Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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4.65/5 rDev +5.2%
Another stunning and fresh Vermont DIPA, many thanks to mtomlins.
Bottle pours a hazy orange colour with a respectable white head. Jaw-dropping aroma is a cornucopia of hop-forward delights: resin, pine, tropical fruit and citrus all bring the best of each "c" and other hop in this blend. The flavour is a well balanced blend of grainy malt sweetness and awesome hop bitterness, with a surprising depth and breadth of hop portfolio; lots of tropical fruit and grapefruit.
Wanted a fresh palate but am saddened to have chosen this as the first beer of the night, as there will likely be no comparison with the second!
10-05-2013 00:10:44 | More by hopsolutely
4.51/5 rDev +2%
Made the voyage down to Middlebury for the release of Double Dose. Didn't see Sean Lawson there, though.
A: Beautiful, semi-cloudy orange. Close to perfect and very inviting.
S: Citrus hops overwhelm.
T: Like some others have said, this here is just about 80% Double Sunshine. Very fruity hops--although less mango and grapefruit and more apricot. Great.
M: Full and supple.
O: Definitely worth a try. Although, at the pricetag I've been seeing around Burlington, Vt., of $15/4-pk of 12oz. bottles, my first 4-pack may be my last. Try it on tap while it's around. It's a great thing that such a great Lawson's-esque beer can make such a wide distribution around the area.
10-04-2013 23:05:47 | More by BTVflatlander
4.59/5 rDev +3.8%
this one just hit town this week and i heard good things so nabbed some...enjoyed from a lawson's snifter.
a - brew poured a murky orange. thin fizzy head that didn't last long but wasn't gone immediately. spotty and streaky lacing left on the glass.
s - yowza...this one has lawson's written all over it. great, dank hops. grapefruit and other tropical fruit notes. sticky, sweaty, resiny.
t - for as good as this one smells, it tastes 10 times better. an immaculate ipa. everything in the right place with great dank hops. really fresh...really dank...really resinous. big grapefruit and citric notes.
m - full bodied ipa, but super easy drinker. just the right amount of bitterness dialed in.
o - overall, vermont ipa at its finest. i'm extremely impressed with this beer and super excited to have a bunch more bottles, but i am sure they won't last long.
10-04-2013 20:46:40 | More by cosmicevan
4.66/5 rDev +5.4%
A : cool label. Very Vermont. Pours a slightly hazy orange/deep gold. Very thin and fizzy white head that disappears very quickly.
S: wow, all citrus. Guava, lemon, grapefruit and a little bit of booze. Reminiscent of lime zest. Vibrant and delicious smelling.
T : starts right away with big bold hop flavor. Lots of fresh squeezed juice sits on the front tip of the tongue. Tons of lime and guava, with mild grapefruit. Very very bold. Bitterness sits in the middle. It's zingy and mildly piney, with a massive tail of sweet neutral malt and honey. Finish is of leaves and grass, more citrus. The end is almost like a natural lemon soda. Absolutely fantastic in every way.
M : here's the odd part. Really slick and almost oily. Weird that it almost seems under carbonated. It's not bad or off putting, just different. Easy drinking for 8.5 and pleasantly medium bodied
A fantastic beer made by 2 great brewers. So bold!I really hope this isn't a one and done. Really great stuff! So glad I got to try it!
10-04-2013 02:58:45 | More by Thads324
4.4/5 rDev -0.5%
12oz bottle poured into an English pint glass. Enjoyed alongside my father's excellent hamburgers. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a hazy golden-copper that seems to fairly glow from within. A moderately vigorous pour yields a 1.5-finger head that subsides to a sudsy collar. Lacing is moderate but strongly retentive, and appears almost weblike.
The nose yields an expected burst of grapefruit and dank pine, but also gives off fainter notes of lemon zest, fresh grass, orange rind, herbal spiciness, and a tantalizing hint of something almost apple-like, with the slightest suggestion of phenolic alcohols rounding out the aroma.
Taste is stellar. This beer assaults the palate with resinous pine flavors from start to finish, but adds layer upon layer of complexity as it moves from the front to the back of the palate. The front is all about the pine, with hints of lemon zest and grapefruit preventing it from being too one-dimensional. The middle of the palate, though, is where the beer really shines, with the hops displaying additional notes of mango, tangerine, and blood orange, and with a light biscuity malt character balancing the hop potency a little. The finish offers a lingering piney bitterness along with a bit of the same fresh grass note and spicy herb notes from the nose, and just a touch of an almost mint-like flavor.
A medium-bodied beer, oily and resinous, but with a lively and prickly carbonation keeping it from becoming too palate-coating.
On the whole, this beer is something special. Very glad I got to try it, will certainly be on the lookout for more as long as I can find it. Not quite as brash and intricate a blend of hop aromatics and flavors as Heady Topper, but a pretty magnificent brew in its own right, and one that I wouldn't be surprised to see compared favorably to Vermont's semi-legendary heavy hitters in the DIPA category.
10-03-2013 02:43:50 | More by Ljudsignal
Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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