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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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262 Ratings

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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 shirfan

New York

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-honey colored, 3-finger head that reduces to a thin layer, leaving some lace.

Aroma is of bread and pine resin, with acidic hop notes.

Taste is milder than it could be. Starts slightly chewy with a bit of doughy yeast flavor, middle is very dry with just a hint of any malt flavor. Finish is fairly hoppy, leafy bitter and dry. I was expecting a lot more resin and grapefruit flavor than there is. I will give credit for a mild piney aftertaste that takes at least a solid 2 seconds to propagate.

I think Otter Creek should have either gone for all-out Cascade kick, or sweetened this up a little. As it is, it's a bit too boring and bland. Passable, but if I only want a drinkable, simple pale, Saranac is cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 13:11:13 | More by shirfan
Photo of mickstepp


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obvious pale ale characteristics in appearance and aroma. Golden orange color. Citrus aroma. Thin head. Somewhat thin in mouthfeel and with a very muted hop presence. Not a terrible beer but very average in most respects. There are so many top notch pale ale's on the market now that I can't think of any reason to bother with this one again

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 12:17:11 | More by mickstepp
Photo of Admiraldinty


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew date printed clearly on the bottle. Man, what a disappointment. This golden beer poured a minimal white head which left a lace down the glass. The nose was just superb. Very fruity with citrus, and some other notes that I just couldn't lay my finger on. What a surprise when I took my first sip. It tasted nothing like I expected. In fact, to me it didn't taste like a pale ale at all. The first obvious flavor to me was toasted malts - and somewhat coffee like. Grainy and mouthfeel. Some fruity estery taste toward the end. Not terrible, but a huge disappointment. The second bottle was even worse. Tasted like it had hints of fish oil or something. Maybe I got a bad batch or something.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 18:01:58 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of kelticblood


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've tried Ottercreek's Pale Ale countless times and it's usually an often sight in my fridge.It poured a foamy white head that disappeared quick to almost nothing.Left a white lace from the top to the bottom of my glass.The color was a light rusty amber color crystal clear with no sediment.The aroma was of bitter hops and citrus and lemon.The taste delivered a light to medium body slightly malted and highly hopped pale ale.The finish was a bit watery,and would need a bit more malt to please me.Need to work on a bit more body and flavors of other than hops.A decent brew I would and have to buy again.

Note:Left a dry taste on the finish.
ABV should be at least 5%

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 10:11:51 | More by kelticblood
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flower hop nose with hints of malt richness. Clear pale color with a touch of amber. Slight off white head and lace. Initial bitterness in the taste is smoothed by a sturdy malt base. The finish leaves hints of fruit (grapefruit) on the tongue. This is a solid hoppy pale ale. It would be a great session beer selection!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 07:57:26 | More by frank4sail
Photo of sponberg

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber, with an off white head. Nose is a malty/hoppy/Ringwood yeasty mix that's balanced.

Starts with a bitter maltiness, with the typical Ringwood yeasty/diacetyl notes present especially mid-sip. A citrusy hop presence grows towards the end, along with a somewhat apple-like flavor and a bitterness to finish it off. Decent - not huge, not bad, but decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2002 21:02:27 | More by sponberg
Photo of Wildman


3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer had a nice tan appearence and head. Cirtrus aspects to the flavor. The feel in the mouth for me is a little odd. A little different then the pales I usually drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2002 16:08:00 | More by Wildman
Photo of Thrasher


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hoppy, aromatic, serious grapefruit overtones. A well-crafted beer. Orange amber color, good head, wonderful smell full of hops, fruit. Surprisingly complex taste with trademark copperlike Otter Creek flavor. Malts are hardly there, flowery hops are the name of this game. You can tell this is dry hopped even without looking at the picture on the bottle. I like it and it definitely kicks ass but not completely balanced and maybe a little too tart for drinking a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 15:17:31 | More by Thrasher
Photo of pbrian


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer really does showcase the benefits of late addition hops (just like the label says). Great hop flavor and aroma but its not that bitter per-se. That, plus the fact that it's light in color, body, and ABV, makes it extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2001 08:30:21 | More by pbrian
Photo of John

New York

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A solid and refreshing pale. The hops are more evident with a clean palate. A good session starter brew before moving on.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2001 13:05:59 | More by John
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just plain old good, solid pale ale. Not really special, but crisp and tasty

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2001 15:12:55 | More by AaronRed
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. twist-off brown bottle. Label, especially the back, is full info directions to the brewery, etc. Also includes a batch number and bottled on date.

Appearance: Golden amber in colour with a small amount of chill haze, the head is frothy and sticks well to the side of the pint glass.

Smell: Very fragrant of raw hops which are oily and slightly pungent, sweet and citrusy. Fresh malt and grain aromas are mild.

Taste: A true dry-hopped palate of immense raw and oily flavours mix with the even hop bitterness of citrus-like qualities. Malt and grain come through towards the end, with a background raw grain/bread flavour, and fade with the raw hop. Sweetness is minimal, and masked by the hops. Finishes quick with a palate of hops that lingers and a slight dryness.

Notes: Damn! Nothing like a pale ale that was dry-hopped well with Cascade hops. Yeah the hops tower over the malt a bit too much, who cares ... this is an awesome Pale Ale. For all the hop heads that need a fix, buy a case.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2001 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Otter Creek Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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