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 bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a one finger foamy white head. Leaves a bit of lace.

S: Aromas of citrus, possibly pineapple or lemon hops hit the nose first with a faint malty background that can be almost missed.

T: Floral notes at first then a slight malty interlude with a dry bitter finish. Not a very bold beer, as the flavor isn't overwhleming or even that pronounced. Would have liked to see more pronounced hops in there, but I ain't complaining.

M & D: Mouthfeel is good as this is a well balanced beer with a pretty good hop malt relationship. The dryness of the finish was unexpected, but welcomed. I would think the drinkability would be high on this offering from Wolaver's. A pretty solid IPA.

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

Pours a clear reddish gold. Tall off-white head that left lots of lace.

Big alpha hop aroma. Sweet, citrusy.

Big, coarse hop flavor. Rolling, tickling carbonation. Spicy, leafy. Not much malt presence, but I ain't complaining -- this beer works. Mouthfeel becomes smooth and creamy as it warms up. Yummy. Drinkable.

I was pleased with this beer. I'm sure it would be much better fresh; mine was from the dollar bin of assorted singles.

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Photo of fingolfin72
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold, a shade or two darker than apple juice. The head is almost, but not quite, white, and it doesn't stick around for long. It leaves some lacing around the glass.

The nose is floral and rich with pine and caramel notes.

The palate is fairly big. Malty caramel flavors drape over and around stony, bitter pillars of hops. Lots of flavor, but the mineral bitterness scratches on the end.

It has everything I love in a good American IPA, perhaps not in perfect balance, though. Nevertheless, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I read the prior review that said something about it calling itself an American IPA - I could be mistaken, as I don't have the bottle anymore, but I am pretty sure the bottle I had said that it was English IPA. In any case, I agree that it does taste a bit more like the latter.

I found this beer to be a bit astringent in its taste. The hops weren't particularly strong, but they were biting. A nice pair with the mexican food I was eating - kind of mellowed each other out.

In any case, it's an ok attempt at the style. I wouldnt go out of my away to get this one though.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this brew but it loses points for calling itself an American IPA. Drinks much more like a pilsner or maybe an English IPA.
Pours a VERY clear yellow golden color; looks very much like a lager... perhaps even ::gasp:: a light lager! ::shudder::
The smell is a little skunky; a bit like Grolsch or Heineken. Clean and grassy, slightly hoppy.
Tastes hoppier than it smells... perhaps making for a good gateway IPA. Hopheads will need to look elsewhere for a fix but there is some hoppyness to be found... though Sam Adams Boston Lager and Brooklyn Lager are as hoppy or more so than this.
The mouthfeel is a little oily on the finish. Light on the palate and clean.
Easy to drink and reasonabley refreshing, but not quite right for the style.

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Photo of silver1audi
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up because I like many of this brewer's other offerings. This was not bad, the first thing you notice is the smell... it's very strong and odd. Reminded me much of a malt milkshake you could pick up at an ice cream shop... but that's just me.

It looks nice in my pint glass, a nice dark amber color with a medium size head. As for the taste, it was kind of earthy and I was definately expecting something a little hoppier. It's not bad, just a little bland for an ipa i guess. It goes down pretty easily, but I would probably pick up another ipa for the money. Not bad, but this brewer has some far better offerings.

***revisiting this 2 yrs later, I enjoyed it much more. A good solid IPA delivering an abundant yet not oppressive amount of hops balanced by just the right malt profile. Becoming my regular drinker at a local hang-out. Best had on-tap.

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Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While in Vermont in early October I enjoyed a couple of pints of this at the Two Brothers Tavern along with some Venison Stew (a rare treat for a desert boy!).

This copper colored brew was served with a two finger head that left plenty of lacing. Nose had a citrus floral hopped aroma-very nice. Taste started with a biscuity malt but was taken over by a light floral citrusy hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and the carbonation was OK. Overall drinkability was OK. This was a nice beer.

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

Wolaver's India Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on 03/15/05
Batch #1694
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light orange color. Decent head on top that turns into a thin white lace rather quickly. Rings of sticky lacings

The nose is a little disappointing. Whiffs of sweet malts and some hops in the background. Most IPA's will provide a pleasant blast of hop aromas, not the case here.

Biscuity sweet grain blend with a slight bitter finish. Fruity apricot flavors. This reminds me of an English IPA. Good drinkability level at a surprising 6.5% ABV.

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Photo of GnomeKing
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Let's start with the smell? It's strong, but what is it? Burnt corn stalks? Burnt newspaper? Something burnt...something not right. Then, the taste--yeah, it could be corn stalks or newspaper. It's the hops that are the culprit--they don't taste like hops in beer, more like hops eaten straight off the cone, which I did out of curiosity at a recent Sam Adams brewery tour. I do recommend that you eat at least one hops cone in your life, just to see what it's like and to say that you did, but I can't recommend that you try this beer. (Apart from the hops, this beer looks and tastes weak and thin...just in case you were wondering).

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Otter Creek- Wolaver's Organic IPA

Appearance- nice light brown with a thick head that disappated very quickly.
Smell- like dirty earthy hops. Vegatable aroma as well. Some tubers detected maybe a potato or turnip.
Taste- just like the smell, turnips freshly plucked from the ground and dunked into a weak IPA.
Mouthfeel- very watery, light. Slight bitterness but very faint.

Overall- Not a good 1. Sometimes Organic isn't always better!

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Photo of Citadel82
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As India Pale Ale's go this was on the mild and weak side. Drinkable but closer to the APA than the IPA side of the house or should I say Ocean. That being said it is a good looking beer that is refreshing and tasty. Just not a good exemplar of the style (In My Very Humble Opinion).

Pours a clear copper amber with a two finger wite head that lingers and leaves plenty of lacing on the sides of the stemmed glass that I drank this brew from.

The aroma had all the hallmarks and typical citrus aroma of a west coast hopped India Pale Ale such as Sierra Nevada --- though a mere shadow of same in my personal opinion.

Taste was faintly citrus with the muddled hops overpoering the biscuit malt notes and leaving little sweetness in the beer. closer to balnaced than spicy or dry.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, though most IPA's are rather light, i tend to think the originals were anything but light so medium marks for this one.

Drinkable, yes. I would have to rank this as an entry level IPA however.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.77/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark orange-amber, heavy on the amber. The ivory colored head is the consistency of stiffly beaten egg whites and looks good sitting atop the average looking beer.

The nose is borderline nasty and has a distinctive aroma that I've smelled in other beer from this brewery. I've previously attributed it to the organic nature of their offerings, but I've now had too many organic beers that didn't smell like this for me to believe that theory any longer. India Pale Ale smells musty and spoiled even though the bottle is barely four months old.

Hops are partially successful in fighting through the smothering blanket of repulsiveness. The significant hop bitterness and marginal hop flavor are the only things keeping the rest of this bottle from going down the drain. Magnum, Crystal and Hallertauer is an odd hop bill for an American IPA, so I doubt that I'd love the flavor profile even without the pervasive presence of pesticide.

The beer tastes like rotting vegetables and clay with a disturbing phenolic foulness. It isn't easy separating the hoppiness from the underlying nastiness since the latter infects every aspect of the flavor profile. Hmmm... could this be what infected beer tastes like? Although there isn't much wrong with the mouthfeel, what does it matter at this point?

I know this bottle of Wolaver's India Pale Ale is reasonably fresh and has been well cared for. That's because it was hand carried from the brewery to me when it was less than one month old. More's the pity (and the sheer, stupifying wonder) that it tastes so bad. I'm still willing to give Otter Creek/Wolaver's more chances, because a good portion of what they brew is decent. But this one? Never again.

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Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small foamy off-white head that shrinks to a pleasant semi-sticky lacing. Smell is suprisingly robust - grainy, earthy, organic, with citrus/hops undertones. Taste is clean and natural - bitter with a dry hoppy finish and slight lingering sweetness.

This is my first Wolaver's variety from Otter Creek and first strictly "organic" beer in general. A very agreeable IPA - not anything amazing but I could drink quite a few of these and be perfectly happy.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice amber color with a light cream head that dissipates fast. Semi-sticky lacing too. Smells nice with hoppiness, earthy as well as citrus, and maybe a bit of peach. It smells like I would expect organic to smell. Tastes of earthy hops, with floral and fruitiness. It is definitely dry, in a good way, and some biterness at the finish. This beer has a light mouthfeel, and is fairly smooth. I find it easy to drink.

This is the first of the Otter Creek organic beers that I've had. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly suprised. I'd get it again. Another tasty beer...

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

Appearance is golden brown with a large off white head which sticks around for a while and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is bitter, citrus and hopy with a cologne like presence.

Its flavor is a bit mild for an IPA but nice. It is dominated by hops, but has a malt sweetness in there to mellow out the bitterness. There is also a bit of fruitiness in the flavor mix. This is a nicely blended brew.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and is carbonated generously.

ItÂ’s an easy drinking beer, worth a try.

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

Pours a white, two finger-head that vanishes slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a hoppy finish. A mild and not overbearing IPA. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber orange hued pour topped off with a wafer thin off white craggy cap.

Malty nose with grainy scents and sweet candy hops.

First swigs: Earthy grainy. Metallic English style hop flavors. Overall, breakfast cereal, organic waffles without syrup. Aftertaste of oatmeal cereal and bright cedar dryness.

Chewy medium body. I swear that you can taste wood hunks floating around.

Last swigs: Too malty. Dead ringer for Butte Creek IPA. Magnum, Crystal, Hallatauer hops.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

07/02/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a born on date printed on the bottom of the label. Poured into my Wyder's Cider glass.

Appearance- Golden approching a light amber color. Huge inch or more very creamy white head. One of the best lacing jobs I have ever seen from an IPA. But, that's where the fun ends :(...

Smell- Smells of old spoiled fruit and cardboard. Scent of a bad expired English IPA.

Taste- This is an English IPA all the way. Has that hop taste that I can taste from a mile away...is that possible? Very stale hops flavor. Almost thinking of dumping the last two sips. Ultra bitter and pretty ultra nasty tasting.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation leaving a bad taste in your mouth.

Drinkability- It looked so nice....but alas, looks can are in some cases are, very deceiving. Onward in my quest to find a decent tasting organic IPA.

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Photo of karst
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a creamy 2 finger head in pint glass that is well laced.
Aroma of piney hops, grass, and floral notes. Very crisp clean flavor, with a long-lasting, tangy hop finish. Medium body is about right for style. Improving as it warms ( malt base emerges). Drinkable IPA.

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Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear apricot gold body with a small bonewhite head that retains well and leaves attractive patchy lace all over the glass. Aroma has a subdued note of pine cone hops, but is mostly citrus fruity. Orange notes dominate, complimented by a hint of grassy clover honey. Mouthfeel reveals a light medium body with moderate carbonation. Taste is grassy and fruity, with orange esters providing a sweet citrusy note. Good pale malt base with a bitter closing that resurrects the pine cone hoppiness. Very tasty and enjoyable, but not exactly to style. Thanks to mtnlover for this bottle.

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Photo of mentor
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sulldaddy for providing this one. Pours a half-finger white/lightly tainted yellow head that quickly settled to a ring over the crystal clear light-rust-orange liquid. Smells of honey, oranges, apricto, peaches, caramel, and a hint of grapefruit pith. To taste, the hops are too mild for an IPA. Wet sweet with fruits mostly. Starts apricot sweet and malty with a hint of caramle. A faint hop bitter comes in the middle carrying hop orange and woody qualities. Grassy cohumulone is low. Immediately after swallowing, I get a moment of grapefruit hop, but this quickly changes to a more metallic and woody hop that starts the aftertaste. The aftertaste is more bitter than during the taste and is accompanied by a pleasing gentle caronbation sting on the whole flat of my tongue. Md mouthfeel and mildly cabonated. The final sips were taken after allowing the beer to warm a while. Grapoefruit pith is more prevalent and hits earlier. The malt and fruity sweet are still there and I'd say all is in balance...for and APA. A pleasure to drink on a hot summer evening.

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

Pours a light golden amber colour with a decent two finger head that retained fairly well. Aroma is oddly malty for an IPA. Caramel with some sweetness up front before some grassy, floral hop aromas find their way to the nose.

Taste is also malty upfront with notes of caramel and very light toffee. A touch of breadiness is in their as well. Hops finally come to the front with more of a floral grassy presence than some of the more citrus oriented IPA's.

Mouthfeel is good, decent carbonation, nothing really to get worked up about. Drinkability is good, this would be a decent session beer although the ABV might put it out of that realm for some. Over all a good to solid IPA, nothing to go nuts over, but a decent choice.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a big white head that leaves spidery lacing down the glass. Smell is floral hops with a light biscuit background, pretty average for an IPA of this strength. The taste is grassy, resiny hops with a light floral background and a bready malt backbone that balances the beer a little. The hop's werent really as big or complex as i was expecting, really a middle of the road ipa in my book. The carbonation is somewhat high for an IPA and it makes it refreshing and crisp but the finish is dry and not bitter enough in my opinion. A descent brew but nothing special.

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

Wolaver's IPA is a crisp, flavorful, and rejuvenating golden ale with a long-standing head of bright white froth and a nose that welcomes you without screaming at you. It's both malty and hoppy without particularily leaning to either side. It's solid malt base is peppered with grassy and spicy hops; and it's delicately zesty carbonation and solid bitterness help to bring that spiciness out before it fades into a long lasting, bitter end. It may be a bit mainstream as far as IPAs go, but it's certainly very well done!

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Photo of ColForbin
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wolaver's Organic IPA pours a very light clear golden color with a thin white head. Small bubbles rise throughout the beer over the course of the pint. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy, with some slight buttery/wheaty notes. Not as agressive in the nose as I would like to see in an American IPA. Taste - well, if I didn't know better, I'd say this beer had some wheat in it. But other than a body that was a bit too light, the beer is quite hoppy and a good session beer. I have heard that ingredients for organic brewing can be limited, and this is a pretty good stab at an IPA. I'll definitely pick it up again, but it is nowhere near as good as their organic oatmeal stout.

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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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