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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: 265
Gots: 174 | FT: 5
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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 yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +3%

It's pretty darn good from the bottle but phenomenal from a growler. I remember last year's as being better, but that could have just been the shock of something so amazing just sitting there on the supermarket shelf. (217 characters)

Photo of Frost-Mountain-Brew
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mike and Sean cooked up something special with this one. It's a big beer (and pricey) with 8.5% and I believe 75 IBU. It has a nice body to it that some brewers are exploring with their double IPAs or imperial IPAs. I love the balance that malty-ness provides with the alcohol content and the hops. The mouthfeel is a typical stark IPA and misses the creaminess that I get from a Heady Topper, for those familiar. I do love these signature beers that Otter Creek has unleashed in the last year. The imperial stout was out of this world. I hope they push more extraordinary beers like both of these. (598 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this brew more than Lawson's more heralded Sip of Sunshine. It burst with dank hop notes, green, savory goodness. Similar on the palate, along with blips of tropical fruit, even melon. This is a seriously great beer that I wish wasn't a one-off or once-a-year sort of thing. (279 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a somewhat hazy deep golden orange with a large white head that leaves nice, sticky lacing.

S- The aroma burst from the glass with citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Some good biscuity malt is also detected. Dank and tropical, with lots of tangerine, mango, some lemon, and a good bit of pine.

T- The flavor follows the nose, but with noticeably more pine. The tropical notes are not as pronounced, but still evident, while a hefty malt backbone holds things together. Some moderate to strong grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick for the style, with a very resinous feel, and moderate carbonation.

O- Overall this is a very good DIPA that can almost hang with the big boys! Bring it back! (738 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A-a hazy orange with a thin white head with decent lacing

S-the aroma is awesome amount of hops, pine, orange and grapefruit

T-the taste is the same as the aromas with more grapefruit

M-good carbonation medium body and mild bitterness

O-great DIPA I wish that Lawson's and OCB collaborate again! (343 characters)

Photo of xVERITAS
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First of all, outstanding beer. This was my first time having it, and I told my girlfriend immediately that it might be one of my favorite IPAs.

It pours a murky orange color. I always tilt pour, so "heads" don't exist for me. This has a very unique hop bitterness to it. Like a tangy zest rather than a harsh bite. It reminded me of a milder ENjoy By.

Very smooth drinking. Solid quality from smell, to sip, to swallow. Very enjoyable and highly recommended (462 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this and many other VT goodies during a very nice trip up there last weekend, and also got this bottle to take home thanks to Kimbo. The bottle date is 9/20/13.

Pours that neon hazy orange we've all come to expect out of our IPAs. A thin white head retains well and leaves some good lace. Smells of grapefruit, earth, weed, some tropical, some malt.

The smell is good, though sipping makes the nose feel really tame. Taste is an impeccable mixture of mango, grapefruit, earthiness, orange...general juicy citrus fruits all around. Excellent hop flavor that's well-balanced with biscuit malt and light sugar cookie sweetness. The mouthfeel shows off the malts as well, great creamy mouthfeel with maybe a bit of booze and low bitterness. Somewhat hefty.

It's getting hard not to give praise to VT IPAs nowadays. There is so much well-balanced tropical resin greatness coming out of the state, it all can blur together, sometimes reducing remarkable beers to rehashes. This one, however, does stick out as being one of the best of its kind. I for one am just stoked Otter Creek was involved. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/20/13, consumed on 10/10/13, making this one less than 3 weeks old.

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orange with nothing more than a small whitish head that's gone quickly. Leaves some splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Predominantly grapefruit - pith, rind and peel - with a hint of grassiness.

T: Grapefruity citrus - again, pithy or rind-like - with some tangerine or orange. Also an herbal-like hoppiness at times, with a hint of pine at the finish, along with lemon zest. Heat from the 8.5% ABV is noted in the belly, but only as a drying element at the back of the palate. Lingering bitterness. Overall impression is of the citrusy bitterness, with grapefruit being the big star. Malt foundation is barely noticed; this drinks like a DIPA and wouldn't be confused with a Barleywine.

M: Medium-to-full-bodied with a modest amount of carbonation.

O: I like. Real bitter, with a modest ABV level for a DIPA, so the booze doesn't overwhelm. (990 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a big, thick head and leaving some nice lacing as it settles. The nose is massive and drips of fresh hops with all those wonderful aromas of citrus, pine and spicy bitterness. As the nose predicts, the flavor carries through. Double dose is a big juicy burst of hops backed by an sweet malt profile balancing the beer out. Medium body and carbonation provide a round, flavorful palate. Overall…what can I say, a delicious, thirst-quenching IPA I would like to drink all day long. (566 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a hazy pale yellow orange with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. More lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Resiny pine, grassy, herbal, pungent, floral,tropical, and citrus hops. Caramel and toasted malts in there too. I can't wait to try this bad boy out.

Taste: Hoppy, but for the most part pretty balanced with mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and a little bitterness.

Overall: For a collaboration beer, this beer rocks and wish they would do more. A very good quality beer and the 8.5% is not even noticeable. Scary good. Love the VT take on a Double IPA and hoppiness that can match west coast versions too. (880 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Dose pours a hazy orange/yellow into the glass with a small, creamy white head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind some spotted lace.

The strong aroma is loaded with piney hops, orange citrus. tropical fruit and caramel sweetness.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with orange and grapefruit citrus, pine and tropical fruit. It finishes with some bready malt sweetness and grassy hop bitterness. Once gone the bitterness, citrus and tropical fruit lingers on the palate.

This is yet another delicious IPA from the state of Vermont. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that more will be made soon. (697 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Just released last week.

A: Pours a hazy orange. Very large and frothy light tan pour. Amazing head retention. Moderate but thick swatches of lacing across the glass.

S: Not nearly as hop-bomby as I was expecting. Tropical fruits backed with tons of caramel sweetness. Lots of orange. Pungent, sharp hop aroma regardless.

T: Yup, lots of tropical fruit up front. LOTS of them. Tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango. Spicy pine and a bit of garlic/onion too. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma betrayed. Only a mild crackery malt that's largely blasted by a wave of bitterness on the back end. No alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, bitter and drying.

O: Nice citra (I assume) hop bomb. Surprisingly well balanced but still a hop bomb (if that makes any sense). It's good but comparing it to HT is silly at this point. (812 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz, 9/20/13

A: Very hazy muted orange color. Full finger of off white head. Probably from tulip glass. Well carbed though. Sticky lacing.

S: Nose is awesome. Dripping tropical fruits: grapefruit, pineapple, overripe peach, etc. Pine. Sweetness.

T: Good bitterness right up front on the tip of the tongue. Really getting those fruity hops. Lots of grapefruit and mango. Sweetness. Malt bill really makes this smooth an cuts through that bitterness. Dangerously easy to drink. Finish is clean and dry. Some lingering fruity hops.

M: Medium bodied. (557 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date which is kind of sad.

A- Pours an orangeish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Resinous, piney, musty hop aroma that's slightly sweet from the malt. It has an extra element that I can't pin down but is intoxicating before I even take a sip.

T- Again, resinous hop flavor with a firm but restrained bitterness. The malt backing is the key here as without it the hop flavor and bite could become too intense. So drinkable for the ABV. More pine, citrus and some grassy quality. The alcohol is certainly noticeable but works incredibly well with the rest of the profile.

M- Moderate sharpness and a lot of oily texture from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Keep 'em comin' Mike! (967 characters)

Photo of dsartwell72
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter.

Appearance- Beautiful white head, perfect color with a beautiful orange hue. Hazy.

Aroma- Grapefruit, apricot, citrus, pine, fruity esters, orange, slight grass, and hints of lemon and lime.

Taste- Amazing in a word. I had a bottle of this last week and it was still a bit green. It's really come into its own now. Grapefruit and pine, slightly grassy. Finishes very dry. Nice malty taste at first then a balanced hoppy finish to leave you wanting more. Definitely some simcoe in here, possibly some galaxy as well. Very smooth for an 8.5% brew. Hell, smooth for any ABV.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation level, 2.2-2.8 volumes. slightly viscous.

Overall - Solid brew, I think it was released slightly early. My first bottle had a lot of grassy notes that were undesirable. Definitely has lost that fresh dry hop flavor though, and mellowed into an amazing double IPA.

In a word, Amazing!

Cheers! (950 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The super cloudy, amber colored liquid was topped by a tight, frothy, two-finger, eggshell colored crown. Solid retention. Thick patches of lacing clung to the top portion of the glass. With time, the chill haze dissipated to reveal a nearly clear body.

The nose was amazingly hoppy, fragrant and dank with intense tropical fruit notes. Lots of mango and passion fruit. Strong peach notes as well. Touch of candied orange peel. A crisp yet subdued booziness was detectible as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was ultra hoppy and bitter. Super catty, oily and resinous. There was a subtle caramel malt presence on the front end before the citrusy hops took over. Orange rind came through strong. The beer turned spicy in the center. Lots of dry, pithy grapefruit notes. Hints of lemon and lime were also perceivable. The super piney, resinous finish left an intense, lingering bitterness on my palate.

The mouthfeel was somewhat lighter bodied for the style, yet pillowy soft, creamy and smooth. A fine, mild carbonation gave the liquid a nice slickness.

While all of Lawson's hoppy beers I have had to date were rather intense, they each displayed some semblance of balance. This collaboration with Otter Creek however was a real palate destroyer. If the hop profile were tweaked so that the cattiness was dialed back a bit, this might become a much more more sessionable double IPA. (1,483 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. No date. Thanks surge1311.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a small off white head. Great lacing.

S - Wonderful citrusy, piney and floral hops.

T - Lots of hop flavor with tropical fruit, citrus and pine. Rich hop oils with a moderate bitterness. Mmmmm.

M - Silky with a moderate carbonation of well behaved bubbles.

O - A super, flavorful beer. (379 characters)

Photo of NAPO
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

-Pours a dark golden with about a half finger with a creamy head.

-Zesty aromas of pine and mandarin. A pretty strong scent of herbal hops. Slight spiciness.

- Taste is grapefruit and mandarin bitterness. Is pretty grassy but not overwhelming. Little sweet caramel malt.

-Crisp and nicely carbonated. Medium bodied.

-A very good pricey beer. It may be a a one time deal for me, but it's definitely one of the best shelf beers out there. (440 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright and hazy orange, a hot sun on a summer day. Topped by three fingers of level uniform micro bubbles.

Big fresh citrus aroma, heavy on the oranges. Piney background.

Thick rich semi sweet malt foundation. Bursting with juicy fruit. Mild subtle bitter bite. More juiciness.

Medium mouthfeel. Smooth with a bit of texture.

Saying it's the best beer ever with Otter Creek on the label is damning with faint praise. (421 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleased that they chose to brew this again this year. Bottled 091814

A: Pours a chill hazed sunset orange color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a ring of bubbles fairly quickly

S: Pungent citrus and tropical fruits up front with some apricot notes as well. Not too much to the malt backbone in the nose

T: Follows the nose. Very citrusy and tropical with notes of apricot and some pine. Malt manages to back it up a little, adding a little sweetness to balance out the fruity onslaught. Bitterness lingers on throughout, but never gets overwhelming. Finishes with a bit of the bitterness and some more pine notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a little lacking on the malt (but that's a good thing while fresh)

O: A nice citrus and tropical fruit bomb. Pleasant bitterness throughout with just enough sweetness to balance. Definitely a juicy hop bomb if that's what you're into/looking for (936 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-10-14 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 1/2-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Pineapple and other tropical fruits, spicy and floral hops, light malt and light pine. Very fresh and sweet smelling.

T - Delicious. Bright citrus flesh, orange candy, pine, graham cracker, pepper. After you've assimilated these fresh flavors, the orange zest and pine needle bitterness keeps growing and growing but never to the point of being too much, thanks to the somewhat-balancing citrus flesh sweetness. The alcohol heat and contributing sweetness are part of the balancing act and certainly not out of place.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, prickly, clinging and then pretty dry.

O - The combination of very fresh, bright flavor, strong bitterness, crushed hop bud goodness and importantly, the balancing graham cracker malt, are a winning combination. I sure would like to see this beer again as a seasonal or regular. Good stuff. (968 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my brother is the man for hooking this one up for me, so much hype around it, and finally i get to have a bottle. heavy orange look to it, super heady, sticky looking, and ring lace as it drinks. is beautiful to look at it, moderately cloudy, really bold orange glow. the nose is citrus and honey for me, intense hops, tropical fruit, orange peel, mango, passion fruit, mowed lawn, and a sturdy but background barley malt base. the flavor is just like the nose, layers of intense fruit and pungent hops. some galaxy or citra or the like here in big proportion. i think the abv is perfect for the style too, but enough to do what its supposed to, but not large enough to show though at all, not distracting or even really all that visible here. long hoppy finish is quite in line with the west coast style, less delicate than the other vermont ipas that i love, but i think equally well put together. frothy feel, pretty dry, very bubbly, round, complete. one of the better big ipas ive had this year honestly, nothing i would change about it. i think i expected it to be a little more like the other hoppy lawson beers, and its something else entirely. definitely worth picking up or trading for though if these are your horse. (1,227 characters)

Photo of Ljudsignal
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an English pint glass. Enjoyed alongside my father's excellent hamburgers. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden-copper that seems to fairly glow from within. A moderately vigorous pour yields a 1.5-finger head that subsides to a sudsy collar. Lacing is moderate but strongly retentive, and appears almost weblike.

The nose yields an expected burst of grapefruit and dank pine, but also gives off fainter notes of lemon zest, fresh grass, orange rind, herbal spiciness, and a tantalizing hint of something almost apple-like, with the slightest suggestion of phenolic alcohols rounding out the aroma.

Taste is stellar. This beer assaults the palate with resinous pine flavors from start to finish, but adds layer upon layer of complexity as it moves from the front to the back of the palate. The front is all about the pine, with hints of lemon zest and grapefruit preventing it from being too one-dimensional. The middle of the palate, though, is where the beer really shines, with the hops displaying additional notes of mango, tangerine, and blood orange, and with a light biscuity malt character balancing the hop potency a little. The finish offers a lingering piney bitterness along with a bit of the same fresh grass note and spicy herb notes from the nose, and just a touch of an almost mint-like flavor.

A medium-bodied beer, oily and resinous, but with a lively and prickly carbonation keeping it from becoming too palate-coating.

On the whole, this beer is something special. Very glad I got to try it, will certainly be on the lookout for more as long as I can find it. Not quite as brash and intricate a blend of hop aromatics and flavors as Heady Topper, but a pretty magnificent brew in its own right, and one that I wouldn't be surprised to see compared favorably to Vermont's semi-legendary heavy hitters in the DIPA category. (1,874 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Lawson's tulip. The bottle is dated 09/20/13 so it is just a couple weeks old.

Appearance: Pours a light amber/gold with a yellow hue. Fairly light for a DIPA of this strength. Leaves a finger of white head which lingers a bit.

Smell: Light orange, grapefruit, citrus, with a hint of pine. Lots of citrus in the aroma without much else. Not overwhelming though.

Taste: Matches the nose pretty well, and this one has a nice malt backbone to it. Very well balanced and tasty. Lots of citrus & mango and very smooth. Alcohol seems lower; to me this seems for like an IPA than a DIPA.

Mouth-feel: Creamy light to medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is extremely smooth.

Overall: A very drinkable citrus dominant IPA. The hops are well balanced with the malts, and this is very tasty and smooth. I could definitely see myself wanting to drink a 6-pack of this in a sitting, but it's ABV is deceptively high. This is a well crafted brew. (997 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours a murky amber color with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Great aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Some white grapes and sweet pine. The taste is bitter upfront with some pine and citrus peel. Some tropical fruit notes but this one is mostly pine, grapefruit pith and orange peel. Floral notes. Great hop flavor and bitterness. A good deal of carbonation. Very dry and oily. Insanely drinkable with not much of an alcohol presence. This is a hell of a collaboration. It took some doing but I luckly got my hands on some and I'm glad I did. Overall, amazing Imperial IPA. (591 characters)

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