Wolaver's India Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Wolaver's India Pale AleWolaver's India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This robust India Pale Ale follows British tradition by using bountiful amounts of fresh hop cones to produce a crisp clean character; blending Magnum, Crystal and Hallertauer hops with generous amounts of Munich and Carmel malt.

Added by stirgy on 09-07-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A darker SRM than your average india pale ale, this one is like a mixture between copper and brown, which I guess kinda makes that auburn. 1/2" white head, retention didn't hold up. Aroma had a caramel presence for the most part.

Taste kept up with the caramel impressions, mixed in with some C hops of olden yore. I'm sorry but the mouth feel would be better without the excessive roasting and malt. Has a woody presence to it. Not really gonna satisfy a hophead methinks. Would not bang again.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Almost no head and dissipated immediately.
Smells more of orange than anything else. Not hoppy. I don't regard this as a bad thing, though, because too many IPAs try too hard to be over the top.
Very tasty. Doesn't scream or even whisper "IPA" but a delicious beer nonetheless. Malty without being fruity and certainly not hoppy. Not sure how far past the brew date it is but thinking it must be months given how hop flavor breaks down.
Mouthfeel is decent, maybe a bit heavy toward syrup and not IPA-like. It's a good, solid beer. I like the citrusy qualities and would have another on those days where i'd choose lighter-colored beers. I think Wolaver's does an exceptional job of brewing, but trying to stuff beers into a category sometimes detracts from the finished product. I like this beer but it isn't an "IPA" per are, just a delicious American Ale.
If they marketed this as a Vermont Robust Ale, I'd say they had created a standard. But "IPA" or "American IPA," I would say not. A very good and drinkable beer - highly recommended. Wolaver's/Otter Creek is a great brewery.

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Photo of billybob
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the bottle I had was a different label from the one shown it also states its usda organic. looks good in the glass with its cloudy orange color and off white head. smell is pleasant with fruity and sweet notes. taste is balanced and fits the style without over powering you. ipa's not my favorite style but I would buy again.

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Photo of fank2788
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
This very unfiltered beer ends up quite hazy in the glass with a dull copper color and an off white head that laces nicely. The smell is dominated by light floral and grassy hop notes with a base of crystal and biscuit malt. While on the tip of the tongue, caramels and biscuity malt shine through but are quickly replaced by a strong bitter character that doesn't come with much in the way of hop flavor other than perhaps some floral spice. At the finish this is quite puckeringly bitter which lingers nicely inviting the next sip. Moderate to high carbonation and the lack of an overly sweet malt character make this lively in the mouth. Overall this is a pretty good English IPA, quite different from the more common American style that we've all grown so accustomed to. It is nice to get a taste of something a little different like this every once in a while to remind you how IPAs started out.

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Photo of Duffman79
4/5  rDev +12.7%

This recipe has changed and this beer is a lot better than it used to be. It now uses Magnum, Fuggles, and Centenial hops with a lighter malt character. Try it again!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; bronze colored; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: earthy with a little pine in the background;

T: like the nose; moderate bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not a lot of complexity, but enjoyable;

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Photo of fscottkey
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Notes: Born on 5/21/14 (consumed 07/22/14). Poured into a nonic pint

A: Cloudy apricot colored beer that sports a 2 finger white head. the head is pillowy and comprised mostly of smaller bubbles. The bottle has a very clear shoulder label with the bottled date.

S: Sweet smelling, with hints of apple and caramel. There are malty smells. Not getting any floral or strong hop scents.

T: A hint of bitter but well balanced with a sweetness from the malts. There is a mild caramel characteristic along with some pine needles.

M: Really nice mouthfeel. Smooth and coating feeling. No strong bitter or dry after taste.

O: This is a great East Coast Style IPA. I would put the ABV estimate at 6.2% or lower. There is a slight alcohol presense - but nothing distracting. The sweetness balanced with the mild bitter is really nice. The body is fantastic along with the mouthfeel. This is a really enjoyable IPA. I would definitely drink more or share them. This is a beer that an early IPA padawan might like - as they develope their palate. It is a good intro to the style - without being a hop bomb.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer suffers from some inconsistency issues. I had two from a mix pack that had great juiciness. Then I bought a 6-pk, and the first bottle (only one month since bottling) is all malt and no hop. There's still a nice spice character on the finish, but it's not nearly as good as the two I had from the mix pack I got earlier this year. The nose is more corny than I remember too.

Original review:
Why are people hating on this beer? Let me guess... because it's not a huge, hyped, hop bomb brewed in a small, trendy brewery named Hill Fartstead?

I admit that this is not the best IPA I've ever had, but the people rating this in the 2's need to get off the hype wagon. This is not an American DOUBLE IPA, and it shouldn't be rated like one.

This beer is a subtle, solid IPA with a well-balanced hop and malt character that comes across in both taste and aroma. Subtle spice and juiciness on the finish, with hints of citrus (citra-like?) and tropical fruit (mosaic-like). Very lightly buttered for an IPA. Just amazingly solid and well-balanced.

The mouthfeel is also wonderfully carbonated and smooth. Crisp, fitting.

Finally, I like the 6.5% ABV. This beer is a great daily drinker. Session with a kick.

Don't hate on it because you can find it in supermarkets and it's not named Heady Topper.

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Photo of dank203
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

very clean tasting bitter ipa. good amt of caramel malt shining through the hops but still hoppy as hell and balanced, clean tasting and a dark orange/amber red color, pretty foggy and unfiltered looking. just a nice one. slightly above average but not a mind blower

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1st pick out of the Best Market Wifey 6 pack!

Nice clear reddish amber hue with a whopping, soapy, long lasting head that gave the glass a good lacing.

Moderately hoppy aroma that snuck past my ongoing sinus congestion!

Taste is definitely English IPA being that this brew is not brimming with hops or alcohol but has enough hoppy and malty flavour to justify it's classification.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel with subtle carbonation.

A GOOD English IPA and a GREAT session IPA. A perfect beer to spend a night with and not regret it in the morning! Definitely a repeat buy!!

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Photo of bvj
2.44/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pint glass

A: poured out with a proud 2.5 finger head that relaxed after a few minutes. Cloudy amber disposition

S: definite floral aroma that preoccupied the senses

T: for lack of a better description, wheaty overtones with a light, secondary IPA presence.

M: a narrow body with a bitter attitude.

Note: Unfortunately, I have a bias against a particular "white" flavor I sensed in this beer so please factor that into my taste/smell rating.

White beer lovers might find this organic IPA very refreshing, but it doesn't possess the definitive rustic qualities I prefer in an IPA.

I'd revisit Wolavers' IPA on a hot, summer day with female friends, but wouldn't select as a year-round go-to.

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Photo of jhchan
2.18/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For an IPA, it lacks hops and any real substance.

For the record, I prefer IPA's which are full-bodied, hoppy with distinctive flavours. Unfortunately, Wolaver's IPA does not fit the bill. While it's very smooth, with a small hint of bite at the end which lingers on your tongue, I don't find there's anything distinctive at all about this beer.

If you prefer a "smooth" IPA without much bite, then give it a try.

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Photo of USArmySteve
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance - very cloudy honey-amber, with a large head and chunky lacing
Smell- earthy, bit of pine and sweet overtones
Taste - earthy and choppy, though nothing like an American IPA. good proportion of bitterness.
Mouthfeel- very smooth. Goes down very well.
Overall a good solid IPA. Organic. Not as refreshing as I prefer my IPA's but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip pint glass.

A-Hazy, unfiltered, copper-orange color. A touch of amber. The pure white head, 1-plus finger, lasts and leaves big fat sticky rings of lacing.

S- Hoppy; floral and citrus. Some caramel malts.

T- Strong hop flavor of citrus, earthy pine, floral. Some malty sweetness and lasting herb.

M- Very clean. Lots of malt gives it good body, hops give a semi-dry finish. earthy hop bite.

O- Good beer, with the right hops and bitterness for the style. Drinkable at 6.5% abv.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's - Wolaver's India Pale Ale, poured into DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy orange with an amber hue and a big bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves chunks of lacing. Bubbly. Some retention.

Smell - Aroma is almost more of an IPL than IPA at first, but I was patient and pulled out the more subtle aromas by gently disturbing the brew. Hops are juicy citrus, some slight sour breadiness from the Munich malt, hint of sweet as well.

Taste - Rich caramel malt, almost creamy, then spice(s), then citrus and some piney hop bitterness. The taste itself was all over the place and confused me a little, but I wasn't cringing.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and creamy with a dryness about it that makes it crisp and refreshing. Zero booziness and great drinkability. This was the strong suit of this brew by far.

Overall - A well balanced organic offering from a solid but not overly remarkable brewery. Definitely enjoyed and recommend for fans of a smoother IPA.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced quickly to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with bubbles coming up through the glass. Some spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Earthy and citrus hops, caramel, and bready malts too.

Taste: Same as above with a little spiciness and bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty nice beer for an EIPA. Not familiar with the style, but this is a good way to start off.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the English ipa has not been a go to style for me, and they have been increasingly popular in the northeast it seems. this one though, is a winner. a version far superior to its peers. it pours a hazed orange to brass color with a lasting inch of khaki fizz. the nose is nicely hopped, more bitter than anything else in terms of aromatics, with a sturdy but clean rather than filling English malt vibe. less caramel in the malt flavor, more fresh bread, a nice combination with the lightly citric hopping. I get just a touch of grapefruit in the finish. there is a ton of body here, a few of these is ample. nice carbonation and clean finish give it some drinkability though. ive learned that even well made versions of English ipas are not my favorite. this is one of the few times ill ever be patriotic, but the American ipa style, to me, is a much more enjoyable brew than even the best of the English persuasion. this would be a textbook example of the style though, and is worthy of higher praise.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; dark orange, slightly cloudy, with a thick fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. Smell is well-balanced, lots of malt with some crackery notes, and some attenuated floral hop scents. Taste is spot on the nose; crackery, slightly sweet malts, and floral juicy hops on the back end with a full, creamy mouthfeel and a wet, crisp finish. Certainly nowhere near as hoppy as its American-style counterparts, but a fine beer.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy orange. About a finger and a half of creamy white head with mild retention. Thick around the edges with a good amount of lacing. Some carbonation and a little bit of sediment

Aroma: Bready malts, some caramel sweetness. Toasty cereal grains. Faint citrus hops. A touch of earthiness. Nothing mindblowing here but not bad

Taste: Follows the nose for the most part. Cereal grains in the foreground. Like oats. There's a wheaty twang. Some sweet caramel. Earthy hops meet somewhere in the middle but seem a bit like an afterthought. At most there's a slightly oily pine presence in the finish. Like the nose nothing out of the ordinary but not much of note. Decent

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Some body but not much bite. A bit watery. Clean

Overall: Not one for the ages but it might get you through in a pinch. In the end there just isn't much to write home about in this beer. Very average

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Photo of Act25
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into .5l cylinder glass.

Retried into stemless wine glass on 8-15-13.
Disappointing, as reviewed by BuckeyeNation, there's a kind of staleness to WOLAVER's beer, found it in Pumpkin last night and in IPA tonight. the staleness dissipated over time. (*not as profoundly stale!, but in that general direction, so this beer gets downgraded a bit by it)

Appearance – Pours a dull hazed orange-copper color with a two finger off white head.
*But compared with Dales Pale Ale - not as pretty or bright a copper. some big bubbles in head, lighter level of lacing.

Smell - More laid back and subtle than AIPAs. a blend of sweet and hop. caramel sweetness with hops, earthiness backing. A bit of sweet orange hop as well. Quite nice and very subtle.

Taste – Starts with bread mixed followed by citrus and floral/herbal arc. The herbal and floral hop intensify on back end. finishes earthy. But again, subtle like the smell. Wholesome, approachable, sessionable, not much sense of the 6.8 or esters. More calm and earthy. Refreshing aftertaste, goes well with food, in this case (grilled grass fed burgers on pretzel roll with grilled asparagus (it's spring), red pepers, mushrooms, garlic).

Mouthfeel – Hi creaminess, lo carbonation. The creaminess parallels the earthy hop, the grass. Organic!

Overall – Very original, refreshing, made in Vermont IPA. Subtle and good starter IPA. Personally I like the piney crisp complexities of Dales Pale Ale, Stone, Troegs. This one less citrus and more earthy. It is a nice break from the more traditional. Every hop head must try it. Organic! Made in Vermont!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Wegmans in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a hazy amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells piney and citrusy, with some sweet malt behind it.

The taste is very similar. Low bitterness, very easy drinking. Piney and grassy flavors are the dominant hop flavors. Some caramel malt flavors behignd it.

Medium bodied, crisp, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable.d

Not a bad IPA at all, just a bit boring and bland.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From 01/26/13 notes. Had on tap at Bare Burger in NYC on the LES. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy amber orange color with one to two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, citrus fruits, toasted malts, and earthy notes. Super malty in the nose; was hoping for more hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, bready malts, grains, wheat, earthy notes, and some floral notes. Again, very malts taste for an IPA; a little disappointing.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall not a bad beer, but a very malty IPA; I was hoping for more hops. Fruity malts throughout and some light citrus hops, Easy to drink and again, not a bad beer, but if you're looking for a hoppy IPA this isn't the one for you.

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Photo of jifigz
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange color which is a little darker than other orange colored IPA's like Two-Hearted and beers similar, although it is not as dark a reddish brown color as Victory's Hop Devil. The head lingered for a while and left some lacing on the glass. The appearance looks pretty promising. The aroma is, well, hop free for the most part it seems. I smell alcohol, I smell sweet malts, and I smell strawberry twizzlers, but not hops....this smells more like an Irish Red than an IPA for sure. The flavor presents a light malty taste with a decent hop presence riding the ending. There is just enough bitterness to balance this English IPA, but I would like just a touch more of a hop profile. The MF feels pretty typical.

Overall, this beer is pretty "meh." It's okay, but this Wolaver's line is not really impressing me so far.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish copper with a thin, off white head that has a short retention but leaves a lot of lacing

S - very faint nose; caramel, citrus, grains

T - malty, some toast, citrus, some pine, faint bitterness

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an easy to drink beer with a decent flavor. It's not very forward, but its enjoyable. I could slug a few of these with ease.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, peach-copper coloring with a fluffy, white, frothy head that clings all over the glass. Aromas of subtle sweet caramel, resiny, fresh hops, and a light, citrus highlight. Smells very well balanced and very palatable. Flavors are light, with a resiny and peppery hop forward presence that is quickly followed by a light, sweet malt backbone. Much lighter flavors than the aromas lead you to believe. Very smooth and balanced, and very drinkable. Citrus highlights join the party at the end of the palate, and the blend goes right into the aftertaste, with the citrus and spicy hops holding most of the flavor profile at that point. Very tasty and well blended. Light bodied throughout, but still manages to support the flavors. Resiny, slightly bitter finish that dries the mouth. Very tasty IPA.

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