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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
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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Ratings: 600 |  Reviews: 285
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

From the 12 fl oz bottle stamped: 32960151712. Sampled on June 9, 2012. The pour is a slightly cloudy medium to dark amber with a foamy beige head that lingers. The aroma is rather hop-free but I get a nice sweet malt note along with a clean, crisp feel. Overall mellow on the nose. The body is light to medium but leaning more to medium. OK, the hops announce themselves with much vigor as early as the first sip. It is moderately bitter toward the end. This is a decent enough IPA.

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Photo of rudzud
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ontap The Reservoir Restaurant and Taproom in Waterbury, Vermont. Poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a clear copper hue with a barely there head that left light side lacing and hardly any retention.

S - Super light hops (citrus) but for the most part this is all malty sweetness. Very disappointing.

T - Sweet malts with the light citrus hops. Its almost a bit musty...just, average.

M - Crisp, light finish with the sweetness throughout.

O - Overall, this beer was a big disappointment. Was looking forward to having this beer, but regretted getting it.

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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 petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of RBorsato
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a full pillowy ivory head, nice carbonation, and lace. Excellent grapefruity citrus hop aroma at first turns a bit piney/sprucey. Decently balanced; not as citrusy tasting as the aroma suggests but definitely bitterness outweighs maltiness. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a dry bitter finish.

Label States: "Certified Organic" & "Magnum, Crystal, and Hallertauer hops" & "Munich and Caramel malt"

Bottled: 01/08/03 (Batch #1283)
Tasted: 07/24/03

($1.49 / 12 oz bottle)

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

12oz bottle purchased in a mix a six.

Once poured, it is a nice copper color with a medium-sized frothy white head, very pleasant looking overall.

The smell is of cinnamon, oranges, and bread.

Taste of this india pale ale is slightly spicy, lighter on the hops than some other ipas, but still very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a little rich, some pepper, but a very nice balance of these different elements.

Drinkability is solid, a great beer from Wolaver`s.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white, two finger-head that vanishes slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a hoppy finish. A mild and not overbearing IPA. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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 DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty shade of amber brown has a golden hue to it. Head is a nice 1/2 inch of opaque colored head with sticky lacing.

S - Mild floral hops with a nice bit of biscuit malt body. Hops are nice mango or citrus quality. Balanced.

T - The biscuit like malts are fairly sweet with levels of caramel and even though the hops are not too bitter they are still very balanced with said malt with level of apricot and mango hops.

M - Light to medium very easy drinkability

Overall damn 2 for 2 but I like this even more than the Southampton version since it has a deeper level of sweet malts next to bittering hops. Six pack would be easy to drink.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ppoitras
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed-6 pack at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head is fluffy and fades relatively slowly, with nice lacing. Aroma is lightly of sweet pale malts, with a touch of citrusy hops. The taste is upfront with slight sweetness, quickly giving way to somewhat grassy and citrusy bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is knocked due to the mundane bitter aftertaste, I expect so much more from well-hopped IPAs. Drinkability is alright. I know the "organic" label sells a product for some, but to me we're looking at the final product, not necessarily how what went into it was grown. In my mind, there's better IPAs to check out before this one, but it's still not a bad IPA. Just could be better.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Brad007
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- light copper in color with a foam head that doesn't last long (again, probably due to pour).

Smell- Hoppier than the pale ale but a bit harder to detect at first.

Taste- Fruity and hoppy but not too powerful. A bit of alcohol taste in it as well.

Mouthfeel- Leaves a bitter, fruity aftertaste that I feel is on par for an IPA.

Drinkability- Not too bad for an IPA but nothing special either. I know I've had better organic IPAs but this one does try.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a beautiful lightly hazed orange-copper color with a two finger off white head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within, which upon popping slowly over time give a lighter level of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is a blend of sweet and hop. A nice caramel sweetness acts as a base with hop aromas of a heavy floral and earthy hop smell. With these aromas is also a very light amount of a sweet orange hop as well. Quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a light citrus and floral/herbal smell. The herbal and floral hop intensify and drown out the citrus as the taste goes on. Also as the taste advances the lighter sweetness that was present upfront decreases as well. More toward the end of the taste a large earthy hop flavor comes to the tongue. The earthy, when mixed with the other hop flavors leaves a bitter, but yet somewhat sweet flavor on the tongue as some citrus sweetness comes to the taste as well. The aftertaste these flavors leave on the tongue is quite interesting.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the above average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is just below average. The creaminess really accentuates the earthy hop nicely, although a slightly higher carbonation level may have been nice for the other hop flavors.

Overall – It is actually quite different then the “more standard” ~ 6-7 % abv IPA. Not nearly as citrus and much more earthy. It is a nice break from the more traditional and is well worth a try.

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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 shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

If ever there was a sweet IPA this is it...malty, with a sweet floral hop presence...Nose is earthy more than anything...also some seeet maltiness...a slight twang of alcohol on the finish...Body is heavy for an IPA..substantial beer...a bigger type of IPA but without the big bitterness some enjoy...I look to my IPA's for a nice bitter hops flavor, but I also like this one for what it is..definitely English style...well done..tasty....

Sure, I'd buy a sixer of this if given the chance...nice beer..

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

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