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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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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 1,565
Photo of epyon396
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright lemon and hop nose, nice amount of piney aroma. I want an air freshener like this.

Taste is piney and resinous with a less pronounced lemon/citrus character than in the nose, but still present. Satisfying hop bite. No overpowering malts.

Medium body. Lower carbonation than expected.

Overall a delicious brew. What a nice surprise to find on the menu.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was kinda let down by this beer. The nose is okay, super dank and piney, and the taste is quite similar. Just a bunch of pine and dank hops with a very bitter finish. Nothing really special though. If your looking for a dank beer , this will do just fine.

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Photo of epoole3
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer; top notch. Near perfect balance; great play between the malts and hops, with a memorable finish. Unfortunately, the limited availability and hype perpetuate out of control price gouging by package store owners. Some places were looking at $28 for a 12-pack. OC and Lawson's should get a handle on this, because it's a beautiful beer.

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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 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 brewme
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely Brewtiful! Lived this beer, although eighteen dollars a four pack is obscene. In any csse, exceptional beer, does not at all taste like a DIPA

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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 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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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours cloudy with a honey color and capped impressively; excellent retention and a curtain of lacing lingers

Smell: Tropical aromatics waft; slightly dank with a hint of toffee

Taste: Toffee malt lays down the base, with the hops quickly taking over, tropical and dank, up front, but the finish is astringent; aspirin-like in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting something quite different and am having a hard time understanding the hype machine here; maybe it is this year's batch but the beguiling hop profile I was hoping for is not apparent in this beer

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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 Dolphinsmarlins1
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome color... Orangey translucent with a respectable head. Smell isn't very strong; hard to pick up on anything of significance. The hoppy flavor I was hoping for is muddled by the booziness of it. All in all, good, but not worth the hassle trying to attain. $4 for a 12 ounce beer would be better spent on Tree House or Trillium.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into chalice

Translucent orange , white foam ring, good lacings

Aroma of peppery, spicy notes over malt base

Spicy peppery taste

Dry finish

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Photo of jcflorian
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An extremely interesting beer I feel is far better than much higher rated sip of sunshine. Golden orange in color with light tan head and an incredible aromatic smell. Dank with a marijuana smell with light tropical fruit underneath. Taste changed as beer warmed and taste buds adjusted, initially I did not love this beer, but after 10 minutes I became a big time fan of this beer. Mouthful perfect for this style. Taste lingers on toungue for long time. Strong IPA that is not for everyone , but it a nice change from the citrus/fruit bombs that are all the rage now.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 09/15 it appears. Sampled on October 9, 2015.

Amber-orange pour with a haze and off-white head that leaves lacing and fades.

Big aroma of grapefruit and tropical fruit.

Mostly medium body.

Big grapefruit taste with bitter finish. It is another one of those super hopped up beers from Vermont that everyone wants to drink.

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Photo of anteatr23
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown with a one finger head. Smells herbal and boozy with a sweet sticky hop aroma. Taste is strong and bitter. Very hop-forward. Finish follows suit with a lot of sustaining bitter hops.

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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 CHickman
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy dark orange/copper color with a big thick 2 finger foamy white head that's full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing which formed spider webs as it went down.

Smells like fresh squeezed floral and citrus hop oil and grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel and strong citrus fruit up front. Excellent citrus notes to start, followed by grass, light caramel, toasted grains, herbs, wheat bread, mango, light spices like pepper and coriander, fresh piney hops and more dank citrus hops. Aroma is like sticking your nose in a hop cone.

Tastes like it smells, with a blast of citrus up front which is a mix of fresh squeezed floral and citrus hop oils, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, graham cracker, toasted grains, light pineapple, mild caramel or toffee, wheat bread toast crust, brown sugar, chalky yeast, strong/fresh piney hops, spruce tips, fresh cut grass, onion, tea leaf, dry floral hops, spices like pepper, coriander and a dash of cinnamon, and aspirin as it trails off. A lot of hoppy goodness, with the citrus and piney notes coming on strongest, yet the brew maintains a fine balance, excellent drinkability and it hides the 8.5% ABV masterfully.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick with a tart citrus pucker and bitterness that washes away with a grainy, biscuity malt sweetness that's got caramel, citrus fruit and piney hops blending together for a very complex and tasty finish. It does seem like a double dose of fresh hops were used as this Vermont collaboration was very tasty and easy to drink. Super hoppy, this was a really enjoyable brew.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank in a tulip glass on 10/6/15; the bitterness on the back end is much too astringent and the lingering nature on the tongue eventually overpowers the flavor of the hops. Not my personal notion of an ideal DIPA these days.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden pour with nice head, minimal retention, light lacing. Nice citrus pine aroma and great flavor. Just enough bitterness on the bottom to complement the flavor but, overall, just about a perfect balance and well-hidden alcohol. Delicious!!

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Photo of -Rick
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: a slightly hazy orange brown color, bright white head that lingered for a bit
S: a lot of tropic fruits here, pineapple, mango. Sweet smelling
T: not so much like the nose. Lots of pine, dank hops, bitter hops
F: nice carbonation, leaves a solid bitter taste in the mouth
O: this beer grew on me as I drank it. Not sure it was worth hunting it down, but I was glad to try it.

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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 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 edward_boumil
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Sexy. Burnt orange and opaque, nice golden held up in the light. Poured a 1 or 2 finger head.
S: Very fresh. Nice floral hops, hints of citrus, and a little EtOH mixed up in there as well. Malt comes thru with hints of roastiness.
T: Hops are bitter, but the bitterness is really nice in that they are not harsh. Just very smooth flavored. Also a nice grain character to this one.
F: Smooth and rich. Definately a little astringency that no doubt stems from the hops but regardless it remains a very smooth drink. Also no boozey flavor which means it goes back easy.
O: Beer was pretty hype up. Knew it was being released and the store I went to had a 1 beer per person thing going. All hype aside, this beer was great. Flavors were pretty standard but what got me about this beer was its restraint, its subtlies. There was a remarkable balance with this one, it was hoppy as hell without being super bitter and unpalatable. Well done.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is amber brown with a thick frothy head.

Aroma is straight citrus with thick herbs note.

Taste is bitter upfront with a lemon citrus end, but like lemon without the sour.

Feel is slightly tingling with a flat end.

So delicious.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, good floral notes, a nice tailing bitterness. Great orangey gold color with a white head that fades pretty quickly.and a bit dry on the finish but not enough to change the flavor.

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