25th Anniversary Double IPL | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We flipped the couch cushions, unzipped the fanny packs and emptied our pockets in search of all the dank, juicy hops we could pull from our stash. When the smoke cleared we threw some Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Galaxy, Columbus and Sorachi Ace into the kettle and developed a Double India Pale Lager for our 25th Anniversary.

Added by bobv on 08-07-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Otter Creek 25th Anniversary Double IPL

A: This somewhat awkward style pours a slightly hazy gold with light tinges of orange; the haze appears to be chill haze and not a lack of cleaning up. The pure white head is small and does not last long. Lacing is average, a little spotty. Carbonation is nice. This is fairly average-looking. More head and lacing and less haze would really improve this. 3.25/5

A: The glass bursts with orange, mandarin, and grapefruit, plus some peach, and finally apricot skin. Melon, pear, passion fruit, and earthy white grape lie underneath the tropical fruit assault. A little weedy dankness sneaks in here and there. The end appears to clean up quite well thanks to the lager aspect, which appears to not have been lost in the obvious heavy New World hopping. Smells amazing. 4.75/5

T: Wow. The taste is equally incredible. Tons of orange, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, ripe peach, lemon, dill, apricot, nectarine, and papaya up front, all are juicy but not sweet. Dank, weedy, minty, pine resin plus hefty pithy bitterness and herbal, onion/garlic undertones contribute an excellent balancing factor. The aftertaste leaves behind a woody, spicy, pithy earthiness and plenty of dry bitterness, all of which is amplified by the lagering (it is not obvious in the yeast flavor profile, however). This is absolutely bursting with hop flavor of all sorts. It is like hop candy, and the lagering makes it no-nonsense and completely hop-dominated, perhaps to a fault to some palates. 4.75/5

M: Surprisingly for the moderately hefty 8.5% ABV, this drinks a pleasant light-medium. It is very crisp, very dry (again, almost to a fault), and bordering on astringent, which hop heads will love. Carbonation is pleasant, medium, just where it should be. 4.25/5

O: This is probably one of the most hop-forward beers I have ever had, and not in an oppressive or unpleasant way. It finishes so clean, hides its somewhat high ABV so well, and displays its very wide variety of hops in such a complex and interesting way that it really subverted my expectations of a double IPL. Sure, I sort of wish it had used noble hops and had been basically a big Pilsner, but this base serves as such an awesome canvas for the hops and allows for so much East Coast fruit flavor with classic West Coast dank bitterness that there are no regrets to be had. This is a delicious beer that deserves hype and praise across the board. Unfortunately, it likely will not get much attention and probably will not be brewed again, so get it while you can and while it is fresh. Pair with the underappreciated and unknown gem "III," by Spectral Lore 4.75/5

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Photo of ichorNet
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one for a while, so when I found a four-pack at Craft Beer Cellar Westford, I happily shelled out the mildly-brutal price for these babies. The hop bill seems unique and I'm glad they went the IPL route for this one. DIPLs have pretty much been the forte of Jack's Abby for the last few years, so to see someone else in NE stepping up and throwing down is exciting as hell, even if it's only a limited release!

Pours a semi-transparent golden color with a huge, cantankerous head of bone-white foam that laces spectacularly and sits lazily atop the beer itself. Great legs on this one; tons of sticky bubbles that cling to the edges of my glass.

Nose is incredible... I get a ton of hoppy goodness thrown at me including dank pine resin, cut grass, pineapple, guava, mango, tangerine and orange, with a slight undercurrent of herbal, floral and botanical notes. You can tell this fermentation was super clean, as the dry-hop is incredibly clear and concisely focused despite its wide range of elements. A slight, snappy crackery malt backbone is present as well, along with some ethanol, but the overwhelming and heavy-handed aspect of the nose is certainly a hugely aromatic blend of hops with complex tropical, fruity and grassy/herbal notes that spares no expense to deliver its bouquet straight to your nostrils. Epic stuff here.

Flavor is similarly amazing... a lot of bold tropical fruit, slight coconut/vanillins, melon, pine resin, grass clippings and a surprisingly thick mouthful of honeyed malt. As this is a big beer, I definitely expected some malt flavor, but this one actually surprised me with how sweet and, yet, well-balanced it is. The fruity and tropical hops meld incredibly well with the malt bill here, making a very full-bodied, intense beer that nonetheless drinks very smooth and easy.

Speaking of which, the feel here is great as well. Big, smooth and slick are the three terms that come to mind for me upon each sip. There's a wash of warming alcohol in the finish, but the journey is excellent as well with low-medium carbonation building up a "massaging" aspect to the palate. It's not sharp or light at all; the whole thing demands to be sipped rather than downed. I love it. I might even buy more before it's gone, despite the hefty price tag! Otter Creek has been excelling quite a bit these last couple years, and we definitely have Brewmaster Mike and his crew to thank! Prost!

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Photo of soze47
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little too much going on here. The hop flavors are all over the map in an incoherent way. Dank and piney while fruity and dry. Kind of wears out the palette. The body itself helps it out a bit - for an 8.5 double it still feels nimble enough to keep it from getting overpowering. As it warms, alcohol and overripe fruit enter the equation. Not for the better.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a sniffer at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Danky, lemony, earthy, spicy, grassy, citrus, toasted, biscuity, pale malts, and a little booze.

Taste: Awesome, awesome hop flavor. Nice malt bill, nice tingly bitterness, a little booze, and quite the tasty treat.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, nice tingly bitterness, medium carbonation, creamy, delicious, and scary crushable at 8.5%.

Overall: Such great flavor for a DIPL. So smooth and delicious. Wish this was more than a one time deal. Needs to made once a year at least.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScanRautli84
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wander4
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mackeyse
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Brewing "25th Anniversary Double IPL"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle seemingly without production codes or freshness dating
$3.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a surprisingly cloudy golden-amber body beneath a finger-thick head of off-white foam. The aroma is malty and hoppy, mainly floral and herbal, and really not that strong. Many standard pilsners have a stronger hop aroma than this although this would certainly win out on maltiness. On to the flavor, the same is true although it's fuller, richer, and more complex. It's lightly sweet, bready, maybe even doughy, and the hops are peppered throughout with a little bit of a floral note, some additional citrus with a mix but certainly some lemon, some herbal notes, some tea, some cedar, notes of apples and berries, and some spiciness. It's very nicely balanced between the two components and a solid bitterness backs it and keeps the malt in check, leading to a fairly dry and somewhat hoppy conclusion, although they do linger quite nicely. It's really quite nice. Looking back the head has dropped to a thin but almost solid surface covering, and there's some minimal spotty and streaky lace left about the glass. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous feel, and gently crisp-then-smooth. As it warms I'm getting a slight bit of alcoholic strength, which is to be expected. Overall it's not as big and bold as I might have expected but it's also quite enjoyable and seemingly drinkable in quantities - that alcohol will hit you though at some point, so it's a question of would you have another one if you could based on your previous enjoyment. I would.
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Photo of Roguer
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Darker (and clearer) than expected golden appearance tinged with copper. Very nice head production and retention.

Bright and fruity aroma; slightly dank, as well.

On the palate, this is perhaps the juiciest beer I've ever had. It is like literally drinking fruit juice. Tangerines and peaches specifically come to mind, along with pineapples and mangoes.

A much thicker, smoother brew than I anticipated, without coming across at all syrupy.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchip
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dduquette
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vermont Tap House. Though they poured this into a tulip, I get what’s going on as if it was poured into correct glassware. The appearance was a burnt glossy orange color with a thin white bar pour’s kind of slim white head that dissipated immediately. No lacing. The aroma has oily fresh green hops, semi-sticky resinous, subtle floral, light backing malt. The flavor rides the gamut of the previously mentioned aromas, semi-sweetly with a balancing bitter. Rides on in together on into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rides at a nice pace. Nice bitterness sticks but still feels good. Overall, Imperial pilsener, yup, works for me, damn nice.

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Photo of richj1970
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of broadway848
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled in August 2016 (date smudged). Sampled on September 16, 2016.

It pours a slightly foggy but bubbly yellow-olive under a modest white head.

The pungent hop aromas are mainly tropical fruit, orange, tangerine, and citrus with a modest under current of white breaded malts. No alcohol.

Medium or slightly better body and very smooth.

Same white bread or sough dour notes to start but the hops erupt in the flavor with an array of fruity characters that lead up to a slightly spicy finish that lingers at the end. Happy anniversary to Otter Creek!

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Photo of AndreRus
4.91/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

How is it a DIPL exactly? Tastes like a one of the finest DIPAs. Very fresh and hop forward. Hope they do it again!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Nice dense orange juice coloring, with a milky light beige capping, slight in size and average hold retention. Small lace speckling.

S: Fresh pineapple and orange juice, wet spruce, orange peel and lightly dry whole grains. Spicy and fruity hops, canteloupe, and peaches with a nice strength, wet and fresh and very pleasing to intake with a lasting impression and duration.

T: Fruity and spicy orange and citrus pine hops for flavor right from the start with a high rate of dry, bittering flavor. Flowery appeal, dry fruit, dry orange peel, and leaves with a big, beautiful dry warmth of piney hops and dry fruitiness of pineapple and peach.

M: Medium full body, creamy texture, good carbonation.

O: Very worthy of an outstanding rating, nice fresh wet nose followed by a wallop of piney-orange hops and dry fruitiness. Flowery bite. Otter Creek is one of the older breweries in Vermont that gets overshadowed for the most part, but manages to produce outstanding ipas like the rest with less fanfare. High dry hop flavor, wish this was more then a one-off. Must try.

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Photo of Tbone2131
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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25th Anniversary Double IPL from Otter Creek Brewing
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