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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: 181
Hads: 1,484
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 272
Gots: 240 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 RichKent
3.5/5  rDev -19%

12oz bottle I found in Boston poured into a tulip. It was unrefrigerated, so not as fresh as it should be.

Appearance - pours a dark amber with almost no head. What head there was dissipated quickly, and there is exactly zero lacing on the glass. In fact, after finishing the glass looks clean.

Smell is slightly hoppy and grassy with some sweetness.

Taste is malt-forward. There's a little sweetness and floral/grassy flavors. Finish is bitter, but it's smooth and easy to drink. I was hoping for more citrus/fruity flavors, but it was not to be.

Mouth is a little syrupy for my liking, but fine.

I was hoping for something more. It's a good beer, but at $4 per 12oz bottle it's a little underwhelming. If you have the choice between Double Dose and Heady, then grab the Heady every time.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Beautiful golden - copper color. Noticeable haze. Lots of small bubbles rising to the surface. Very small creamy head when poured that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin broken layer of foam on the surface and slight streaks of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Delicious aroma - hoppy and citrus (think grapefruit). Made me want to drink the beer. Perfect.

Taste: Starts off citrus (grapefruit) and kind of herbal, then ends with a strong very bitter flavor and slightly dry finish. I did not care for the bitter finish personally.

Feel: Medium body. Relatively smooth. Nice carbonation. Dry finish though that left me wanting a glass of water.

Overall: A decent IPA. I would gladly drink again if someone served me this. However the bitterness and dry finish made me not want to purchase this again, as there are other IPAs that I would prefer over this one. I'm glad that I tried it!

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Photo of HopDeezy
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Pours a translucent auburn/dark orange with a soft white head.

S - Strong tropical citrus grapefruit and orange nose and heavy pine and even some bitters.

T - follows the nose but with heavier pine than expected and a long BITTER finish. Too bitter in my opinion. Tone down the finish and this would be a much better beer. Not enough balance here.

M - Mouthfeel was interesting....a heavy buttery, creamy resinous mouthfeel with high carbonation.

O - a very good double IPA that may be one of the most over hyped and overrated beers I've had the pleasure of trying. I say pleasure because it's still a very good beer that I'd love to have again....I'm just not going out of my way to chase down one 12 oz bottle per customer for $5 in Massachusetts at many of the stores. Definitely not worth that much effort. Still good though.

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Photo of GmAn613
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L- Dark ambery orange, nice dank unfiltered with small head retention. No carb action. Head fades and leaves little to no lacing. S- Slight caramel. Aroma of citrus and fruity, a slight pepper comes through at the end. A nice dank resinous aroma comes through also. No hint of booziness. M- Crisp, very smooth for a 8.5%, no burn. Low carbonation but is still great and doesnt become overbearing for the style or flavors. T- Slight bitterness, peppery, hoppy, well rounded. Caramel hints, but is overshadowed by the citrus and fruitiness from the hops. Picking up mango, papaya and a slight orange. O- Wish this was available year round. Great collaboration. Loose the caramel flavors and thia would be amazing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my brother is the man for hooking this one up for me, so much hype around it, and finally i get to have a bottle. heavy orange look to it, super heady, sticky looking, and ring lace as it drinks. is beautiful to look at it, moderately cloudy, really bold orange glow. the nose is citrus and honey for me, intense hops, tropical fruit, orange peel, mango, passion fruit, mowed lawn, and a sturdy but background barley malt base. the flavor is just like the nose, layers of intense fruit and pungent hops. some galaxy or citra or the like here in big proportion. i think the abv is perfect for the style too, but enough to do what its supposed to, but not large enough to show though at all, not distracting or even really all that visible here. long hoppy finish is quite in line with the west coast style, less delicate than the other vermont ipas that i love, but i think equally well put together. frothy feel, pretty dry, very bubbly, round, complete. one of the better big ipas ive had this year honestly, nothing i would change about it. i think i expected it to be a little more like the other hoppy lawson beers, and its something else entirely. definitely worth picking up or trading for though if these are your horse.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from tap into a snifter glass at TJs in Paoli PA.

Appearance is a medium orange color with a one finger white head. Nice glass lacing lingers.

Smell is loads of tropical fruitiness with some danker weed and herbal smells. Caramel sweetness is also noted.

Taste is tropical up front with mango, pineapple, peach and some grapefruit rind. The sweetness comes in with deep caramel malt and some grassy, herbal and pine notes...almost weed like too. The sweetness mixes in the finish with some pine and bitterness that really lingers.

Mouthfeel is solid with some alcohol on the back end and perfect carbonation.

Overall I thought this was the nectar of the gods reading all the people raving about it and seeking it here on BA. Was it all that? No. Was it a solid drinking DIPA? You bet. There are better DIPAs out there, so I'm not sure I get the hype. Don't get me wrong, a very good beer, just not worthy of the hype IMO.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +2.3%
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 -7.4%

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 -12.3%
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 -7.4%

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 -2.1%

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 -19.2%
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 -1.6%

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%

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 +1.9%

-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 +1.6%
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 -3.7%
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 +4.2%

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 -7.4%

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 -42.1%

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 +15.7%

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 -1.9%
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 +4.2%

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 +4.6%
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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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
95 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.