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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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558 Ratings
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | 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 rdrummer
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly mild IPA. I expected more from Otter Creek. It pours a dark golden color with a medium head and little lacing. There is more of the malt in the nose than the hops that I expected. It is a nice rounded pale ale but not what I was expecting from an American IPA. Where are the hops?

rdrummer, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.79 for a 12 oz. bottle.

Pleasant floral smell. I enjoyed this thoroughly. Good white head on top. Taste is good bitter with light floweriness. Not much malt sweetness, but malt presence is noticeable. Much more of a Britishy IPA than an American IPA. This is a great session brew if you're into pale ale.

benmiliron, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An American IPA much more English in character pours a medium golden with an average head that left a little lace,aroma is leafy and lightly herbal with a dry biscuity malt hint.Taste is really subtle a little minty and herbal with the dry malt coming thru more as I drank more.Iam not a hop head but when drinking an American IPA would like more hop presence,not horrible by any mean just seems a little off.

oberon, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden amber body and a thin head. The bubbles rising up from the sides of the glass are pretty large, almost like soda bubbles. Dried apricots and grassy hops make up the bulk of the aroma. More apricots and grassy hops are found in the flavor wiht a bit of pepper.

aracauna, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of shirfan
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, with a thin but persistent layer of foam lacing the glass.

Slightly pungent herbal aroma.

Flavorful; yeast and hops take the lead here, mingling into a spicy taste, with a decent malt backbone. Hops don't seem to be the typical IPA varieties... far more spice flavor than pine or citrus.

I wasn't too happy to see that this actually came from Otter Creek, good thing I only bought a single. While they brew high-quality beers, I tend to not enjoy their yeast choices.

shirfan, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear golden with a persistent frothy white head which fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was filled with muted spicy and citrusy hop aromas with slight malt presence in the background and a prominent fruitiness.

The flavor was citrusy and fruity with good bitterness to balance the malt and nice hop flavor. The bitterness is well done, but not complex.

The finish was dry and crisp with hop bitterness lingering into the aftertaste. The body was medium and could have been just a smidge bigger at 6.5%.

Nicely accomplished beer. Very straightforward, but lacking complexity.

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 12/23/03. Batch 1474.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear gold with a nice two-finger sized head. The aroma has some peach and citrus with some malt. It is not as hoppy as I expected for an IPA. The body is slightly malty with slight citrus and pine. It is hoppy and bitter, but nothing that wows me. A solid beer that I could drink a few of, but it is average and I would not go out of my way for it again.

ark57, May 27, 2004
Photo of Goldorak
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rough week at the office, finally it's Friday, and hotter than hell. I pop open the ol'Beer-arator and there she was, a leftover from my last trip to Winooski’s beverage warehouse, where I bought a 6 pack on impulse alone.

Appearance: Nice copper/orange, nice clean look. Not much head on it but quite resilient nonetheless.

Smell: Typical hoppy smell, nothing else really popped. I should have let it warm up a bit more, but I wanted it now.

Taste: Good crisp hoppy spiciness, just the way I like it. Hints of citrus, and subtle malty undertones.

Mouthfeel: Yep, that tickly feeling in the far corners of my mouth says that this is a classic IPA, organic or not.

Drinkability: 6.5% on a hot afternoon, it hit the spot proper, but I wouldn’t have had 3-4 more. But on other circumstances I’d definitely see myself spending quality time with this one. The bitterness is high compared to what my local micros and brewpubs have to offer, however it isn’t too much for me to get tired of it after one or two.

Conclusion: I should trust my instincts more often. The next time I stop by the states, this one is a lock in my grocery cart.

Goldorak, May 15, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a sunny gold, amazingly clear, my fingers magnified perfectly on the other side. A short crop of white foam appears with a straight pour, settling into a patchy covering. Great head retention, keeping a thick coating throughout the glass, rings of belgian lace left in it's wake.
The aroma is fairly mild, an herbal and piney hopping gently suppported by a pleasant toasty malt. A touch of biscuit, with soft flowery and apple esters. Very nice hopping, assertive with nuance.
The flavor starts with a sweetish toasty malt, a bit of biscuit flavor into the middle, meeting mild pear, apple and floral esters. The fruitiness continues into the finish, where an assertive hopping takes over. Mainly herbal and grassy, with a great citrus and pine bite. The malt maintains balance excellently, keeping a mild biscuity sweetness, along with a touch of caramel. Grapefruity citric hops linger in the aftertaste, along with a touch of grassiness. A fullish medium body is supported by rather excitable carbonation. Slightly rough edged mouthfeel, with a mild graininess that works well with the carbonation and hopping.
Great stuff, a solid american IPA. I haven't had great experiences with organic beers, but Wolaver's makes a credible brew with this one. Tasty hops, which linger in the aftertaste for hours. Yum.

UnionMade, May 06, 2004
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really excited about trying this one for some reason. Maybe because it is made with all organic ingredients. Pours an orange coppery color with very little head. The lace is there for a while then slowly dissipates. The taste is surprising at first in that it sort of hits your pallette with something different. Bitter with an orange peel flavor. Very hoppy. This is a good beer and for me it was a different taste. I think over time and a few more bottles, I will find it to be better than average.

abcsofbeer, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Emerges from the bottle with a gently rocky white head, slowly settling out on clear and bright golden liquid. Nose is sweet malt and fresh hop flowers with a touch of grassiness. The taste is first sweet, then a growing bitterness asserts itself. Bitterness abounds without really dominating the palate, just flowery with a definate hop punch. Light fruity yeast esters noted at this point. Finshes bittersweet and somewhat clean, with an ultra slight alcohol tinge at the end yet superbly drinkable. More flavorsome than looks would lead you to believe.

beerluvr, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of cokes
1.6/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear, shadow-laden gold with small, sticky heading.

Then, it goes afoul.

Truly horrid aromatics. Lilac-infused bubble gum tossed with cabbage and spoiling tropical fruit. Rusty metallics appear as it warms. This is seriously fucking bad news. Worse than it sounds. And I am usually generous as far as "smell" goes.

I wish I could say this is redeemed in the taste, but it treads the same false grounds. Unappealing faux-tropical fruitiness mingles with a powdery, machinery bitterness. Vegetable hues surge forward. Gin-stewed cauliflower. Turns sour and ever worse from there, grabbed still by the repulsive bitter residue.
Just a total mess.

I fucking hate this. Terrible, TERRIBLE IPA. Terrible beer. Terrible defined.

But, since I am a nice guy, I will point out two positives. 1) This has some decent, underlying toasty maltiness. 2) The hallertau addition is noticed with its grassy personality, and would be a welcome companion in a decent IPA...okay, that wasn't so nice...but there are components here that are likeable. Even if the final product is completely horrible.

To sum up: bleeeaaachhkkk.
Ask my kitchen sink if you need a second opinion.

(bottled 2/4/04)

cokes, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second Wolavers beer. A 12 oz bottle that pours a deep rusty beige coloured brew with a small, fluffy, white head. The aromas are of grains, and light hops. The taste is malty, with some hops in the middle, and a dry, grainy finish. The mouthfeel is thin, because this brew is just too grainy. The drinkability is OK, but this is more of a decent pale ale, than an IPA. Plus the graininess is just a bit much for my taste buds.

francisweizen, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of maxpower
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a nice foamy head that leaves a good lacing in the glass, citrus and piney hop aroma. Hoppy citrus flavors with a nice hop bite, medium body with a full yet rough mouthfeel, finishes with a clean and strong lasting bitterness, a decent IPA.

maxpower, Feb 02, 2004
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
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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