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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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Reviews: 180
Hads: 1,483
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 271
Gots: 239 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a couple of four packs of this delicious IPA.
First off, I was amazed it tastes this good in 12 oz bottles.
Not sure why the 12 oz. thing surprised me, but it's the best tasting beer out of that size I've ever had.
It's delicious, not a hop bomb but plenty of citrusy fruit and mild bitterness.
Very crisp mouthfeel on the finish.
A brilliant beer.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4-pack in a trade with a buddy in Maryland. Poured into an Odell's branded tulip glass.

Pours a hazed apricot hue with a fat white head, good retention and lacing coats the glass. Smell is super danky up front, grapefruit, carmel malt. Taste is super danky in the hop department (as expected from the nose), apricot, lemon with a mild malt back that balances this one nicely while letting the hops run the show, and not a trace of the 8.5% ABV. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, finishes extremely dry with lingering bitterness from all those hops! Overall an outstanding Double IPA and I live in the "Land of IPA's". A perfect balance of sweet malt and resinous hops, with hops winning out in the end. Wish I could get these out on the West!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of DrStiffington
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was hoping to try this one. Didn't see it anywhere, and then, all of a sudden, there it was in Bottle King. Poured it into my Baxter can glass. Looks like your usual IPA. Smells great. Hoppy citrus wafting out of the glass. This one is a citrus hop bomb. Overpowering, in a great way. The bitter citrus tastes lingers. The palate digs it. Overall, a fantastic beer. The best I've ever had by Otter Creek. I really hope they make this one every year.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden/amber color with nice head. Aroma of tropical fruit, caramel and pine. Smells great. Flavor is almost identical to aroma, not super complex but very solid and balanced with a touch more crystal malt than some of its New England cousins. Mouthfeel is lightest end of medium-light and perfect amout of carbonation to let the malt shine through with the hops. Great beer, I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 11/18/13 notes. Had 2 - 8oz. pours of this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES.

a - Pours a hazy, bright orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, pine hops, floral hops, bread, wheat, and very light tropical fruits in the end. Lots of citrus, quite nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, tropical fruits, floral hops, fruity malts, and light resin. Little bit hoppier than the nose and more tropical fruits, a slight step up for me here.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is pretty smooth and creamy with no bitterness to it. Nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good and very drinkable DIPA; no bitterness and didn't feel 8.5% ABV at all. Lots of citrus throughout it with awesome tropical fruits in the taste as well. Well worth checking out, hope they make it again.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy orange amber color with a ice off-white head and good lacing

S-bready malt, citrus, light caramel, tropical fruit, slight earthy

T-nice bready malt, grapefruit, orange, hint of caramel, pine resin, slightly earthy, moderate to high bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-nice DIPA, good collaborative effort, enjoyed the flavor of this beer

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottles brought back by Justin from Vermont, thanks dude.

Pours a dark orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of sticky lacing.

Smells sweetly sticky and hoppy, with some caramel malt, overlaid by juicy grapefruit and pineapple.

This is a bit maltier than I would have expected, but remains delicious anyway. So much hoppy and malty sweetness, with a tiny bit of booziness. There's some sweet caramel flavors, along with grapefruit, orange, and pineapple hoppiness, candied and very sweet. There's a tiny bit of pine, but really not a whole lot of bitterness here.

This one is slightly syrupy in the mouthfeel, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a medium body. It is very, very drinkable.

This doesn't quite meet the insane hype that it has, but it's still a top DIPA anyway. Just a bit too sweet to be perfect for me.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours very hazy. I love these translucent IPAs, very Vermont-esque. Short head is frothy and laces well.

S-Hello, my friend. Hop extract. Exotic fruit and oily pine. Lightly catty and dank. Grapefruit must. Hello Mr. Lawson.

T-The flavor is loaded and bursting with grapefruit and naval orange. Moderate tropical fruitiness. Light hints of green onion and flower stem. Finishes piney, spicy and bitter. The sweet breaded malt doesn't stand a change against the sharp, pungent hop brigade.

M-Dry, resiny and playfully bitter. Body is sturdy. A bit of cheek warmth. Each sip entices the taste buds.

O/D-Really happy to have copped a bottle of this. Flirts with excellence. One of the tastier hop-bombs that I have sampled in quite a bit. Seems to improve as it warms as well.

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Photo of djnickelb
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington VT: Nice dark/golden color, medium carbonation. My hopes may have been set too high for this, as I love every Lawson's beer I've had, and Otter Creek is on a roll lately. It is damn good beer but lacked the specific flavors I look for - the aromas are overwhelmed by the bitterness and I had a hard time sorting out the flavors. Bitter citrus flavors, and the beer didn't smell all that pretty. Overall a great beer but not sure its worth the $17 for a 4 pack price I've seen. Personally I like the Otter Creek Overgrown more or the other Lawson's beers.

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Yet another delicious sounding beer from facesnorth, thanks Ryan! A hazy sunrise orange body dumps into my glass while a dirty white cap tops things off. A couple small streams of carbonation rush to the surface here and there while the head leaves behind some sticky, but thin, spiderwebbed lacing down the glass.

Double Dose is straight up hop driven no ifs, ands or buts about it. Orange marmalade and grapefruit pith both leap from the glass while mango and spicy pineapple play secondary roles. Pine and some other, tougher to single out, tropical fruits play around in the background. The only malt presence I get is a touch of caramel, and that takes some work, but there is some spicy alcohol on deep whiffs.

Flavor profile runs in stride with the aroma and at risk of sounding redundant....Orange and grapefruit are strong and bitter while mango and grapefruit add a peppery edge. Indistinct tropical fruits pop up mid-palate and push through to the finish as pine makes its appearance. Drying alcohol rises up the back of the throat and through the nose. This is a mighty fine IPA.

The mouthfeel certainly helps the drinkability in this case. As opposed to the 8.5% alcohol this IPA weighs in at it drinks more along the lines of a 7%er. The body is moderate in viscosity but with a light, quick moving feel and tit grabbing bitterness. Dryness slowly sets in on the finish but does grab hold. Nicely done!

Double Dose is another damn good IPA from the northeast. Huge amounts of citrus overlap with a dash of pine, a touch of booziness, and a healthy dose of bitterness make for a delicious recipe. Thanks, Ryan!

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Completely Enjoyed this Fantastic IPA!!!! Hop Hop Hooray for COLLABORATION CREATION! I would HIGHLY recommend both of these Brewers and this DELICIOUS Beer!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by mendvicdog. Thanks Pat.

The beer is golden with a mild haze, sporting a small, broken head. The aroma offers dank hops, citrus, alcohol. Mild alcohol presence. Hop forward with a touch of pine resin. Light to medium in body. Very good.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No idea why I never entered these full notes off of my phone. Consumed a whole four pack with friends over about a week. I was very happy to see Lawson's team up with Otter Creek. Notes a few months old.

A- 12oz bottle poured to two goblets with an orange-light amber body. Creamy and frothy white head rises to about two fingers with good retention. Lacing has thick webs and spottiness on a large portion of the glass.

S- Pretty close to equal mix of tropical stone fruit and citrus hops with oranges, grapefruit, mango and apricot coming to mind. Some pine and floral in the background of this pungent hoppy aroma. Slightest bit of light cracked grains in the backdrop.

T- Follows the nose very well with the citrus picking up a bit on the taste buds. Grapefruit, orange, pine, floral, mango, stone fruit and herbal hop juice. Slight sweetness and fresh grain there just to provide a resting place for the hops.

MF- Medium bodied with a creamy and somewhat chewy texture for the style. Carbonation is moderate-high and helps the hop oils get to the taste buds. Bitter finish.

Another great VT IPA but this time it actually made it to MA in some form. The four pack was a bit highly priced but I would probably get it again because it was mighty tasty.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a tulip glass.

It's a hazy orange color with very active small-bubble carbonation and it has a bit of sediment. The 2F tinted white head drops to a heavy film and never leaves, web lacing, durable. That look alone may not rate a 5, but I am partial to the name "Double Dose", so a 5 it is.

Initially sweet from the open bottle but the pour tempers that notion. It remains slightly candied, like the smell of Jolly Rancher candy. There are tropical fruits, citrus, orange zest, and some alcohol as it warms.

More fruits, tropical, grapefruit and more orange. Slight pine and alcohol. Sturdy malt taste.

Full and silky smooth feel. Good carbonation action. Hop zing, not bitter. Some alcohol. Strong citrus hop finish.

Overall I like it and I'm glad to have found it fresh here in Jersey. I'd guess that any hop fade would detract greatly from the beer.

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Photo of Sesmu
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to newbrewbb for the opportunity to try this. 12oz. bottle served in my DFH chalice. Pours a dull orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a frothy, half-inch, bright white head. Head eventually dissipates into a bullseye dollop of foam with delicate strands of lacing coating the glass as the beer is enjoyed. Nose on this beer is fantastic! Tropical fruit notes (perhaps mango and papaya) as well as citrus rind towards the back. Taste follows nose; however, there is a slightly medicinal/piny bitterness evenly distributed through the flavor profile, making the flavor much less fruity than the nose suggests. I also get a slight spiciness as well. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a subtle acidity and a crisp, even carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid collaboration beer. Definitely something I would like to experience on-darft; however, not recommended for extended cellaring in my opinion. Drink this one fresh.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Cloudy copper color that came with a nice 2 finger head and excellent lacing.

S: Phenomenal smell. That top-notch flavor that is the sign of a world-class IPA.

T: PINE! Gives you great breath. It is almost cooling. Weird pine profile.

M: Extremely smooth with almost no bubbles (prickly or coarse). No carb felt.

O: The only thing that I can think of that might improve this, would be just a hint of carb or mouthfeel.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 09/15 it appears. Sampled on October 9, 2015.

Amber-orange pour with a haze and off-white head that leaves lacing and fades.

Big aroma of grapefruit and tropical fruit.

Mostly medium body.

Big grapefruit taste with bitter finish. It is another one of those super hopped up beers from Vermont that everyone wants to drink.

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Photo of papat444
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottled 091814.

Aroma of fresh fruit jumps out with lots of dry orange. Silky smooth taste with a bitter edge in the finish. Grapefruit flavor is notable, feel is strong, prolonged and creamy even lingering long after the sip.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Very hazy golden orange with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Pineapple, papaya, tangerine, mango, navel orange and candy sugars.

Orange pith, papaya, tangerine zest and mango skin. Hints of pineapple, lemon pith and starfruit. Thin candy sugar backbone with hints of toast. Some pretty resinous pine sap and florals kick in at the end with touches of onion.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, crisp and silky.

Very juicy, complex and flavorful with a moderately high bitterness. Hopped to high Heaven. The 8.5% abv is nonexistent. Can be a bit pricey at $5.35 / 12oz bottle but worth picking up.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice looking burnt/bronzed orange color with a slim finger-ed white lacing sliding into the beer.
The smell started off with a sweet onion bursting into some light grapefruit and a sweet freshly cut grass blending to invade and agitate my nose in a nice way. A graceful amount of malts make an effort to balance but honestly, they do a good job to stay in the background.
The taste was moderately bitter with an ample amount of sweet citrus to slide into the aftertaste and then glide into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a purely graceful burst of bitter hops to glide along my tongue in streams of bliss. Still a nice set of bitter IBU's kicking at my tongue just the way I want it for a DIPA.
Overall, this was my last bottle and you know what, yeah, so awesome, looking forward to next year's batch.

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Photo of scotorum
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle without a readable date but the case was dated 9/19/15 so less than 2 weeks old. A great nose to start with and a nice white head on top. The hops profile comes to the nose and also follows in the taste nice smooth drinking DIPA. Glad I took the time to hunt this beer down after not bothering with it last year.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info

Pours clouded lighter amber, moderate light khaki head, that leaves scattered bits and some fields of lacing.

Pungent and fresh smelling hopped up nose.

Densely flavorful and fully hopped brew. Hops are minty, earthy and citric.

Super easy drinking and hugely enjoyable. Something about certain IPA's from Vermont and the hop characteristics that are achieved. Well done. Hope to see more of this distributed to my local spots

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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
95 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.