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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

136 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

22oz. bomber: This one pours a clear, orange hued amber color. There was a small off-white that doesn’t linger long but does leave some lacing. Hint of sweetness to the nose. Caramel, fruits on top, but there is a large amount of underlying hops. Some spices also. Good taste. Definitely a good hop bite to it. Mainly citrus and pine. A bit of sweetness peeking through in the finish. Lacking a bit of smoothness, however. It is good, but a touch on the harsh side with taste. Worth trying.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Exiled, Nov 23, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

First let me say that I have a strong affinity for Otter Creek. The brewery is very close to my parents' country house and I've visited many times. They're always very nice and I feel like they're my "home" brewery and one of my introductions to craft beer. That said, I think this one wasn't very successful.

It's a somewhat cloudy, dark colored amber with a big head. Smell was hoppy and boozy, continued in the mouth. The booze was very hot on this one and dominated the flavor way too much for me. Little balance at all...just way too big overall and kind of unpleasant to drink. Finishing the bottle (shared with the missus) was a real chore. Bitter and highly alcoholic. Drinkability very low.

I like IIPAs but this was just kind of a bitter, boozy mess. No subtleties of flavor, it just hits you over the head in brutal fashion. Just because you can make a monster IPA doesn't necessarily mean you should or that it will be much fun to drink. Big beer is cool but I feel it should still have some balance between the malt/hop characteristics and not just blow your mouth up with booze. Won't be buying this one again. So many better examples of the style. Sorry OC.

tobelerone, Jul 15, 2011
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2.48/5  rDev -35.8%

This is a relatively new offering in Houston, so let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt orange color with a 1" head of off-white bubbles that was thick and creamy and looked like it wasn't going anywhere anytime soon. On the side of my glass, I can see that there are numerous bubbles rising to maintain the head, and it does. A couple minutes after the pour there was no significant difference in the height of the head. There is a ton of thick lace left on the glass after drinking the beer. If it was a bit more clear, this would be a well presented beer.

Aroma: The aroma is stupidly hoppy already with a dry chalky aromatic that is characteristic of the bittering hops reacting with the water. I am sad to smell this as it most likely means that this beer is way out of balance. There are some mild oxidative effects coming out as the beer sits a bit which seems like it is reacting with the alcohol. Overall, I am pretty disappointed in the aroma of this beer. It is unusual that the oxidation and other dry aromatics are changing and taking on a kind of wood aging character as the beer warms up some.

Taste: Right in line with the aroma, the flavor is absolutely dominated by the hops and the bitterness is reacting with the water big time so that you are getting a blast of hops on the palate in the beginning and they never let up just to end up as a dry bitter, unbalanced mess on the back of the throat to linger only to get washed away by the intense alcohol that sets in late considering how big this beer is, and it essentially "solvent washes" your throat to make the already dryness heat up. Subsequent sips are a little easier to take after the palate numbs to the excessive hops in this beer, but it still never really gets drinkable.

Opinion: Sometimes I wonder about brewers...being one myself. I wonder what drives them. For some, like me, it is ALL about the flavor and overall presentation regardless of the cost or time to make it. For some, it is all about the profit so most of their beers will be dry with at least a few adjuncts. For others, it seems to be about "making your mark" in the logs of brewing history, and that is where I think this beer fits. This brewer apparently just wanted to have a stupidly hoppy and strong beer to challenge the statistics without any real regard for the drinkability of the product. The bitterness is probably double what it needs to be, and the water sucks for what they are trying to do with it. I would put this beer in the "utter failure" of a craft beer category and it shouldn't have made it past the pilot stage tasting like this. Even a hop-head probably can't take this. I'm sorry, but I probably won't be able to finish my glass and I will never go back to this one again.

SkeeterHawk, Jun 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

22 oz. bottle tried 2 Aug 2010. Batch 247697. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Large cream colored head. Lightly carbonated. Hazy copper color. Floral, resin, orange and toffee aroma. Lots of bitter orange peel throughout, somewhat balanced by caramel and fruity-juicy sweetness. Pithy bitter finish and aftertaste. Somewhat flat in body. Ethanol is hot.

A liked this a lot more than I did.

htomsirveaux, Jan 23, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

a lot of hops, giving a good hop fix, but not a great entry into the style. The bitterness beyond the so-called theoretical 100 IBU limit that I cannot taste any further bitterness. Rather astringent, that builds as I drink it. I cannot give every attempt at a DIPA the Sammy 4 and it was not that enjoyable. I can only take so much grapefruit rind. Murky grapefruit colour with decent head. Mild hoppy aroma.

Sammy, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

megahurts4, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Metalmonk, Oct 14, 2010
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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.

MoreThanWine, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

beerthulhu, Sep 16, 2010
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Otter Creek Imperial India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
87 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.