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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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 greenmonstah
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Ommegang tulip

A - Pours a hazy amber/copper with a finger of big off-white head. Great lacing.

S - Delicious. Sweet caramel malt with some pineapple and grapefruit hop in the background.

T - Follows the nose pretty well. Tropical fruit hops, hop bitterness, followed by some sweet malty caramel. Finish is a bit grainy

M - Medium body, a bit sticky in the end. Leaves the mouth too sticky, very cloying and sugary.

O - Overall a very impressive IPA. I'm surprised at the relatively low scores. This is a beer that smells divine and has a taste that matches it. Not the best ever, but I'd be happy to have this in my fridge each day.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper/amber with a thick, chunky slightly off-white head that gives way to clingy lacing.

S - Sweet malts in the nose. Earthy hops lurk just beneath, along with a touch of spiced fruit.

T - Noticeably sweet for an IPA. Grainy malts hit immediately with a more subdued (both in flavor and spectrum) hops presence making up the body of flavor. There is a sweet chewiness that goes well with the hint of fruit esters. Well-balanced.

M - Medium but chewy.

O - Very well balanced for an American IPA. That is not always a compliment but for this beer it is. Even certified hop heads like myself should check this out. Solid ABV% as well.

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Photo of surprenant1138
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours a hazy golden amber with minimal head and some decent clinging lacing. Aroma is light, with some pine, earthy hints, yeasty, and maybe a faint nit of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodies, and with a fair amount if carbonation. Taste is like a sweet bread, with some earthiness, and a hint of pine and orange peels. Very dry. This is a slightly different tasting IPA. It is worth drinking again, I prefer many others of this style.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up via the single bottle at Buy-Rite in Jersey City a few weeks ago. Hadn't had a Wolaver's before and figured that the "organic" quality to it would make it stand out from other IPA's. This did stand out but only because it wasn't the dry hop-bomb that I've come to expect from the California beers that I've come to love over the years.

Good copper hue to this pour with a head that lasted for a quite a while. The lacing was moderate and the first notes that I picked up in the taste was a metallic-copper mix that approximated the look of this. After that, a sour feel takes over with lots of earthy hops and the lightness of mint both in the taste and in the carbonation. There's a bit of lemon and citrus as well but it's not that prevalent like in so many other IPA's. No dry-hopped aftertaste here as the mint softly lingers once the bitterness slowly fades.

This is pretty easygoing for an IPA and although I couldn't taste the alcohol, I could certainly feel it once I finished the contents of my glass. This isn't a bad beer but with so many other IPA's on the market, there's no real reason to seek this out. I could picture myself having one of these on a summer day since I didn't need any water to wash this down but otherwise, there's nothing particularly memorable about this beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a medium sized head. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is bready, sour, orange peel and maybe a bit earthy. Flavor is like a bitter brown sugary bread kind of taste. Some hop flavor but its mixed in. Fair amount of bitterness. Somewhat sour. Orange peel flavor peeks out at the end. This doesn't quite taste like a lot of the IPAs out there. Overall, it is decent but I've had better. Not in a rush to have it again.

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Photo of Buggabeer
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light copper in color with a thin off white head that is lacing nicly down the glass

S picking up bread smell from the malt and some hop citrus and pine

T Not a great ipa by any means but better than others. I get a slight pine finish but it almost taste more like a Pabst's than an IPA.

M nice carbination but has the feel of a macro beer than a craft brewed IPA

O Average nothing to write home about but nothing to run out and buy either It's OK

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Photo of Tartarus
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S: Translucent copper color with very little head that dissapates very quickly. Smell is of citrus hops and not a ton else.

T&M: Fairly subtle hop taste, good amount of fruity flavor. Aftertaste is a little dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and light bodied with a little bit of carbonation. Clean flavor, good underplayed hop taste.

D: Very drinkable, could definitely down this one quickly if I wanted, and could definitely drink a couple of these in an evening.

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

Pours a one finger head, body is copper in color and is too cloudy to see through. It looks okay. On the nose I pick up primarily a sweet smell, which I fear is the malts. I also pick up a small hop smells, but not nearly as much as I should be smelling in an American IPA, I'm worried this beer will have too much malts, not enough hops. Yeah, on the taste you don't get nearly as much hop taste as you should. It tastes fairly watered down to be honest. Instead of a lot of hops it just tastes like water with a little sweetness and a little malts, and then a tiny tiny bit of hops. This should not be considered an IPA. For sure the most disappointing Wolaver's I have had, all there other beers have redeeming qualities, the only redeeming quality to this beer is it's drinkability.

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Photo of patriot76
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A- Cloudy orange with a thick 3/4 inch thick head. Nice looking.

S- Mostly floral, citrus hops in the nose with piney notes as well.

T- A nice flavored beer which finishes smooth. Not much hop bitterness to speak of. I have to say it's missing a bit of a bite. Good tasting, just not exciting.

M- Creamy with nice body. Light carbonation. It's just missing that hoppy bite that makes an IPA so unique.

D- This is a very drinkable beer, but not for the right reasons. It is a goog tasting beer and pleasant to drink, however it just doesn't stick out from the pack. Drinks more like an English bitter than an IPA.

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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 ramseye4
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=3.0 pours a thin golden color, minimal head, great lacing
S=Citric hops, lots of grapefruit, some faint biscuit 3.5
T=3.5-Biscuit malt, bitter hops, citrus and grapefruit
M=4.0-medium bodied, good bitterness, high carbonation
d=4.5- simple taste and medium body make this very drinkable

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Photo of tchenery
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice bright orange malt color. Some visible carbonation but most importantly a thin layer of head is apparent and rimming the glass.

It smells very upfront with pale malts. It has that faint raisin/fruit smell from the malts, but then you can smell the pungent hops on the end and on the second smell.

It's bitter up front but then follows with a weird tin can taste. I'm not too fond of that. It may be the malts, but I'm not sure. The bitterness leads to a drying sensation and it actually ends up being somewhat refreshing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, I like that a lot. It comes across as a bit watery, but I would be totally ok with this beer in the summertime.

Drinkability is ok. It would have been higher except for that weird tinny taste that isn't going away.

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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 ThreeWiseMen
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 07-23-2009. Probably past it's prime, but what the hell.

Poured into a 10oz. Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: A loose, sticky, white head sits atop a hazy, honey-colored body. Gentle streams of carbonation can be seen rising within. Head quickly decays to a thin crown, but it drags a ton of web-like lacing. A vigorous swirl resurrects the original head, at least for a bit.

Smell: Lemon, lime, toasted grains, and somewhat grassy hops. I think I even get a bit of green apple. Fairly tart, lightly sweet. Not a whole lot going on, and what is there isn't that special.

Taste: Caramel and sweet malt start things off. Lemon and lime follow, and then earthy hops come through for a lingering bitter finish. Tastes pretty leafy; I almost wanna say minty. Alcohol peaks through just a bit at the end of each sip. I prefer IPAs with brighter flavor profiles, but this one works.

Mouthfeel: Very malty, moderately carbonated, and a bit heavier than I'd like. Nice mouth-coating. Nice lingering aftertaste. I prefer lighter bodied, hoppier (west coast) IPAs, but I understand that's not what they're going for. I dig.

Drinkability: This IPA was just alright. The heavier body and dulled flavor profile definitely hurt the beer's drinkability, but I still had no problem finishing it.

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

A - Poured a cloudy orange/amber colour with very little head and no noticeable carbonation.

S - The nose is sweet caramel malts with a very faint citrus hop nose in the background. Not a typical IPA nose.

T - The palate is very malty - sweet with a caramel flavour to it. The hops are almost non-existent here. I would never guess that this is an IPA in a blind tasting.

M - Light to medium in body with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D - This is a very enjoyable beer. Very different for an IPA - I would like more hops and less malt, but still a good beer.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went on an IPA spending spree, bought a bunch of different bottles, this was among them. First thing I've had from the brewery.

An orange amber color with what hardly any head, and what little there is clings to the rim of the glass in a thin ring.

Sweet citrus, floral hops, and some dry earth malt tones.

The mouth picks up a dry bitterness behind the sweet-citrus hops.

Body is a bit thin and the bitterness lingers.


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

Decent organic alternative I found whilst having lunch @ a Pain Quotidien in the upper west side.

pour is hazy reddish with a thin, compact white-to-tan head (i'm wondering if atmospheric pressure has anything to do with these small heads), light lacing.

Notes of roast malty caramel at first, somewhat yeasty, hops hardly perceivable.

Taste has a yeasty mouldy feel to it throughout, in spite of a dominant red ale maltiness it holds. very light bitter finish, more of an aftertaste than an actual finishing edge. medium bodied, rather refreshing than filling. well-carbonated, nice brunchy blend.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

bright amber color with a foamy head that sticks to the glass, great smell of, well good beer, good hop notes that are well balanced with a slight citrus taste, well rounded mouth feel that doesn't coat your tongue

quite a drinkable beer, I enjoyed this more than a brighter, more hoppy IPA.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 11/28/09

A - Medium amber/burnt orange. Fairly cloudy. ΒΌ inch head settles to a layer almost instantly. Minimal retention. Thin but ok lacing.

S - Smooth yet subtle aroma. Mostly earthy hops; a few floral undertones. Not much citrus here. Almost a candy-like sweetness with some toasted malts.

T - Very similar to the nose - earthy hop bitterness & grit. Floral notes with just a tad of over-ripe grapefruit & orange. Toasted maltiness & hints of sweet bread are mixed in, but not overly dominant.

M - Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Some residual bitterness lingers on the back end.

D - Not particularly great but not bad by any means. Decent drinkability; fairly solid throughout.

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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 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 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 goblue3509
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a slight white head. The aroma is of citrus hops and some piney hops along with a sweet malt smell. The taste has a sweet caramel backbone with a nice citrus and pine hop bite, however, the bite fades quickly. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer, but not one of the best ipa's that you will ever have. Nothing to stand out about it, but nothing to make you dislike it either.

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

Pours clear and amber in color with 1" of creamy white head.

Smells grainy and earthy, with some sweet toffee tones.

No pine or citrus, slightly floral. There is taste I cannot discern, it's almost chocolaty but not quite. I wish I could describe it better.

It's not watery but not thick. Slightly creamy.

While this is easy drinking and pleasing, it is not outstanding. I don't really consider this an IPA. There is not bitterness. If I had to guess without seeing the bottle I would say I was drinking an APA.

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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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