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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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544 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is very hop heavy, considerably bitter, really not much else going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer.

tone77, Oct 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty shade of amber brown has a golden hue to it. Head is a nice 1/2 inch of opaque colored head with sticky lacing.

S - Mild floral hops with a nice bit of biscuit malt body. Hops are nice mango or citrus quality. Balanced.

T - The biscuit like malts are fairly sweet with levels of caramel and even though the hops are not too bitter they are still very balanced with said malt with level of apricot and mango hops.

M - Light to medium very easy drinkability

Overall damn 2 for 2 but I like this even more than the Southampton version since it has a deeper level of sweet malts next to bittering hops. Six pack would be easy to drink.

DrDemento456, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Dogbrick
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Lazy Chameleon in Powell, OH. Dark orange-amber color with a thin off-white head. Lacing is very light. Nice hoppy citrus aroma. I was pleased by the flavor. Medium-bodied with a nice mix of hops, citrus and light malt. Not as hoppy as most of the better IPAs out there but not a wasted attempt either. The finish is bitter although it fades throughout the glass. I'd get it on draught again.

Dogbrick, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If ever there was a sweet IPA this is it...malty, with a sweet floral hop presence...Nose is earthy more than anything...also some seeet maltiness...a slight twang of alcohol on the finish...Body is heavy for an IPA..substantial beer...a bigger type of IPA but without the big bitterness some enjoy...I look to my IPA's for a nice bitter hops flavor, but I also like this one for what it is..definitely English style...well done..tasty....

Sure, I'd buy a sixer of this if given the chance...nice beer..

ZAP, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

RoyalT, Dec 15, 2003
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
Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a full pillowy ivory head, nice carbonation, and lace. Excellent grapefruity citrus hop aroma at first turns a bit piney/sprucey. Decently balanced; not as citrusy tasting as the aroma suggests but definitely bitterness outweighs maltiness. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a dry bitter finish.

Label States: "Certified Organic" & "Magnum, Crystal, and Hallertauer hops" & "Munich and Caramel malt"

Bottled: 01/08/03 (Batch #1283)
Tasted: 07/24/03

($1.49 / 12 oz bottle)

RBorsato, Jul 25, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ZEB89, Jul 06, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl oz bottle stamped: 32960151712. Sampled on June 9, 2012. The pour is a slightly cloudy medium to dark amber with a foamy beige head that lingers. The aroma is rather hop-free but I get a nice sweet malt note along with a clean, crisp feel. Overall mellow on the nose. The body is light to medium but leaning more to medium. OK, the hops announce themselves with much vigor as early as the first sip. It is moderately bitter toward the end. This is a decent enough IPA.

puboflyons, Jun 09, 2012
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.

Brenden, Oct 12, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second Wolavers beer. A 12 oz bottle that pours a deep rusty beige coloured brew with a small, fluffy, white head. The aromas are of grains, and light hops. The taste is malty, with some hops in the middle, and a dry, grainy finish. The mouthfeel is thin, because this brew is just too grainy. The drinkability is OK, but this is more of a decent pale ale, than an IPA. Plus the graininess is just a bit much for my taste buds.

francisweizen, Feb 09, 2004
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2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like this much better than the PA from the same brewery. Still leaning towards the Brit style of hoppy ale. Lighter in color than the PA as well. More head and lace too. Alcohol is very noticable. Biscuity character of the Munich malt stands out. Ok beer.

drpimento, Sep 04, 2008
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2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ontap The Reservoir Restaurant and Taproom in Waterbury, Vermont. Poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a clear copper hue with a barely there head that left light side lacing and hardly any retention.

S - Super light hops (citrus) but for the most part this is all malty sweetness. Very disappointing.

T - Sweet malts with the light citrus hops. Its almost a bit musty...just, average.

M - Crisp, light finish with the sweetness throughout.

O - Overall, this beer was a big disappointment. Was looking forward to having this beer, but regretted getting it.

rudzud, Nov 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

DmanGTR, Feb 05, 2013
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.

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)

cokes, Mar 10, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ColForbinBC, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden yellow with a small film of off-white head. Nose of candyish malt sweetness, grain, and peppery floral hop aromas. Lightly sweet biscuity malt, some graininess. Hops come on peppery, spicy, with a touch of floral. Bitter enough. Finish is fruity with lingering hop burn. Light-medium bodied with a tad creamy feel. A pleasant, if a bit rough, IPA. Organic is a bonus!

alexgash, Mar 23, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Reagan1984, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a beautiful lightly hazed orange-copper color with a two finger off white head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within, which upon popping slowly over time give a lighter level of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is a blend of sweet and hop. A nice caramel sweetness acts as a base with hop aromas of a heavy floral and earthy hop smell. With these aromas is also a very light amount of a sweet orange hop as well. Quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a light citrus and floral/herbal smell. The herbal and floral hop intensify and drown out the citrus as the taste goes on. Also as the taste advances the lighter sweetness that was present upfront decreases as well. More toward the end of the taste a large earthy hop flavor comes to the tongue. The earthy, when mixed with the other hop flavors leaves a bitter, but yet somewhat sweet flavor on the tongue as some citrus sweetness comes to the taste as well. The aftertaste these flavors leave on the tongue is quite interesting.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the above average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is just below average. The creaminess really accentuates the earthy hop nicely, although a slightly higher carbonation level may have been nice for the other hop flavors.

Overall – It is actually quite different then the “more standard” ~ 6-7 % abv IPA. Not nearly as citrus and much more earthy. It is a nice break from the more traditional and is well worth a try.

Darkmagus82, Oct 06, 2012
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.

Pencible, Aug 16, 2008
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2/5  rDev -43.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

jaxon53, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 04, 2012
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.