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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 Rheaume17
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lawson's tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured a gorgeous golden color with about a half inch of head. Very little lacing.

Smell - Hops, hops and hops. Tons of citrus notes. Reminds me of a west coast IPA.

Taste - Amazing. Absolutely loaded with hops with an abundant citrus flavor. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Very juicy. Tastes somewhat similar to Double Sunshine. It has a light malt, not overpowering by any means. Good carbonation. Can taste the 8.5%.

Overall - An amazing collaboration beer between Otter Creek and Lawson's Finest Liquids. Definitely one of the best double IPA's that I have had. I'm just glad that it comes in a 4 pack!

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

beautiful faintly hazed orange glow with a bright white sticky head. Huge tropical fruit nose. lots of papaya and melon with hints of pineapple.

Wow, this is an amazing beer. Medium yet full bodied, simple, well blended concise flavors that all work together. Bitterness throughout, hoppy resin, tropical fruits like those found on the nose, bold bitterness but semi-sweet malts balance it well. a little syrupy but not overwhelmingly so, incredibly smooth, bitterness is clean. Bright hop flavors carried by enough of a malt body to balance everything and carry the hop flavor over the gonue and down the throat. Not a whiff of detectable alcohol. Wow, really really good! Otter creek's best offering yet for sure. Great clean lingering fruit flavors. So resinous and bright tasting and so smooth. I love it.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Another stunning and fresh Vermont DIPA, many thanks to mtomlins.

Bottle pours a hazy orange colour with a respectable white head. Jaw-dropping aroma is a cornucopia of hop-forward delights: resin, pine, tropical fruit and citrus all bring the best of each "c" and other hop in this blend. The flavour is a well balanced blend of grainy malt sweetness and awesome hop bitterness, with a surprising depth and breadth of hop portfolio; lots of tropical fruit and grapefruit.

Wanted a fresh palate but am saddened to have chosen this as the first beer of the night, as there will likely be no comparison with the second!

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Photo of TheWolf
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An incredibly delicious beer. Well balanced with a hop bitterness and a floral/citrus sweetness. Not overly malty. The nose was fantastic. Notes were from a 1/14 tasting during a period which I was able to purchase 8 4-packs over a 6 week period. Was not able to obtain any during the 14/15 release. I guess the secret was out. I will actively seek out from here on out.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a few bottles while I was up in Burlington, VT. This stuff lasted, like, 10 minutes in NYC, so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself right now:

A - Vibrant deep amber with a robust white head. Opaque and impenetrable.

S - Oodles of tangerine, mango, and wet grass, with just a hint of fresh bread. Pretty familiar, but totally assured and pronounced.

T - Sharp and full of passion fruit and lemongrass. Biscuity sweet caramel malting fills out the body and gives way to a wonderful hop resin at the back. Explosively bitter and velvety rich, and the booze is virtually unnoticeable.

M - Rich and heavy for an IPA. Reminds me of the feel you get with Maine Beer's Lunch.

O - Speaking of Lunch ... Double Dose is right up there with Lunch and several of my other favorites, including Heady and Two-Hearted. Hope this comes back on the market at some point. Tasty.

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Photo of Thads324
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : cool label. Very Vermont. Pours a slightly hazy orange/deep gold. Very thin and fizzy white head that disappears very quickly.
S: wow, all citrus. Guava, lemon, grapefruit and a little bit of booze. Reminiscent of lime zest. Vibrant and delicious smelling.
T : starts right away with big bold hop flavor. Lots of fresh squeezed juice sits on the front tip of the tongue. Tons of lime and guava, with mild grapefruit. Very very bold. Bitterness sits in the middle. It's zingy and mildly piney, with a massive tail of sweet neutral malt and honey. Finish is of leaves and grass, more citrus. The end is almost like a natural lemon soda. Absolutely fantastic in every way.
M : here's the odd part. Really slick and almost oily. Weird that it almost seems under carbonated. It's not bad or off putting, just different. Easy drinking for 8.5 and pleasantly medium bodied

A fantastic beer made by 2 great brewers. So bold!I really hope this isn't a one and done. Really great stuff! So glad I got to try it!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA. Very excited to try this one.

A- Pours a hazy, unfiltered, golden orange body with a 2 finger white head that reduces at a medium rate and leaves some spotty lacing. Just what like to see in a DIPA, raw and fresh.

S- Now THIS is what a DIPA should smell like!!! How can I put this into words.. HUGE tropical, grapefruit, mango, fresh pineapple aromas, subtle but fresh pine and citrus zest in the background. Perfect. Just perfect.

T- Starts off with huge tropical notes.. fresh mango, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus.. the finish is nice and piney, resinous, and leaves a bitter taste on the tongue. Just amazing.

M- Light for a DIPA, refreshing and crisp.

Very, very nicely done. Beats out Pliny, Sucks, Ruinten, Enjoy By by a longshot. Worth the pricetag.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a beautiful golden/yellow, with some haze. There aren't any floaties- it looks clean but cloudy.

The aroma here is off-the-charts spectacular. Huge mango, with spicy pepper and slight onion notes. Usually a turnoff, to me anyway, but the aroma was so potent and so clean that it overwhelmed me. Really wonderful stuff.

The taste matches the aroma, in potency and profile. Mild citrus (mango and lime) with big spicy notes. A little onion and garlic, which usually isn't my thing, but here it's in just the right doses.

Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Perfect for the flavors.

I freakin' loved this beer. I've never tasted this flavor profile before, but it works. Great stuff.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a DC Brau can glass. Bottled 9/20/13.

A - Pours a murky golden orange with about a finger of long lasting off-white head. Leaves a patchy lacing on the interior walls of the glass.

S - Awesome aroma full of dank grapefruit and tropical hops. Some sweet malty components, similar to caramel. Loaded with orange, guava, mango, and lime zest. Undoubtedly one of the best smelling IPAs I have ever sniffed.

T - Lives up to the lofty expectations that the aroma set. Juicy tropical fruit and grapefruit bursts on the tongue from the start. A little bit piney on the finish, but cleans itself up with more citrus fruit. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Lively carbonation and a medium, slick body.

O - I was surprised to see this one at my local store. This was my first ever Lawson's liquid, even if it was a collaboration. It is hard to believe they managed to squeeze so much citrus and tropical hop flavor into this beer. It remains dangerously drinkable despite the intense flavor. Smoother and cleaner than similar hop bombs. It isn't a Heady Topper slayer to me, but it isn't far off either. I think it is good enough to justify the price tag ($16/4pack) as a one time expense. Grab it if you can get it.

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Photo of reyna311
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served by the bottle to my IPA glass

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy orangey yellow with an offwhite head that fades after a few sips, lingers at a millimeter for the rest of the ride.

Smell: Citrus blossom

Taste: Super citrusy upfront. Balanced with a bit of pine. Lingers with an drunk grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Meduim to heavy, yet crisp and tingly

Overall: Solid DIPA. Great to have a collab from these guys, and I'm really happy its distributed here in DE.

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Photo of bsm789
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Lagunitas mason jar glass.

A- Hazy and orange with about a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Looks like most good unfiltered DIPA's.

S- Resinous and hoppy with a good amount of fruitiness in there. Not quite as strong as Heady or Double Sunshine, but still quite good.

T- Wow, really bitter. Grapefruit and tangerine with a lot of pine. Awesome stuff.

M- Nice level of carbonation, maybe a little thinner than other DIPAs but still thick enough to cover the palate with sticky hop goodness.

O- Awesome beer, and definitely one of the best collab's I've had. Props to Mike and Sean.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange color with a large all-white head. Leaves some pretty good lacing around the top of the glass.

The aroma is sweet, tropical fruit with just a touch of booze and slightly floral. I get plenty of pineapple and mango, as well as grapefruit and tangerine. Lots of citrus on this one, but also some sweet malt on the back end. Such a well-balanced aroma, I love it.

The taste, much like the nose, is all tropical fruit with some bitterness on the back end. Pineapple and grapefruit are the two most prominent flavors, but the sweet malt character is very much present. Just a hint of spice on the back of each sip.

The feel is a little watery, but not overly so. Light carbonation and just a hint of alcohol.

Overall, an incredibly well-balanced DIPA that is neither too sweet nor too bitter, and the malt backbone brings all the flavors and aromas together nicely. The price point is a bit much, but if you can get your hands on this it's definitely worth shelling out a few extra bucks for. It's everything a DIPA should be and then some.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my nifty Fiddlehead “can glass”; bottling date of September 20, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder (“092013 3792/96M”), making this just over two weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): Two fingers of cream-colored head rise off of the pour, fizzling down slowly over a glowing, hazy, honey-orange body (which looks about damn near perfect, in my book). The retention is fine, but whaaat is up with this lacing?! It’s almost a solid sheet all the way around the glass. This is insane.

Smell (4.75): Very pungent passionfruit, kiwi, dank herb, resin, ripe pineapple . . . some herbal, minty spice, and a seriously well-placed limeade aroma. Limeade. Good lord this is fantastic. Malt? Booze? Yeast? Who cares. The hops are so well done here, everything else is an afterthought, and not in a disappointing way.

Taste (4.5): Holy balls. Red grapefruit juice bitterness leads the way, accompanied by a sharp, minty spice and bite. Grapefruit flesh, earthy herbs and tobacco . . . a long, lingering lime juice bitterness that doesn’t disappear. No booze. Outstanding—strongly bitter, but balanced by fresh-baked white bread and a tiny bit of honey; or, bundt cake with lemon icing. Man oh man this DIPA is not messing around.

Mouthfeel (4.75): So easy to drink, and nowhere near its size: spicy, tingling carbonation covers all surfaces, foams moderately with a soft feel, dries out evenly and pleasantly thanks to hop oils booze, and a medium-weight body. Absurdly easy to put this one back.

Overall (4.5): Just an outstanding DIPA in all regards. Absolutely excellent. I was underwhelmed by the head, when all is said and done, but the lacing more than made up for it. This is an outstanding example of the style for lovers of both the new school and the old school of pale, hoppy, American hopbombs, but not for the faint of heart. This bitch is bitter. It just happens that there’s so much else going on here and it’s all so well done, that it’d be hard for anyone to put this beer down. Excellent job, you guys.

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle. Classic cloudy honey-orangey color of many great DIPAs that marvelously glows in the light, but slightly darker in color when compared to the double sunshine, hill farmstead or heady brews. Smells is dominantly citrusy- grapefruit, tangerine and orange while there is mild piney resinous undertone and you can barely smell the alcohol. Well the taste is just as the smell would indicate- citrusy fruits to the front grapefruit, tangerine and a more subtle orange with the piney resinous and earthy hop elements to the background but definitely still there. I love the fact that the malt takes a back seat here but is well balanced throughout and just offsets the bitter hops but this by no means an overly bitter brew- just right in terms of letting the citrus stand out. I would rate this DD IPA just under the double sunshine, but it certainly stacks up well, almost reminds me of SS #5 a bit. I must say it is WAY BETTER than anything otter creek has ever brewed- likely a massive thanks goes out to Sean on this one. I hope OCB has taken something away from this colab experience because I cant say I have ever been impressed with any of their beers, but this one hell of an exception. Get this if you can!!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.57/5  rDev +6%

A - Pretty nice looking IPIA. Creamy head pours a finger and a half high. Nice retention and lace. Light haze on a dried apricot body.

S - Super fresh hop character. It's like you rubbed them in your hands right off the vine. Net herbal with hemp, cilantro, fresh grass, orange, ruby red grapefruit, and white bread.

T - Sweet and smooth up front with white bread crust, and biscuity malt. Quickly turns aggressively bitter with citrus pith and wax. Honey and cilantro through the finish.

M - Full and creamy for the style.

O - Great body, great nose, and nice flavor profile.

4.57 Double Dose
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.60 4.50 4.50 4.53 10% 0.45
S - 4.60 4.60 4.60 4.60 20% 0.92
T - 4.75 4.60 4.65 4.67 40% 1.87
M - 4.65 4.25 4.70 4.53 10% 0.45
O - 4.50 4.20 4.50 4.40 20% 0.88

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this one just hit town this week and i heard good things so nabbed some...enjoyed from a lawson's snifter.

a - brew poured a murky orange. thin fizzy head that didn't last long but wasn't gone immediately. spotty and streaky lacing left on the glass.

s - yowza...this one has lawson's written all over it. great, dank hops. grapefruit and other tropical fruit notes. sticky, sweaty, resiny.

t - for as good as this one smells, it tastes 10 times better. an immaculate ipa. everything in the right place with great dank hops. really fresh...really dank...really resinous. big grapefruit and citric notes.

m - full bodied ipa, but super easy drinker. just the right amount of bitterness dialed in.

o - overall, vermont ipa at its finest. i'm extremely impressed with this beer and super excited to have a bunch more bottles, but i am sure they won't last long.

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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 StoutElk_92
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 09/21/16

Pours hazy cloudy amber orange with loads of floating sediment, and a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like juicy peaches, apricot, pineapple, grapefruit pith, orange peel, guava, papaya, some bready caramel malt, with dank earthy herbal grass and resinous pine. Tastes like juicy apricot, peaches, pineapple, grapefruit pith, orange peel, guava, papaya, bready caramel malts, with dank earthy herbal grass and bitter resinous pine. Feels medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice double IPA.

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Photo of mrz200
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer of any kind from Lawson's. Have had a half dozen Heady Topper's in the past few months.
Rich orange in color, with little head.
Nose is lovely. Exactly what I want it to be.
This an excellent DIPA, but make no mistake its a DIPA. It might be a little bolder tasting on all levels than HT - the citrus, the hops - but also the alcohol so it's not necessarily better.
I had this right out of the fridge in a chilled glass. Went down very fast and smooth, but the bitterness and alcohol flavors increase with temperature. There's so much other stuff going on that this isn't a big deal, this beer is pretty damn close to 5's across the board.
Paid 24$ for 4 pack in North Andover MA. Still cheaper than driving to VT..but just barely!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's / Lawson's Finest Liquids - Double Dose IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy beautiful orange with a good sized foamy head that dissipates at a medium pace and retains some. Exceptional lacing.

Smell - Very aromatic DIPA! Blast of orange/tangerine/grapefruit citrus hops with a touch of caramel malt underneath. Some spice.

Taste - Creamy malt intro with juicy citrus riding in after, followed by bitter pine. Tangerine throughout.

Mouthfeel - Rests citrus sticky plus some hot malt, but not overly so. Warm throat boozy. Good drinkability. Well-balanced carbonation, medium-bodied.

Overall - This is a great brew and easily the best IPA Otter Creek has had a hand in creating.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bursts of tangerine jump out of the glass. Golden, slightly orange hue with a nice one inch foamy white head. Inviting to drink for certain. When agitated, still get the tangerine specific scent. Really enjoyable. Body is well balanced with no hint of that ABV. Bright citrus and limited bitterness for a DIPA. I could drink this all night. Only minimally fading at this point, so seek out and drink now. Great beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy amber with blonde highlights and a huge white head into my glass. I've been looking forward to this collaboration.

Freshly-cut grass interspersed with mango and pine. Those familiar with Lawson's excellent offerings will enjoy this.

Light and crisp mango bite upfront with plenty of hop bitterness to appease the palate. Tasty and unique.

Alcohol is well-hidden, which could tempt one to quaff this down. Bitterness coats the tongue and it burns slightly going down.

A great beer that represents the best of both Gerhart and Lawson's respective brewing talents. I believe that it would give Heady Topper a run for its' money, especially in can form. Get this while you can!

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Consumed on 9/09 and 9/10.

A - Bright peach in color. Minor amount of sediment in bottom of bottle, but never made it to the glass. Had to hold bottle upside down for a little while for any sediment to leave bottle. Clear/no cloudiness. Medium irregular lacing.

S - Fragrant. Mango, papaya, peach, and apricot. Classic tropical fruit IPA smell. Somewhat boozy.

T - Mandarin orange/orange, lemon, pear, with a tart lemon-orange on side of tongue and a grapefruit rind finish.

M - Tingling on tongue and refreshing. Light bodied.

O - I have to say I am somewhat disappointed, but take that statement with a grain of salt... I read the initial reviews and noticed that it was a Lawson collaboration. The local bottle shop tweeted out that they had it in stock, so a friend and I made the immediate trip to purchase some. Read more reviews and comparisons at some level were made with HT. Excited. Lots of enthusiasm to try...

Cracked two first night and decided to give it another try with two more on the 2nd night, secretly hoping that it would be better the second time around.

Bottom line is that it is very good, but not what the initial reviews said in my opinion. It's so close to being phenomenal, but misses the mark. Has good taste, but does not mask the high ABV. The density or body of this beer is also somewhat lacking... to lightly bodied for such a big beer.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite beers.. I think it was a six pack or a four pack I had.. I couldn't find any Lawson's Finest in Vermont BUT ironically when I came back to Mass I found this beer at Kappy's Liquor store.. I jump on the opportunity to get this beer.. What a great combination of brewery's between Otter Creek and Lawson's Finest.. GREAT IPA such a nice taste this

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Photo of Roguer
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly soft orange brew, slightly cloudy and unfiltered-looking, but more or less translucent. Small head from a gentle pour, maybe 1/2 finger, which quickly fades to a thin pure white line. Decent lacing.

Strong tropical hops through the nose, as well as citrus; strongest note is mango. Not particularly sharp hop notes, just strong and sweet.

Tropical hop bomb with mango flavors most prevalent, just as in the nose. I get absolutely no malt specifics, yet the backbone is just enough to keep the hops flowing in perfect balance.

Lovely mouthfeel; slight carbonation sting, very lively, medium to medium-light, low astringency, and most importantly, none of the all-too-typical DIPA syrupy feel.

This is an absolutely incredible beer, among the best DIPAs I've ever had. It's different from HT and PTE, without a doubt,

Originally tried on tap at Parker Pie in VT; review is from a bottle via Malted Barley in RI.

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