Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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4.81/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a hazy orange with a thick, quickly dissipating white head. Some lacing. Aroma is full of grapefruit and sticky pine resin. This is what a Double IPA should smell like! The taste is just as the smell indicated, lots of grapefruit and pine resin. Faint earthy notes. Balanced by a strong malt backbone, but it's the hops that take center stage in this beer! Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is textbook Double IPA. Pick this one up if you can find it.
10-06-2013 21:56:43 | More by JohnG190
4.13/5 rDev -6.6%
This beer pours thick and leaves a very modest head. It settles very quickly to rim bubbles. Some spotty lace. Orange gold color with a bit of haze.
Strong grapefruit rind to the nose. No malt base, this is all hop--a bit of pine, too.
Short lived malt start. Strong bittering flavor dominates throughout, lasting long after the swallow. Lots of black pepper in the finish. This is one of This is perhaps the richest IPA I've ever had. The carbonation is decent and there's no sweetness from residual sugars.
10-06-2013 18:30:25 | More by smcolw
4.25/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.
a: Translucent amber with a huge white head which dissipated slowly to heavy surface foam and some spotty lacing.
s: Mild pine.
t: Light and clean immediately, followed by a sharp pine hop hit which lingers in the back of the throat and on the tongue. High ABV is well covered.
m: Light feel yet medium body, very smooth.
o: I may have been too anxious to try this, drank it before it was fully chilled. Not as bright and fruity as I remember my first taste of Double Sunshine at the Pig, but still an excellent DIPA which even warmish is wonderfully easy drinking. I'll try a fully chilled bottle tomorrow.
UPDATE 10/19: Oddly, the second one did not have quite as light a taste as the first. I did not think the hop profile came across as especially exceptional, so at this point I'm not inclined to improve the numbers I put up first time. Very good DIPA, but not one of the best IMO.
UPDATE 11/1: The third bottle was well chilled, powerfully resiny and enjoyable, thinking now my judgement after the second was too harsh. Better than merely very good. Lacing was extensive this time as well, same glass as used in the first tasting. Still not getting the citrus others have reported.
UPDATE 1/19/14: Knocked off the last bottle I had tonight and it was excellent. Two and a half months did not detract from what I wrote in the 11/1 update, in fact the pine aroma was stronger than merely "mild." Sad it's all gone, and of course we do not know if it will ever be made like this again. However, there are some other fine new NE IPAs and DIPAs out there, like Long Trail's Limbo, Shipyard's Black and OC's Kind Ryed. And they are all more affordable than Double Dose was.
10-06-2013 04:39:48 | More by scotorum
3.83/5 rDev -13.3%
Appearance: Hazy orange-gold with a clumpy white head. Moderate retention. Nice notches of lacing with a moderate carbonation.
Smell: Pine, grapefruit, resin, orange, mango, and peach. It's a crap load of hop depth. Slight bitterness. Straight up Lawson's influence. Malts are nice and bready with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Some herbal notes. Relatively light malt backbone. Sweet hop. Even some floral notes mixed in there. Delightful, as to be expected.
Taste: Bitter pine needle gives way to juicy tropical fruit and crazy floral hops. Some lingering oily pine and a solid grapefruit flesh. A touch herbal. Malts are very lightly sweet with some biscuit and caramel notes. Perfume and flower petals. Lingering bitterness. Light, almost pale malt backbone. Mango and pineapple in abundance. Decidedly bitter and tropical.
Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Juicy up front.
Overall: Take 2 and call me in the morning.
Definitely follows the pedigree. Lawson's is tempered by the more balanced Otter Creek approach and it works. Not the most exciting take out there, but I wouldn't mind seeing it roll out in 4-packs forms time to time.
10-06-2013 00:35:17 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.55/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a cloudy amber with blonde highlights and a huge white head into my glass. I've been looking forward to this collaboration.
Freshly-cut grass interspersed with mango and pine. Those familiar with Lawson's excellent offerings will enjoy this.
Light and crisp mango bite upfront with plenty of hop bitterness to appease the palate. Tasty and unique.
Alcohol is well-hidden, which could tempt one to quaff this down. Bitterness coats the tongue and it burns slightly going down.
A great beer that represents the best of both Gerhart and Lawson's respective brewing talents. I believe that it would give Heady Topper a run for its' money, especially in can form. Get this while you can!
10-06-2013 00:24:45 | More by Brad007
Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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