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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
97
world-class

1,301 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 244
Gots: 164 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,301 | Reviews: 142
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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of SpasmWaiter
2.5/5  rDev -42.8%

98? A 98?! Are you kidding me? This is PURE name recognition and hype to get a score so high. I respect what Lawson's is up to but this beer is just NOT good. Bittering is SO OFF and rough and its hot as hell. Found myself with a frown drinking it, especially at that price point. If its going to be more expensive than Heady it better be as tasty...not even close. Will never, EVER buy again.

Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No idea why I never entered these full notes off of my phone. Consumed a whole four pack with friends over about a week. I was very happy to see Lawson's team up with Otter Creek. Notes a few months old.

A- 12oz bottle poured to two goblets with an orange-light amber body. Creamy and frothy white head rises to about two fingers with good retention. Lacing has thick webs and spottiness on a large portion of the glass.

S- Pretty close to equal mix of tropical stone fruit and citrus hops with oranges, grapefruit, mango and apricot coming to mind. Some pine and floral in the background of this pungent hoppy aroma. Slightest bit of light cracked grains in the backdrop.

T- Follows the nose very well with the citrus picking up a bit on the taste buds. Grapefruit, orange, pine, floral, mango, stone fruit and herbal hop juice. Slight sweetness and fresh grain there just to provide a resting place for the hops.

MF- Medium bodied with a creamy and somewhat chewy texture for the style. Carbonation is moderate-high and helps the hop oils get to the taste buds. Bitter finish.

Another great VT IPA but this time it actually made it to MA in some form. The four pack was a bit highly priced but I would probably get it again because it was mighty tasty.

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of CHR1S
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleased that they chose to brew this again this year. Bottled 091814

A: Pours a chill hazed sunset orange color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a ring of bubbles fairly quickly

S: Pungent citrus and tropical fruits up front with some apricot notes as well. Not too much to the malt backbone in the nose

T: Follows the nose. Very citrusy and tropical with notes of apricot and some pine. Malt manages to back it up a little, adding a little sweetness to balance out the fruity onslaught. Bitterness lingers on throughout, but never gets overwhelming. Finishes with a bit of the bitterness and some more pine notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a little lacking on the malt (but that's a good thing while fresh)

O: A nice citrus and tropical fruit bomb. Pleasant bitterness throughout with just enough sweetness to balance. Definitely a juicy hop bomb if that's what you're into/looking for

Photo of vfgccp
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%

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.


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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

Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the recent 201 release; poured into a Lawson's snifter 10/2/2014. Not the first time I've had it, but the first time I feel I can actually give it a proper review.

A- Darker caramel orange body, two finger frothy white head with a little bit of retention time, leaving just a relatively thin film on top with a thin collar. Lots of wispy lacing. [3.75]

S- Grainy pale malt sweetness, tapioca, spices, a bit of citrus zest, and definitely a lot of papaya. That distinctive papaya smell definitely stands out. It's not a tropical fruit bomb like the Sunshine beers are, but this is very distinct on its own. [4]

F- Sweet pale malt, biscuit, caramel, toffee, spice (reminds me of sharp rye spice, maybe even some Nelson?), citrus, papaya. The papaya dominates the latter half as well as the finish. It's fairly bitter but you don't really notice it until the backend. It's a very different kind of IPA that doesn't typically come out of Vermont. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Bitterness is on the upper limit of normal for me. Enjoyable, different and most importantly, easy to drink. [4.25]

O- More than a solid double IPA. It's not Double Sunshine or Abner and costs a bit high of a price to boot, but this is still better than a lot of the DIPAs being brewed in this country. [4.25]

Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy pale orange. White clouds of pillowy foam which fizzles out quickly. Does leave a bit of lacing on the glass.

Nose is both bright and dank. Resin, wet grass, and pine. Tons of citrus and stone fruit. Tangerine, peaches, clementines, and apricots. Firm toasty bread base.

T - the malt character is reminiscent of crunchy bread drizzled with a touch of honey. The clean but agressive flavor of bitter orange peel breaks past the sweetness. More Grassy & piney toward the back. Finish is fruity, sweet and bitter.

M - medium bodied with a creamy texture. Frothy full carbonation.

O - very nice ipa. I wish i had the chance to try it fresher, it arrived in nj at 5-6 weeks after bottling.

Photo of xVERITAS
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

Photo of FloppyTopper
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Photo of Guess2814
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite beers.. I think it was a six pack or a four pack I had.. I couldn't find any Lawson's Finest in Vermont BUT ironically when I came back to Mass I found this beer at Kappy's Liquor store.. I jump on the opportunity to get this beer.. What a great combination of brewery's between Otter Creek and Lawson's Finest.. GREAT IPA such a nice taste this

Photo of AdamF625
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-hazy golden orange, fluffy white head and white lacing.
S- orange, pineapple, mango, citrus hops, lemon.
T- follows the nose with all of the tropical fruits, oranges, mango, grapefruit, pineapple.
M- light creamy body with medium carbonation.
O- I really hope this beer is not a one off because it is terrific. Awesome citrusy ipa no resinous aftertaste.

Photo of twizzard
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a hazy orange with a half inch white foam head....Terrific lacingAnother citrus bomb...grapefruit and lemon zest filled the room as soon as it was poured. Great mouth feel with a sweet malty finish. I was never a big fan of Otter Creek but this collaboration with Lawson's is top notch.

Photo of Roguer
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly soft orange brew, slightly cloudy and unfiltered-looking, but more or less translucent. Small head from a gentle pour, maybe 1/2 finger, which quickly fades to a thin pure white line. Decent lacing.

Strong tropical hops through the nose, as well as citrus; strongest note is mango. Not particularly sharp hop notes, just strong and sweet.

Tropical hop bomb with mango flavors most prevalent, just as in the nose. I get absolutely no malt specifics, yet the backbone is just enough to keep the hops flowing in perfect balance.

Lovely mouthfeel; slight carbonation sting, very lively, medium to medium-light, low astringency, and most importantly, none of the all-too-typical DIPA syrupy feel.

This is an absolutely incredible beer, among the best DIPAs I've ever had. It's different from HT and PTE, without a doubt,

Originally tried on tap at Parker Pie in VT; review is from a bottle via Malted Barley in RI.

Photo of bsm789
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Lagunitas mason jar glass.

A- Hazy and orange with about a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Looks like most good unfiltered DIPA's.

S- Resinous and hoppy with a good amount of fruitiness in there. Not quite as strong as Heady or Double Sunshine, but still quite good.

T- Wow, really bitter. Grapefruit and tangerine with a lot of pine. Awesome stuff.

M- Nice level of carbonation, maybe a little thinner than other DIPAs but still thick enough to cover the palate with sticky hop goodness.

O- Awesome beer, and definitely one of the best collab's I've had. Props to Mike and Sean.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Small white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell - Very citrusy. Orange and grapefruit. A little musty behind some toasted malts.

Taste - More orange-centric hop flavor. Again the toasted malts are most prominent. Grapefruit bitterness builds. Again a little musty.

Mouthfeel - Not too sweet. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Solid all around and I'd go so far as to say excellent. Maybe doesn't stand out in any individual category, but I really liked it.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade… One the best extras I've ever received...Nice juicy hoppy profile

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

beautiful faintly hazed orange glow with a bright white sticky head. Huge tropical fruit nose. lots of papaya and melon with hints of pineapple.

Wow, this is an amazing beer. Medium yet full bodied, simple, well blended concise flavors that all work together. Bitterness throughout, hoppy resin, tropical fruits like those found on the nose, bold bitterness but semi-sweet malts balance it well. a little syrupy but not overwhelmingly so, incredibly smooth, bitterness is clean. Bright hop flavors carried by enough of a malt body to balance everything and carry the hop flavor over the gonue and down the throat. Not a whiff of detectable alcohol. Wow, really really good! Otter creek's best offering yet for sure. Great clean lingering fruit flavors. So resinous and bright tasting and so smooth. I love it.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Cloudy copper color that came with a nice 2 finger head and excellent lacing.

S: Phenomenal smell. That top-notch flavor that is the sign of a world-class IPA.

T: PINE! Gives you great breath. It is almost cooling. Weird pine profile.

M: Extremely smooth with almost no bubbles (prickly or coarse). No carb felt.

O: The only thing that I can think of that might improve this, would be just a hint of carb or mouthfeel.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 09/20/13 and consumed fairly fresh on 10/27/13.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Opaque bright cloudy orange colour with one finger of off-white head.

S - A massive fresh hop aroma bursting with tropical fruit, pine and citrus notes. There is mango, pineapple, guava an peach notes specifically coming through.

T - Bitter up front with tangerine, peach, mango, pineapple and guava notes all coming to the forefront with a touch of pine also present. The malt bill adds just the slightest caramel sweetness. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
97 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.