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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 CaptainIPA
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich copper color with orange highlights. Yields a thin, white lacing of foam.

S: Caramel malts with subtle hints of spiced hops and brown sugar.

T: Sweet malts upfront followed immediately by a sharp metallic note. Warms to notes of toasted caramel and spicy herbal hops. Rich and well-balanced.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth with a consistent texture throughout.

D: Very drinkable. Hey, it's certified organic. Pass the tofu.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear gold with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like barley malt with citrus and copper hops. It tasted like bold copper hops and earthy malted barley, with some licorice. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a somewhat lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this had pretty good flavor and a clean taste, with decent body. But it didn't have any real depth or unique character.

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

Pours a cloudy golden color. There is a thin white head with good retention.
The smell has a good strong hop smell. There is also a bit of a caramel smell, too, that I am not used to in an IPA.
Taste has an immediate strong taste to it that hits hard. It is then balanced out by an interesting caramel malt taste that balances the hops down.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness, combined with a very smooth feel as well.
Drinkability is very nice. The good hop taste is dimmed down by the caramel malts balancing the beer very nice. A very impressive IPA, especially for an organic.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap received a ice pint of orange/amber with a slight rocky head that lasted well.

Smells of hops, but not over the top. Some sweet grain and malt as well.

Hops hit you first in the taste, but not over the top. Immediate malt and sweet breadiness. Finishes bitter and pleasant. Sounds good, huh? Yeas, but nothing that'll blow you away.

Firm carbonation and descent medium body.

I guess you could drink a few of these because it is a bi muted in flavor. Decent representation, but you can do better.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a 12 pack mixer with IPA, Pale ale and Brown while in VT
A- A clear orange or light golden color with a nice white head leaving lacing. great head retention!
S- Not a big IPA smell, but it has some nice malty tones and maybe some amarillo in there. Does not smell dry hopped.

T- Bigger on the mlats here. A nice smooth bitterness that fades quickly leaving way to a cracker and caramel malt finish. In between is just a little hop flavor.

M- meadium body and the right amount of carbonation.

D- Nice and drinkable. Maybe more of a birtish IPA. Out of the mixer I think I liked the Pale Ale the best, but over all I think this is a nice branch of Otter Creek.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a variety case that included this from Bryn Mawr Bwverage and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A yellow / amber colored body topped off with a fluffy white head. The retenion was pretty good and the lacing was abundant.
Smell: You can certainly tell that there is a strong malt backbone but the citrus and earthy hops really came through.
Taste: More prominant earthly hops and the malt has fadded more to the back.
Mouthfeel: Not very IPA like rather very smooth.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at first I hesitated to order this beer, but man I am glad I said "wht the heck" and gave it a try.
At an Irish bar in DC!
This beered tapped a very nice medium amder with big white head and nice lacing following.
The smell was very sweet of malts, nicely blended with a nice citrus punch from hops.
Tastee was even better, very nice hppiness surrounded by a nice big malty bone and good mouthfeel.
I dont knowif the surroundings had anything to do with it or what, but this wasone fine beer.

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Photo of phisig137
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep rich amber, almost copper color, with a 1.5 finger head. Decent retention, and an acceptable amount of lace left behind.

S- Good hop presence, with a decent splattering of malt as well. Mostly citrusy hops, while the malts ranges from a touch of raw grain to caramel. Very slight hint of diacetyl.

F- Again, nice balance between malt and hops, but a slight edge towards the malt. Good caramel and toffee type flavors, but the citrus and to a lesser extent, the pine hops are a bit over-shadowed. Perhaps just slightly under-attenuated by the very neutral yeast.

M- Creamy, medium bodied, and with just enough carbonation.

D- Very nice... It would be easy to drink quite a few of these. Makes for a great session beer. Good enough to enjoy, but not amazing enough to take away from the conversation with friends.

Overall, pretty good. One of the better organic IPA's that I've had. It still has a little ways to go to be a truly great IPA, but it is more than acceptable. If you're into the organic thing, (which I am as far as food is concerned), this is well worth trying. Otherwise, I'd recommend getting some, but don't go out of your way for it.

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Photo of onthefarside
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been eyeing the 12 pack sampler of Wolaver's Organic Beer for quite some time now and finally decided to get one. (hey, it was on sale) The box was a little shotty, held together with some tape and might have been there for a while. So first up the IPA

A: Poured normally into a pint glass revealed a 1 finger head and a nice ambery-dark colour that i like to see in IPA's. Might be some malt behind that hop bite.

S: Not really much here but my sense of smell is about as good as a pencil. Kinda bland slightly hoppy smell.

T: I was surprised by the strong hops here. Nice and sharp and a lingering bitterness that I enjoy in ipas. Also some nice maltiness but the hops cover it up rather nicely. Over all its simple and nothing to great but enjoyable.

M: Decent mouthfeel, not too high in carbonation, pretty typical as far as IPAs go. Not too watery either.

D: Very drinkable, 6.5 is surprising, but will help you get to where you want to be, heh. Overall not a bad beer, but there are much better.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.52/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nicey hazy golden color. Lots of carbonation. Fluffy, pillowy head with some rings of lace. More golden yellow than orange.

Smell of chlorine over bittering hops. A light hint of fruit, like lemon. That chlorine is an unfortunate side-effect of its organicness.

The hops in the flavor are bitter and kind of non-descript. Bitter like a German pilsner; not flowery or grapefruity. A hint of mowed grass. Chlorine is still there in the taste. Has an ok spicy end, but not enough to salvage it.

Feels fizzy with a bite at the end. It's really more like a pilsner than an IPA. Better as it warms but disappointing.

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Transparent golden coloration which produced a modest bit of froth. Retention was mild and some spotted lacing was left behind.

S - Sweet clean malty aroma with a slight kiss of hops, very pleasant.

T - Grainy and fairly bitter profile with a sweet malty backbone. A nice level of pine hops are present and overall it's well balanced.

M - Light bodied, fairly low carbonation level which suits this brew just fine.

D - A pleasant surprise, and a pretty tasty brew. This is a mild IPA and doesn't really compare to the west coast styles, but all in all it is very good and definitely worth a try.

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

Pours a deep copper with a dense white head with good retention and stick

Aroma is not strong but is nice. There is green, pine and cirrus hops here. Malts definatly come through in the nose as well with biscuit being predominant

first to hit the tatse buds are very nce green and pine hops. Then comes the biscuit and caramel malts followed by a nice citrus hop sting to finish it out.

Mouthfeel is ligh to medium and carboantion is spot on for style

I dould drink several of these bad boys

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

A - Poured a light copper with a decent two finger bubbly off white head. Lacing is pretty decent as well.

S - Light citrus hop scent with a sweet carmel malt kicker.

T - Suprisingly smooth and balanced. This is a hell of a lot better than I expected. I gotta say this is one tasty modest IPA, not a hop bomb but very refreshing and clean.

M - Meduim body with nice carbonation.

D - This is the definition of a session IPA. I really can't say a negitave thing about this beer. This is the second Wolavers I've had and both have been outstanding. I mean, are there better IPA's out there, of course there are but this is straight and to the point enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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

Copper body supports a finger of white foam, decently lacing pint glass. The hops are too modest on the nose, but receive an assist from decent caramel malt. I'm surprised that the taste is not more loaded with hops, though it is crisp. For hop lovers, this is not going to knock your socks off. However, it's not a bad IPA.

It does flatten a bit near the end, a disappointment. In sum, a decent IPA, one worth trying. There are far better examples of the style for certain.

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Photo of smith5424
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a light clear Amber, clean with little head.

S - Sweet, citrus, lots of grapefruit with a bit of caramel.

T - Smooth, fresh, carmel with floral notes. Well balanced.

M - Light and smooth with nice sweet taste at first, caramel taste kicks in, and then bitter and citrus.

D - Clean, clear, crisp refreshing ale. Great drinkability.

Overall a nice and fresh beer. I enjoyed the caramel and floral mix. Not as hoppy as most IPAs.

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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 geexploitation
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with bright, lighter amber highlights. Little head, but nice lace. The aroma is a very balanced blend of caramel malts and lifting, citrusy hops. Things are downplayed, though, compared to a lot of IPAs, and the major effect is one of light, sweet malts with a light dose of hops in the background that lighten the proceedings and give an impression of aromatic suspension. On the palate, malt sweetness first off before the hops come through midway in. From the middle to the end, there's an excellent integration of hops and malt, with each one showing its character while meshing with the other. Well done. Mouthfeel is very good, with an excellent balance of carbonation, acidity, and weight. Overall, this is a damn tasty beer. Very good!

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Photo of albern
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The low point is the aroma, which to my olfactory senses is slightly skunked until the beer settles in, a bit too grapefruity, slightly cloying maltishness, and not enticing. Things improve as the beer settles, but the opening act is critical for me. That said, the appearance is the high note. The beer is a nice amber, with a bubbly white head, moderately carbonated, medium bodied, a bit syrupy in consistency, and well balanced. You will get some grapefruity, slightly tangy hop tastes balanced against some bready sweet malts, maybe some dextrin malts. The aftertaste is mild, and this is a drinkable beer, but not brilliant. This beer definitely improves with settling, with more balance and more moderation in character.

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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 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 bluegrassbrew
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a tangerine like copper color with a two finger white head. Great retention and very nice lacing.

Smell is solid. Some hints of grapefruit and bready malt.

Taste is well balanced. The juicy hops are on the backend of sweet malts. More aromatic and flavorful than bitter, this is a very delicate IPA.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer. Not a hophead's IPA, but a very well done and highly drinkable version.

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Photo of pwoods
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Free beer from Mommy, alright! 12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a very slightly cloudy apricot. Maybe 1 finger of off white rocky head forms and has some retention. Some patchy lacing.

S: Very floral with a soft citrus scent. Maybe some Fuggel hops. Malts in the back with some grainy and sweet scents.

T/M: I'd definitely say more on the English IPA side but better than most(IMO). Bitterness is pretty weak and the citrus is on the lemon lime side of things. A little bit of that yeasty zap that I really don't like in IPAs. Malts are powder sugar sweet and body is very thin.

D: Easy to drink but not tasty enough to think about. But it was free!

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Photo of pirate252
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I read the back it stated that it used Magnum, Crystal, and Hallertauer hops. The whole reason I bought it was because I love these varieties and have brewed with then several times.

The beer poured nice clear, light amber color, the smell... not so great, not bad just not like a hop garden like I was hoping for. The first taste made me have to step away, the aftertaste was this strange sour metallic taste that I am still not sure what it came from. Tasted it a few more times to try to get past is and taste the rest of the beer, but just couldn't do it. Had a buddy of mine over that also enjoys IPA's and had him taste it also, one taste and he was also done.

Sad to say but this IPA that I looked forward to due to using some of my favorite varieties of hops was kind of a let down.

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Photo of slvrmon82
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a delicious American IPA. One of my new favorites.

A - Really nice light copper color. A little thick for the color.

S - Actually after the initial poor not a lot of smell. Lots of hops but with a smooth finish.

T - DELICIOUS! It is full of hops. I hate the bottles that say IPA and don't taste like it. This is no joke a great Indian Pale Ale. It is one of my new favorites. Its crisp and clean and delicious.

M - Thick at first but dissolves rather fast. Great carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

D - If you like IPA then I say this one is a good all around because it's not as heavy as a regular 8-10% IPA. Great beer.

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Photo of bboven
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light copper color with a clear body and a good head that leaves lots of veil lacing all around the glass.

The hops are definitely there, I'm guessing a mid-to-high alpha hop. The malt balances well, but it's all two-row; no complexity in the malt aroma. If you're going to throw at much malt into an IPA, it needs some depth.

The hops are nice but there's a bit of a sour taste from somewhere that they don't quite overcome.

Mouthfeel is hit or miss. A bit too much carbonation, but wonderfully drying. It's also a bit thin for the style.

Eh, it's a passable IPA, but not anything worth seeking out. I've found this to be the case with every Wolaver's I've had, which is strange because I like most of Otter Creek's stuff.

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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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