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BA SCORE
98
world-class

668 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7%


Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
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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Bjorn2bWild

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 12:09:21 | More by Bjorn2bWild
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 21:33:20 | More by AdamF625
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 23:28:57 | More by JohnParadee
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dar482

New York

4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 03:12:44 | More by dar482
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +9%
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~

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:48:49 | More by BrewUSA
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JohnG190

New York

4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:56:43 | More by JohnG190
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 02:00:32 | More by Brushkanna
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 22:38:01 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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Andrick

Vermont

4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 00:41:44 | More by Andrick
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Pahn

New York

4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:38:36 | More by Pahn
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willpots

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 03:46:50 | More by willpots
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Beercheer31

Connecticut

4.74/5  rDev +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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 21:57:40 | More by Beercheer31
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twizzard

New York

4.74/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 23:41:50 | More by twizzard
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 20:23:01 | More by SawDog505
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:59:54 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ysgard

Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 17:49:13 | More by Ysgard
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 19:24:32 | More by MacQ32
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FloppyTopper

Vermont

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:16:06 | More by FloppyTopper
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 02:22:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Rheaume17

Vermont

4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:34:21 | More by Rheaume17
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Thads324

Connecticut

4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : cool label. Very Vermont. Pours a slightly hazy orange/deep gold. Very thin and fizzy white head that disappears very quickly.
S: wow, all citrus. Guava, lemon, grapefruit and a little bit of booze. Reminiscent of lime zest. Vibrant and delicious smelling.
T : starts right away with big bold hop flavor. Lots of fresh squeezed juice sits on the front tip of the tongue. Tons of lime and guava, with mild grapefruit. Very very bold. Bitterness sits in the middle. It's zingy and mildly piney, with a massive tail of sweet neutral malt and honey. Finish is of leaves and grass, more citrus. The end is almost like a natural lemon soda. Absolutely fantastic in every way.
M : here's the odd part. Really slick and almost oily. Weird that it almost seems under carbonated. It's not bad or off putting, just different. Easy drinking for 8.5 and pleasantly medium bodied

A fantastic beer made by 2 great brewers. So bold!I really hope this isn't a one and done. Really great stuff! So glad I got to try it!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 02:58:45 | More by Thads324
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Another stunning and fresh Vermont DIPA, many thanks to mtomlins.

Bottle pours a hazy orange colour with a respectable white head. Jaw-dropping aroma is a cornucopia of hop-forward delights: resin, pine, tropical fruit and citrus all bring the best of each "c" and other hop in this blend. The flavour is a well balanced blend of grainy malt sweetness and awesome hop bitterness, with a surprising depth and breadth of hop portfolio; lots of tropical fruit and grapefruit.

Wanted a fresh palate but am saddened to have chosen this as the first beer of the night, as there will likely be no comparison with the second!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:10:44 | More by hopsolutely
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TheCuriograph

New York

4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a few bottles while I was up in Burlington, VT. This stuff lasted, like, 10 minutes in NYC, so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself right now:

A - Vibrant deep amber with a robust white head. Opaque and impenetrable.

S - Oodles of tangerine, mango, and wet grass, with just a hint of fresh bread. Pretty familiar, but totally assured and pronounced.

T - Sharp and full of passion fruit and lemongrass. Biscuity sweet caramel malting fills out the body and gives way to a wonderful hop resin at the back. Explosively bitter and velvety rich, and the booze is virtually unnoticeable.

M - Rich and heavy for an IPA. Reminds me of the feel you get with Maine Beer's Lunch.

O - Speaking of Lunch ... Double Dose is right up there with Lunch and several of my other favorites, including Heady and Two-Hearted. Hope this comes back on the market at some point. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:51:47 | More by TheCuriograph
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 15:33:20 | More by jtierney89
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA. Very excited to try this one.

A- Pours a hazy, unfiltered, golden orange body with a 2 finger white head that reduces at a medium rate and leaves some spotty lacing. Just what like to see in a DIPA, raw and fresh.

S- Now THIS is what a DIPA should smell like!!! How can I put this into words.. HUGE tropical, grapefruit, mango, fresh pineapple aromas, subtle but fresh pine and citrus zest in the background. Perfect. Just perfect.

T- Starts off with huge tropical notes.. fresh mango, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus.. the finish is nice and piney, resinous, and leaves a bitter taste on the tongue. Just amazing.

M- Light for a DIPA, refreshing and crisp.

Very, very nicely done. Beats out Pliny, Sucks, Ruinten, Enjoy By by a longshot. Worth the pricetag.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 02:18:06 | More by gcamparone
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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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