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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

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 pezoids on 09-07-2001

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Lazy Chameleon in Powell, OH. Dark orange-amber color with a thin off-white head. Lacing is very light. Nice hoppy citrus aroma. I was pleased by the flavor. Medium-bodied with a nice mix of hops, citrus and light malt. Not as hoppy as most of the better IPAs out there but not a wasted attempt either. The finish is bitter although it fades throughout the glass. I'd get it on draught again.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant US IPA standard on the balanced and paler side.

Presentation: Draft at a Spanish Restaurant somewhere in Maryland. Generic tap presentation, ironic if you consider it is sitting to the other handful of flashy tap markers, and this unassuming offering is with a difference one of the best two beers in this locale. Menu offers no description beyond the label IPA. Served in a pint shaker glass.

A - Inviting clean and light amber color with a shy touch of foam (This pint has been served almost filled up to the rim ...) Strong and rich lacing.

S - Soft floral aroma around a hoppy resin and a malty sweetness.

T - Nicely balanced hop flavors with a gentle and persistent final bitter bite within a present malty base.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with good but not overwhelming carbonation

D - Nicely drinkable but it is far sturdier than what a first pint would suggest.

Notes: Always a pleasure to find this craft brews sneaking into less savvy tap selections. A nice IPA that with a smooth and apparent lighter early taste is great to share with friends starting to approach the style.

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

Appearance – Solid orange in color with a little cloudiness and a good head that came up nicely and laced my glass..

Smell – Big citrus hops and a very light caramel malt backbone make up the aroma of this IPA.

Taste – The malt balance steps it up at the taste. The citrus hops are nice, and a tad bit of piney flavor joins the show. This one is well balanced.

Mouthfeel – Creamy and smooth with a slight tang to the cheeks. This one is just medium in the body and very refreshing.

Drinkability – I liked this one a little better than my fellow BAs. I thought it was well balanced, refreshing, and would make a terrific session beer.

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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 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 jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear golden with a 1+ fonger head that fades and left no lacing

smell - has a great deal of sweet carmel malt along with some fruity citrus hops(just not enough)

taste was ok - more of a balanced ipa - reminds me alot of hopdevil - carmel malts with some spicey hops - i dont get any citrus that i picked up in the nose

mouthfeel is nice and light/medium with plenty of carbonation - that makes me want to take another zip

drinkability is good - while i am not blown away with the flavors - there is something that made me drink this one pretty fast

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Photo of cokes
1.6/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear, shadow-laden gold with small, sticky heading.

Then, it goes afoul.

Truly horrid aromatics. Lilac-infused bubble gum tossed with cabbage and spoiling tropical fruit. Rusty metallics appear as it warms. This is seriously fucking bad news. Worse than it sounds. And I am usually generous as far as "smell" goes.

I wish I could say this is redeemed in the taste, but it treads the same false grounds. Unappealing faux-tropical fruitiness mingles with a powdery, machinery bitterness. Vegetable hues surge forward. Gin-stewed cauliflower. Turns sour and ever worse from there, grabbed still by the repulsive bitter residue.
Just a total mess.

I fucking hate this. Terrible, TERRIBLE IPA. Terrible beer. Terrible defined.

But, since I am a nice guy, I will point out two positives. 1) This has some decent, underlying toasty maltiness. 2) The hallertau addition is noticed with its grassy personality, and would be a welcome companion in a decent IPA...okay, that wasn't so nice...but there are components here that are likeable. Even if the final product is completely horrible.

To sum up: bleeeaaachhkkk.
Ask my kitchen sink if you need a second opinion.

(bottled 2/4/04)

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Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small foamy off-white head that shrinks to a pleasant semi-sticky lacing. Smell is suprisingly robust - grainy, earthy, organic, with citrus/hops undertones. Taste is clean and natural - bitter with a dry hoppy finish and slight lingering sweetness.

This is my first Wolaver's variety from Otter Creek and first strictly "organic" beer in general. A very agreeable IPA - not anything amazing but I could drink quite a few of these and be perfectly happy.

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Photo of prototypic
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's clear and a very light copper color. Modest one finger, foamy head. Retention was short and lacing was very light.

Smell: Light on the nose. There are some citrus scents (grapefruit and orange). Definitely smells a bit sweet. Hops are piney and certainly noticeable.

Taste: It has an initial sweet citrus taste. Hops kick in shortly thereafter and are dry and bitter. There are some caramel malts that balance out the hops a bit. But, it's definitely very bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. A bit syrupy. It's not very drinkable as it just doesn't taste all that good. Overall, it's very average.

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

Ok ..my exploration of the "Organics" continues..
typical 12 oz brown bottle..and typical Wolavers label..three guys with scythes.
Nice enough looking IPA..the bright orangy brown colour and a small pure white head..that goes fast..but leaves some OK lacing.
Nice "spicy" IPA hop aroma..very nice.
MM an enjoyable and not too hoppy IPA..this seems to be a "transition" between the West Coast IPAS and an English IPA...this has nice hopping but also has some malt profiles.
very nice on the palate.
a nice drinkable IPA.. a nice one for those late summer nights.

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

While in Vermont in early October I enjoyed a couple of pints of this at the Two Brothers Tavern along with some Venison Stew (a rare treat for a desert boy!).

This copper colored brew was served with a two finger head that left plenty of lacing. Nose had a citrus floral hopped aroma-very nice. Taste started with a biscuity malt but was taken over by a light floral citrusy hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and the carbonation was OK. Overall drinkability was OK. This was a nice beer.

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Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden yellow with a small film of off-white head. Nose of candyish malt sweetness, grain, and peppery floral hop aromas. Lightly sweet biscuity malt, some graininess. Hops come on peppery, spicy, with a touch of floral. Bitter enough. Finish is fruity with lingering hop burn. Light-medium bodied with a tad creamy feel. A pleasant, if a bit rough, IPA. Organic is a bonus!

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Photo of CHickman
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with a tiny head; nice aroma of hops. Crisp carbonation with nice malt and hop combo, but not extremely hoppy; somewhat of a metal taste mixed with the hops flavor, but overall a pretty good beer. Went down easy and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced quickly to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with bubbles coming up through the glass. Some spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Earthy and citrus hops, caramel, and bready malts too.

Taste: Same as above with a little spiciness and bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty nice beer for an EIPA. Not familiar with the style, but this is a good way to start off.

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

Pours a copper coloured beer with orange hues. head is decent with a nice white cap that settles to a creamy foam lace ring. Alcohol, light spicy hops, bready in the aroma.

Nice mild citrus hop sting, with a cheesy hop character. Hops are also a bit spicy/herbal and meld with a light spicy alcohol presence. Body is medium, mouthfeel is smooth and even. Malt character is ample and sweetish, with earth and wood notes. Nice hearty, dextrin fullness. Some bready flavours in the background. Fruity and juicy around the edges.

Nice alcohol bite, balanced with a firm malt and defining hop character. Just a good, solid IPA in my book.

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Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear apricot gold body with a small bonewhite head that retains well and leaves attractive patchy lace all over the glass. Aroma has a subdued note of pine cone hops, but is mostly citrus fruity. Orange notes dominate, complimented by a hint of grassy clover honey. Mouthfeel reveals a light medium body with moderate carbonation. Taste is grassy and fruity, with orange esters providing a sweet citrusy note. Good pale malt base with a bitter closing that resurrects the pine cone hoppiness. Very tasty and enjoyable, but not exactly to style. Thanks to mtnlover for this bottle.

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Photo of Vancer
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, organic is great, but for $9 a sixer it starts to get pricey. For the price, I’m starting to expect DIPA stuff.

Deep amber, frothy ivory head. Lots of woody hops in the aroma, and the taste was more on the lines of an amber ale than IPA – doughy bread took front seat, although it did finish with a hop bite.

More rich and malty than expected, still a smooth and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of tgbljb
1.79/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

What started out as a very attractive beer slowly (or maybe rapidly) went downhill. Poured a deep amber color with monstrous slightly off-white puffy head. Beautiful lacing. Smell is a a bit hoppy, a bit malty, mixed with alcohol notes. Taste is very strange. I detect a strong hop bitterness which slowly fades into a very unpleasant taste that is difficult to get out of the mouth. Each taste erases it, but then it slowly resturns. Gets a little better as it warmed to at least allow me to finish it. Never again.

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Photo of JayQue
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty beer and as sessionable as 6.5 abv allows, but not the hopheads ideal IPA.

Pours a clear light amber with a medium sized pillowy white head. Head retention is excellent, and lacing is thick and spotty. This beer would look nice in a print advertisement.

I have no idea what Magnum, Crystal and Hallertauer hops smell or taste like but at least one of them is floral and it shows up in the smell as well as the taste. Floral hops back up a sweet malty aroma.

Taste is smooth, not overly sweet malts with a floral hops finish. The hop taste is not as overpowering as Simcoe and overall, this IPA is more malty than hoppy.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and crisp. Drinkability is great. No hint of higher alcohol, smooth and rich enough with a very pleasant taste.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.79...
An aggressive pour resulted in a clear, clean, lucid, copper-color that was tawny and light-amber without any head or lacing evident...
Sweet aroma, mild on the hops but loaded with a grainy, earthy, and vanilla aroma...
Taste strongly paid homage to the smell with a nice suggestion of fresh florals, vanilla, caramel, honey, and earthiness thrown into the mix...
Nice, attractive, light but flavorful mouthfeel and a superior level of drinkability led to an all-around great depiction of the style and a hands-down superb beer...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear golden with a persistent frothy white head which fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was filled with muted spicy and citrusy hop aromas with slight malt presence in the background and a prominent fruitiness.

The flavor was citrusy and fruity with good bitterness to balance the malt and nice hop flavor. The bitterness is well done, but not complex.

The finish was dry and crisp with hop bitterness lingering into the aftertaste. The body was medium and could have been just a smidge bigger at 6.5%.

Nicely accomplished beer. Very straightforward, but lacking complexity.

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 12/23/03. Batch 1474.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

98% organic. What happened to the other 2%?

Poured a hazy copper color. Would not stop foaming. Took me four pours to get it all in there. Nice, thick snowdrift white head with good retention.

At first WIPA smelled like rose petals. Then fruit, spice, and light malt.

Highly malted for an IPA. Where's the hops? Some spiciness with swallow. Thin, grainy mouthfeel.

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

Pours a vast, towering cloudtop head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Lace is left in huge chunks on the glass walls. Pleasant, slightly hazy golden orange color. Aroma is of strong floral hops and citrus aromas. Brief moment of maltiness in the taste is soon overwhelmed by bitter hops and citrus notes. Lots of bitterness in the lingering aftertaste. A good example of the style.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Otter Creek- Wolaver's Organic IPA

Appearance- nice light brown with a thick head that disappated very quickly.
Smell- like dirty earthy hops. Vegatable aroma as well. Some tubers detected maybe a potato or turnip.
Taste- just like the smell, turnips freshly plucked from the ground and dunked into a weak IPA.
Mouthfeel- very watery, light. Slight bitterness but very faint.

Overall- Not a good 1. Sometimes Organic isn't always better!

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Photo of beerguy101
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color, small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Malty, slightly sweet, caramelized. Full bodied, but its not very hoppy or bitter for an IPA. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and very crisp. Aftertaste is malty, wild a mild sharp bitterness.

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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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