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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: 161
Hads: 1,400
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 25.06%
Wants: 275
Gots: 213 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 SpasmWaiter
2.5/5  rDev -42.5%

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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle courtesy of my friend Collins. Served cold into a snifter. Expectations are high given Lawson's involvement. Notes are briefer than I'd like on account of a less-than-ideal review environment.

HEAD: None. No lacing.

BODY: Unfiltered pale orange-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's a nice looking lively IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Pineapple, pale malts, floral hop character, orange juice. I'm not liking the hop aromatics; maybe this is old?

Aromatic intensity is moderate. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Follows the aroma, with some untamed juicy hop bitterness poking through the pale malt sweetness in the late second act, ruining the balance. Fresh tangerine is a highlight, indicative perhaps of New World tropical hops. I don't know if this is old or not, but the hop profile is unimpressive - and maybe even restrained. Others at the bottle share not it's malty, but I disagree - I just think the hop profile isn't emphasized/forward enough.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, overcarbonated, crisp, smooth, wet, and unrefreshing. Has a biteen of a stale presence on the palate. This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, accentuate specific notes, or harmonize with the taste..

OVERALL: Not the world-class brew I expected from Lawson's - probably one of the best IPA producers in the U.S. - but drinkable and enjoyable for what it is. I'd like to try it fresh on-draught, and would like to revisit it to go into more detail in the future. Glad I got to try it, but definitely far from world-class. Still, it's easily well above average - just disappointing given the brewery.

High B- (3.44)

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.49/5  rDev -19.8%
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.


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Photo of RichKent
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

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Photo of lyman77
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber, two fingers of lacy foam. Clearly unfiltered (pun intended). The smell is herbal and bready if a bit funky. Hop flavors on the first sip are much more resinous and piney than floral and citrus. Malt content is in check throughout, in fact there's a dry yeasty flavor that creeps in before a moderately bitter and smooth finish takes over. The feel of this beer is thick and full. It actually reminds me of a Belgian triple in that regard, as does the carbonation. I wasn't surprised to see it said 8.5% on the label, it's not overly hot but you get a sense of its potency. A fun collaboration, maybe not as refined as the individual breweries' usually great stuff, which of course is just the nature of the beast. I recommend to fans of big beers!

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Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Erockruns
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

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!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.87/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this is a world class rating. Solid beer but a tier 2 DIPA at best. Taste is decent but a little hard to drink. The price point is way too high as well. Glad I only got a single in my mix 4 pack. Would not purchase again this year. Hopefully next years batch is better.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amberish, hazy orange with an lacy, off-white head. Smells off pineapples, peach, and passion fruit. Tastes much different from 2013 when I remember there being a lot of up front tropical fruit with a very resinous bitterness that lingered and overwhelmed on subsequent sips. In this rendition, there's a lot of papaya and some grassy bitterness. I am not enamored with this beer.

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Photo of phebert17
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For an attainable bottled double it's pretty darn good. Obviously, no Sunshine, Heady or Curiosity, but a very good beer...in between the good beers like sculpin and the elite like the VT beers.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank in a tulip glass on 10/6/15; the bitterness on the back end is much too astringent and the lingering nature on the tongue eventually overpowers the flavor of the hops. Not my personal notion of an ideal DIPA these days.

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Photo of anteatr23
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown with a one finger head. Smells herbal and boozy with a sweet sticky hop aroma. Taste is strong and bitter. Very hop-forward. Finish follows suit with a lot of sustaining bitter hops.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome color... Orangey translucent with a respectable head. Smell isn't very strong; hard to pick up on anything of significance. The hoppy flavor I was hoping for is muddled by the booziness of it. All in all, good, but not worth the hassle trying to attain. $4 for a 12 ounce beer would be better spent on Tree House or Trillium.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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Photo of VTHopddicted
4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into chalice

Translucent orange , white foam ring, good lacings

Aroma of peppery, spicy notes over malt base

Spicy peppery taste

Dry finish

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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