Wolaver's Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

Wolaver's Pale AleWolaver's Pale Ale
153 Ratings
Wolaver's Pale AleWolaver's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of John
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good brew to have in your fridge as a session brew. I prefer this over the IPA as it's more balanced and fuller flavored.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid APA here. Nice orange amber color. Nice full head that showed good retention. liked the balance. good solid malt base and a smoothly hopped taste. very good mouthfeel that has a solid fullness. another good otter creek product. my type of APA, not overly hoped or bitter like many of these misnamed IPA called APA

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Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden / copperish with a nice tan head that leaves sheets of lace. Nice light citrus flowery hop aroma at first which dissipates. Great balance - nice malt flavor and rich with a nice hoppy balance. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a crisp dry finish. Solid !! One to buy again.

Label states "Certified Organic" & "Harrington Specialy Malt" & Cascade, Cluster, and Hallertauer hops"

This bottle was brewed by Otter Creek Brewing Co. Middlebury, VT.

Bottled: 01/14/03 (Batch #1291)
Tasted: 03/15/03

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of ericj551
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Review: Wolaver's Pale Ale is a copper orange with a thin head. The aroma is nutty, malty and sweet, with hints of herbal hops and a nice light fruitiness. The flavor is crisp, with nice toasted bread and light toffee malty sweetness. A mild, but noticeable bitterness balances the sweetness with some nice, light herbal hops.

2006 Review: The beer pours a golden amber with a this head that bubbles down to a lasting film. I smell hops, kind of metallic and a little grassy. Taste is sweet at first with a nice hop bitterness that drys out the flavor. There is a decent body, but if could be a little fuller.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a creamy, off-white head composed of some very burly bubbles. Aroma is all Cascade up front with a nice hint of caramel maltiness underneath. The taste is similar, with a floral bitterness out of the gate that is oily and nice on the palate. There is a good balance here, too. Some nice roasty sweetness gives this one a well-rounded finish. Mouthfeel is chewy and fairly oily, with little carbonation to enhance the delicious flavors. Drinkability is good. This is finely crafted Pale Ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a medium burnt copper-orange with a 1 finger medium beige foamy capping that didn't stick around for long as it dissipated to a sparse macro-bubbly layering. Visible carbonation was light.

S: rich, with sweet pine and grapefruit hopping that was very aromatic and enjoyable providing a nice citrusy fade that you didn't want to stop experiencing.

T: sticky, sweet grapefruit and pine with some sweet caramel balancing things out beautifully. The hopping and bitterness was very smooth, and refined with a nice juicy like citrus nature that blended well with the malt sweetness in perfect harmony.

M: light, very smooth and slick with a gentle carbonation and rich sweet sticky grapefruit lacing gracing the tongue leaving you wanting more.

D: A great drinking pale, case worthy and a thirst quencher on a hot summer day. Could easily drink this as an session.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled APAs are hit and miss. This one is a hit. Perhaps it's the organic label or perhaps the 6-er I bought was particularly fresh; but this was great. Beautiful light amber color, thick head that lasted few a number of sips; nice hops smell and just enough hops flavor to let you know you're drinking a great APA. Aftertaste is also floral hops with a bit of pleasant bitterness on the tongue. Makes you want to reach for another sip. Great representative of the style.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with a nice 2-finger off-white head. The smell consists of a burnt bitter aroma along with a light tangy note. The taste reveals a nice smooth taste of light citrusy hops and an earthy grain and malt. It is light-bodied with a very clean finish and drinks down very easy. This makes the third Wolaver’s beer that I’ve had and they all have a very familiar characteristic about them. I wouldn't think just because these are organic beers that it would make a noticeable similarity in all the styles, but something does it. It is very hard to pinpoint but it’s there. I truly enjoyed this beer! Cheers!

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Photo of LXIXME
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you pour this beer from an inch or so above the glass, you get a big off white to light tan head that takes it time to recede. Very nice honey copper color and quite a clear clean colored beer.

I really don't know what I got more of in the aroma, the slight sour grains, or light bitter hops, or lightly toasted caramel, or the citrus; but all of that was present in the aroma.

The taste was quite similar to the aroma with the exception that it seems that the light bitter hops seems to take over a little, which i really kind of liked. And this light bitter taste transfers well throughout and stays with you with its aftertaste. A pretty good beer, I think I'll have another.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ouncer with a 05/26/04 bottled on date. The color of this pale ale is a clear pale orange with light carbonation. There is a one inch white rocky head that leaves some very nice lacing ringing the glass. The smell is citrus and hop aroma filled. It smells like oranges to be more precise.

The taste is sweet and malty that finishes off with a good, balanced hoppy flavor. There is a sweet honey taste that is followed by mild bitterness in the hops. Overall, a surprising pale ale taste that is excellent.

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Photo of Morris729
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a thin creamy white head. Aroma is of sweet grains and malts. It’s very crisp in the mouth with flavors of grains and bitter hops with a dry finish. A very nice pale ale. In fact, this brew is my favorite of the three Wolaver’s ales.

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Photo of shabbtastic
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12oz twist off. A two finger thick white foamy head, which faded slowly to a nice plateau with tons of sticky lacing.

S - Spiced hops, notes of citrus such as grapefruit and orange.

T - Hops hit you up front and linger throughout the sip. Solid biscuit back dominates the finish. Very good APA represented here.

M - Thick and full for an APA, not a bad thing either. Creamy finish with plenty of carbonation to stand on.

D - Awesome! I absolutely love Wolaver's beers. I am quite pleasantly surprised with all their offerings. Pick this one up for sure.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certified Organic. Bottled 10/22/05.
Pours a copper color with a 1/4" beige head that retains some but not alot. Smell is sweet malty caramel and some mild citrus and piney hop bitterness.
Taste is dominated by a huge caramel maltiness. The hops attack the palate unmercifully near the finish. At almost a year old I am impressed that this beer still has the hoppiness. Very well-balanced, complex and flavorful.
I would expect the mouthfeel to thin out over time, but it has held together well and feels as it should.
Overall a very flavorful and drinkable beer from a brewer that I think is very underated. All of you BA's out there need to try you some Wolaver's Organic Ales.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed-6 pack at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light beige head over the slightly cloudy light amber brew. Head is frothy and lasts well, with nice lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malt and cirtusy hops. The taste is piney/citrus hops with an undertone of pale malts. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice. Would revisit this one.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle - Bottled on 3/28/06 according to the label.

Poured a hazy golden amber with a thin white lacing.
The smell was fairly strong and certainly inviting. It was of a floral graininess.
The taste was of a fairly thick malt. It was slightly sweet. The clean, crisp, grassy hops were well-balanced with the malt.
The finish was a touch bitter, but smooth.
Unlike this brewery's IPA, which is more in the British style because of the relative moderation in hops, this is a good example of an American Pale Ale - It had a generous dose of hops mixed in with the malt.
Another good brew from Wolaver's!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 months old according to the bottling date, yet it shows no signs of deterioration. It pours a crystal clear amber body with a creamy white head that holds well before dropping to a decent collar and whispy surface covering. Tiny bubbles slowly rise to the surface, and some lacing around the glass adds to the appearance. The nose displays some caramelish malt and thin, but bright, citrus/floral hops that are quite welcoming! The body is medium and combines with a fine, restrained carbonation to give a smooth and gently creamy mouthfeel. The flavor displays an exceptional balance of softly sweet, lightly toasty and mildly caramel-tinged malt that's infused with threads of mildly citrusy and spicy hops backed by a supportive bitterness. It finishes dry with a firm bitterness and some lingering bready malt and spicy hops. Very nicely done. Well-balanced with alot of finesse. It's clearly a more delicate version of the style, but it's also very drinkable. And I appreciate the fact that it's organic!

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice one finger creamy head. The body is dark dark amber in color. Looks like a pale ale should look. Smells just like a pale ale should smell too, not too hoppy, not too malty, nice balance in between. You definitely pick up more hops, and then a small malt note and sweet smell. I wish the smell were a little more intense, but oh well. Well, the taste is very very good, don't get me wrong, but I would not really classify this as a pale ale. I mean it tastes too light on the hops to be a pale ale. It tastes more like an english ale to me, not american. In the taste you get a hop bitterness for just a second, and then comes an immense sweetness and then in the finish you get malts for just a second as well. The taste is dominated by that sweetness. It's a great mix of all three flavors, but the sweetness is definitely the primary flavor. Good taste, not out of this world though. Drinkability is through the roof on this beer, mouthfeel isn't bad either.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best one of the Wolaver's mixed 12 I bought. This is hoppier than the IPA.. imagine that? Anywho, this looks and drinks like an IPA and even has a higher ABV than a pale ale, so I think there's a bit of a naming mistake going on here. Nice bitterness and great taste while being really drinkable.

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Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellowish honey color with a small white bubbly head. Aroma is of sweet butterscotch. Flavor is hoppy and grassy, with some butter and doughey undertones. Subtle flavors that morph and evolve and rise out as I work through the pint. Delicate but making their presence felt. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Darkale
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brassy-copper clear body, moderate head dies soon. Spicy-sweet aroma with a touch of yeast.

Brash taste is quite hoppy with some grittiness. It is followed by faint fruit. Seems almost IPA in character. The hoppiness is raspy and astringent and, for a hophead, quite pleasing.

A darker, deeper pale ale than one usually finds.

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Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, on the neck states that this product is certified by the OTCO as organic. No freshness date.

Appearance: Golden with a touch of chill haze, the lace is very white and creamy.

Smell: Crisp grain and mild hop oil aromas.

Taste: A crisp carbonation lets a slightly chewy malt mouth feel of a bready sweetness come through, a liberal hop bitterness balances this ale. Some light alcoholic esters warm the throat, then this brew dries towards the end with a nice hop finish that lingers with some residual bitterness.

Notes: An exceptional pale ale. Great malt back bone.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy amber into an American pint glass; thin white head, but surprisingly decent lacing. In the aroma, picked up notes of red cherry, banana, peach, caramel, and malt. The taste possessed a nice round 'smoothy' fruitiness throughout, punctuated with a semi-dry finish and a dry fruit aftertaste. Pretty rare for a beer style that I find too often nowadays to be hopped to death. A welcome change of pace. Surprisingly though, the mouthfeel was fairly light, though this did aid the beer's sessionability.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a light copper pour with thick fluffy eggshell colored head,lots of sticky swiss cheese lacing coats my mug,it looks very nice!Sweet bannana bread aromas can't be missed along with strong floral notes as well as hints of fresh citrus.Hops though prevelent are not over powering in this well balanced APA,I also taste a malty sweetness in every sip,a nice companion to the hoppy bitterness that is the backbone of this brew.The feel is pretty standard for a PA,medium to light body without being watery,and bitterness that keeps the tounge thirsty for more.Overall a very solid PA that could be enjoyed again and again.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is orange and almost clear. It’s shiny almost, with just enough haziness to be noticeable. The head came on quite well with some nice foam, a bit of lacing, and some pits as it settled down.

Smell – The aroma is subtle but very balanced. The malts are laced with caramel but still “grainy.” The hop character is complex with some floral and citrus notes.

Taste – Ah, yes, this ale’s balance is its signature. This one is nice. The citrus hops come on with a bit of grapefruit bitterness and the malt base is big and strong.

Mouthfeel – Creamy smooth and just shy of medium-bodied. The bitter notes and dryness at the finish made me want to guzzle this one.

Drinkability – An excellent session ale. Clearly Wolaver’s best effort to date as VENOM pointed out in his review.

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Photo of Murph
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden with a nice white head that leaves a clinging lace all down the sides of the glass. Starts off with a nice floral hop aroma that also has some slightly sweet malt backbone to it. Starts off with some nice bittering american hops. The flavors then turn slightly fruity for a second before the toasty malt comes to dominate towards the close of the beer. The tonuge is still left with some nice lingering hop bitterness. The brew definitely gets much maltier as it warms. Nicely crisp and refreshing, this brew would be a good counter part on a hot day.

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