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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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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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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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!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 00:16:20 | More by smurphy77
Photo of gosurfobx

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 16:43:08 | More by gosurfobx
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.


Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 21:16:46 | More by SteveO1231
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?

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 15:04:11 | More by woodymq
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 00:58:04 | More by tgbljb
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 01:14:29 | More by hopsaplenty
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 03:45:00 | More by RJLarse
Photo of soultrain

New York

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....

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 15:35:32 | More by soultrain
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 00:59:39 | More by guinness33
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New York

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

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 01:13:06 | More by aquariumdrinker
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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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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 04:08:04 | More by scooter231
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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!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 05:25:16 | More by alexgash
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3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear amber/copper with a thin-ish head. Smell is very yeasty and not much else, oddly. A bit of ... toasted hop aroma? That's all I can think of to describe it. Taste is very bitter-oriented, not as much bright hop flavor. The flavor that is there has a sour, kind of burny character that I think I was smelling. I kind of disagree with the characterization of this beer as an American-style IPA; it may use American hops, but the bitter-balance and relatively tame hop taste make it seem more like one of the Brits. Interestingly, this all resolves to a splendid aftertaste; I like each sip better after it's gone. I'd try it again but won't go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 05:01:55 | More by PeatReek
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale coppery hue with a thick foamy head and champagne-like bubbles rising in the glass. The aroma is completely floral hops. The initial sweetness in the taste is followed by floral and grassy notes with drying leathery tannins, all finished with peppery, root-like flavors. A middle of orange-honey sweetness comes through the more I drink. The dryness, shockingly harsh at first, becomes more palatable, more in balance, and more enjoyable the more I drink. Overall a complex, dry and very interesting IPA.

On a different note, kudos to Wolaver's for putting the "bottled on" date on their beers... this one bottled on 11/10/05.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 01:33:27 | More by apintofknowledge
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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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2.17/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass from the tap at Frisco's in Columbia. Pretty amber brew with a good amount of carbonation within the body. Not much head or retention. However, there was excellent lacing from the thin ring along the side.
Faint malty and herbally hoppy aroma.
Biscuits, wet cardboard, chalky, no-hop-havin mess. I only really finished it because I assumed that I'd have to pay for the pint either way.
Some dryness on the tongue afterwards.
Overall: Nothing to see here, please move along.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2006 15:01:08 | More by Dithyramb
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4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale copper color with a thin white lace of foam. Strong sweet smells hops. Smells a bit spicy with a little citrus. There is also a graininess to the smell. Very strong hop bite with a bready taste of grains. There is also a taste of the alcohol as it warms the belly. Nice hop aftertaste, a good blend of strong/spicy hops and carmalized grains. The hops are pleasing without being overpowering and taking away from the beer. Nice mellow but far from bland IPA by Wolaver's.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 03:36:55 | More by stewart124
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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
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3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a one finger foamy white head. Leaves a bit of lace.

S: Aromas of citrus, possibly pineapple or lemon hops hit the nose first with a faint malty background that can be almost missed.

T: Floral notes at first then a slight malty interlude with a dry bitter finish. Not a very bold beer, as the flavor isn't overwhleming or even that pronounced. Would have liked to see more pronounced hops in there, but I ain't complaining.

M & D: Mouthfeel is good as this is a well balanced beer with a pretty good hop malt relationship. The dryness of the finish was unexpected, but welcomed. I would think the drinkability would be high on this offering from Wolaver's. A pretty solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 00:18:46 | More by bjohnson
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3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish gold. Tall off-white head that left lots of lace.

Big alpha hop aroma. Sweet, citrusy.

Big, coarse hop flavor. Rolling, tickling carbonation. Spicy, leafy. Not much malt presence, but I ain't complaining -- this beer works. Mouthfeel becomes smooth and creamy as it warms up. Yummy. Drinkable.

I was pleased with this beer. I'm sure it would be much better fresh; mine was from the dollar bin of assorted singles.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 07:16:34 | More by akahn
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North Carolina

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

Pours deep gold, a shade or two darker than apple juice. The head is almost, but not quite, white, and it doesn't stick around for long. It leaves some lacing around the glass.

The nose is floral and rich with pine and caramel notes.

The palate is fairly big. Malty caramel flavors drape over and around stony, bitter pillars of hops. Lots of flavor, but the mineral bitterness scratches on the end.

It has everything I love in a good American IPA, perhaps not in perfect balance, though. Nevertheless, I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 02:52:33 | More by fingolfin72
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3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I read the prior review that said something about it calling itself an American IPA - I could be mistaken, as I don't have the bottle anymore, but I am pretty sure the bottle I had said that it was English IPA. In any case, I agree that it does taste a bit more like the latter.

I found this beer to be a bit astringent in its taste. The hops weren't particularly strong, but they were biting. A nice pair with the mexican food I was eating - kind of mellowed each other out.

In any case, it's an ok attempt at the style. I wouldnt go out of my away to get this one though.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 21:41:54 | More by Lnedrive14
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this brew but it loses points for calling itself an American IPA. Drinks much more like a pilsner or maybe an English IPA.
Pours a VERY clear yellow golden color; looks very much like a lager... perhaps even ::gasp:: a light lager! ::shudder::
The smell is a little skunky; a bit like Grolsch or Heineken. Clean and grassy, slightly hoppy.
Tastes hoppier than it smells... perhaps making for a good gateway IPA. Hopheads will need to look elsewhere for a fix but there is some hoppyness to be found... though Sam Adams Boston Lager and Brooklyn Lager are as hoppy or more so than this.
The mouthfeel is a little oily on the finish. Light on the palate and clean.
Easy to drink and reasonabley refreshing, but not quite right for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 07:21:22 | More by ommegangpbr
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.