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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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In the Green Mountains, the 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. Vermonter’s know the finest things in life are best enjoyed with good buds. Friends and brewers Shawn Lawson and Mike Gerhart have teamed up to create a beer that features the best qualities of each brewery. Lawson, the bold adventurous brewer of Lawson’s Finest Liquids has earned a reputation for top-notch IPAs and award-winning maple beers. Fans flock to central Vermont in search of Lawson’s small-batch bottled creations and to enjoy his draught beer to select handful of your bars at a select handful of beer bars and restaurants. Gerhart is a rising-star of the Green Mountain beer scene. With a polished background at some of the most prestigious breweries in United States, his hard work and commitment to excellence can be tasted every batch of Otter Creek beer. Otter Creek and Lawson’s Finest have gone to the great lengths to deliver the highest quality beer includes water from each brewery, locally sourced specialty malt, and a dose of freshly harvested Vermont hops. This collaboration creation combines the talents of the two brewers into the uniquely delicious Double Dose IPA--brewed in the spirit of friendship, fun and really great beer. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Howlader (700) - - OCT 21, 2013
12oz bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia. My first sampling of a Lawson’s Finest Liquids beer. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
callmemickey (2485) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Hazy golden orange body, medium sized white head, soapy lacing. Muddled citrus and prominent cereals. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, mellow bitterness. Lacking a vivid and assertive hop character. Tastes old. Most definitely is not old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (5884) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Fruity and grassy hops, faint piney notes, and a nice bitter hoppy finish. Good stuff, fresh, drinkable, delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jsmerig (1199) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pours a cloudy light orange. Aroma is pine citrus and musk. Taste is lightly sweet and malty with a rye type bitterness that turns into a more citrus note in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boxofrane (2050) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Draft at railroad. Pours hazy orange with minimal head. The aroma is huge floral, big grapefruit citrus, light pine. The taste is hugely bitter, big syrupy mouthful. There is a light citrusy balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2805) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2013
100th Double IPA rating woohoo! 12 ounce bottle thanks to lukaduke. Pours a hazy orange with a sticky white head of foam. Decent lacing and head retention. Aroma is pretty citrus forward. The taste is fruity and citrusy sweet but finishes with a drying bitterness. Good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matt7215 (2151) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
355ml bottle shared by jsprime. hazed orange with an off white head. amazing IIPA some much hop flavour with only slight bitterness. highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (913) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Pours a cloudy pale orange with a beige head. Citrus forward, but leaning more toward orange and tangerine than grapefruit . The alcohol is well masked, but noticeable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3101) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2013 On draft, pours slightly murky orange with small to medium head. Aromas of pine, oranges, and some slightly sweet malt. Flavor is very balanced but lacks anything tropical or dank that I would usually see in a Lawson’s IPA. Smooth with bready malt and lightly citrus malt. Easy to drink but nothing really special here. Will try out of bottle and rerate. Bottle was ok, a little too much otter creek, not enough Lawson’s

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $5.99 ($0.50 per ounce).

Appearance: Golden/orange hue, almost glowing. Opaque with haziness, some sediment can be seen floating in the liquid. Pours to a large, off-white, frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: An almost paradoxical combination of tropical/stone fruits and garlic/locker room character.

Taste: I hate to judge a beer before I even drink it, but I predicted what Double Dose IPA would taste like before I even opened the bottle, and only one sip it I was vindicated. I’ve noticed a lot of New England breweries have been making strong IPAs that are very similar (though I think they’re all based on one beer that comes in a silver can). With the exception of the mouthfeel, this one really isn’t any different. It is a delicious brew, though.

It begins with the tropical fruit sweetness that emanates from the nose. Papaya, guava, passion fruit along with a lot of pale malts like honey, amber and six-row make up the first half of the palette. It’s actually quite refreshing while it’s crossing the tongue. Once the swallow is commenced, the beer changes on a dime into something much more rustic, spicy and earthy. Strong garlic and onion flavors emerge out of seemingly nowhere, creating for a contrasting taste experience. I can even detect them in my nasal cavity. The hops linger on the tongue, leaving an almost pasty sensation, yet are still bitterly dry. While this is a fun beer to drink, it’s actually a little old hat by now (and overpriced as well).

Drinkability: While Double Dose IPA may be quite familiar-tasting, the delivery process is a bit different. The mouthfeel here is calmer, softer, and smoother. There’s an almost creamy texture to this brew, which is pleasant and comfortable. There only a little alcohol noticeable, though that’s not surprising considering it is 8.5% ABV, though it works with the palette to create for a slight vanilla character. It almost drinks a little too easily.

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