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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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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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 Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange / copper color with a 1 inch head. Lacing develops through the drink. Light carbonation. The aroma is nice, very floral and lemony. The taste follows suit, as the hops are strong here creating a more intense bitterness. The malt balances this out well. Citrus tones and honey are noticeable.

The mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Medium bodied. The bitterness rides the tongue softly for several seconds. Extremely drinkable and solid IPA I will look for again.

Gavage, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden with a copper tinge without too much head to be seen. Smell was buttery and nutty with leafy floral hops and a dosage of caramel to round out with some sweetness. Taste was very crisp and hoppy with a good amount of pine flavors and a more butterscotch and nutty finish but not overly so. Mouthfeel was creamy as it warmed. Another good offering from the Wolaver line.

GreatPondBrewer, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A red-gold dyed amber, with a three finger off white head. Leaves webs of lacing as it dies down the glass.
Floral and citrus hop aroma, some malt under that.
Caramel taste, the citrus appears again as orange and lemon, toffee and grain.
Good malt-hop balance for an IPA.
A medium soapy-oily feel.
The organic hops may be a little light in the shoes for an IPA, it's not a hopheads dream, but still a good session beer.

mschofield, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Startlingly clear with very little head, there's a strong maltiness to the aroma, almost overpowering the hops--it is a kind of tart bubble-gum smell. I'm intrigued. The taste: completely unexpected; there is no sharpness at all, instead there is a muted bitterness balanced with a slight malty backbone--very much like a light Eastern IPA (closer to the English style but without the creamy thickness). A thin mouthfeel. This was a bit of a disappointment after such a promising start, I'm afraid.

longpondbeerman, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The light amber body supports a huge billowing head of off-white, creamy foam. The good retention guarantees superior lacing and even when it lessens the lace is outstanding. The nose is surprisingly more malty than hoppy, giving fine caramel notes. The flavor is lightly hopped along the English style and with very fine balance between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness. a very good dry finish with a very nice mouthfeel. Good session brew, for sure.

AtLagerHeads, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of counselor
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice IPA - true to style and easy to drink. It doesn't wow you or leave you dissapointed at all, just a good drinking IPA. Pours a murky pale orange with minimal head. good fruity, citrusy nose and a decent, though somewhat thin mouthfeel. Decent dry tangy residual aftertatse, classic IPA aftertaste. Overall well balanced beer with decent drinkability. I like the organic "angle" and it is priced similar to the other craft IPAs. I think it would be better if bottle conditioned. Why the heck not support some organic farmers.. enjoy it!

counselor, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Solid orange in color with a little cloudiness and a good head that came up nicely and laced my glass..

Smell – Big citrus hops and a very light caramel malt backbone make up the aroma of this IPA.

Taste – The malt balance steps it up at the taste. The citrus hops are nice, and a tad bit of piney flavor joins the show. This one is well balanced.

Mouthfeel – Creamy and smooth with a slight tang to the cheeks. This one is just medium in the body and very refreshing.

Drinkability – I liked this one a little better than my fellow BAs. I thought it was well balanced, refreshing, and would make a terrific session beer.

RoyalT, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of Weissenheimer
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My pale amber pint arrives with a pretty, foamy head which dimples slightly. The smell is mild, but fresh and very nicely hoppy.

At the first sip my reaction is "Mmmm. Nice, refreshing, strongly hoppy." The flavor is pleasing and rounded, with a solid body. It's very drinkable, although not quite what I'd call standout. If I had one word to describe it, it would be "quaffable".

By the time I near the bottom of the pint I'm appreciating the mouthfeel more. First it hits me with a pleasingly creamy wave that's somewhere between woody and nutty. This gradually gives way to a tingly, bitter middle which in turn eases into a tart, crisp, dry, hoppy finish. As a bonus, it not only changes during each sip; its taste evolves during the course of a pint. As I drain this one I gradually taste less creaminess and more woodiness. I will be having more of these.

Weissenheimer, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice rocky head and a nice burnt orange color. Nice nose of fresh zesty hops and buttery malt. Real nice hop character that is not over done, flovors of floral and leafy hop oil. Good malt balance and toasted buttery flavors. Great session IPA, and would love to taste this one on tap.

OatmattStout, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of Riggo
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A supremely quaffable and well-balanced ale. The quality on this one was a bit of a surprise, considering that Otter Creek isn't exactly considered one of the better micros.

Pours a clear golden light amber with a firm, creamy off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma is subdued at first. Begins with a stoney, musty almost pilsener quality, opens up to some fruity notes (apricots, raisins?) and some nuttiness.

Flavor is initially crisp hops, again with an almost pilsener-like quality, then fruity malt and some nuttiness at mid-palate, followed with a dry hop finish and some lingering fruit and minty-hop notes. You can really distinguish these "stages" in the flavor, yet their is a harmoniousness overall. A very well-balanced ale.

Mouthfeel strikes a perfect level of carbonation and fullness and drinkability is excellent. Good for Wolaver's. If I could get this without driving to Missouri, it would definitely be a common presence in my fridge.

Riggo, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If ever there was a sweet IPA this is it...malty, with a sweet floral hop presence...Nose is earthy more than anything...also some seeet maltiness...a slight twang of alcohol on the finish...Body is heavy for an IPA..substantial beer...a bigger type of IPA but without the big bitterness some enjoy...I look to my IPA's for a nice bitter hops flavor, but I also like this one for what it is..definitely English style...well done..tasty....

Sure, I'd buy a sixer of this if given the chance...nice beer..

ZAP, Nov 18, 2003
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4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish golden color, pure white head and generous carbonation.
Spicy hoppiness and some bread/grain in the nose. The taste matches the smell cept it's better, very crips and clean taste. Lots of complex flavors, very spicy and sweet, very little bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is great, creamy and full body, the head goes down fast but returns easily when the beer is swirled.
This is one of the best IPAs I've had, high on my drinkability score.


oelergud, Nov 16, 2003
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2.13/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After a pretty hard pour an off white head formed and stood for the better part of a minute. The beer is dark straw in color and just a little bit hazy. Very little carbonation rising up to the top. The malt aroma is kind of funky. It's pretty sweet smelling, no hops, grape juice, it smells like artificial grape juice. That's just wrong. It has a born on date of 8/5/03 so I don't think it's too old. Holding my nose the taste continues with the malt trend, a little bit of caramel in there, and even less hops. The aftertaste lightly bitter, with just a touch of metal. There's definitely something wrong with this beer, but even so I don't see this being all that great.

HappyHourHero, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of Imbiber
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10 September 2003 (batch 1408), so two months old when imbibed. Brewed with organic barley, and organic hops of the Hallertauer, Magnum, and Crystal varieties (so the bottle says).

A clear, pale-amber beer with a good white head initially on pouring, which dissipates slowly. Aroma is quite hoppy and slightly floral, and there's a touch of corn in evidence. Carbonation is gentle. A fairly prominent hop bitterness is experienced on the tongue, though not as harsh as many other true IPAs. Clean tasting, as would be expected from an organic brew.

A very pleasant beer, this bottle won't be my last.

Imbiber, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light copper appearance. Thin white head. Streams of CO2 bubbles surface gradually. Pretty good blend of resinous hop character and toffee based malt character. Very crisp in taste, this beer. Sharp pine resin and citric hop tones hit me first. Then the bitterness, which is quite noticeable and enjoyable. The malt foundation is toffee, toasted and biscuity. There's actually a slight lingering sweetness to the aftertaste if you look hard enough. Body is about medium and mouthfeel is carbonated nicely. Solid effort here.

Bighuge, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a hoppy beer drinker, but I am willing to try any style of beer even if it's not a style that I like. This beer had a medium sized ivory head that mostly dissipated with fine-medium sized bubbles. The body was clear with fine carbonation and an orange-gold hue. The nose was malt and hops with a very bitter taste to it. The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth, dry textured and medium bodied. This IPA was just way too bitter tasting for me.

hotstuff, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color, small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Malty, slightly sweet, caramelized. Full bodied, but its not very hoppy or bitter for an IPA. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and very crisp. Aftertaste is malty, wild a mild sharp bitterness.

beerguy101, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of Darkale
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This will be a mixed review, for there are parts of this beer I like quite a bit, and parts I don't like very much.

It is light and brassy in color, with a thick and resilient creamy head. A very appealing beer; could be the picture next to "beer" in the encyclopedia.

Aroma is sharp and bready; smells "dry" if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel is foamy, and also sharp and brassy: it's the first sense that something is not quite right with this beer. The hops taste sharp rather than full and deep -- the beer is tinny and thin, with a sour aftertaste that reminds me of a cheap lager. It's not pleasant.

Not my favorite IPA. Would not have it again.

Darkale, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An ultra dense and creamy head tops off this deeply golden and very clear brew. The aroma is one of a newly mown lawn and a flower garden. Bitter grapefruit spiciness comes through a soft and warm malt body. Nicely bittered from the first sip until the last. A fine and pleasant drinking IPA. This is one I would definitely have again. Too little time and too many good beers to try!

pezoids, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok ..my exploration of the "Organics" continues..
typical 12 oz brown bottle..and typical Wolavers label..three guys with scythes.
Nice enough looking IPA..the bright orangy brown colour and a small pure white head..that goes fast..but leaves some OK lacing.
Nice "spicy" IPA hop aroma..very nice.
MM an enjoyable and not too hoppy IPA..this seems to be a "transition" between the West Coast IPAS and an English IPA...this has nice hopping but also has some malt profiles.
very nice on the palate.
a nice drinkable IPA.. a nice one for those late summer nights.

Reidrover, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a full pillowy ivory head, nice carbonation, and lace. Excellent grapefruity citrus hop aroma at first turns a bit piney/sprucey. Decently balanced; not as citrusy tasting as the aroma suggests but definitely bitterness outweighs maltiness. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a dry bitter finish.

Label States: "Certified Organic" & "Magnum, Crystal, and Hallertauer hops" & "Munich and Caramel malt"

Bottled: 01/08/03 (Batch #1283)
Tasted: 07/24/03

($1.49 / 12 oz bottle)

RBorsato, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of WesWes
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a bone white head that settles for nice lacing. The nose is of pale malts and bitter hops. There is a bit of a piney aroma surrounding it along with a hint of Carapils malts. The taste is really good. It is hops all the way. The beer is quite bitter and flavorful. There is a strong hop content in this one. Yeah Hah! The beer has a med mouthfeel and is a sessions beer no doubt. Wolavers (Otter Creek) make a few good brews. This one stands out among them.

WesWes, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Under-rated as far as IPA's are concerned in my opinion. Pours a light amber color with a white head. Very well balanced. One of the more mild IPA's, but the hop aroma and taste is still dominant. This is one very drinkable IPA. Not sure what makes it organic though.

dmarch, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of Shiredave
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, golden amber with a bright, white head, sheets of drippy lace and steady trickles of carbonation.
Spritzy, lemon-grassy, German hop aroma , which throws me off- just not what I want for aroma in an IPA. Hints of honey and fruit jelly.
Medium bodied throughout, with great balance - sugary malt surrounds the tongue as prickly, peppery hops stab at the roof and back of my mouth. Rich malt finally glides down my throat leaving a smoldering, dry, hoppy aftertaste.
Not as complex and malty as the draft version but still an above average IPA. German hops are a unique twist I dont particularly care for. I liked it much better on tap. More sweetness and balance along with fuller mouth feel and less carb bite.

Shiredave, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Lazy Chameleon in Powell, OH. Dark orange-amber color with a thin off-white head. Lacing is very light. Nice hoppy citrus aroma. I was pleased by the flavor. Medium-bodied with a nice mix of hops, citrus and light malt. Not as hoppy as most of the better IPAs out there but not a wasted attempt either. The finish is bitter although it fades throughout the glass. I'd get it on draught again.

Dogbrick, Jul 06, 2003
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.