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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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BA SCORE
98
world-class

748 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 153
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rheaume17 on 09-25-2013)
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Reviews by Ljudsignal:
Photo of Ljudsignal
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an English pint glass. Enjoyed alongside my father's excellent hamburgers. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden-copper that seems to fairly glow from within. A moderately vigorous pour yields a 1.5-finger head that subsides to a sudsy collar. Lacing is moderate but strongly retentive, and appears almost weblike.

The nose yields an expected burst of grapefruit and dank pine, but also gives off fainter notes of lemon zest, fresh grass, orange rind, herbal spiciness, and a tantalizing hint of something almost apple-like, with the slightest suggestion of phenolic alcohols rounding out the aroma.

Taste is stellar. This beer assaults the palate with resinous pine flavors from start to finish, but adds layer upon layer of complexity as it moves from the front to the back of the palate. The front is all about the pine, with hints of lemon zest and grapefruit preventing it from being too one-dimensional. The middle of the palate, though, is where the beer really shines, with the hops displaying additional notes of mango, tangerine, and blood orange, and with a light biscuity malt character balancing the hop potency a little. The finish offers a lingering piney bitterness along with a bit of the same fresh grass note and spicy herb notes from the nose, and just a touch of an almost mint-like flavor.

A medium-bodied beer, oily and resinous, but with a lively and prickly carbonation keeping it from becoming too palate-coating.

On the whole, this beer is something special. Very glad I got to try it, will certainly be on the lookout for more as long as I can find it. Not quite as brash and intricate a blend of hop aromatics and flavors as Heady Topper, but a pretty magnificent brew in its own right, and one that I wouldn't be surprised to see compared favorably to Vermont's semi-legendary heavy hitters in the DIPA category.

Ljudsignal, Oct 03, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of CHR1S
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Perfect hoppy flavor. A bit pricy at $15 a 4-pack. But certainly a treat to drink.

CHR1S, Yesterday at 10:43 PM
Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Schlais, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of xVERITAS
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First of all, outstanding beer. This was my first time having it, and I told my girlfriend immediately that it might be one of my favorite IPAs.

It pours a murky orange color. I always tilt pour, so "heads" don't exist for me. This has a very unique hop bitterness to it. Like a tangy zest rather than a harsh bite. It reminded me of a milder ENjoy By.

Very smooth drinking. Solid quality from smell, to sip, to swallow. Very enjoyable and highly recommended

xVERITAS, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

SkiBum22, Oct 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

SunDevilBeer, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

cincysig, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

JakerLou, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

megamass, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Jason, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info

Pours clouded lighter amber, moderate light khaki head, that leaves scattered bits and some fields of lacing.

Pungent and fresh smelling hopped up nose.

Densely flavorful and fully hopped brew. Hops are minty, earthy and citric.

Super easy drinking and hugely enjoyable. Something about certain IPA's from Vermont and the hop characteristics that are achieved. Well done. Hope to see more of this distributed to my local spots

Billolick, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

codysjb, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

tripelz, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

alienlifeforcecube, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

WeymouthMike, Nov 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

bpfrush, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

doremite, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

williamjbauer, Oct 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jtladner, Oct 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Bizoneill, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of FloppyTopper
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As a big fan of Lawson's and one who enjoys Otter Creek's offerings as a solid mid-size well distributed beer, I was very excited to try this. Picked up a four pack in SVT and poured into a tulip. I've had many of Lawson's offerings and was curious how this might stack up.

Color is beautiful. Copper and glowing orange. Nice head and lacing. Not as hazy as other VT DIPAs. The color is what you'd expect from Mr Lawson.

The nose is very fine. I would say it is similar to Double Sunshine with a little less tropical fruity smell, more grassy and a bit more alcohol nose to it (it is a higher alcohol DIPA). You're not getting the amazing nose like Topper or Farmstead stuff, but nonetheless this is very good.

A very smooth and sweet taste with lots of layered hop flavors. There is a lot going on here. The mix of yeasts is evident. Yup, winner here. This is a fine brew.

After the color, smell, and taste, I find many similarities with Double Sunshine. It is very close to it - its got like 90% of DS's qualities. Not as good, but close. This beer might be a touch better if it were at the standard 8%. I find it just a bit on the boozy side. This is without a doubt worth picking up. If I were to stack this up with Lawson's IPA-ish offerings, it would be in the top 3. A fantastic brew!

FloppyTopper, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Beer21
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Beer21, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

johnyb, Jan 13, 2014
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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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