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 stirgy on 09-07-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the English ipa has not been a go to style for me, and they have been increasingly popular in the northeast it seems. this one though, is a winner. a version far superior to its peers. it pours a hazed orange to brass color with a lasting inch of khaki fizz. the nose is nicely hopped, more bitter than anything else in terms of aromatics, with a sturdy but clean rather than filling English malt vibe. less caramel in the malt flavor, more fresh bread, a nice combination with the lightly citric hopping. I get just a touch of grapefruit in the finish. there is a ton of body here, a few of these is ample. nice carbonation and clean finish give it some drinkability though. ive learned that even well made versions of English ipas are not my favorite. this is one of the few times ill ever be patriotic, but the American ipa style, to me, is a much more enjoyable brew than even the best of the English persuasion. this would be a textbook example of the style though, and is worthy of higher praise.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting much worse from the smell coming from the bottle upon opening. This beer actually turned out to be pretty good.

It poured a nice copper color with a nice fluffy white head that had some pretty good retention to it. Nice and malty and moderately hoppy. The after taste was about the same. Over all it the flavor was a tad watery, just kinda bitter. The beer had a medium body to it and was drinkable. Maybe not my favorite IPA but it was a solid beer regardless.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left lacing.
S: There are light aromas of citrus hops and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty, slightly sweet and only has a mild amount of bitterness. There are flavors of caramel, citrus and pine.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Considering its strength, this beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is hidden from the taste.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of the many IPAs I've had this one is definitely lower tier I must say. Has a high ABV but.. where are the hops? Both in aroma and taste, you don't get too much... very malty. I also found this beer a bit watery. I mean don't get me wrong, it's a good tasting beer.. just there's a lot of other craft beers that taste much better. The whole organic thing is phooey to me, I don't believe that makes anything taste better, but look to Otter Creek or Long Trail for better Vermont offerings.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.06/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with some orangey notes and nice foamy head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of very light bitter hops which are disappointing considering the style. Taste is a mix between a bland light caramel malt profiles with a very light bitter finish. I expect some bitter or citrus flavour in my IPA which I didn't get here. I have to admit that this one was a big disappointment.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big white long lasting head sits above a not quite clear honey golden colored beer.

Sour grains and little bitter hops aroma on this medium bodied beer.

A light sweetish hops taste with a light bitter aftertaste.

An ok, but lesser IPA, grab yourself some Broken Halo instead.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with hints of ruby. It had a small, foamy, white head that left thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and floral notes. There were mild caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of smooth roasted malt with a spicy hoppy kick. It was well balanced between the sweet and the spice.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice IPA. Yet another good one from Otter Creek.

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Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An American IPA much more English in character pours a medium golden with an average head that left a little lace,aroma is leafy and lightly herbal with a dry biscuity malt hint.Taste is really subtle a little minty and herbal with the dry malt coming thru more as I drank more.Iam not a hop head but when drinking an American IPA would like more hop presence,not horrible by any mean just seems a little off.

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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 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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out malty with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus, then is quickly followed by a bitter hops bite. Although, it remains pretty balanced, the hops bites tones down as you continue to drink it. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better IPA's that I've had but it's still a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.77/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark orange-amber, heavy on the amber. The ivory colored head is the consistency of stiffly beaten egg whites and looks good sitting atop the average looking beer.

The nose is borderline nasty and has a distinctive aroma that I've smelled in other beer from this brewery. I've previously attributed it to the organic nature of their offerings, but I've now had too many organic beers that didn't smell like this for me to believe that theory any longer. India Pale Ale smells musty and spoiled even though the bottle is barely four months old.

Hops are partially successful in fighting through the smothering blanket of repulsiveness. The significant hop bitterness and marginal hop flavor are the only things keeping the rest of this bottle from going down the drain. Magnum, Crystal and Hallertauer is an odd hop bill for an American IPA, so I doubt that I'd love the flavor profile even without the pervasive presence of pesticide.

The beer tastes like rotting vegetables and clay with a disturbing phenolic foulness. It isn't easy separating the hoppiness from the underlying nastiness since the latter infects every aspect of the flavor profile. Hmmm... could this be what infected beer tastes like? Although there isn't much wrong with the mouthfeel, what does it matter at this point?

I know this bottle of Wolaver's India Pale Ale is reasonably fresh and has been well cared for. That's because it was hand carried from the brewery to me when it was less than one month old. More's the pity (and the sheer, stupifying wonder) that it tastes so bad. I'm still willing to give Otter Creek/Wolaver's more chances, because a good portion of what they brew is decent. But this one? Never again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A – This one poured a very nice hazy amber with a good three fingers of frothy white sticky lace on the top. Nice slow faded left behind a good amount of side glass lace and a good amount of frothy stuff sitting on top. Some light suspended particles were evident in the bottom as well as some nice carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S – The aroma was nicely hopped, with a good floral bouquet of sticky citrus smells. Lots of orange peel and tangerine mingled in with a good amount of sugar. This was laid down on top of a good bread like malted base.

T – The flavor was very nice, blended well into the bready base was a good orange flavor and a nice, albeit quick biting bitter finish. Nice long dry pause lengthened out the finish and kept you wanting to come back for a little more. The flavor was a touch light I have to admit and this became more apparent as it went on. It just seemed to need that one extra little punch to really push it over the top, and you kept looking for it but it never came.

M – Nice and smooth, this medium to light bodied ale never really felt thin. This was due in part to adequate carbonation which kept the flavors popping and really never let it go down. A great overall feel and nice dry finish.

D – Very nice. This was a very good light and sessionable IPA. Nothing too dramatic that would make you think twice, this had all the earmarks of the kind of easy drinking brew that you would have no trouble with at all.

Overall this was a nice IPA. I have of course had better, and also had much, much worse, but this one will definitely work. I was surprised by the balance it posed, not simply relying on a ton of hops to push through the flavor. A really nice choice and a good call.

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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 mdfb79
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From 01/26/13 notes. Had on tap at Bare Burger in NYC on the LES. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy amber orange color with one to two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, citrus fruits, toasted malts, and earthy notes. Super malty in the nose; was hoping for more hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, bready malts, grains, wheat, earthy notes, and some floral notes. Again, very malts taste for an IPA; a little disappointing.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall not a bad beer, but a very malty IPA; I was hoping for more hops. Fruity malts throughout and some light citrus hops, Easy to drink and again, not a bad beer, but if you're looking for a hoppy IPA this isn't the one for you.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper hue with a large off white head, nice retention going on. Aroma has some muted pine cone with a spice citrus note, but overall has a sour twang with earthy hops almost tobacco notes. Flavors have sugary pale malts with a burst of light alcohol, hops have citrus rind and pine cone tip bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation is prett lively, nice dry aftertaste. Drinkability is solid but definitely my least fave out of the 3 I tried from the sampler compared to the pale and the brown ales.

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 7/23/09

Pours a hazy light orange color with a finger of white head. Little bit of lacing and even less retension. Slight malty sweet aroma coming through the citrus hops in the nose. Taste is bitter upfront and has a nice lingering bitterness in the finish that clings to the tongue. Thin bodied and low carb but still enjoyable. Not much of a wow factor but a soild example for the style.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish copper with a thin, off white head that has a short retention but leaves a lot of lacing

S - very faint nose; caramel, citrus, grains

T - malty, some toast, citrus, some pine, faint bitterness

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an easy to drink beer with a decent flavor. It's not very forward, but its enjoyable. I could slug a few of these with ease.

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

Pours a clear lighter amber. Nose is very similar to the pale ale. Light with a slight nutty tone. Flavor has an earthy brightness to it. Very well balanced. Real distinct mature flavor tones. Thick but not overdone maltiness. Feel is thick on the liquid body and an even carbonation. Hmmmm. A tasty ipa. Another nice one from this brewery.

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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 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 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 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 GClarkage
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

07/02/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a born on date printed on the bottom of the label. Poured into my Wyder's Cider glass.

Appearance- Golden approching a light amber color. Huge inch or more very creamy white head. One of the best lacing jobs I have ever seen from an IPA. But, that's where the fun ends :(...

Smell- Smells of old spoiled fruit and cardboard. Scent of a bad expired English IPA.

Taste- This is an English IPA all the way. Has that hop taste that I can taste from a mile away...is that possible? Very stale hops flavor. Almost thinking of dumping the last two sips. Ultra bitter and pretty ultra nasty tasting.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation leaving a bad taste in your mouth.

Drinkability- It looked so nice....but alas, looks can are in some cases are, very deceiving. Onward in my quest to find a decent tasting organic IPA.

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

Bottle purchased at Wegmans in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a hazy amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells piney and citrusy, with some sweet malt behind it.

The taste is very similar. Low bitterness, very easy drinking. Piney and grassy flavors are the dominant hop flavors. Some caramel malt flavors behignd it.

Medium bodied, crisp, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable.d

Not a bad IPA at all, just a bit boring and bland.

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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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