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

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Reviews: 135
Hads: 1,322
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 2.52%
Wants: 262
Gots: 174 | FT: 5
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Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rheaume17 on 09-25-2013

The Green Mountain landscape is dotted with breweries that have established Vermont as one of the premier beer destinations in the World. We pack a lot into our little state— abundant local foods, great music, natural beauty and amazing beer. Vermonters know the finest things in life are best enjoyed with good buds. Friends and brewers Sean Lawson and Mike Gerhart have teamed up to create a beer that features the best qualities of each brewery.
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Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/20/13, consumed on 10/10/13, making this one less than 3 weeks old.

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orange with nothing more than a small whitish head that's gone quickly. Leaves some splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Predominantly grapefruit - pith, rind and peel - with a hint of grassiness.

T: Grapefruity citrus - again, pithy or rind-like - with some tangerine or orange. Also an herbal-like hoppiness at times, with a hint of pine at the finish, along with lemon zest. Heat from the 8.5% ABV is noted in the belly, but only as a drying element at the back of the palate. Lingering bitterness. Overall impression is of the citrusy bitterness, with grapefruit being the big star. Malt foundation is barely noticed; this drinks like a DIPA and wouldn't be confused with a Barleywine.

M: Medium-to-full-bodied with a modest amount of carbonation.

O: I like. Real bitter, with a modest ABV level for a DIPA, so the booze doesn't overwhelm. (990 characters)

Photo of dsartwell72
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter.

Appearance- Beautiful white head, perfect color with a beautiful orange hue. Hazy.

Aroma- Grapefruit, apricot, citrus, pine, fruity esters, orange, slight grass, and hints of lemon and lime.

Taste- Amazing in a word. I had a bottle of this last week and it was still a bit green. It's really come into its own now. Grapefruit and pine, slightly grassy. Finishes very dry. Nice malty taste at first then a balanced hoppy finish to leave you wanting more. Definitely some simcoe in here, possibly some galaxy as well. Very smooth for an 8.5% brew. Hell, smooth for any ABV.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation level, 2.2-2.8 volumes. slightly viscous.

Overall - Solid brew, I think it was released slightly early. My first bottle had a lot of grassy notes that were undesirable. Definitely has lost that fresh dry hop flavor though, and mellowed into an amazing double IPA.

In a word, Amazing!

Cheers! (950 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by mendvicdog. Thanks Pat.

The beer is golden with a mild haze, sporting a small, broken head. The aroma offers dank hops, citrus, alcohol. Mild alcohol presence. Hop forward with a touch of pine resin. Light to medium in body. Very good. (253 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 Ysgard
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
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 (709 characters)

Photo of thezach
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,904 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Double Dose IPA, a collaboration between Vermont breweries Lawson's Finest Liquids and Otter Creek Brewing.

Score: 93

Bottle 09/20/13. Served in a Doom faux-teku and enjoyed on 10/08/13.

Appearance: Pours a lovely orange color with a finger-plus of seafoamy cream-colored head that slowly settles to a thick ring around the glass and wispy coating. Awesome lacing, unreal retention. The residual head sticks to the side of the glass like white on rice. 5/5

Smell: Fresh and juicy citrus! Grapefruit, orange, pineapple and a hint of lemon zest too. Mild, but noticeably present, earthy green, slightly dank hops aroma. A little maltiness towards the end of the whiff. The nose is big on the juiciness. 4.5/5

Taste: Although a juicy tropical citrus flavors hit the tongue first, a strong, bitter pine flavor quickly creeps up and takes over, lingering in the finish. Bitter orange rind is the primary citrus character, but there's some pineapple juice juiciness present too. Tastes a lot hoppier/pine-ier and less juicy than the nose led on. Big, juicy malt backbone, overlaid with a bigger hops and citrus character. 4.25

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, good carbonation for the style and profile. Has a slightly biting bitterness that lingers and layers on the front half of the tongue. Very dry on the finish. High level of bitterness impedes the drinkability some. 4.25/5

Overall: Reminds me a lot of an Alpine IPA. Fans of bitter, west coast style IPA's will love this one. I enjoyed this one thoroughly, but would be hesitant to purchase more at a cost of $5 per bottle.

Cost: $20 for a four pack. (1,623 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.24/5  rDev -3%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Lawson's tulip. The bottle is dated 09/20/13 so it is just a couple weeks old.

Appearance: Pours a light amber/gold with a yellow hue. Fairly light for a DIPA of this strength. Leaves a finger of white head which lingers a bit.

Smell: Light orange, grapefruit, citrus, with a hint of pine. Lots of citrus in the aroma without much else. Not overwhelming though.

Taste: Matches the nose pretty well, and this one has a nice malt backbone to it. Very well balanced and tasty. Lots of citrus & mango and very smooth. Alcohol seems lower; to me this seems for like an IPA than a DIPA.

Mouth-feel: Creamy light to medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is extremely smooth.

Overall: A very drinkable citrus dominant IPA. The hops are well balanced with the malts, and this is very tasty and smooth. I could definitely see myself wanting to drink a 6-pack of this in a sitting, but it's ABV is deceptively high. This is a well crafted brew. (997 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this and many other VT goodies during a very nice trip up there last weekend, and also got this bottle to take home thanks to Kimbo. The bottle date is 9/20/13.

Pours that neon hazy orange we've all come to expect out of our IPAs. A thin white head retains well and leaves some good lace. Smells of grapefruit, earth, weed, some tropical, some malt.

The smell is good, though sipping makes the nose feel really tame. Taste is an impeccable mixture of mango, grapefruit, earthiness, orange...general juicy citrus fruits all around. Excellent hop flavor that's well-balanced with biscuit malt and light sugar cookie sweetness. The mouthfeel shows off the malts as well, great creamy mouthfeel with maybe a bit of booze and low bitterness. Somewhat hefty.

It's getting hard not to give praise to VT IPAs nowadays. There is so much well-balanced tropical resin greatness coming out of the state, it all can blur together, sometimes reducing remarkable beers to rehashes. This one, however, does stick out as being one of the best of its kind. I for one am just stoked Otter Creek was involved. (1,097 characters)

Photo of twizzard
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The super cloudy, amber colored liquid was topped by a tight, frothy, two-finger, eggshell colored crown. Solid retention. Thick patches of lacing clung to the top portion of the glass. With time, the chill haze dissipated to reveal a nearly clear body.

The nose was amazingly hoppy, fragrant and dank with intense tropical fruit notes. Lots of mango and passion fruit. Strong peach notes as well. Touch of candied orange peel. A crisp yet subdued booziness was detectible as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was ultra hoppy and bitter. Super catty, oily and resinous. There was a subtle caramel malt presence on the front end before the citrusy hops took over. Orange rind came through strong. The beer turned spicy in the center. Lots of dry, pithy grapefruit notes. Hints of lemon and lime were also perceivable. The super piney, resinous finish left an intense, lingering bitterness on my palate.

The mouthfeel was somewhat lighter bodied for the style, yet pillowy soft, creamy and smooth. A fine, mild carbonation gave the liquid a nice slickness.

While all of Lawson's hoppy beers I have had to date were rather intense, they each displayed some semblance of balance. This collaboration with Otter Creek however was a real palate destroyer. If the hop profile were tweaked so that the cattiness was dialed back a bit, this might become a much more more sessionable double IPA. (1,483 characters)

Photo of Frost-Mountain-Brew
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mike and Sean cooked up something special with this one. It's a big beer (and pricey) with 8.5% and I believe 75 IBU. It has a nice body to it that some brewers are exploring with their double IPAs or imperial IPAs. I love the balance that malty-ness provides with the alcohol content and the hops. The mouthfeel is a typical stark IPA and misses the creaminess that I get from a Heady Topper, for those familiar. I do love these signature beers that Otter Creek has unleashed in the last year. The imperial stout was out of this world. I hope they push more extraordinary beers like both of these. (598 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (474 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 scotorum
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Translucent amber with a huge white head which dissipated slowly to heavy surface foam and some spotty lacing.

s: Mild pine.

t: Light and clean immediately, followed by a sharp pine hop hit which lingers in the back of the throat and on the tongue. High ABV is well covered.

m: Light feel yet medium body, very smooth.

o: I may have been too anxious to try this, drank it before it was fully chilled. Not as bright and fruity as I remember my first taste of Double Sunshine at the Pig, but still an excellent DIPA which even warmish is wonderfully easy drinking. I'll try a fully chilled bottle tomorrow.

UPDATE 10/19: Oddly, the second one did not have quite as light a taste as the first. I did not think the hop profile came across as especially exceptional, so at this point I'm not inclined to improve the numbers I put up first time. Very good DIPA, but not one of the best IMO.

UPDATE 11/1: The third bottle was well chilled, powerfully resiny and enjoyable, thinking now my judgement after the second was too harsh. Better than merely very good. Lacing was extensive this time as well, same glass as used in the first tasting. Still not getting the citrus others have reported.

UPDATE 1/19/14: Knocked off the last bottle I had tonight and it was excellent. Two and a half months did not detract from what I wrote in the 11/1 update, in fact the pine aroma was stronger than merely "mild." Sad it's all gone, and of course we do not know if it will ever be made like this again. However, there are some other fine new NE IPAs and DIPAs out there, like Long Trail's Limbo, Shipyard's Black and OC's Kind Ryed. And they are all more affordable than Double Dose was. (1,760 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 Brad007
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy amber with blonde highlights and a huge white head into my glass. I've been looking forward to this collaboration.

Freshly-cut grass interspersed with mango and pine. Those familiar with Lawson's excellent offerings will enjoy this.

Light and crisp mango bite upfront with plenty of hop bitterness to appease the palate. Tasty and unique.

Alcohol is well-hidden, which could tempt one to quaff this down. Bitterness coats the tongue and it burns slightly going down.

A great beer that represents the best of both Gerhart and Lawson's respective brewing talents. I believe that it would give Heady Topper a run for its' money, especially in can form. Get this while you can! (692 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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! (620 characters)

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made the voyage down to Middlebury for the release of Double Dose. Didn't see Sean Lawson there, though.

A: Beautiful, semi-cloudy orange. Close to perfect and very inviting.

S: Citrus hops overwhelm.

T: Like some others have said, this here is just about 80% Double Sunshine. Very fruity hops--although less mango and grapefruit and more apricot. Great.

M: Full and supple.

O: Definitely worth a try. Although, at the pricetag I've been seeing around Burlington, Vt., of $15/4-pk of 12oz. bottles, my first 4-pack may be my last. Try it on tap while it's around. It's a great thing that such a great Lawson's-esque beer can make such a wide distribution around the area. (676 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this one just hit town this week and i heard good things so nabbed some...enjoyed from a lawson's snifter.

a - brew poured a murky orange. thin fizzy head that didn't last long but wasn't gone immediately. spotty and streaky lacing left on the glass.

s - yowza...this one has lawson's written all over it. great, dank hops. grapefruit and other tropical fruit notes. sticky, sweaty, resiny.

t - for as good as this one smells, it tastes 10 times better. an immaculate ipa. everything in the right place with great dank hops. really fresh...really dank...really resinous. big grapefruit and citric notes.

m - full bodied ipa, but super easy drinker. just the right amount of bitterness dialed in.

o - overall, vermont ipa at its finest. i'm extremely impressed with this beer and super excited to have a bunch more bottles, but i am sure they won't last long. (864 characters)

Photo of Thads324
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
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! (1,007 characters)

Photo of Ljudsignal
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an English pint glass. Enjoyed alongside my father's excellent hamburgers. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden-copper that seems to fairly glow from within. A moderately vigorous pour yields a 1.5-finger head that subsides to a sudsy collar. Lacing is moderate but strongly retentive, and appears almost weblike.

The nose yields an expected burst of grapefruit and dank pine, but also gives off fainter notes of lemon zest, fresh grass, orange rind, herbal spiciness, and a tantalizing hint of something almost apple-like, with the slightest suggestion of phenolic alcohols rounding out the aroma.

Taste is stellar. This beer assaults the palate with resinous pine flavors from start to finish, but adds layer upon layer of complexity as it moves from the front to the back of the palate. The front is all about the pine, with hints of lemon zest and grapefruit preventing it from being too one-dimensional. The middle of the palate, though, is where the beer really shines, with the hops displaying additional notes of mango, tangerine, and blood orange, and with a light biscuity malt character balancing the hop potency a little. The finish offers a lingering piney bitterness along with a bit of the same fresh grass note and spicy herb notes from the nose, and just a touch of an almost mint-like flavor.

A medium-bodied beer, oily and resinous, but with a lively and prickly carbonation keeping it from becoming too palate-coating.

On the whole, this beer is something special. Very glad I got to try it, will certainly be on the lookout for more as long as I can find it. Not quite as brash and intricate a blend of hop aromatics and flavors as Heady Topper, but a pretty magnificent brew in its own right, and one that I wouldn't be surprised to see compared favorably to Vermont's semi-legendary heavy hitters in the DIPA category. (1,874 characters)

Photo of FloppyTopper
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (1,296 characters)

Photo of Beercheer31
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
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!! (1,239 characters)

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