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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
81
good

557 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | 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:
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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Ratings: 557 | Reviews: 282 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

tyjaman, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

lsdthcmdma99, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of tjhuot
4.93/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is not only hoppy, not overly so, but extremely flavorful. It has a very very small hint of sweetness. Very full flavor. It has been a while since I have had one of these ales, but I am enjoying one now, and it is delicious. I am an avid IPA drinker and rate this one in the top 2 or 3 on my list.

tjhuot, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of woodymq
4.83/5  rDev +36.4%
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?

woodymq, Jun 30, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

bfroehlich, Nov 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

slim2043, Jul 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Huffaroma, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

amir, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a pleasant surprise. This hazey amber ale had a big beautiful off-white head with great frothy lacing. Chewy looking already. The aroma just adds to the suspense with an incredible carmel and butterscotch sweetness mixed with malt. The hops are a little tough to detect in the aroma, but there is some piney presence, but it smells like it's more toward a brown ale than an IPA. But then the first taste brings out a unique blend of the bitter hops and the creamy butterscotch. Good stuff. It has a slick and silky feel, full bodied, milkshake-like. Just a slight bite from the hops but for the most part this is a mellow mouthful of complex flavor. This is a great change of pace in the world of quality IPA's. There is an unusual Dr. Pepper like quality, but I obviously like it, very different, very good.

Durge, Aug 27, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

ejane, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Bruczilla, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH curved pint glass

This is a good looking beer. Nice darker amber beer under a good head that sticks to the glass. Smell is sweet with herbal, pine, and some citrus, everything an IPA should be. Taste matches to the T. Hops hit the palate first, but sweet malt flavors show up later on. Just a great tasting beer. Mouthfeel was moderate with enough carbonation. Easy drinking for an IPA. Balance all around. Unique as well.

rtratzlaff, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Dr_Dangles23
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%

Dr_Dangles23, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of Riggo
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A supremely quaffable and well-balanced ale. The quality on this one was a bit of a surprise, considering that Otter Creek isn't exactly considered one of the better micros.

Pours a clear golden light amber with a firm, creamy off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma is subdued at first. Begins with a stoney, musty almost pilsener quality, opens up to some fruity notes (apricots, raisins?) and some nuttiness.

Flavor is initially crisp hops, again with an almost pilsener-like quality, then fruity malt and some nuttiness at mid-palate, followed with a dry hop finish and some lingering fruit and minty-hop notes. You can really distinguish these "stages" in the flavor, yet their is a harmoniousness overall. A very well-balanced ale.

Mouthfeel strikes a perfect level of carbonation and fullness and drinkability is excellent. Good for Wolaver's. If I could get this without driving to Missouri, it would definitely be a common presence in my fridge.

Riggo, Nov 19, 2003
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4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice gold color, great frothy head, wonderful lacing.

S: Caramel, nice hops, brown sugar.

T: Great hoppy flavor with background of brown sugar, caramel, and some great-tasting grapefruit. Bitter hop flavor lasts well after swallowing.

M: A little light-bodied for the style, but still good. A little astringent, which is good for this style. Carbonation about right.

D: Drinks great - will definitely be getting again. Not too filling or too rich.

ralree, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Home2Suites "pint" glass. Beer is cloudy and hazy and golden amber in color with a rocky yet slightly thin white head of about one finger in size. There is some decent retention and the lacing is quite substantial.

Aroma has a bit of Lemon pledge in it. Floral and fruity with some maltiness, which I dont mind. Solid malt backbone without being too sweet or caramelly or cloying.

Flavor gamut runs the same as the aroma, pretty much. Love the bitterness. More fruity than anything; less citrus or earthiness. I like the change of pace. Most IPAS are overly citrusy or piney but this one lies on the fruity/floral side, which I like. Bitterness is very well in check without being too cloying. Very nice indeed.

Perhaps I have palate fatigue from all of the heavily hopped West Coast and piney IPA's that this one was a welcomed changed. Very well balanced, easily drinkable, not too English. Suits me well at the moment.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 29, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange is the hue, blessed with a creamy slab of luscious, inviting head.
Aroma speaks of lovely hops, fresh and appealing, pine and fruit, but soft. grassy and floral, as well. Nice.
Taste: Ah! Excellent entry on the palate, ushers in a delicious phalanx of hops right onto the tastebuds, they linger, they lay, they leave languidly, resting a residue in the finish. Very clean flavor, with the hops shining through in every swallow, a lushly flavorful ale. Tasty, tasty, tasty!
I would grab for this anytime it's offered to me...halfway through the bottle, and it's hop-burping time, that's my kind of ale!
Medium in body, with a long-lasting, tangy finish. Enemies of "aftertaste", beware this bottle! But, fans of flavor, come rushing.
Personally, I can't believe that this is my first Wolaver's, that I know of, but if they're all this fresh and lively, sign me up for more!

(and thanks, UncleJimbo!)
P.S., after reading other reviews, I don't know what to say, whether there were issues with other batches or freshness problems, but this bottle was nothing but fine!

feloniousmonk, Apr 14, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice rocky head and a nice burnt orange color. Nice nose of fresh zesty hops and buttery malt. Real nice hop character that is not over done, flovors of floral and leafy hop oil. Good malt balance and toasted buttery flavors. Great session IPA, and would love to taste this one on tap.

OatmattStout, Dec 13, 2003
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4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear dark golden color with a small white head and a great lace. The smell is a great floral/spicy hop bitterness. The taste starts off with a nice hearty malt background and then the hops come and announce, very loudly, their presence. Nice citrusy and slightly spicy bitterness that is well balanced by the established malt backbone. There is a lingering tingly hop taste on the tongue for several minutes after drinking the beer. The brew is slick and dry and very drinkable. For my first few sips I wasn't crazy about the very abrupt change from malt to hop flavor in the taste, but with every sip I loved it more and more. It definitely grew on me and I would suggest this to any hop heads. As a not this one was brewed by Otter Creek in Vermont.

Murph, Apr 28, 2002
Photo of smith5424
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a light clear Amber, clean with little head.

S - Sweet, citrus, lots of grapefruit with a bit of caramel.

T - Smooth, fresh, carmel with floral notes. Well balanced.

M - Light and smooth with nice sweet taste at first, caramel taste kicks in, and then bitter and citrus.

D - Clean, clear, crisp refreshing ale. Great drinkability.

Overall a nice and fresh beer. I enjoyed the caramel and floral mix. Not as hoppy as most IPAs.

smith5424, Apr 05, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

JimmyAloysius, May 05, 2014
Photo of dmarch
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Under-rated as far as IPA's are concerned in my opinion. Pours a light amber color with a white head. Very well balanced. One of the more mild IPA's, but the hop aroma and taste is still dominant. This is one very drinkable IPA. Not sure what makes it organic though.

dmarch, Jul 18, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

rm9679, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Conniehophead, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

PoppyParthenonE, May 01, 2013
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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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