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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPAOtter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA

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Reviews: 153
Hads: 1,370
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 25.52%
Wants: 274
Gots: 205 | FT: 5
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Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rheaume17 on 09-25-2013

The Green Mountain landscape is dotted with breweries that have established Vermont as one of the premier beer destinations in the World. We pack a lot into our little state— abundant local foods, great music, natural beauty and amazing beer. Vermonters know the finest things in life are best enjoyed with good buds. Friends and brewers Sean Lawson and Mike Gerhart have teamed up to create a beer that features the best qualities of each brewery.
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Photo of Sheppard
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amberish, hazy orange with an lacy, off-white head. Smells off pineapples, peach, and passion fruit. Tastes much different from 2013 when I remember there being a lot of up front tropical fruit with a very resinous bitterness that lingered and overwhelmed on subsequent sips. In this rendition, there's a lot of papaya and some grassy bitterness. I am not enamored with this beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy dark orange/copper color with a big thick 2 finger foamy white head that's full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing which formed spider webs as it went down.

Smells like fresh squeezed floral and citrus hop oil and grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel and strong citrus fruit up front. Excellent citrus notes to start, followed by grass, light caramel, toasted grains, herbs, wheat bread, mango, light spices like pepper and coriander, fresh piney hops and more dank citrus hops. Aroma is like sticking your nose in a hop cone.

Tastes like it smells, with a blast of citrus up front which is a mix of fresh squeezed floral and citrus hop oils, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, graham cracker, toasted grains, light pineapple, mild caramel or toffee, wheat bread toast crust, brown sugar, chalky yeast, strong/fresh piney hops, spruce tips, fresh cut grass, onion, tea leaf, dry floral hops, spices like pepper, coriander and a dash of cinnamon, and aspirin as it trails off. A lot of hoppy goodness, with the citrus and piney notes coming on strongest, yet the brew maintains a fine balance, excellent drinkability and it hides the 8.5% ABV masterfully.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick with a tart citrus pucker and bitterness that washes away with a grainy, biscuity malt sweetness that's got caramel, citrus fruit and piney hops blending together for a very complex and tasty finish. It does seem like a double dose of fresh hops were used as this Vermont collaboration was very tasty and easy to drink. Super hoppy, this was a really enjoyable brew.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank in a tulip glass on 10/6/15; the bitterness on the back end is much too astringent and the lingering nature on the tongue eventually overpowers the flavor of the hops. Not my personal notion of an ideal DIPA these days.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden pour with nice head, minimal retention, light lacing. Nice citrus pine aroma and great flavor. Just enough bitterness on the bottom to complement the flavor but, overall, just about a perfect balance and well-hidden alcohol. Delicious!!

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Photo of -Rick
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: a slightly hazy orange brown color, bright white head that lingered for a bit
S: a lot of tropic fruits here, pineapple, mango. Sweet smelling
T: not so much like the nose. Lots of pine, dank hops, bitter hops
F: nice carbonation, leaves a solid bitter taste in the mouth
O: this beer grew on me as I drank it. Not sure it was worth hunting it down, but I was glad to try it.

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Photo of phebert17
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For an attainable bottled double it's pretty darn good. Obviously, no Sunshine, Heady or Curiosity, but a very good beer...in between the good beers like sculpin and the elite like the VT beers.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this is a world class rating. Solid beer but a tier 2 DIPA at best. Taste is decent but a little hard to drink. The price point is way too high as well. Glad I only got a single in my mix 4 pack. Would not purchase again this year. Hopefully next years batch is better.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 9/15/15, 2 or so weeks old

Appearance- Super hazy, orange golden color, pillowy white head that sticks to glass.

Aroma- Loads of juicy fruits, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruits like pineapple bursting with sweetness. Some piney resin as well as some dankness, more subdued than the fruits though.

Taste- Tons more piney resin and dankness in the taste, bursting with flavorful fruits as well. Citrus complements the pine and dankness, with a nice balancing sweetness from the tropical fruits. Do get some malt body in there too, crackery biscuit like. There is substantial bitterness in my opinion, not just a beer that features hop aromas and flavors...you get the bitterness too.

Feel- Sorta creamy, some stickiness. Nice moderate carbonation level.

Overall- So good, just an incredible level of fruity hop flavors...tons of bitter dankness....piney resin w/ grapefruit....it has everything. Definetly world class.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Sexy. Burnt orange and opaque, nice golden held up in the light. Poured a 1 or 2 finger head.
S: Very fresh. Nice floral hops, hints of citrus, and a little EtOH mixed up in there as well. Malt comes thru with hints of roastiness.
T: Hops are bitter, but the bitterness is really nice in that they are not harsh. Just very smooth flavored. Also a nice grain character to this one.
F: Smooth and rich. Definately a little astringency that no doubt stems from the hops but regardless it remains a very smooth drink. Also no boozey flavor which means it goes back easy.
O: Beer was pretty hype up. Knew it was being released and the store I went to had a 1 beer per person thing going. All hype aside, this beer was great. Flavors were pretty standard but what got me about this beer was its restraint, its subtlies. There was a remarkable balance with this one, it was hoppy as hell without being super bitter and unpalatable. Well done.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is amber brown with a thick frothy head.

Aroma is straight citrus with thick herbs note.

Taste is bitter upfront with a lemon citrus end, but like lemon without the sour.

Feel is slightly tingling with a flat end.

So delicious.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, good floral notes, a nice tailing bitterness. Great orangey gold color with a white head that fades pretty quickly.and a bit dry on the finish but not enough to change the flavor.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass right from the bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy Amber with medium bubbles on the body creating a white head rising to maybe half an inch off the body. Settles with almost no lacing and very even.

Smell: Citrus skin, think of grapefruit and pine trees. Not super potent which is a good thing, but just enough to to love.

Taste: Little citrus sweet, pink grapefruit with extra shot of hops. Seriously comes off complex with lightly sour notes.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation and very sticky. Might come off a bit dry to some people but well worth it.

Overall: Very very good brew, definitely for any real beer aficionado. Fall in lust my friends. Salud!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle courtesy of my friend Collins. Served cold into a snifter. Expectations are high given Lawson's involvement. Notes are briefer than I'd like on account of a less-than-ideal review environment.

HEAD: None. No lacing.

BODY: Unfiltered pale orange-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's a nice looking lively IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Pineapple, pale malts, floral hop character, orange juice. I'm not liking the hop aromatics; maybe this is old?

Aromatic intensity is moderate. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Follows the aroma, with some untamed juicy hop bitterness poking through the pale malt sweetness in the late second act, ruining the balance. Fresh tangerine is a highlight, indicative perhaps of New World tropical hops. I don't know if this is old or not, but the hop profile is unimpressive - and maybe even restrained. Others at the bottle share not it's malty, but I disagree - I just think the hop profile isn't emphasized/forward enough.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, overcarbonated, crisp, smooth, wet, and unrefreshing. Has a biteen of a stale presence on the palate. This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, accentuate specific notes, or harmonize with the taste..

OVERALL: Not the world-class brew I expected from Lawson's - probably one of the best IPA producers in the U.S. - but drinkable and enjoyable for what it is. I'd like to try it fresh on-draught, and would like to revisit it to go into more detail in the future. Glad I got to try it, but definitely far from world-class. Still, it's easily well above average - just disappointing given the brewery.

High B- (3.44)

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Photo of SteveB24
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous bright copper color, pours a couple of fingers of tan head that retain very well. Aroma is super fruity. Tons of mangos and oranges in particular. Taste is also very fruity. Mangos, oranges, tangerines, and guava are all there, there is a a kick of bitterness to balance the sweet fruit and a solid malt backbone supporting the complex hop nuances. The very high alcohol is completely missing. Very impressive beer.

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Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle without a readable date but the case was dated 9/19/15 so less than 2 weeks old. A great nose to start with and a nice white head on top. The hops profile comes to the nose and also follows in the taste nice smooth drinking DIPA. Glad I took the time to hunt this beer down after not bothering with it last year.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An incredibly delicious beer. Well balanced with a hop bitterness and a floral/citrus sweetness. Not overly malty. The nose was fantastic. Notes were from a 1/14 tasting during a period which I was able to purchase 8 4-packs over a 6 week period. Was not able to obtain any during the 14/15 release. I guess the secret was out. I will actively seek out from here on out.

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Completely Enjoyed this Fantastic IPA!!!! Hop Hop Hooray for COLLABORATION CREATION! I would HIGHLY recommend both of these Brewers and this DELICIOUS Beer!

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Photo of themind
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love over the top hoppy beers like Heady, well this is a well balanced beer with a strong malt backbone. Not my favorite, but I recognize it's quality.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very nice hazy orange color, a nice off white orange head at the top that sticks around for a while, great retention.

S : Lots of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and peach, nice spice coming through at the end as well.

T: Almost exactly like the nose, lots of tropical fruit gives it great sweetness, and perfect amount of bitterness from the hops, nice spice at the end also.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and a nice bitterness.

O: An awesome tasting IPA, scored this beauty off a trade, super well balanced and great tasting. I would love a whole pack of this bad boy. Awesome BREW.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%

A - Pretty nice looking IPIA. Creamy head pours a finger and a half high. Nice retention and lace. Light haze on a dried apricot body.

S - Super fresh hop character. It's like you rubbed them in your hands right off the vine. Net herbal with hemp, cilantro, fresh grass, orange, ruby red grapefruit, and white bread.

T - Sweet and smooth up front with white bread crust, and biscuity malt. Quickly turns aggressively bitter with citrus pith and wax. Honey and cilantro through the finish.

M - Full and creamy for the style.

O - Great body, great nose, and nice flavor profile.

4.57 Double Dose
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.60 4.50 4.50 4.53 10% 0.45
S - 4.60 4.60 4.60 4.60 20% 0.92
T - 4.75 4.60 4.65 4.67 40% 1.87
M - 4.65 4.25 4.70 4.53 10% 0.45
O - 4.50 4.20 4.50 4.40 20% 0.88

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange, small off white head that fades to a ring and leaves some chunky lacing. Big grapefruit nose, pulpy citrus fruit and a touch of sweetness in the nose. Taste is a big hit of grapefruit rind and pulp, tangerine, light malt sweetness, touch of floral character and grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Lower carbonation initially, medium body, then it pops with stronger prickly carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall a really good DIPA but a bit one dimensional on the flavor profile.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this brew more than Lawson's more heralded Sip of Sunshine. It burst with dank hop notes, green, savory goodness. Similar on the palate, along with blips of tropical fruit, even melon. This is a seriously great beer that I wish wasn't a one-off or once-a-year sort of thing.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours a slightly hazed glowing orange copper with a slightly off white head, fine even layered speckled coat of lacing left on the sides of my nonic pint glass.

Aroma has pungent dank citrus, mango and papaya flesh very fruit driven big juicy fresh hop profile. Sugar coated hops with a depth of malt and breadiness. The orange peel and candy notes really keep reoccurring with every sniff.

Flavor explodes with expansive hop bitterness/flavor and malt balance. Citrus peel pith, crushed aspirin, dank mary jane, notes of tropical fruit papaya flesh a hint of mango big resinous hop oils coat the palate but are sugar coated making it balanced...well hidden booze I couldn't tell you this was 8.5% abv.

Mouthfeel, is medium to full bodied assertive bitterness dries out the palate but luscious malts keep things balanced...even natural carbonation with slick hop oils lubricating the palate quite well.

Overall, I've waited a year to try this...I can't imagine how this tasted closer to 9/18/14 but Pittsburgh just got a very limited amount for the first time...what sucks was the mark up was 8 bucks a bottle. However, it didn't deter me I had to have the Double Dose I'm a big fan of the Brewmaster Mike's series of hoppy offerings...this is exponentially better with Lawson on board Clementine the VW mini-bus portrayed on the label.

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Photo of beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into DFH IPA glass

A-hazy, light copper color, big white frothy head 1 inch with great retention, thick lacing that clings to the glass (4.5)

S-citrus hops out of the gate, tropical fruits, slight sweet bready malts (4.0)

T-dank hops, grapefruit, some tropical fruit sweetness, orange peel, a bit of a dry bitter lemon finish, bready malts, bitterness fades as the beer warms (4.5)

M-medium body, mild carbonation, leaves pleasant after taste (4.0)

O-great looking beer that has great flavor and is very drinkable (4.5)

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Photo of RichKent
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

12oz bottle I found in Boston poured into a tulip. It was unrefrigerated, so not as fresh as it should be.

Appearance - pours a dark amber with almost no head. What head there was dissipated quickly, and there is exactly zero lacing on the glass. In fact, after finishing the glass looks clean.

Smell is slightly hoppy and grassy with some sweetness.

Taste is malt-forward. There's a little sweetness and floral/grassy flavors. Finish is bitter, but it's smooth and easy to drink. I was hoping for more citrus/fruity flavors, but it was not to be.

Mouth is a little syrupy for my liking, but fine.

I was hoping for something more. It's a good beer, but at $4 per 12oz bottle it's a little underwhelming. If you have the choice between Double Dose and Heady, then grab the Heady every time.

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