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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPAOtter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

677 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 677
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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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 05:50:23 | More by ArrogantB
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 00:35:17 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 14:46:13 | More by Teleweizen2
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:36:23 | More by Rifugium
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:37:26 | More by stakem
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:52:18 | More by johnnnniee
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:51:58 | More by jhawth
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 17:49:57 | More by Seanniek91
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:49:20 | More by MNishCT77
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 04:59:43 | More by Alieniloquium
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:41:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 18:30:25 | More by smcolw
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Sensaray

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 02:43:20 | More by Sensaray
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 10/24/13

Appearance: Lightly hazy, medium orange - some nice copper and gold hues - frothy, off-white, average-sized head, fades to a small, wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Hilariously dank - lots of wet pine, wet resin, and some weed - plenty of grapefruit and orange, some peel, and some pith - some floral and earthy notes - a touch of fresh onion - somewhat unique and definitely interesting hop profile - some pale and caramel malts in the background

Taste: Hoppy in a wet, resiny way - lots of pine, with some leafy and resinous bitterness - some fleshy grapefruit, with some oily citrus, orange, and pith - some tropical flavors as well, mostly mango - earthy and herbal notes, almost a little spicy - nice, high level of bitterness - pale and caramel malts at the base, lightly toasted

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, finishes pretty clean despite how oily and wet the hops are

Overall: Lawson's Creek?

This is quite an impressive collaboration. At the very least, it's awesome that something associated with Sean Lawson got into wider distribution. This is a very interesting beer, worth seeking out (especially fresh).

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 04:41:33 | More by angrybabboon
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Tree House tulip. Purchased at the Lawson's Farmer's market the day this beer was released. 8.5% abv.

A- Pours a golden orange with about a half-finger's worth head that leaves nice thin clinging layered lacing, fairly slow rising carbonation with a nice consistency. Looks nice, could have used a little bit more of a head, based on the head it almost appeared to be slightly on the flat side although the carbonation seemed to be present.

S- Oranges, grains, balanced malt, some faint lemons, decent aroma strength. Nice pleasant aroma that's great for an IPA however I think I like the aroma on a few of the other Lawson's IPAs slightly better.

T- Lightly bitter lemons, lemonade, zesty lemon peel, orange notes that come out more on the finish balancing with the malt. Fairly strong abv makes itself known a little bit on the finish but remains well hidden. Overall big juicy notes that are fairly zesty yet restrain the bitterness to a nice level.

M- Juicy, bitter, nice carbonation, fairly drinkable. Could probably drink a 4-pack by myself.

O- In my opinion Lawson's makes easily some of the best IPAs in the world. Double dose, being a collaboration with Otter Creek (not to knock Otter Creek), I wasn't sure how this was going to be after other Lawson's collaborations haven't exactly met my expectations. I'm happy to say though that while this isn't quite as good as some of the Lawson's offerings I've had it was definitely a very well made IPA that stands among some of the better ones I've had. According to Sean at the release this should see limited distribution around the NorthEast and East Coast. I recommend getting this while you can and have a small taste of what Lawson's is capable of.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 15:49:36 | More by jaasen64
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thezach

Maryland

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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JayQue

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good DIPA. Pours a hazy butterscotch color with a small antique white head that fades fairly fast. Thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrus hops. Plenty of mango and tangerine in the aroma.

Taste is really good. The citrus hops are joined by some piney ones and a little oiliness. Not a hop bomb, just pleasant hop-forward characteristics with some balancing biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a little oily and with a soft "pillowy" aspect. No hint of alcohol. The temptation is to drink this one quickly.

An excellent DIPA,

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:56:28 | More by JayQue
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Cloudy copper color that came with a nice 2 finger head and excellent lacing.

S: Phenomenal smell. That top-notch flavor that is the sign of a world-class IPA.

T: PINE! Gives you great breath. It is almost cooling. Weird pine profile.

M: Extremely smooth with almost no bubbles (prickly or coarse). No carb felt.

O: The only thing that I can think of that might improve this, would be just a hint of carb or mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 22:00:33 | More by gillagorilla
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Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info

Pours clouded lighter amber, moderate light khaki head, that leaves scattered bits and some fields of lacing.

Pungent and fresh smelling hopped up nose.

Densely flavorful and fully hopped brew. Hops are minty, earthy and citric.

Super easy drinking and hugely enjoyable. Something about certain IPA's from Vermont and the hop characteristics that are achieved. Well done. Hope to see more of this distributed to my local spots

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:14:12 | More by Billolick
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alewife and I stopped into the OC tasting room on 09NOV13 for a light dinner and biers. Since this bier is not easily found, I jumped on it. Got a 10oz serving in a small snifter for $6.50.

Poured a muted, medium golden hue. Had a thin, wispy, fine, white head, which ebbed rapidly. Lacing was real nice, all in all. Aroma was quite pleasant, with lots of citrus, especially grapefruit. Good for me, not so for the lupulin-avoiding Alewife. Feel was pretty smooth, but body was, sadly, a bit less than medium.

With a touch of toasty malt leading off, this had promise. Afterwards, a plethora of hoppage hit the palate. Solid citrus was found; piney, resiny, pithy... leaving a nice, lasting tongue coating in its wake. Mmmm!! Solid! Zum Wohl!!

4.2/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1614

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 22:47:18 | More by Bierman9
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Very hazy golden orange with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Pineapple, papaya, tangerine, mango, navel orange and candy sugars.

Taste
Orange pith, papaya, tangerine zest and mango skin. Hints of pineapple, lemon pith and starfruit. Thin candy sugar backbone with hints of toast. Some pretty resinous pine sap and florals kick in at the end with touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, crisp and silky.

Overall
Very juicy, complex and flavorful with a moderately high bitterness. Hopped to high Heaven. The 8.5% abv is nonexistent. Can be a bit pricey at $5.35 / 12oz bottle but worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 16:43:50 | More by justintcoons
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argock

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No obvious freshness date but it was purchased about 5 weeks ago at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with copious 2-3 finger, frothy and rocky off-white head with good retention and a nice crust of lacing around the top of the glass.

S: Very nice tropical fruit and grapefruit/orange citrus hops aromas, some catty and earthy herbal aromas as well, not much in the malt department, no yeast elements

T: Very lush flavor profile with passionfruit, pineapple tropical fruit flavors combined with more classic grapefruit and pine. No cattiness in the flavor and there is a light vegetative tanic note in the finish near the end. The malt component is unassuming with some lighter crystal malt but mainly just a basic baseline pale malt without much sweetness. There is no yeast presence. The bitterness is moderate and creeps up on you as the bottle nears completion. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M: Also a very lush mouthfeel with medium body, light carbonation and a moderately dry finish despite the bolder feel on the palate initially.

O: A really good beer although I have to qualify that I tried the first one of these the first of second day after I bought the 4-pack, and the flavors were dominated by tangy herbaceous aromas and flavors that masked the excellent tropical and citrus fruit elements that are the real personality of this beer. I am glad I let one calm down (probably a little settling out) because it was a very rewarding DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:23:06 | More by argock
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this bottle at Warwick enjoyed chilled in a pint glass

The color is slightly dark golden amber with hazed look and thick band of ecru with fine bead, lace clings to the glass. The smell is excellent, lots of tropical fruit and citrus with a mild herbal compliment in the hop esters. The alcohol is very well hidden in the aroma. The feel is great, juicy and resinous with citrus tanginess and moderate bitterness with moderate carbonation level and low alcohol influence on the palate with mild sweetness.

The flavor is great, lots of hops in the taste which starts with mango and some sweet grapefruit flesh moving toward a pineapple aspect in the mid taste with some gentle grassy tinges and citrus rind flavor toward the last sip with no alcohol detectable and very low sweetness. The overall result for me is a top notch Imperial IPA because it focuses on the hop flavor without just making a very bitter beer. The taste of the hops used contributes a fresh quality without much in the way of astringency, smooth bitterness with mild alcohol =a very drinkable Imperial IPA, I don't care if it decimates my palate this is my kind of agressively hopped ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 18:02:52 | More by Slatetank
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to newbrewbb for the opportunity to try this. 12oz. bottle served in my DFH chalice. Pours a dull orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a frothy, half-inch, bright white head. Head eventually dissipates into a bullseye dollop of foam with delicate strands of lacing coating the glass as the beer is enjoyed. Nose on this beer is fantastic! Tropical fruit notes (perhaps mango and papaya) as well as citrus rind towards the back. Taste follows nose; however, there is a slightly medicinal/piny bitterness evenly distributed through the flavor profile, making the flavor much less fruity than the nose suggests. I also get a slight spiciness as well. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a subtle acidity and a crisp, even carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid collaboration beer. Definitely something I would like to experience on-darft; however, not recommended for extended cellaring in my opinion. Drink this one fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:17:05 | More by Jwale73
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy peach, with a nice 1/2 finger of white head.

Smell: Mango, citrus, onion, pine, grapefruit.

Taste: Sweet at the front of the tongue with mango and citrus, accompanied by some dank onion-like dimension. Middle of the tongue has the sweetness fall off a cliff, with a really clean malt profile; interesting transition. The end sees the malt drop out and bitter hops come forward. This is a really complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, which lends to its drinkability(ugh).

Overall: Definitely a unique IPA and the alcohol is hidden really well. This beer gets extra points for me because it's pretty damn complex. There's a distinct story that unfolds as you drink every time, a distinct beginning, middle and end. Can't wait to try 100% Lawson's stuff. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

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