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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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Reviews: 144
Hads: 1,359
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 26.15%
Wants: 273
Gots: 194 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

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Photo of Bjorn2bWild
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was excited to see this Lawson's collabo in my local store. This one did not dissappoint amazing aroma that was followed by even better flavor. This beer is delicious.

I agree that this beer is similar to a heady topper but it is more smooth the whole way threw where as a heady hits you in the face with bitter to start.

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Photo of MarkGamber
5/5  rDev +14.7%

This was flat out excellent beer. I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. It looked great and had a perfect head. The best part, of course, was the taste. Dank, fruity, very rich and no sense of the 8.1% ABV residing in that bottle. If I could get more I wouldn't hesitate to do so!

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Photo of AdamF625
4.97/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yowza. I stumbled across this very pleasant surprise in an unlikely hole in the wall. They had no idea what it was, or why/how they secured it. Lucky me. This DIPA is as close to perfection as I could possibly imagine. Beautiful orange glow, sleight head, lots of tiny bubbles. Good if minimal lacing throughout. Incredible nose of piney floral grapefruit, luscious mouthfeel, and charming malts which more than balance/hide the alcohol. So easy and pleasant to drink. If I have to die by drowning, I hope they drown me with this. It's absolutely incredible all the way across the board.

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Photo of dar482
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a beautiful hazy golden orange color. A bright brilliant color.

The aroma is huge of bright tropical fruit, mango, apricot, pineapple along with fresh grapefruit. It's extremely hoppy along with deep garlic and onion inside.

The flavor follows with a orange, grapefruit, citrus note and then there's also some floral notes. There's a gentle crackery light malt character then it rolls into pine and then a rolling grapefruit pith bitterness. It's an extremely hoppy beer with a light malt backbone.

The beer drinks extremely light and easy with tons of complex flavors. The alcohol is absolutely hidden and it does not taste like a DIPA. I would draw comparisons between this and Heady and I never say that.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy orange with a thick, quickly dissipating white head. Some lacing. Aroma is full of grapefruit and sticky pine resin. This is what a Double IPA should smell like! The taste is just as the smell indicated, lots of grapefruit and pine resin. Faint earthy notes. Balanced by a strong malt backbone, but it's the hops that take center stage in this beer! Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is textbook Double IPA. Pick this one up if you can find it.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - cloudy orange & lacy looks great in the glass, and the label on the bottle is cool
S - hop heavy citrusy bold smell that is perfect
T - heavy hop grapefruit & strong long lasting on the tongue
M - full flavor hop citrus imperial is there but not hot with alcohol
O - This beer only needs to be more available, it is great all around, find it buy it drink it

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Lawson's/Otter Creek Double Dose IPA

Look 10/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 95/100

Solid collaboration between Otter Creek and Lawson's Finest... Extremely well rounded IPA.. Big Bold and Juicy... Really drinks well and is very satisfying... Would love to see this again~

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is amber brown with a thick frothy head.

Aroma is straight citrus with thick herbs note.

Taste is bitter upfront with a lemon citrus end, but like lemon without the sour.

Feel is slightly tingling with a flat end.

So delicious.

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Photo of Andrick
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What an outstanding beer. All of the DIPA's coming out of Vermont have been quite a treat. But, what I am, happiest to say is: out of all the great ones (i.e. double sunshine, heady topper, & the multiple fiddlehead varieties), each is slightly different. This beer is no exception. SO flavorful. SO drinkable. Just generally delicious.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

WOW!!! This stuff is great! One of the better/best IPAs I had in a while. Really tasty...nice citrus flavors that are perfectly blended with smoothness...so you have the big IPA bitter, but not overpowering...classic awesomeness from Lawson's..a first for me from Otter Creek!

Overall: close to perfect in my book!

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Photo of willpots
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great beer overall. Definitely one of the best to come out of Vermont that I've tasted. Similar to Heady Topper, but doesn't have the same fruity aftertastes. Slightly more piney and hoppy.

As far as I'm concerned, this one is right up there with Heady Topper and is currently on my "favorite beers" list.

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Photo of Pahn
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Disclaimer: I'm starting to have trouble reviewing (D)IPAs, since the breweries in VT, CT, MA, ME, and even NY and NH, are just putting out world class pale ale after world class pale ale. I'm running out of ways to say "amazing."

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy white head that sticks around. Pours a hazy, glowing orange, and leaves lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Mineral-y, with a strong orange citrus aroma underpinned by dank earthiness. Tangerine and lime. No malt or booziness in the nose. Hoppy and fresh smelling.

Taste: Thick juicy citrus hops up front, transitioning through pungent weed/earthiness leading to tingly cracker malt, slight booziness, with a dry and effervescent finish. Paradoxically punchy and languid; it's carbonated and dry enough that everything pops sharply, but it's juicy and succulent enough with some faint lingering sugariness that it feels slick and coating.

Multifaceted citrus hops, strong, well-developed cereal malt and cracker backbone, perfect mouthfeel. A real treat for hop aficionados, and just an excellent, refreshing pale ale for... well, basically everyone. Bitter enough, beautifully harmonious, and not skimping on any part of the experience.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Rather highly carbonated, perfectly offsetting the juiciness. Dry finish (not bone dry, just "dry"). Really can't do any better than this. Spot on in every respect, serving as the 100% perfect vehicle for these flavors.

Overall: What do you get when a really solid VT brewery (Otter Creek) collaborates with the maker of the best DIPA in America (Sean Lawson, Double Sunshine) on a DIPA? Unsurprisingly, you get a world class DIPA. Excellent work, everyone involved. This should make a lot of beer geeks too busy or lazy (or whatever) to drive to VT very happy.

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Photo of twizzard
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of GmAn613
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L- Dark ambery orange, nice dank unfiltered with small head retention. No carb action. Head fades and leaves little to no lacing. S- Slight caramel. Aroma of citrus and fruity, a slight pepper comes through at the end. A nice dank resinous aroma comes through also. No hint of booziness. M- Crisp, very smooth for a 8.5%, no burn. Low carbonation but is still great and doesnt become overbearing for the style or flavors. T- Slight bitterness, peppery, hoppy, well rounded. Caramel hints, but is overshadowed by the citrus and fruitiness from the hops. Picking up mango, papaya and a slight orange. O- Wish this was available year round. Great collaboration. Loose the caramel flavors and thia would be amazing.

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Photo of Ysgard
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty damn good.

Pretty Orange, white head, reasonable lacing.

Pungent Heady Topper-lite aroma. Not as grassy, then again, I drank heady from the can, hard to judge.

Taste is again incredibly hop forward, with an oily vegetal hop flavor that is very reminiscent of heady from a glass. The bitterness is less than something like Headhunter, but very present. This one won't age well, nor will it have to. Lemon, mango, and a hint of Durian ;) Pine in reserve, and a nice solid maltiness.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, surprisingly drinkable.

Get it and drink it fast folks. Got it surprisingly sheap at 3.99 because my store thought it was unconscionable to let it sit at a higher price. Bottled 9/20/13

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Photo of Beercheer31
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

While our government is shitting the bed I decided to review a special beer.

I poured this mamma chula into a fancy sierra nevada ipa glass because I was feeling fancy like a g-6. What a pour she was with about a finger length of head on er.

Appearance on this hula moola is orange juice/merica.

Smell....man this googally moogally of a beer smells like a beermasters wet dream with a but load of citrus (grapefruit, little orange rind). I wanna say that it smells of papaya but papaya literally doesnt smell like anything to me.

Taste li...man, wait give me a minute here...ok wow. This beer tastes amazing with crisp bitterness in the front of the mouth with medium carbonation dancing on the tounge. Finishes with a faint sweetness and the mouthfeel is nice. Once I quaff this quaffy beer down the after taste is just as nice with my tongue wanting more.

Verdict is in!! We have a winner babies and ladies!! I was so stoked to pick this beer up in CT and i have to say all jokes aside that this is an amazing IPA. If this beer was made available year round id be a happy alcoholic. So if you can find this beer in your local booze store CONGRATS!!! While its like 17$ for a 4 pack, in my opinion its worth every penny. Cheers!!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of SawDog505
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 9/20/13. Pours a cloudy orange, with a one inch sticky white head, that leaves beautiful lace behind. Smell is pine, mango, apricot, and cut grass. Taste is really special, very balanced between tropical up front, and pine and grapefruit bitterness in the finish, that lingers on the tongue making you crave you next sip. Body is exceptional, medium large, with awesome life, a touch dry, and very drinkable. This is what you expect from Lawson's. Another exceptional DIPA from Vermont!

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Photo of MacQ32
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a beautiful heavily hazed golden orange in my Hill Farmstead wine style glass resulting in a gorgeous finger of tan/tint of orange head. Great retention and fantastic lacing. Cannot see through this thing at all. Looks so inviting

S - Tons of grapefruit, lemon, mango, citrusy hops. Mildly resionous with aromas of rind/slight spice.

T - Not over the top bitter but a very nice bitter kick initially followed immediately by orange and grapefruit, then shortly after comes the sweeter fruits like mango and pineapple. Bitterness returns with avengence and the finish and is near perfectly balances with the sweet citrusy qualities. Finish and aftertaste is resinously bitter with mild sweet citrus notes.

M - medium bodied, relatively speaking it is somewhat heavy on the tongue. Solid but mild carbonation, bitterness and flavor profile combine with feel to make this fantastically drinkable.

O - Breaking down categorical observations individually leads to this beer getting 9/10 scores plus across the board, but altogether and when stepping back and rating this beer I need to give it a bump to a strong 4.75 overall. This is absolutely fantastic, I wonder how much of a roll Otter Creek had in crafting this gem.

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Photo of FloppyTopper
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong citrus and caramel sweetness. The hops bitterness however maintains its strength rather continuously. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style. This is an excellent 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lawson's tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured a gorgeous golden color with about a half inch of head. Very little lacing.

Smell - Hops, hops and hops. Tons of citrus notes. Reminds me of a west coast IPA.

Taste - Amazing. Absolutely loaded with hops with an abundant citrus flavor. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Very juicy. Tastes somewhat similar to Double Sunshine. It has a light malt, not overpowering by any means. Good carbonation. Can taste the 8.5%.

Overall - An amazing collaboration beer between Otter Creek and Lawson's Finest Liquids. Definitely one of the best double IPA's that I have had. I'm just glad that it comes in a 4 pack!

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
96 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.