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 pezoids on 09-07-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of shoude
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

bright amber color with a foamy head that sticks to the glass, great smell of, well good beer, good hop notes that are well balanced with a slight citrus taste, well rounded mouth feel that doesn't coat your tongue

quite a drinkable beer, I enjoyed this more than a brighter, more hoppy IPA.

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light to medium golden color with a tall creamy white head and has very good retention. The aroma is a grainy maltiness with notes of citrus and fresh baked bread. It has a bread-like malty sweetness with a mildly bitter hop finish. Based on its smoothness, you’d never guess that it’s 6.5% alcohol (well, until you drank several that is!).

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

This poured a clear gold with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like barley malt with citrus and copper hops. It tasted like bold copper hops and earthy malted barley, with some licorice. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a somewhat lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this had pretty good flavor and a clean taste, with decent body. But it didn't have any real depth or unique character.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice sculptured lasting head.
Laces the glass to the last drop.
Clear straw color
Nose is small but with fruity hops aroma.
General flavor is more subdued than other IPA's I've tasted. Hops bitterness not as up front and center as many. Fruity underpinnings with malt sweetness well balanced with the hops. I think this makes for a cordial mouthfeel.
This beer is an excellent "everyday" IPA-- not so overwhelming that one's taster is numbed to other IPAs flavor character yet complex and cordial enough to be consistently enjoyable.
So far, where I'm from this beer is easy to get-- a plus.

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Photo of smurphy77
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be an all-around pleasant beer. As an avid supporter of all things organic, I grudgingly admit that the organic aspect of this beer was not noticeable apart from reading the label.

Nevertheless, this beer showed great balance of hop-aroma and hop-bitterness. Poured a medium-amber color with moderate carbonation. Hop aroma was floral but not overpowering and the bitterness was tangible without lingering.

Great with a spicy burger on a sunday afternoon!

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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: Pale amber in colour with a creamy bubbly sticky lace.

Smell: Raw hop aroma, rustic grain and mild fruit.

Taste: Rich mouth full of rounded grainy malt, raw intense hop and some fruity esters. Some chewiness shows the residual sweetness and dextrins, the hop bitterness and flavour cut the malt to be well balanced for an IPA.

Notes: Very rich and very tasty, and at 6.5% abv it warms the body a little.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(this is an Otter Creek brewing)

I like tastey and organic things, this is both.

Pale amber colour with a creamy, sticky lace. Strong hop-oil and orange nose (a few off-smells, but I beleive they are from bottling device). Hop-flower and orange-citrus flavors. There is aslo a rich maltiness and mild graininess. Fairly-smooth medium body with crisp edges.

A good English IPA, a shade orangey and grainy.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at first I hesitated to order this beer, but man I am glad I said "wht the heck" and gave it a try.
At an Irish bar in DC!
This beered tapped a very nice medium amder with big white head and nice lacing following.
The smell was very sweet of malts, nicely blended with a nice citrus punch from hops.
Tastee was even better, very nice hppiness surrounded by a nice big malty bone and good mouthfeel.
I dont knowif the surroundings had anything to do with it or what, but this wasone fine beer.

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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 Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clouded copper color. A sturdy tan head of some thickness retains itself very well, and what's left after it recedes is a thick foam that leaves lots of patchy lacing.
The pungent aroma is strong enough that it reaches my nose almost as soon as I open the bottle; there's a bit of fade after the inital burst, but it's sturdy. Citrus hops overtones with a bit of grassy earthiness, pretty raw, but with a balancing malt sweetness primarily offering notes of light fruits. It's also got a pretty grainy undertone.
This is a solid, well-balanced beer in the flavor. Citrus hops again seem prominent, with some earthiness and lightly fruity element coming out. A bit of breadiness pulls in that goes into the more familiar grains aspect of the nose. A ghost of citrus rind bitterness comes through into the finish.
There's a smoothness in a medium body, but it tapers off a bit quickly and doesn't sill out fully. There's a touch of crispness from the continuous bubbly activity. Overall the feel is unimpressive but still above average.
This is simply a good IPA.

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Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent organic alternative I found whilst having lunch @ a Pain Quotidien in the upper west side.

pour is hazy reddish with a thin, compact white-to-tan head (i'm wondering if atmospheric pressure has anything to do with these small heads), light lacing.

Notes of roast malty caramel at first, somewhat yeasty, hops hardly perceivable.

Taste has a yeasty mouldy feel to it throughout, in spite of a dominant red ale maltiness it holds. very light bitter finish, more of an aftertaste than an actual finishing edge. medium bodied, rather refreshing than filling. well-carbonated, nice brunchy blend.

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Photo of Naes
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden brown with a large off white head which sticks around for a while and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is bitter, citrus and hopy with a cologne like presence.

Its flavor is a bit mild for an IPA but nice. It is dominated by hops, but has a malt sweetness in there to mellow out the bitterness. There is also a bit of fruitiness in the flavor mix. This is a nicely blended brew.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and is carbonated generously.

It’s an easy drinking beer, worth a try.

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Photo of silver1audi
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up because I like many of this brewer's other offerings. This was not bad, the first thing you notice is the smell... it's very strong and odd. Reminded me much of a malt milkshake you could pick up at an ice cream shop... but that's just me.

It looks nice in my pint glass, a nice dark amber color with a medium size head. As for the taste, it was kind of earthy and I was definately expecting something a little hoppier. It's not bad, just a little bland for an ipa i guess. It goes down pretty easily, but I would probably pick up another ipa for the money. Not bad, but this brewer has some far better offerings.

***revisiting this 2 yrs later, I enjoyed it much more. A good solid IPA delivering an abundant yet not oppressive amount of hops balanced by just the right malt profile. Becoming my regular drinker at a local hang-out. Best had on-tap.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wolavers IPA

Appearance: Thick white head atop a lighter colored beer than expected. The head lasts well to the end.
Aroma: Hoppy, flowers, Nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium
Taste: Spicy hop notes with enough sweetness to be balanced, but not sweet at all. No hint of the alcohol, but its in there.
Aftertaste: Linguring residual malt with drying hoppy effect on the toungue.
Style: 4 of 5. I would shoot for something like this if brewing my own.
Impression: I liked tis alot. I will be purchasing some more
Comments: Flavorful considering its light color. the hops are spicy on the toungue but not overpowering. Hops, then beer, then hops. The way an IPA should be. Overall would be 3.5-4.0 of 5 in my humble opinion book. U.F.

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Photo of tang214
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is good but not great IPA. It has a nice orangish amber color. The smell is great light fruity aromas. It has a light hoppiness with a more outstanding roasted malty flavor. The mouthfeel and drinkability are just average. This is a alright india pale ale and I'll probably come back to it occasionaly.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled a few 12 ouncers, with bottled on dating, yeah fresh beer! Pours a clear golder amber, white head. Leaves light wispy lacing. Full, hoppy, grainy nose, maybe also a note of rye. Medium bodied, grainy dry hops up front, maybe a tad thin in the malt to smooth this one out, still a drinkable ale, Long lasting bitter and drying hops on the tongue. Worth a try, decent sessioner

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Photo of TXHops
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wolavers IPA, circa 1999:

OG: 1.053, 13 P
FG: 1.01, 2.62 P
Attenuation: 79.97%
Real Extract: 4.52
ABV: 5.7%, 4.46% ABW
Calories/12 oz: 173.73

Panorama Brewing Company will donate 10 percent of annual profits to community organizations that promote sustainable agriculture.

The Panorama Brewing Company's Wolaver's line of beers are almost a "concept" in the industry... Panorama contracts its brews out to several regional breweries, including Northcoast Brewing Company in California, Otter Creek Brewing Company in Vermont, Goose Island Beer Company in Illinois, and Old Dominion Brewing Company in Virginia in order to assure freshest delivery to those regional markets. (There are currently plans to add to this list of contractors so that Wolaver's beers are available from brewers in Florida and the Southwest.) Additionally, all of Panorama's beers are certified organic, and the Wolaver brothers donate 10% of their annual profits to "community organizations that promote sustainable agriculture"

Wolaver's India Pale Ale is an amberish colored beer with a just-off-white head of foam that dissipates after a minute or two, then fights its way back with small circles of isolated bubbles fed by inverse springs of tiny bubbles. Great lace... A fresh, resiny, almost fruity, citric hop aroma dominates the aroma with a definite undertone of sweet malt detectable... Like the aroma, the flavor is controlled by the hops (as should be the case in an IPA), which are citric and bitter, but not out of balance with sweet, fruity, very rounded maltiness. Of particular interest to me in this IPA, is the almost 80% attenuation rate. One would empirically assume, that after the long voyage from England to India, an IPA with any yeast left in the cask would end up with very little residual sugar in the body. While the characteristic IPA dryness isn't this beer's primary characteristic (it's actually fairly sweet), the well-attenuated body is authentic. On the troublesome side of this beer's "authentic-ness" is the low original gravity. The original IPA's were brewed to considerably higher original gravities than 1.050ish, but since Wolaver's IPA's travel regime is considerably less strenuous than the originals, I can understand why this beer is what it is...


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Photo of fingolfin72
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold, a shade or two darker than apple juice. The head is almost, but not quite, white, and it doesn't stick around for long. It leaves some lacing around the glass.

The nose is floral and rich with pine and caramel notes.

The palate is fairly big. Malty caramel flavors drape over and around stony, bitter pillars of hops. Lots of flavor, but the mineral bitterness scratches on the end.

It has everything I love in a good American IPA, perhaps not in perfect balance, though. Nevertheless, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Tartarus
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S: Translucent copper color with very little head that dissapates very quickly. Smell is of citrus hops and not a ton else.

T&M: Fairly subtle hop taste, good amount of fruity flavor. Aftertaste is a little dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and light bodied with a little bit of carbonation. Clean flavor, good underplayed hop taste.

D: Very drinkable, could definitely down this one quickly if I wanted, and could definitely drink a couple of these in an evening.

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Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small foamy off-white head that shrinks to a pleasant semi-sticky lacing. Smell is suprisingly robust - grainy, earthy, organic, with citrus/hops undertones. Taste is clean and natural - bitter with a dry hoppy finish and slight lingering sweetness.

This is my first Wolaver's variety from Otter Creek and first strictly "organic" beer in general. A very agreeable IPA - not anything amazing but I could drink quite a few of these and be perfectly happy.

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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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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 RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Solid orange in color with a little cloudiness and a good head that came up nicely and laced my glass..

Smell – Big citrus hops and a very light caramel malt backbone make up the aroma of this IPA.

Taste – The malt balance steps it up at the taste. The citrus hops are nice, and a tad bit of piney flavor joins the show. This one is well balanced.

Mouthfeel – Creamy and smooth with a slight tang to the cheeks. This one is just medium in the body and very refreshing.

Drinkability – I liked this one a little better than my fellow BAs. I thought it was well balanced, refreshing, and would make a terrific session beer.

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Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper coloured beer with orange hues. head is decent with a nice white cap that settles to a creamy foam lace ring. Alcohol, light spicy hops, bready in the aroma.

Nice mild citrus hop sting, with a cheesy hop character. Hops are also a bit spicy/herbal and meld with a light spicy alcohol presence. Body is medium, mouthfeel is smooth and even. Malt character is ample and sweetish, with earth and wood notes. Nice hearty, dextrin fullness. Some bready flavours in the background. Fruity and juicy around the edges.

Nice alcohol bite, balanced with a firm malt and defining hop character. Just a good, solid IPA in my book.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wolaver's IPA is a crisp, flavorful, and rejuvenating golden ale with a long-standing head of bright white froth and a nose that welcomes you without screaming at you. It's both malty and hoppy without particularily leaning to either side. It's solid malt base is peppered with grassy and spicy hops; and it's delicately zesty carbonation and solid bitterness help to bring that spiciness out before it fades into a long lasting, bitter end. It may be a bit mainstream as far as IPAs go, but it's certainly very well done!

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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
3.55 out of 5 based on 600 ratings.
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