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 stirgy on 09-07-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cavedave
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy amber/gold, topped by a finger of beige foam ringed in some clingy lace.

Not much aroma, a bit of caramel, citrus, some yeasty tart, hints of herbal bitter.

Add a hit of minerality to the flavors of the nose, and add a touch of pine to the end of the sip, that is the light/med. strength taste.

Good viscosity, overcarbed, decent clear out, average finish.

If you want a certified organic IPA I guess this is the one, though it is decidedly average, and surounded by stellar, though not organic, competition on the shelf.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second Wolavers beer. A 12 oz bottle that pours a deep rusty beige coloured brew with a small, fluffy, white head. The aromas are of grains, and light hops. The taste is malty, with some hops in the middle, and a dry, grainy finish. The mouthfeel is thin, because this brew is just too grainy. The drinkability is OK, but this is more of a decent pale ale, than an IPA. Plus the graininess is just a bit much for my taste buds.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 07-23-2009. Probably past it's prime, but what the hell.

Poured into a 10oz. Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: A loose, sticky, white head sits atop a hazy, honey-colored body. Gentle streams of carbonation can be seen rising within. Head quickly decays to a thin crown, but it drags a ton of web-like lacing. A vigorous swirl resurrects the original head, at least for a bit.

Smell: Lemon, lime, toasted grains, and somewhat grassy hops. I think I even get a bit of green apple. Fairly tart, lightly sweet. Not a whole lot going on, and what is there isn't that special.

Taste: Caramel and sweet malt start things off. Lemon and lime follow, and then earthy hops come through for a lingering bitter finish. Tastes pretty leafy; I almost wanna say minty. Alcohol peaks through just a bit at the end of each sip. I prefer IPAs with brighter flavor profiles, but this one works.

Mouthfeel: Very malty, moderately carbonated, and a bit heavier than I'd like. Nice mouth-coating. Nice lingering aftertaste. I prefer lighter bodied, hoppier (west coast) IPAs, but I understand that's not what they're going for. I dig.

Drinkability: This IPA was just alright. The heavier body and dulled flavor profile definitely hurt the beer's drinkability, but I still had no problem finishing it.

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Photo of beerislove
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice head, about 1 1/2 fingers, that held up well and left clinging rings. A very floral aroma with no detectable alchol tones. I was quite excited to take a sip. The taste is equally floral and starts out a bit sweet. Much weaker hop impact than I had hoped for. Where are my hops? The beer feels smooth in the mouth and finishes clean, with no lingering hop aftertaste. There are much worse, but for the price there are also much better IPA's on the shelves.

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Photo of Spikester
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with minimal head and good amount of lacing. Smell is minimal floral hops, some hay. Hoppy with good malt compliment. Slightly dirty hop/ malt profile. Good balance. Palate is good. Nice bitter dry finish. Good for an organic IPA. Not in my top ten IPA's maybe but a good choice if you're into "organic" products.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As India Pale Ale's go this was on the mild and weak side. Drinkable but closer to the APA than the IPA side of the house or should I say Ocean. That being said it is a good looking beer that is refreshing and tasty. Just not a good exemplar of the style (In My Very Humble Opinion).

Pours a clear copper amber with a two finger wite head that lingers and leaves plenty of lacing on the sides of the stemmed glass that I drank this brew from.

The aroma had all the hallmarks and typical citrus aroma of a west coast hopped India Pale Ale such as Sierra Nevada --- though a mere shadow of same in my personal opinion.

Taste was faintly citrus with the muddled hops overpoering the biscuit malt notes and leaving little sweetness in the beer. closer to balnaced than spicy or dry.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, though most IPA's are rather light, i tend to think the originals were anything but light so medium marks for this one.

Drinkable, yes. I would have to rank this as an entry level IPA however.

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Photo of poop_brew
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - surprisingly red colored when poured but seemed to settle into more of an amber. There was little head when poured into a tulip glass
Aroma - very little off the nose in the bottle but surprisingly smooth and light citrus aroma from the glass
Taste - there was a delicate spice to the aftertaste and mild citrus hop originally
Mouthfeel - crisp, light and refreshing and not too carbonated
Overall - definitely a surprisingly tasty beer for it's organic status and I would recommend to an IPA connoisseur looking to expand their palate

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I read the prior review that said something about it calling itself an American IPA - I could be mistaken, as I don't have the bottle anymore, but I am pretty sure the bottle I had said that it was English IPA. In any case, I agree that it does taste a bit more like the latter.

I found this beer to be a bit astringent in its taste. The hops weren't particularly strong, but they were biting. A nice pair with the mexican food I was eating - kind of mellowed each other out.

In any case, it's an ok attempt at the style. I wouldnt go out of my away to get this one though.

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Photo of Gusler
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber in color, the head is beige, creamy, and moderate in stature, the lace is in dense sheets upon the glass. Nose is malt, lightly floral, hints of citrus. Front is inordinately sweet, light top, the finish is moderately acidic, modestly hopped, and a tad dry, more English IPA, than American, as with the Rogue Imperial IPA, nothing to be discomfited about.

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Photo of cichief
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Poured a light amber, somewhat cloudy. Thin whit head.

S- Very little nose, a little hops noted.

T- Somewhat hoppy, not overpowering, no strong malt, but reasonably well balanced.

M- Medium body, not too hoppy, well balanced.

D- A reasonably well balanced IPA, not overly hoppy nor sweet.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I get no aroma off of this whatsoever. Not even a hint of anything. The only reason why Aroma didn't get a score of 1 is because it doesn't smell bad.. it just doesn't smell like anything.

Hazy honey color to the eye with a half-finger off-white, almost light khaki head. Foam stability is nice but offers little to no lacing. This looks like your average beer.

Nice sweetness upfront like candied fruit - but not nasty like it. It follows with a nice subtle bitterness that is smooth, and static throughout. I get a little grapefruit, caramel, and orange. A touch of chocolate too. Very interesting indeed, in a good way!

Moderate carbonation and body, smooth mouthfeel, and easy to drink. Overall I would say this is a very good beer!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light copper-orange with a slight fluffy white head.

S: On the nose was a slight floral and pine notes along with dry citrus, and a soft lemony aroma.

T: The flavor had a nice caramel presence that backed up a light hoppiness of citrus and pine. Very clean taste, medium body but overall a bit bland and tame for an ipa label. Would make a better pale ale then IPA.

M: lively from the carbonation.

D: Overall not bad just a bit tame per style. An organic beer should focus more on malt quality then producing a middle of the road standard west coast ipa that gets lost amongst the numerous others.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a medium sized head. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is bready, sour, orange peel and maybe a bit earthy. Flavor is like a bitter brown sugary bread kind of taste. Some hop flavor but its mixed in. Fair amount of bitterness. Somewhat sour. Orange peel flavor peeks out at the end. This doesn't quite taste like a lot of the IPAs out there. Overall, it is decent but I've had better. Not in a rush to have it again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Given to me by Rudzud, thanks Matt.

Pours a nice big creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with a little bit of lacing, wicked hazy and full of yeast chunks, opaque nectar orange slight reddish colored beer.

Nose is very light, slight hint of floral hops, a bit herbal as well, some gritty malts, slight yeasty, that's about it.

Taste start with light hops again, very light fruity flavor, but more herbal floral like hops, a bit earthy, little juicy, and just a hint spicy later, then syrupy sweet malts, not much for syrupy flavors just sticky and sweet, thicker. Finishes fairly bitter, drier but still very sticky, chewy, some spicy earthy hops.

Mouth is a bit thicker bodied, decent carb, bit of a spicy feel.

Overall meh, very little on the hop profile, more bitterness, nose is practically non-existant, and sticky sweet.

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Photo of thain709
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a semi-hazy, burnt orange body...the head was white in color and stood about two fingers...it stuck around for a while to become a wispy cap...some lacing

S - The nose shows a lot of sweetness, and it's not in the form of hops...sweet caramel and toffee with bready malt...hops are minimal

T - Again there is a sweetness, but this time the hops can shine through a little more...initial flavors are of caramel and toffee...the middle rounds out the sweet flavors with biscuit and bready malts...they add some body to the beer as well...the hops come through at the end and add a decent bitterness...they are piney in flavor which accounts for the big, sticky bitterness

M - Medium bodied...decent carbonation...a sticky bitterness

O - This IPA let a lot to be desired...I really wanted more hop aroma and flavor...the malts got the best of this one

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Photo of albern
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The low point is the aroma, which to my olfactory senses is slightly skunked until the beer settles in, a bit too grapefruity, slightly cloying maltishness, and not enticing. Things improve as the beer settles, but the opening act is critical for me. That said, the appearance is the high note. The beer is a nice amber, with a bubbly white head, moderately carbonated, medium bodied, a bit syrupy in consistency, and well balanced. You will get some grapefruity, slightly tangy hop tastes balanced against some bready sweet malts, maybe some dextrin malts. The aftertaste is mild, and this is a drinkable beer, but not brilliant. This beer definitely improves with settling, with more balance and more moderation in character.

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Photo of aracauna
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden amber body and a thin head. The bubbles rising up from the sides of the glass are pretty large, almost like soda bubbles. Dried apricots and grassy hops make up the bulk of the aroma. More apricots and grassy hops are found in the flavor wiht a bit of pepper.

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Photo of argock
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date on label. 6-pack purchased at Whole Foods Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Amber-gold hue with healthy 1-2 finger off-white rocky head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Floral and grapefruit hops notes are most prominent with pale malt sweetness

T: Flavor is more on par with an APA+ with pale malt sweetness even with floral, orange, grapefruit, and spicy herbal hops.

M: Thin for the style with low carbonation and sweet aftertaste.

D: Lackluster for the style as this would fit into the APA category.

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Photo of maxpower
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a nice foamy head that leaves a good lacing in the glass, citrus and piney hop aroma. Hoppy citrus flavors with a nice hop bite, medium body with a full yet rough mouthfeel, finishes with a clean and strong lasting bitterness, a decent IPA.

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Photo of Wildman
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a nice foamy white head that left thick circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, hops and a touch of caramel. The flavor was of malt, hops and caramel. The finish was a touch bitter. Okay, first off when it comes to IPAs, I confess, I am a "hop head". This beer had none of the characteristics that one usually finds in American IPAs. That being said, this beer didn't seem to even carry many found is a tradional English style. I don't know if this was in it's attempt to be organic, but for me, it fails for this style.

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Photo of patriot76
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A- Cloudy orange with a thick 3/4 inch thick head. Nice looking.

S- Mostly floral, citrus hops in the nose with piney notes as well.

T- A nice flavored beer which finishes smooth. Not much hop bitterness to speak of. I have to say it's missing a bit of a bite. Good tasting, just not exciting.

M- Creamy with nice body. Light carbonation. It's just missing that hoppy bite that makes an IPA so unique.

D- This is a very drinkable beer, but not for the right reasons. It is a goog tasting beer and pleasant to drink, however it just doesn't stick out from the pack. Drinks more like an English bitter than an IPA.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went on an IPA spending spree, bought a bunch of different bottles, this was among them. First thing I've had from the brewery.

An orange amber color with what hardly any head, and what little there is clings to the rim of the glass in a thin ring.

Sweet citrus, floral hops, and some dry earth malt tones.

The mouth picks up a dry bitterness behind the sweet-citrus hops.

Body is a bit thin and the bitterness lingers.


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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper, almost brown. Medium head, below average retention. Aroma was farmy and caramel.

Caramel and a decent amont of hopping. The malt structure is too much though for this. It clouds the hops, weighs on the mouthfeel, grows into the heavy woody feel. Too bad how it finishes, it starts out with a little promise.

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Photo of aquariumdrinker
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

freshness date of 2-15-06, poured with an inch of white head, raw hops and earthy aroma, pale orange in color, very clear, bitter and dry, lacks a balanced and distinctive hop flavor that i have come to enjoy in other IPA's, and from what I read the choice of organic hops available to brewers is extremely small, i hope this changes in the future as I believe there is promise in this brew, not as sweet as other IPA's which can be a welcome change. Overall it wasn't quite what I expected being my first organic beer, I was expecting more of a robust flavor, the ideal of organic products does appeals to me and I hope more breweries will try their hand in the production of organic beers in the future

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