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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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | 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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4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Emerges from the bottle with a gently rocky white head, slowly settling out on clear and bright golden liquid. Nose is sweet malt and fresh hop flowers with a touch of grassiness. The taste is first sweet, then a growing bitterness asserts itself. Bitterness abounds without really dominating the palate, just flowery with a definate hop punch. Light fruity yeast esters noted at this point. Finshes bittersweet and somewhat clean, with an ultra slight alcohol tinge at the end yet superbly drinkable. More flavorsome than looks would lead you to believe.

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange / copper color with a 1 inch head. Lacing develops through the drink. Light carbonation. The aroma is nice, very floral and lemony. The taste follows suit, as the hops are strong here creating a more intense bitterness. The malt balances this out well. Citrus tones and honey are noticeable.

The mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Medium bodied. The bitterness rides the tongue softly for several seconds. Extremely drinkable and solid IPA I will look for again.

Photo of Bighuge
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light copper appearance. Thin white head. Streams of CO2 bubbles surface gradually. Pretty good blend of resinous hop character and toffee based malt character. Very crisp in taste, this beer. Sharp pine resin and citric hop tones hit me first. Then the bitterness, which is quite noticeable and enjoyable. The malt foundation is toffee, toasted and biscuity. There's actually a slight lingering sweetness to the aftertaste if you look hard enough. Body is about medium and mouthfeel is carbonated nicely. Solid effort here.

Photo of Stimack
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure if I should actually list this brew here but will. It is the Wolvers IPA but is from one of the special batches that is only available at the brewery to bring home in growlers. It is a batch of only four barrels called Cask Conditioned Wolvers IPA and from what I was told they where aged/matured in Chardonnay Barrels. It definitely had the qualities of the Wolvers IPA but also did poses a Chardonnay like aroma and taste. The brew held up nicely in the growler for a few days and when poured had a slightly cloudy orange/yellow color with a nice sized white head that had pretty good retention and left a fair amount of lacing. The aroma had a very robust hop scent that did dominate but you where able to pick up notes of malt and toffee and the Chardonnay aroma that I talked about before. The taste was also dominated by the hops but did seem to be more refined than with the initial smell. The hop flavors are of pine and citrus but I feel that the pine notes win out. Also notice some nice fruit like characteristics that go well with the hop taste, also notice a pretty good amount of malt that balances it out quite well. I must say that this was a good brew, wish that I lived closer to Middlebury to try some of the other brewery specific concoctions! I was told that some of the brewery only offerings could possibly make its way out into distribution as a special/seasonal series, lets hope so!

Photo of Wamesit
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper/amber with a thick, chunky slightly off-white head that gives way to clingy lacing.

S - Sweet malts in the nose. Earthy hops lurk just beneath, along with a touch of spiced fruit.

T - Noticeably sweet for an IPA. Grainy malts hit immediately with a more subdued (both in flavor and spectrum) hops presence making up the body of flavor. There is a sweet chewiness that goes well with the hint of fruit esters. Well-balanced.

M - Medium but chewy.

O - Very well balanced for an American IPA. That is not always a compliment but for this beer it is. Even certified hop heads like myself should check this out. Solid ABV% as well.

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear gold with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like barley malt with citrus and copper hops. It tasted like bold copper hops and earthy malted barley, with some licorice. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a somewhat lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this had pretty good flavor and a clean taste, with decent body. But it didn't have any real depth or unique character.

Photo of Imbiber
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10 September 2003 (batch 1408), so two months old when imbibed. Brewed with organic barley, and organic hops of the Hallertauer, Magnum, and Crystal varieties (so the bottle says).

A clear, pale-amber beer with a good white head initially on pouring, which dissipates slowly. Aroma is quite hoppy and slightly floral, and there's a touch of corn in evidence. Carbonation is gentle. A fairly prominent hop bitterness is experienced on the tongue, though not as harsh as many other true IPAs. Clean tasting, as would be expected from an organic brew.

A very pleasant beer, this bottle won't be my last.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of UncleFrank
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wolavers IPA

Appearance: Thick white head atop a lighter colored beer than expected. The head lasts well to the end.
Aroma: Hoppy, flowers, Nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium
Taste: Spicy hop notes with enough sweetness to be balanced, but not sweet at all. No hint of the alcohol, but its in there.
Aftertaste: Linguring residual malt with drying hoppy effect on the toungue.
Style: 4 of 5. I would shoot for something like this if brewing my own.
Impression: I liked tis alot. I will be purchasing some more
Comments: Flavorful considering its light color. the hops are spicy on the toungue but not overpowering. Hops, then beer, then hops. The way an IPA should be. Overall would be 3.5-4.0 of 5 in my humble opinion book. U.F.

Photo of Mattgruv
4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 2/16/11

Appearance: A nice burnt orange color, white head to start that fades to nice lacing

Smell: Sweet caramel and pale malts with lots of hops - some citrus and pine, but these are on the mild side - some grassy/herbal/floral aromas, too

Taste: Somewhat balanced and mild - malts are great, pale and nicely sweet - hops are good, but not very intense - light resin, orange, grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, remarkably effervescent - nicely carbonated, somehow not too much

Overall: Above average, not mind-blowing

This is an all-around good IPA. It's not too crazy, and it's not boring. I could drink a lot of it. I'm confused by the 14.85% pDev... Maybe this beer is inconsistent? I've had this a few times, and it's always been all-around good.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden with a copper tinge without too much head to be seen. Smell was buttery and nutty with leafy floral hops and a dosage of caramel to round out with some sweetness. Taste was very crisp and hoppy with a good amount of pine flavors and a more butterscotch and nutty finish but not overly so. Mouthfeel was creamy as it warmed. Another good offering from the Wolaver line.

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber with thin, receding, white head.
The smell was of hops with a caramel background. It was not a strong aroma, but what was there was pleasant.
The taste was citrusy - grapefruit, slight orange/lemon, with hints of caramel. Moderately tangy.
Good balance of hops and malt.
A good, drinkable IPA - not something to have if you are really a hop fanatic - but especially enjoyable if you like more mild IPAs (as I do). And, if you are organically-inclined it's even more of a reason to try it.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had little head. The color was an orangish amber and it was slightly cloudy. The smell is a sweet piney smell. The taste is fairly bitter with a nice lasting bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth. There is a bittersweet that lasts for a while. The drinkability is good. I could certainly drink this brew again. Another fine offering from Vermont. A good representation of the style.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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