Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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4.19/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I hear this is supposed to be an approximation of Heady Topper. I'm happy to have had both in the past month and I think it's a fair comparison, unfair as it might be to try to compare the two.
Heady drinks completely differently out of the can and poured to a glass. Double Dose, on the other hand, I would never drink from the bottle, as too many of the aromatics would just be lost in the bottle. How it does drink, though, is daburn good (yea).
It's a hazy one, though I made little effort to prevent the yeast/hop resins from entering my glass, to be fair. I don't mind, however, why do we care so much about clarity anyway? It's a pretty orange color - I really like this one - and a ton of frothy head that settles to a lasting lace that sticks to the side of the glass.
Tons of juicy citrus and maybe some mango-pineapple tropical notes. Definitely a ton of orange oil (some say "citrus zest," and ostensibly I think we are pointing to the same note, which is "delicious") in the aroma.
Tastes damn good too. Very citrusy, but there is noticeable pine and a touch of maltiness in there too. I love the balance. It delivers on most of the nose, but adds a couple of layers to the experience here. Great mouthfeel too - good carbonation, not heavy and a pretty clean finish. There are some lingering flavors, but it doesn't bog down the palate like some 8.5% beers are prone to.
I love this, definitely a must-try. However, at $17 a four-pack (where I work), it's something I'll split with friends once. Heady Topper II? I don't know, but it IS damn good, and a reasonable approximation of that Heady style. Heady is only $12 per four-pack though, and those cans are pounders, but then again, it's not often that I find myself in VT, so I guess the choice is up to you, but I would like to see Otter Creek get this to a more reasonable price. Even $15 would be closer to the scope of reality.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2013 05:23:59 | More by thezach
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