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Wolaver's India Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Wolaver's India Pale AleWolaver's India Pale Ale
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3.55/5
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600 Ratings
Wolaver's India Pale AleWolaver's India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
285
Ratings:
600
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
54
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 600 |  Reviews: 285
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 BubbleBobble
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Waldronsean36
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of gregcordle
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of kraut6363
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALLISON01
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grahuba
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bill69
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of mriley1984
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Not the traditional IPA I am accustomed, a really enjoyable ale. This is also organic which is a bonus. Will buy again.

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

Photo of cnwillis31
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimWakimika
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 600 ratings
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