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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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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice, clean, but average IPA. It's good, but not great if you know what I mean. There's a nice caramel malt backbone over American citrusy hops that's fairly drinkable to anyone that's into the style. Try this one if it's local or if you're into organic beer, otherwise it's just another good IPA.

tempest, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured pale amber with a sturdy two-finger head. Aroma is big on hops -- naturally, it's an A-IPA -- but there's some malt there too, as well as a little grain. Taste is. . . ok. Grapefruit. I'll try to be tolerant on this one -- IPAs are supposed to be hoppy after all. This one is, but not overwhelmingly so, and there is some malt and grain to balance it out.

I'm on record as deploring the "breakfast citrus" trend that seems to be taking over so much American craft beer. But this one isn't overdone.

alexskovan, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of Braudog
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Retry 3/9/2007: This bottle ’sploded with a huge white cratered head. Sharply acidic aroma. Tangy pine hoppiness, grassy, earthy. Puckeringly tart finish. Only slight score adjustments. (Original: Brilliant light orange with a slightly rocky white head. Little aroma, really. A relatively robust grassy hop flavor with an almost spicy finish. Very earthy, this one.)

Braudog, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> nonic
bottled on: 09/18/06 LOT#1978 (didn't notice that date when i purchased, will try and find a fresh batch to compare)

Pours a clear orange with a tall fluffy head that recedes to a thin blanket that stays until the bitter end. Lacing is sporadic clumps of sticky thick goodness. Carbonation is intense.

Nose: Sour yeast, some mostly citrus hops poking through

Taste: Mostly bitterness with a tad of caramel malt. Bitter throughout, lacking any noticeable sweetness from the malt. Slightly astrigent. Finishes quickly without any real lingering dryness or bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with some nice creaminess.

I hope to find a fresher batch to sample, but this one even being almost 6 months old, held onto its hop character. Go Organic!!

beerphan, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of auntfloyd
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color, with about one finger of head.

The nose is fairly weak, but with some floral hops and malt notes.

The flavor is similar, with floral hops dominating a malt base. Still, this is an ale more for those who prefer a stronger maltiness in their IPAs. This certainly won't the hopheads who demand strong, citrusy hops in their IPAs.

The mouthfeel is goood, with decent carbonation, and the mouthfeel is high.

Overall, this is a decent IPA of the "it's ok to be malty" school of thought. If the lack of overwhelming American hops doesn't bother you, then give this beer a try. All the more so if you find the organic philosophy attractive,

auntfloyd, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of dickroop
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours bronze and clear with a foamy white head that faded but never completely disappeared. The aroma was promising with hints of floral hops, a touch of bready smell, and something musty and/or mysterious.

The taste starts bitter with a burst of floral and piney hops flavor. Malt flavors bring some balance to the mid-palate, with hits of graininess, but it fails to punch through the citrus hops taste that come on at this point. It finishes bitter and dry, leaving me wishing for just a little more sweet or toasted flavor for better balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, astringent, with generous and pleasant carbonation addiing to it. Drinkability is OK, but this ale seems a little one-dimensional to me. The flavor is nothing extraordinary, and the lack of balancing malts is disappointing enough that I don't know if I'd get another sixer of this. There are plenty of IPAs out there that offer more for my tastes.

dickroop, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Atlas1
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the brewers of Otter Creek, this "certified organic" IPA pours a golden orange color. Thin head and a noticeable, but somewhat watery, lace is left as it drains. Floral hoppy aroma with hints of citrus deep down. A nice hoppy flavor, with a decent malted undertone and a slight alcohol finish. Kind of a woody aftertaste, which I'm not all that crazy about, but isn't offensive. I feel like I'm missing something else here, but can't put my finger on it. Not a bad mouthfeel, and an entirely drinkable IPA. There are better IPAs out there which are readily accessible, however, and while I like the Wolaver's line in general, I wouldn't specifically seek them out. But a nice beer nonetheless.

Atlas1, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Jermbrew
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber water. This ale is average. Everything about it is just mediocre. Mild hoppiness and a bit more malt character make for a fair brew at best.

Halfway through and there's very little trace of hop aroma and then the malt takes over. Tastes o.k., but there are plenty of better options for an American IPA. I will not seek this out again, but if we cross paths I can consume it. I guess I'm indifferent.

Jermbrew, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Homebrew Haus in New Bern while on vacation last weekend. Pours a classic copper with an inch of sticky head and lots of carbonation bubbles. Nose is faint but balanced, witrh piney hops the chief tone.

Solid IPA bitterness and finish, a little astringent in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is okay but could stand to be a bit dryer. Among the best organic ales I've ever had, although that's not really saying much. This is a drinkable brew but not quite top notch.

daliandragon, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured to a nice bright orange and gold with a medium head. It shrank and stayed at a ring, and it isn't leaving much lace.

The smell has plenty of hops but it isn't a good combination. Also, it has a burnt and stale flavor. The taste is no better. It starts with burnt malt flavors and an unappealing type of bitterness takes over in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine, though.

watermelonman, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice sculptured lasting head.
Laces the glass to the last drop.
Clear straw color
Nose is small but with fruity hops aroma.
General flavor is more subdued than other IPA's I've tasted. Hops bitterness not as up front and center as many. Fruity underpinnings with malt sweetness well balanced with the hops. I think this makes for a cordial mouthfeel.
This beer is an excellent "everyday" IPA-- not so overwhelming that one's taster is numbed to other IPAs flavor character yet complex and cordial enough to be consistently enjoyable.
So far, where I'm from this beer is easy to get-- a plus.

gueuzeonhigh, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of jockstrappy
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with an eggshell white head that leaves a soap-like lace. Aroma is a floral hop bouquet, with a few malt notes in the background. Taste is a generous floral hop flavor up front, with a toasted breadlike malt background. Finishes clean with a mild hop flavor left to beg for the next sip. Well balanced for an IPA, maybe not the most impressive sample of the style, but still a solid one. A 6-pack of these would go down very easy on warm day with a juicy burger, or any good barbecue for that matter.

jockstrappy, Aug 12, 2006
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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be an all-around pleasant beer. As an avid supporter of all things organic, I grudgingly admit that the organic aspect of this beer was not noticeable apart from reading the label.

Nevertheless, this beer showed great balance of hop-aroma and hop-bitterness. Poured a medium-amber color with moderate carbonation. Hop aroma was floral but not overpowering and the bitterness was tangible without lingering.

Great with a spicy burger on a sunday afternoon!

smurphy77, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of gosurfobx
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a two finger width white head that fads to a film over time. Smells wonderfully hoppy with some malt thrown in. Taste is nicely balanced with good malt and nice hops that are overly bitter but very flavorfull. The mouthfeel is good, could stand to be a little heavier. A very drinkable IPA.

gosurfobx, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. twist off brown bottle. Bottles 4/24/06. Pours A light golden copper with a very nice white bubbly head that retains quite well. Lots of carbonation. Excellent lacing. Aroma of fresh baked bread, pale and caramel malts, and British hops. Light to medium bodied. Carbonation tickles the tip of the tongue. A sweet caramel along the sides, A spicy hop bitterness sticks to the back of the tongue like pine tar makes my mouth pucker. Simple IPA yet very good, A good session beer.


SteveO1231, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of woodymq
4.83/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has become my go-to beer lately. Stocked and reasonably priced at University Wine on Mass Ave in Cambridge. I just wished more places carried it and Otter Creek didn't make it in limited batches.

Distinct hoppy character. Perhaps the hop character is different from other IPA's because it is an organic beer, or because they use different hops than what I am used to. Whatever it is, I like it.

Color is a nice orangish amber, pours to a nice head. Does have a bit of "stickiness" in consistency that is pretty common to American IPA's.

If I have one dig against this beer is that I have noticed a slight variation in quality between batches. Normally, I chalk that up to how a beer is shipped, but I have a suspicion that it is more due to the fact that this is a smaller brewery. Also, since it is organic, there may be more natural variation than what is usually pushed out to us by the big boys.

In short, it's local, cheap, organic and a tasty beer to boot. What's not to love?

woodymq, Jun 30, 2006
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.

jwc215, May 24, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
1.73/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

What started out as a very attractive beer slowly (or maybe rapidly) went downhill. Poured a deep amber color with monstrous slightly off-white puffy head. Beautiful lacing. Smell is a a bit hoppy, a bit malty, mixed with alcohol notes. Taste is very strange. I detect a strong hop bitterness which slowly fades into a very unpleasant taste that is difficult to get out of the mouth. Each taste erases it, but then it slowly resturns. Gets a little better as it warmed to at least allow me to finish it. Never again.

tgbljb, May 19, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, bottled on 2/15/06

Rich, burnished gold with a short, eggshell head of tiny bubbles that quickly collapsed leaving a single disc of fine dust. Several jetting carbonation streams are visible. Thick strands of lacing trailed the sides of the glass. Rich resiny pine and citrus notes with some residual malt dominate the smell and there is also a spicy hint as well. Rich with lightly roasted malt up front which is quickly followed by the piney hop bite. Finishes with a slight citrusy edge, but that is balanced with the modest malt body. The crispness lingers in a pleasing way. Medium body with a light, tight mouthfeel, relatively gentle carbonation. Well done and enjoyable.

hopsaplenty, May 18, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a couple of Wolaver’s IPAs to taste review and enjoy. Bottled 3/8/06. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear. The beer appears to be moderately carbonated. A thin quarter inch head dissipates quickly and produced very little lacing.

The smell is fairly sweet. Not the hop aroma I was expecting.

The taste is strangely bitter and sweet at the same time. There is a sweet malty presence and a bitter hop finish. The citrus flavor, typical of the IPA style is absent. There is a bitter aftertaste that is short lived.

Mouth feel is a crisp and refreshing.

This is a drinkable beer. Not great, but drinkable. The taste is a bit off for an IPA, long on malt and short on hops. This beer is not available in my area, so I probably won’t have it again.

RJLarse, May 13, 2006
Photo of soultrain
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-Orange/amber in color, 1/4" head vanished real quick, and lacing is minimal at best.
S-Smells o.k., but where are the hops?
T-This tastes like an o.k. pale ale, but as an IPA, it's disappointing, and it's making me write a lackluster review.
M-Decent carbonation....o.k. mouthfeel
D-...easy to drink, especially if you convince yourself you are having an ale.

CRUX: ORGANIC IPA IS A PALE ALE...must've been an organic hop shortage when they made this brew...when they throw a lot more organic hops into this beer, i'll gladly buy it and drink it without reservation....guess i'll stick with my arsenal of "non-organic" IPAs for now....

soultrain, May 03, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, we have another solidly made but ultimately basic brew from Wolaver's.

It pours a nice crisp amber colour with a medium sized soapy and creamy head that leaves a moderate amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is of piney, sometimes floral hops and dirty malt and bread/biscuits. There is a touch of sweet caramel in the back as well.

Hops hit you right away in the flavour and hold on throughout, blending nicely with the malt, which is surprisingly more apparent here than expected. Sweetness from the caramel is kept to a minimum for the most part. Alcohol is barely noticeable in flavour but is certainly a touch warming.

The mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated, and is even a bit oily at times.

This is, as stated, a decent but basic brew. Hops and malt are well balanced and it definitely falls more in line with an English-style IPA as opposed to an American-style one.

SixpointJMH, Apr 19, 2006
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3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

freshness date of 2-15-06, poured with an inch of white head, raw hops and earthy aroma, pale orange in color, very clear, bitter and dry, lacks a balanced and distinctive hop flavor that i have come to enjoy in other IPA's, and from what I read the choice of organic hops available to brewers is extremely small, i hope this changes in the future as I believe there is promise in this brew, not as sweet as other IPA's which can be a welcome change. Overall it wasn't quite what I expected being my first organic beer, I was expecting more of a robust flavor, the ideal of organic products does appeals to me and I hope more breweries will try their hand in the production of organic beers in the future

aquariumdrinker, Apr 06, 2006
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.

Enola, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/orangeish color with a poofy white head- super clear- kind of reminds me of a pilsner or lager. Smell is sweet and hoppy, some sourness in the form of a zesty citrusness. But something is a bit off. And it's kind of boring. Taste is not as hoppy as an IPA should be. Grassy and floral, and kind of bitter. Mouthfeel is oily and slick, and very wet. Bubbly and sort of frothy. It's an easy to drink brew, but this is no IPA.

scooter231, Apr 03, 2006
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.