabye some lemon rind as well.

T: Tastes fine at first then a strong wierd (metallic?) after taste comes in and LINGERS.

M: Not sticky. Balanced until that wierd taste hits.

D: It's a good try. I've definately had much worse. All these organic beers seem to always have something off about them. There are better/cheaper ipas out there, so I wont be buying this one again.

Photo of Thrasher
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer from Wolaver's, pouring medium gold with high head and excellent lacing on the inside of the glass. Bright hop aroma with citric flavors. The beer itself is quite light, in color and maltiness, to make way for a hop showcase that is neither flashy nor gaudy. Just a brisk, enjoyable crispness and a bit of grapefruity prickle. A solid beer, not very characterful, but definitely tasty. I would like perhaps a somewhat larger malt profile, but this is a minor quibble. I first had a Wolaver beer a few years ago and thought it was insipid, lacking flavor, perhaps due to the organic ingredients. This is happily not the case now. I don't know if they have improved their craft or if it was the switch to Otter Creek in Middlebury, VT, but this beer has as much substance as need be.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper, almost brown. Medium head, below average retention. Aroma was farmy and caramel.

Caramel and a decent amont of hopping. The malt structure is too much though for this. It clouds the hops, weighs on the mouthfeel, grows into the heavy woody feel. Too bad how it finishes, it starts out with a little promise.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper hue with a large off white head, nice retention going on. Aroma has some muted pine cone with a spice citrus note, but overall has a sour twang with earthy hops almost tobacco notes. Flavors have sugary pale malts with a burst of light alcohol, hops have citrus rind and pine cone tip bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation is prett lively, nice dry aftertaste. Drinkability is solid but definitely my least fave out of the 3 I tried from the sampler compared to the pale and the brown ales.

Photo of pwoods
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Free beer from Mommy, alright! 12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a very slightly cloudy apricot. Maybe 1 finger of off white rocky head forms and has some retention. Some patchy lacing.

S: Very floral with a soft citrus scent. Maybe some Fuggel hops. Malts in the back with some grainy and sweet scents.

T/M: I'd definitely say more on the English IPA side but better than most(IMO). Bitterness is pretty weak and the citrus is on the lemon lime side of things. A little bit of that yeasty zap that I really don't like in IPAs. Malts are powder sugar sweet and body is very thin.

D: Easy to drink but not tasty enough to think about. But it was free!

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of degerbah
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Huge head explosion meant that I had to take a minute off before pouring the rest into my glass. This beer has a huge fruit aroma. Once the head died down there was lots of spidery remanants along the top of the glass.

The taste is a very hoppy with substantial grapefruit overtones. Lots of fruity overtones. This is a very refreshing beer on a warm day, I could drink these all day long. I'm not sure if I prefer this to SN Torpedo or Commodore Perry, still excellent.

Photo of poop_brew
3.22/5  rDev -9%
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

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clouded copper color. A sturdy tan head of some thickness retains itself very well, and what's left after it recedes is a thick foam that leaves lots of patchy lacing.
The pungent aroma is strong enough that it reaches my nose almost as soon as I open the bottle; there's a bit of fade after the inital burst, but it's sturdy. Citrus hops overtones with a bit of grassy earthiness, pretty raw, but with a balancing malt sweetness primarily offering notes of light fruits. It's also got a pretty grainy undertone.
This is a solid, well-balanced beer in the flavor. Citrus hops again seem prominent, with some earthiness and lightly fruity element coming out. A bit of breadiness pulls in that goes into the more familiar grains aspect of the nose. A ghost of citrus rind bitterness comes through into the finish.
There's a smoothness in a medium body, but it tapers off a bit quickly and doesn't sill out fully. There's a touch of crispness from the continuous bubbly activity. Overall the feel is unimpressive but still above average.
This is simply a good IPA.

Photo of watermelonman
2.41/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured to a nice bright orange and gold with a medium head. It shrank and stayed at a ring, and it isn't leaving much lace.

The smell has plenty of hops but it isn't a good combination. Also, it has a burnt and stale flavor. The taste is no better. It starts with burnt malt flavors and an unappealing type of bitterness takes over in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine, though.

Photo of dacrza1
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light, clear orange body with sparse effervescence... short-lived white head clings to glass in large bubbles... perfume scents flutter with butterscotch (?) and vanilla--quite aromatic.... soft and bright on the travel through the mouth... quite "noisy" at the throat--overall, an active yet unsettled body... vanilla oak, spruce and lighter hops mix nicely--little alcohol aftertaste--with a medium-bodied weight... perhaps enough of an IPA to demand a snifter, but not as on-point as their pale ale and not as malty either....

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.61/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Otter Creek- Wolaver's Organic IPA

Appearance- nice light brown with a thick head that disappated very quickly.
Smell- like dirty earthy hops. Vegatable aroma as well. Some tubers detected maybe a potato or turnip.
Taste- just like the smell, turnips freshly plucked from the ground and dunked into a weak IPA.
Mouthfeel- very watery, light. Slight bitterness but very faint.

Overall- Not a good 1. Sometimes Organic isn't always better!

Photo of tastybeer
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice amber color with a light cream head that dissipates fast. Semi-sticky lacing too. Smells nice with hoppiness, earthy as well as citrus, and maybe a bit of peach. It smells like I would expect organic to smell. Tastes of earthy hops, with floral and fruitiness. It is definitely dry, in a good way, and some biterness at the finish. This beer has a light mouthfeel, and is fairly smooth. I find it easy to drink.

This is the first of the Otter Creek organic beers that I've had. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly suprised. I'd get it again. Another tasty beer...

Photo of BrewMaven
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!!

Photo of cokes
1.6/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear, shadow-laden gold with small, sticky heading.

Then, it goes afoul.

Truly horrid aromatics. Lilac-infused bubble gum tossed with cabbage and spoiling tropical fruit. Rusty metallics appear as it warms. This is seriously fucking bad news. Worse than it sounds. And I am usually generous as far as "smell" goes.

I wish I could say this is redeemed in the taste, but it treads the same false grounds. Unappealing faux-tropical fruitiness mingles with a powdery, machinery bitterness. Vegetable hues surge forward. Gin-stewed cauliflower. Turns sour and ever worse from there, grabbed still by the repulsive bitter residue.
Just a total mess.

I fucking hate this. Terrible, TERRIBLE IPA. Terrible beer. Terrible defined.
Bad.

But, since I am a nice guy, I will point out two positives. 1) This has some decent, underlying toasty maltiness. 2) The hallertau addition is noticed with its grassy personality, and would be a welcome companion in a decent IPA...okay, that wasn't so nice...but there are components here that are likeable. Even if the final product is completely horrible.

To sum up: bleeeaaachhkkk.
Ask my kitchen sink if you need a second opinion.

(bottled 2/4/04)

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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.