Wolaver's India Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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 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 nh2032
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of SickGnar
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich and glowing darkish golden. Slightly hazy with some floaty bits and a few streams of bubbles. A large, pillowy, golden / off-white head that turns rocky as it settles. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Rather mild hop nose – vague, soft citrus. Toasty, slightly grainy, pale base malt with hints of caramel and sweetness. Nose is rather shy & simple. Warming doesn’t help much – just a slightly increased earthy / grassy note out of the hops.

T: Far more firmly bitter and flavorful than the nose. Opens with citrus (grapefruit rind & a touch of lemon) and a bit of pine, but also with some earthy & grassy notes. Middle is firmly citrus rind with a bite. Some spicy notes come through in the end and stay into the finish to linger with more earthy / woody notes, some resin, and the continuing rind. Malts are pretty simple – mostly just pale base malt with hints of toasty grain, perhaps some biscuit, and hints of caramel and sweetness. Provide a good platform for the hops. Just the barest hint juicy at the edges.

M: Medium to just a bit under with average carbonation. Quite attenuated, but still some hints of sugars and dextrins. Sort of brisk with a strong hop drying.

D: Weakish nose, simple malt profile, but flavorful and dynamic hops. Nicely straight forward interpretation of an American IPA.

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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of rjvanston
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BelgianDip
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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 BeerdedEric
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head that settles quickly leaving soap-like lacing on the glass. Hazy light golden body with some noticeable yeast floating around.

Sweet caramel right away with some citrus aroma. The bottle reads floral notes as well but I only noticed it because it mentioned it. Very pleasant smell nonetheless.

Sweet caramel, a spicy --almost peppery taste, with the floral taste coming in with a balanced sweet and bitter finish.

Easy drinking, light body, medium carbonation. It leaves the lips feeling a little sticky.

This is a session-able IPA; I really hope I don't finish the six pack all in one shot but I might have to. Tasty, nice looking, pleasant smell and easy drinking make this a IPA to try if you see it around.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is very hop heavy, considerably bitter, really not much else going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clouded copper color. A sturdy tan head of some thickness retains itself very well, and what's left after it recedes is a thick foam that leaves lots of patchy lacing.
The pungent aroma is strong enough that it reaches my nose almost as soon as I open the bottle; there's a bit of fade after the inital burst, but it's sturdy. Citrus hops overtones with a bit of grassy earthiness, pretty raw, but with a balancing malt sweetness primarily offering notes of light fruits. It's also got a pretty grainy undertone.
This is a solid, well-balanced beer in the flavor. Citrus hops again seem prominent, with some earthiness and lightly fruity element coming out. A bit of breadiness pulls in that goes into the more familiar grains aspect of the nose. A ghost of citrus rind bitterness comes through into the finish.
There's a smoothness in a medium body, but it tapers off a bit quickly and doesn't sill out fully. There's a touch of crispness from the continuous bubbly activity. Overall the feel is unimpressive but still above average.
This is simply a good IPA.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color color with a decent head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with fresh grain with a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

T: Mild mild and grain flavor, nice underlying bitterness with a dry finish.

F: Medium , smooth and somewhat creamy and refreshing. Very good balance.

O: Very good IPA. Not overly hopped. Easy drinker, good for a few anytime.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent, albeit average IPA. It's fairly bitter, with the one-note hoppiness overshadowing the malt as expected. Not a lot of detail in terms of flavor. Moderately carbonated and crisp, pretty refreshing overall. This one really doesn't stand out amongst a crowded field although I guess if you're looking for an organic beer than this might be your choice. Not super impressed with Wolaver's offerings to this point, unfortuneately...I have been a patron and visitor to Otter Creek for a long time.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass at the shore.

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of foam. Aroma is moderately hoppy, citrus, grapefruit.

First sip is quite a hoppy rush... more than I expected based on the aroma. Bitterness is sharp and cuts through the malty sweetness. Some sweet caramel malt flavor is detected before the bitterness rushes in.

This is a nice, bitter but drinkable, IPA. Not over the top on aroma and hop flavor, but certainly scratches your hop itch.

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

A: Dark honey hued with a thin but very steady head that eventually fades to a thin film; lacing is fantastic

S: Very subdued aromas; a lemon citrus and slight herbaly and grassy presence emerges but quite subtle overall

T: Thankfully much more presence in the flavors: tea leaf and lemon bitterness up front followed by a grainy malt bill; some slight medicinal off flavors in the back end but fairly decent overall

F: Nice medium body with great oily stickiness

O: Not a standout IPA but a pleasant, balanced one nonetheless

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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 HopsYeast
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice ipa. usually would expect a strong to almost pungent hit of hops with most ipa's but not with this one. very pleasant beginning, middle, and end. very drinkable and very smooth.

a-actually will edit this since i drank it straight from the bottle.
s-very subtle hops. has a sweet aroma that i cant quite put my nose on.
t-will have to re edit this one too eventually. but the hops do not seem to be the overall driving force in the flavor. there are some layers of complexity going on here but my palate has other food on it right now thats cloudy my taste
m-smoooth. very drinkable pleasant carbonation level and doesnt leave me feeling full.
o-glad to find an ipa thats a little lighter on the hops. although some people may discredit this beer for not being as hoppy as a traditional ipa, i like it.

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Photo of u2carew
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big head. White, thick, frothy and sticky. Settles leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass. Thin, sticky lacing in the drink down.
S) Nectarine. Peach. Hints of fresh cut grass.
T) Nutty notes mixed with caramel malts and hop citrus flavors - orange, grapefruit. A noticeable alcohol warmth in the finish.
M) Fizzy and creamy. Medium body. Fairly smooth. Finishes clean and not too abrupt.
O) A nice IPA not too ridiculous on the hops but a notice dose of them. I'd definitely have another.

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

Review adapted from notes taken 2/16/11

Appearance: A nice burnt orange color, white head to start that fades to nice lacing

Smell: Sweet caramel and pale malts with lots of hops - some citrus and pine, but these are on the mild side - some grassy/herbal/floral aromas, too

Taste: Somewhat balanced and mild - malts are great, pale and nicely sweet - hops are good, but not very intense - light resin, orange, grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, remarkably effervescent - nicely carbonated, somehow not too much

Overall: Above average, not mind-blowing

This is an all-around good IPA. It's not too crazy, and it's not boring. I could drink a lot of it. I'm confused by the 14.85% pDev... Maybe this beer is inconsistent? I've had this a few times, and it's always been all-around good.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is a slightly chill-hazed coppery-amber with a small whitish head. Leaves some lace.

S: Some citrusy and earthy hops and a touch of wet cardboard.

T: Sweet malt foundation followed by citrusy hops. Seems tea-like at times, with a more herbal hop character. As it warms the malt foundation seems slightly fruity. Finishes with a metallic/minerally bitterness.

M: Carbonation is active, call it lighter side of medium in weight.

O: OK. I've had better, that's for sure.

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Photo of cooncat
2.71/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought as a single at the V.E. in Boardman, OH. for $1.79.

The pour into my SA glass produces a brilliantly clear amber-gold beer, topped with a thick foamy ecru head. Some splotches of lacing appear on the sides of the glass. Nice look!

The nose is light and unremarkable. I can't pick out anything dominant. It almost smells like a Bud-light ... ewwww.

The taste is equally unremarkable. I don't think it even rises to the level of a pale ale, much less an IPA. My taste buds are used to extreme IIPAs, Am. IPAs (West coast and East) as well as Am. Pale ales. It tastes like it is less than 30 IBUs. I've had ESBs that had more hop presence. Malt flavors are equally light, with a touch of caramel and a breath of bread. The mouthfeel is light ... almost Bud-light light. The finish is dry, but not exceedingly so.

Overall impression is not very favorable. It looks nice on the pour, but that seems to be the beer's highlight. I've been a homebrewer for over 3 yrs. Even my very first extract brewed ESB was better (imho) than this offering. I guess the most positive thing I could say about it is that it's better than a Bud Light. On that note, I can't really give it a recommendation, unless you just want to try it to see how it measures up to your palate.

Sorry Wolaver/Otter Creek ... I'm not impressed, and it will some time before I'm ready to sample another of your offerings.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first organic beer, and I have to say it's not too bad. Poured a nice honey gold, with creamy white head that held on for a good bit. Smell has vibrant citrus mixed with a little vanilla. I got a bit of a chemical taste on the first sip, but the lemony hops jumped to the middle of my tongue quickly. Good bite, nice dry finish that lingers just a little bit. I have a six in my fridge and I'm happy knowing it's there; ready and willing to spend the rest of the weekend with me...

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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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