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

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 1,402
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 25.06%
Wants: 276
Gots: 213 | 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 GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%

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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.5%
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 Sesmu
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -2.8%

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 -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 scotorum
4.22/5  rDev -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 -3.2%
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 -3.4%
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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Photo of HopDeezy
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Pours a translucent auburn/dark orange with a soft white head.

S - Strong tropical citrus grapefruit and orange nose and heavy pine and even some bitters.

T - follows the nose but with heavier pine than expected and a long BITTER finish. Too bitter in my opinion. Tone down the finish and this would be a much better beer. Not enough balance here.

M - Mouthfeel was interesting....a heavy buttery, creamy resinous mouthfeel with high carbonation.

O - a very good double IPA that may be one of the most over hyped and overrated beers I've had the pleasure of trying. I say pleasure because it's still a very good beer that I'd love to have again....I'm just not going out of my way to chase down one 12 oz bottle per customer for $5 in Massachusetts at many of the stores. Definitely not worth that much effort. Still good though.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this bottle at Warwick enjoyed chilled in a pint glass

The color is slightly dark golden amber with hazed look and thick band of ecru with fine bead, lace clings to the glass. The smell is excellent, lots of tropical fruit and citrus with a mild herbal compliment in the hop esters. The alcohol is very well hidden in the aroma. The feel is great, juicy and resinous with citrus tanginess and moderate bitterness with moderate carbonation level and low alcohol influence on the palate with mild sweetness.

The flavor is great, lots of hops in the taste which starts with mango and some sweet grapefruit flesh moving toward a pineapple aspect in the mid taste with some gentle grassy tinges and citrus rind flavor toward the last sip with no alcohol detectable and very low sweetness. The overall result for me is a top notch Imperial IPA because it focuses on the hop flavor without just making a very bitter beer. The taste of the hops used contributes a fresh quality without much in the way of astringency, smooth bitterness with mild alcohol =a very drinkable Imperial IPA, I don't care if it decimates my palate this is my kind of agressively hopped ale.

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Photo of thezach
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I hear this is supposed to be an approximation of Heady Topper. I'm happy to have had both in the past month and I think it's a fair comparison, unfair as it might be to try to compare the two.

Heady drinks completely differently out of the can and poured to a glass. Double Dose, on the other hand, I would never drink from the bottle, as too many of the aromatics would just be lost in the bottle. How it does drink, though, is daburn good (yea).

It's a hazy one, though I made little effort to prevent the yeast/hop resins from entering my glass, to be fair. I don't mind, however, why do we care so much about clarity anyway? It's a pretty orange color - I really like this one - and a ton of frothy head that settles to a lasting lace that sticks to the side of the glass.

Tons of juicy citrus and maybe some mango-pineapple tropical notes. Definitely a ton of orange oil (some say "citrus zest," and ostensibly I think we are pointing to the same note, which is "delicious") in the aroma.

Tastes damn good too. Very citrusy, but there is noticeable pine and a touch of maltiness in there too. I love the balance. It delivers on most of the nose, but adds a couple of layers to the experience here. Great mouthfeel too - good carbonation, not heavy and a pretty clean finish. There are some lingering flavors, but it doesn't bog down the palate like some 8.5% beers are prone to.

I love this, definitely a must-try. However, at $17 a four-pack (where I work), it's something I'll split with friends once. Heady Topper II? I don't know, but it IS damn good, and a reasonable approximation of that Heady style. Heady is only $12 per four-pack though, and those cans are pounders, but then again, it's not often that I find myself in VT, so I guess the choice is up to you, but I would like to see Otter Creek get this to a more reasonable price. Even $15 would be closer to the scope of reality.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alewife and I stopped into the OC tasting room on 09NOV13 for a light dinner and biers. Since this bier is not easily found, I jumped on it. Got a 10oz serving in a small snifter for $6.50.

Poured a muted, medium golden hue. Had a thin, wispy, fine, white head, which ebbed rapidly. Lacing was real nice, all in all. Aroma was quite pleasant, with lots of citrus, especially grapefruit. Good for me, not so for the lupulin-avoiding Alewife. Feel was pretty smooth, but body was, sadly, a bit less than medium.

With a touch of toasty malt leading off, this had promise. Afterwards, a plethora of hoppage hit the palate. Solid citrus was found; piney, resiny, pithy... leaving a nice, lasting tongue coating in its wake. Mmmm!! Solid! Zum Wohl!!

4.2/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy peach, with a nice 1/2 finger of white head.

Smell: Mango, citrus, onion, pine, grapefruit.

Taste: Sweet at the front of the tongue with mango and citrus, accompanied by some dank onion-like dimension. Middle of the tongue has the sweetness fall off a cliff, with a really clean malt profile; interesting transition. The end sees the malt drop out and bitter hops come forward. This is a really complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, which lends to its drinkability(ugh).

Overall: Definitely a unique IPA and the alcohol is hidden really well. This beer gets extra points for me because it's pretty damn complex. There's a distinct story that unfolds as you drink every time, a distinct beginning, middle and end. Can't wait to try 100% Lawson's stuff. Would drink again.

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Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No obvious freshness date but it was purchased about 5 weeks ago at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with copious 2-3 finger, frothy and rocky off-white head with good retention and a nice crust of lacing around the top of the glass.

S: Very nice tropical fruit and grapefruit/orange citrus hops aromas, some catty and earthy herbal aromas as well, not much in the malt department, no yeast elements

T: Very lush flavor profile with passionfruit, pineapple tropical fruit flavors combined with more classic grapefruit and pine. No cattiness in the flavor and there is a light vegetative tanic note in the finish near the end. The malt component is unassuming with some lighter crystal malt but mainly just a basic baseline pale malt without much sweetness. There is no yeast presence. The bitterness is moderate and creeps up on you as the bottle nears completion. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M: Also a very lush mouthfeel with medium body, light carbonation and a moderately dry finish despite the bolder feel on the palate initially.

O: A really good beer although I have to qualify that I tried the first one of these the first of second day after I bought the 4-pack, and the flavors were dominated by tangy herbaceous aromas and flavors that masked the excellent tropical and citrus fruit elements that are the real personality of this beer. I am glad I let one calm down (probably a little settling out) because it was a very rewarding DIPA.

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Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good DIPA. Pours a hazy butterscotch color with a small antique white head that fades fairly fast. Thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrus hops. Plenty of mango and tangerine in the aroma.

Taste is really good. The citrus hops are joined by some piney ones and a little oiliness. Not a hop bomb, just pleasant hop-forward characteristics with some balancing biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a little oily and with a soft "pillowy" aspect. No hint of alcohol. The temptation is to drink this one quickly.

An excellent DIPA,

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 10/24/13

Appearance: Lightly hazy, medium orange - some nice copper and gold hues - frothy, off-white, average-sized head, fades to a small, wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Hilariously dank - lots of wet pine, wet resin, and some weed - plenty of grapefruit and orange, some peel, and some pith - some floral and earthy notes - a touch of fresh onion - somewhat unique and definitely interesting hop profile - some pale and caramel malts in the background

Taste: Hoppy in a wet, resiny way - lots of pine, with some leafy and resinous bitterness - some fleshy grapefruit, with some oily citrus, orange, and pith - some tropical flavors as well, mostly mango - earthy and herbal notes, almost a little spicy - nice, high level of bitterness - pale and caramel malts at the base, lightly toasted

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, finishes pretty clean despite how oily and wet the hops are

Overall: Lawson's Creek?

This is quite an impressive collaboration. At the very least, it's awesome that something associated with Sean Lawson got into wider distribution. This is a very interesting beer, worth seeking out (especially fresh).

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the recent 201 release; poured into a Lawson's snifter 10/2/2014. Not the first time I've had it, but the first time I feel I can actually give it a proper review.

A- Darker caramel orange body, two finger frothy white head with a little bit of retention time, leaving just a relatively thin film on top with a thin collar. Lots of wispy lacing. [3.75]

S- Grainy pale malt sweetness, tapioca, spices, a bit of citrus zest, and definitely a lot of papaya. That distinctive papaya smell definitely stands out. It's not a tropical fruit bomb like the Sunshine beers are, but this is very distinct on its own. [4]

F- Sweet pale malt, biscuit, caramel, toffee, spice (reminds me of sharp rye spice, maybe even some Nelson?), citrus, papaya. The papaya dominates the latter half as well as the finish. It's fairly bitter but you don't really notice it until the backend. It's a very different kind of IPA that doesn't typically come out of Vermont. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Bitterness is on the upper limit of normal for me. Enjoyable, different and most importantly, easy to drink. [4.25]

O- More than a solid double IPA. It's not Double Sunshine or Abner and costs a bit high of a price to boot, but this is still better than a lot of the DIPAs being brewed in this country. [4.25]

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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
96 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.