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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 HappyHourHero
2.13/5  rDev -39.8%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of AtrumAnimus
3/5  rDev -15.3%

This pours a clear strawberry blonde tinged with orange. The head is pretty nice nd thick falling to leave a complex lacing down the glass. The nose is very noticeable on this one. More like a light fruity hop bouquet of flowers. The maltiness to the nose is very strong and fruity. The Flavor on this is a heavily contrasting and complex one on the palate. My first impression was What is going on, Then the hops come along and straighten you out. There is such a distinct contrast here between the sweet fruity malt and the extraordinarily bitter hops that leaves you with a pleasantly distinct beer. But sadly this is not a great beer.

AtrumAnimus, Jul 04, 2003
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2.65/5  rDev -25.1%

Poured a very lightly oranged pale amber color; very odd hue to it. Had a decent amount of carbonation and nice thin head, though it looked a little strange to me, like a clumpy sort of foam. Not much lace. Its scent was dry and earthy in a "green" way, as the hops smelt bairly floral, more herbal. The scent almost had a malty sense to it but was funked out by the hops. The taste was bitter as usual but with a hardy earthy tone. It developed a light fruit taste, though again funked out. Pretty zingy on the tongue, its long finish shortened as my palate adjusted to the high IBU’s and particular funky bent of this whole beer. The drinkability was decent, but in general it was too raw tasting, and so needs better honing of many parts of it. Cool idea to go organic, though - purity in beer is a great thing!!

nomad, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of Wildman
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a nice foamy white head that left thick circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, hops and a touch of caramel. The flavor was of malt, hops and caramel. The finish was a touch bitter. Okay, first off when it comes to IPAs, I confess, I am a "hop head". This beer had none of the characteristics that one usually finds in American IPAs. That being said, this beer didn't seem to even carry many found is a tradional English style. I don't know if this was in it's attempt to be organic, but for me, it fails for this style.

Wildman, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of scottum
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

One of my favorite things about my frequent trips to VT is the beer. I was stoked to see that Otter Creek now has an organic line of beers.

Pours perfectly clear pale amber with a nice white head. This is an untra filtered brew. Hops is the first taste out of the gate. A nice malt balance keeps that in check. Not a hop head's IPA, but certainly not without its charm. Actually one of my favorite Otter Creek brews. I'm excited to see a brewery actually start up an organic line. I try to stay as organic as possible, but it's just so hard these days. I hope to see a Wolaver's Stout someday.

scottum, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%

I tried this for many reasons...never had it before, it was organic, wanted to see what it tasted like...

It poured very, very clear pale orange color. The hops were present but not in your face. I did find the first few sips to be a bit bitter actually. It was pretty balanced, but overall, I wasn't that knocked over by this beer.

I think that there just wasn't any one characteristic that really jumped out at me...it was a bit bland. I think there is a place for IPAs that are not out to overwhelm you with their hop profile, but there really wasn't anything to recommend this beer as one you'd want to have again and again.

PatandDavid, Mar 26, 2003
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3.4/5  rDev -4%

A crystal-clear light golden colored brew underneath a medium-sized covering of fluffy white foam. The aroma smells like a soaked field of grass with some spicy hops hanging around. There is also a citrusy twang to this one. All the aromas combine into a familiar smell, but I just can't pinpoint it.

There is a wonderful bitter hop flavor that dominates this brew. The malts are there, but they are hidden a bit until the grainy flavors come out just before the aftertaste. After the first few sips, I was not impressed with this brew, but after that it just got better. Citrus starts to come out of hiding adding to the crispness provided by the carbonation. The body is pretty light, but there is not a real lack of flavor. I was happy, to say the least with this brew. It is an interesting one that is certainly worth trying.

ElGuapo, Feb 23, 2003
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3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a slightly hazed golden/brown with a small white head that shrinks down to a lasting thin layer. Its smell consists of light hops and a burnt earthy grain. The taste mirrors the smell although the hops are more pronounced. It is light bodied and finishes with a dry hop bitterness. This beer is just a little bit too lightly hopped for an IPA, but still pretty tasty. It does however have a strange twang that I pick up in the after-taste albeit briefly. Aside from that, it is not a bad brew and it's organic. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Feb 01, 2003
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4/5  rDev +13%

Pours a light to medium golden color with a tall creamy white head and has very good retention. The aroma is a grainy maltiness with notes of citrus and fresh baked bread. It has a bread-like malty sweetness with a mildly bitter hop finish. Based on its smoothness, you’d never guess that it’s 6.5% alcohol (well, until you drank several that is!).

Morris729, Nov 21, 2002
Photo of BillyBrew
4/5  rDev +13%

(this is an Otter Creek brewing)

I like tastey and organic things, this is both.

Pale amber colour with a creamy, sticky lace. Strong hop-oil and orange nose (a few off-smells, but I beleive they are from bottling device). Hop-flower and orange-citrus flavors. There is aslo a rich maltiness and mild graininess. Fairly-smooth medium body with crisp edges.

A good English IPA, a shade orangey and grainy.

BillyBrew, Nov 10, 2002
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3.93/5  rDev +11%

Wolavers IPA, circa 1999:

OG: 1.053, 13 P
FG: 1.01, 2.62 P
Attenuation: 79.97%
Real Extract: 4.52
ABV: 5.7%, 4.46% ABW
Calories/12 oz: 173.73

Panorama Brewing Company will donate 10 percent of annual profits to community organizations that promote sustainable agriculture.

The Panorama Brewing Company's Wolaver's line of beers are almost a "concept" in the industry... Panorama contracts its brews out to several regional breweries, including Northcoast Brewing Company in California, Otter Creek Brewing Company in Vermont, Goose Island Beer Company in Illinois, and Old Dominion Brewing Company in Virginia in order to assure freshest delivery to those regional markets. (There are currently plans to add to this list of contractors so that Wolaver's beers are available from brewers in Florida and the Southwest.) Additionally, all of Panorama's beers are certified organic, and the Wolaver brothers donate 10% of their annual profits to "community organizations that promote sustainable agriculture"

Wolaver's India Pale Ale is an amberish colored beer with a just-off-white head of foam that dissipates after a minute or two, then fights its way back with small circles of isolated bubbles fed by inverse springs of tiny bubbles. Great lace... A fresh, resiny, almost fruity, citric hop aroma dominates the aroma with a definite undertone of sweet malt detectable... Like the aroma, the flavor is controlled by the hops (as should be the case in an IPA), which are citric and bitter, but not out of balance with sweet, fruity, very rounded maltiness. Of particular interest to me in this IPA, is the almost 80% attenuation rate. One would empirically assume, that after the long voyage from England to India, an IPA with any yeast left in the cask would end up with very little residual sugar in the body. While the characteristic IPA dryness isn't this beer's primary characteristic (it's actually fairly sweet), the well-attenuated body is authentic. On the troublesome side of this beer's "authentic-ness" is the low original gravity. The original IPA's were brewed to considerably higher original gravities than 1.050ish, but since Wolaver's IPA's travel regime is considerably less strenuous than the originals, I can understand why this beer is what it is...


TXHops, Nov 02, 2002
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4/5  rDev +13%

Wolavers IPA

Appearance: Thick white head atop a lighter colored beer than expected. The head lasts well to the end.
Aroma: Hoppy, flowers, Nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium
Taste: Spicy hop notes with enough sweetness to be balanced, but not sweet at all. No hint of the alcohol, but its in there.
Aftertaste: Linguring residual malt with drying hoppy effect on the toungue.
Style: 4 of 5. I would shoot for something like this if brewing my own.
Impression: I liked tis alot. I will be purchasing some more
Comments: Flavorful considering its light color. the hops are spicy on the toungue but not overpowering. Hops, then beer, then hops. The way an IPA should be. Overall would be 3.5-4.0 of 5 in my humble opinion book. U.F.

UncleFrank, Oct 12, 2002
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3.2/5  rDev -9.6%

Clear amber in color, the head is beige, creamy, and moderate in stature, the lace is in dense sheets upon the glass. Nose is malt, lightly floral, hints of citrus. Front is inordinately sweet, light top, the finish is moderately acidic, modestly hopped, and a tad dry, more English IPA, than American, as with the Rogue Imperial IPA, nothing to be discomfited about.

Gusler, Oct 10, 2002
Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.