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 pezoids on 09-07-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of poop_brew
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - surprisingly red colored when poured but seemed to settle into more of an amber. There was little head when poured into a tulip glass
Aroma - very little off the nose in the bottle but surprisingly smooth and light citrus aroma from the glass
Taste - there was a delicate spice to the aftertaste and mild citrus hop originally
Mouthfeel - crisp, light and refreshing and not too carbonated
Overall - definitely a surprisingly tasty beer for it's organic status and I would recommend to an IPA connoisseur looking to expand their palate

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a beautiful lightly hazed orange-copper color with a two finger off white head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within, which upon popping slowly over time give a lighter level of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is a blend of sweet and hop. A nice caramel sweetness acts as a base with hop aromas of a heavy floral and earthy hop smell. With these aromas is also a very light amount of a sweet orange hop as well. Quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a light citrus and floral/herbal smell. The herbal and floral hop intensify and drown out the citrus as the taste goes on. Also as the taste advances the lighter sweetness that was present upfront decreases as well. More toward the end of the taste a large earthy hop flavor comes to the tongue. The earthy, when mixed with the other hop flavors leaves a bitter, but yet somewhat sweet flavor on the tongue as some citrus sweetness comes to the taste as well. The aftertaste these flavors leave on the tongue is quite interesting.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the above average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is just below average. The creaminess really accentuates the earthy hop nicely, although a slightly higher carbonation level may have been nice for the other hop flavors.

Overall – It is actually quite different then the “more standard” ~ 6-7 % abv IPA. Not nearly as citrus and much more earthy. It is a nice break from the more traditional and is well worth a try.

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

A: A slightly hazy light copper color pours with a good head stand. the head is a persistant creamy and rock off-white head.

S: Citrus and pineapple hops aroma with a low grassy note dominate the aroma. There is some malt and light orange-like fruity ester.

T: There is good hops bitterness but the hops and malt flavors are muted. A toasty and biscuty malt with a touch of sweetness support an assertive hops bitterness and moderately-strong hops flavors of citrus and pineapple. There is a light orange ester, no diacetyl.

M: Medium bodied and moderately-strong carbonation with a slight prickle on the middle of the tongue. A light alcohol warmth.

O: A pretty decent IPA with a nice hops flavor that unfortunately isn't to lively. I'm hoping this is a result of not being all that fresh because if the flavors poped it would be an outstanding beer. There is a bit of astringency, while not that bad, that could be reduced by using a high alpha acid hop variety.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange copper with an off-white head - good retention and lacing.

Not a lot in the nose grainy malt and sour citrus.

Taste goes from malt to a grassy bitter lemon rind. Not really that appealing. This one for me is a thumbs down. Will not try this again.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper with an off white fluffy head. Sheen layer remains as the head, really nice lace clings all the way down. Good looks.

Brew smells of earthy and floral hops followed by some sweet malts. Good nose.

Brew has good smoothness up front, has some mild peppering in the middle, more so in the lingering bitter finish. Resiny and bittering as you drink. Nice malts help balance this one out to add to some great sessionability for the non hop heads. Good hops here and nice sweet malts. Nice full bodied brew here. Really a very nice ipa here.

Really nice brew here; I really like this one. Case worthy sessionable stuff here. Very good.

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

From the 12 fl oz bottle stamped: 32960151712. Sampled on June 9, 2012. The pour is a slightly cloudy medium to dark amber with a foamy beige head that lingers. The aroma is rather hop-free but I get a nice sweet malt note along with a clean, crisp feel. Overall mellow on the nose. The body is light to medium but leaning more to medium. OK, the hops announce themselves with much vigor as early as the first sip. It is moderately bitter toward the end. This is a decent enough IPA.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass:

A: hazy orange colored body with a one finger white head that died within thirty seconds. There was barely any lacing left and very little carbonation was seen rising.

S: some light pine and hops but there really wasn't much there.

T: sweet yet spicy blend that tingled in my mouth, not bad. The pine and hops came out with some lighter fruits in the taste.

M: medium with a good smoothness. It had a moderate carbonation in the mouth.

O: this was a decent brew. I'm pretty sure I would have this again.

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

Big white long lasting head sits above a not quite clear honey golden colored beer.

Sour grains and little bitter hops aroma on this medium bodied beer.

A light sweetish hops taste with a light bitter aftertaste.

An ok, but lesser IPA, grab yourself some Broken Halo instead.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I get no aroma off of this whatsoever. Not even a hint of anything. The only reason why Aroma didn't get a score of 1 is because it doesn't smell bad.. it just doesn't smell like anything.

Hazy honey color to the eye with a half-finger off-white, almost light khaki head. Foam stability is nice but offers little to no lacing. This looks like your average beer.

Nice sweetness upfront like candied fruit - but not nasty like it. It follows with a nice subtle bitterness that is smooth, and static throughout. I get a little grapefruit, caramel, and orange. A touch of chocolate too. Very interesting indeed, in a good way!

Moderate carbonation and body, smooth mouthfeel, and easy to drink. Overall I would say this is a very good beer!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Home2Suites "pint" glass. Beer is cloudy and hazy and golden amber in color with a rocky yet slightly thin white head of about one finger in size. There is some decent retention and the lacing is quite substantial.

Aroma has a bit of Lemon pledge in it. Floral and fruity with some maltiness, which I dont mind. Solid malt backbone without being too sweet or caramelly or cloying.

Flavor gamut runs the same as the aroma, pretty much. Love the bitterness. More fruity than anything; less citrus or earthiness. I like the change of pace. Most IPAS are overly citrusy or piney but this one lies on the fruity/floral side, which I like. Bitterness is very well in check without being too cloying. Very nice indeed.

Perhaps I have palate fatigue from all of the heavily hopped West Coast and piney IPA's that this one was a welcomed changed. Very well balanced, easily drinkable, not too English. Suits me well at the moment.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a hazy yellow with orange/amber highlights. Thick white head, with a little lacing

S- floral/earthy hops with some fruity sweetness.

T- halfway between an English IPA and an American IPA. The malt base isn't as big or brash as some American IPA's, but certainly balances the earthy and citric hop profile. The fruity (apple/apricot/orange) component is the interesting part of this brew.

M- medium bodied, and overall nothing much to say.

O- good, but not great. Certainly different from the litany of west coast IPA's out there.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Murky yellow-amber body with a half inch of off-white head. Grass, grapefruit, and lemon waft from the aroma. Lemon, pine, and grass with slight grapefruit notes comprise the flavor. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of thain709
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a semi-hazy, burnt orange body...the head was white in color and stood about two fingers...it stuck around for a while to become a wispy cap...some lacing

S - The nose shows a lot of sweetness, and it's not in the form of hops...sweet caramel and toffee with bready malt...hops are minimal

T - Again there is a sweetness, but this time the hops can shine through a little more...initial flavors are of caramel and toffee...the middle rounds out the sweet flavors with biscuit and bready malts...they add some body to the beer as well...the hops come through at the end and add a decent bitterness...they are piney in flavor which accounts for the big, sticky bitterness

M - Medium bodied...decent carbonation...a sticky bitterness

O - This IPA let a lot to be desired...I really wanted more hop aroma and flavor...the malts got the best of this one

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty shade of amber brown has a golden hue to it. Head is a nice 1/2 inch of opaque colored head with sticky lacing.

S - Mild floral hops with a nice bit of biscuit malt body. Hops are nice mango or citrus quality. Balanced.

T - The biscuit like malts are fairly sweet with levels of caramel and even though the hops are not too bitter they are still very balanced with said malt with level of apricot and mango hops.

M - Light to medium very easy drinkability

Overall damn 2 for 2 but I like this even more than the Southampton version since it has a deeper level of sweet malts next to bittering hops. Six pack would be easy to drink.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Wolaver's mixed 12

A- Slightly hazy yellow translucent golden, almost no head, slight lacing, little carbonation.

S- Hops, lightly sweet, slightly floral smell, fruits: apricots, apples

T- Lightly sweet fruity taste with a little bit of hops. Apricots, apples, caramel malts definitely come out to make it sweet.

M- medium bodied, smooth, and drinkable.

O- This definitely wasn't the most hoppy IPA that I've had, but it was definitely easily drinkable. Very well balanced between the malty sweetness and the hops, definitely an IPA that I would try again but not go out of my way to buy.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured an active hazy tangerine with only a trace of head

S - Pine, orange rind, light sugars

T - hop forward with tones of citrus and a long sweet finish. Some apricot, some spices. More of a hybrid summer pale than an IPA

M - Some sourness, smooth

Refreshing, organic, easy drinking. Perfect use of some Vermont water. Good brew, below avg IPA

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark golden color with about a centimeter of head that quickly dissipates. Did not get a strong aroma of anything, but a slight hint of hops. Right away, you taste the hops, but it is not overpowering. Also a slight citrus taste which adds to the overall taste nicely. Carbonation is right and it goes down smooth with not much aftertaste. Definitely one that you could drink all night. A nice IPA, and organic to boot. However, it is like many out there.

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

This is a very glowing orange with a nice translucent body and the smell of orange rind. The taste is almost overpoweringly bitter orange--not orange rind, but orange pip!--earthy/herbal hops, and some malt sweetness. Light body that could use better carbonation, finishes quite dry. It's pretty much a middle-of-the-road IPA for me.

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

Given to me by Rudzud, thanks Matt.

Pours a nice big creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with a little bit of lacing, wicked hazy and full of yeast chunks, opaque nectar orange slight reddish colored beer.

Nose is very light, slight hint of floral hops, a bit herbal as well, some gritty malts, slight yeasty, that's about it.

Taste start with light hops again, very light fruity flavor, but more herbal floral like hops, a bit earthy, little juicy, and just a hint spicy later, then syrupy sweet malts, not much for syrupy flavors just sticky and sweet, thicker. Finishes fairly bitter, drier but still very sticky, chewy, some spicy earthy hops.

Mouth is a bit thicker bodied, decent carb, bit of a spicy feel.

Overall meh, very little on the hop profile, more bitterness, nose is practically non-existant, and sticky sweet.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich and glowing darkish golden. Slightly hazy with some floaty bits and a few streams of bubbles. A large, pillowy, golden / off-white head that turns rocky as it settles. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Rather mild hop nose – vague, soft citrus. Toasty, slightly grainy, pale base malt with hints of caramel and sweetness. Nose is rather shy & simple. Warming doesn’t help much – just a slightly increased earthy / grassy note out of the hops.

T: Far more firmly bitter and flavorful than the nose. Opens with citrus (grapefruit rind & a touch of lemon) and a bit of pine, but also with some earthy & grassy notes. Middle is firmly citrus rind with a bite. Some spicy notes come through in the end and stay into the finish to linger with more earthy / woody notes, some resin, and the continuing rind. Malts are pretty simple – mostly just pale base malt with hints of toasty grain, perhaps some biscuit, and hints of caramel and sweetness. Provide a good platform for the hops. Just the barest hint juicy at the edges.

M: Medium to just a bit under with average carbonation. Quite attenuated, but still some hints of sugars and dextrins. Sort of brisk with a strong hop drying.

D: Weakish nose, simple malt profile, but flavorful and dynamic hops. Nicely straight forward interpretation of an American IPA.

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Photo of rudzud
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ontap The Reservoir Restaurant and Taproom in Waterbury, Vermont. Poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a clear copper hue with a barely there head that left light side lacing and hardly any retention.

S - Super light hops (citrus) but for the most part this is all malty sweetness. Very disappointing.

T - Sweet malts with the light citrus hops. Its almost a bit musty...just, average.

M - Crisp, light finish with the sweetness throughout.

O - Overall, this beer was a big disappointment. Was looking forward to having this beer, but regretted getting it.

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

White head that settles quickly leaving soap-like lacing on the glass. Hazy light golden body with some noticeable yeast floating around.

Sweet caramel right away with some citrus aroma. The bottle reads floral notes as well but I only noticed it because it mentioned it. Very pleasant smell nonetheless.

Sweet caramel, a spicy --almost peppery taste, with the floral taste coming in with a balanced sweet and bitter finish.

Easy drinking, light body, medium carbonation. It leaves the lips feeling a little sticky.

This is a session-able IPA; I really hope I don't finish the six pack all in one shot but I might have to. Tasty, nice looking, pleasant smell and easy drinking make this a IPA to try if you see it around.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is very hop heavy, considerably bitter, really not much else going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer.

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

This beer is a clouded copper color. A sturdy tan head of some thickness retains itself very well, and what's left after it recedes is a thick foam that leaves lots of patchy lacing.
The pungent aroma is strong enough that it reaches my nose almost as soon as I open the bottle; there's a bit of fade after the inital burst, but it's sturdy. Citrus hops overtones with a bit of grassy earthiness, pretty raw, but with a balancing malt sweetness primarily offering notes of light fruits. It's also got a pretty grainy undertone.
This is a solid, well-balanced beer in the flavor. Citrus hops again seem prominent, with some earthiness and lightly fruity element coming out. A bit of breadiness pulls in that goes into the more familiar grains aspect of the nose. A ghost of citrus rind bitterness comes through into the finish.
There's a smoothness in a medium body, but it tapers off a bit quickly and doesn't sill out fully. There's a touch of crispness from the continuous bubbly activity. Overall the feel is unimpressive but still above average.
This is simply a good IPA.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color color with a decent head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with fresh grain with a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

T: Mild mild and grain flavor, nice underlying bitterness with a dry finish.

F: Medium , smooth and somewhat creamy and refreshing. Very good balance.

O: Very good IPA. Not overly hopped. Easy drinker, good for a few anytime.

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Wolaver's India Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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