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Otter Creek Imperial India Pale Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Imperial India Pale AleOtter Creek Imperial India Pale Ale

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87
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-06-2009)
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ralree

Maryland

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Really cloudy orange, yellowish white head/lacing. Laces better than almost every beer. A tuft of head is still on top after 5 minutes.

S: Super fruity, more citrusy than many IPAs, alcohol present, and just enough grain to balance out the fruit. Exactly what the smell should be.

T: Hits hard with barley and super-hoppy hops. The flavor stays! The bitterness of the hops is off the charts - it's brilliant! Alcohol is present, but you can barely taste it over the intense citrus hops and grain.

M: Extremely creamy and oily. Rather astringent. Heavy body. Thick. Chewier than any other IPA I've tried. A joy!

D: One of my favorite IPAs so far, this one is a joy to drink. It's ridiculously strong flavor doesn't keep me away from the glass' rim. This should be gone (along with my sobriety) in no time!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 00:43:05 | More by ralree
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a gorgeous creation. Pours a large 2" light gold head which eventually fades to 1/8". Amazing lovely golden caramel color - almost electrifying. Smell and taste match-up with a decadent array of hops and malt and sweetness. Plus unlike some IPAs in which the strength of the hops kind of comes secondary to the richness these hops (which are itemized on the bottle) shout out strong to be heard. Just a classy IPA all around, and not even one of the more expensive out there. A definite repeater for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 12:40:24 | More by MoreThanWine
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Lunch

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. brown bottle caped with gold foil purchased at The State Line Liquor Store in Elkton, MD (11/04/09). Served in my Otter Creek Imperial Series Goblet at an appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a hazy, glowing, golden, orange/amber hue capped with 2 fingers of an off-white creamy head which stuck around forever and left thick, sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Oh my, this beer smells quite serious. Grapefruit, pine, citrus, flowers, apricot, tropical fruit, peach, and a brown sugar like sweet malt. A slight tinge of alcohol pleasantly rounds out the bouquet.

T: Oh dear, this tastes quite serious as well. Up front the palate is met with a bitter hop (135ibus) that is quickly followed with an intense combination of a beautifully rich malt and some tasty tropical and piney hops. Flavors such as grapefruit, pine, apricot, flowers, citrus, tropical fruit, brown sugar, tangerine, candied fruits, and mango round out this exceptionally complex DIPA. The finish is quite intensely yet pleasingly bitter with a nice smooth and creamy alcohol flavor to intensify an already extreme flavor. Amazing.

M: Intensely rich, creamy, viscous, and somehow smooth with a creamy carbonation. Like nothing else I have ever had.

D: Very drinkable as the flavors work so well together to create such a complex beverage that the palate seems to pick up new pleasing new flavors with each sip. Unfortunately the 11% abv. demands respect, but each sip left me wanting more.

Overall I find this beer to be the best east coast DIPA I have ever had. Otter Creek is on a roll with their Imperial Series and I cannot wait to have this beer again and again. My highest recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 15:34:02 | More by Lunch
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a deep, glowing, orangey-amber color with a creamy, bubbly, off-white, one-and-a-half finger tall head that faded to a thick lasting cap. Big blocks of chunky lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was hoppy, fruity and intense. Sweet and complex, with obvious tropical fruit notes. Citrus and pineapple came through strong. Peach, apricot and mango were definitely noticeable as well.

The taste was simply outstanding. Hoppy, complex and so amazingly smooth. Malty sweet up front with notes of brown sugar, tangerine and candied orange peel. Tropical fruit flavors including pineapple, papaya, mango and more citrus came through strong in the center. Some peach and apricot flavors were noticeable as well. Bitter grapefruit peel appeared in the clean pithy finish. Overall, quite an interesting and intense hop bill.

The mouthfeel was full, rich, creamy and velvety smooth with a fine yet lively carbonation.

Drinkability was astounding. Between the wide range of complex flavors, the remarkably well hidden 11% ABV and the overall balanced nature of this brew, this was a pure joy to drink.

I was incredibly impressed with this second release in Otter Creek's Imperial Series. This was definitely one of the tastiest, as well as one of the most drinkable, DIPAs I have sampled to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 14:14:55 | More by Damian
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had it really blew me away. First off this thing has 135IBUs! It's insane! You really can't find anything hoppier. But it's really quite smooth and powerful. It's got a nice deep amber color and a decent head that will stick around for a bit. Once you get going on it though you get all sorts of different flavors from the huge amount (and variety) of hops in this. It's also 11%abv, however you hardly notice this due to the immense amount of hops. Totally worth a taste, I plan on picking up a few bombers to toss in my cellar!

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2009 20:06:31 | More by kingcrowing
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deanhead

Vermont

4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of the best Imperial India Pale Ale's that I have ever enjoyed. It is so well balanced that I would have never guessed it chimed in at 11% ABV.

Orange in color with a voluminous white head that reduced to one finger, with a dainty lace filling the void in the glass were to sweet nectar once was before it touch my lips.

Aroma is a pungent citrusy mega guava with some slight vegetative notes.

Taste is spicy and warming with a very clingy bitterness to it. Clingier than a breast fed ten month old. It just hangs on. Love it! It's big, and bold, and extremely well balanced. Tears you up with such a delightful array of hops and bitterness.

Full bodied, rich, dank drinking experience that is so fulfilling, I had to get another to enjoy on a different day.

Otter Creek has really stepped it up with the Imperial series. I highly recommend you seeking this out if you like Imperial IPA's

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 14:00:35 | More by deanhead
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asabreed

New York

4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a wine glass. 11%. 135 IBUs. Looking forward to it.

Appearance: Mildly hazy copper yellow color for the body, with raindrop lacing and skids of lacing ringing the glass.

Smell: Huge earthy pungency, up there with any of the best DIPAs. This is pure grapefruit rind, tickling the nostrils. Yet there's subtle tropical fruit that I like a lot too, with some passion fruit and mango adding complexity to the citrus of the hops. Some caramel malt and big biscuit aromas get in there too as it warms.

Taste: Wowness. Get ready for an experience. Easily one of the biggest, most bitter, most pungent IPAs I've ever had, and I love every minute of it. The finish is insanely long, and at 135 IBUs, this is taking Ruination down like the Lakers did to the Nuggets tonight in Game 6 (and I wanted the Nuggets to win). But on its own, it's tough to try and get those malt flavors by themselves, as they seem to float around purgatorially a bit before they're thwarted by the face-slam of hops. Like, literally, biting into a grapefruit rind by the end, YET... there's enough malt balance, with caramel and sharper tingly fruits, to keep it nice on the palate. Again, make no mistake, this will destroy you if you're not ready. But luckily, and initially, the biscuit and sweeter caramel malt flavors do their think, until the linger and finish with the huge grapefruit puckering insanity. Again. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Big and sticky and almost slightly chewy with great full sticky carbonation that's almost resiny. If the shoe fits...

Drinkability: How did they get this kind of balance? I'm shocked, considering I've never had an Otter Creek brew this great and this wild overall. This thing is a monolith. I'm thrilled that I picked it up on a whim. I could see, for once, the brew getting a bit more balanced with some cellar time, but like the Russian River folks say about the Pliny brews, why would you want to let this sit? Get it. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 04:27:49 | More by asabreed
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jimj21

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This was my first beer from Otter Creek and it was amazing. I had this on tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, Connecticut (great place, btw).

On tap into a twelve ounce glass. This beer poured an orangish copper color. It was capped by a small amount (half finger or so) of very white head. Not too much activity in the way of bubbles moving in the glass. Great clarity though.

The smell was very hoppy. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. There wasn't too much in the way of malts coming through, but the hoppy aromas were definitely noticeable. Maybe a little sweetness, if anything.

Taste is amazingly delicious. Hops, hops, and more hops. 135 IBUs! Great hoppy flavors in the way of grapefruit and pineapple. Maybe another fruit that I can't pick out, but I'm not sure. Simcoe hops are definitely used to brew this, given the taste. Some maltiness comes through in the middle that's very nice. Sweet caramel and butterscotch. Finishes with a bit of pine resin. Great bitterness and great malt backbone as well. Hoppiness is so amazing. Wouldn't know this one was 11% abv if I hadn't looked it up.

This one had a great mouthfeel. Very creamy. Carbonation was spot on. A little prickly. A little bit of warming. So smooth though.

I couldn't stop drinking this. It just tastes so good. Obviously, at 11%, this isn't something you can just drink for an entire night. But it really is a great beer. For any IPA or IIPA fans, this is a must try. I'm looking forward to trying the Otter Creek RIS too.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 00:22:08 | More by jimj21
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boralyl

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours 2 fingers of off-white head that sticks around and leave some nice spider lacing as it goes down. The beer has a nice shade of amber. Looks delicious.

S - The aroma doesn't disappoint. You can smell this one from a few feet away. Plenty of citrus combined with some orange and grapefruit.

M - Medium in body and the carbonation is perfect. It's slick with plenty of oily hops on the pallet. Perfect for the style.

T - A nice mix of bready and sweet malts up front. They are complemented nicely by the citric hops. It finishes with some orange rind and grapefruit in the aftertaste. The alcohol is for the most part pretty well hidden.

An excellent Imperial IPA. This is my first offering form Otter Creek and certainly won't be my last. There are a ton of Imperial IPAs out there, and this one stands up with the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 01:06:59 | More by boralyl
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to shaebs99 for this.

4.5 A: Semi-hazy dark orange/light amber color. Two fingers of thick creamy beige head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

4.5 S: Not the hoppiest of DIPAs, but this one smells great. Big orange citrus and herbal hoppiness. Malts are an equally pleasant and strong portion of the nose. Lots of caramel malts that mixes elegantly with the hops. Slight tinge of alcohol.

4.5 T: The first thing I noticed was a harsh everlasting bitterness in the aftertaste. I was truly surprised considering how many DIPAs I've been drinking lately. But, part way into the first glass, my tongue got used to it and it wasn't so bad. Weird, I assert, but I digress. Like the nose, this isn't the hoppiest of DIPAs. Also like the nose, the taste is wonderful, with malt and hop playing equivalent roles. Lots of orange hops with some grapefruit and pine in the background. Malts are again full of caramel malt taste, but otherwise very clean. Not super complex, but super tasty.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation, very creamy, and very smooth (after the initial super bitter aftertaste thing).

5.0 D: This only gets better as you drink it. Great taste, great mouthfeel, no problems at all. Quite a brew, I do declare.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 02:19:29 | More by DavoleBomb
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brianVT1

Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - on cask at the brewery during American Craft Beer Week.

Appearance - Good amber/gold, with light lacing.

Smell - Huge floral nose.

Taste - Hops, hops and more hops! Intense, succulent, luscious.

Mouthfeel - Since it was on cask it was less carbonated.

Drinkability - You would think something this big - 11% abv and 135 ibu's - would shock your palate, but it drinks like a big, well made ipa.

Serving type: cask

05-26-2009 14:11:07 | More by brianVT1
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Brad007

Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, finally this is out.

Pours a copper color with a nice thick wall of foam into my glass. Looks like it's gotten off to a good start.

Aroma is full of grassy, citrusy hops in the nose and it's a very good combination (Bravo, Apollo, Amarillo and Simcoe).

Taste is again grassy and citrusy with a good heaping of grapefruit that stands out. The bitterness from the hops coats the mouth. The malts stand out in the background.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness that has largely faded by now. No offensive flavors linger.

A very nice example of the style that feels just right. It's different enough and feels like it could be unique to Otter Creek. The hop combination fascinates me as I've never heard of Apollo or Bravo hops. For a 11% beer, this is deceptively drinkable. Grab it!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 01:41:21 | More by Brad007
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lonestar4lunch

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured with a frothy top that never really setteled. The aroma isn't too heavy, just a bit of citrus. The taste is direct for the style. When the first drops touch your tongue it screams of hop bitterness but there is a soothing relief that follows. An almost cream soda smoothness follows the crisp bite of the hops. Drinkability is beyond normal for a DIPA. This is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 03:40:54 | More by lonestar4lunch
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LittleDon

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Darkish golden, pouring a thick off-white head which disappears into a glass adhering lace. Clear with signs of carbonation. Oily hop aroma with some alcohol noticeable. Spicy hop start with the alcohol poking its head out. Medium bodied mouthfeel in the middle and a strong bitter kick in the finish. Very well balanced considering the IBU (135) and ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 19:28:18 | More by LittleDon
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BarrelO

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Copper-colored body. Decent head.

S: Hops. Beautiful, piney, citrusy, pungent hops. Some caramel in the background.

T: Stong hoppy bitterness and grassy notes. But there's also plenty of caramel sweetness. Pretty much perfectly balanced. No trace of alcohol.

M: Thick and syrupy.

D: Astonishingly easy to put down, especially for an 11% ABV and 135 IBU beer. This is honestly one of the few beers that I wished would never end as I was drinking it. Otter Creek is definitely batting 1.000 so far with its imperial series. Here's hoping they keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 03:27:14 | More by BarrelO
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-02-2014 18:11:29 | More by GClarkage
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redfox405

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-04-2012 23:21:59 | More by redfox405
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. No bottled on or freshness date in sight. Pours lighter then one would think for an Imperial IPA. A light and hazy orange with some soft yellow highights. Three finger head with great lacing.

Aroma is excellent. Very hoppy and citrusy. Dominated by pineapple and tropical fruit. Mango and papaya and carambola.

Taste completely follows the nose on this one. Pineapple and tropical fruit. Lots of orangey citrus and tangerine flavors.
For a big beer(11%abv and 135 IBU's) this one is well balanced and not much alcohol is present. I could easily confuse this one for a much lower ABV.

Nice even mouthfeel. Not as heavy as you would think. Well balanced sweetness up front followed by a nice bitterness.

Great drinkability. Excellent beer from start to finish. I'm impressed with this one from Otter Creek.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 03:17:59 | More by BigMike
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown glass pry-top. No date, but just released. I've been waiting for this one!

Appearance: 2+ fingers of off-white sudsy, fluffy head sits on top of a crystal clear yellow amber body.

Nose: Sweet sweet hop candy! Sweet orange peel, pine sap, a little earthy tree bark note. Smells great!

Palate: Medium-bodied with lots of sweet malt right up front. The hops come in and bushwack the malt. A total slaughter! They never saw it coming. Lots of bitter pine needles, bitter orange, yellow grapefruit, and a long, bitter and lasting finish.

Notes: Excellent! This beer shows that Otter Creek is for real with this new Imperial line and is going to bring on the noise! Seriously bitter, aggressive and has enough sweetness in the center to be just like a DIPA-head's candy!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 01:43:44 | More by SFLpunk
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whoneeds8

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into duvel tulip golden orange with a thick froathy white head. Great retention and lacing all the way down. The scent has floral hop scents and a strong amount of sugars mixed in. The taste is very sweet up front that quickly becomes bitter from a strong hop bite. Done very nicely. The mouthfeel has a nice tingle on the tongue and no noticable alcohol burn especially for this high abv. That makes this a very drinkable IIPA for the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 00:59:25 | More by whoneeds8
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

A- One of the best looking beers I have ever poured. Poured a crystal clear amber/orange. Had a wonderful glow when held into light. Produced two fingers width of off-white with some lacing.

S- A pleasant surprise. This was one smelled a lot like many of the west coast IPA/DIPAs I enjoy so much. Bowl full of tropical fruits and citrus notes.

T- Very happy to see that this followed the nose. Pineapples and oranges upfront produce a sweet, fruit flavor. A bit of malt does not take away from the taste at all. THe finish is clean and semi-bitter.

M- Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D- This beer was insanely drinkable. I would have never guessed that this beer was 11% abv.

Overall, very nice to see an east coast brewery representing with a fantastic DIPA. I was expecting a balanced, malty DIPA, but to my surprise this can easily hang out with the big boys out west. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 21:52:35 | More by rhinos00
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A couple interesting specs on the label: 4 hop varieties used, two of which you don't hear about often: Bravo and Apollo. And this has an estimated 135 IBU! Couldn't wait to get down to business with this one...

Quintessential double IPA look here: cloudy dark orange/sunset red color, with a frothy, foamy, creamy dirty white head on top. Looks pretty serious.

While there are some big hops in the aroma, it seems they threw an even bigger portion of malt into this beer, as the rich, robust caramel/toffee smell very much carries the overall aroma. Bit of spicy and herbal impressions come in, thanks to the hops, but it's actually all about the malt in the nose. Interesting.

Wow, this is certainly one of the most well-balanced imperial IPAs I've ever had, in terms of the malt, hop and alcohol levels...everything performs like a well-orchestrated symphony. As in the aroma, malts are bigger than in many beers of this type, and they're chewy, candy-like and totally enjoyable in their big caramel/butterscotch essence. Hops are citrus rind-like in their bitterness, the stuff of pithy grapefruit peels, but very much controlled, the malt likely responsible for taking just a little edge off, yet their personality is totally intact. Alcohol, at 11%, is remarkably well-incorporated, providing an underlining of cozy warmth and never wearing out its welcome. That 135 IBU shows up most in the finish--total pithy citrus rind wonder, a long, bitter, very bright finish. Overall, there's one word for this: fantastic. Unless you don't dig hops, of course.

Texturally this is wonderful. Just as creamy as you want a beer of this style to be, and also round, silky and ever so slight tingly. Oh yeah.

If it weren't for the 11%, which is total stealth in this particular beer, the drinkability would be way high. Just a total comfort beer, and one of the most balanced in its class. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 22:48:31 | More by Metalmonk
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smanders

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having not had Otter Creek offerings before I was most hesitant in picking this up. With that said, $6.99 for a bomber of IIPA is a no brainer...

Appearance - copper color with a super-bubbly head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell - lots o' citrus and pine. A little sweetness (caramel) hidden in the background.

Taste - Yum! Thankfully tastes just like it smells! Well-balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Very good representation of the style. Better than most who seem to pour massive amounts of ingredients without contemplating the result. Otter Creek has done their homework. I will recommend to friends.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 23:08:25 | More by smanders
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Imperial IPA

Appearance: Copper, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Flowery hops, spices, and slight malt.

Taste: Malty hop goodness and slight citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy.

Overall:
A heavy hopped IPA that is fairly powerful and thick.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 18:18:27 | More by megahurts4
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11%abv with a theoretical 135 ibu.

A: The coloring was a medium orange with soft sunset reddish hues. A low turbidity rate shows some faint and lightly dense spacing of floaties that were barely visible unless you closely investigate. The head was dense and spongey, buff in color, and retained well with a shellacking of the glass of generous and ample amounts of foam and lace. The topping sticks around for the whole drink.

S: Piney and lemony flower hops appear on the open with a mixture of grassy oranges. Dried orange peels and grapefruit with some sweetly toasted grain rounds things out.

T: Bitter from the get-go, with a brutal display of dry pungent grapefruit and dried lemony citric hops parching the tongue. Flowery grapefruit and grass lay the groundwork for an assertive hop based ipa that is easily in the top tier by class when it comes to all out dryness and bitterness. There is some glimpses of toasted munich grains but feels weak, most likely intentionally to let the hops out. A finish finds floral citrus, bitter grapefruit and a bite of dry grassy hopcones that slowly fades on the tongue. The hops are truly amped up here a bit and as pungent as you can hope and ask for.

M: Nice crisp factor, always a plus per style, with some maltiness but again seems to falter and fall under the pressure of the hops. Noticeable warming of alcohol and grapefruit come about on the tongue.

D: The first few sips will certainly take you back a bit by surprise, it's been a while since I've had a imperial ipa that actually lived up to its standards. Dry hopped with an obscene amount of hops this should get respect even from the diehard hopheads who chew on hopcones for fun.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 22:56:29 | More by beerthulhu
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Otter Creek Imperial India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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