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Otter Creek Alpine Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Alpine AleOtter Creek Alpine Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

110 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-10-2003)
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Reviews by maybrick:
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maybrick

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could dringk a lot of this stuff... Nice head very small bubbles. Has a nice taste that in my opinion tastes mildly hoppy up front but finishes with a bit of um,... help me out here. I think the best description would be like the cand, Bit O' Honey. I really like liked it. Good honest beer. Nice color. Bright.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2003 14:46:57 | More by maybrick
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2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Out of the bottle, this brew poured a deep copper. Kind of nice, but the head was minimal with no lacing or spiderwebbing. Several carbionation threads were observed.

Smell: Aroma body was moderately full. The smell was faintly sweet spice with citrus hints. Malt was present but overall this brew has a very Winter Warmer aroma.

Taste: Indeed, a sweetness is obviously present. Alot of caramel and spiceness tend to blur any hops. Traditional hop bitterness is very low. Perhaps there was little to no alpha acid hops utilized in this recipe. With this said, the flavor is a little lack luster.

Mouthfeel: Well, another failure for this selection. Carbonation, despite the threads, is virtually nonexistant. Not impressive at all.

Drinkability: Poor. The lack of a Winter Warmer feel and the lack of a Amber Ale taste make this brew a poor selection. Avoid if possible.

Prosit!
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01-01-2009 19:47:09 | More by stockingcpl
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2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12/30/2004. This is the worst of the Otter Creek beers I've tried. It's geared for the cold weather so maybe I'd enjoy it a bit more if it were cold out. It pours a brown-amber color, moderate tan head and a little bit of lacing. The aroma was a malty and a brown sugary smell. Definitely malty and sugary tasting as well but not very well balanced with an aftertaste that wasn't very pleasant. Drinkable, but not much more than that.

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2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Peachy colour and malt in aroma. Thin, very dry, and astringency in finish. There is a bit of hop,which doesn't carry the day, but there is also close to soapiness. Malt and fruit but not very drinkable.Perhaps I would enjoy this better if I didn't have a beer in a long while.

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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - darkish orange with some murkiness. A pale tan head that fades to a wispy yet somehow complete cover. Some thickness around the collar.

Aroma - a hint of raisins or some such dark fruit, a hint of alcohol along with a measure of citrus. My first impression is that of a weak or diluted barleywine style.

Taste - sweet and light roasted malt, a modest play of the dark fruitiness. Progresses to light citrus and a mellow bitterness at the end. This is kind of like a barleywine's kid brother; from the same stock just not as big and strong. I like it!

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NeroFiddled

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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The full, frothy, and creamy tan head atop Otter Creek's Alpine Ale holds quite well and leaves some very nice walls of streaky lace about the glass as it goes; and the deep copper body beneath has a crimson cast and glows with deep orange-red highlights. The nose is clean, bright, and fresh with notes of delicately minty and mildly grassy hops atop a sweetish, caramel-soaked and bready, cake-like maltiness. It's medium-bodied, bordering on medium-full, with a decidedly dextrinous edge; and the fine-bubbled moderate carbonation then leaves it remarkably creamy and smooth across the palate. The flavor offers a dollop of sweet caramel and sugar malt upfront, laced with notes of minty (kind of cola-like) and grassy hops. A solid but understated bitterness risesand carries through into the finish as some yeasty fruitiness appears mid-palate, and spicy hops come to the forefront in the long-lasty, zesty finish. Enjoyable!

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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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Appears a clear amber copper tone with a large off whit beige head that sticks around quite a bit and leaves even streaks of lacing around my chalice. Aroma has deep pine aromatics with moderate caramel malt sweetness really highlights the hops, the alpine ale really shows of some spruce like hop qualities, nice. Flavor has a great mix between assertive piney bitterness with bready caramel Christmas style malt profile still on the hoppy side of the fence vs xmas spiced out, thank god. Mouthfeel is medium bodied silky smooth with som slight prickly effervescent carbonation but flows relatively well on the palate. Drinkabiltiy is great very piney with hops give me more winter seasonals like this one yum.

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Poured from the bottle into my Hennepin glass. The beer pours a deep red with a hint of brownish color. No head after a minute or so. Clear, with almost no carbonation in sight. It smells like a watered down DIPA, or an American Red Ale with a good dose of malty goodness. A definite winter ale from the taste. I'm not really a fan of winter ales or pumpkin/spice beers. I usually categorize them in the same way. Too boring. Not enough hops, or not enough malt, too bland or too spicy. I can say, for a winter ale this one is decent: it is well-balanced, and it doesn't taste very bland. It just isn't special enough for me to set it aside from the dozens of other mediocre beers out there. I think that red ales are especially hard to find individuality. It's reddish, it has hops, it has malt. Maybe I'm just not fine tuned to them?

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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours an amber-bronze color with a frothy white head. Attractive lace, and quite clear, this is a respectably attractive beer. The aroma is a well-developed presentation of pale and lightly-roasted malts. There’s some fruit, vanilla, and modest caramel smells in the forefront, mixed with a little butterscotch. Mainly, though, this is all about pale malt. Very nice. The taste is similar, with a little pine and bitter citrus-like hops for balance. The beer is moderately sweet, and certainly a malt-centric brew. There’s a very slight alcohol presence. Medium body. At times the beer has a slightly musty characteristic, and can be just a bit slick. All in all, though, this one is a keeper.

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02-11-2007 19:12:27 | More by Suds
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice crystal clear amber color with some bronze hues thrown in for good measure. 1/4 inch snow white head melts to a mear dusting. Lace only shows up in the shady spots.
Caramel and orange in the nose. The balance is interesting as neither aroma dominates the other.
The taste mirrors the smell in that it is perfectly strattling the fence. The flavor can't decide if it wants to be more hoppy or malty so it does both with out spreading itself too thin, Cloyingly sweet but with enough hop bitterness to remind you that's it's not all sugar and spice and everything nice.
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Overall a great session amber that makes me want to hit the slopes. Thanks to enola for sharing.

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Otter Creek Alpine Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
83 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.