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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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573 Ratings
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-07-2001

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

Pours a pale amber in color with an off-white head that leaves nice sticky lacing and just a thin layer in my glass.

It smells lightly of grain and hops. Nothing special.

The taste is bitter but balanced, with citrus hops in the finish.

The body is good, neither light nor heavy. It's smooth.

Overall, this is an above average American IPA. I wouldn't seek it out unless you were looking for an organic brew.

Photo of t0rin0
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting much worse from the smell coming from the bottle upon opening. This beer actually turned out to be pretty good.

It poured a nice copper color with a nice fluffy white head that had some pretty good retention to it. Nice and malty and moderately hoppy. The after taste was about the same. Over all it the flavor was a tad watery, just kinda bitter. The beer had a medium body to it and was drinkable. Maybe not my favorite IPA but it was a solid beer regardless.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.82/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle to a reddish orange with off-white head that lingered thru entire glass, and left excellent lacing. The aroma and flavor were okay, but just terribly wrong for this style. Nose was sweet malty caramel and the flavor followed suit. Hard as I tried, I could detect only a hint of hops, and none of the citrusy grapefruit I have to know as the trademark of IPA’s. Likewise, there was no bitter in the mouthfeel or finish, which tended to be stale and slightly metallic.

At one point, I actually went and looked at the bottle to see if it really was listed as an IPA, could have much more easily passed as an English Ale. Again, not bad, just not an IPA.

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams specialty pint glass.
A: Glowing orange in color, somewhat cloudy. The pour yields an inch or so of smooth, foamy tan head that recedes quickly but leaves a pretty thick ring around the top layer of beer. Medium amount of carbonation visible, rising slowly. There is a beautiful layer of lacing down the glass throughout.
S: The smell is warming and pleasant with a fruity, citrus hop character most prevalent. Strong scents of orange and sweet caramel, plus some more subtle notes of lemon. There's a bit of a grainy, bready smell, as well. Overall, a relatively mild hop scent for an IPA, but still very pleasing and enticing.
T: Solid, all-around well-balanced taste. A mix of tangy, citrusy hops and sweet, caramel malts. Bitter, orangey hop taste at first, followed by a sugary flavor. Fairly simple taste, but pleasant nonetheless.
M: Fairly creamy and smooth throughout, with a bitter feel up front from the hops. Slight alcohol presence in the finish.
D: Really good. Tasty, smooth and satisfying without being too harsh or filling.
Overall, a solid IPA. Probably not as bold as other hoppier IPAs, but this is a nice change of pace, and probably a good introduction to the style for folks who aren't usually into hoppy beers. Nevertheless, this brew can stand out on its own for exhibiting a solid balance of hops and malts with a pleasurable tangy/sweet taste.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH curved pint glass

This is a good looking beer. Nice darker amber beer under a good head that sticks to the glass. Smell is sweet with herbal, pine, and some citrus, everything an IPA should be. Taste matches to the T. Hops hit the palate first, but sweet malt flavors show up later on. Just a great tasting beer. Mouthfeel was moderate with enough carbonation. Easy drinking for an IPA. Balance all around. Unique as well.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, the hop bite is crisp, citrusy and is balanced fairly well by a lightly bread malt sweetness. My only complaint is the hop character, while tasty enough, has a slightly overly vegetal quality to it.

Still, enjoyable and quite drinkable.


Photo of tai4ji2x
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with orange hue, some head which shrinks to a small layer on top, but manages to create several rings of lace. color seems a tiny bit paler than most other IPA's

the aroma is quite malty and fruity/citrusy, maybe a hint of piney hops, but not much.

the hops make their true appearance in the flavor, where they prominently display the aformentioned citrus character along with a hint of more pine-like notes. this matches well with the equally sweet malt, but does not lose ground as the bitterness kicks in and leaves a nice finish.

very smooth, with appropriate carbonation. nice - and organic to boot

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.

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presenation: 12 oz. brown bottle with a twist-off cap, the statement "certified organix by Vermont Organic Farmers" on the side of the front label, a bottling date of 12/19/06 on the back label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured a haze deep gold/pale copper color. The head formed small and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and piney hops, also some grains in the background.

Taste: Nice citrus hops up front, a little bready malt flavor comes through in the middle. That quicly fades into a bitter citrus hop taste that lingers through the finish, the finish reminds me of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, yet smooth and creamy, medium body. the carbonation balanced nicely.

Overall: A very good, well balanced IPA.

Photo of tjhuot
4.92/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is not only hoppy, not overly so, but extremely flavorful. It has a very very small hint of sweetness. Very full flavor. It has been a while since I have had one of these ales, but I am enjoying one now, and it is delicious. I am an avid IPA drinker and rate this one in the top 2 or 3 on my list.

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

This well made india pale ale could pass as a superbly dry hopped pale ale because of the malt balance in the nose and flavor. The hops used(Magnum,Crystal and Hallertauer) give a unique hop profile not usually found in domestic IPA's. Bitter lemon iced tea flavors and the unmistakable flowery, herbal aroma and bitter taste of Hallertauer hops mix well with the perfectly malted barley aromas and flavors that include caramel and toasted grain. A slight alcohol warmth rounds out the flavor. Great head, lace and carbonation, which is smooth to creamy show this really is a well crafted brew. Oh, and it's organic which means little to some and much to others. This along with the Oatmeal Stout Wolaver's produces ends the question of whether superb beers can be made organically. The answer is yes.

Photo of Vancer
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, organic is great, but for $9 a sixer it starts to get pricey. For the price, I’m starting to expect DIPA stuff.

Deep amber, frothy ivory head. Lots of woody hops in the aroma, and the taste was more on the lines of an amber ale than IPA – doughy bread took front seat, although it did finish with a hop bite.

More rich and malty than expected, still a smooth and enjoyable brew.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangish gold body with a thick white head stemming from an aggressive pour. Head thinned into a lacy film.

Aroma was very full initially, but weakened almost immediately to the point of obscurity. Hops of course, though nothing as intense as one would expect from a good IPA.

Flavor sports the hops up front with a subtle sweet malty character in the back. Hints of orange, freshly cut wood, earthy spices. The fact that the hops are not as intense allows some of the subtlety shine through. As it warmed the hops became stronger and spicier.

Photo of prototypic
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of cichief
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Poured a light amber, somewhat cloudy. Thin whit head.

S- Very little nose, a little hops noted.

T- Somewhat hoppy, not overpowering, no strong malt, but reasonably well balanced.

M- Medium body, not too hoppy, well balanced.

D- A reasonably well balanced IPA, not overly hoppy nor sweet.

Photo of Brad007
2.76/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- light copper in color with a foam head that doesn't last long (again, probably due to pour).

Smell- Hoppier than the pale ale but a bit harder to detect at first.

Taste- Fruity and hoppy but not too powerful. A bit of alcohol taste in it as well.

Mouthfeel- Leaves a bitter, fruity aftertaste that I feel is on par for an IPA.

Drinkability- Not too bad for an IPA but nothing special either. I know I've had better organic IPAs but this one does try.

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.

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.

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.)

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!!

Photo of auntfloyd
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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,

Photo of dickroop
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Atlas1
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Jermbrew
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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