Wolaver's India Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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 ralree
4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice gold color, great frothy head, wonderful lacing.

S: Caramel, nice hops, brown sugar.

T: Great hoppy flavor with background of brown sugar, caramel, and some great-tasting grapefruit. Bitter hop flavor lasts well after swallowing.

M: A little light-bodied for the style, but still good. A little astringent, which is good for this style. Carbonation about right.

D: Drinks great - will definitely be getting again. Not too filling or too rich.

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Photo of drcarver
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Average sized off-white head with a fair amount of lacing. A light amber color.

S - Heavy pine resin aroma with a bit of citrus

T - Moderately bitter throughout. Average finish length. Alcohol burn present in the background.

P - Medium=full bodied with a watery texture. Lively carbonation and a lightly astringent feel.

D - If you take it slow it's pretty good.

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Photo of degerbah
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Huge head explosion meant that I had to take a minute off before pouring the rest into my glass. This beer has a huge fruit aroma. Once the head died down there was lots of spidery remanants along the top of the glass.

The taste is a very hoppy with substantial grapefruit overtones. Lots of fruity overtones. This is a very refreshing beer on a warm day, I could drink these all day long. I'm not sure if I prefer this to SN Torpedo or Commodore Perry, still excellent.

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

Appearance: coppery brown, slight haze, nice layer of spongey off-white foam with good head retention

Aroma: bready malt undercurrent with grapefruity/floral hop scent; delicate

Flavor: biscuity/cookie malt backbone with caramel; smooth citrusy hop flavor with a balanced bitterness to dry it out perfectly; finishes semi-dry with a fairly clean aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, gentle carbonation, crisp

Other comments: A modest, well-balanced IPA with fantastic drinkability.

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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 BuffaloTapHugger
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep orange color with some head achieved. Lacing is minimal.

S: Peppery, earthy tones (soil). Light pine molds the two together to make a unique blend of aromatics.

T: The hops want to come out and party, but the curfew sends them home far too early. Little spice on the initial intake, is the star of this beer. The malt character plays very well with the hops that are present.

M: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. The spice on the withdraw makes it. Mediocre hop involvement.

D: Very much so. This is a nice touch on the American IPA style. The organic factor gives you something to thing about while sipping. Recommended to those "green" IPA fans around the nation. I might drink again, but will most likely opt out for more punch. Still not too shabby.

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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 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 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 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 Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an Otter Creek pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly golden, copper orange color with a thin head of crisp, white foam. Retention was alright and lacing was minimal.

S: A crisp, spicy hop snap is presented with some alcoholic notes and a little sweet citrus and bread.

T: Taste is a little grainy, but quite potent in the hop department. A little acrid alcohol flavor is noticeable through the grainy malts and cirtric hops. Satisfying and crisp, with a mild warming sensation.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and snappy. Alcohol burns a bit and the finish lends a fuller hop mouthfeel.

D: A stead drinking IPA with the added bonus of having organic ingredients. Not outstanding, but a satisfying, pretty well balanced IPA.

A fine member of the Wolaver's family or certified organic brews. The flavor might build and be too much for some ale drinkers, but there's more here than just the alcohol bite and notable hops.

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Photo of praufs01
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear dark yellow with a frothy off white head.

Aroma - Light hay and floral aromas.

Mouthfeel - Smooth medium bodied brew with light carbonation.

Taste - Light complex flavors of melon and peaches.

Overall - Very interesting IPA. The flavor is phenomenal.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light, clear orange body with sparse effervescence... short-lived white head clings to glass in large bubbles... perfume scents flutter with butterscotch (?) and vanilla--quite aromatic.... soft and bright on the travel through the mouth... quite "noisy" at the throat--overall, an active yet unsettled body... vanilla oak, spruce and lighter hops mix nicely--little alcohol aftertaste--with a medium-bodied weight... perhaps enough of an IPA to demand a snifter, but not as on-point as their pale ale and not as malty either....

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Photo of jneiswender
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz Bottle into a pint glass.

A-sunset orange and hazy body with an off white thick head.

S-mango and earth (turned soil)

T-hop front is fruity with a biscuit and toast middle, some veggie underlying and a dry hop finish.

M-medium, low carbonation and a wet taste, flat

D-Critiqueing this style is tough. The beer is not hoppy enough for a West Coast APA and lacks the malty goodness of a true British IPA. I think that a beer that wants to be organic is great, however, it tastes like a standard recipe with organic ingredients. It seems like its weak on all fronts. Good flavor, don't get me wrong, just not enough of it.

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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 ironlung
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with bottled-on date of 5/5/08. Into Sierra Nevada pint glass...

A: Hazy orange. Hard pour,no head though. great lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Citrus. Grapefruit mabye some lemon rind as well.

T: Tastes fine at first then a strong wierd (metallic?) after taste comes in and LINGERS.

M: Not sticky. Balanced until that wierd taste hits.

D: It's a good try. I've definately had much worse. All these organic beers seem to always have something off about them. There are better/cheaper ipas out there, so I wont be buying this one again.

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Photo of MP72
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into an english dimple mug creating a deep orangish amber color with a thick white bubbly head.

S- Hops and grapefruit
T- carmely and very hoppy but something of an awkward aftertaste. Cant quite put a finger on it.
M- is good ,smooth and easily drinkable with minimal carbonation.

D- average,, It's not bad but I wasnt that impressed at all. I enjoy to many other IPA's to look for this one again.
Kudo's for the organic thing though.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of this. It looked really good, but then that was about all it had going for it!

Smelled of fruit and caramel, but not citrus or piney like I enjoy my IPA's.

Tasted really different to what I feell an IPA should, this almost was so caramel based, and malty, it was like an ESB

Mouthfeel was fine, as was drinkability. But not a great IPA. Overall, disapppointing as I've had other organic IPA's and really enjoyed them.

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

Not a big fan of the IPA's but this one wasn't so bad..

Pours an orange yellow color with a haze and a nice white head that hangs around for a bit. Smells of spices and hops. Actually a pretty crisp and refreshing taste, of there were hops but not overpowering. It was a good blend with the spices too. Went down on and mouthfeel was alright. I won't be seeking this one out again, but I'd say give it a shot.

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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 drpimento
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like this much better than the PA from the same brewery. Still leaning towards the Brit style of hoppy ale. Lighter in color than the PA as well. More head and lace too. Alcohol is very noticable. Biscuity character of the Munich malt stands out. Ok beer.

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Photo of changeup45
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer because I do like the style but not really anything special. Golden, almost orange color, with a nice head and lots of lace. The aroma is very fruity with a little hops and vanilla. The flavor is sweet grapefruit but not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Some crisp bitterness.

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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 MTNboy
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- It has a nice golden body with an orange hue. It has good full thick head with some good lacing.

Smell- A bit of citrus and sweet blended hops aromas are dominant in the aroma.

Taste- It has a strong bitter taste a t first but a sweet aftertaste. If you are not bitter beer drinker it will get you.

Mouthfeel- It has nice full feel, thick and smooth.

Drinkability- I liked it. It is an overall good balanced beer.

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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
3.55 out of 5 based on 600 ratings.
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