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

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Reviews: 135
Hads: 1,324
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 268
Gots: 174 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Thads324
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,007 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA. Very excited to try this one.

A- Pours a hazy, unfiltered, golden orange body with a 2 finger white head that reduces at a medium rate and leaves some spotty lacing. Just what like to see in a DIPA, raw and fresh.

S- Now THIS is what a DIPA should smell like!!! How can I put this into words.. HUGE tropical, grapefruit, mango, fresh pineapple aromas, subtle but fresh pine and citrus zest in the background. Perfect. Just perfect.

T- Starts off with huge tropical notes.. fresh mango, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus.. the finish is nice and piney, resinous, and leaves a bitter taste on the tongue. Just amazing.

M- Light for a DIPA, refreshing and crisp.

Very, very nicely done. Beats out Pliny, Sucks, Ruinten, Enjoy By by a longshot. Worth the pricetag. (837 characters)

Photo of TheWolf
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An incredibly delicious beer. Well balanced with a hop bitterness and a floral/citrus sweetness. Not overly malty. The nose was fantastic. Notes were from a 1/14 tasting during a period which I was able to purchase 8 4-packs over a 6 week period. Was not able to obtain any during the 14/15 release. I guess the secret was out. I will actively seek out from here on out. (377 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a beautiful golden/yellow, with some haze. There aren't any floaties- it looks clean but cloudy.

The aroma here is off-the-charts spectacular. Huge mango, with spicy pepper and slight onion notes. Usually a turnoff, to me anyway, but the aroma was so potent and so clean that it overwhelmed me. Really wonderful stuff.

The taste matches the aroma, in potency and profile. Mild citrus (mango and lime) with big spicy notes. A little onion and garlic, which usually isn't my thing, but here it's in just the right doses.

Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Perfect for the flavors.

I freakin' loved this beer. I've never tasted this flavor profile before, but it works. Great stuff. (718 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a DC Brau can glass. Bottled 9/20/13.

A - Pours a murky golden orange with about a finger of long lasting off-white head. Leaves a patchy lacing on the interior walls of the glass.

S - Awesome aroma full of dank grapefruit and tropical hops. Some sweet malty components, similar to caramel. Loaded with orange, guava, mango, and lime zest. Undoubtedly one of the best smelling IPAs I have ever sniffed.

T - Lives up to the lofty expectations that the aroma set. Juicy tropical fruit and grapefruit bursts on the tongue from the start. A little bit piney on the finish, but cleans itself up with more citrus fruit. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Lively carbonation and a medium, slick body.

O - I was surprised to see this one at my local store. This was my first ever Lawson's liquid, even if it was a collaboration. It is hard to believe they managed to squeeze so much citrus and tropical hop flavor into this beer. It remains dangerously drinkable despite the intense flavor. Smoother and cleaner than similar hop bombs. It isn't a Heady Topper slayer to me, but it isn't far off either. I think it is good enough to justify the price tag ($16/4pack) as a one time expense. Grab it if you can get it. (1,240 characters)

Photo of reyna311
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served by the bottle to my IPA glass

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy orangey yellow with an offwhite head that fades after a few sips, lingers at a millimeter for the rest of the ride.

Smell: Citrus blossom

Taste: Super citrusy upfront. Balanced with a bit of pine. Lingers with an drunk grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Meduim to heavy, yet crisp and tingly

Overall: Solid DIPA. Great to have a collab from these guys, and I'm really happy its distributed here in DE. (455 characters)

Photo of bsm789
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Lagunitas mason jar glass.

A- Hazy and orange with about a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Looks like most good unfiltered DIPA's.

S- Resinous and hoppy with a good amount of fruitiness in there. Not quite as strong as Heady or Double Sunshine, but still quite good.

T- Wow, really bitter. Grapefruit and tangerine with a lot of pine. Awesome stuff.

M- Nice level of carbonation, maybe a little thinner than other DIPAs but still thick enough to cover the palate with sticky hop goodness.

O- Awesome beer, and definitely one of the best collab's I've had. Props to Mike and Sean. (622 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my nifty Fiddlehead “can glass”; bottling date of September 20, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder (“092013 3792/96M”), making this just over two weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): Two fingers of cream-colored head rise off of the pour, fizzling down slowly over a glowing, hazy, honey-orange body (which looks about damn near perfect, in my book). The retention is fine, but whaaat is up with this lacing?! It’s almost a solid sheet all the way around the glass. This is insane.

Smell (4.75): Very pungent passionfruit, kiwi, dank herb, resin, ripe pineapple . . . some herbal, minty spice, and a seriously well-placed limeade aroma. Limeade. Good lord this is fantastic. Malt? Booze? Yeast? Who cares. The hops are so well done here, everything else is an afterthought, and not in a disappointing way.

Taste (4.5): Holy balls. Red grapefruit juice bitterness leads the way, accompanied by a sharp, minty spice and bite. Grapefruit flesh, earthy herbs and tobacco . . . a long, lingering lime juice bitterness that doesn’t disappear. No booze. Outstanding—strongly bitter, but balanced by fresh-baked white bread and a tiny bit of honey; or, bundt cake with lemon icing. Man oh man this DIPA is not messing around.

Mouthfeel (4.75): So easy to drink, and nowhere near its size: spicy, tingling carbonation covers all surfaces, foams moderately with a soft feel, dries out evenly and pleasantly thanks to hop oils booze, and a medium-weight body. Absurdly easy to put this one back.

Overall (4.5): Just an outstanding DIPA in all regards. Absolutely excellent. I was underwhelmed by the head, when all is said and done, but the lacing more than made up for it. This is an outstanding example of the style for lovers of both the new school and the old school of pale, hoppy, American hopbombs, but not for the faint of heart. This bitch is bitter. It just happens that there’s so much else going on here and it’s all so well done, that it’d be hard for anyone to put this beer down. Excellent job, you guys. (2,109 characters)

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle. Classic cloudy honey-orangey color of many great DIPAs that marvelously glows in the light, but slightly darker in color when compared to the double sunshine, hill farmstead or heady brews. Smells is dominantly citrusy- grapefruit, tangerine and orange while there is mild piney resinous undertone and you can barely smell the alcohol. Well the taste is just as the smell would indicate- citrusy fruits to the front grapefruit, tangerine and a more subtle orange with the piney resinous and earthy hop elements to the background but definitely still there. I love the fact that the malt takes a back seat here but is well balanced throughout and just offsets the bitter hops but this by no means an overly bitter brew- just right in terms of letting the citrus stand out. I would rate this DD IPA just under the double sunshine, but it certainly stacks up well, almost reminds me of SS #5 a bit. I must say it is WAY BETTER than anything otter creek has ever brewed- likely a massive thanks goes out to Sean on this one. I hope OCB has taken something away from this colab experience because I cant say I have ever been impressed with any of their beers, but this one hell of an exception. Get this if you can!! (1,241 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Pretty nice looking IPIA. Creamy head pours a finger and a half high. Nice retention and lace. Light haze on a dried apricot body.

S - Super fresh hop character. It's like you rubbed them in your hands right off the vine. Net herbal with hemp, cilantro, fresh grass, orange, ruby red grapefruit, and white bread.

T - Sweet and smooth up front with white bread crust, and biscuity malt. Quickly turns aggressively bitter with citrus pith and wax. Honey and cilantro through the finish.

M - Full and creamy for the style.

O - Great body, great nose, and nice flavor profile.

4.57 Double Dose
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.60 4.50 4.50 4.53 10% 0.45
S - 4.60 4.60 4.60 4.60 20% 0.92
T - 4.75 4.60 4.65 4.67 40% 1.87
M - 4.65 4.25 4.70 4.53 10% 0.45
O - 4.50 4.20 4.50 4.40 20% 0.88 (904 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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. (864 characters)

Photo of mrz200
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer of any kind from Lawson's. Have had a half dozen Heady Topper's in the past few months.
Rich orange in color, with little head.
Nose is lovely. Exactly what I want it to be.
This an excellent DIPA, but make no mistake its a DIPA. It might be a little bolder tasting on all levels than HT - the citrus, the hops - but also the alcohol so it's not necessarily better.
I had this right out of the fridge in a chilled glass. Went down very fast and smooth, but the bitterness and alcohol flavors increase with temperature. There's so much other stuff going on that this isn't a big deal, this beer is pretty damn close to 5's across the board.
Paid 24$ for 4 pack in North Andover MA. Still cheaper than driving to VT..but just barely! (756 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's / Lawson's Finest Liquids - Double Dose IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy beautiful orange with a good sized foamy head that dissipates at a medium pace and retains some. Exceptional lacing.

Smell - Very aromatic DIPA! Blast of orange/tangerine/grapefruit citrus hops with a touch of caramel malt underneath. Some spice.

Taste - Creamy malt intro with juicy citrus riding in after, followed by bitter pine. Tangerine throughout.

Mouthfeel - Rests citrus sticky plus some hot malt, but not overly so. Warm throat boozy. Good drinkability. Well-balanced carbonation, medium-bodied.

Overall - This is a great brew and easily the best IPA Otter Creek has had a hand in creating. (742 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bursts of tangerine jump out of the glass. Golden, slightly orange hue with a nice one inch foamy white head. Inviting to drink for certain. When agitated, still get the tangerine specific scent. Really enjoyable. Body is well balanced with no hint of that ABV. Bright citrus and limited bitterness for a DIPA. I could drink this all night. Only minimally fading at this point, so seek out and drink now. Great beer. (416 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy amber with blonde highlights and a huge white head into my glass. I've been looking forward to this collaboration.

Freshly-cut grass interspersed with mango and pine. Those familiar with Lawson's excellent offerings will enjoy this.

Light and crisp mango bite upfront with plenty of hop bitterness to appease the palate. Tasty and unique.

Alcohol is well-hidden, which could tempt one to quaff this down. Bitterness coats the tongue and it burns slightly going down.

A great beer that represents the best of both Gerhart and Lawson's respective brewing talents. I believe that it would give Heady Topper a run for its' money, especially in can form. Get this while you can! (692 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Consumed on 9/09 and 9/10.

A - Bright peach in color. Minor amount of sediment in bottom of bottle, but never made it to the glass. Had to hold bottle upside down for a little while for any sediment to leave bottle. Clear/no cloudiness. Medium irregular lacing.

S - Fragrant. Mango, papaya, peach, and apricot. Classic tropical fruit IPA smell. Somewhat boozy.

T - Mandarin orange/orange, lemon, pear, with a tart lemon-orange on side of tongue and a grapefruit rind finish.

M - Tingling on tongue and refreshing. Light bodied.

O - I have to say I am somewhat disappointed, but take that statement with a grain of salt... I read the initial reviews and noticed that it was a Lawson collaboration. The local bottle shop tweeted out that they had it in stock, so a friend and I made the immediate trip to purchase some. Read more reviews and comparisons at some level were made with HT. Excited. Lots of enthusiasm to try...

Cracked two first night and decided to give it another try with two more on the 2nd night, secretly hoping that it would be better the second time around.

Bottom line is that it is very good, but not what the initial reviews said in my opinion. It's so close to being phenomenal, but misses the mark. Has good taste, but does not mask the high ABV. The density or body of this beer is also somewhat lacking... to lightly bodied for such a big beer. (1,417 characters)

Photo of Guess2814
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite beers.. I think it was a six pack or a four pack I had.. I couldn't find any Lawson's Finest in Vermont BUT ironically when I came back to Mass I found this beer at Kappy's Liquor store.. I jump on the opportunity to get this beer.. What a great combination of brewery's between Otter Creek and Lawson's Finest.. GREAT IPA such a nice taste this (375 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly soft orange brew, slightly cloudy and unfiltered-looking, but more or less translucent. Small head from a gentle pour, maybe 1/2 finger, which quickly fades to a thin pure white line. Decent lacing.

Strong tropical hops through the nose, as well as citrus; strongest note is mango. Not particularly sharp hop notes, just strong and sweet.

Tropical hop bomb with mango flavors most prevalent, just as in the nose. I get absolutely no malt specifics, yet the backbone is just enough to keep the hops flowing in perfect balance.

Lovely mouthfeel; slight carbonation sting, very lively, medium to medium-light, low astringency, and most importantly, none of the all-too-typical DIPA syrupy feel.

This is an absolutely incredible beer, among the best DIPAs I've ever had. It's different from HT and PTE, without a doubt,

Originally tried on tap at Parker Pie in VT; review is from a bottle via Malted Barley in RI. (927 characters)

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (676 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange tinged honey hue, half a finger of white head that dissipates pretty quickly, solid lacing in the Lawson's tulip.

Nice juicy aroma, ruby grapefruit and navel oranges come to mind, but there is an underlying whiff of alcohol present in the mix,more so than the malt.

Flavors are also juicy, following the nose, but the alcohol is also prominent,particularly in the aftertaste, as the bitter mingles with the alcohol on the palate.Relatively dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, brisk carbonation but not overdone. Warmth felt in the throat from the booze.

This is a solid collaborative effort that is better than the usual offerings from Otter Creek, but not quite as good as the exclusive Lawson's IIPAs (though it is priced very similarly to the premiums offered by LFL). Worth trying, very solid. (812 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a tap into a pint glass. Tough a touch dark in the bar I drank it in, I could note a hazy straw color with a slightly reddish-brown hue in the core. A nice, 2-finger ecru head with some good lacing.

S: Clean, organic hop aroma with strong notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Great aromas of grass, flowers, fresh balsam, and fruit abound. Well-rounded and very inviting.

T: A wealth of hop flavors wahes over your tongue up front, with a beautiful tropical fruit sweetness on the back and, and a mellow dry finish. The hops blend together beautifully to create a nice blend of flavors. Notes of grapefruit, fresh pine sap, hints of passion fruit and mango with a touch of kiwi, all brightly displayed.

M: Clean, crisp, completely devoid of grittiness, with just a hint of alcohol esters. This is a smooth, well-rounded and overall organically clean-feeling beer. I want it to stay in my mouth and never leave.

O: Lawson's has the golden touch, and this beer proves it. It's everything one would want in a Double IPA, without all of the usual baggage. It's flavorful without ruining the taste buds; crisp and clean without sacrificing flavor; strong without tasting the alcohol. A must-taste for any DIPA fan. (1,227 characters)

Photo of TaylorGates
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice light orange cloudy with a nice 1/2inch head looks the part

S-Citrus, Grapefruit, malty slight caramel with earthy tones

T-Citrus tones with malty taste has that earthy caramel deepness, slight pine with a dry hop finish

F-Crisp and dry finish, the hop bitterness comes to an abrupt end with a dry finish. A good Medium body with an even carbonation

O- Really enjoyed this beer double IPA prob one of the better ones I have tasted, its awesome that Lawson's is working on something people can taste outside of VT

bottle into Weizen Glass (550 characters)

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +3%

12 0z. bottle poured into a Solemn Oath snifter

Appearance - Amber orange in hue, thin pale yellow head.

Smell - Citrus fruit (grapefruit) , with a hint of grass and pine.

Taste - Mmmm. Starts off with a bit of grapefruit. As it passes over my tongue, I also get a bit of the pine, along with a slight onion taste that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Nice mouthfeel, not too thin, not to slick.

Overall - Awesome DIIPA. I wish I could get this here in Illinois. (459 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oustanding beer. The Sean Lawson influence is unmistakable. This is a big fruity hop bomb, similar to the Sunshine series. The look is a bit different, with more of a reddish brown hue, but the aroma and flavors are wonderful. Price is a bit steep, but not exorbitant. (272 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Poured into DFH IPA glass

A-hazy, light copper color, big white frothy head 1 inch with great retention, thick lacing that clings to the glass (4.5)

S-citrus hops out of the gate, tropical fruits, slight sweet bready malts (4.0)

T-dank hops, grapefruit, some tropical fruit sweetness, orange peel, a bit of a dry bitter lemon finish, bready malts, bitterness fades as the beer warms (4.5)

M-medium body, mild carbonation, leaves pleasant after taste (4.0)

O-great looking beer that has great flavor and is very drinkable (4.5) (532 characters)

Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
96 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.