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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

509 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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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Pencible

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 17:43:10 | More by Pencible
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Imbiber

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 16:39:52 | More by Imbiber
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%

08-06-2012 04:49:06 | More by nstroup
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%

02-23-2013 23:28:07 | More by DrewBest
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UncleFrank

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2002 14:21:29 | More by UncleFrank
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Mattgruv

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13%

06-29-2013 02:56:11 | More by Mattgruv
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13%

01-10-2012 17:18:54 | More by bonbini26
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 17:11:37 | More by angrybabboon
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ImpactDan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13%

10-31-2013 04:05:12 | More by ImpactDan
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GreatPondBrewer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 15:14:10 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%

11-25-2011 12:24:43 | More by Bilco
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 00:59:38 | More by jwc215
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chefdave37

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%

01-14-2014 02:16:17 | More by chefdave37
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%

12-20-2011 19:49:50 | More by weaselchew
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Enola

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 00:37:31 | More by Enola
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jpd026

New York

4/5  rDev +13%

06-27-2014 23:50:36 | More by jpd026
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%

12-31-2011 17:47:50 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +13%

11-23-2011 15:23:32 | More by nh2032
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +13%

11-18-2011 17:49:12 | More by nmann08
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balinor

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +13%

08-01-2013 14:11:19 | More by balinor
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twilight

Germany

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

Really, straight fours down the line. Nice pour and lacing, but nothing too remarkable. Taste is good and citrusy without being overly piney. Actually, the malt reall balances it out, but I think it's just a wee bit too much malt for my liking. Reminds me of other nice IPA's in this style, nicely balanced and as malty as they are hoppy. Quaffability is nice. The organic designation doesn't really affect quality, but it's nice to have such environmentally conscious brewers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 22:33:44 | More by twilight
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13%

03-17-2012 02:00:48 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%

04-19-2012 14:03:49 | More by yergermeister
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FCRICH

New York

4/5  rDev +13%

12-30-2013 00:51:53 | More by FCRICH
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burkenator


4/5  rDev +13%

02-29-2012 04:31:42 | More by burkenator
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.