Otter Creek World Tour: Otteroo - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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Reviews by melitameister:
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
Appearance: Pours pure amber with fine bubbles shooting around like fireworks. Thick creamy little head that holds nicely leaving healthy lace.
Smell: Nice bit of malty, breadiness with a tad of scrambled eggs for interest. Moves to some sugary sweetness with a bit of grapefruit and lemon. Many subtle indecipherable aromas of a wood shop or a meadow or an active brewing room.
Taste: Starts out with some breadyness. Plenty of gentle overlapping good brew flavors going on including caramel/vanilla, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon, a little spice. Mid-tasting a good hit of fine whisky coming through. Finishes with a pleasant solid hoppy balance.
Mouthfeel: Starts our crispy and grows to a nice creamy fullness with medium body as the bottle empties.
Drinkability: Much better than I expected, when expecting a smaller Australian sparkling ale. This is a fine American beer, especially because we like some hop bitterness around here. Very rich and delicious without going over the top. A nice mid-winter surprise to offset all the big beers in the celler. Highly drinkable. 22 ounces of this 7+% delicious beer is the way to start an evening. Will be hunting for the few remaining bottles around town to share with fellow tasters. Go for it!
12-29-2007 01:48:09 | More by melitameister
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3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
The newest offering in the OC World Tour line described as a "Australian style Sparkling Ale" Iam not sure what that is never heard of the style but it caught my eye and I grabbed it.Australian Pride of Ringwood hops makes this beer as authentic as possible per label,poured into a oversized wine glass a lighter golden with a real peachy hue a thinner quick to fade head atop.Aromas of overipe stone fruit and toasty malt with a touch of butteriness,well balanced on the palate overripe sugary fruit mixed with leafy "green" hop a sturdy toasted malt base holds up to sweetness pretty well.Not really sparkling but good I put in the Belgian pale category because of the yeasty fruity character but its hard to place it,all in all not bad and a change up thrown by Otter Creek.
07-08-2007 00:57:24 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.
Brewed in the same fashion as Coopers Sparkling Ale, Otteroo is akin to an English Pale Ale. It's brewed with "Pride of Ringwood" Australian hops and bottle-conditioned, the latter of which gives the beer its extra bubbles--i.e., natural carbonation versus forced.
Deep, rich golden color, with some haze and plenty of fine bubbles that form a very tight, creamy, sticky and healthy-looking lace. Fruity esters in the nose, orchard-like, floral, with dabs of caramel and wood. Super-smooth, round and full-bodied with a surprisingly chewy edge. Complex malt flavors range from toast to caramel, to brown breads, to pretzels. There's even a suggestion of vanilla as things warm a bit. Fruity esters along with a sherry-like edge, apples, juicy overripe pears, sweet golden raisins and a golden syrup note at the base. Bitterness is quite low, with just a hint of pith. Distinct wood character throughout and splashes of floral in its place. Sweet toasty and bready notes linger in the finish--quite tasty.
Unique, bold, complex as hell--this is a truly delicious treat. What we love the most is the style. It's rarely explored by brewers, which is probably what they had in mind with their whole Otter Creek World Tour Series.
07-07-2010 00:09:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 6oz bottle into a pint glass. The label doesn't list a freshness date or an abv% but there is a short description on the label.
Appearance: The body has a deep coppery reddish amber brown color with a thin white head on top. The head is thin and quickly fades to just a thin wispy covering. Lacing is minimal and slick.
Smell: The aroma is deep and sweet with heavy dark wheat bread and honey notes. Hop notes are much lighter and add a slight herbal presence.
Taste/Palate: Overall there is sweet, almost syrupy, malty bready character like a slice of dark multy grain wheat bread with butter and honey on it. Its body feels full with mellow carbonation and a smooth texture. The finish is sweet and bready/grainy.
Notes: The bottle describes this beer as being a sparkling ale with a bright and refreshing taste. I can find nothing like that in this beer. It is hazy, quite sweet and complicated. Overall it is an interesting beer but not one that fits neatly into any style.
06-12-2010 00:02:58 | More by generallee
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
English Pale Ale?? But the the lable clearly states this is an Australian-style sparkling ale, which seems VERY different to me. I'm not sure it's fair to be rating this beer by the style selected. I've had the Toohey's Australian sparkling ale(Toohey's from Australia) and it's English Pale ale, so clearly these two styles should not be confused. oh well, I'm rating this beer for what it is, not what it should be.
22 oz bomber on 8/26/07
AP: Rusty gold color, hazy and active with large bubbles but not overlly active like Toohey's version of this style. The head forms a formidable 1" deep off-white head, good retention and cling lacing.
Nose: Butter scotch malt and a nice current of fruits on the nose like strawberries and starfruit from the yeast...very nice! slight vanilla and a hearty scented, herbal hop.
Flavor: The nicely complex malt hits first, very smooth, butter scotch flavored malt with just the right amount of sweetness. The yeast gives this a wonderful and mellow fruitieness that includes strawberries and kiwi. The buttery malt and fruity yeast makes for a great combo, then throw in the authentic Australian variety hops and it gives it a hearty, herbal and only mildly bitter hop delight roght at the end. The balance is very good and the combo of flavors work very well together.
Feel: Light to medium body, crisp and refreshing for sure, but it also has a nice hefty feel gong down, the malt is enough to make your lips sticky. (I love that effect)
DA: This is a tastey and easy to drink brew that doesn't yet have it's own stlye I guess (?) but the 7.13 % ABV gets on top of you after about three.
08-27-2007 11:08:24 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
Sparking ale...is it a recognized style? I don't think so, but the label makes it seem so. I've only heard of Bell's Sparkling Ale before this, but have never had it, so this is my first "sparkling ale", whatever that is...
Pours an orange-leaning copper color, with a thin head that sticks around a long while. Lace is formed instantly when tipping the glass this way and that.
The aroma is intriguing. My first thought was wheatwine, then old ale, then back to wheatwine, then, because the yeast is apparently a player in the aroma, I started thinking of various Belgian ales. It's also got some pineapple and cotton candy in there, with a hint of English IPA maltiness to boot. Interesting.
Flavor is like a Belgian-inspired English pale ale. Musty malts give that certain something unique to English ales, especially some of their Christmas ales. It's a big flavor, with gooey candy-like sweetness at the forefront, plus earthy, prickly hops and a peculiar twist from the yeast that I can't even describe. Lightly toasted malts, light hop dusting and sugar in the finish. A little bit chalky, texturally, and really not any more "sparkling" from the "extra bubbles" promised on the label.
A malty-sweet beer which lacks some of the depth that characterizes the world's finest sweet beers (which usually come from Belgium). I found it interesting and even unique, but for some reason not something I'd want to drink much of. Would probably not brave another bomber alone. Not the weirdest beer out there, but I found it tough to put my finger on. More research needed, I guess...twist my arm.
04-28-2008 22:04:57 | More by Metalmonk
3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
Thanks Jason for sharing this bomber which was not finishable but interesting yeasty beer. Woodsy and Sourish yet not a brown, rising carbonation bubbles yet not overcarbonated. Boozy with medium mouthfeel, somewhat creamy, then drying aftertaste. Good off-white head and lacing though blondish coloured body.Unclassifiable, really.
03-27-2009 01:08:05 | More by Sammy
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
It's difficult not to compare this beer to Cooper's Sparkling Ale, as that's obviously what they've modeled it after. That said, it falls short of the mark. It's a touch too caramelish, and a bit too malty in general. And the carbonation is much lower. Nor is it quite as yeasty-fruity. It's not as refined, and not as complex. Otherwise, well, it's just a pale ale now isn't it? And that's how it will have to be reviewed, on it's own merit as a pale ale.
It pours an amber body with golden highlights beneath a short head of off-white froth that falls fairly shortly. With the yeast poured from the bottom of the bottle it's able to maintain a complete surface covering. Some nice lace is left behind.
The nose is caramelish, a touch mineralish, and perhaps even a bit earthy. Some grassy and leafy hops make their presence known in the background. And there's some fruitiness to it as well but it's not bold - more of apricots than apples I feel. Pleasant enough, I'm sure.
Maltiness appears first on the palate with a decidedly caramelish edge. It's rich, but not sweet, just malty. Yeast appears next, and then there's some fruitiness going into the swallow. It's almost peachy, and definitely somewhat apricot-like. Leafy hops appear, and linger into the solidly bitter finish.
In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied, and I wonder if this beer perhaps needed more time to mature in the bottle. It does have very fine, natural bubbles, but there's not a lot of zip to it on the tongue. I would guess it's only around 2.3 volumes of CO2/liter, leaving it very smooth across the palate, but not exactly what you'd expect from an Australian-style sparkling ale.
Overall it's a pretty decent ale with a well-rounded character that embraces malt, hop, and yeast character; and it's fairly well-balanced, and far from difficult to drink.
06-11-2008 21:33:01 | More by NeroFiddled
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
From the small collection that survived my wreck that broke both of my legs! Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured a hazy amber with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount almost immediately. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, earth, sweet alcohol, and hints of oak. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, spices, grain, earth, subtle dark fruit, and hint of wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This one really seemed to hold up fairly well surprisingly for the style. Nice touches of dark fruit and sweet alcohol despite the age. It was fairly mellow which made it quite easy to drink. Not too bad at all.
03-30-2013 22:04:51 | More by thagr81us
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured a dark straw hue wit a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a light husky grain and a smattering of floral hops.
The taste consisted of a light and clean cereal grain with some utilitarian balancing hops. Some light yeast esters and no alcohol presence detected.
The mouthfeel was toward the light side with an abundance of carbonation.
Overall a tasty and easy drinking ale.
08-06-2007 13:52:35 | More by plaid75
3.98/5 rDev +7%
appearance - Hazy golden color. Small head formed but then went flat. I was amazed at the bubbles, but after my 2nd cup the bubbles were less seen.
smell - Hops, citrus, malt.
taste - Has a mild sweet malt taste up front. Then has a mild bitter grapefruit taste at the end.
mouthfeel - Medium-heavy body.
drinkability - Not bad, interesting with all the bubbles. I didn't mid the bitterness at the end, since I am not a hop head.
02-09-2008 06:20:46 | More by auxiliary
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
Looks really nice poured into my Hennepin glass with a thick and full tan head atop a deep amber beer. The aroma makes it feel like it is going to be a hop-bomb. Grassy, piny, hop aroma around a sticky-sweet DIPA aroma. The smell is very balanced and pleasant, let's see about the taste. The taste isn't quite as balanced, but it still has a lot of good characteristics: It begins with a sweet malt as it hits the tongue, as soon as the beer shifts back, a dry but refreshing hint of hops poke through. They fade as the malt shows through again. A touch dirty tasting as most otter creek beers that I've had, but still one of their best. A close competitor with their world tour bock.
08-19-2007 23:06:00 | More by Rudgers73
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
The palate features a toasted caramel palate with a hop character with both a sharp, aggressive bitterness and a unique flavor. The elevated carbonation levels give the body a lighter mouthfeel.
Reminds me of an American pale ale with a more mellow malt base. The spicy hop flavor is slightly unusual (apparently its made with an Australian variety of hops) but very enjoyable.
10-08-2007 19:07:41 | More by arguemaniac
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of pale hops, light malts, some caramel and some fruit
T: The taste is a bit difficult to pin-point, but there are sweet flavors of honey, spices (clove & ginger maybe?) and caramel up front. Then there's a pale hops bitterness that comes is to provide a little balance. As the spice wore down and the hops took over, I found it to improve somewhat. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer if you're looking for something a little different, but it's not a beer that I could see myself drinking for an extended period of time.
06-15-2008 02:53:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.18/5 rDev -14.5%
22oz bottle from Middlebury Discount Beverage, Middlebury, VT.
Poured into my Otter Creek World Tour imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head above the slightly hazy golden amber brew. Head falls to a film of small bubbles immediately, which holds on, with plentiful lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with a touch of grassy hops. Taste mirrors the nose, pale malt sweetness upfront, teaming up with what seems like slightly off hops character, and bitter on the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is reaosnably easy. But it's the first few attributes that'll keep me from searching this one out again.
05-11-2008 18:09:30 | More by ppoitras
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Fresh grass nose. Medium (with a name of sparkling ale expecting a bunch) carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is earthy, sweet grass and smooth; slight hoppy finish that lingers. 22oz bottle $3.99 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.
08-18-2007 22:50:30 | More by jdhilt
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a standard 20 oz. mug.
The beer poured a nice light golden color. There was lots of small champagne like carbonation that lead to a nice foamy 2 finger head.
The aroma provided a healthy sampling of barley with a clean finish.
This turned out to be one refreshing beer. Light amounts of english style yeast was used to provide an decent tasting beer. It reminded me more of a lager but none the less was still very enjoyable. I was surprised by the high abv as it didn't taste it at all.
The mouthfeel was just average. It reminded me of some adjunct lagers. It was very light and watery.
The drinkability on this one is good. Its a beer I can see myself sessioning. Crisp, light and goes down easy.
Final Thoughts - I like Otter Creek. Their World Tour beers are fun. Good concept with a decent beer.
03-29-2009 02:32:58 | More by bsend
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
This is listed on the bottle as an "Australian-style Sparkling Ale", not an English Pale Ale. Whatever that's worth...
Pours a slightly hazed golden honey color with a white head. Very active carbonation in this one...lots of bubbles racing to the surface.
The smell is light, but I pick up some citrus, butterscotch, bready malts, and some lemon zest.
The taste smacks up front of the bready malts, followed by a buttery caramel, and then the floral/fruity hops. Just a tad bitter at the end.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairy high amount of carbonation. Very crisp and a touch drying on the tongue. This would be a good one to sip on during a late spring afternoon with some spicy Indian food while sitting out on the deck enjoying the sunshine.
03-20-2008 16:09:47 | More by Imstillthegman
British Columbia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
A: Hazy straw with a ring of tan head that leaves some leg.
S: Candied pineapple, resiny hops, biscuity & a slight sourness.
T: Biscuity malt, pineapple, grassy spiciness, slight sourness, yeastie.
M: Very dry with a slight acidity; very little carbonation.
03-27-2009 01:10:20 | More by Derek
3.28/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a Beautiful crystal clear golden amber color with a fluffy white head that doesn't stay around to long. Kinda looks like apple juice. Aroma is a bready malty kinda deal maybe a hint of caramel in there too. Taste is lackluster, kind of thin some malt, but feels watery with no body. Very easy drinker, but not one of my favorites.
03-13-2008 01:43:14 | More by johnnnniee
4/5 rDev +7.5%
The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt scent along with a slight yeast fruitiness. The malt bill boasts of pale, Munich, and light crystal malts. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that is light yet complex and highly drinkable. It goes down easy and finishes a bit fruity with a light hop presence. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It light and easy to drink, yet there is enough going on in the malt bill to keep me interested.
09-18-2007 10:54:56 | More by WesWes
3.98/5 rDev +7%
Yellow amber with a white headskie. My immediate impression was: meh. But a second sip brought more interest. Fruity notes from the yeast are about, but a full malt bill and and interesting hop load make this an easy to drink beer. Smooth and easy to drink, it can't possibly be that strong, can it?
10-05-2007 04:26:21 | More by scottum
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
This beer is a fairly standard English PA, so I'm not sure why Otter Creek markets it as a sparkling Australian ale. The reference point is Coopers, of course, and this beer isn't in the same league. Otteroo is just not sparkling, just a tad bit more carbonated than an English pale. If they called it an EPA, I would have been more charitable, and would have enjoyed this more. Lousy marketing I think.
The beer is bottle conditioned, but not all that hazy. There is an off white head, some creaminess to the texture and minimal lacing. The aroma is the best part because of the nice balance between biscuity malts and the leafy hop notes. There is also a touch of some florals in the background. The aroma is quite pungent and very pleasing.
The taste is pretty much in line with the aroma: sweet biscuity malts, some creaminess, leafy hops, florals, slightly caramel malts, but not overly so, and a touch of a dryish hoppiness in the finish. There is a earthy quality to the beer that complements the slight creaminess and the leafy hops. This isn't a bad beer, quite enjoyable, I just wish they would try to be less clever in their marketing in passing this off as something it is not. The beer hides its 7.13 ABV quite well. The mouthfeel is a bit chewy with a mild aftertaste. A refreshing English style pale ale.
07-18-2008 23:12:37 | More by albern
3.98/5 rDev +7%
Pours a slightly cloudy copper color, some bubbles rising slowly to the top and about one finger of near white head. Only keeps a patchy lace and leaves minimal stick.
Smells of toasty, bready and biscuit-like malt with some toffee sweetness and a bit of earthy hops.
Tastes like it smells, with lots of malt character including a moderate level of toffee and caramel sweetness and some lightly toasted, biscuit malt. Also some earthy hops with a moderate level of bitterness. Through the finish the toffee comes out even more along with some earthy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a very smooth medium body, nice creaminess and soft carbonation.
This is a pretty tasty brew. I like the toffee and toasted characters. Definitely worth a try.
05-21-2008 00:22:40 | More by number1bum
Otter Creek World Tour: Otteroo from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.