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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

801 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 162
Gots: 77 | FT: 6
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 -0.2%
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 stakem
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Lawsons snifter. The brew pours a golden copper color that is quite hazed. A yellowish creamy tan cap rests atop with a half finger that holds from rising bubbles. Some patchy strings of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is hoppy and zesty with herbal pith and rindy elements that are somewhat fruity and very pulpy like grapefruit. Somewhat grassy, dank and catty with a little bit of alcohol character poking through.

The flavor is quite bitter and rindy like grapefruit juice/zest with a little bit of mandrin aspect. Fruity herbal character with zest, pulp and rinds blending into a catty aspect and pine/grass. Little to no grain backing but what is present is lightly dusty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but honestly for being "this" fresh, I was expecting a little more. Having drank quite a bit of olaver's brews this has a familiarity about it and the Lawson's influence seems lost if that makes any sense. Worth seeking out but nothing crazy.

stakem, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.89/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, I passed on this when I saw it in VT, but I was able to pick up a bottle at Pin's when I came back home.

Golden-amber pour into a Lawson's pils glass, hazy, with a rocky white head that sank to a thick ringlet and held there, lacing the glass slightly. Zesty citrus aroma, fresh and crisp, backed by a solid malt base. The taste was a bit lacking in comparison to the nose, but still good of course. Pithy hops, ample bitterness, not as fresh as the aroma led me to believe, light ammonia, some chewy pale malts bringing in a caramel sweetness. Medium body, middle of the road carbonation. Good overall.

Really it came off exactly as I'd expect from a collab between these two breweries, accurately melding the elements I'd expect from each. Love the bottle artwork too, so that one's staying in the graveyard.

Rifugium, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold with a clumpy white head. Moderate retention. Nice notches of lacing with a moderate carbonation.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, resin, orange, mango, and peach. It's a crap load of hop depth. Slight bitterness. Straight up Lawson's influence. Malts are nice and bready with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Some herbal notes. Relatively light malt backbone. Sweet hop. Even some floral notes mixed in there. Delightful, as to be expected.

Taste: Bitter pine needle gives way to juicy tropical fruit and crazy floral hops. Some lingering oily pine and a solid grapefruit flesh. A touch herbal. Malts are very lightly sweet with some biscuit and caramel notes. Perfume and flower petals. Lingering bitterness. Light, almost pale malt backbone. Mango and pineapple in abundance. Decidedly bitter and tropical.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Juicy up front.

Overall: Take 2 and call me in the morning.

Definitely follows the pedigree. Lawson's is tempered by the more balanced Otter Creek approach and it works. Not the most exciting take out there, but I wouldn't mind seeing it roll out in 4-packs forms time to time.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, big thanks to Mike for sending me this. Initial aromas off the bottle were cat pee, pepper, not bad actually. This shit is spicy! Appearance is hazy orange, decent head, lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma from the glass is oranges and black pepper. Flavor is bitter, alcohol, plastic, pepper, not bad but the smell is better.

ArrogantB, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Schlais, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of xVERITAS
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -3.6%

SkiBum22, Oct 17, 2013
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4.52/5  rDev +2.5%

AshlandNacho, Sunday at 09:05 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

SunDevilBeer, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

cincysig, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

JakerLou, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

megamass, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Jason, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

tripelz, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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