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

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 120
Photo of largadeer
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden-amber with a dense, frothy white head topping it. The head sustains nicely, leaving trails of lace clinging to the glass. Yeast in the bottle makes for a slightly hazy pour, but it's an attractive beer nonetheless.

Aromatically it's surprisingly mild for an 11% double IPA - Pliny the Younger this ain't. There's lemon peel and pine, noticeable but thankfully not cloying sweet malt, and plenty of alcohol. While there's nothing particularly unpleasant about this, it's in no way interesting.

The taste is thankfully bolder, but not exactly the hop explosion one would expect from a beer this strong. A simple hop profile of citrus and pine is dominant on the palate, and the 11% ABV is surprisingly subdued, but there's something missing; namely finesse. Malt is there, but doesn't lend much flavor beyond a touch of sweetness and a palate-wearying heaviness. While somewhat light in flavor, this beer begins to weigh on the palate after a while; too much alcohol, not enough hop flavor. The finish is aggressively bitter, but not dry enough to be refreshing, nor complex enough to be interesting. Alcohol burns going down, and becomes increasingly more noticeable on the palate as the beer warms. Not bad, but decidedly average. I wouldn't go out of my way to try this.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a golden copper color with a light haze and some bubbles. the head is white, bubbly but slightly creamy looking. it has some retention, about half a minute and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S-the smell is very faint and brings some pale malts, notes of alcohol, and some pine with citrus

T-the taste follows the nose...weak! lots of pale malts, some citrus and pine, showings of alcohol towards the end, and slightly bitter hops at the finish.

M-medium to light body, highly carbonated, crisp towards the finish, and slightly astringent.

D-quite pedestrian, tastes more like a solid pale ale than an imperial ipa. if you see it on the shelf, i personally would recommend not buying it.

Photo of david18
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I can't believe i've already reviewed this beer twice and am equally surprised that I've had it in three "formats".

It was an ok beer. The only double ipa on draft at the bar at the time. Good color and ok smell. Flavor was a little strong tasting with decent balance but not great.

In general I think all versions are all good but there are many double ipas i like better.

Photo of ericj551
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Otter Creak IIPA pours a hazy copper with a thick, creamy head that doesn't quit. The aroma is the standard overpowering citrusy, piney and earthy hops. Grapefruit and tangerine really jump out at me. The bitterness strikes upfront with a big punch, but some nice toasty sweetness pokes through. Enormous citrusy and herbal hops accent the bitterness, with a lingering resiny flavor that sticks in my mouth for quite a while. The flavor hides the alcohol completely until it warms a bit, making it go down fairly easy for the style. I don't know why I wasn't expecting much out of this beer, it is a great Imperial IPA.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Has an amber color and a large head with great lacing.
Smells of sweet malts and hops.
Tastes really bitter, not much malt flavor... in fact almost none. Straight bitterness adds the the effect that I am drinking a bitter wax almost. Not too horrible, as an Imperial IPA it has the qualities one looks for, but the consistency and taste just don't cut it.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otter Creek- Imp. IPA

A- Golden orange/ brown with a thick frothy white head. Chunky ringed lacing and good head retention.
S- Thick sweet caramel malt with big doses of grapefruit and pine.
T- Thick sugary sweet caramel and biscuit malt with a good dose of semi-sweet grapefruit and pineapple. Nice oily resiny pine presence.
M- Thick and oily. Sticky resiny bitterness throughout with a good sugary citrus touch.

Overall- A big thick DIPA that that tastes good and will sneak up on you!

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber body, topped by three fingers of dentable off-white big-bubbly Froth. Very good lacing.

Huge bready/yeasty aroma, smells like an Imperial English Pale Ale.

Thick semi-sweet malt coats the tongue. Big hop bitterness arises, but not abrasive. Familar earthiness of simcoe and amarillo hops (the label says fruity and citrusy, characteristics I find more in the "C" family hops). Big flavors all around. There is some fruit, but it's not dominate here as it is im many IIPAs.

Good sturdy mouthfeel. Good drinkability, even with all the "bigness".

Not an IIPA I envision returning to on a regular basis, but definitely worth trying. Otter Creek has come a long away with beers like this and their "World Tour" series, from a brewery that I once thought had too many beers that were too similar to one another.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is very nice lookin' brew, good we're back in the hay day of Dogfish Head, since their current brewer was trained down in Rehoboth doing pilot batches for Sam and company. Slightly hazed amber copper hue with a nice sized slightly off white head.

Aromatics have a strong citrus pine combo of hop and mild booze flowing together big sweetness almost a honey syrupy note among the uncompromising hop bouquet. When I mentioned citrus this one hits the grapefruit gear full speed ahead there's no playing around these are aggressive overkill hop additions.

Flavor has that grapefruit pith surrounding the malt profile some sugary caramel moments but in reality if I step back breathe and take another sip it's pure hop insanity. A bit unbalanced in fact. A mountain of malt and hops comes rolling down, with pure hop bitterness expliciency. Raw herbaceous, grapefruit, and other rough but satisfying over top hop flavorings. A bit of booziness amongst the malt sweetness and hop additions especially at 11% abv, this is kind of like barleywine but hoppier it definitely blurs the lines between the two.

Mouthfeel is slick with hops oils, hot with booziness, and slightly stick with caramel/biscuit malts. Fuller bodied evenly carbonated this is a bruiser of a fuckin' beer.

Drinkability, God help us this is a huge portion size please handle with care, and consume responsibly versus solo as a lover of all thing with hops. Damn good brew, surprising to see an imperial series out there from Otter Creek.

Photo of guyforget
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a creamy head that thins quickly. Thin head leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is floral with heavy scents of citrus and hops.

Large dose of grapefruit up front on the palate that turns malty before the huge dose of hops kicks in with a bitterness that lingers long.

Its crisp enough to not feel like an 11% ABV brew on your palate.

Overall, very drinkable but also pretty standard for a Double IPA.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 10/29/2009 (bottle):

Pours a golden amber color body, with a big foamy off-white head, lasting. Very hoppy dusty aroma, green smelling. Some citrus and hops. Hoppy malty taste, some nuttiness. Citrus and lots of bitterness. Too much. Better as it warms up.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Paired with college football.

Deep honey color with a fair white head. Good retention and lace. Aroma is an intense and fantastic mix of floral and citrus hops. There's even a few hops in there that I haven't heard of --apollo and bravo.

135 is crazy...and painful. Fairly one dimensional searing bitter trounces the palette. Is 135 IBUs even possible? What kind of hop utilization would that be, 99.9% for a 3 hour boil? Regardless, I feel one could be more diverse and in-depth with that much hops.

I never thought I'd see the day, but it's just too much blistering hops. I guess I'm getting old.

Photo of taigor
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Dark amber transparent color with light white head that dissipates very quickly leaving some lacing around edges of the glass.

S - Floral hops with some citrus scents.

T - Citrus upfront followed by malts and finishes hoppy bitter.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Good DIPA with lots of flavors. The only issue I might have with it is that it is very unbalanced and might be difficult to drink a lot of.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold color in the glass, small amount of head, but sticks to the side and oozes down with some white lacing as you swirl the glass.

I'm not sure if this was an older bottle or what, I'm not picking up the citrus characteristics that others have detected, smells more of malty, bready, caramel in the nose, definitely smells of predominant malts. Get alot of malt sweetness up front followed by a bitter hoppiness that transitions into a somewhat boozy and slightly dry finish. This is a medium body beer with no carbonation to speak of. After awhile between sips, I'm picking up a dry, citrus, metallic taste on my tongue. This is smooth and drinkable, but at 11%, it'll kick your butt pretty fast. This one seems to me like it would be fantastic on tap. The bottle - well...good...

Photo of donniecuffs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured copper into an American pint glass, with two fingers of white head and great lacing. The smell was an impressive if not eclectic mix of hay, grass, overripe orange, and alcohol. The taste was a little less pleasant than the nose, with overripe pineapple/orange dominating at the start, dissolving to malt, and then finishing very dry. The best part of tasting this beer was the mouthfeel, which was thicker/creamier than expected, and left a very nice dry finish. This served to mitigate the obvious presence of alcohol. Not a session beer, but definitely worth sipping with the appropriate meal.

Photo of ralree
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!

Photo of StJamesGate
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Against the Grain, NYC.

Pours with a loose patchy head that laces. Flowery, skunky nose. Candied orange malt that gives way to giant grapefruit hops that leaves endless waves of pith bitterness. Drying linger, round and sticky, not much burn.

A hop bomb, and drinkable for the ABV.

Photo of Docer
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from Ranbot.. thx buddy!

- Dark clear solid copper with a fluffy white head... 2 fingers thick... slowly down to a thin pillowy layer.

- Huge floral notes... like frolicking through a summer meadow and tripping over a bed of rich and sweet caramel malts. A very bright citrus punch to the face from a gopher after that trip... but all is well as I sat down with that gopher, and smelled a mild alcohol, or rubbing alcohol.

- Smooth, sweet, and creamy caramel malts... slightly roasty and earthy... grains are abundant. Huge bitter hop blast... almost so much that iced tea flavors are present. Loving the bitter hopping... and unexpected from the very citrus-like and floral scent. Not bad... bit strong and thick caramel.... but overall nice.

- Pretty thick and heavy.. not the biscuity and bready type of imperial... dry bitterness... slightly chewy... overall just a tad too heavy.

- Not a bad imperial... its kind of a punch to the face... great bitter hops... strong caramel malt profile... but very absent from my favored west coast approach to IPA's.

Photo of mikedashg
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- bubbly orangy yellow pour with a good sized fluffy off white head that sticks around and after the head goes it laces the glass and never goes away.

S - citrus and floral hop fwd and a bit Carmely

T - Lots of citrus up front. Orange rind. Lemon. A litle but of pine and biscuity goodness, but backed by a good amount of carmely sweet malts.

M - moderate to moderatly high carb and full body

D - easy drinking for the ABV for me. Could be the nice sweetness this one has. Yum!

Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler split courtesy of Viggo - a tip of the proverbial hat to you, fine sir.

Pours a nice tangerine orange, hint of burning orange. Nice build up of head on the pour which throws down a ton of lace on the glass - looks good.

Nose is full on malt as well as hops, caramel malts with a hint of toastiness - grassy, floral, lemon, pine hops as the balancer.

Initial feeling was that the malt was a little too prominent for a truly good DIPA (which should be all about the hops) but as the growler progresses we realized that the balance struck made for an incredibly drinkable 11% DIPA. Toasty caramel malts without the thick stickiness back a pine, citrus, tangerine, grassy hop profile with a satisfying bitterness starting in the middle and lasting well into the finish - not as citrusy or lively as many other DIPAs, leans perhaps a little more to English hop bite - satisfying none the less.

Ridiculously drinkable - be careful, it will kick your ass later. A growler of this stuff is DANGEROUS.

Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler picked up at Consumers Beverage in Buffalo.

Pours a clear amber, some golden highlights, very thick white head forms, slowly drops to a thick layer and ring, tons of lace sticks to the glass, this looks pretty good.

Smell is nice, very malty, caramel, some biscuit, grapefruit, pine, alcohol, floral, a bit of grassy hops, apricots, pretty nice aroma but the hopping takes a back seat to the malts.

Taste is nice as well, malt forward at first, caramel and some nice toastiness, grapefruit and pineapple middle, floral, pine, a touch of alcohol, nice herbal bitter punch in the finish, this beer is big, but still nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. ABV is insanely well hidden, barely a hint of it. This one grew on me. I wasn't too impressed at first but by the end of my second pint I was digging it. Almost too drinkable, me and my main man ritzkiss had no problem plowing through this growler.

Photo of ppoitras
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area. Gold-foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the clear amber brew. Head lasts very well, with delicate yet plentiful lacing. Aroma is slightly soapy pine. Taste is sweet upfront, lightly citrus in the middle, and pine and alcohol in the close. Mouthfeel is alright, the bitterness gets me a bit, even for the style, and drinkability is okay as well. Falls more into the bitter for bitter's sake than artfully bitter to me, but that might be just me.

Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

This beer pours an intriguing orange that is almost peach in color with a light off white head that just a tinge of orange in it. The head is only about 1 finger high and fades quickly to nothing but a few bubbles on clinging to the rim. The lacing

The aroma is not as strong as I thought it would with the 135 ibu's. It is nice and balanced equally with the citrus notes of a grapefruit and hops and some alcohol.

The taste is off from the aroma as it is much more bitter all around and you can tell where the ibu's have been hiding. The taste is too unbalanced with out enough sweetness to balance your taste or present a nice start with a strong finish. There is also a very strong alcohol taste which is unpleasant and piney.

The mouthfeel is nice and just sticks to you for several seconds, providing a very lasting bitter aftertaste.

This beer is drinkable and you can hardly taste the 11% but because of the bitterness it might stop you short of enjoying the whole bottle yourself.

Overall this is an imperial ipa that is too bitter with too much alcohol. I would maybe share a glass with someone in the future, but I would not purchase it again.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Pours a golden orange color with about two fingers of creamy foam. Head retains pretty well and leaves behind some nice lacing. Streams of bubbles rise slowly to the top.

Hoppy nose is mostly citric. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Malty base smells both caramel sweet and biscuity.

Flavor alternates between sweet and bitter. I'm not really getting any kind of biscuity malt flavor like I was smelling, but the sweet caramel is certainly there. The citric component is more bitter like the peel than somewhat sweet like the fruit. Nice balance, with a bit of alcohol heat in the finish.

Medium-full body, with appropriate carbonation. Pretty creamy texture, definitely a smooth sipper. Somewhat dry, bitter finish. Very tasty DIPA, I'd consider it one of the elite if not for the boozy heat. Good stuff.

Photo of jdhilt
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Piney grapefruit nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit, piney hops and some caramel. Higher ABV totally hidden. And the ridiculous 135 IBUs are just about balanced. Really lingering piney hop aftertaste. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber/orange with the slightest of haze. The taste is very damn smooth, with a hint of grapefruit and is hoppy almost like a barley wine. Very easy to drink and the abv % is well hidden. So this is seriously 11%? Can't taste it at all. Very decent beverage overall.

Otter Creek Imperial India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
87 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.