Wolaver's India Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

285 Reviews
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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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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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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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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