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

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83
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601 Ratings
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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 105 | 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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Grugalug
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden straw color with fizzy two finger of head, which does not stick around for too long. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Pretty hazy, with a TON of floaters. They make this with clementine and orange peel, while also claiming it has "pulp", so it could just be that. It's probably going to be very dependent on personal opinion, but it is quite unsettling for me personally. (2)

S- Pine and citrus is quite pleasant. Definitely and orange/clementine aroma that dominates the citrus tones, also has some spiciness that is no doubt from the Belgian yeast. A little peppery as well. A very interesting combination of hops and yeast that I found quite enjoyable. (3.9)

T- Piney bitterness up front, followed by some very nice malty sweetness and citrus. Finishes with some of the aforementioned peppery spiciness. Also picking up some floral notes that I did not notice in the smell. Again, very interesting and also a very refreshing taste. (4)

M- Nicely carbonated feel enhances the refreshing sensation. Light-bodied, although it has a surprising creaminess even though it is well carbonated and relatively light. Interesting to say the least. (4)

O- A wonderfully refreshing and flavorful Belgian style IPA. I am personally very fond of these Belgian or "White" IPAs. This particular one marries the unique spiciness and characterful yeast typical of Belgian beers with the aggressiveness of American hops really effectively. This would have gotten a considerably higher rating if not for the appearance, but as previously stated that will come done to personal opinion. (3.58)

Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very small white bubbly head. Brew is a light orange color, pulpy and thick, nearly opaque. Fair amount of sediment in the bottom.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, fresh oranges, must, lemons, rind, clover. Tons of sweet, fruity, fresh aromas in the glass.

Flavor is similar to, but drier than, the nose. Earthier, with rye-like spice. Citrus peel. Nowhere near as sweet as the aroma indicated. Not overly bitter.

Semi dry, decent finish, lively without much sting. Fairly light bodied. Refreshing. Balanced bitterness.

This is a refreshing drink that would work well on a warm day outside, but it's below the standard I've come to expect from Otter Creek's latest series. It doesn't quite have the hop flavor I would want in an IPA, and it's drier and less sweet than I'd like from a Wit. Overall, it doesn't quite work for me, although it's not a bad beer at all.

Photo of tempest
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at Astoria Bier & Cheese on Broadway. Overall, a nice clean version of the white IPA, but nothing new. There's a big white pepper and coriander spice matched with sharp grapefruit hops. No malt character, but that yeast character and the American hops. It reminds me of the Saranac White IPA and Bluepoint White IPA—these three beers all kind taste the same. It's tasty, but I'm a little bored.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a sizer of this to try it out- not disappointed. Pours a hazy yellow good with a finger of head, pretty good retention and modest lacing.

Smells a kitties hoppy and a little like a witbier- coriander and clementine peel along with some citrusy hop notes.

Tastes good but a little one dimensional- basically a cross of a good wit beer and a decent IPA. Clementine is a nice addition and keeps things interesting, not the same old orange peel and coriander were used to. Not quite bitter enough for me- too much wit.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium light bodied and well carbonated. I wouldn't get it again but if you're looking for a session able beer and you like citrus or don't like really bitter beers, this is a good choice.

Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

good, orange color with a decent head which goes away fast. The flavor is orange, lightly spiced with spices(cinnamon). It drinks smother than u would expect and is very refreshing. A great summertime, hot weather type beer. Balanced well with the spices and will definately be drunk again. !!

Photo of Jennymonster
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The only mistake I made was taking this to a tailgate party where the drink of the hour was Pittsburgh's own Iron City... I won't trash IC Light, our hometown beer, but I do concede that this beer is not cut-out for the fair-weather fans of craft.
Thinking that I could appeal to the Blue Moon/Shock Top drinking crowd, I purchased a case and took a twelve-pack to the Bucco game. It was immediately met with suspicion and derision... Not a fan favorite.

However, if you know anything about beer, you will respect the allure of a White IPA. The tantalizing taste of hops and the velvety mouthfeel of a summertime wheat beer is enough to tip the scales. However, this beer neither tips one way or the other--had I wanted to drink an IPA (or American IPA) the hops would be left to desire. But notably, the texture is not what one would expect from a premium wheat ale.

Nonetheless, this is a great beer for crafty people drinking beer at a tailgate party on a sweltering day... And if your friends have a problem with that, offer them an I.C. Light :-)

Photo of KTCamm
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

8/9...pours cloudy darkish gold, mustard like. Chunks of sediment in the mix, and thick fizzy foam to boot. Orange rind nose, bright and bitter. Musty, citrus orange taste, a little offputting. Flavors do not blend well, making the whole experience somewhat clunky.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A nice orange-ish straw-colored body like the color of the bottle label. Good frothy head that has a pencil head. Some great lacing here.

S: Nice peppercorn spiciness, that is very Belgian. I don't get any hops though.

T: Just Belgian. I don't get any hops but just the characteristics of the yeast. Belgian spice mostly. It is quite flavorful and tasty though. I don't taste the hops but I feel that they contribute to the body of this beer and complement the otherwise prominent flavors. I get some pine on the backend but that is about it.

M: Good even feel here with only some slight massage from lots of tiny bubbles.

O: Another great beer from CBC and Brewmaster Mike Gerhart. I feel like the name White IPA is misleading a bit, but that is about it. This is a great beer that isn't hoppy at all, at least not to my palate.

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Some floaties are present. Smell is of lemons, hops. Taste is mild hops, a very light bitterness, malts are present, zing of lemons and oranges as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for a refreshing warm weather beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A crowning, foamy, mushrooming head, natural white in color, breaches the rim of the vessel with an amazing amount of retention. Dirty pale lemon-orange coloring is dense in nature and shows a turbulent snow-globe display of bran colored macro-particles that swirled around the glass in a feverish fashion from the unusually strong effervese. Chunky patches of foamy lace of random patterns line the inner vessel.

S: The nose brings forth a fresh burst of sliced oranges, and grapefruit, wet with some wheaty background nuances. Lightly tart in nature with a very good level of strength.

T: The flavor, as with the nose, was fresh with wet oranges, wheat with some lemon and a spicy dose of pepper. Peppery orange-citrus, the coriander gets more dominant as the drink progresses.

M: Mouthful is creamy, wheaty, with a good rate of carbonation, spicy, dry, tart.

O: Overall a fresh burst of oranges and tart lemon-wheat and peppery spicing that has a good deal of flavor. Love the extra character (junk) in the glass, makes for a great, tart, summer time quencher.

4 3.75 (4)

Photo of rjp217
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/10 so pretty damn fresh in my book...

A - Beautiful yellow orange color. Soft pour left a little head. Decent lace retention

S - Clementines, oranges, lemons and nectarines, grass. Great fruit presence

T - More of the same from the nose. This has a beautifully smooth taste with just a hint of pine. A little belgian yeast character as well

M - Light body, low carbonation, smooth

O - I usually shy away from White IPAs but Otter Creek has been pumping out some good beers of late and this falls right in line. I would love to be crush these one after another on the beach. Super easy to to drink and nice complexity to it. Another winner.

Photo of fourstringer
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the can.

A: Cloudy yellow with visible sediment. 1.5 fingers of frothy, white head that sticks around for a while. Moderate lacing.

S: Fresh, grassy hops with a light, fruity essence. Coriander and indistinct citrus. Mild earth.

T: A floral hop note opens with a surge of semi-sweet citrus zest and wheat notes. Touch of vanilla, banana. Returns to a solid hop bitterness and a mostly dry finish. No alcohol of note. Orange peel lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Nice, palate-coating creaminess. Damn smooth.

O: Very tasty, balanced and refreshing white IPA. Wouldn't call it a Belgian IPA really. Excellent for warm weather sessions and drinks great from the can. I'm a bit surprised by the average scores.

Prost!

Photo of ItsMe
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured this from the bottle into a standard Stone Brewing Co. pint glass. Looks like a Witbier. Hazy yellow color with a small creamy white head that simmers down to a thin ring. Fair carbonation bubbles streaming to the top.

Why does this smell Tiger balm? I get hit with beligian yeast, bready malt sweetness, and Tiger balm...very menthol-like. Strange.

Orange peel, coriander, pine resin.

finshes quite dry. nice.

Interesting beer, but the menthol in the nose makes me question repeat purchases.

Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Bright white and big foamy retention head, nearly four fingers tall and aggressive with lots of sticky clumping. Body is a hazy dull yellow orange, with very fine carbonation rising.

Large herbal notes and yeast punch on this. Smells more like witbier than an IPA, with big tea herbality to it as well. Seems to hint a little peanut butter strangely. Not too bad, so where's the IPA?

Palate brings some hint. Slightly juiced hop, but light body with some wet and watery finish. Large grassy finish on the end. Sticky yeast and sharp vegemite like aromas on the finish. Mild lingering hop bitterness that comes off quite dry and sort of papery.

Overall this beer seems to be in a style dead zone and tastes like it doesn't know what direction to go in. Witbier not enough citrus, IPA not enough aroma, and what's with this sticky yeast quality? While drinkable this beer tastes like an identity crisis.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 32/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 14/20

Overall 80/100


I really wish I would of had it on a hot summers day. The coriander is a bit over powering for me... Does NOT drink like an IPA. More of a hefeweizen/Wit. It's seems like a upgraded 'Blue Moon' the balance is off. Leaves a spicy aftertaste... Like maybe soap and/or tea. On the other hand. It's creamy and light. Appears to be a situational beer to me~

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a mix six pack at Wegmans.

Pours out a cloudy golden orange, with an obscene amount of floating sediment, and a one inch head, with a small amount of lacing.

Smells bready, with some wheat, lemon, grass, and other citrus aromas.

The taste is similar. There is a strong Belgian yeast flavor, but it is not too overpowering, like other IPAs of this ilk. Some lemon, orange, and pineapple flavors, along with some mild lingering bitterness.

Light to medium bodied, crisp and dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Not too bad at all, this was very enjoyable.

Photo of Brock915
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Smells like orange and has an slight orange taste with hoppy finish. Delightful summer beer!

Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 031014.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of beige head that retains very well before eventually residing at a 1/4 inch thickness. Drippy, not-so-resilient lacing. There are also flakes of sediment that circulate through the body of the beer as they are propelled by the bubbles of carbonation.

S- Funky Belgian yeast combined with spices and hops make for a great bouquet. Notes of lavender, chamomile and rosemary.

T- Taste is sweet and rich but the hops provide a great balance as well as some tangy, juicy citrus. Very easy to drink

M- Vibrant, spritzy and somewhat sharp with medium-high carbonation and a medium body.

O- My second favorite of the Brewmaster Mike series as it's only slightly behind the fantastic Kind Rye'd. I love a good Belgian IPA and this one lives up to my expectations and then some.

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has lots of particles visible floating in suspension along with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and a thin layer of bubbles in between.
S: The initial smell has bright aromas of citrusy hops—grapefruit stands out in particular. Notes of Belgian yeast become stronger in the nose as the beer begins to warm up.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast and grapefruit and orange hops, the latter of which lingers through the finish and contributes a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of spices are also noticeable in the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has lots of hop aromas and flavors compared to other Belgian IPAs.

Photo of plaid75
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured a hazy brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured heavy esters and an earthy hop.

The taste offered a strong upfront ester with a heavy herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a lingering bitterness.

Overall a tasty and robust white IPA.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz into tulip. Orange golden bright pour with a finger of white head and lots of yeast or maybe citrus sediment and floaties - awesome! I really dig the floaties.
Great aromas of citrus - both fruit citrus like orange and citrus from hops. Awesome flavor here - sweet but bitter citrus, hops, and a hint of spice mixed with a bit of maltiness/grain/bready notes. This is super smooth and sessionable - refreshing and pleasant. Perfect brew to have outside in the sun on a nice warm afternoon like this :)
Another great new brew from Otter Creek.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Wow I had no idea of the sediment in this one like straight up yeast soup in my glass very ugly. Head is decent enough to merit a good score a full inch of rockin head that forms a massive lace ring.
S - Smell is super mild I am not getting much coriander, orange, Belgium yeast or any hops. And I taste.
T - It has a decent hop bite with some lemon peel and spice. Its just not that greatly balanced though.
M - Sort of chunky beers like this are hard for me to drink. The body is light to medium but it is a struggle with massive floaties. Please filter this beer a bit more guys!

Overall it just didn't come off as good as the other dry hopped experimental beers. It was pretty chunky too.

Photo of illpass78
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a pint on draft at Taco Trio in South Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a glowing orange with a half inch white head that sticks around a bit. Lacing minimal. Carbonation seems moderate.

Aroma: Citrus dominates the nose, with an attractive orange smell competing with some piney hops and grassy notes.

Taste: Follows the nose. Tasty. Nice citrus flavor to balance out the hops. It's not an uber-hopped IPA, but it has a lot of flavor. Definitely a good beer.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin but not watery. Refreshing.

Overall: Good stuff from Otter Creek. A good, sturdy IPA that paired well with a burrito bowl. I'd have another.

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Otter Creek Fresh Slice from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
83 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.