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Otter Creek Fresh Slice - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Benji521 on 03-19-2014

A summer sipper built for lawn chairs, lawn games and lawn mowing, Fresh Slice features the spicy, estery flavor profile of Belgian yeast laced with the juicy hop flavors and aromas of American hops.

This White IPA recipe tips the scales with a slice of clementine, a hit of coriander and an 1/8th of...wait, what? This one features a crisp, fresh citrus ripeness deriving from additions of clementine juice and sweet orange peel in the brew process. The first Otter Creek can offering, this is one slice you'll be holding all summer long!
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Ratings: 556 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by BB1313:
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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/3/14 dated on the bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a fluffy white head that fades leaving nice lacing and retention. Some sediment. Smells good. Lots of fresh orange marmalade along with some peach. Lots of citrus. Some grass. Some bread. Some spices. Nice amount of wheat. The flavors have a solid bitterness. Lots of pine. More citrus. Lots of grapefruit along with orange zest. More peach in the finish. Coriander is there. Some black pepper. Slightly spicy. Very clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with active carbonation. This is a very smooth and easy drinking brew.

This is a very solid beer. Very flavorful for such a small beer. Well crafted. Great for the warm weather.

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Cloudy sunshine golden hue with bright white head forming thick, the label and the case in bright orange makes you want to try a fresh slice. With Mike Gerhart rolling in his orange VW van, Clementine throwing up a peace symbol.

Aroma insane citrus fruit, orange/clementine/mandarin oranges strong spices complement the huge citrus nose sharp wheat and herbal hops. Very clean citrus peel nose that doesn't seem to fade away. As it warms I'm getting some actual spicy/herbal/citric hop notes as well as the bitterness from the oranges/clementines.

Flavor bitingly bitter citrus peel, tastes like the actual citrus peel/pith region versus the fruit notes, herbal hoppy accents are present as well with dry spice all day this is intense fruit beer. A citrus fruit infused white IPA, damn. It's bitter as hell with orange peel notes, not much hop flavors come through.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied natural carbonation, harsh bitter finish does not leave the palate alone this fresh slice of orange/clementine includes the oils from the peel.

Overall, I'm not a huge fan, I loved most of the brewmaster Mike's series from Otter Creek this however is out of my comfort zone too much harsh zest oils from the peel/pith to actually be enjoyed or balanced.

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12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a white head. A bit too hazy to really see any visible carbonation. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Initial hoppy aroma as soon as you take a whiff. Some citrus hops blend with the pale malt base.

T: Not as hoppy as anticipated from the aroma. Sizeable wheat backbone dominates most of the flavor. While there are some citrusy hops, they take a backseat to other flavors.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. A touch sticky from the resinous hops but remains crisp and drinkable.

Overall as others have mentioned, Otter Creek set the bar pretty high with their first two of the Brewmaster Mike series. While this is by no means a bad beer it had big shoes to fill.

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Otter Creek Fresh Slice from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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