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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 BoldRulerVT
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a couple of four packs of this delicious IPA.
First off, I was amazed it tastes this good in 12 oz bottles.
Not sure why the 12 oz. thing surprised me, but it's the best tasting beer out of that size I've ever had.
It's delicious, not a hop bomb but plenty of citrusy fruit and mild bitterness.
Very crisp mouthfeel on the finish.
A brilliant beer.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4-pack in a trade with a buddy in Maryland. Poured into an Odell's branded tulip glass.

Pours a hazed apricot hue with a fat white head, good retention and lacing coats the glass. Smell is super danky up front, grapefruit, carmel malt. Taste is super danky in the hop department (as expected from the nose), apricot, lemon with a mild malt back that balances this one nicely while letting the hops run the show, and not a trace of the 8.5% ABV. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, finishes extremely dry with lingering bitterness from all those hops! Overall an outstanding Double IPA and I live in the "Land of IPA's". A perfect balance of sweet malt and resinous hops, with hops winning out in the end. Wish I could get these out on the West!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Sent to me as an extra by Mr. angrybabboon. This is going to be the closest I'll get to trying something with Lawson's name on it.

Amber orange in color, with a good 2 finger tall frothy head and lots of cloudiness that dissipates into the glass when the dregs are poured in. Solid carbonation and head retention. Looks juicy and oily.

Smells great - up there with anything excellent I've had the opportunity to try from Vermont. There's a sharp citrus profile that dominates the flavor at first, emitting tons of fruity and floral notes. Grapefruit, limes, tangerines, pineapple, and peaches. Notes of rose hips and lavender at the finish, with notes of green pepper. Finishes with a brief sweet toffee note that rounds things off. Very diverse, fun stuff.

Wow, the flavor really caught me by surprise - I did not expect this to be as bitter, resinous, and fruity as it is, but if this is how Lawson's offerings taste, sign me up!! At first, there's this pine/grapefruit combo from the hops that would otherwise make this taste like any average West Coast DIPA, but then things turn for the better. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango, as well as stone fruit (mainly peaches - my favorite) melt in the mouth after each sip, alongside a dried, extremely bitter yet oily finish that melds well with a toasted toffee note. Quite bitter, in the same vein of, say, Fat Head's Headhunter IPA, but far more comforting to sip on given the thickness of the beer in light of the bottle conditioning. Well carbonated. Wet overall, but the middle is intensely dry and resinous. No alcohol burn whatsoever here. Finishes with a palate cleansing sensation that prepares you for the next sip. Wonderful!

I had heard this was good, and if this bottle is (according to my source) 2 months old and drinking this well, I can only imagine how this is fresh. This is one of the most memorable collaborations I've had to date, and while most stuff I've had from Otter Creek was decent at best, Lawson seemed to have pumped magic into this brew. It's not life-changing, but not every great beer needs to be - it's a remarkable example of style, and definitely one I'd be happy to have again whenever the mood struck.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was hoping to try this one. Didn't see it anywhere, and then, all of a sudden, there it was in Bottle King. Poured it into my Baxter can glass. Looks like your usual IPA. Smells great. Hoppy citrus wafting out of the glass. This one is a citrus hop bomb. Overpowering, in a great way. The bitter citrus tastes lingers. The palate digs it. Overall, a fantastic beer. The best I've ever had by Otter Creek. I really hope they make this one every year.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden/amber color with nice head. Aroma of tropical fruit, caramel and pine. Smells great. Flavor is almost identical to aroma, not super complex but very solid and balanced with a touch more crystal malt than some of its New England cousins. Mouthfeel is lightest end of medium-light and perfect amout of carbonation to let the malt shine through with the hops. Great beer, I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-10-14 in Columbia, PA and on 2016-10-15 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge and on 2017-01-01 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle.

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 1/2-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Pineapple and other tropical fruits, spicy and floral hops, light malt and light pine. Very fresh and sweet smelling.

T - Big dankness then bright citrus flesh, orange candy, pine, graham cracker, pepper. After you've assimilated these fresh flavors, the orange zest and pine needle bitterness keeps growing and growing but never to the point of being too much, thanks to the somewhat-balancing citrus flesh sweetness. The alcohol heat and contributing sweetness are part of the balancing act and certainly not out of place.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, prickly, clinging and then pretty dry.

O - The combination of very fresh, bright flavor, strong bitterness, crushed hop bud goodness and importantly, the balancing graham cracker malt, are a winning combination. I sure would like to see this beer again as a seasonal or regular. Good stuff.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 11/18/13 notes. Had 2 - 8oz. pours of this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES.

a - Pours a hazy, bright orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, pine hops, floral hops, bread, wheat, and very light tropical fruits in the end. Lots of citrus, quite nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, tropical fruits, floral hops, fruity malts, and light resin. Little bit hoppier than the nose and more tropical fruits, a slight step up for me here.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is pretty smooth and creamy with no bitterness to it. Nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good and very drinkable DIPA; no bitterness and didn't feel 8.5% ABV at all. Lots of citrus throughout it with awesome tropical fruits in the taste as well. Well worth checking out, hope they make it again.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy orange amber color with a ice off-white head and good lacing

S-bready malt, citrus, light caramel, tropical fruit, slight earthy

T-nice bready malt, grapefruit, orange, hint of caramel, pine resin, slightly earthy, moderate to high bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-nice DIPA, good collaborative effort, enjoyed the flavor of this beer

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

really excited to try this collaboration for the first time! slightly hazy golden orange appearance, tons of floaters in my glass and no surprise since theres a thick layer of sludge visible at the bottom of the bottle. heavy carbonation is apparent and a solid white head with good retention and some spots of lace.

aromas of pine, orange, mango, pineapple, lemon, grass, minty note, malty sweetness. predominate note on the palate is pine, well complimented by some sharp citrus notes, getting definite grapefruit and lemon zest, hints of orange and a nice herbal green note. mouthfeel is adequate. overall this one is decent but a bit of a letdown in my book.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 2-week-old bottle, pours a hazy orange that's thick, almost sludgy, with particulate. Small, off-white head leaves decent lacing. Not a whole lot on the nose--some orange, grapefruit and pine, with a bit of malt coming in. Taste is pretty powerful grapefruit pith and pine resin. Huge, almost crushing bitterness, which I happen to love. Feel is substantial but very drinkable, just right for the style. Overall, a powerful and very tasty brew, but don't plan on being able to taste anything else after this one.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottles brought back by Justin from Vermont, thanks dude.

Pours a dark orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of sticky lacing.

Smells sweetly sticky and hoppy, with some caramel malt, overlaid by juicy grapefruit and pineapple.

This is a bit maltier than I would have expected, but remains delicious anyway. So much hoppy and malty sweetness, with a tiny bit of booziness. There's some sweet caramel flavors, along with grapefruit, orange, and pineapple hoppiness, candied and very sweet. There's a tiny bit of pine, but really not a whole lot of bitterness here.

This one is slightly syrupy in the mouthfeel, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a medium body. It is very, very drinkable.

This doesn't quite meet the insane hype that it has, but it's still a top DIPA anyway. Just a bit too sweet to be perfect for me.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip style glass. Hazy, orange color, and great citrusy aroma. Great collaboration between the two breweries, and I was excited to try a beer from Lawson's, which definitely represents well in this beer. Dank double IPA!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours very hazy. I love these translucent IPAs, very Vermont-esque. Short head is frothy and laces well.

S-Hello, my friend. Hop extract. Exotic fruit and oily pine. Lightly catty and dank. Grapefruit must. Hello Mr. Lawson.

T-The flavor is loaded and bursting with grapefruit and naval orange. Moderate tropical fruitiness. Light hints of green onion and flower stem. Finishes piney, spicy and bitter. The sweet breaded malt doesn't stand a change against the sharp, pungent hop brigade.

M-Dry, resiny and playfully bitter. Body is sturdy. A bit of cheek warmth. Each sip entices the taste buds.

O/D-Really happy to have copped a bottle of this. Flirts with excellence. One of the tastier hop-bombs that I have sampled in quite a bit. Seems to improve as it warms as well.

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Photo of j_d_b
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had at brewery in a snifter.

Amber; lightly hazy and low, fluffy white head

Aroma is of fresh hops, not super aromatic overall

Mouthfeel is great. perfect thickness and level of carbonation. Not micro bubbles but some bitterness in the carbonation.
Light on the finish

Not super strong flavor upfront aside form a bit of bitterness with the bubbles. Fresh hops are strong on the finish. Some light malt but not much.

Finish is all hop. A little sweetness too and tastes very fresh. Darker and more malt than a lot of NE DIPAs

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Photo of nlb802
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington VT: Nice dark/golden color, medium carbonation. My hopes may have been set too high for this, as I love every Lawson's beer I've had, and Otter Creek is on a roll lately. It is damn good beer but lacked the specific flavors I look for - the aromas are overwhelmed by the bitterness and I had a hard time sorting out the flavors. Bitter citrus flavors, and the beer didn't smell all that pretty. Overall a great beer but not sure its worth the $17 for a 4 pack price I've seen. Personally I like the Otter Creek Overgrown more or the other Lawson's beers.

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Yet another delicious sounding beer from facesnorth, thanks Ryan! A hazy sunrise orange body dumps into my glass while a dirty white cap tops things off. A couple small streams of carbonation rush to the surface here and there while the head leaves behind some sticky, but thin, spiderwebbed lacing down the glass.

Double Dose is straight up hop driven no ifs, ands or buts about it. Orange marmalade and grapefruit pith both leap from the glass while mango and spicy pineapple play secondary roles. Pine and some other, tougher to single out, tropical fruits play around in the background. The only malt presence I get is a touch of caramel, and that takes some work, but there is some spicy alcohol on deep whiffs.

Flavor profile runs in stride with the aroma and at risk of sounding redundant....Orange and grapefruit are strong and bitter while mango and grapefruit add a peppery edge. Indistinct tropical fruits pop up mid-palate and push through to the finish as pine makes its appearance. Drying alcohol rises up the back of the throat and through the nose. This is a mighty fine IPA.

The mouthfeel certainly helps the drinkability in this case. As opposed to the 8.5% alcohol this IPA weighs in at it drinks more along the lines of a 7%er. The body is moderate in viscosity but with a light, quick moving feel and tit grabbing bitterness. Dryness slowly sets in on the finish but does grab hold. Nicely done!

Double Dose is another damn good IPA from the northeast. Huge amounts of citrus overlap with a dash of pine, a touch of booziness, and a healthy dose of bitterness make for a delicious recipe. Thanks, Ryan!

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Completely Enjoyed this Fantastic IPA!!!! Hop Hop Hooray for COLLABORATION CREATION! I would HIGHLY recommend both of these Brewers and this DELICIOUS Beer!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by mendvicdog. Thanks Pat.

The beer is golden with a mild haze, sporting a small, broken head. The aroma offers dank hops, citrus, alcohol. Mild alcohol presence. Hop forward with a touch of pine resin. Light to medium in body. Very good.

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Photo of Boccu
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours burnt orange with a lot of sediment. Head is white that clings to the sides of the snifter. Aroma of peaches, apricot, orange peels and some Carmel. Taste is citrus, pine needles, bitter in the middle citrus to a deep earthy herbal tone finish. Very nice dipa. I feel it's better as it warms.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No idea why I never entered these full notes off of my phone. Consumed a whole four pack with friends over about a week. I was very happy to see Lawson's team up with Otter Creek. Notes a few months old.

A- 12oz bottle poured to two goblets with an orange-light amber body. Creamy and frothy white head rises to about two fingers with good retention. Lacing has thick webs and spottiness on a large portion of the glass.

S- Pretty close to equal mix of tropical stone fruit and citrus hops with oranges, grapefruit, mango and apricot coming to mind. Some pine and floral in the background of this pungent hoppy aroma. Slightest bit of light cracked grains in the backdrop.

T- Follows the nose very well with the citrus picking up a bit on the taste buds. Grapefruit, orange, pine, floral, mango, stone fruit and herbal hop juice. Slight sweetness and fresh grain there just to provide a resting place for the hops.

MF- Medium bodied with a creamy and somewhat chewy texture for the style. Carbonation is moderate-high and helps the hop oils get to the taste buds. Bitter finish.

Another great VT IPA but this time it actually made it to MA in some form. The four pack was a bit highly priced but I would probably get it again because it was mighty tasty.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a tulip glass.

It's a hazy orange color with very active small-bubble carbonation and it has a bit of sediment. The 2F tinted white head drops to a heavy film and never leaves, web lacing, durable. That look alone may not rate a 5, but I am partial to the name "Double Dose", so a 5 it is.

Initially sweet from the open bottle but the pour tempers that notion. It remains slightly candied, like the smell of Jolly Rancher candy. There are tropical fruits, citrus, orange zest, and some alcohol as it warms.

More fruits, tropical, grapefruit and more orange. Slight pine and alcohol. Sturdy malt taste.

Full and silky smooth feel. Good carbonation action. Hop zing, not bitter. Some alcohol. Strong citrus hop finish.

Overall I like it and I'm glad to have found it fresh here in Jersey. I'd guess that any hop fade would detract greatly from the beer.

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Photo of Sesmu
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So much hype about this beer. And it's no wonder, it's not often that Lawson's creations are more or less easily accessible outside of Vermont.

A: Hazy, murky golden/yellow. Looks "unfiltered".

S: It smells bitter. Kind of dank/dark bitterness. Grassy or something herbal, citrus rind, perhaps even grapefruit rind.

T/M: Again, tastes bitter. Bitter grapefruit/grapefruit rind, a little grassy. Dank/dark bitterness, but not abrasive. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is quite nice for IPA, actually. Although it seems to be lacking in malt character, or maybe it's simply hidden... or overwhelmed by bitterness. The finish, however, is a bit short on flavor; all that lingers is bitterness.

O: I like it. A very nice IPA. But it feels like it has fallen a little short of its potential. It seems like it's going to be great: going.., going.., but doesn't quite reach it and remains "just" really good. I also remember that my first impression of Lawson's Double Sunshine was greater than of this one. Not that it's something demeaning, just an observation. But I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to newbrewbb for the opportunity to try this. 12oz. bottle served in my DFH chalice. Pours a dull orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a frothy, half-inch, bright white head. Head eventually dissipates into a bullseye dollop of foam with delicate strands of lacing coating the glass as the beer is enjoyed. Nose on this beer is fantastic! Tropical fruit notes (perhaps mango and papaya) as well as citrus rind towards the back. Taste follows nose; however, there is a slightly medicinal/piny bitterness evenly distributed through the flavor profile, making the flavor much less fruity than the nose suggests. I also get a slight spiciness as well. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a subtle acidity and a crisp, even carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid collaboration beer. Definitely something I would like to experience on-darft; however, not recommended for extended cellaring in my opinion. Drink this one fresh.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 9/21/16.

Pours cloudy gold with lots of chunks. Moderate head and retention. Aromatics are surprisingly subdued given the hype train and rarity on this one. Pine and some tropical fruit that you really have to get your nose down into the glass to find. Medium bodied and crisp. Bitter hops on the palate with barely a trace of malt. Pine and grapefruit pith with a lingering, building bitterness. Finishes bitter with lots of grapefuit pith.

Finally tracked this down after three years and I'm pretty underwhelmed. Heavy on the bitterness and light on the hops in the nose and palate.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Cloudy copper color that came with a nice 2 finger head and excellent lacing.

S: Phenomenal smell. That top-notch flavor that is the sign of a world-class IPA.

T: PINE! Gives you great breath. It is almost cooling. Weird pine profile.

M: Extremely smooth with almost no bubbles (prickly or coarse). No carb felt.

O: The only thing that I can think of that might improve this, would be just a hint of carb or mouthfeel.

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