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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

668 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 668
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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joe1510

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Yet another delicious sounding beer from facesnorth, thanks Ryan! A hazy sunrise orange body dumps into my glass while a dirty white cap tops things off. A couple small streams of carbonation rush to the surface here and there while the head leaves behind some sticky, but thin, spiderwebbed lacing down the glass.

Double Dose is straight up hop driven no ifs, ands or buts about it. Orange marmalade and grapefruit pith both leap from the glass while mango and spicy pineapple play secondary roles. Pine and some other, tougher to single out, tropical fruits play around in the background. The only malt presence I get is a touch of caramel, and that takes some work, but there is some spicy alcohol on deep whiffs.

Flavor profile runs in stride with the aroma and at risk of sounding redundant....Orange and grapefruit are strong and bitter while mango and grapefruit add a peppery edge. Indistinct tropical fruits pop up mid-palate and push through to the finish as pine makes its appearance. Drying alcohol rises up the back of the throat and through the nose. This is a mighty fine IPA.

The mouthfeel certainly helps the drinkability in this case. As opposed to the 8.5% alcohol this IPA weighs in at it drinks more along the lines of a 7%er. The body is moderate in viscosity but with a light, quick moving feel and tit grabbing bitterness. Dryness slowly sets in on the finish but does grab hold. Nicely done!

Double Dose is another damn good IPA from the northeast. Huge amounts of citrus overlap with a dash of pine, a touch of booziness, and a healthy dose of bitterness make for a delicious recipe. Thanks, Ryan!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:46:41 | More by joe1510
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TheCuriograph

New York

4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a few bottles while I was up in Burlington, VT. This stuff lasted, like, 10 minutes in NYC, so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself right now:

A - Vibrant deep amber with a robust white head. Opaque and impenetrable.

S - Oodles of tangerine, mango, and wet grass, with just a hint of fresh bread. Pretty familiar, but totally assured and pronounced.

T - Sharp and full of passion fruit and lemongrass. Biscuity sweet caramel malting fills out the body and gives way to a wonderful hop resin at the back. Explosively bitter and velvety rich, and the booze is virtually unnoticeable.

M - Rich and heavy for an IPA. Reminds me of the feel you get with Maine Beer's Lunch.

O - Speaking of Lunch ... Double Dose is right up there with Lunch and several of my other favorites, including Heady and Two-Hearted. Hope this comes back on the market at some point. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:51:47 | More by TheCuriograph
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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

10-16-2013 00:12:17 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours very hazy. I love these translucent IPAs, very Vermont-esque. Short head is frothy and laces well.

S-Hello, my friend. Hop extract. Exotic fruit and oily pine. Lightly catty and dank. Grapefruit must. Hello Mr. Lawson.

T-The flavor is loaded and bursting with grapefruit and naval orange. Moderate tropical fruitiness. Light hints of green onion and flower stem. Finishes piney, spicy and bitter. The sweet breaded malt doesn't stand a change against the sharp, pungent hop brigade.

M-Dry, resiny and playfully bitter. Body is sturdy. A bit of cheek warmth. Each sip entices the taste buds.

O/D-Really happy to have copped a bottle of this. Flirts with excellence. One of the tastier hop-bombs that I have sampled in quite a bit. Seems to improve as it warms as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 22:51:56 | More by VelvetExtract
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-hazy golden orange, fluffy white head and white lacing.
S- orange, pineapple, mango, citrus hops, lemon.
T- follows the nose with all of the tropical fruits, oranges, mango, grapefruit, pineapple.
M- light creamy body with medium carbonation.
O- I really hope this beer is not a one off because it is terrific. Awesome citrusy ipa no resinous aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 21:33:20 | More by AdamF625
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a big, thick head and leaving some nice lacing as it settles. The nose is massive and drips of fresh hops with all those wonderful aromas of citrus, pine and spicy bitterness. As the nose predicts, the flavor carries through. Double dose is a big juicy burst of hops backed by an sweet malt profile balancing the beer out. Medium body and carbonation provide a round, flavorful palate. Overall…what can I say, a delicious, thirst-quenching IPA I would like to drink all day long.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 19:54:16 | More by mtomlins
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-10-14 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 1/2-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Pineapple and other tropical fruits, spicy and floral hops, light malt and light pine. Very fresh and sweet smelling.

T - Delicious. Bright citrus flesh, orange candy, pine, graham cracker, pepper. After you've assimilated these fresh flavors, the orange zest and pine needle bitterness keeps growing and growing but never to the point of being too much, thanks to the somewhat-balancing citrus flesh sweetness. The alcohol heat and contributing sweetness are part of the balancing act and certainly not out of place.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, prickly, clinging and then pretty dry.

O - The combination of very fresh, bright flavor, strong bitterness, crushed hop bud goodness and importantly, the balancing graham cracker malt, are a winning combination. I sure would like to see this beer again as a seasonal or regular. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:39:05 | More by Tucquan
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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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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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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a beautiful golden/yellow, with some haze. There aren't any floaties- it looks clean but cloudy.

The aroma here is off-the-charts spectacular. Huge mango, with spicy pepper and slight onion notes. Usually a turnoff, to me anyway, but the aroma was so potent and so clean that it overwhelmed me. Really wonderful stuff.

The taste matches the aroma, in potency and profile. Mild citrus (mango and lime) with big spicy notes. A little onion and garlic, which usually isn't my thing, but here it's in just the right doses.

Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Perfect for the flavors.

I freakin' loved this beer. I've never tasted this flavor profile before, but it works. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 03:54:43 | More by stonermouse
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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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mrz200

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer of any kind from Lawson's. Have had a half dozen Heady Topper's in the past few months.
Rich orange in color, with little head.
Nose is lovely. Exactly what I want it to be.
This an excellent DIPA, but make no mistake its a DIPA. It might be a little bolder tasting on all levels than HT - the citrus, the hops - but also the alcohol so it's not necessarily better.
I had this right out of the fridge in a chilled glass. Went down very fast and smooth, but the bitterness and alcohol flavors increase with temperature. There's so much other stuff going on that this isn't a big deal, this beer is pretty damn close to 5's across the board.
Paid 24$ for 4 pack in North Andover MA. Still cheaper than driving to VT..but just barely!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:35:55 | More by mrz200
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a DC Brau can glass. Bottled 9/20/13.

A - Pours a murky golden orange with about a finger of long lasting off-white head. Leaves a patchy lacing on the interior walls of the glass.

S - Awesome aroma full of dank grapefruit and tropical hops. Some sweet malty components, similar to caramel. Loaded with orange, guava, mango, and lime zest. Undoubtedly one of the best smelling IPAs I have ever sniffed.

T - Lives up to the lofty expectations that the aroma set. Juicy tropical fruit and grapefruit bursts on the tongue from the start. A little bit piney on the finish, but cleans itself up with more citrus fruit. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Lively carbonation and a medium, slick body.

O - I was surprised to see this one at my local store. This was my first ever Lawson's liquid, even if it was a collaboration. It is hard to believe they managed to squeeze so much citrus and tropical hop flavor into this beer. It remains dangerously drinkable despite the intense flavor. Smoother and cleaner than similar hop bombs. It isn't a Heady Topper slayer to me, but it isn't far off either. I think it is good enough to justify the price tag ($16/4pack) as a one time expense. Grab it if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:01:21 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Bjorn2bWild

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was excited to see this Lawson's collabo in my local store. This one did not dissappoint amazing aroma that was followed by even better flavor. This beer is delicious.

I agree that this beer is similar to a heady topper but it is more smooth the whole way threw where as a heady hits you in the face with bitter to start.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 12:09:21 | More by Bjorn2bWild
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Just released last week.

A: Pours a hazy orange. Very large and frothy light tan pour. Amazing head retention. Moderate but thick swatches of lacing across the glass.

S: Not nearly as hop-bomby as I was expecting. Tropical fruits backed with tons of caramel sweetness. Lots of orange. Pungent, sharp hop aroma regardless.

T: Yup, lots of tropical fruit up front. LOTS of them. Tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango. Spicy pine and a bit of garlic/onion too. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma betrayed. Only a mild crackery malt that's largely blasted by a wave of bitterness on the back end. No alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, bitter and drying.

O: Nice citra (I assume) hop bomb. Surprisingly well balanced but still a hop bomb (if that makes any sense). It's good but comparing it to HT is silly at this point.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:17:00 | More by Dope
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dar482

New York

4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a beautiful hazy golden orange color. A bright brilliant color.

The aroma is huge of bright tropical fruit, mango, apricot, pineapple along with fresh grapefruit. It's extremely hoppy along with deep garlic and onion inside.

The flavor follows with a orange, grapefruit, citrus note and then there's also some floral notes. There's a gentle crackery light malt character then it rolls into pine and then a rolling grapefruit pith bitterness. It's an extremely hoppy beer with a light malt backbone.

The beer drinks extremely light and easy with tons of complex flavors. The alcohol is absolutely hidden and it does not taste like a DIPA. I would draw comparisons between this and Heady and I never say that.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 03:12:44 | More by dar482
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Consumed on 9/09 and 9/10.

A - Bright peach in color. Minor amount of sediment in bottom of bottle, but never made it to the glass. Had to hold bottle upside down for a little while for any sediment to leave bottle. Clear/no cloudiness. Medium irregular lacing.

S - Fragrant. Mango, papaya, peach, and apricot. Classic tropical fruit IPA smell. Somewhat boozy.

T - Mandarin orange/orange, lemon, pear, with a tart lemon-orange on side of tongue and a grapefruit rind finish.

M - Tingling on tongue and refreshing. Light bodied.

O - I have to say I am somewhat disappointed, but take that statement with a grain of salt... I read the initial reviews and noticed that it was a Lawson collaboration. The local bottle shop tweeted out that they had it in stock, so a friend and I made the immediate trip to purchase some. Read more reviews and comparisons at some level were made with HT. Excited. Lots of enthusiasm to try...

Cracked two first night and decided to give it another try with two more on the 2nd night, secretly hoping that it would be better the second time around.

Bottom line is that it is very good, but not what the initial reviews said in my opinion. It's so close to being phenomenal, but misses the mark. Has good taste, but does not mask the high ABV. The density or body of this beer is also somewhat lacking... to lightly bodied for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 02:26:51 | More by Duane_Opfer
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA. Very excited to try this one.

A- Pours a hazy, unfiltered, golden orange body with a 2 finger white head that reduces at a medium rate and leaves some spotty lacing. Just what like to see in a DIPA, raw and fresh.

S- Now THIS is what a DIPA should smell like!!! How can I put this into words.. HUGE tropical, grapefruit, mango, fresh pineapple aromas, subtle but fresh pine and citrus zest in the background. Perfect. Just perfect.

T- Starts off with huge tropical notes.. fresh mango, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus.. the finish is nice and piney, resinous, and leaves a bitter taste on the tongue. Just amazing.

M- Light for a DIPA, refreshing and crisp.

Very, very nicely done. Beats out Pliny, Sucks, Ruinten, Enjoy By by a longshot. Worth the pricetag.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 02:18:06 | More by gcamparone
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Kendo

New York

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 22:44:27 | More by Kendo
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dsartwell72

Vermont

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 03:20:37 | More by dsartwell72
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:15:22 | More by Huhzubendah
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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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Ysgard

Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 17:49:13 | More by Ysgard
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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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jegross2

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

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