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Reviews: 135
Hads: 1,316
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 255
Gots: 169 | 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

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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 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. (393 characters)

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. (338 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.49/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wuh oh! We got ourselves another hot one, my peeps. This thing is spicy on fire like Shakira cooking a microwave burrito. Glows a beautiful orange like a pumpkin on acid, and has a nice tropical taste at the beginning of things... but the end, woo! Like sitting through a 3 hour viewing of "Titanic", it's a bit disappointing. So much heat and fire in the aftertatse has Raul thinking that this thang was sponsored by Dante's Inferno.

Peace! (442 characters)

Photo of RichKent
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

12oz bottle I found in Boston poured into a tulip. It was unrefrigerated, so not as fresh as it should be.

Appearance - pours a dark amber with almost no head. What head there was dissipated quickly, and there is exactly zero lacing on the glass. In fact, after finishing the glass looks clean.

Smell is slightly hoppy and grassy with some sweetness.

Taste is malt-forward. There's a little sweetness and floral/grassy flavors. Finish is bitter, but it's smooth and easy to drink. I was hoping for more citrus/fruity flavors, but it was not to be.

Mouth is a little syrupy for my liking, but fine.

I was hoping for something more. It's a good beer, but at $4 per 12oz bottle it's a little underwhelming. If you have the choice between Double Dose and Heady, then grab the Heady every time. (794 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange yellow in color; almost copper, but not quite. Forms a modestly sized, bubbly off-white head. Decent retention and some spotty lacing. The aroma is quite strong, very dank almost to the point of being moldy, with lots of resin and citrus pith. The taste is likewise strong. There is a strong underlying citrus juiciness along with sweet tangerine, bitter orange zest, and papaya. However, there is also a competing flavor. Sort of resiny, sort of earthy, sort of mildewy. It's odd. Body is on the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness.
Well, you can't say this beer isn't packing flavor. (631 characters)

Photo of Erockruns
3.8/5  rDev -13%

I totally agree with the previous review that the Lawson's tropically balanced influence is lost in this beer. Much more bitter and biting than I expected. I know the water sources were shared in brewing but I suspect the Otter Creek H2O dominated the end result. There is nothing like something 100% Lawson controlled. While a decent beer, it wouldn't be something I would seek out on an early morning excursion to Vermont. I'll be in Warren again soon looking for Double Sunshine! (486 characters)

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. (1,216 characters)

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. (699 characters)

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. (829 characters)

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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Beautiful golden - copper color. Noticeable haze. Lots of small bubbles rising to the surface. Very small creamy head when poured that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin broken layer of foam on the surface and slight streaks of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Delicious aroma - hoppy and citrus (think grapefruit). Made me want to drink the beer. Perfect.

Taste: Starts off citrus (grapefruit) and kind of herbal, then ends with a strong very bitter flavor and slightly dry finish. I did not care for the bitter finish personally.

Feel: Medium body. Relatively smooth. Nice carbonation. Dry finish though that left me wanting a glass of water.

Overall: A decent IPA. I would gladly drink again if someone served me this. However the bitterness and dry finish made me not want to purchase this again, as there are other IPAs that I would prefer over this one. I'm glad that I tried it! (918 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Cloudy orange color, foamy head, quite a bit of lacing. Odor is tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, floral, pine. Taste is orange, grapefruit, pine, resin, slightly bitter throughout. (197 characters)

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz from the recent batch into a teku.

A: Pours a brassy orange with a nice off-white head.

S: Very juicy, resinous nose. Lots of grapefruit, sticky mango, sap, pine.

T: Bitterish, maple, tangerine, dry and leafy, big biscuit behind.

M: Medium-bodied with mild creamy carb.

O: Definitely remains on the East Coast side of things with plenty of resinous bitterness, but has a nice juiciness also. (401 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured from tap into a snifter glass at TJs in Paoli PA.

Appearance is a medium orange color with a one finger white head. Nice glass lacing lingers.

Smell is loads of tropical fruitiness with some danker weed and herbal smells. Caramel sweetness is also noted.

Taste is tropical up front with mango, pineapple, peach and some grapefruit rind. The sweetness comes in with deep caramel malt and some grassy, herbal and pine notes...almost weed like too. The sweetness mixes in the finish with some pine and bitterness that really lingers.

Mouthfeel is solid with some alcohol on the back end and perfect carbonation.

Overall I thought this was the nectar of the gods reading all the people raving about it and seeking it here on BA. Was it all that? No. Was it a solid drinking DIPA? You bet. There are better DIPAs out there, so I'm not sure I get the hype. Don't get me wrong, a very good beer, just not worthy of the hype IMO. (943 characters)

Photo of VTHopddicted
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Had this beer last year and was pleasantly surprised. I believe last year there was much more citra. This year Lawson must have got a deal on summit hops or whatever the dominant hop in sip of sunshine is. It has that very vegetal catty taste. Last year was much more crisp and refreshing. Disappointing to say the least. If this beer only said otter creek on it, it would probably be 50% less in price. But behold the power of Lawson. (436 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle form the Drinkery
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a huge frothy whit head that persists forever. Smells of pine and resin with hints of garlic and green onion and a faint bready crackery malt. Flavor is light alcohol with lots of resinous pine and dankness. Light bready malt is present but deep in the background hop bitterness is firm but never harsh. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice brew I'm glad that I was able to luck into a bottle. (522 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Alchemist Will Becher glass. Lets see if the hype was real...

Appearance- Hazy orange/yellow with 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell- There is definantly a Double Sunshine/Heady hop aroma to it. Slight booze, grass, pine needles, tangerine, something strange that I can't put my finger on. Not overly thrilled with the aromas. The lingering aroma is not something to be desired in my opinion.

Taste- Earthy/grassy hops, light tangerine, light lemon. A lingering mild bitterness. It has a slight resemblance to Double Sunshine, but it's butted out by what reminds me of Otter Creeks Hop Session (none too impressed with).

Mouthfeel-Very low carbonation, mild alcohol heat, smooth. Tastes like a cask beer or the carbonation isn't correct.

Overall- Hype train loses on this one. Just because Sean Lawson collaborated on this beer, doesn't in fact make it outstanding. The body really killed it for me, because the taste was nice, but the body affected it too much. Absolutely not worth the asking price of a 4pk. Glad I only got a single bottle. (1,111 characters)

Photo of jhawth
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a finger head that dissipates relatively quickly to a thin foamy cap.

Aroma: Citrus hop notes (grapefruit mostly) immediately, noticeable sweet malt presence, slight herbal hop note as well. Excellent.

Taste: Big blast of hop bitterness leads into solid, sweet maltiness; slight herbal, almost onion-y hop notes add in, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, approaches creamy.

Overall: Really excellent DIPA. Really, really nice. (523 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Franklin's Pub & Brewery in Hyattsville, MD., bottled on 9/20/13, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 10/16/13 over several hours.

A: 3/3 - deep orange-golden coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - mostly citrus fruit aroma - grapefruit, pineapple and apricot - and, as expected, some malt breadiness without much caramel aroma; it smells great but I wish that the aroma was more intense

T: 15/20 - on the anterior tongue, there is a citrus-like bitterness; it the middle of the mouth, the bitterness continues to linger with some malt balance with fruit notes - apricot, mango and papaya; 8.5% ABV is well-hidden; finishes dry and taste does not linger to invite another sip; no flaws detectable

M: 4/5 - thick hop oils coating the tongue, little alcohol presence in the mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation; the only problem for me is that it is a little thin for a DIPA

O: 8/10 - solid collaborative beer from Otter Creek and Lawson's, a brewery that I have only read about but never tried; I think that this is one of the best beers for Otter Creek but, unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hop hype that I was expecting from Lawson's; admittedly, this bottle is approximately one month old and was stored at room T in the store, but, still, the hop character needs to be more intense for this to qualify as a 98 on BA; also, for $5.71/bottle (and doesn't sound that much cheaper even in VT for a 4 pack), it's a bit of a rip like lots of imperial IPAs these days

TOTAL = 39/50 (1,628 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange, small off white head that fades to a ring and leaves some chunky lacing. Big grapefruit nose, pulpy citrus fruit and a touch of sweetness in the nose. Taste is a big hit of grapefruit rind and pulp, tangerine, light malt sweetness, touch of floral character and grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Lower carbonation initially, medium body, then it pops with stronger prickly carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall a really good DIPA but a bit one dimensional on the flavor profile. (505 characters)

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. (536 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours thick and leaves a very modest head. It settles very quickly to rim bubbles. Some spotty lace. Orange gold color with a bit of haze.

Strong grapefruit rind to the nose. No malt base, this is all hop--a bit of pine, too.

Short lived malt start. Strong bittering flavor dominates throughout, lasting long after the swallow. Lots of black pepper in the finish. This is one of This is perhaps the richest IPA I've ever had. The carbonation is decent and there's no sweetness from residual sugars. (510 characters)

Photo of themind
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love over the top hoppy beers like Heady, well this is a well balanced beer with a strong malt backbone. Not my favorite, but I recognize it's quality. (153 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy orange-amber color with a nice white foamy head. The head has a good level of retention, but slowly fades over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass and islands of foam floating atop the brew.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and citrusy. The sweet is a blend of tropical fruits, with mango and papaya, as well as some sweet citrus of tangerine and orange. Along with the sweeter citrus is a good deal of a grapefruit hop smell. A great aroma of floral hop smells and some light pine and herbal hop join the profile, producing a nice sweet and rather complexly hopped aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with only a lighter level of sweeter fruit flavors, very different from all the fruit that was detected in the aroma. Upfront there is a good deal of a biscuit and bready flavor as well as a big grapefruit hop flavor. The grapefruit starts out strong and gets even stronger as the flavor advances. The bready and sweet flavors largely fade, but more biscuit and much more hop comes to the tongue as the taste advances to the end. Hop flavors of a grassy and pine nature come to the tongue in the middle and the end. While the sweeter flavors fade after the initial taste, a little bit of tangerine and orange sweetness comes back to the tongue at the finish of the taste, combining with the more heavily hopped taste to leave a lightly citrusy sweet but rather largely citrusy bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thick and creamy side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are great for accentuating the big hop flavors while minimizing the sweeter flavors to some extent. Overall they create a rather nice slow sipper that really allows all the hop flavors to shine.

Overall –While not completely balanced as it could use a slightly more malt/sweet flavor more toward the middle of the taste, it does have a nice hop profile and even at 8.5% maintains a rather easy drinking feel. A fairly nice double. (2,085 characters)

Photo of Sensaray
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed light yellow amber appearance with 1/2 inch white head, decent appearance. Smell all sorts of citrus hops get a sense of the bitterness Initial spice mixes with nice crystal malts and citrusy flavors for a smooth feel and good drinking brew, bit of an earthy taste before the bittersweet lingering finish. Pretty good offering worth a try (344 characters)

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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
96 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.