Sunday, May 27, 2012

Wolaver's India Pale Ale

Wolaver's India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Middlebury, Vermont USA

American IPA

6.50% ABV

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.

This was gift from my friend Gonzalo. I am a big fan of Otter Creek/Wolavers so I can’t wait to see what this is.

The beer pours a clear pale copper with orange hues and a bright white head.

The nose has a very refreshing with an inviting aspect to it with pale malt aromas and light floral and citrus hop aromas.

 What a great and refreshing first sip.

The experience starts out with a pale malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is immediately followed by a sharp tingling and robust hop build up as the ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is fairly easy drinking with just a slight hesitation on the top of the swallow. The finish is almost an explosion of hop flavors. The hops are sharp but not very bitter and certainly not overpowering. There is also a nice pale malt background in the finish. The final aftertaste is a slight lingering hop bite.

The head on this beer has reduced to a thick protective covering over the top of the beer and the lacing is excellent.

This is an impressive little IPA. It’s another great example of a beer being well done without being over done.

IPA’s are not my favorite style of craft beer but I cannot find anything wrong with this one. This is an all around great IPA. To me anything more in bitterness and it would not be enjoyable.

A- | Wolaver’s India Pale Ale is an excellent, clean, crisp and refreshing American IPA with nice pale malt flavors and a dry hoppy bite that is bitter without being excessive.

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