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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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world-class

732 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 147
Gots: 45 | 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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FloppyTopper

Vermont

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%

As a big fan of Lawson's and one who enjoys Otter Creek's offerings as a solid mid-size well distributed beer, I was very excited to try this. Picked up a four pack in SVT and poured into a tulip. I've had many of Lawson's offerings and was curious how this might stack up.

Color is beautiful. Copper and glowing orange. Nice head and lacing. Not as hazy as other VT DIPAs. The color is what you'd expect from Mr Lawson.

The nose is very fine. I would say it is similar to Double Sunshine with a little less tropical fruity smell, more grassy and a bit more alcohol nose to it (it is a higher alcohol DIPA). You're not getting the amazing nose like Topper or Farmstead stuff, but nonetheless this is very good.

A very smooth and sweet taste with lots of layered hop flavors. There is a lot going on here. The mix of yeasts is evident. Yup, winner here. This is a fine brew.

After the color, smell, and taste, I find many similarities with Double Sunshine. It is very close to it - its got like 90% of DS's qualities. Not as good, but close. This beer might be a touch better if it were at the standard 8%. I find it just a bit on the boozy side. This is without a doubt worth picking up. If I were to stack this up with Lawson's IPA-ish offerings, it would be in the top 3. A fantastic brew!

10-03-2013 01:16:06 | More by FloppyTopper
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-03-2013 00:16:20 | More by scxcrunner
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muzzy

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-02-2013 23:49:35 | More by muzzy
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sirsteve42

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-02-2013 23:30:33 | More by sirsteve42
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Remdog

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-02-2013 23:01:24 | More by Remdog
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Derekg

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-02-2013 22:11:43 | More by Derekg
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Beercheer31

Connecticut

4.74/5  rDev +7.2%

While our government is shitting the bed I decided to review a special beer.

I poured this mamma chula into a fancy sierra nevada ipa glass because I was feeling fancy like a g-6. What a pour she was with about a finger length of head on er.

Appearance on this hula moola is orange juice/merica.

Smell....man this googally moogally of a beer smells like a beermasters wet dream with a but load of citrus (grapefruit, little orange rind). I wanna say that it smells of papaya but papaya literally doesnt smell like anything to me.

Taste li...man, wait give me a minute here...ok wow. This beer tastes amazing with crisp bitterness in the front of the mouth with medium carbonation dancing on the tounge. Finishes with a faint sweetness and the mouthfeel is nice. Once I quaff this quaffy beer down the after taste is just as nice with my tongue wanting more.

Verdict is in!! We have a winner babies and ladies!! I was so stoked to pick this beer up in CT and i have to say all jokes aside that this is an amazing IPA. If this beer was made available year round id be a happy alcoholic. So if you can find this beer in your local booze store CONGRATS!!! While its like 17$ for a 4 pack, in my opinion its worth every penny. Cheers!!

10-02-2013 21:57:40 | More by Beercheer31
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jamvt

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-02-2013 16:27:13 | More by jamvt
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-02-2013 16:27:02 | More by ChrisL24481
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-02-2013 14:05:43 | More by josephwa
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balinor

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.1%

10-02-2013 12:50:46 | More by balinor
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NHbeerfishing

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-02-2013 12:35:28 | More by NHbeerfishing
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mecmd

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-02-2013 04:22:28 | More by mecmd
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pjs234

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-02-2013 03:54:50 | More by pjs234
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-02-2013 03:43:32 | More by BRYeleJR
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Sesmu

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%

So much hype about this beer. And it's no wonder, it's not often that Lawson's creations are more or less easily accessible outside of Vermont.

A: Hazy, murky golden/yellow. Looks "unfiltered".

S: It smells bitter. Kind of dank/dark bitterness. Grassy or something herbal, citrus rind, perhaps even grapefruit rind.

T/M: Again, tastes bitter. Bitter grapefruit/grapefruit rind, a little grassy. Dank/dark bitterness, but not abrasive. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is quite nice for IPA, actually. Although it seems to be lacking in malt character, or maybe it's simply hidden... or overwhelmed by bitterness. The finish, however, is a bit short on flavor; all that lingers is bitterness.

O: I like it. A very nice IPA. But it feels like it has fallen a little short of its potential. It seems like it's going to be great: going.., going.., but doesn't quite reach it and remains "just" really good. I also remember that my first impression of Lawson's Double Sunshine was greater than of this one. Not that it's something demeaning, just an observation. But I would definitely have it again.

10-02-2013 02:52:38 | More by Sesmu
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -10.6%

12oz bottle into a Lawsons snifter. The brew pours a golden copper color that is quite hazed. A yellowish creamy tan cap rests atop with a half finger that holds from rising bubbles. Some patchy strings of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is hoppy and zesty with herbal pith and rindy elements that are somewhat fruity and very pulpy like grapefruit. Somewhat grassy, dank and catty with a little bit of alcohol character poking through.

The flavor is quite bitter and rindy like grapefruit juice/zest with a little bit of mandrin aspect. Fruity herbal character with zest, pulp and rinds blending into a catty aspect and pine/grass. Little to no grain backing but what is present is lightly dusty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but honestly for being "this" fresh, I was expecting a little more. Having drank quite a bit of olaver's brews this has a familiarity about it and the Lawson's influence seems lost if that makes any sense. Worth seeking out but nothing crazy.

10-02-2013 01:37:26 | More by stakem
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MrDave

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-02-2013 01:12:09 | More by MrDave
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bt931912

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-02-2013 00:35:39 | More by bt931912
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irv2424

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-01-2013 17:28:30 | More by irv2424
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willpots

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

A great beer overall. Definitely one of the best to come out of Vermont that I've tasted. Similar to Heady Topper, but doesn't have the same fruity aftertastes. Slightly more piney and hoppy.

As far as I'm concerned, this one is right up there with Heady Topper and is currently on my "favorite beers" list.

10-01-2013 03:46:50 | More by willpots
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this.

A - Pours a medium hazy, copper gold color with a minimal head, the beer clears as it warms up.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, tangerine, and cat pee with no alcohol aroma whatsoever.

T - Really outstanding with a dominating resiny presence from start to finish: pine, tangerine, red grapefruit, mangos, and some oranges with a subtle malt base underneath. Hop resin from start to finish with a nice pine/citrus bitter lingering bite to finish but perfectly balanced from the start and through the middle. When the hops eventually die down on the palate your mouth is left with a resiny coating of orange/tangerine with light grapefruit and it lingers for a good long time.

M - Thick, medium body that's borderline chewy for a D-IPA.

O - Taste more than makes up for the not so stellar aroma, I'm not into cat pee. Very much a big IPA from the Northeast with a lot of character similar to Lawsons, Hill Farmstead, or a Heady, kudos to Otter Creek on this recipe collaboration as well. This beer reminds me of Double Sunshine for some reason...(go figure)... Very East Coast and very delicious. This beer is all about the resiny hops.

10-01-2013 01:52:13 | More by jzeilinger
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bccrosley

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-01-2013 01:39:50 | More by bccrosley
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-01-2013 00:48:41 | More by bootdown21
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DrewGingras

Vermont

5/5  rDev +13.1%

09-30-2013 19:34:50 | More by DrewGingras
Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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