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

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Otter Creek Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
82
good

264 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001)
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Photo of Brad007
1.8/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer pours a medium pale-ish color with a decent head of foam. A bit hard to detect the aroma without sticking my nose in a bit. Tastes a bit dry and bitter and not quite balanced. Aftertaste is somewhat watery as well. Probably got a bad bottle (it was bottled 2/20/07) or something. Can't really give much of a review here.

Brad007, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of ShamasUVA
1.98/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not sure if I had the regular Otter Creek Pale Ale or the (Cascade Variation) but the label was bragging about all the Cascades used in the beer so I assume it's the latter.

Beer poured with WAY too much carbonation. Half the glass was head. Aroma was fine, but a little off. Starting to think that perhaps this is infected or at least, has been mishandled. It came from a store which takes pride in their handling but can sometimes have a hard time moving unpopular SKUs.

Taste was extremely mineral, bordering on metallic. Wondering if it was dry hopped with pennies??? Some slight "off" flavors detected but terrible.

Underneath this metallic mess is a decent pale ale.

Bottom line, this beer is a mess, and with so many other good Pale Ales
on the market, you should pass on this one.

ShamasUVA, May 23, 2007
Photo of Danflurry
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Danflurry, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Schmuckles
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Schmuckles, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Schmidts
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a case of this at Christmas the Hops taste and smell are to me overwelming. It pours a dark yellow with a small head. The one thing about it to me taste has to bitter a hops flavor and it is hard to drink more then one of them at a sitting. I will not buy another case,when I bought this I was remembering my old favorites Catamount Amber and their others they were wonderful to me this is not worth it for something that is very hard to drink, it is to bitter to the mouth. It is a shame I had high hopes for this VT Ale and maybe with little changing taking some of the extra bitterness out I could give it another try.

Schmidts, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of ohoove
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this selection into a frosted pint glas and was surprised at how quickly the almost non existint head vanished. Color was a light straw if almost ginger ale- ish with carbonation resembling a soda( pop) . Light citrus and light hops. Let's call this a pale ale light. Certainly refreshing on a hot summers day . This is a beer that I would introduce to some one who needs to be weened into the world of micros. Boring compared to some of pale ales but in the end gets the job done.

ohoove, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of aaronh
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber/copper color, topped by a thin off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma is very light sweetness, maybe a hint of diacetyl. Taste is evenly bitter from start to finish, but without a substantial malt background to balance it out. Basically like drinking watery bitter grassy hop water. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of average. Drinkability is a bit sub-par as well. Bottled on 7-9-03, so it's not old. Just a poor beer. Not horrible, but below average.

aaronh, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of jrallen34
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a De Struise glass...A dark but clear straw with copper and orange notes. Off white head rises and falls quickly, light lacing...A light aroma of grass and chalk and caramel. Interesting has my hopes up...Sadly my hopes fall flat with a very disappointing taste. Almost no flavor at all, light chalk, a little skunk, the grass is gone. I was hoping it was similar to daisy cutter, this isn't even close. A light sour finish is out of left field.

A pale ale to skip.

jrallen34, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of theaxe2u
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date on bottle of May '09.. Single purchased at Julio's Westboro, MA

A:1 finger head that quickly disappeared. Nice amber color in the glass. Lacing was good and lasted thru out.

S: Truthfully, not much. I expected a bit more on the nose but it just wasn't there for some reason.

T: Minimal flavor. It was quite bland for a Pale Ale. Nothing to resemble any hoppiness on either first sip or second.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Seemed to have a soapy aftertaste that was not that pleasant.

D: I am curious if I got a bad bottle. I will definitely go back to Julio's, or perhaps another store, and try again as I think that this is a good beer from a good brewer.

theaxe2u, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of JBStith
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Otter Creek Pale Ale...

A: Deep golden color white an off-white head that disapates quickly. Decsent lacing.

S: Has a quite distinct "skunky" smell. Not much else. Bottled on 4/18/06 and purchased on 7/12/06, less than 12 weeks old. Definitele within age range for APA. I guess there is a chance that this sixer is skunked, but I will review as is.

T: Initial taste is very metallic...like a mouthful of pennies. Finished with slight malt and hops. Metallic taste dominates and is not good. Confirmed taste across three bottles within the same six-pack.

M&D: Medium body. Not drinkable at all due to metallic taste. I might give this a chance if I ever find it on draft just to confirm my intial reaction, but I will not buy it bottled again. Overall, not good experience for me.

JBStith, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on May 21, 2003.

Dull copper appearance. Hazy. No head. A little collar. Minimal lace. Aroma of faint piney hop tones and grungy stale maltiness. Not much hoppiness to the flavor. It's a letdown. This is one of the worst Pale Ales I've had. No off flavors. Just real stale and blah. The maltiness overrides the hop flavors. Caramel and biscuit tones seem pretty dominant. Mouthfeel is a little too viscous and syrupy. Overall, a disappointing experience.

Bighuge, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a five-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Malty/hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor has occasional sweetness with hoppiness, metallic/hoppy aftertaste. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Noelito76, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of bcsbeer
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

bcsbeer, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of terrabyte
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I must have poured this too aggressively, and got a huge head that disappeared quickly. Otherwise it was clear and golden tan in color.

The smell was quite malty.

The flavor was very simple, with some hints of dry hops. Otherwise, unimpressionable. No complaints, but forgettable.

terrabyte, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of mikeg67
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark golden with a long lasting, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of biscuit malt and piney hops. Medium, smooth body. Light piney, grassy hops on the palate balanced by biscuit malt. Short, dry finish. Quite a boring brew.

mikeg67, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of marc77
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light copper hue, with a slight murk. Intially thick off white head settles slowly into a stiff, static, creamy one fingered layer. Frothy lace remains. The aroma is a simple combination of light caramel and pungent, juicy grapefruit. As it breathes and hop oils dissipate, bready base malt adds token depth. Quite appealing aromawise, but the hop nose fades too quickly. The flavor is a close facsimile of the aroma. The dominant malt component is of light lovibond crystal malt, which provides mostly a simple, stately sweetness, with a toffeeish tinge. Balancing the malt profile is clement, but lingering hop bitterness. Hop flavor is expectedly grapefruit like in nature, but softer, tangerine notes are discernible. Due to the high apparent attenuation and meager residual sweetness, balance is slightly skewed towards hop bitterness. Very lean, and approaching watery in mouthfeel. Hop flavor stagnates and develops a soapy twang as the beer breathes. Finishes a touch watery, with dilute biscuit and bitter marmalade notes. A simple, overly understated pale lacking in malt backbone and one dimensional in hop character. Harmless, but forgettable.

marc77, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of allergictomacros
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear copper with a thick, firm, sticky head and patchy llacing.

S - Up first is a fresh piney hop, followed by tangerine/grapefruit. Malt backbone brings it all together and keeps it from being too juice-like.

T - Very hoppy, again with pine and grapefruit followed by a very light toastedness. Kinda bitter actually, a touch unbalanced in that department. Could use a touch more malt for balance.

M - Light, and somewhat lacking in body. Might even call it a touch watery.

D - Not a great pale ale. Unbalanced, with too much hops without the malt to hold it together. Doesn't deliver on the appearance or aroma.

allergictomacros, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of bashiba
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very light copper color with basically no head.

Smell was green and grassy with a touch of juniper.

Taste has a decent bit of piney hops with some nice malt flavors but is overwhelmed by a very tinny metallic taste to it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and very dry.

Overall the beer is drinkable, but Pales in comparison to other Pales.

bashiba, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of hungryghost
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper, orange in color. Small head, did not last long.
Only got a trace of a smell, like a wet backyard or something. No hop smell in my glass.
Taste is almost fruity, not sweet really, slight malt. Tiny hop nibble at the end. I may have a bad bottle, the hops I was expecting just do not exhist in this one.
Mouthfeel is kind of watery, maybe a tad oily.
I could live without this one.

hungryghost, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a rather flimsy head... lots of bubbles. Very light in color. Good nose. My guess is the bubble mentioned earlier helps this. Pretty mild tasting. the mildness turns bland as the pint glass empties. Very bubbly on the tongue, too. By the end of the beer, it's become just a bit of a chore. I would have another one again sometime, but I'm in no rush.

dwarbi, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of whartontallboy
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper pour with fairly thick white head that leaves quite a bit of lace. The Cascades really come through in the nose, and there's a little bit of an off aroma in there, too. Sort of like a wet cracker, but not really oxidation. The flavor is very hoppy and bitter with grapefruit flavors, but there's a slight sweetness, too. The same off note from the nose is in the flavor. It's not terrible, but it doesn't make the beer any more enjoyable. Not bad, but that little off stink flavor makes me want to avoid it in the future. Maybe I caught a bad bottle, but it's not a good sign for this one.

whartontallboy, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears an orange copper hue with an off white mother of pearl colored head, leaving sparse scattered lacing that sticks to my pint. Aroma contains an enticing hop aroma definitely Cascades with a pine scented slightly earthy smell to em very nice aroma with a slight caramelized malt undertone with each whiff. However this beer fails to fulfill a balanced flavor, with dominant hop bitterness just not enough malt sweetness coming throuhg in the taste. I must also note an off flavor a bit like musky cardboard in the finish just making it harsh for me to swallow down. Mouthfeel is medium bodied just nothing special or soothing toward the palate mediocre. Drinkability would be much better if this beer tasted as good as it smelled, just doesn't make the cut for my pale ale all star team or even second lineup.

WVbeergeek, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of oxmasterscream
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber in color, half a finger head, slight lacing.
Smell: Malty sweet. I guess I expected more hops in the nose but just wasn't picking it up.
Taste: Too malty for a Pale Ale. It reminded me of a weak Oktoberfest. Once again, I think I was expecting more of a hoppy experience based on the label's description, which mentioned dry hopping to achieve greater flavor. There was a slight hop bitterness at the tail end of each swig but all in all, nothing spectacular.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth.
Drinkability: It's an easy drinker but not interesting enough to have another go around.

oxmasterscream, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of EvanWilliams
3/5  rDev -17.4%

EvanWilliams, Jan 28, 2012
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Otter Creek Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.