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

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1,015 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 169
Gots: 123 | FT: 10
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 mrz200:
Photo of mrz200
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer of any kind from Lawson's. Have had a half dozen Heady Topper's in the past few months.
Rich orange in color, with little head.
Nose is lovely. Exactly what I want it to be.
This an excellent DIPA, but make no mistake its a DIPA. It might be a little bolder tasting on all levels than HT - the citrus, the hops - but also the alcohol so it's not necessarily better.
I had this right out of the fridge in a chilled glass. Went down very fast and smooth, but the bitterness and alcohol flavors increase with temperature. There's so much other stuff going on that this isn't a big deal, this beer is pretty damn close to 5's across the board.
Paid 24$ for 4 pack in North Andover MA. Still cheaper than driving to VT..but just barely!

mrz200, Oct 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -10%
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 cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

cbutova, May 05, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -12.8%
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 BEERMILER12
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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

BEERMILER12, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  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]

Stevedore, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Schlais, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of xVERITAS
4.49/5  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

xVERITAS, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

SkiBum22, Oct 17, 2013
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4.52/5  rDev +3%

AshlandNacho, Sep 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -26%

SunDevilBeer, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

cincysig, Oct 10, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +3.6%

Doomcifer, Oct 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

JakerLou, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

megamass, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Jason, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +2.5%

codysjb, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

tripelz, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

alienlifeforcecube, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

WeymouthMike, Nov 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

bpfrush, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

buyyourfreedom, Oct 07, 2014
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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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