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

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Reviews: 135
Hads: 1,324
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 265
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 Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the recent 201 release; poured into a Lawson's snifter 10/2/2014. Not the first time I've had it, but the first time I feel I can actually give it a proper review.

A- Darker caramel orange body, two finger frothy white head with a little bit of retention time, leaving just a relatively thin film on top with a thin collar. Lots of wispy lacing. [3.75]

S- Grainy pale malt sweetness, tapioca, spices, a bit of citrus zest, and definitely a lot of papaya. That distinctive papaya smell definitely stands out. It's not a tropical fruit bomb like the Sunshine beers are, but this is very distinct on its own. [4]

F- Sweet pale malt, biscuit, caramel, toffee, spice (reminds me of sharp rye spice, maybe even some Nelson?), citrus, papaya. The papaya dominates the latter half as well as the finish. It's fairly bitter but you don't really notice it until the backend. It's a very different kind of IPA that doesn't typically come out of Vermont. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Bitterness is on the upper limit of normal for me. Enjoyable, different and most importantly, easy to drink. [4.25]

O- More than a solid double IPA. It's not Double Sunshine or Abner and costs a bit high of a price to boot, but this is still better than a lot of the DIPAs being brewed in this country. [4.25] (1,341 characters)

Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +3%

It's pretty darn good from the bottle but phenomenal from a growler. I remember last year's as being better, but that could have just been the shock of something so amazing just sitting there on the supermarket shelf. (217 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 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 MarkGamber
5/5  rDev +14.4%

This was flat out excellent beer. I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. It looked great and had a perfect head. The best part, of course, was the taste. Dank, fruity, very rich and no sense of the 8.1% ABV residing in that bottle. If I could get more I wouldn't hesitate to do so! (291 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No idea why I never entered these full notes off of my phone. Consumed a whole four pack with friends over about a week. I was very happy to see Lawson's team up with Otter Creek. Notes a few months old.

A- 12oz bottle poured to two goblets with an orange-light amber body. Creamy and frothy white head rises to about two fingers with good retention. Lacing has thick webs and spottiness on a large portion of the glass.

S- Pretty close to equal mix of tropical stone fruit and citrus hops with oranges, grapefruit, mango and apricot coming to mind. Some pine and floral in the background of this pungent hoppy aroma. Slightest bit of light cracked grains in the backdrop.

T- Follows the nose very well with the citrus picking up a bit on the taste buds. Grapefruit, orange, pine, floral, mango, stone fruit and herbal hop juice. Slight sweetness and fresh grain there just to provide a resting place for the hops.

MF- Medium bodied with a creamy and somewhat chewy texture for the style. Carbonation is moderate-high and helps the hop oils get to the taste buds. Bitter finish.

Another great VT IPA but this time it actually made it to MA in some form. The four pack was a bit highly priced but I would probably get it again because it was mighty tasty. (1,259 characters)

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +3%

12 0z. bottle poured into a Solemn Oath snifter

Appearance - Amber orange in hue, thin pale yellow head.

Smell - Citrus fruit (grapefruit) , with a hint of grass and pine.

Taste - Mmmm. Starts off with a bit of grapefruit. As it passes over my tongue, I also get a bit of the pine, along with a slight onion taste that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Nice mouthfeel, not too thin, not to slick.

Overall - Awesome DIIPA. I wish I could get this here in Illinois. (459 characters)

Photo of Guess2814
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite beers.. I think it was a six pack or a four pack I had.. I couldn't find any Lawson's Finest in Vermont BUT ironically when I came back to Mass I found this beer at Kappy's Liquor store.. I jump on the opportunity to get this beer.. What a great combination of brewery's between Otter Creek and Lawson's Finest.. GREAT IPA such a nice taste this (375 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 FFreak
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oustanding beer. The Sean Lawson influence is unmistakable. This is a big fruity hop bomb, similar to the Sunshine series. The look is a bit different, with more of a reddish brown hue, but the aroma and flavors are wonderful. Price is a bit steep, but not exorbitant. (272 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Sent to me as an extra by Mr. angrybabboon. This is going to be the closest I'll get to trying something with Lawson's name on it.

Amber orange in color, with a good 2 finger tall frothy head and lots of cloudiness that dissipates into the glass when the dregs are poured in. Solid carbonation and head retention. Looks juicy and oily.

Smells great - up there with anything excellent I've had the opportunity to try from Vermont. There's a sharp citrus profile that dominates the flavor at first, emitting tons of fruity and floral notes. Grapefruit, limes, tangerines, pineapple, and peaches. Notes of rose hips and lavender at the finish, with notes of green pepper. Finishes with a brief sweet toffee note that rounds things off. Very diverse, fun stuff.

Wow, the flavor really caught me by surprise - I did not expect this to be as bitter, resinous, and fruity as it is, but if this is how Lawson's offerings taste, sign me up!! At first, there's this pine/grapefruit combo from the hops that would otherwise make this taste like any average West Coast DIPA, but then things turn for the better. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango, as well as stone fruit (mainly peaches - my favorite) melt in the mouth after each sip, alongside a dried, extremely bitter yet oily finish that melds well with a toasted toffee note. Quite bitter, in the same vein of, say, Fat Head's Headhunter IPA, but far more comforting to sip on given the thickness of the beer in light of the bottle conditioning. Well carbonated. Wet overall, but the middle is intensely dry and resinous. No alcohol burn whatsoever here. Finishes with a palate cleansing sensation that prepares you for the next sip. Wonderful!

I had heard this was good, and if this bottle is (according to my source) 2 months old and drinking this well, I can only imagine how this is fresh. This is one of the most memorable collaborations I've had to date, and while most stuff I've had from Otter Creek was decent at best, Lawson seemed to have pumped magic into this brew. It's not life-changing, but not every great beer needs to be - it's a remarkable example of style, and definitely one I'd be happy to have again whenever the mood struck. (2,247 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yowza. I stumbled across this very pleasant surprise in an unlikely hole in the wall. They had no idea what it was, or why/how they secured it. Lucky me. This DIPA is as close to perfection as I could possibly imagine. Beautiful orange glow, sleight head, lots of tiny bubbles. Good if minimal lacing throughout. Incredible nose of piney floral grapefruit, luscious mouthfeel, and charming malts which more than balance/hide the alcohol. So easy and pleasant to drink. If I have to die by drowning, I hope they drown me with this. It's absolutely incredible all the way across the board. (587 characters)

Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,561 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A-a hazy orange with a thin white head with decent lacing

S-the aroma is awesome amount of hops, pine, orange and grapefruit

T-the taste is the same as the aromas with more grapefruit

M-good carbonation medium body and mild bitterness

O-great DIPA I wish that Lawson's and OCB collaborate again! (343 characters)

Photo of DrStiffington
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was hoping to try this one. Didn't see it anywhere, and then, all of a sudden, there it was in Bottle King. Poured it into my Baxter can glass. Looks like your usual IPA. Smells great. Hoppy citrus wafting out of the glass. This one is a citrus hop bomb. Overpowering, in a great way. The bitter citrus tastes lingers. The palate digs it. Overall, a fantastic beer. The best I've ever had by Otter Creek. I really hope they make this one every year. (449 characters)

Photo of Brushkanna
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - cloudy orange & lacy looks great in the glass, and the label on the bottle is cool
S - hop heavy citrusy bold smell that is perfect
T - heavy hop grapefruit & strong long lasting on the tongue
M - full flavor hop citrus imperial is there but not hot with alcohol
O - This beer only needs to be more available, it is great all around, find it buy it drink it (363 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 11/18/13 notes. Had 2 - 8oz. pours of this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES.

a - Pours a hazy, bright orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, pine hops, floral hops, bread, wheat, and very light tropical fruits in the end. Lots of citrus, quite nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, tropical fruits, floral hops, fruity malts, and light resin. Little bit hoppier than the nose and more tropical fruits, a slight step up for me here.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is pretty smooth and creamy with no bitterness to it. Nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good and very drinkable DIPA; no bitterness and didn't feel 8.5% ABV at all. Lots of citrus throughout it with awesome tropical fruits in the taste as well. Well worth checking out, hope they make it again. (913 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Lawson's/Otter Creek Double Dose IPA

Look 10/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 95/100

Solid collaboration between Otter Creek and Lawson's Finest... Extremely well rounded IPA.. Big Bold and Juicy... Really drinks well and is very satisfying... Would love to see this again~ (308 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright and hazy orange, a hot sun on a summer day. Topped by three fingers of level uniform micro bubbles.

Big fresh citrus aroma, heavy on the oranges. Piney background.

Thick rich semi sweet malt foundation. Bursting with juicy fruit. Mild subtle bitter bite. More juiciness.

Medium mouthfeel. Smooth with a bit of texture.

Saying it's the best beer ever with Otter Creek on the label is damning with faint praise. (421 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a tap into a pint glass. Tough a touch dark in the bar I drank it in, I could note a hazy straw color with a slightly reddish-brown hue in the core. A nice, 2-finger ecru head with some good lacing.

S: Clean, organic hop aroma with strong notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Great aromas of grass, flowers, fresh balsam, and fruit abound. Well-rounded and very inviting.

T: A wealth of hop flavors wahes over your tongue up front, with a beautiful tropical fruit sweetness on the back and, and a mellow dry finish. The hops blend together beautifully to create a nice blend of flavors. Notes of grapefruit, fresh pine sap, hints of passion fruit and mango with a touch of kiwi, all brightly displayed.

M: Clean, crisp, completely devoid of grittiness, with just a hint of alcohol esters. This is a smooth, well-rounded and overall organically clean-feeling beer. I want it to stay in my mouth and never leave.

O: Lawson's has the golden touch, and this beer proves it. It's everything one would want in a Double IPA, without all of the usual baggage. It's flavorful without ruining the taste buds; crisp and clean without sacrificing flavor; strong without tasting the alcohol. A must-taste for any DIPA fan. (1,227 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

WOW!!! This stuff is great! One of the better/best IPAs I had in a while. Really tasty...nice citrus flavors that are perfectly blended with smoothness...so you have the big IPA bitter, but not overpowering...classic awesomeness from Lawson's..a first for me from Otter Creek!

Overall: close to perfect in my book! (315 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a somewhat hazy deep golden orange with a large white head that leaves nice, sticky lacing.

S- The aroma burst from the glass with citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Some good biscuity malt is also detected. Dank and tropical, with lots of tangerine, mango, some lemon, and a good bit of pine.

T- The flavor follows the nose, but with noticeably more pine. The tropical notes are not as pronounced, but still evident, while a hefty malt backbone holds things together. Some moderate to strong grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick for the style, with a very resinous feel, and moderate carbonation.

O- Overall this is a very good DIPA that can almost hang with the big boys! Bring it back! (738 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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