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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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BA SCORE
98
world-class

748 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 153
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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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Photo of Chico1985
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this and many other VT goodies during a very nice trip up there last weekend, and also got this bottle to take home thanks to Kimbo. The bottle date is 9/20/13.

Pours that neon hazy orange we've all come to expect out of our IPAs. A thin white head retains well and leaves some good lace. Smells of grapefruit, earth, weed, some tropical, some malt.

The smell is good, though sipping makes the nose feel really tame. Taste is an impeccable mixture of mango, grapefruit, earthiness, orange...general juicy citrus fruits all around. Excellent hop flavor that's well-balanced with biscuit malt and light sugar cookie sweetness. The mouthfeel shows off the malts as well, great creamy mouthfeel with maybe a bit of booze and low bitterness. Somewhat hefty.

It's getting hard not to give praise to VT IPAs nowadays. There is so much well-balanced tropical resin greatness coming out of the state, it all can blur together, sometimes reducing remarkable beers to rehashes. This one, however, does stick out as being one of the best of its kind. I for one am just stoked Otter Creek was involved.

Chico1985, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of twizzard
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a hazy orange with a half inch white foam head....Terrific lacingAnother citrus bomb...grapefruit and lemon zest filled the room as soon as it was poured. Great mouth feel with a sweet malty finish. I was never a big fan of Otter Creek but this collaboration with Lawson's is top notch.

twizzard, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of jaywes754
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jaywes754, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

oriolesfan4, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

kaelingirl, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Damian
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The super cloudy, amber colored liquid was topped by a tight, frothy, two-finger, eggshell colored crown. Solid retention. Thick patches of lacing clung to the top portion of the glass. With time, the chill haze dissipated to reveal a nearly clear body.

The nose was amazingly hoppy, fragrant and dank with intense tropical fruit notes. Lots of mango and passion fruit. Strong peach notes as well. Touch of candied orange peel. A crisp yet subdued booziness was detectible as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was ultra hoppy and bitter. Super catty, oily and resinous. There was a subtle caramel malt presence on the front end before the citrusy hops took over. Orange rind came through strong. The beer turned spicy in the center. Lots of dry, pithy grapefruit notes. Hints of lemon and lime were also perceivable. The super piney, resinous finish left an intense, lingering bitterness on my palate.

The mouthfeel was somewhat lighter bodied for the style, yet pillowy soft, creamy and smooth. A fine, mild carbonation gave the liquid a nice slickness.

While all of Lawson's hoppy beers I have had to date were rather intense, they each displayed some semblance of balance. This collaboration with Otter Creek however was a real palate destroyer. If the hop profile were tweaked so that the cattiness was dialed back a bit, this might become a much more more sessionable double IPA.

Damian, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of caguiar
4/5  rDev -9.5%

caguiar, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ACB
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

ACB, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of CATVDK
5/5  rDev +13.1%

CATVDK, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Frost-Mountain-Brew
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mike and Sean cooked up something special with this one. It's a big beer (and pricey) with 8.5% and I believe 75 IBU. It has a nice body to it that some brewers are exploring with their double IPAs or imperial IPAs. I love the balance that malty-ness provides with the alcohol content and the hops. The mouthfeel is a typical stark IPA and misses the creaminess that I get from a Heady Topper, for those familiar. I do love these signature beers that Otter Creek has unleashed in the last year. The imperial stout was out of this world. I hope they push more extraordinary beers like both of these.

Frost-Mountain-Brew, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of inkdemention
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

inkdemention, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Jslay013, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

ShanePB, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

mmmaaattt, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

jamesb7, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Schmuckles, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of pveilleux
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

pveilleux, Oct 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

tun, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ScottP
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

ScottP, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of JohnG190
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

JohnG190, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

outoffocus, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

TechBrew, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

dcguitar, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

smcolw, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of scotorum
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

scotorum, Oct 06, 2013
Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
98 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.