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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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1,274 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,274
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 216
Gots: 162 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Sent to me as an extra by Mr. angrybabboon. This is going to be the closest I'll get to trying something with Lawson's name on it.

Amber orange in color, with a good 2 finger tall frothy head and lots of cloudiness that dissipates into the glass when the dregs are poured in. Solid carbonation and head retention. Looks juicy and oily.

Smells great - up there with anything excellent I've had the opportunity to try from Vermont. There's a sharp citrus profile that dominates the flavor at first, emitting tons of fruity and floral notes. Grapefruit, limes, tangerines, pineapple, and peaches. Notes of rose hips and lavender at the finish, with notes of green pepper. Finishes with a brief sweet toffee note that rounds things off. Very diverse, fun stuff.

Wow, the flavor really caught me by surprise - I did not expect this to be as bitter, resinous, and fruity as it is, but if this is how Lawson's offerings taste, sign me up!! At first, there's this pine/grapefruit combo from the hops that would otherwise make this taste like any average West Coast DIPA, but then things turn for the better. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango, as well as stone fruit (mainly peaches - my favorite) melt in the mouth after each sip, alongside a dried, extremely bitter yet oily finish that melds well with a toasted toffee note. Quite bitter, in the same vein of, say, Fat Head's Headhunter IPA, but far more comforting to sip on given the thickness of the beer in light of the bottle conditioning. Well carbonated. Wet overall, but the middle is intensely dry and resinous. No alcohol burn whatsoever here. Finishes with a palate cleansing sensation that prepares you for the next sip. Wonderful!

I had heard this was good, and if this bottle is (according to my source) 2 months old and drinking this well, I can only imagine how this is fresh. This is one of the most memorable collaborations I've had to date, and while most stuff I've had from Otter Creek was decent at best, Lawson seemed to have pumped magic into this brew. It's not life-changing, but not every great beer needs to be - it's a remarkable example of style, and definitely one I'd be happy to have again whenever the mood struck.

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