Otter Creek Overgrown - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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BA SCORE
87
very good

522 Ratings
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88
very good

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Givemebeer on 07-14-2014

A big American pale ale overgrown with all the American hops we could dig up. Dripping with dank, American hop flavors and aromas, Overgrown is balanced by a subtle, sweet malt backbone that takes a back seat to the bountiful hop additions. A celebration of the hop-growing season, this one will tangle up your taste buds.


55 IBU
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Ratings: 522 | Reviews: 72
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the pale malts and the suspension of hop particles floating in the glass, Mike Gerhart’s done wonders in the Brewmaster series. Hop Mantra, Kind Ryed, Fresh Slice, now this Overgrown APA, and next month I heard Double Dose DIPA collab with Lawson’s is coming back to the Burgh!!! Back to this beer slightly hazed deep golden hue with a bright white head formed nicely, some lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is popping with hops, citrus zest, with a deep mango tropical fruit note that’s just awesome. Even a touch of pear and papaya, deep herbal dank Mary Jane qualities arise in there two but the tropical fruit and citrus really shine and dominate. It’s honestly like candied hops, smells fan-fuckin’-tastic.

Flavor is great, the type of APA that if you tasted blind you would swear it was 1-2 percent alcohol higher and had the hopping rates of an IPA. It’s relatively tame in abv 5.5% abv and those 55 IBUs are seriously expressing some massive hop flavor and ample bitterness on the palate. Dank herbal bitterness, mild tropical fruit hop action a bit of pungent pine and resinous hop oils, this thing seriously has hop particles floating around.

Mouthfeel is a bit muddled, minor complaint the forced carbonation could be taken down a few notches…resinous hop oils lubricate things quite nicely. Way too easy to consume, it’s a great session APA for me I don’t care if it’s above 5%, it’s sessionable.

Overall, I feel blessed to get these new beers coming out of Otter Creek Brewmaster Mike’s kickin’ ass and taking names and delivering hop bombs with integrity and drinkability…I bought the case last night stopped by a friend’s house and gave him four bottles. We probably drank about a sixer of the case. Came home polished the rest of the 12 pack off woke up today craving the beer, I think I’m going to need another case!!! I think it’s comparable to Hop Mantra that’s basically how it went with that beer. Troeg’s Hop Knife is coming out in PA very soon, another beer I’m excited to try!!!

Photo of Guess2814
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Cloudy color to it.. The right alcohol percentage goes with this beer.. Pretty smooth.. Smooth hoppy taste.. Not an overwhelming smell to it... This beer is one of the better Otter Creek Beers I've had.. I think this beer should be rated in the top 250 in my opinion.. Cheers!!!

Photo of tastybeer
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%

Nice looking beer. Big white head at first and plenty of scattered lacey strings around the glass as it fades. Color is pale gold with fine suspended particles throughout. Aroma is fresh grains, crackery malt, and grassy, brisk hops. Spicy and lightly fruity with citrus rind, some mystery berries, and something tropical that intensifies as it warms. Taste is sweet, then citrus rind bitter, spicy coniferous, and dry all over. The bitterness lingers after each sip... This is a pretty solid beer and you should give it a try.

Photo of rjp217
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured from the bottle.....

A - Yellow in color with a lot of sticky lace, retains well throughout consumption, some floating sediment

S - Big time grapefruit and orange, the nose is awesome on this

T - Lots more of the same from the nose, pretty dank and bitter, grass and some pine, very well balanced

M - Medium feel, light carb, nice bite on the palate

O - Fantastic stuff. Otter Creek gets better with every beer they make. This is a really well crafted, balanced APA. Great job

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a golden orange, with lots of floaties. A quickly descending head of about one inch leaves lots of webby lacing behind.

Smells like pine and grapefruit, with some herbal (marijuana) like aromas as well.

This one is slightly catty, with tons of pine, a bit of moss, some grapefruit, and crackery, bready malt. Nothing completely outstanding or wow-factor worthy, just really, really tasty and drinkable.

Light bodied, with a slightly watery mouthfeel, could be a lot fuller. There's a medium amount of carbonation, and very little lingering bitterness.

Another solid entry from Otter Creek.

Photo of BB1313
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow with a small eggshell white head. There's also some floaties and sediment, letting you know this is unfiltered. The retention is great and it has very sticky lacing, which gives the appearance extra credit. The aromas have alot of ripe grapefruit going on. Some caramel malts in the mix. Some grass. Some lemon and lime zest is noticeable as well. The flavors are very sharp and crisp. Lots of grapefruit. Some orange and more lemon/lime. Lots of citrus. Tons of fresh pine needles. Very earthy. This is has a very sharp bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but it still has a body to it; very active carbonation. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a very clean and crisp take on the style. This being unfiltered seems to take it to the next level. This packs a punch for being such a small beer. Well crafted. Solid stuff.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid and flavorful beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of gabedivision
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

A- slightly hazy yellow/gold with a thin white head and lacing

S- mango, pear, peaches, orange juice and a touch of grapefruit.

T- again mango, ripe pears, peaches, pineapple, orange and grapefruit rind middle of the mouth, slightly sweet/bready malt, and finishes with a sweet fruit bitterness

M- creamy low carbonated mouthfeel, sweet semi dry and bitter

O- another great seasonal from the boys at ottercreek, a deliciously fruity pale ale, that will want you wanting more with every sip

Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

12oz bottle. Pours a very pale semi hazy yellow color with very little head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is almost like sweet citrus candy and some dank hops. Floral notes. The taste is sweet citrus and tropical fruits. Again, almost like candy. Some dank hops as well. Finishes with a mix of the sweet citrus and dank hops. Medium bodied. Slightly soapy aftertaste. Probably in the middle of the recent run of these new Otter Creek beers (Double Dose, Citra Mantra, Fresh Slice). Overall, solid hoppy Pale Ale.

App- 3.75 a-4 t- 3.75 m-3.75 o-3.75 = 3.8

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a nice honey/straw color with generous head on this APA.
Smells dank, hoppy and lots of malt backbone.
Tastes great, great hop bitterness on the finish. Big APA flavor but drinkable.
Mouthfeel was really nice not too thin. Just right.
Overall, Mike Gerhart lights it up again. A drinkable and deliciously flavorful APA.

Photo of Tucquan
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%

Had this on 2014-08-14 in Columbia, PA

A - Mildly-hazy gold with a 1.25-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Dank but on the lighter side, grass, pale malt, light yeast. Smells inviting.

T - Some pineapple and dank hop bud up front; then some pale malt and grapefruit flesh "sweetness". There's moderate lingering lime zest bitterness; more than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This isn't as balanced and leans more to the hop bud flavor. Tasty though.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp and a bit prickly.

O - A nice take on the APA style; clearly favoring a big dose of fresh hop goodness. Well done as have been all the beers in the Mike Gerhart series.

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours into a standard pint a dull light golden with a sticky half finger white head atop.Tropical fruits and a some resinous notes over top of some nutty malts,the fruity hops are nice and they linger.The palate is on the dryer side with a lighter feel,would have liked just a little more of a malt backbone but the hops are nice and "green" and fruity.Not bad,a nice sessionable hoppy pale.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 OZ bottle

Hazed lighter amber, fluffy lite tan head, stays nicely

Leafy hops on the nose

Moderate citric hops, balanced with a nice malty undercoating. Respectable PA, nice everyday kinda brew...worth a try

Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overgrown is a medium gold color, bright with a little haze clearing up to show what I initially believed were yeast particles floating but are smaller and end up simply being suspended in the beer without moving. I don't recall ever seeing anything quite like this. The head is a creamy one with a yellow tint that reaches a height of one finger and shows good retention while leaving the top of the glass plastered with a thick ring and follows with an almost equally thick ring whenever it settles.
The nose is resinous and dank and, yes, somewhat like cannabis. There's a bit of dry malt behind it, and it lets the hops come forward while framing nicely.
The flavor shows the same dankness and resin while adding a woody and nearly herbal sort of dryness, definitely coming in with some leaf. The dry malts still hold it down and lay the foundation. This is a very nice, hop-forward pale ale that's well-rounded with lots of balance.
The body is medium but leans light, and crispness is steady but not firm. It ends up, even as dryness moves on the tongue, to have an almost mineral quality that shows only in the feel.

Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful, hazy and active beer, pulpy and translucent. Strong snow white head sits atop an orange-yellow brew. Great retention and lacing.

Smells like orange juice in a glass, mixed with grapefruit, lemon, grass, and wheat. Incredibly fruity and grassy aroma.

Very nice beer, with notes of earth, grass, and tobacco; wheat and grain; grapefruit rind and lemon juice; and finished with a dank Amarillo hit. Impressively complex, bright, and fresh.

Active and lively mouthfeel, slightly thicker and slicker than you'd expect for an APA. Moderate sting, but very drinkable. Dry, citrus peel finish.

This is an outstanding, hoppy, fresh pale ale. It's a mouthful of hop juice.

Photo of sjones5045
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours hazy yellow, with some sediment floating in the glass. Nice color and pretty decent lacing that sticks to the glass.

The smell is pretty hoppy with hints of citrus. Very nice smell for an APA.

The taste is great. One of the best tasting APA's out there. Strong hop presence up front with some citrus breaking through to an excellent malty finish that all goes very well together.

Overall, compared to the other APA's out there it is one of the tops. Great job with the different layers and the feel for a simple APA with a very reasonable 5.5 abv. This is an easy multi drink beer. Must try and stock.

Photo of tony12hd
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Great ale, bitter light refreshing. Opaque color plenty of hops notes

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 30, 2014.

Pale yellow pour bubbling up to a modest white head that fizzles some.

The aroma is of pale toasted malts and floral hops. A good balance.

The body is light to medium.

The taste begins with the toasted caramel malts and then the floral hops rush in. This is the way a decent pale ale should be brewed.

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz can dated 8/10 poured into a Tired Hands pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden copper with a solid head that sticks around for a while. Nose is great. Bright tropical fruit citrus, onion, dank pine. Nice and complex without being too overpowering. Taste is much of the same. Very clean and palatable. Starts with the juicy citrus, moves to the pine, and finishes with that dry oniony kinda flavor. Light mouthfeel lends to the drinkability of this one. Very pleasant. Moderate carbonation doesn't get in the way. I'm loving this. 12 pack cans right in time for Labor Day weekend. Would love to drink these all day at a BBQ or something. Too bad I'm working all weekend.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- speigelau ipa glass.

A: Orange colored body, with a heavy dose of turbidity and floaties. Good solid rush of carbonation, good standing one inch beige, creamy head with a broken speckled band lacing. Loved the heavy suspended nature of particulate matter. Lasting creamy coverage atop.

S: Aggresive fresh wet aroma of sliced orange with background nuances of freshly sliced grapefruit. Aroma settles to wet bread and citrus juice with a nice level of awareness.

T: Dry orange with a dry flowery citrus hopping. Strong grapefruit pulp, sticky pine with semi-dry lemon and softly toasted grain. Lingering sticky orange citrus, dry tropical fruit and sticky hop resins. Things finish out with a dry hopping of citrus with a solid level of ibu's, both bittering and flavor aspect.

M: Sticky hop resin mouthful, warming citrus alcohol, dry warmth of bitterness.

O: Sticky hop resins, with a dry hopped finish. Solid level of ibu's, solid drinkability rate, and a lingering bitterness that goes on long after the swallow. A labeled APA with an IPA hop level standard and easy six pack purchase. Between this, Kind Ryed, Double dose, & Citra Mantra, Otter creek is stepping up thier hop game. In conjunction with the alchemist's Heady topper, Vermont is quickly becoming the east coast equivalent of the California west coast hop scence.

Photo of mj81
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Golden yellow with lots of floating sediment. Vigorous pour yields about 2 finger head and breaks down large floaters into much smaller and less noticeable size. Piney & dank nose with some citrus notes. Kinda reminds me of a forest floor. Taste follows the nose. Good malt backbone to balance the hops. Overall a great job and very crushable at 5.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed wine glass.

Deep apricot orange body, with a solid opaque and glowing body. Creamy bright white top, making two fingers, forming and then dissolving with some light lacing, and whipped up texture.

Really nice mild orange juice, with some creamsicle like orange and vanilla sweetness on the nose. Nice soft fruity hop front, a mild sense of biscuit, and some powdery orange notes.

Big hop front with big notes of pine and astringent finish on the palate. Slight juiced but with big hot hop bursting notes. Malt action seems lost for pale ale but manages some of the creamy notes hinted on the nose. Big tangerine finish on the end as well.

Overall a very aggressive, but fun hop angle for a pale ale, one to keep the hop heads happy.

Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Solid gold color, hazy with superfine suspended sediment and capped with a creamy head that plasters the glass with lace. A raw, sort of rustic-like hop presence dominates the nose...zesty, juicy citrus, leafy/floral hops, and a little sticky pine cover a fresh grainy base. Very nice hoppy flavor, leaning towards IPA territory. A little fruitier than the smell, but still mostly zesty grapefruit and pine resin. Some malt is just noticeable beneath the hops, but it's clearly not the focus. Solid medium body with a crisp, dry finish. Very nice hoppy APA!

Photo of Motozappa
4.5/5  rDev +16%

I am greatly impressed with this quintessential example of an American Pale Ale. It's perfectly balanced and highly drinkable. Surprisingly, I love this considering I'm so preoccupied with IPA's these days and tend too lean toward the topnotch heavily stomped on ones. Yet somehow, this ale was very satisfying. I shall be trying to obtain more of this and considering its availability is indicated as "Summer", I hope I can still find a few before next year for it's that good. Thank you OBC, Wolaver's and brewmaster, MIke Gerhart whoever you are (Y)

Photo of bubseymour
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Ah, finally another Cheech and Chong hippie Vermont beer from our good friend Brewmaster Mike and his trusty dog cruising in the VW Bus transport vehicle. The label artwork on the bottle alone gives it a .25 bonus IMO.
All I can say is the flavors are wonderful, lots of various hop goodness going on here, no real lingering bitterness at all. Very drinkable and flavorful. Is it just me, or does each new Brewmaster series beer keep getting better? I hope Otter Creek keeps these coming. Either rotate or keep pumping out new concoctions every few months.

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Otter Creek Overgrown from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
87 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.