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

Otter Creek Middleberry AleOtter Creek Middleberry Ale

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.16%


Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-21-2004)
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Reviews by TheJudge:
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TheJudge

New York

3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a decent gold, not too dark, not too light. Looks pretty good. The berries get to your nose immediately. Not quite blueberry, not raspberry, boisenberry maybe? The taste is good, the berry dominates. If not a fan of the style, you will not like this beer. Properly carbonated, it is nothing special. But after having a couple, it is difficult to continue drinking it. The berrys just get to you. It is not so strong that you cannot alternate it with something else (I did with the Vermont Lager, and that worked), but it would be hard to have more than a couple a day

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2004 13:15:12 | More by TheJudge
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

02-05-2012 18:09:44 | More by jfcaa193
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -2.6%

12-01-2011 21:22:29 | More by ROGUE16
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plaid75

New York

3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

True to the label, the smell was a soft blueberry and grape aroma. Soft malts were also present.

The taste very much mirrored the aroma. A subtle and soft blueberry and pale malt flavor. Very akin to blueberry pancakes.

The mouthfeel was light and smooth.

Overall a very drinkable fruit beer. Very similar to Blue Point's Blueberry Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 19:17:14 | More by plaid75
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zeff80

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - 12oz bottle pours out a golden color with a foamy, white head. It left a little lacing.

S - The first smell I noticed is the blueberries.

T - The blueberry flavor is not as strong as it smelled. There is also a bitter spiciness to it.

M - It is a nice crisp and light-bodied beer.

D - It is a very nice Fruit/Vegetable beer. However, I don't think that I could drink several of these at one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 20:13:04 | More by zeff80
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a light gold color, a bit hazy, with a very slight white head that didn't even cover the top of the beer. Very slight carbonation here. The nose is refreshing but not overly potent with some berry notes. The taste is also a bit refreshing but not overly complex. I get some blueberry notes and a backbone of malt, but not much else. Light body but not worth drinking more than one.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 02:25:54 | More by ggaughan
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I usually really like Otter Creek brews, but this one wasn't up to par, with what I am used to from them. Sure, it had a nice foamy head and a nice subtle blueberry smell, but something just wasn't matching up for me. Then, I figured it out. The hops. This one could have been a bit less hoppy IMO. I liked what they were going for, but the hops ruined it for me. Don't get me wrong, it's not some super hopped up brew by any means. I just think it would have been a bit better with some more "malt action" and less "hop action".

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 04:06:13 | More by JISurfer
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kbnooshay

New York

3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an interesting brew. This poured a light amber color with an allright white head. Decent lace. The smell is obviously blueberries but also elderberries. Nice fruity scent. The taste is also of blueberries/elderberries and is very pleasant. Not bitter at all. medium mouthfeel and very drinkable. Another pleasant fruit ale, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 01:06:14 | More by kbnooshay
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear with a nice tight white head. The head faded slowly and a thick lace appeared. The never ending combination race up the glass and kept the lace until the end of the beer.

Aroma: Mild hints of berries, touch of malt and a splash of hops. The berry was not overpowering but gave it a nice touch

Taste: A bit sweet up front with the berry flavor, mild malt tones in the middle and a bitter hop pucker mixed with a fruit finish.

M: Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and bubbly, not bad.

D: For a fruit beer I was expecting the worse, something that was like drinking syrup. This is not that way. I could enjoy many of these, more so on a hot summer day as it has a refreshing feel to it.

Overall: Not into fruit beers? Give this one a try. It is not overpowering. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 01:11:01 | More by Stubbie1
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a huge fan of flavored beers but this one is okay because my wife likes it. Pours a clear pale gold with a shortlived whie head that left minimal lacing. Aroma is of herbal hops and tart blueberries. Taste is mildly tart blueberries with some biscuit notes. Refreshing , crisp and light bodied. This beer helped cut the heat and was a nice prelude to something better.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 20:54:35 | More by Citadel82
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riversider76

New York

3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light golden color. Not much of a head,and little lace. Bluberry smell grabs you right away. Mouthfeel is very light. Taste is is mainly blueberry. Bitter finish I could have lived without. All in all not bad,but I would not run out and buy a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 00:18:37 | More by riversider76
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charlottebeerguy

Florida

3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer purs a clear golden color with a small white head. You can smell the blueberries as soon as you open the bottle. The smell of the blueberries overpower any hops this beer might contain.The taste is also a little to much blueberry, but you can taste traces of some bittering hops on the finsh. The lacing is very minimal but a small head still remains.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 01:43:30 | More by charlottebeerguy
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a medium white head that quickly evaporated. It gave off a really strong nose of blueberries, both in the bottle and in the glass. The color was a slightly hazy light yellow. It had a light mouthfeel with a slight tang of a bitter fruit (perhaps the elderberries?). The finish was quite refreshing with a strong blueberry presence. This is a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 14:26:45 | More by woodychandler
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Absolutely, positively, smack dab medium amber. The head is absolutely, positively, smack dab medium white. The cap's surface is nicely ruffled. Thick strands of foam connect head and glass, depositing large hunks of lace when they break. A decent look, but nothing really stands out.

The nose features the unmistakable scent of blueberries. I'll have to plead ignorance with respect to elderberries since I've never smelled or tasted them. It's a nice fruit beer aroma; not overpowering and not too subtle, but just right. Unfortunately, the fruitiness doesn't quite cover what smells like a less than wonderful base beer. It's hard to know without actually tasting it, but I'm having doubts about this one just from sniffing it. That's rarely a good thing.

Middleberry Ale doesn't work as well on the palate as I had hoped. The berry essence isn't too bad, there just isn't enough of it. Perhaps the fact that Otter Creek italicized 'hints' of blueberries on their website gives some indication of their intention. My feeling is that if a brewery is going to create a fruit beer, then they should give it plenty of fruit flavor. Otherwise, why bother?

The biggest problem, as I suspected from the nose, is the lack of a solid base beer. Too many brewers neglect that element of the fruit/vegetable beer style, which to my way of thinking is just as important as the berry, pumpkin or what have you. This beer is too bitter; in a crushed aspirin kind of way rather than a hoppy kind of way. I prefer my fruit beers to err on the side of sweet if they must err at all.

The finish is medium in length and tastes of bitter berries. The slightly lighter than medium mouthfeel neither adds nor detracts. I find myself wanting to like this beer more than I do. Even though it isn't bad per se, I'm going crazy thinking of all the ways I'd change it.

Middleberry (brewed in Middlebury, get it?) Ale is, according to the Otter Creek/Wolaver's website, their newest seasonal. Who knows, maybe those in the brewery's distribution area love this stuff. As must be obvious by now, if it was up to me, I'd give it a pretty serious overhaul between now and next spring.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 14:00:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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stephendedalus

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Woodstock, Vermont -- batch was bottled on 5/16/05. Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

The appearance is typical of that of a wheat ale -- a nice color -- darker than that of Long Trail's Blackberry Wheat. White foamy head at first, but quickly fades -- lacing is minimal.

Smells nicely of blueberries (although the bottle says it is brewed with blueberries and elderberries). Taste is also quite pleasant -- you definitely get the blueberry notes, but not in an artificial or too sweet of a manner. In fact, the taste is pretty natural -- as if the blueberries are there to complement the ale and not the other way around, which is sometimes the case with fruit ales.

This is a very drinkable ale -- an flexible summertime beer. What really makes this a success (read: appealing to many sorts of beer drinkers), I think, is that even though it is flavored, it still tastes and feels like beer (not a cooler, spritzer, kool-aid, or other sort of concoction). If you see a six or twelve pack (and it is a hot summer day) you could do much worse than to partake of this offering from Otter Creek (a beautiful river/creek in parts, too, by the way). But if you really want to taste some of their best, try the Copper Ale or just about any of the Wolaver Beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 04:02:49 | More by stephendedalus
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oelergud

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wheat golden, slightly cloudy body. White head is shortlived and doesn't leave much lace. Good carbonation.
Strong sweet and tart berry scent, mostly blueberry and something more tart, maybe elderberry as the label suggests. Some subtle wheat, grass and floral notes.
Very acidic and tart flavor with some mild berry sweetness struggling to come through. Faint sweet licorice. Aftertaste is mostly tart with little hop presence.
Mouthfeel is decent for the style though I wish it had a little more body, very faint coating.
Always interesting to try a different beer and good to see the courage of brewers even if it doesn't turn out that great.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2005 22:38:33 | More by oelergud
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting fruit beer. My girlfriend loved it. I found it one of the more palatable fruit beers. However, I always thought elderberries were poisonous. Shows what I know.

Pours very pale and light. The aroma was of unripe blueberries (I used to work on a blueberry farm, brought back some nice memories). The malts and hops are there, but almost forgotten because of the elderberries. They are kind of like blueberries, but a little more sweet and a little more sour (not contradictory in my mind). Finish is crisp and just slightly too much sourness going on.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 21:30:05 | More by MuddyFeet
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whynot44

Missouri

2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied, pale straw color with a quick disappearing white head.

The aroma is BLUEBERRY with an herbal grassy background.

The taste is heavier on Elderberry which, combined with the herbal hops tends to be slightly bitter and astringent, with a dry finish and continuing astringent aftertaste. This could take some getting used to unless you are a real elderberry fancier.

If so, this may be what you've been waiting for. It might go well with a tart berry pie.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 05:33:26 | More by whynot44
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theo871

Maine

3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, courtesy of my roommate.

Pours a clear yellow, good carbonation, not much of a head. If i didn't know better I would think it was a macro by appearance. However, that theory goes out the window once you smell the sweet berry smell of this beer. The taste is of sweet berries, but not nearly as rich as the smell is. The mouthfeel is smooth, lots of carbonation. Would make a great session beer on a hot summer day!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 23:32:16 | More by theo871
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whartontallboy

New York

2.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Saw this while I was out buying singles last week and thought I'd take a chance on it. Not my best decision.
Pours a clear straw color with small fizzy head that disappears quickly. It looks like a macro in the glass. Smells like blueberries or blueberry muffins with a bit of hoppiness in the nose. It's thin in the mouth with a pronounced
berry flavor, but the hops give it kind of an acrid taste on top of the sweetness of the berries. A slight puckering tartness in the aftertaste, but it's mostly just kind of....bad. It tastes slightly artificial like a candy.

I've liked a number of Otter Creek brews. This isn't one of them.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 02:55:36 | More by whartontallboy
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Truh

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Took a walk around the Marbleworks with this one on 10/16/2004. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Light, nebulous sheen of head with soft lacing. Very light golden to almost a washed out yellow hue. Tons of constant carbonation releasing fruity esters from easily a foot away; up close the fruit imparts sour notes, lime. Acrid, soapy, sour taste profile with the berry skin pulp echo creating a slight chew, but more of a residue. Not overly impressed by this, but better than some other fruit ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 22:00:42 | More by Truh
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark gold with a miniscule white head. Next to no lacing. Smells like those packets of mixed fruit jelly you can find at Bob Evans. Light-bodied and bubbly with a fruity flavor. Faint hops as well, but that is about all. The finish is berry-y and short. Not really a noteworthy beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 17:45:36 | More by Dogbrick
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw gold in color with a slight cloudiness. Thin one-finger head with light lace.

Strong aroma of blueberries; slightly sour, almost like a sweettart. Malt is light, hop is missing. Still, this smells inviting.

Very dry with high carbonation. The aftertaste makes me want to pucker up; this is where the hop shows up. Interestingly, I don't taste the sourness that I smelled earlier. The consistency is thin, but not surprisingly so.

I'm surprised by the reviews of this beer--it's not that bad. Granted, I wouldn't put this brew in the top ten of any category, but I think it's worth a try if you can try it with an open mind.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 00:47:02 | More by smcolw
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Backer2004

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Without even tasting this beer, some strong opinions have been formed just by pouring. Very little head and hardly any carbonation. However, the smell is an awesome combination of blueberries, elderberries, and other fruits. The taste lacks everything I expected after inhaling the first few times. I am just not impressed with anything else about this beer. Just disappointing and I will have difficulty trying out other types of this kind for a while

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 01:26:14 | More by Backer2004
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium gold color with two fingers of head that die off to a small collar fairly quick. There is just a little lacing. The smell is very berrylike. You get more of the elderberry than the blueberry. It smells more like fruit syrups than the actual fruit. The taste starts malty, with a slight tartness. The berry syrup flavors come out again in the finish and linger through the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decently thick. The drinkability isn't bad either. A decent berry beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 22:28:45 | More by SheepNutz
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Otter Creek Middleberry Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
73 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.