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

Wolaver's India Pale AleWolaver's India Pale Ale

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482 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
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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Photo of argock


3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date on label. 6-pack purchased at Whole Foods Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Amber-gold hue with healthy 1-2 finger off-white rocky head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Floral and grapefruit hops notes are most prominent with pale malt sweetness

T: Flavor is more on par with an APA+ with pale malt sweetness even with floral, orange, grapefruit, and spicy herbal hops.

M: Thin for the style with low carbonation and sweet aftertaste.

D: Lackluster for the style as this would fit into the APA category.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 03:47:32 | More by argock
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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:47:49 | More by Darkmagus82
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New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 22:17:44 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color, small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Malty, slightly sweet, caramelized. Full bodied, but its not very hoppy or bitter for an IPA. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and very crisp. Aftertaste is malty, wild a mild sharp bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 03:48:30 | More by beerguy101
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.79...
An aggressive pour resulted in a clear, clean, lucid, copper-color that was tawny and light-amber without any head or lacing evident...
Sweet aroma, mild on the hops but loaded with a grainy, earthy, and vanilla aroma...
Taste strongly paid homage to the smell with a nice suggestion of fresh florals, vanilla, caramel, honey, and earthiness thrown into the mix...
Nice, attractive, light but flavorful mouthfeel and a superior level of drinkability led to an all-around great depiction of the style and a hands-down superb beer...

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 03:30:34 | More by dsa7783
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3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's clear and a very light copper color. Modest one finger, foamy head. Retention was short and lacing was very light.

Smell: Light on the nose. There are some citrus scents (grapefruit and orange). Definitely smells a bit sweet. Hops are piney and certainly noticeable.

Taste: It has an initial sweet citrus taste. Hops kick in shortly thereafter and are dry and bitter. There are some caramel malts that balance out the hops a bit. But, it's definitely very bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. A bit syrupy. It's not very drinkable as it just doesn't taste all that good. Overall, it's very average.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 01:41:04 | More by prototypic
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3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes…

Clear, the liquid is a tickle darker than gold and there is a very slight amber influence. Minimal animation. The head was basically white in color; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height. The head retention was impressive. It was very slow to fade to a fizzy cap. There was tons of subsequent lacing, it was insanely webby, clumpy, and all over the side of my glass. I am impressed! Needless to say this really bolsters the appearance of this beer! The nose smells like Fruity Pebbles. It is a dead on match. There is that gross sweetness, yuck. Thankfully at the very back is a kiss of piney hops that saves the nose from flat-out sucking. Still, I can’t call the nose inviting. The potency is, thankfully, low. Mercifully the palate tastes like an IPA. There is some age on the hops it seems; I’m not a big fan of that cheese taste. In this beer it is very mild so I can handle it. Otherwise the hops are piney with a kiss of citrus. I find the tangy fruity taste odd; it really slows down this beer. Right in the middle, boom, candy fruit (and not in that yummy Belgian beer kind of way either). The malt is weak, typical, it has some caramel influences but it is largely unheard from. The hop complexity is low and thus this beer fails to shine. The palate is good; I could drink this with some sharp cheese. The alcohol bite at the finish is fun! Medium in body, the carbonation is too low, the mouthfeel is flat and monotonous. The mouthfeel is lazy; it needs more pizzazz, more life. I can’t really enjoy the flavors because of the carbonation, in fact, I take back what I said about eating cheese with this beer, there is no way the effervesce is strong enough to lift the fat away. The warmer it got the fruitier it became; it is now too sweet and not as enjoyable to drink. On the whole this IPA is decent, there are too many things that are just not right and there are far too many great IPAs on the market that I would pick over this. I seen this beer in KC but I passed on it, when I was last in Iowa City I purchased a 12-ounce bottle for $1.60. I think this will be a onetime purchase.

Bottled on: 11/09/04

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 12:20:28 | More by bditty187
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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)

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 17:19:22 | More by RBorsato
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

98% organic. What happened to the other 2%?

Poured a hazy copper color. Would not stop foaming. Took me four pours to get it all in there. Nice, thick snowdrift white head with good retention.

At first WIPA smelled like rose petals. Then fruit, spice, and light malt.

Highly malted for an IPA. Where's the hops? Some spiciness with swallow. Thin, grainy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:34:05 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap received a ice pint of orange/amber with a slight rocky head that lasted well.

Smells of hops, but not over the top. Some sweet grain and malt as well.

Hops hit you first in the taste, but not over the top. Immediate malt and sweet breadiness. Finishes bitter and pleasant. Sounds good, huh? Yeas, but nothing that'll blow you away.

Firm carbonation and descent medium body.

I guess you could drink a few of these because it is a bi muted in flavor. Decent representation, but you can do better.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 20:21:06 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass:

A: hazy orange colored body with a one finger white head that died within thirty seconds. There was barely any lacing left and very little carbonation was seen rising.

S: some light pine and hops but there really wasn't much there.

T: sweet yet spicy blend that tingled in my mouth, not bad. The pine and hops came out with some lighter fruits in the taste.

M: medium with a good smoothness. It had a moderate carbonation in the mouth.

O: this was a decent brew. I'm pretty sure I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 00:06:05 | More by BeerKangaroo
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small foamy off-white head that shrinks to a pleasant semi-sticky lacing. Smell is suprisingly robust - grainy, earthy, organic, with citrus/hops undertones. Taste is clean and natural - bitter with a dry hoppy finish and slight lingering sweetness.

This is my first Wolaver's variety from Otter Creek and first strictly "organic" beer in general. A very agreeable IPA - not anything amazing but I could drink quite a few of these and be perfectly happy.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 02:32:09 | More by wedge
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3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vast, towering cloudtop head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Lace is left in huge chunks on the glass walls. Pleasant, slightly hazy golden orange color. Aroma is of strong floral hops and citrus aromas. Brief moment of maltiness in the taste is soon overwhelmed by bitter hops and citrus notes. Lots of bitterness in the lingering aftertaste. A good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 19:35:28 | More by Pegasus
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber orange hued pour topped off with a wafer thin off white craggy cap.

Malty nose with grainy scents and sweet candy hops.

First swigs: Earthy grainy. Metallic English style hop flavors. Overall, breakfast cereal, organic waffles without syrup. Aftertaste of oatmeal cereal and bright cedar dryness.

Chewy medium body. I swear that you can taste wood hunks floating around.

Last swigs: Too malty. Dead ringer for Butte Creek IPA. Magnum, Crystal, Hallatauer hops.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 05:36:22 | More by blitheringidiot
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2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

filtered to clear, light amber, mild medium sized carbonation supports this white thin head.

I'm no beer expert so I can't put this into fancy words other than it has some sort of diaper smell I cant figure out. Musky almost. It tastes real nice and all so the smell really doesnt matter that much. Hop oils are rich and spicey.

"Organic"? thanks for sharin' but this camp ain't carin'. seriously the whole organic campaign is a joke. There are tons of beers that are organic and don't put it on their label. Who cares.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 04:07:14 | More by DogFood11
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4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty beer and as sessionable as 6.5 abv allows, but not the hopheads ideal IPA.

Pours a clear light amber with a medium sized pillowy white head. Head retention is excellent, and lacing is thick and spotty. This beer would look nice in a print advertisement.

I have no idea what Magnum, Crystal and Hallertauer hops smell or taste like but at least one of them is floral and it shows up in the smell as well as the taste. Floral hops back up a sweet malty aroma.

Taste is smooth, not overly sweet malts with a floral hops finish. The hop taste is not as overpowering as Simcoe and overall, this IPA is more malty than hoppy.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and crisp. Drinkability is great. No hint of higher alcohol, smooth and rich enough with a very pleasant taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 01:59:15 | More by JayQue
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3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While in Vermont in early October I enjoyed a couple of pints of this at the Two Brothers Tavern along with some Venison Stew (a rare treat for a desert boy!).

This copper colored brew was served with a two finger head that left plenty of lacing. Nose had a citrus floral hopped aroma-very nice. Taste started with a biscuity malt but was taken over by a light floral citrusy hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and the carbonation was OK. Overall drinkability was OK. This was a nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2005 00:28:45 | More by arizcards
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4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12oz bottle with a red and white label featuring farmers cutting a wheat field. Organic is emphasized everywhere. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Bottled on 8/16/04, I opened it on 11/17/04.

Clear reddish gold under a one finger off-white head that lingers nicely and leaves very good lace rings. Nice crisp clean nose, with a touch of sweet malt and a good dose of flowery hops. The mouth is very prickly and fairly heavy. The taste character is strongly of flowers, with a touch of pine and espresso. The malt is subdued, but noticeable, sweet on the front of the tongue while the hops bite at the back. The aftertaste is slightly dry and mildly bitter. The whole thing is quite smooth, more a British IPA than an American.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 19:20:06 | More by Globetrotter
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4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sulldaddy for providing this one. Pours a half-finger white/lightly tainted yellow head that quickly settled to a ring over the crystal clear light-rust-orange liquid. Smells of honey, oranges, apricto, peaches, caramel, and a hint of grapefruit pith. To taste, the hops are too mild for an IPA. Wet sweet with fruits mostly. Starts apricot sweet and malty with a hint of caramle. A faint hop bitter comes in the middle carrying hop orange and woody qualities. Grassy cohumulone is low. Immediately after swallowing, I get a moment of grapefruit hop, but this quickly changes to a more metallic and woody hop that starts the aftertaste. The aftertaste is more bitter than during the taste and is accompanied by a pleasing gentle caronbation sting on the whole flat of my tongue. Md mouthfeel and mildly cabonated. The final sips were taken after allowing the beer to warm a while. Grapoefruit pith is more prevalent and hits earlier. The malt and fruity sweet are still there and I'd say all is in balance...for and APA. A pleasure to drink on a hot summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 13:20:09 | More by mentor
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is a slightly chill-hazed coppery-amber with a small whitish head. Leaves some lace.

S: Some citrusy and earthy hops and a touch of wet cardboard.

T: Sweet malt foundation followed by citrusy hops. Seems tea-like at times, with a more herbal hop character. As it warms the malt foundation seems slightly fruity. Finishes with a metallic/minerally bitterness.

M: Carbonation is active, call it lighter side of medium in weight.

O: OK. I've had better, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:47:52 | More by Kendo
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3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 11/28/09

A - Medium amber/burnt orange. Fairly cloudy. ¼ inch head settles to a layer almost instantly. Minimal retention. Thin but ok lacing.

S - Smooth yet subtle aroma. Mostly earthy hops; a few floral undertones. Not much citrus here. Almost a candy-like sweetness with some toasted malts.

T - Very similar to the nose - earthy hop bitterness & grit. Floral notes with just a tad of over-ripe grapefruit & orange. Toasted maltiness & hints of sweet bread are mixed in, but not overly dominant.

M - Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Some residual bitterness lingers on the back end.

D - Not particularly great but not bad by any means. Decent drinkability; fairly solid throughout.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 21:03:17 | More by Ryan011235
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color color with a decent head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with fresh grain with a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

T: Mild mild and grain flavor, nice underlying bitterness with a dry finish.

F: Medium , smooth and somewhat creamy and refreshing. Very good balance.

O: Very good IPA. Not overly hopped. Easy drinker, good for a few anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:19:59 | More by soju6
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3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The low point is the aroma, which to my olfactory senses is slightly skunked until the beer settles in, a bit too grapefruity, slightly cloying maltishness, and not enticing. Things improve as the beer settles, but the opening act is critical for me. That said, the appearance is the high note. The beer is a nice amber, with a bubbly white head, moderately carbonated, medium bodied, a bit syrupy in consistency, and well balanced. You will get some grapefruity, slightly tangy hop tastes balanced against some bready sweet malts, maybe some dextrin malts. The aftertaste is mild, and this is a drinkable beer, but not brilliant. This beer definitely improves with settling, with more balance and more moderation in character.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 02:46:05 | More by albern
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy 1/2" high white head that is stuck to the walls of the glass. Condensed, ringed lacing with good strength. Rustic golden in color with plenty of carbonation.

Bright lemon, light pine, and a touch of juicy hop oil. Faint hints of floral hops over an underlying caramel malt sweetness.

Bright floral hop flavors with rich and dark-toned hop oils. Rustic wheat and grains. Lightly burnt, roasted malt backbone that almost balances the hop presence. The finish starts a little slick from the hop oils, but turns dry leaving an oily-lemon, bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied; slick and gaseous on the palate. Good example of how an IPA should feel on the palate.

A good flavored IPA; not a hop monster by any means, but flavorfully hoppy and organic is a good combination in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 03:01:02 | More by NEhophead
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.