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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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509 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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 blitheringidiot


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
Photo of GClarkage


2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

07/02/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a born on date printed on the bottom of the label. Poured into my Wyder's Cider glass.

Appearance- Golden approching a light amber color. Huge inch or more very creamy white head. One of the best lacing jobs I have ever seen from an IPA. But, that's where the fun ends :(...

Smell- Smells of old spoiled fruit and cardboard. Scent of a bad expired English IPA.

Taste- This is an English IPA all the way. Has that hop taste that I can taste from a mile away...is that possible? Very stale hops flavor. Almost thinking of dumping the last two sips. Ultra bitter and pretty ultra nasty tasting.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation leaving a bad taste in your mouth.

Drinkability- It looked so nice....but alas, looks can are in some cases are, very deceiving. Onward in my quest to find a decent tasting organic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 23:02:49 | More by GClarkage
Photo of karst


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

Pours amber with a creamy 2 finger head in pint glass that is well laced.
Aroma of piney hops, grass, and floral notes. Very crisp clean flavor, with a long-lasting, tangy hop finish. Medium body is about right for style. Improving as it warms ( malt base emerges). Drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 18:33:41 | More by karst
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3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear apricot gold body with a small bonewhite head that retains well and leaves attractive patchy lace all over the glass. Aroma has a subdued note of pine cone hops, but is mostly citrus fruity. Orange notes dominate, complimented by a hint of grassy clover honey. Mouthfeel reveals a light medium body with moderate carbonation. Taste is grassy and fruity, with orange esters providing a sweet citrusy note. Good pale malt base with a bitter closing that resurrects the pine cone hoppiness. Very tasty and enjoyable, but not exactly to style. Thanks to mtnlover for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 10:38:39 | More by merlin48
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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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3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden amber colour with a decent two finger head that retained fairly well. Aroma is oddly malty for an IPA. Caramel with some sweetness up front before some grassy, floral hop aromas find their way to the nose.

Taste is also malty upfront with notes of caramel and very light toffee. A touch of breadiness is in their as well. Hops finally come to the front with more of a floral grassy presence than some of the more citrus oriented IPA's.

Mouthfeel is good, decent carbonation, nothing really to get worked up about. Drinkability is good, this would be a decent session beer although the ABV might put it out of that realm for some. Over all a good to solid IPA, nothing to go nuts over, but a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 17:36:07 | More by TinusTime
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North Carolina

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

Pours a golden yellow color with a big white head that leaves spidery lacing down the glass. Smell is floral hops with a light biscuit background, pretty average for an IPA of this strength. The taste is grassy, resiny hops with a light floral background and a bready malt backbone that balances the beer a little. The hop's werent really as big or complex as i was expecting, really a middle of the road ipa in my book. The carbonation is somewhat high for an IPA and it makes it refreshing and crisp but the finish is dry and not bitter enough in my opinion. A descent brew but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 04:08:18 | More by silver0rlead
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wolaver's IPA is a crisp, flavorful, and rejuvenating golden ale with a long-standing head of bright white froth and a nose that welcomes you without screaming at you. It's both malty and hoppy without particularily leaning to either side. It's solid malt base is peppered with grassy and spicy hops; and it's delicately zesty carbonation and solid bitterness help to bring that spiciness out before it fades into a long lasting, bitter end. It may be a bit mainstream as far as IPAs go, but it's certainly very well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 21:18:37 | More by NeroFiddled
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New Hampshire

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

Wolaver's Organic IPA pours a very light clear golden color with a thin white head. Small bubbles rise throughout the beer over the course of the pint. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy, with some slight buttery/wheaty notes. Not as agressive in the nose as I would like to see in an American IPA. Taste - well, if I didn't know better, I'd say this beer had some wheat in it. But other than a body that was a bit too light, the beer is quite hoppy and a good session beer. I have heard that ingredients for organic brewing can be limited, and this is a pretty good stab at an IPA. I'll definitely pick it up again, but it is nowhere near as good as their organic oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 00:46:44 | More by ColForbin
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4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange is the hue, blessed with a creamy slab of luscious, inviting head.
Aroma speaks of lovely hops, fresh and appealing, pine and fruit, but soft. grassy and floral, as well. Nice.
Taste: Ah! Excellent entry on the palate, ushers in a delicious phalanx of hops right onto the tastebuds, they linger, they lay, they leave languidly, resting a residue in the finish. Very clean flavor, with the hops shining through in every swallow, a lushly flavorful ale. Tasty, tasty, tasty!
I would grab for this anytime it's offered to me...halfway through the bottle, and it's hop-burping time, that's my kind of ale!
Medium in body, with a long-lasting, tangy finish. Enemies of "aftertaste", beware this bottle! But, fans of flavor, come rushing.
Personally, I can't believe that this is my first Wolaver's, that I know of, but if they're all this fresh and lively, sign me up for more!

(and thanks, UncleJimbo!)
P.S., after reading other reviews, I don't know what to say, whether there were issues with other batches or freshness problems, but this bottle was nothing but fine!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 22:32:57 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed-6 pack at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head is fluffy and fades relatively slowly, with nice lacing. Aroma is lightly of sweet pale malts, with a touch of citrusy hops. The taste is upfront with slight sweetness, quickly giving way to somewhat grassy and citrusy bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is knocked due to the mundane bitter aftertaste, I expect so much more from well-hopped IPAs. Drinkability is alright. I know the "organic" label sells a product for some, but to me we're looking at the final product, not necessarily how what went into it was grown. In my mind, there's better IPAs to check out before this one, but it's still not a bad IPA. Just could be better.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2005 21:45:23 | More by ppoitras
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3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color mixed with copper finger and a half white head that does leave some lace.
Aroma is light fruity and grassy, with some floral mixed in. Some light caramel malt sweetness makes it out from underneath the grassy aroma but not much.
Taste is hops grassy, fruity, and floral mixture some pine comes through in the finish but not much.Over all not too bitter but lots of hop flavors but for my taste not the right hop flavors. Some light malt in the taste also but hard to notice due to the grass flavors.
Mouthfeel is ok can't taste much malt but doesn't hurt the feel of it much.
Drinkability is well ok wouldn't be my first choice or probably any choice again but it is a change from the West Coast IPA's I happen to love.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2005 18:20:22 | More by mntlover
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3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date of 9-10-04.

Poured a clear light copper with orangish pink tints. Nice rocky white head clinging to the glass.

Malt steals the show on the nose, rich with a caramel bent. Faint citrus and grass, an underlying spiciness.

Sweet rich caramel at the top of the taste. Creamy and smooth malts fade to biting floral hops and an astringent mouthfeel. Alcohol lends a warming down to the gut and a spiciness in the taste.

This beer seems more of the English style than the American, and that's cool. Caramel malts and mild hop varieties make for a refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 20:17:23 | More by Shultzerdugen
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3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy yellow orange, frothy off-white head

Smell: floral hops, earthy nutty yeasty, some fruity esters

Taste: some hop bitterness that gave me trouble picking out any individual flavors, maybe some citric notes, but the flavor just seems to be melded together and nondescript; there is also a large cereal malt presence along with some fruity esters at the finish

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean

This is not the typical hop dominant beer that I look for in an IPA. It was fairly tasty and easily drinkable, but also nondescript and easily forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 02:09:50 | More by gimmehead
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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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3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice head, about 1 1/2 fingers, that held up well and left clinging rings. A very floral aroma with no detectable alchol tones. I was quite excited to take a sip. The taste is equally floral and starts out a bit sweet. Much weaker hop impact than I had hoped for. Where are my hops? The beer feels smooth in the mouth and finishes clean, with no lingering hop aftertaste. There are much worse, but for the price there are also much better IPA's on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 21:55:46 | More by beerislove
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure if I should actually list this brew here but will. It is the Wolvers IPA but is from one of the special batches that is only available at the brewery to bring home in growlers. It is a batch of only four barrels called Cask Conditioned Wolvers IPA and from what I was told they where aged/matured in Chardonnay Barrels. It definitely had the qualities of the Wolvers IPA but also did poses a Chardonnay like aroma and taste. The brew held up nicely in the growler for a few days and when poured had a slightly cloudy orange/yellow color with a nice sized white head that had pretty good retention and left a fair amount of lacing. The aroma had a very robust hop scent that did dominate but you where able to pick up notes of malt and toffee and the Chardonnay aroma that I talked about before. The taste was also dominated by the hops but did seem to be more refined than with the initial smell. The hop flavors are of pine and citrus but I feel that the pine notes win out. Also notice some nice fruit like characteristics that go well with the hop taste, also notice a pretty good amount of malt that balances it out quite well. I must say that this was a good brew, wish that I lived closer to Middlebury to try some of the other brewery specific concoctions! I was told that some of the brewery only offerings could possibly make its way out into distribution as a special/seasonal series, lets hope so!

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2005 16:43:19 | More by Stimack
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4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pouring from a bottle into a goblet, it poured a beautiful golden/amber color w/ a nice 2cm of foamy, sticky looking head, that clung to the glass like Spiderman on Jane, leaving nice latticework or lacing on my glass. The head did dissipate some leaving a nice edge layer around the top of the beverage. Taking a few whiffs, I was pleasantly suprised to find that this IPA was not all hops as I had suspected, but had more hints of fruit (white grapes or plums) and even had some semblance of chocolate in there somewhere, which I found very intriguing. Slight alcohol tingled my nosehair a bit as well, which is always fun for me when I drink a beer! TAking a sip, it came to my palette very sweet natured, with little hops at first. The white grapes really jumped out at the tip of my tongue w/ some sugary taste, but then gave way to a nice earthy hops flavor that covered my palette on back until the swallow. Upon swallowing, this left a nice sweet floweriness (if I can describe it any better) and left a nice grassy aftertaste reminding me of cut grass in spring or summer! One knock on this one was the feel of it however. It's high carbonation beat on my palette pretty hard, and it never really gives way until the swallow, which may have taken away from some of the flavor. However, I got much more than I expected from this one, and it was a very nice crispy ale w/ a sneaky little 6.5% alcohol that I would recommend to just about anyone!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 02:56:47 | More by Fish113d
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One inch of creamy, dense foam sits on a slightly hazy, reddish brown beer. Sticky strata of lacing. Sweet milk chocolate aroma. A chocolate, floral front with a deep, malty, milky middle. Fairly bitter, tangy, chocolate finish with some celery. I kind of like this: a chocolatey, bitter, hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 16:30:59 | More by kbub6f
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3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6er from Wild Oats...

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden-amber base with a small white head, decent retention and a few signs of lacing. The aroma is a weak blend of hop smell, but not much is there.

The taste is very crisp, nice mild tasting hops, low on alcohol and that about does it. The mouthfeel is good in the mouth but a harsh bitter ending hurts the beer. The drinkability is nice at 6.5% and for a milder tasting IPA, this is where the beer shines. A very good session IPA beer.

Final Thought: Not a bad brew from the OC-Wolaver group...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 05:54:57 | More by mobyfann
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ

eyeballing it....
clean looking copper color, head dissipates quickly out to the edges of the pint glass

nasal notes...
the hops are up front and floral, nothing other wordly but good

mouth notes...
tastes like it looks, crisp and fresh, the hops are up front and have a nice twang of bitterness, the alcohol is hidden well here

this doesn't bowl you over but is done well in all categories, good session beer in the fall/winter. just enough to cut spicy foods imo.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2004 04:14:19 | More by Ego
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New York

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

sampled a few 12 ouncers, with bottled on dating, yeah fresh beer! Pours a clear golder amber, white head. Leaves light wispy lacing. Full, hoppy, grainy nose, maybe also a note of rye. Medium bodied, grainy dry hops up front, maybe a tad thin in the malt to smooth this one out, still a drinkable ale, Long lasting bitter and drying hops on the tongue. Worth a try, decent sessioner

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 16:00:31 | More by Billolick
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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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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really, straight fours down the line. Nice pour and lacing, but nothing too remarkable. Taste is good and citrusy without being overly piney. Actually, the malt reall balances it out, but I think it's just a wee bit too much malt for my liking. Reminds me of other nice IPA's in this style, nicely balanced and as malty as they are hoppy. Quaffability is nice. The organic designation doesn't really affect quality, but it's nice to have such environmentally conscious brewers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 22:33:44 | More by twilight
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Crystal clear amber with creamy beige head that graces the glass with sticky strata of lace testifying to the drinking enjoyment.

Most likely an older sample of the IPA as malt dominated the aromas up front and was followed by faint hops and a honeyed tinge of distant juniper berries in the back.

Medium bodied and mellow maltiness usher in the first sips and mix with notes of caramel and light dried fruits. No real sign of hops but a subdued bitterness lurks in the back to remind us that this is an IPA. Finishes rather cleanly. Would definitely like to sample a fresh example, and when I do... will update this review.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 15:01:25 | More by Beersignal
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.