Wolaver's India Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

285 Reviews
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 pezoids on 09-07-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 285 | Ratings: 601
Photo of tjhuot
4.92/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is not only hoppy, not overly so, but extremely flavorful. It has a very very small hint of sweetness. Very full flavor. It has been a while since I have had one of these ales, but I am enjoying one now, and it is delicious. I am an avid IPA drinker and rate this one in the top 2 or 3 on my list.

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Photo of woodymq
4.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has become my go-to beer lately. Stocked and reasonably priced at University Wine on Mass Ave in Cambridge. I just wished more places carried it and Otter Creek didn't make it in limited batches.

Distinct hoppy character. Perhaps the hop character is different from other IPA's because it is an organic beer, or because they use different hops than what I am used to. Whatever it is, I like it.

Color is a nice orangish amber, pours to a nice head. Does have a bit of "stickiness" in consistency that is pretty common to American IPA's.

If I have one dig against this beer is that I have noticed a slight variation in quality between batches. Normally, I chalk that up to how a beer is shipped, but I have a suspicion that it is more due to the fact that this is a smaller brewery. Also, since it is organic, there may be more natural variation than what is usually pushed out to us by the big boys.

In short, it's local, cheap, organic and a tasty beer to boot. What's not to love?

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Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a pleasant surprise. This hazey amber ale had a big beautiful off-white head with great frothy lacing. Chewy looking already. The aroma just adds to the suspense with an incredible carmel and butterscotch sweetness mixed with malt. The hops are a little tough to detect in the aroma, but there is some piney presence, but it smells like it's more toward a brown ale than an IPA. But then the first taste brings out a unique blend of the bitter hops and the creamy butterscotch. Good stuff. It has a slick and silky feel, full bodied, milkshake-like. Just a slight bite from the hops but for the most part this is a mellow mouthful of complex flavor. This is a great change of pace in the world of quality IPA's. There is an unusual Dr. Pepper like quality, but I obviously like it, very different, very good.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH curved pint glass

This is a good looking beer. Nice darker amber beer under a good head that sticks to the glass. Smell is sweet with herbal, pine, and some citrus, everything an IPA should be. Taste matches to the T. Hops hit the palate first, but sweet malt flavors show up later on. Just a great tasting beer. Mouthfeel was moderate with enough carbonation. Easy drinking for an IPA. Balance all around. Unique as well.

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Photo of ralree
4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice gold color, great frothy head, wonderful lacing.

S: Caramel, nice hops, brown sugar.

T: Great hoppy flavor with background of brown sugar, caramel, and some great-tasting grapefruit. Bitter hop flavor lasts well after swallowing.

M: A little light-bodied for the style, but still good. A little astringent, which is good for this style. Carbonation about right.

D: Drinks great - will definitely be getting again. Not too filling or too rich.

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Photo of Riggo
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A supremely quaffable and well-balanced ale. The quality on this one was a bit of a surprise, considering that Otter Creek isn't exactly considered one of the better micros.

Pours a clear golden light amber with a firm, creamy off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma is subdued at first. Begins with a stoney, musty almost pilsener quality, opens up to some fruity notes (apricots, raisins?) and some nuttiness.

Flavor is initially crisp hops, again with an almost pilsener-like quality, then fruity malt and some nuttiness at mid-palate, followed with a dry hop finish and some lingering fruit and minty-hop notes. You can really distinguish these "stages" in the flavor, yet their is a harmoniousness overall. A very well-balanced ale.

Mouthfeel strikes a perfect level of carbonation and fullness and drinkability is excellent. Good for Wolaver's. If I could get this without driving to Missouri, it would definitely be a common presence in my fridge.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Home2Suites "pint" glass. Beer is cloudy and hazy and golden amber in color with a rocky yet slightly thin white head of about one finger in size. There is some decent retention and the lacing is quite substantial.

Aroma has a bit of Lemon pledge in it. Floral and fruity with some maltiness, which I dont mind. Solid malt backbone without being too sweet or caramelly or cloying.

Flavor gamut runs the same as the aroma, pretty much. Love the bitterness. More fruity than anything; less citrus or earthiness. I like the change of pace. Most IPAS are overly citrusy or piney but this one lies on the fruity/floral side, which I like. Bitterness is very well in check without being too cloying. Very nice indeed.

Perhaps I have palate fatigue from all of the heavily hopped West Coast and piney IPA's that this one was a welcomed changed. Very well balanced, easily drinkable, not too English. Suits me well at the moment.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange is the hue, blessed with a creamy slab of luscious, inviting head.
Aroma speaks of lovely hops, fresh and appealing, pine and fruit, but soft. grassy and floral, as well. Nice.
Taste: Ah! Excellent entry on the palate, ushers in a delicious phalanx of hops right onto the tastebuds, they linger, they lay, they leave languidly, resting a residue in the finish. Very clean flavor, with the hops shining through in every swallow, a lushly flavorful ale. Tasty, tasty, tasty!
I would grab for this anytime it's offered to me...halfway through the bottle, and it's hop-burping time, that's my kind of ale!
Medium in body, with a long-lasting, tangy finish. Enemies of "aftertaste", beware this bottle! But, fans of flavor, come rushing.
Personally, I can't believe that this is my first Wolaver's, that I know of, but if they're all this fresh and lively, sign me up for more!

(and thanks, UncleJimbo!)
P.S., after reading other reviews, I don't know what to say, whether there were issues with other batches or freshness problems, but this bottle was nothing but fine!

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice rocky head and a nice burnt orange color. Nice nose of fresh zesty hops and buttery malt. Real nice hop character that is not over done, flovors of floral and leafy hop oil. Good malt balance and toasted buttery flavors. Great session IPA, and would love to taste this one on tap.

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Photo of smith5424
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a light clear Amber, clean with little head.

S - Sweet, citrus, lots of grapefruit with a bit of caramel.

T - Smooth, fresh, carmel with floral notes. Well balanced.

M - Light and smooth with nice sweet taste at first, caramel taste kicks in, and then bitter and citrus.

D - Clean, clear, crisp refreshing ale. Great drinkability.

Overall a nice and fresh beer. I enjoyed the caramel and floral mix. Not as hoppy as most IPAs.

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Photo of dmarch
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Under-rated as far as IPA's are concerned in my opinion. Pours a light amber color with a white head. Very well balanced. One of the more mild IPA's, but the hop aroma and taste is still dominant. This is one very drinkable IPA. Not sure what makes it organic though.

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Photo of Murph
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear dark golden color with a small white head and a great lace. The smell is a great floral/spicy hop bitterness. The taste starts off with a nice hearty malt background and then the hops come and announce, very loudly, their presence. Nice citrusy and slightly spicy bitterness that is well balanced by the established malt backbone. There is a lingering tingly hop taste on the tongue for several minutes after drinking the beer. The brew is slick and dry and very drinkable. For my first few sips I wasn't crazy about the very abrupt change from malt to hop flavor in the taste, but with every sip I loved it more and more. It definitely grew on me and I would suggest this to any hop heads. As a not this one was brewed by Otter Creek in Vermont.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a tangerine like copper color with a two finger white head. Great retention and very nice lacing.

Smell is solid. Some hints of grapefruit and bready malt.

Taste is well balanced. The juicy hops are on the backend of sweet malts. More aromatic and flavorful than bitter, this is a very delicate IPA.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer. Not a hophead's IPA, but a very well done and highly drinkable version.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.79 for a 12 oz. bottle.

Pleasant floral smell. I enjoyed this thoroughly. Good white head on top. Taste is good bitter with light floweriness. Not much malt sweetness, but malt presence is noticeable. Much more of a Britishy IPA than an American IPA. This is a great session brew if you're into pale ale.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a two finger width white head that fads to a film over time. Smells wonderfully hoppy with some malt thrown in. Taste is nicely balanced with good malt and nice hops that are overly bitter but very flavorfull. The mouthfeel is good, could stand to be a little heavier. A very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of mentor
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sulldaddy for providing this one. Pours a half-finger white/lightly tainted yellow head that quickly settled to a ring over the crystal clear light-rust-orange liquid. Smells of honey, oranges, apricto, peaches, caramel, and a hint of grapefruit pith. To taste, the hops are too mild for an IPA. Wet sweet with fruits mostly. Starts apricot sweet and malty with a hint of caramle. A faint hop bitter comes in the middle carrying hop orange and woody qualities. Grassy cohumulone is low. Immediately after swallowing, I get a moment of grapefruit hop, but this quickly changes to a more metallic and woody hop that starts the aftertaste. The aftertaste is more bitter than during the taste and is accompanied by a pleasing gentle caronbation sting on the whole flat of my tongue. Md mouthfeel and mildly cabonated. The final sips were taken after allowing the beer to warm a while. Grapoefruit pith is more prevalent and hits earlier. The malt and fruity sweet are still there and I'd say all is in balance...for and APA. A pleasure to drink on a hot summer evening.

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Photo of HopsYeast
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice ipa. usually would expect a strong to almost pungent hit of hops with most ipa's but not with this one. very pleasant beginning, middle, and end. very drinkable and very smooth.

a-actually will edit this since i drank it straight from the bottle.
s-very subtle hops. has a sweet aroma that i cant quite put my nose on.
t-will have to re edit this one too eventually. but the hops do not seem to be the overall driving force in the flavor. there are some layers of complexity going on here but my palate has other food on it right now thats cloudy my taste
m-smoooth. very drinkable pleasant carbonation level and doesnt leave me feeling full.
o-glad to find an ipa thats a little lighter on the hops. although some people may discredit this beer for not being as hoppy as a traditional ipa, i like it.

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Photo of mshallah
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This well made india pale ale could pass as a superbly dry hopped pale ale because of the malt balance in the nose and flavor. The hops used(Magnum,Crystal and Hallertauer) give a unique hop profile not usually found in domestic IPA's. Bitter lemon iced tea flavors and the unmistakable flowery, herbal aroma and bitter taste of Hallertauer hops mix well with the perfectly malted barley aromas and flavors that include caramel and toasted grain. A slight alcohol warmth rounds out the flavor. Great head, lace and carbonation, which is smooth to creamy show this really is a well crafted brew. Oh, and it's organic which means little to some and much to others. This along with the Oatmeal Stout Wolaver's produces ends the question of whether superb beers can be made organically. The answer is yes.

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Photo of shabbtastic
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light copper with a decent two finger bubbly off white head. Lacing is pretty decent as well.

S - Light citrus hop scent with a sweet carmel malt kicker.

T - Suprisingly smooth and balanced. This is a hell of a lot better than I expected. I gotta say this is one tasty modest IPA, not a hop bomb but very refreshing and clean.

M - Meduim body with nice carbonation.

D - This is the definition of a session IPA. I really can't say a negitave thing about this beer. This is the second Wolavers I've had and both have been outstanding. I mean, are there better IPA's out there, of course there are but this is straight and to the point enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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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 geexploitation
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with bright, lighter amber highlights. Little head, but nice lace. The aroma is a very balanced blend of caramel malts and lifting, citrusy hops. Things are downplayed, though, compared to a lot of IPAs, and the major effect is one of light, sweet malts with a light dose of hops in the background that lighten the proceedings and give an impression of aromatic suspension. On the palate, malt sweetness first off before the hops come through midway in. From the middle to the end, there's an excellent integration of hops and malt, with each one showing its character while meshing with the other. Well done. Mouthfeel is very good, with an excellent balance of carbonation, acidity, and weight. Overall, this is a damn tasty beer. Very good!

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Photo of oelergud
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish golden color, pure white head and generous carbonation.
Spicy hoppiness and some bread/grain in the nose. The taste matches the smell cept it's better, very crips and clean taste. Lots of complex flavors, very spicy and sweet, very little bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is great, creamy and full body, the head goes down fast but returns easily when the beer is swirled.
This is one of the best IPAs I've had, high on my drinkability score.


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Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.79...
An aggressive pour resulted in a clear, clean, lucid, copper-color that was tawny and light-amber without any head or lacing evident...
Sweet aroma, mild on the hops but loaded with a grainy, earthy, and vanilla aroma...
Taste strongly paid homage to the smell with a nice suggestion of fresh florals, vanilla, caramel, honey, and earthiness thrown into the mix...
Nice, attractive, light but flavorful mouthfeel and a superior level of drinkability led to an all-around great depiction of the style and a hands-down superb beer...

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a bone white head that settles for nice lacing. The nose is of pale malts and bitter hops. There is a bit of a piney aroma surrounding it along with a hint of Carapils malts. The taste is really good. It is hops all the way. The beer is quite bitter and flavorful. There is a strong hop content in this one. Yeah Hah! The beer has a med mouthfeel and is a sessions beer no doubt. Wolavers (Otter Creek) make a few good brews. This one stands out among them.

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Photo of stewart124
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale copper color with a thin white lace of foam. Strong sweet smells hops. Smells a bit spicy with a little citrus. There is also a graininess to the smell. Very strong hop bite with a bready taste of grains. There is also a taste of the alcohol as it warms the belly. Nice hop aftertaste, a good blend of strong/spicy hops and carmalized grains. The hops are pleasing without being overpowering and taking away from the beer. Nice mellow but far from bland IPA by Wolaver's.

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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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