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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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481 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 481
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 tlazaroff


3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I get no aroma off of this whatsoever. Not even a hint of anything. The only reason why Aroma didn't get a score of 1 is because it doesn't smell bad.. it just doesn't smell like anything.

Hazy honey color to the eye with a half-finger off-white, almost light khaki head. Foam stability is nice but offers little to no lacing. This looks like your average beer.

Nice sweetness upfront like candied fruit - but not nasty like it. It follows with a nice subtle bitterness that is smooth, and static throughout. I get a little grapefruit, caramel, and orange. A touch of chocolate too. Very interesting indeed, in a good way!

Moderate carbonation and body, smooth mouthfeel, and easy to drink. Overall I would say this is a very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:55:00 | More by tlazaroff
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 23:56:19 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of JWU


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

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a hazy yellow with orange/amber highlights. Thick white head, with a little lacing

S- floral/earthy hops with some fruity sweetness.

T- halfway between an English IPA and an American IPA. The malt base isn't as big or brash as some American IPA's, but certainly balances the earthy and citric hop profile. The fruity (apple/apricot/orange) component is the interesting part of this brew.

M- medium bodied, and overall nothing much to say.

O- good, but not great. Certainly different from the litany of west coast IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 02:10:44 | More by JWU
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New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Murky yellow-amber body with a half inch of off-white head. Grass, grapefruit, and lemon waft from the aroma. Lemon, pine, and grass with slight grapefruit notes comprise the flavor. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 02:21:14 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a semi-hazy, burnt orange body...the head was white in color and stood about two fingers...it stuck around for a while to become a wispy cap...some lacing

S - The nose shows a lot of sweetness, and it's not in the form of hops...sweet caramel and toffee with bready malt...hops are minimal

T - Again there is a sweetness, but this time the hops can shine through a little more...initial flavors are of caramel and toffee...the middle rounds out the sweet flavors with biscuit and bready malts...they add some body to the beer as well...the hops come through at the end and add a decent bitterness...they are piney in flavor which accounts for the big, sticky bitterness

M - Medium bodied...decent carbonation...a sticky bitterness

O - This IPA let a lot to be desired...I really wanted more hop aroma and flavor...the malts got the best of this one

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 13:17:25 | More by thain709
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:13:43 | More by DrDemento456
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Wolaver's mixed 12

A- Slightly hazy yellow translucent golden, almost no head, slight lacing, little carbonation.

S- Hops, lightly sweet, slightly floral smell, fruits: apricots, apples

T- Lightly sweet fruity taste with a little bit of hops. Apricots, apples, caramel malts definitely come out to make it sweet.

M- medium bodied, smooth, and drinkable.

O- This definitely wasn't the most hoppy IPA that I've had, but it was definitely easily drinkable. Very well balanced between the malty sweetness and the hops, definitely an IPA that I would try again but not go out of my way to buy.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 23:53:39 | More by jaasen64
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3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured an active hazy tangerine with only a trace of head

S - Pine, orange rind, light sugars

T - hop forward with tones of citrus and a long sweet finish. Some apricot, some spices. More of a hybrid summer pale than an IPA

M - Some sourness, smooth

Refreshing, organic, easy drinking. Perfect use of some Vermont water. Good brew, below avg IPA

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:29:30 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of cyclonece09


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark golden color with about a centimeter of head that quickly dissipates. Did not get a strong aroma of anything, but a slight hint of hops. Right away, you taste the hops, but it is not overpowering. Also a slight citrus taste which adds to the overall taste nicely. Carbonation is right and it goes down smooth with not much aftertaste. Definitely one that you could drink all night. A nice IPA, and organic to boot. However, it is like many out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 00:50:55 | More by cyclonece09
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3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very glowing orange with a nice translucent body and the smell of orange rind. The taste is almost overpoweringly bitter orange--not orange rind, but orange pip!--earthy/herbal hops, and some malt sweetness. Light body that could use better carbonation, finishes quite dry. It's pretty much a middle-of-the-road IPA for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 05:38:11 | More by lstokes
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3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Given to me by Rudzud, thanks Matt.

Pours a nice big creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with a little bit of lacing, wicked hazy and full of yeast chunks, opaque nectar orange slight reddish colored beer.

Nose is very light, slight hint of floral hops, a bit herbal as well, some gritty malts, slight yeasty, that's about it.

Taste start with light hops again, very light fruity flavor, but more herbal floral like hops, a bit earthy, little juicy, and just a hint spicy later, then syrupy sweet malts, not much for syrupy flavors just sticky and sweet, thicker. Finishes fairly bitter, drier but still very sticky, chewy, some spicy earthy hops.

Mouth is a bit thicker bodied, decent carb, bit of a spicy feel.

Overall meh, very little on the hop profile, more bitterness, nose is practically non-existant, and sticky sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:17:29 | More by jlindros
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3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich and glowing darkish golden. Slightly hazy with some floaty bits and a few streams of bubbles. A large, pillowy, golden / off-white head that turns rocky as it settles. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Rather mild hop nose – vague, soft citrus. Toasty, slightly grainy, pale base malt with hints of caramel and sweetness. Nose is rather shy & simple. Warming doesn’t help much – just a slightly increased earthy / grassy note out of the hops.

T: Far more firmly bitter and flavorful than the nose. Opens with citrus (grapefruit rind & a touch of lemon) and a bit of pine, but also with some earthy & grassy notes. Middle is firmly citrus rind with a bite. Some spicy notes come through in the end and stay into the finish to linger with more earthy / woody notes, some resin, and the continuing rind. Malts are pretty simple – mostly just pale base malt with hints of toasty grain, perhaps some biscuit, and hints of caramel and sweetness. Provide a good platform for the hops. Just the barest hint juicy at the edges.

M: Medium to just a bit under with average carbonation. Quite attenuated, but still some hints of sugars and dextrins. Sort of brisk with a strong hop drying.

D: Weakish nose, simple malt profile, but flavorful and dynamic hops. Nicely straight forward interpretation of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:14:08 | More by SickGnar
Photo of rudzud


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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 01:25:54 | More by rudzud
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New Jersey

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

White head that settles quickly leaving soap-like lacing on the glass. Hazy light golden body with some noticeable yeast floating around.

Sweet caramel right away with some citrus aroma. The bottle reads floral notes as well but I only noticed it because it mentioned it. Very pleasant smell nonetheless.

Sweet caramel, a spicy --almost peppery taste, with the floral taste coming in with a balanced sweet and bitter finish.

Easy drinking, light body, medium carbonation. It leaves the lips feeling a little sticky.

This is a session-able IPA; I really hope I don't finish the six pack all in one shot but I might have to. Tasty, nice looking, pleasant smell and easy drinking make this a IPA to try if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 23:37:19 | More by 9InchNails
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 20:49:51 | More by tone77
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 18:42:15 | More by Brenden
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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
Photo of tobelerone


3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent, albeit average IPA. It's fairly bitter, with the one-note hoppiness overshadowing the malt as expected. Not a lot of detail in terms of flavor. Moderately carbonated and crisp, pretty refreshing overall. This one really doesn't stand out amongst a crowded field although I guess if you're looking for an organic beer than this might be your choice. Not super impressed with Wolaver's offerings to this point, unfortuneately...I have been a patron and visitor to Otter Creek for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 19:31:29 | More by tobelerone
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass at the shore.

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of foam. Aroma is moderately hoppy, citrus, grapefruit.

First sip is quite a hoppy rush... more than I expected based on the aroma. Bitterness is sharp and cuts through the malty sweetness. Some sweet caramel malt flavor is detected before the bitterness rushes in.

This is a nice, bitter but drinkable, IPA. Not over the top on aroma and hop flavor, but certainly scratches your hop itch.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 00:13:43 | More by FickleBeast
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New York

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy amber/gold, topped by a finger of beige foam ringed in some clingy lace.

Not much aroma, a bit of caramel, citrus, some yeasty tart, hints of herbal bitter.

Add a hit of minerality to the flavors of the nose, and add a touch of pine to the end of the sip, that is the light/med. strength taste.

Good viscosity, overcarbed, decent clear out, average finish.

If you want a certified organic IPA I guess this is the one, though it is decidedly average, and surounded by stellar, though not organic, competition on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 16:42:38 | More by cavedave
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3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark honey hued with a thin but very steady head that eventually fades to a thin film; lacing is fantastic

S: Very subdued aromas; a lemon citrus and slight herbaly and grassy presence emerges but quite subtle overall

T: Thankfully much more presence in the flavors: tea leaf and lemon bitterness up front followed by a grainy malt bill; some slight medicinal off flavors in the back end but fairly decent overall

F: Nice medium body with great oily stickiness

O: Not a standout IPA but a pleasant, balanced one nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:41:55 | More by dbossman
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3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with minimal head and good amount of lacing. Smell is minimal floral hops, some hay. Hoppy with good malt compliment. Slightly dirty hop/ malt profile. Good balance. Palate is good. Nice bitter dry finish. Good for an organic IPA. Not in my top ten IPA's maybe but a good choice if you're into "organic" products.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 05:12:13 | More by Spikester
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice ipa. usually would expect a strong to almost pungent hit of hops with most ipa's but not with this one. very pleasant beginning, middle, and end. very drinkable and very smooth.

a-actually will edit this since i drank it straight from the bottle.
s-very subtle hops. has a sweet aroma that i cant quite put my nose on.
t-will have to re edit this one too eventually. but the hops do not seem to be the overall driving force in the flavor. there are some layers of complexity going on here but my palate has other food on it right now thats cloudy my taste
m-smoooth. very drinkable pleasant carbonation level and doesnt leave me feeling full.
o-glad to find an ipa thats a little lighter on the hops. although some people may discredit this beer for not being as hoppy as a traditional ipa, i like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 00:53:15 | More by HopsYeast
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3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big head. White, thick, frothy and sticky. Settles leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass. Thin, sticky lacing in the drink down.
S) Nectarine. Peach. Hints of fresh cut grass.
T) Nutty notes mixed with caramel malts and hop citrus flavors - orange, grapefruit. A noticeable alcohol warmth in the finish.
M) Fizzy and creamy. Medium body. Fairly smooth. Finishes clean and not too abrupt.
O) A nice IPA not too ridiculous on the hops but a notice dose of them. I'd definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:16:38 | More by u2carew
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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
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.