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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: 181
Hads: 1,484
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 271
Gots: 240 | FT: 6
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 BTVflatlander
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, good floral notes, a nice tailing bitterness. Great orangey gold color with a white head that fades pretty quickly.and a bit dry on the finish but not enough to change the flavor.

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Photo of Hendry
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of TaylorGates
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of FFreak
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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)

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Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy dark orange/copper color with a big thick 2 finger foamy white head that's full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing which formed spider webs as it went down.

Smells like fresh squeezed floral and citrus hop oil and grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel and strong citrus fruit up front. Excellent citrus notes to start, followed by grass, light caramel, toasted grains, herbs, wheat bread, mango, light spices like pepper and coriander, fresh piney hops and more dank citrus hops. Aroma is like sticking your nose in a hop cone.

Tastes like it smells, with a blast of citrus up front which is a mix of fresh squeezed floral and citrus hop oils, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, graham cracker, toasted grains, light pineapple, mild caramel or toffee, wheat bread toast crust, brown sugar, chalky yeast, strong/fresh piney hops, spruce tips, fresh cut grass, onion, tea leaf, dry floral hops, spices like pepper, coriander and a dash of cinnamon, and aspirin as it trails off. A lot of hoppy goodness, with the citrus and piney notes coming on strongest, yet the brew maintains a fine balance, excellent drinkability and it hides the 8.5% ABV masterfully.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick with a tart citrus pucker and bitterness that washes away with a grainy, biscuity malt sweetness that's got caramel, citrus fruit and piney hops blending together for a very complex and tasty finish. It does seem like a double dose of fresh hops were used as this Vermont collaboration was very tasty and easy to drink. Super hoppy, this was a really enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Frost-Mountain-Brew
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of xVERITAS
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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

L: Sexy. Burnt orange and opaque, nice golden held up in the light. Poured a 1 or 2 finger head.
S: Very fresh. Nice floral hops, hints of citrus, and a little EtOH mixed up in there as well. Malt comes thru with hints of roastiness.
T: Hops are bitter, but the bitterness is really nice in that they are not harsh. Just very smooth flavored. Also a nice grain character to this one.
F: Smooth and rich. Definately a little astringency that no doubt stems from the hops but regardless it remains a very smooth drink. Also no boozey flavor which means it goes back easy.
O: Beer was pretty hype up. Knew it was being released and the store I went to had a 1 beer per person thing going. All hype aside, this beer was great. Flavors were pretty standard but what got me about this beer was its restraint, its subtlies. There was a remarkable balance with this one, it was hoppy as hell without being super bitter and unpalatable. Well done.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extremely interesting beer I feel is far better than much higher rated sip of sunshine. Golden orange in color with light tan head and an incredible aromatic smell. Dank with a marijuana smell with light tropical fruit underneath. Taste changed as beer warmed and taste buds adjusted, initially I did not love this beer, but after 10 minutes I became a big time fan of this beer. Mouthful perfect for this style. Taste lingers on toungue for long time. Strong IPA that is not for everyone , but it a nice change from the citrus/fruit bombs that are all the rage now.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - A glowing honey/amber'ish color, completely hazed, awesome looking!
Smell - Pineapple, mango, pine, grapefruit, slight hints of booze
Taste - Grapefruit, pithy, citrus, earthy, pine needles, dank

Overall - Love Otter Creek......Love Lawson's....it only makes sense that I love Double Dose. Awesome stuff.

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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
95 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.