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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPAOtter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Dose IPA

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Green Mountain landscape is dotted with breweries that have established Vermont as one of the premier beer destinations in the World. We pack a lot into our little state— abundant local foods, great music, natural beauty and amazing beer. Vermonters know the finest things in life are best enjoyed with good buds. Friends and brewers Sean Lawson and Mike Gerhart have teamed up to create a beer that features the best qualities of each brewery.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
2.5/5  rDev -42%

98? A 98?! Are you kidding me? This is PURE name recognition and hype to get a score so high. I respect what Lawson's is up to but this beer is just NOT good. Bittering is SO OFF and rough and its hot as hell. Found myself with a frown drinking it, especially at that price point. If its going to be more expensive than Heady it better be as tasty...not even close. Will never, EVER buy again.

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Photo of Jtdarden
3.32/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer does not live up to the hype.

Aroma is nice and balanced, but unfortunately that is where the balance ends.

This is a very dry DIPA (which I like), but there is a fusel alcohol hotness and the hops do not stand out on their own other that the initial bitterness.

A bit grassy on the finish. Just seems like something is off. Either too warm on fermentation, PH issues, just something seems off.

Hate to say it, but I poured out half way through.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 021515 4560/6114 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 15.99/four pack of 12 ozers at Consumers
Aroma – not detecting any
Head average (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to
Lacing excellent – wide curtain of small bubbles
Body light orange, hazy
Flavor begins moderately bitter, no distinct flavors, ends chalky. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, big thanks to Mike for sending me this. Initial aromas off the bottle were cat pee, pepper, not bad actually. This shit is spicy! Appearance is hazy orange, decent head, lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma from the glass is oranges and black pepper. Flavor is bitter, alcohol, plastic, pepper, not bad but the smell is better.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle courtesy of my friend Collins. Served cold into a snifter. Expectations are high given Lawson's involvement. Notes are briefer than I'd like on account of a less-than-ideal review environment.

HEAD: None. No lacing.

BODY: Unfiltered pale orange-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's a nice looking lively IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Pineapple, pale malts, floral hop character, orange juice. I'm not liking the hop aromatics; maybe this is old?

Aromatic intensity is moderate. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Follows the aroma, with some untamed juicy hop bitterness poking through the pale malt sweetness in the late second act, ruining the balance. Fresh tangerine is a highlight, indicative perhaps of New World tropical hops. I don't know if this is old or not, but the hop profile is unimpressive - and maybe even restrained. Others at the bottle share not it's malty, but I disagree - I just think the hop profile isn't emphasized/forward enough.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, overcarbonated, crisp, smooth, wet, and unrefreshing. Has a biteen of a stale presence on the palate. This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, accentuate specific notes, or harmonize with the taste..

OVERALL: Not the world-class brew I expected from Lawson's - probably one of the best IPA producers in the U.S. - but drinkable and enjoyable for what it is. I'd like to try it fresh on-draught, and would like to revisit it to go into more detail in the future. Glad I got to try it, but definitely far from world-class. Still, it's easily well above average - just disappointing given the brewery.

High B- (3.44)

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Photo of FBarber
3.44/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 release.

Pours orange with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Sticky white lacing and some spotty white foam is left on the top of the beer. Beer is full of floating chinky particles suspended in the beer. It looks pretty gross.

Beer aroma is very dank, lots of pine, sap and grapefruit. Malty backbone. There is a soapy character to the aroma.

Taste has some notes of grapefruit and pine - very bitter. Tons of dank grass, sap and pine on the backend. Not much malt is noted in the taste.

Feel is standard for the style. Medium carbonation. nothing special.

Overall this is just an odd beer. I really can't get past the fact that the beer is full of chunky particles. It just looks gross. The taste is extremely bitter - up there with the most bitter of west coast style IPAs. To me, this is an ok beer - certainly nothing world class. But hey, its got the name recognition going (covering) for it.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.49/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wuh oh! We got ourselves another hot one, my peeps. This thing is spicy on fire like Shakira cooking a microwave burrito. Glows a beautiful orange like a pumpkin on acid, and has a nice tropical taste at the beginning of things... but the end, woo! Like sitting through a 3 hour viewing of "Titanic", it's a bit disappointing. So much heat and fire in the aftertatse has Raul thinking that this thang was sponsored by Dante's Inferno.


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Photo of RichKent
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

12oz bottle I found in Boston poured into a tulip. It was unrefrigerated, so not as fresh as it should be.

Appearance - pours a dark amber with almost no head. What head there was dissipated quickly, and there is exactly zero lacing on the glass. In fact, after finishing the glass looks clean.

Smell is slightly hoppy and grassy with some sweetness.

Taste is malt-forward. There's a little sweetness and floral/grassy flavors. Finish is bitter, but it's smooth and easy to drink. I was hoping for more citrus/fruity flavors, but it was not to be.

Mouth is a little syrupy for my liking, but fine.

I was hoping for something more. It's a good beer, but at $4 per 12oz bottle it's a little underwhelming. If you have the choice between Double Dose and Heady, then grab the Heady every time.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 batch bottle dated 09/21/2016.

Poured out a murky dark golden color with a large head and lots of lacing. Sediment in the bottle made it into the glass (by design) and made a very hazy beverage. Nose is pure West Coast. Piney, grapefruit, citrus, grapefruit peel, dank, catty and resinous. The taste is a perfect mirror of the nose but with a ton of bitterness. I thought this was going to be an East Coast style beer. It looks the part of an east coast DIPA except for the darkness but it is truly just a murky and hazy West coast bitter hop bomb. Not bad but I don't think it up to the hype. I'm looking for the East coast tropical notes primarily.

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Photo of lyman77
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber, two fingers of lacy foam. Clearly unfiltered (pun intended). The smell is herbal and bready if a bit funky. Hop flavors on the first sip are much more resinous and piney than floral and citrus. Malt content is in check throughout, in fact there's a dry yeasty flavor that creeps in before a moderately bitter and smooth finish takes over. The feel of this beer is thick and full. It actually reminds me of a Belgian triple in that regard, as does the carbonation. I wasn't surprised to see it said 8.5% on the label, it's not overly hot but you get a sense of its potency. A fun collaboration, maybe not as refined as the individual breweries' usually great stuff, which of course is just the nature of the beast. I recommend to fans of big beers!

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Photo of anonymoose
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a hazy dark orange color. The aroma is mostly muted with hints of malt and tropical fruits. The taste is sweet up front, followed by citrus, big herbal notes, and piney bitterness. Would have liked to have it fresher but not bad.

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Photo of ChrisP802
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was rather disappointed with this beer. I was excited to check out a Lawson's blend, maybe the otter creek guys ruined it. I don't know
Pour - nice orangey haze with a white head
Smell - orange, pine
Taste - hops, piney, citrus
Overall - I don't know what exactly I was tasting, but it wasn't anything special. it almost tasted like a SOS mixed with a lager

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Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange yellow in color; almost copper, but not quite. Forms a modestly sized, bubbly off-white head. Decent retention and some spotty lacing. The aroma is quite strong, very dank almost to the point of being moldy, with lots of resin and citrus pith. The taste is likewise strong. There is a strong underlying citrus juiciness along with sweet tangerine, bitter orange zest, and papaya. However, there is also a competing flavor. Sort of resiny, sort of earthy, sort of mildewy. It's odd. Body is on the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness.
Well, you can't say this beer isn't packing flavor.

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Photo of Erockruns
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%

I totally agree with the previous review that the Lawson's tropically balanced influence is lost in this beer. Much more bitter and biting than I expected. I know the water sources were shared in brewing but I suspect the Otter Creek H2O dominated the end result. There is nothing like something 100% Lawson controlled. While a decent beer, it wouldn't be something I would seek out on an early morning excursion to Vermont. I'll be in Warren again soon looking for Double Sunshine!

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Photo of joberlander
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great tropical aroma but the taste doesn't follow. A lot of hoppiness that follows in the after taste. Good dipa but definitely not worth the price or the hype.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold with a clumpy white head. Moderate retention. Nice notches of lacing with a moderate carbonation.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, resin, orange, mango, and peach. It's a crap load of hop depth. Slight bitterness. Straight up Lawson's influence. Malts are nice and bready with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Some herbal notes. Relatively light malt backbone. Sweet hop. Even some floral notes mixed in there. Delightful, as to be expected.

Taste: Bitter pine needle gives way to juicy tropical fruit and crazy floral hops. Some lingering oily pine and a solid grapefruit flesh. A touch herbal. Malts are very lightly sweet with some biscuit and caramel notes. Perfume and flower petals. Lingering bitterness. Light, almost pale malt backbone. Mango and pineapple in abundance. Decidedly bitter and tropical.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Juicy up front.

Overall: Take 2 and call me in the morning.

Definitely follows the pedigree. Lawson's is tempered by the more balanced Otter Creek approach and it works. Not the most exciting take out there, but I wouldn't mind seeing it roll out in 4-packs forms time to time.

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Photo of corby112
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Decent retention, lingering for most of the pour. Streaks of soapy lacing are left clinging to the glass.

slightly boozy aroma with sweet tropical/citrus hop notes countered by caramel and pale male backbone. Hints of pineapple, tart grapefruit and orange peel along with grassy pine resins and light crackery malt notes.

Full bodied with a blast of dry bitterness that lingers over tropical sweetness and caramel malt backbone into slightly boozy finish. Sticky hop presence up front with grassy resins and pine sap countered mid palate by tropical/citrus sweetness and stronger malt presence than expected. Some pineapple, ruby red grapefruit and orange peel followed by caramel sweetness, bread and crackery malts. The malt presence is stronger than I prefer but this is a decent, well balanced beer that's easy to drink. Was just expecting a but more from this collaboration.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy pale orange. White clouds of pillowy foam which fizzles out quickly. Does leave a bit of lacing on the glass.

Nose is both bright and dank. Resin, wet grass, and pine. Tons of citrus and stone fruit. Tangerine, peaches, clementines, and apricots. Firm toasty bread base.

T - the malt character is reminiscent of crunchy bread drizzled with a touch of honey. The clean but agressive flavor of bitter orange peel breaks past the sweetness. More Grassy & piney toward the back. Finish is fruity, sweet and bitter.

M - medium bodied with a creamy texture. Frothy full carbonation.

O - very nice ipa. I wish i had the chance to try it fresher, it arrived in nj at 5-6 weeks after bottling.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, I passed on this when I saw it in VT, but I was able to pick up a bottle at Pin's when I came back home.

Golden-amber pour into a Lawson's pils glass, hazy, with a rocky white head that sank to a thick ringlet and held there, lacing the glass slightly. Zesty citrus aroma, fresh and crisp, backed by a solid malt base. The taste was a bit lacking in comparison to the nose, but still good of course. Pithy hops, ample bitterness, not as fresh as the aroma led me to believe, light ammonia, some chewy pale malts bringing in a caramel sweetness. Medium body, middle of the road carbonation. Good overall.

Really it came off exactly as I'd expect from a collab between these two breweries, accurately melding the elements I'd expect from each. Love the bottle artwork too, so that one's staying in the graveyard.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this is a world class rating. Solid beer but a tier 2 DIPA at best. Taste is decent but a little hard to drink. The price point is way too high as well. Glad I only got a single in my mix 4 pack. Would not purchase again this year. Hopefully next years batch is better.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amberish, hazy orange with an lacy, off-white head. Smells off pineapples, peach, and passion fruit. Tastes much different from 2013 when I remember there being a lot of up front tropical fruit with a very resinous bitterness that lingered and overwhelmed on subsequent sips. In this rendition, there's a lot of papaya and some grassy bitterness. I am not enamored with this beer.

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Photo of phebert17
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For an attainable bottled double it's pretty darn good. Obviously, no Sunshine, Heady or Curiosity, but a very good between the good beers like sculpin and the elite like the VT beers.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange in that New England IPA kind of way. Nice fluffy orange tinted head that leaves gobs of lacing. Slightly dank scent. Pine and grapefruit at more at the forefront. Slightly sweet alcohol scent.

Flavor begins with a piney bitterness. Progresses to a blossoming citrus flavor that turns into sweet orange peel. Really nice, but a linger slightly acrid bitterness gives a mildly negative impression. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Good beer, but I enjoyed Lawson's solo efforts more.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Lawsons snifter. The brew pours a golden copper color that is quite hazed. A yellowish creamy tan cap rests atop with a half finger that holds from rising bubbles. Some patchy strings of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is hoppy and zesty with herbal pith and rindy elements that are somewhat fruity and very pulpy like grapefruit. Somewhat grassy, dank and catty with a little bit of alcohol character poking through.

The flavor is quite bitter and rindy like grapefruit juice/zest with a little bit of mandrin aspect. Fruity herbal character with zest, pulp and rinds blending into a catty aspect and pine/grass. Little to no grain backing but what is present is lightly dusty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but honestly for being "this" fresh, I was expecting a little more. Having drank quite a bit of olaver's brews this has a familiarity about it and the Lawson's influence seems lost if that makes any sense. Worth seeking out but nothing crazy.

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Photo of jageraholic
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled a month ago, served in a spiegelau ipa glass.

A: golden orange, fluffy white head.

S: orange marmalade, pine, lemon biscuit. Little mint.

T: deep resiny orange. Pine, lemon. Sweet malts. Citrus rind. Little earthy.

M: creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Dry finish. Good carb level.

O: damn good. Great blend of hops used. Great mouthfeel. Price is steep, but would probably buy it again.

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