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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 alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

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!

alexgash, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

PeatReek, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

apintofknowledge, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

DogFood11, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
2.17/5  rDev -38.7%

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.

Dithyramb, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of stewart124
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

stewart124, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

NEhophead, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

bjohnson, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

akahn, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of fingolfin72
3.93/5  rDev +11%

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.

fingolfin72, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Lnedrive14, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

ommegangpbr, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of silver1audi
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

Picked this up because I like many of this brewer's other offerings. This was not bad, the first thing you notice is the smell... it's very strong and odd. Reminded me much of a malt milkshake you could pick up at an ice cream shop... but that's just me.

It looks nice in my pint glass, a nice dark amber color with a medium size head. As for the taste, it was kind of earthy and I was definately expecting something a little hoppier. It's not bad, just a little bland for an ipa i guess. It goes down pretty easily, but I would probably pick up another ipa for the money. Not bad, but this brewer has some far better offerings.

***revisiting this 2 yrs later, I enjoyed it much more. A good solid IPA delivering an abundant yet not oppressive amount of hops balanced by just the right malt profile. Becoming my regular drinker at a local hang-out. Best had on-tap.

silver1audi, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of arizcards
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

While in Vermont in early October I enjoyed a couple of pints of this at the Two Brothers Tavern along with some Venison Stew (a rare treat for a desert boy!).

This copper colored brew was served with a two finger head that left plenty of lacing. Nose had a citrus floral hopped aroma-very nice. Taste started with a biscuity malt but was taken over by a light floral citrusy hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and the carbonation was OK. Overall drinkability was OK. This was a nice beer.

arizcards, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

Wolaver's India Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on 03/15/05
Batch #1694
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light orange color. Decent head on top that turns into a thin white lace rather quickly. Rings of sticky lacings

The nose is a little disappointing. Whiffs of sweet malts and some hops in the background. Most IPA's will provide a pleasant blast of hop aromas, not the case here.

Biscuity sweet grain blend with a slight bitter finish. Fruity apricot flavors. This reminds me of an English IPA. Good drinkability level at a surprising 6.5% ABV.

Hibernator, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of GnomeKing
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%

Let's start with the smell? It's strong, but what is it? Burnt corn stalks? Burnt newspaper? Something burnt...something not right. Then, the taste--yeah, it could be corn stalks or newspaper. It's the hops that are the culprit--they don't taste like hops in beer, more like hops eaten straight off the cone, which I did out of curiosity at a recent Sam Adams brewery tour. I do recommend that you eat at least one hops cone in your life, just to see what it's like and to say that you did, but I can't recommend that you try this beer. (Apart from the hops, this beer looks and tastes weak and thin...just in case you were wondering).

GnomeKing, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.6/5  rDev -26.6%

Otter Creek- Wolaver's Organic IPA

Appearance- nice light brown with a thick head that disappated very quickly.
Smell- like dirty earthy hops. Vegatable aroma as well. Some tubers detected maybe a potato or turnip.
Taste- just like the smell, turnips freshly plucked from the ground and dunked into a weak IPA.
Mouthfeel- very watery, light. Slight bitterness but very faint.

Overall- Not a good 1. Sometimes Organic isn't always better!

NJpadreFan, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%

As India Pale Ale's go this was on the mild and weak side. Drinkable but closer to the APA than the IPA side of the house or should I say Ocean. That being said it is a good looking beer that is refreshing and tasty. Just not a good exemplar of the style (In My Very Humble Opinion).

Pours a clear copper amber with a two finger wite head that lingers and leaves plenty of lacing on the sides of the stemmed glass that I drank this brew from.

The aroma had all the hallmarks and typical citrus aroma of a west coast hopped India Pale Ale such as Sierra Nevada --- though a mere shadow of same in my personal opinion.

Taste was faintly citrus with the muddled hops overpoering the biscuit malt notes and leaving little sweetness in the beer. closer to balnaced than spicy or dry.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, though most IPA's are rather light, i tend to think the originals were anything but light so medium marks for this one.

Drinkable, yes. I would have to rank this as an entry level IPA however.

Citadel82, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

Dark orange-amber, heavy on the amber. The ivory colored head is the consistency of stiffly beaten egg whites and looks good sitting atop the average looking beer.

The nose is borderline nasty and has a distinctive aroma that I've smelled in other beer from this brewery. I've previously attributed it to the organic nature of their offerings, but I've now had too many organic beers that didn't smell like this for me to believe that theory any longer. India Pale Ale smells musty and spoiled even though the bottle is barely four months old.

Hops are partially successful in fighting through the smothering blanket of repulsiveness. The significant hop bitterness and marginal hop flavor are the only things keeping the rest of this bottle from going down the drain. Magnum, Crystal and Hallertauer is an odd hop bill for an American IPA, so I doubt that I'd love the flavor profile even without the pervasive presence of pesticide.

The beer tastes like rotting vegetables and clay with a disturbing phenolic foulness. It isn't easy separating the hoppiness from the underlying nastiness since the latter infects every aspect of the flavor profile. Hmmm... could this be what infected beer tastes like? Although there isn't much wrong with the mouthfeel, what does it matter at this point?

I know this bottle of Wolaver's India Pale Ale is reasonably fresh and has been well cared for. That's because it was hand carried from the brewery to me when it was less than one month old. More's the pity (and the sheer, stupifying wonder) that it tastes so bad. I'm still willing to give Otter Creek/Wolaver's more chances, because a good portion of what they brew is decent. But this one? Never again.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev +11%

Pours a clear golden color with a small foamy off-white head that shrinks to a pleasant semi-sticky lacing. Smell is suprisingly robust - grainy, earthy, organic, with citrus/hops undertones. Taste is clean and natural - bitter with a dry hoppy finish and slight lingering sweetness.

This is my first Wolaver's variety from Otter Creek and first strictly "organic" beer in general. A very agreeable IPA - not anything amazing but I could drink quite a few of these and be perfectly happy.

wedge, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

Beer pours a nice amber color with a light cream head that dissipates fast. Semi-sticky lacing too. Smells nice with hoppiness, earthy as well as citrus, and maybe a bit of peach. It smells like I would expect organic to smell. Tastes of earthy hops, with floral and fruitiness. It is definitely dry, in a good way, and some biterness at the finish. This beer has a light mouthfeel, and is fairly smooth. I find it easy to drink.

This is the first of the Otter Creek organic beers that I've had. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly suprised. I'd get it again. Another tasty beer...

tastybeer, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance is golden brown with a large off white head which sticks around for a while and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is bitter, citrus and hopy with a cologne like presence.

Its flavor is a bit mild for an IPA but nice. It is dominated by hops, but has a malt sweetness in there to mellow out the bitterness. There is also a bit of fruitiness in the flavor mix. This is a nicely blended brew.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and is carbonated generously.

It’s an easy drinking beer, worth a try.

Naes, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a white, two finger-head that vanishes slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a hoppy finish. A mild and not overbearing IPA. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

blitheringidiot, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
2.53/5  rDev -28.5%

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.

GClarkage, Jul 02, 2005
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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