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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: 147
Hads: 1,362
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 25.92%
Wants: 273
Gots: 195 | 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 GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottles brought back by Justin from Vermont, thanks dude.

Pours a dark orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of sticky lacing.

Smells sweetly sticky and hoppy, with some caramel malt, overlaid by juicy grapefruit and pineapple.

This is a bit maltier than I would have expected, but remains delicious anyway. So much hoppy and malty sweetness, with a tiny bit of booziness. There's some sweet caramel flavors, along with grapefruit, orange, and pineapple hoppiness, candied and very sweet. There's a tiny bit of pine, but really not a whole lot of bitterness here.

This one is slightly syrupy in the mouthfeel, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a medium body. It is very, very drinkable.

This doesn't quite meet the insane hype that it has, but it's still a top DIPA anyway. Just a bit too sweet to be perfect for me.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date which is kind of sad.

A- Pours an orangeish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Resinous, piney, musty hop aroma that's slightly sweet from the malt. It has an extra element that I can't pin down but is intoxicating before I even take a sip.

T- Again, resinous hop flavor with a firm but restrained bitterness. The malt backing is the key here as without it the hop flavor and bite could become too intense. So drinkable for the ABV. More pine, citrus and some grassy quality. The alcohol is certainly noticeable but works incredibly well with the rest of the profile.

M- Moderate sharpness and a lot of oily texture from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Keep 'em comin' Mike!

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Photo of Sandalwood
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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 Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
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 Etan
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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 papat444
4.23/5  rDev -3%

Bottled 091814.

Aroma of fresh fruit jumps out with lots of dry orange. Silky smooth taste with a bitter edge in the finish. Grapefruit flavor is notable, feel is strong, prolonged and creamy even lingering long after the sip.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.49/5  rDev -20%
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 djnickelb
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

On tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington VT: Nice dark/golden color, medium carbonation. My hopes may have been set too high for this, as I love every Lawson's beer I've had, and Otter Creek is on a roll lately. It is damn good beer but lacked the specific flavors I look for - the aromas are overwhelmed by the bitterness and I had a hard time sorting out the flavors. Bitter citrus flavors, and the beer didn't smell all that pretty. Overall a great beer but not sure its worth the $17 for a 4 pack price I've seen. Personally I like the Otter Creek Overgrown more or the other Lawson's beers.

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Photo of Erockruns
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%

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 NAPO
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

-Pours a dark golden with about a half finger with a creamy head.

-Zesty aromas of pine and mandarin. A pretty strong scent of herbal hops. Slight spiciness.

- Taste is grapefruit and mandarin bitterness. Is pretty grassy but not overwhelming. Little sweet caramel malt.

-Crisp and nicely carbonated. Medium bodied.

-A very good pricey beer. It may be a a one time deal for me, but it's definitely one of the best shelf beers out there.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleased that they chose to brew this again this year. Bottled 091814

A: Pours a chill hazed sunset orange color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a ring of bubbles fairly quickly

S: Pungent citrus and tropical fruits up front with some apricot notes as well. Not too much to the malt backbone in the nose

T: Follows the nose. Very citrusy and tropical with notes of apricot and some pine. Malt manages to back it up a little, adding a little sweetness to balance out the fruity onslaught. Bitterness lingers on throughout, but never gets overwhelming. Finishes with a bit of the bitterness and some more pine notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a little lacking on the malt (but that's a good thing while fresh)

O: A nice citrus and tropical fruit bomb. Pleasant bitterness throughout with just enough sweetness to balance. Definitely a juicy hop bomb if that's what you're into/looking for

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
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]

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Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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Photo of VTHopddicted
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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 SpasmWaiter
2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

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 MarkGamber
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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!

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
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 FFreak
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
96 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.