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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: 266
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 DeanMoriarty
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4-pack in a trade with a buddy in Maryland. Poured into an Odell's branded tulip glass.

Pours a hazed apricot hue with a fat white head, good retention and lacing coats the glass. Smell is super danky up front, grapefruit, carmel malt. Taste is super danky in the hop department (as expected from the nose), apricot, lemon with a mild malt back that balances this one nicely while letting the hops run the show, and not a trace of the 8.5% ABV. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, finishes extremely dry with lingering bitterness from all those hops! Overall an outstanding Double IPA and I live in the "Land of IPA's". A perfect balance of sweet malt and resinous hops, with hops winning out in the end. Wish I could get these out on the West! (769 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz, 9/20/13
Tulip

A: Very hazy muted orange color. Full finger of off white head. Probably from tulip glass. Well carbed though. Sticky lacing.

S: Nose is awesome. Dripping tropical fruits: grapefruit, pineapple, overripe peach, etc. Pine. Sweetness.

T: Good bitterness right up front on the tip of the tongue. Really getting those fruity hops. Lots of grapefruit and mango. Sweetness. Malt bill really makes this smooth an cuts through that bitterness. Dangerously easy to drink. Finish is clean and dry. Some lingering fruity hops.

M: Medium bodied. (557 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bursts of tangerine jump out of the glass. Golden, slightly orange hue with a nice one inch foamy white head. Inviting to drink for certain. When agitated, still get the tangerine specific scent. Really enjoyable. Body is well balanced with no hint of that ABV. Bright citrus and limited bitterness for a DIPA. I could drink this all night. Only minimally fading at this point, so seek out and drink now. Great beer. (416 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, I passed on this when I saw it in VT, but I was able to pick up a bottle at Pin's when I came back home.

Golden-amber pour into a Lawson's pils glass, hazy, with a rocky white head that sank to a thick ringlet and held there, lacing the glass slightly. Zesty citrus aroma, fresh and crisp, backed by a solid malt base. The taste was a bit lacking in comparison to the nose, but still good of course. Pithy hops, ample bitterness, not as fresh as the aroma led me to believe, light ammonia, some chewy pale malts bringing in a caramel sweetness. Medium body, middle of the road carbonation. Good overall.

Really it came off exactly as I'd expect from a collab between these two breweries, accurately melding the elements I'd expect from each. Love the bottle artwork too, so that one's staying in the graveyard. (829 characters)

Photo of xVERITAS
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First of all, outstanding beer. This was my first time having it, and I told my girlfriend immediately that it might be one of my favorite IPAs.

It pours a murky orange color. I always tilt pour, so "heads" don't exist for me. This has a very unique hop bitterness to it. Like a tangy zest rather than a harsh bite. It reminded me of a milder ENjoy By.

Very smooth drinking. Solid quality from smell, to sip, to swallow. Very enjoyable and highly recommended (462 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a beautiful heavily hazed golden orange in my Hill Farmstead wine style glass resulting in a gorgeous finger of tan/tint of orange head. Great retention and fantastic lacing. Cannot see through this thing at all. Looks so inviting

S - Tons of grapefruit, lemon, mango, citrusy hops. Mildly resionous with aromas of rind/slight spice.

T - Not over the top bitter but a very nice bitter kick initially followed immediately by orange and grapefruit, then shortly after comes the sweeter fruits like mango and pineapple. Bitterness returns with avengence and the finish and is near perfectly balances with the sweet citrusy qualities. Finish and aftertaste is resinously bitter with mild sweet citrus notes.

M - medium bodied, relatively speaking it is somewhat heavy on the tongue. Solid but mild carbonation, bitterness and flavor profile combine with feel to make this fantastically drinkable.

O - Breaking down categorical observations individually leads to this beer getting 9/10 scores plus across the board, but altogether and when stepping back and rating this beer I need to give it a bump to a strong 4.75 overall. This is absolutely fantastic, I wonder how much of a roll Otter Creek had in crafting this gem. (1,230 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly soft orange brew, slightly cloudy and unfiltered-looking, but more or less translucent. Small head from a gentle pour, maybe 1/2 finger, which quickly fades to a thin pure white line. Decent lacing.

Strong tropical hops through the nose, as well as citrus; strongest note is mango. Not particularly sharp hop notes, just strong and sweet.

Tropical hop bomb with mango flavors most prevalent, just as in the nose. I get absolutely no malt specifics, yet the backbone is just enough to keep the hops flowing in perfect balance.

Lovely mouthfeel; slight carbonation sting, very lively, medium to medium-light, low astringency, and most importantly, none of the all-too-typical DIPA syrupy feel.

This is an absolutely incredible beer, among the best DIPAs I've ever had. It's different from HT and PTE, without a doubt,

Originally tried on tap at Parker Pie in VT; review is from a bottle via Malted Barley in RI. (927 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Dose pours a hazy orange/yellow into the glass with a small, creamy white head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind some spotted lace.

The strong aroma is loaded with piney hops, orange citrus. tropical fruit and caramel sweetness.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with orange and grapefruit citrus, pine and tropical fruit. It finishes with some bready malt sweetness and grassy hop bitterness. Once gone the bitterness, citrus and tropical fruit lingers on the palate.

This is yet another delicious IPA from the state of Vermont. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that more will be made soon. (697 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

beautiful faintly hazed orange glow with a bright white sticky head. Huge tropical fruit nose. lots of papaya and melon with hints of pineapple.

Wow, this is an amazing beer. Medium yet full bodied, simple, well blended concise flavors that all work together. Bitterness throughout, hoppy resin, tropical fruits like those found on the nose, bold bitterness but semi-sweet malts balance it well. a little syrupy but not overwhelmingly so, incredibly smooth, bitterness is clean. Bright hop flavors carried by enough of a malt body to balance everything and carry the hop flavor over the gonue and down the throat. Not a whiff of detectable alcohol. Wow, really really good! Otter creek's best offering yet for sure. Great clean lingering fruit flavors. So resinous and bright tasting and so smooth. I love it. (810 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 09/20/13 and consumed fairly fresh on 10/27/13.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Opaque bright cloudy orange colour with one finger of off-white head.

S - A massive fresh hop aroma bursting with tropical fruit, pine and citrus notes. There is mango, pineapple, guava an peach notes specifically coming through.

T - Bitter up front with tangerine, peach, mango, pineapple and guava notes all coming to the forefront with a touch of pine also present. The malt bill adds just the slightest caramel sweetness. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation. (602 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.15.13
Bottled 092013

A - Pours a cloudy, darker orange with a small light tan head with good retention.

S - Lots of grapefruit and orange.

T - Grapefruit, orange peel, tropical and nice.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice citrus fruit dominates this lovely IPA. (301 characters)

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

12oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Disclaimer: I'm starting to have trouble reviewing (D)IPAs, since the breweries in VT, CT, MA, ME, and even NY and NH, are just putting out world class pale ale after world class pale ale. I'm running out of ways to say "amazing."

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy white head that sticks around. Pours a hazy, glowing orange, and leaves lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Mineral-y, with a strong orange citrus aroma underpinned by dank earthiness. Tangerine and lime. No malt or booziness in the nose. Hoppy and fresh smelling.

Taste: Thick juicy citrus hops up front, transitioning through pungent weed/earthiness leading to tingly cracker malt, slight booziness, with a dry and effervescent finish. Paradoxically punchy and languid; it's carbonated and dry enough that everything pops sharply, but it's juicy and succulent enough with some faint lingering sugariness that it feels slick and coating.

Multifaceted citrus hops, strong, well-developed cereal malt and cracker backbone, perfect mouthfeel. A real treat for hop aficionados, and just an excellent, refreshing pale ale for... well, basically everyone. Bitter enough, beautifully harmonious, and not skimping on any part of the experience.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Rather highly carbonated, perfectly offsetting the juiciness. Dry finish (not bone dry, just "dry"). Really can't do any better than this. Spot on in every respect, serving as the 100% perfect vehicle for these flavors.

Overall: What do you get when a really solid VT brewery (Otter Creek) collaborates with the maker of the best DIPA in America (Sean Lawson, Double Sunshine) on a DIPA? Unsurprisingly, you get a world class DIPA. Excellent work, everyone involved. This should make a lot of beer geeks too busy or lazy (or whatever) to drive to VT very happy. (1,847 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a hazy pale yellow orange with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. More lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Resiny pine, grassy, herbal, pungent, floral,tropical, and citrus hops. Caramel and toasted malts in there too. I can't wait to try this bad boy out.

Taste: Hoppy, but for the most part pretty balanced with mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and a little bitterness.

Overall: For a collaboration beer, this beer rocks and wish they would do more. A very good quality beer and the 8.5% is not even noticeable. Scary good. Love the VT take on a Double IPA and hoppiness that can match west coast versions too. (880 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. No date. Thanks surge1311.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a small off white head. Great lacing.

S - Wonderful citrusy, piney and floral hops.

T - Lots of hop flavor with tropical fruit, citrus and pine. Rich hop oils with a moderate bitterness. Mmmmm.

M - Silky with a moderate carbonation of well behaved bubbles.

O - A super, flavorful beer. (379 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong citrus and caramel sweetness. The hops bitterness however maintains its strength rather continuously. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style. This is an excellent 2IPA to drink for a long time. (841 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Cloudy copper color that came with a nice 2 finger head and excellent lacing.

S: Phenomenal smell. That top-notch flavor that is the sign of a world-class IPA.

T: PINE! Gives you great breath. It is almost cooling. Weird pine profile.

M: Extremely smooth with almost no bubbles (prickly or coarse). No carb felt.

O: The only thing that I can think of that might improve this, would be just a hint of carb or mouthfeel. (473 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my nifty Fiddlehead “can glass”; bottling date of September 20, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder (“092013 3792/96M”), making this just over two weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): Two fingers of cream-colored head rise off of the pour, fizzling down slowly over a glowing, hazy, honey-orange body (which looks about damn near perfect, in my book). The retention is fine, but whaaat is up with this lacing?! It’s almost a solid sheet all the way around the glass. This is insane.

Smell (4.75): Very pungent passionfruit, kiwi, dank herb, resin, ripe pineapple . . . some herbal, minty spice, and a seriously well-placed limeade aroma. Limeade. Good lord this is fantastic. Malt? Booze? Yeast? Who cares. The hops are so well done here, everything else is an afterthought, and not in a disappointing way.

Taste (4.5): Holy balls. Red grapefruit juice bitterness leads the way, accompanied by a sharp, minty spice and bite. Grapefruit flesh, earthy herbs and tobacco . . . a long, lingering lime juice bitterness that doesn’t disappear. No booze. Outstanding—strongly bitter, but balanced by fresh-baked white bread and a tiny bit of honey; or, bundt cake with lemon icing. Man oh man this DIPA is not messing around.

Mouthfeel (4.75): So easy to drink, and nowhere near its size: spicy, tingling carbonation covers all surfaces, foams moderately with a soft feel, dries out evenly and pleasantly thanks to hop oils booze, and a medium-weight body. Absurdly easy to put this one back.

Overall (4.5): Just an outstanding DIPA in all regards. Absolutely excellent. I was underwhelmed by the head, when all is said and done, but the lacing more than made up for it. This is an outstanding example of the style for lovers of both the new school and the old school of pale, hoppy, American hopbombs, but not for the faint of heart. This bitch is bitter. It just happens that there’s so much else going on here and it’s all so well done, that it’d be hard for anyone to put this beer down. Excellent job, you guys. (2,109 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 10/24/13

Appearance: Lightly hazy, medium orange - some nice copper and gold hues - frothy, off-white, average-sized head, fades to a small, wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Hilariously dank - lots of wet pine, wet resin, and some weed - plenty of grapefruit and orange, some peel, and some pith - some floral and earthy notes - a touch of fresh onion - somewhat unique and definitely interesting hop profile - some pale and caramel malts in the background

Taste: Hoppy in a wet, resiny way - lots of pine, with some leafy and resinous bitterness - some fleshy grapefruit, with some oily citrus, orange, and pith - some tropical flavors as well, mostly mango - earthy and herbal notes, almost a little spicy - nice, high level of bitterness - pale and caramel malts at the base, lightly toasted

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, finishes pretty clean despite how oily and wet the hops are

Overall: Lawson's Creek?

This is quite an impressive collaboration. At the very least, it's awesome that something associated with Sean Lawson got into wider distribution. This is a very interesting beer, worth seeking out (especially fresh). (1,164 characters)

Photo of reyna311
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served by the bottle to my IPA glass

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy orangey yellow with an offwhite head that fades after a few sips, lingers at a millimeter for the rest of the ride.

Smell: Citrus blossom

Taste: Super citrusy upfront. Balanced with a bit of pine. Lingers with an drunk grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Meduim to heavy, yet crisp and tingly

Overall: Solid DIPA. Great to have a collab from these guys, and I'm really happy its distributed here in DE. (455 characters)

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

Enjoyed a couple of four packs of this delicious IPA.
First off, I was amazed it tastes this good in 12 oz bottles.
Not sure why the 12 oz. thing surprised me, but it's the best tasting beer out of that size I've ever had.
It's delicious, not a hop bomb but plenty of citrusy fruit and mild bitterness.
Very crisp mouthfeel on the finish.
A brilliant beer. (356 characters)

Photo of jhawth
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a finger head that dissipates relatively quickly to a thin foamy cap.

Aroma: Citrus hop notes (grapefruit mostly) immediately, noticeable sweet malt presence, slight herbal hop note as well. Excellent.

Taste: Big blast of hop bitterness leads into solid, sweet maltiness; slight herbal, almost onion-y hop notes add in, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, approaches creamy.

Overall: Really excellent DIPA. Really, really nice. (523 characters)

Photo of TaylorGates
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice light orange cloudy with a nice 1/2inch head looks the part

S-Citrus, Grapefruit, malty slight caramel with earthy tones

T-Citrus tones with malty taste has that earthy caramel deepness, slight pine with a dry hop finish

F-Crisp and dry finish, the hop bitterness comes to an abrupt end with a dry finish. A good Medium body with an even carbonation

O- Really enjoyed this beer double IPA prob one of the better ones I have tasted, its awesome that Lawson's is working on something people can taste outside of VT

bottle into Weizen Glass (550 characters)

Photo of Sensaray
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed light yellow amber appearance with 1/2 inch white head, decent appearance. Smell all sorts of citrus hops get a sense of the bitterness Initial spice mixes with nice crystal malts and citrusy flavors for a smooth feel and good drinking brew, bit of an earthy taste before the bittersweet lingering finish. Pretty good offering worth a try (344 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Alchemist Will Becher glass. Lets see if the hype was real...

Appearance- Hazy orange/yellow with 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell- There is definantly a Double Sunshine/Heady hop aroma to it. Slight booze, grass, pine needles, tangerine, something strange that I can't put my finger on. Not overly thrilled with the aromas. The lingering aroma is not something to be desired in my opinion.

Taste- Earthy/grassy hops, light tangerine, light lemon. A lingering mild bitterness. It has a slight resemblance to Double Sunshine, but it's butted out by what reminds me of Otter Creeks Hop Session (none too impressed with).

Mouthfeel-Very low carbonation, mild alcohol heat, smooth. Tastes like a cask beer or the carbonation isn't correct.

Overall- Hype train loses on this one. Just because Sean Lawson collaborated on this beer, doesn't in fact make it outstanding. The body really killed it for me, because the taste was nice, but the body affected it too much. Absolutely not worth the asking price of a 4pk. Glad I only got a single bottle. (1,111 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Small white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell - Very citrusy. Orange and grapefruit. A little musty behind some toasted malts.

Taste - More orange-centric hop flavor. Again the toasted malts are most prominent. Grapefruit bitterness builds. Again a little musty.

Mouthfeel - Not too sweet. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Solid all around and I'd go so far as to say excellent. Maybe doesn't stand out in any individual category, but I really liked it. (536 characters)

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