Wolaver's India Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

600 Ratings
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 slvrmon82
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a delicious American IPA. One of my new favorites.

A - Really nice light copper color. A little thick for the color.

S - Actually after the initial poor not a lot of smell. Lots of hops but with a smooth finish.

T - DELICIOUS! It is full of hops. I hate the bottles that say IPA and don't taste like it. This is no joke a great Indian Pale Ale. It is one of my new favorites. Its crisp and clean and delicious.

M - Thick at first but dissolves rather fast. Great carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

D - If you like IPA then I say this one is a good all around because it's not as heavy as a regular 8-10% IPA. Great beer.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My pale amber pint arrives with a pretty, foamy head which dimples slightly. The smell is mild, but fresh and very nicely hoppy.

At the first sip my reaction is "Mmmm. Nice, refreshing, strongly hoppy." The flavor is pleasing and rounded, with a solid body. It's very drinkable, although not quite what I'd call standout. If I had one word to describe it, it would be "quaffable".

By the time I near the bottom of the pint I'm appreciating the mouthfeel more. First it hits me with a pleasingly creamy wave that's somewhere between woody and nutty. This gradually gives way to a tingly, bitter middle which in turn eases into a tart, crisp, dry, hoppy finish. As a bonus, it not only changes during each sip; its taste evolves during the course of a pint. As I drain this one I gradually taste less creaminess and more woodiness. I will be having more of these.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pouring from a bottle into a goblet, it poured a beautiful golden/amber color w/ a nice 2cm of foamy, sticky looking head, that clung to the glass like Spiderman on Jane, leaving nice latticework or lacing on my glass. The head did dissipate some leaving a nice edge layer around the top of the beverage. Taking a few whiffs, I was pleasantly suprised to find that this IPA was not all hops as I had suspected, but had more hints of fruit (white grapes or plums) and even had some semblance of chocolate in there somewhere, which I found very intriguing. Slight alcohol tingled my nosehair a bit as well, which is always fun for me when I drink a beer! TAking a sip, it came to my palette very sweet natured, with little hops at first. The white grapes really jumped out at the tip of my tongue w/ some sugary taste, but then gave way to a nice earthy hops flavor that covered my palette on back until the swallow. Upon swallowing, this left a nice sweet floweriness (if I can describe it any better) and left a nice grassy aftertaste reminding me of cut grass in spring or summer! One knock on this one was the feel of it however. It's high carbonation beat on my palette pretty hard, and it never really gives way until the swallow, which may have taken away from some of the flavor. However, I got much more than I expected from this one, and it was a very nice crispy ale w/ a sneaky little 6.5% alcohol that I would recommend to just about anyone!

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Photo of beerluvr
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Emerges from the bottle with a gently rocky white head, slowly settling out on clear and bright golden liquid. Nose is sweet malt and fresh hop flowers with a touch of grassiness. The taste is first sweet, then a growing bitterness asserts itself. Bitterness abounds without really dominating the palate, just flowery with a definate hop punch. Light fruity yeast esters noted at this point. Finshes bittersweet and somewhat clean, with an ultra slight alcohol tinge at the end yet superbly drinkable. More flavorsome than looks would lead you to believe.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange / copper color with a 1 inch head. Lacing develops through the drink. Light carbonation. The aroma is nice, very floral and lemony. The taste follows suit, as the hops are strong here creating a more intense bitterness. The malt balances this out well. Citrus tones and honey are noticeable.

The mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Medium bodied. The bitterness rides the tongue softly for several seconds. Extremely drinkable and solid IPA I will look for again.

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Photo of Stimack
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure if I should actually list this brew here but will. It is the Wolvers IPA but is from one of the special batches that is only available at the brewery to bring home in growlers. It is a batch of only four barrels called Cask Conditioned Wolvers IPA and from what I was told they where aged/matured in Chardonnay Barrels. It definitely had the qualities of the Wolvers IPA but also did poses a Chardonnay like aroma and taste. The brew held up nicely in the growler for a few days and when poured had a slightly cloudy orange/yellow color with a nice sized white head that had pretty good retention and left a fair amount of lacing. The aroma had a very robust hop scent that did dominate but you where able to pick up notes of malt and toffee and the Chardonnay aroma that I talked about before. The taste was also dominated by the hops but did seem to be more refined than with the initial smell. The hop flavors are of pine and citrus but I feel that the pine notes win out. Also notice some nice fruit like characteristics that go well with the hop taste, also notice a pretty good amount of malt that balances it out quite well. I must say that this was a good brew, wish that I lived closer to Middlebury to try some of the other brewery specific concoctions! I was told that some of the brewery only offerings could possibly make its way out into distribution as a special/seasonal series, lets hope so!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light copper appearance. Thin white head. Streams of CO2 bubbles surface gradually. Pretty good blend of resinous hop character and toffee based malt character. Very crisp in taste, this beer. Sharp pine resin and citric hop tones hit me first. Then the bitterness, which is quite noticeable and enjoyable. The malt foundation is toffee, toasted and biscuity. There's actually a slight lingering sweetness to the aftertaste if you look hard enough. Body is about medium and mouthfeel is carbonated nicely. Solid effort here.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper/amber with a thick, chunky slightly off-white head that gives way to clingy lacing.

S - Sweet malts in the nose. Earthy hops lurk just beneath, along with a touch of spiced fruit.

T - Noticeably sweet for an IPA. Grainy malts hit immediately with a more subdued (both in flavor and spectrum) hops presence making up the body of flavor. There is a sweet chewiness that goes well with the hint of fruit esters. Well-balanced.

M - Medium but chewy.

O - Very well balanced for an American IPA. That is not always a compliment but for this beer it is. Even certified hop heads like myself should check this out. Solid ABV% as well.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10 September 2003 (batch 1408), so two months old when imbibed. Brewed with organic barley, and organic hops of the Hallertauer, Magnum, and Crystal varieties (so the bottle says).

A clear, pale-amber beer with a good white head initially on pouring, which dissipates slowly. Aroma is quite hoppy and slightly floral, and there's a touch of corn in evidence. Carbonation is gentle. A fairly prominent hop bitterness is experienced on the tongue, though not as harsh as many other true IPAs. Clean tasting, as would be expected from an organic brew.

A very pleasant beer, this bottle won't be my last.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greenmonstah
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Ommegang tulip

A - Pours a hazy amber/copper with a finger of big off-white head. Great lacing.

S - Delicious. Sweet caramel malt with some pineapple and grapefruit hop in the background.

T - Follows the nose pretty well. Tropical fruit hops, hop bitterness, followed by some sweet malty caramel. Finish is a bit grainy

M - Medium body, a bit sticky in the end. Leaves the mouth too sticky, very cloying and sugary.

O - Overall a very impressive IPA. I'm surprised at the relatively low scores. This is a beer that smells divine and has a taste that matches it. Not the best ever, but I'd be happy to have this in my fridge each day.

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Photo of stirgy
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An ultra dense and creamy head tops off this deeply golden and very clear brew. The aroma is one of a newly mown lawn and a flower garden. Bitter grapefruit spiciness comes through a soft and warm malt body. Nicely bittered from the first sip until the last. A fine and pleasant drinking IPA. This is one I would definitely have again. Too little time and too many good beers to try!

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Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of DrewBest
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Mattgruv
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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

Review adapted from notes taken 2/16/11

Appearance: A nice burnt orange color, white head to start that fades to nice lacing

Smell: Sweet caramel and pale malts with lots of hops - some citrus and pine, but these are on the mild side - some grassy/herbal/floral aromas, too

Taste: Somewhat balanced and mild - malts are great, pale and nicely sweet - hops are good, but not very intense - light resin, orange, grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, remarkably effervescent - nicely carbonated, somehow not too much

Overall: Above average, not mind-blowing

This is an all-around good IPA. It's not too crazy, and it's not boring. I could drink a lot of it. I'm confused by the 14.85% pDev... Maybe this beer is inconsistent? I've had this a few times, and it's always been all-around good.

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Photo of OnTheBusWithGus
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of JLZinSC
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ImpactDan
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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

Poured a cloudy golden with a copper tinge without too much head to be seen. Smell was buttery and nutty with leafy floral hops and a dosage of caramel to round out with some sweetness. Taste was very crisp and hoppy with a good amount of pine flavors and a more butterscotch and nutty finish but not overly so. Mouthfeel was creamy as it warmed. Another good offering from the Wolaver line.

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Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber with thin, receding, white head.
The smell was of hops with a caramel background. It was not a strong aroma, but what was there was pleasant.
The taste was citrusy - grapefruit, slight orange/lemon, with hints of caramel. Moderately tangy.
Good balance of hops and malt.
A good, drinkable IPA - not something to have if you are really a hop fanatic - but especially enjoyable if you like more mild IPAs (as I do). And, if you are organically-inclined it's even more of a reason to try it.

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Photo of chefdave37
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of weaselchew
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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