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

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Otter Creek Copper AleOtter Creek Copper Ale

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 03-17-2001

Our award-winning flagship brew inspired by the beers of Northern Germany. Copper Ale is a complex amber ale handcrafted with six malts, three hops and the spirit of the Green Mountains.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 854 | Reviews: 410
Reviews by Murph:
Photo of Murph
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale copper color with a thick off white head that last to the bottom of the glass. The smell is a caramel, complex malt aroma. The first thing to hit your tongue is the malt, but it is quickly followed up by the many layered malt flavor. The brew is creamy and dry and very drinkable. This was a very unexpected but also a very excellent brew. I agree with Thrasher, it definitely grows on you. Every sip that I took made me like this beer more and more. The dry characteristics are very different but very nice as well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with medium head that stays for awhile,very malty appetizing smell of caramel and biscuit malt.Pretty sweet taste would like maybe for a liitle more dryness to make it more balanced,but still pretty darn good.Used to be a staple of mine on tap at the local beer I used to hang out while spending a winter in VT.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz twist off brown bottle; faded yellow label. "Inspired by the German Alt beers of Northern Germany ..." is stated neck label. Bottled on and batch number on the back.

Appearance: Bright amber liquid with the slightest touch of haze. The head, is beautiful; sticky, crawling, creamy and white.

Smell: Semi-floral hop aroma, with some hop oil notes. Sweet caramel, bready and malt aromas follow. Touch of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Packed with earth flavours, sweet and gritty malts and a hop leaf (with a more dominate hop oil) flavours that come across tangy and spicy. A great biscuit characteristic prevails throughout, while alcohol qualities meander into middle and linger during the aftertaste. Finishes rather clean, with light malt and hop residuals on the palate.

Notes: Luscious! A beautiful interpretation of a German Alt beer. This is Otter Creek's flagship, and a New England classic.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a sampler pack. The label said brewed on 10/4/05. It was a clear amber color with a small head and some lacing. It had a sweet, malty odor. The taste was malty, with a hoppy background that lingered. Mouthfeel was OK, some carbonation. An average beer, but drinkable.

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dulled copper, stunning lace sticks all the way down the glass.

Quite malty with a toasted grain and hints of caramel. Vague fruitiness and faint hops in the aroma. Very smoothly textured mouth feel, spot on for carbonation. A little high on the toasted grain as far as balance goes, a bit more malt and body would be what I would want to see. Just enough hops to go around, the hops meld well with the malt in the finish.

Tasty and drinkable, easy on the palate as well.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, amber body with a skimpy, offwhite head that has a short lifespan. Patch lace is minimal.

Aroma is caramel malt, with floral and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with above average carbonation.

Taste is predominantly malty. Six malts are used, according to the label, but caramel is up front. Hops provide a nice balance, but are difficult to identify(three varieties are used acc. to label). This one nails the Altbier style pretty well, and is very tasty.

Pleasantly drinkable, with lots of Germanic character due to the malts.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Golden amber in color. Hoppy nose. White small bubble head, left some lacing. Smooth malty ale, with moderate grainy hopping present. Medium body. smooth finish. Decent version of an Alt beer. I prefer my Alt a bit more bold and hoppy, but this one is pretty drinkable and well balanced.

Photo of MisterDeeds
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not my favorite beer of all time. The name suggests that it may taste like sucking on pennies, and while that isn't accurate, it isn't much better. Far too bitter for me, and the I guess the aftertaste could be a little metallic, but to me it just seems too hoppy. I know Otter Creek puts out a Pale Ale too, but this tastes like an IPA to me. I dig their Stovepipe Porter, and their White Sail is good too. They also have growlers that seem to be seasonal and regional that are worth a shot. If you dig the IPA scene or consider yourself a "hophead", you will probably enjoy this one. It's just not for me.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter brown color with a thin beige head that lingered. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and malts with nutty notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts with bitter hops, very bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not a bad beer. Would not go out my way to buy another.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, the name really says it all. This pours a deep copper color with minimal head and medium carbonation something about the aroma has a slight copper to it along with some malty notes.
It leaves a really good taste in your mouth that lingers for a short while. It reminds me a lot of Long Trail Ale. Overall a great beer.

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper Ale has a unique nose, smelling partly of sugary malts, partly of toasted rice, partly of good loam, and partly of spicy fruit esters (oranges and apricots with cloves and black pepper), which altogether create an intoxicating aroma.

On the tongue, the first taste is of roasted nuts, bringing a distinctly earthy quality to the brew. This is then joined by toasted grains and roasted malts, which add a semi-burnt flavor, as of slightly over-toasted artisanal bread. A small, but good layer of sugars rests beneath, bringing deeply caramelized brown sugar flavors. Toward the end of the mouthful the sugars die off, and the almost-burnt bread flavor shines through clearly, and lasts well into the aftertaste. Hops are barely noticeable beneath these roasted grain flavors, and are most noticeable late in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good copper ale, and grows on the drinker as the bottle empties: the flavors do not decrease, as happens in some beers, but become more noticeable and refined. The semi-burnt notes can get a little overpowering if the beer is drunk too quickly, making this an excellent sipping beverage.

Photo of Thrasher
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer really grows on you. As it warms in the glass, it grows tastier and tastier. Nice lingering head, aromatic, and a taut balance of malts and hops. A familiar flavor that I can't identify, but in entirely new and exciting surroundings. Much more complex and interesting than your standard American ale. Fruity, robust, and satisfying. This is one beer where it really makes a difference if you drink it too cold. Maybe that's why some other reviewers didn't enjoy it as much. If you let it warm up a bit, the malts really shine.

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

True to its name, it pours a light copper color with a very small off-white head that flattens right out. Aroma is light, and consists of sweet malt, some hints of pear, and a bit of cinnamon. Flavor is sweet malt, a bit of hops in the finish, and a lingering pear with some spice. Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit tannic. Light hop and caramel linger in the aftertaste. Overall light but tasty and drinkable.

Photo of yankeeheel
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful golden color with a small white head. Smells of faint bread and a little bit of citrus. The taste was a huge dissapointment. Much hoppier than I expexted for an alt style. Finished bitter and not so pleasent. Mouthfeel was also a little thin. I gave it two tries over several days. There are much better offerings in this style.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a batch number, no bottling date.

It lives up to its name by pouring a copper color. Eggshell white head of about a finger and a half rises from an aggressive pour. Some lacing and low carbonation.

Lacking in the aroma department, some vague fruits and a touch of caramel.

Very mild flavored beer, crisp and clean but yet lacking. Has a maltiness and a bit of sweetness, with some notes of slightly bitter leafy hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, slightly wet, medium bodied.

Drinkable, but disappointed.

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper brown with tan highlights, thin off white head, good clarity

Aroma: toasty, biscuity, and very nutty with a slight bitterness in the aroma.

Taste: pronounced nutty flavor with a bready and sweet taste than is curbed by a solid bitter finish. Great balance as progression of flavor through the drink and finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp but with a little ale like thickness. Medium carbonation

Overall: A great drink that is balanced with good mix of sweet and bitter hitting at different points in the drink. Very nutty with a slight bready flavor as well.


Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This will be my first taste of an altbier, here it goes this one pours out a ruby copper tone with an off white cream hued head leaving even lacing rings around my glass. Aromatics are very nice within this little brew with an exotic floral hop with some very pronounced malt tones giving touches of toasted nuts and caramel not bad at all. Flavor breeds a wonderful balance between shots of hops, mildly sweet robust malts with a wonderful chestnut finish. Nothing is over the top but this medium bodied brew gives off many great qualities to ensure a clean crisp flavor with no offness just brewed to be drinkable. A great starter for the altbier category in my opinion I enjoy it and now I wish to venture toward other similar beers.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear rust orange in color with an impressive tan head. The head billows up like an inflatable round pillow in my glass and almost begs me to curl up on it like a cat.

The nose is of robust dirt. Earthy and coppery with some stale malt notes. Not a good scent and one that experience tells me is going to be a kind of acrid taste.

The nose to me is right on the money and my suspicions are true. That acrid scent carries through to the palate and a sharp twinge assaults my inner jowls right behind my molars. It's not bitterness just a sweet dull yuck that happens to rub me the wrong way. A few sips in the flavor is not as oppressive and I can actually taste more of the ingredients. Some stale, sweet malts and a mild bitterness that actually yields a nice smoothness.

Despite me dislike of the taste I do enjoy the mouthfeel. It's smooth and crisp and not to bad in the long run. I wish this beer had more character because to me it's just dull and musty. Worth a try but don't spend good money on it.

Photo of Jameson480
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium amber, very clear, sticky head

Smell - Smells slightly hoppy, slightly sweet

Taste - Caramel, coffee, toasted/roasted taste

Mouthfeel - Smooth, easy to drink

Drinkability - This is a surprisingly good beer. I tried Otter Creek's White Sail witbier and found it to be less than satisfactory; however, this style more than makes up for it.

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper it is, and clear as well. Carbonation is fairly active and continues after a soft but large off-white head is fully established. It ultimately fades down to about half a finger but keeps strong there. Lacing is mixed, but mostly patchy and fairly plentiful.
As expected, toast and caramel come through. A bit of leafy hops make for some balance against the breadier malts and add a bit more dryness. Dark fruit notes off a whiff of alcohol sneak into the end of each sniff. It's a bit grainy, but not astringent.
The taste gets it right, keeping it malt-forward but adding enough hops to add flavor and balance. Bitterness is light, floral and leafy. Graininess cuts down to just an even toastiness. It actually gets quite earthy, and dark fruits come in though not as strongly as in the nose. It has an almost Noble hops-like spiciness to it.
Despite the tendency for the heavier grain bill and toasting to be less clean, this beer avoids that nicely. It's quite clean, in fact, as well as being smooth and offering a nice, solid crispness in a well-rounded medium body.

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice beer. It looks great with a neat little head and lace that lingers fairly well. Crisp clear copper color. The smell is lightly fruity, perhaps notes of apricots or plums. The taste, however, leaves me searching for a bit more. Unfortunately i can term in really just "ok." I find nothing objectionable about it, i just find it slightly bland, and perhaps a bit thin. The malt sweetness is well balanced with a bit of hops, but i think i'd prefer a stronger malt character or a bit more toasted flavor.

All in all a very accessible and fairly tasty beer, and i do prefer it to similarly scored Long Trail Ale.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear light copper color, a very small head formed, but was gone quickly, leaving a very small ring around the top and small bits of lacing.

S: Lots of bready malts, some grains, and a touch of caramel on the end.

T: Starts of with an earthy flavor, and some grains, but there is a nice, fruity sweetness on the backend, a combination of melon and strawberries almost, but its hard to say exactly.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth. Leaves a slightly chalky mouthfeel.

O: It was ok, nothing amazing. Liked the fruit flavor, but the chalky mouthfeel wasn't great.

Photo of dacrza1
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: May 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: a holdover from the last poker night... APPEARANCE: dark amber body that is lively and slightly opaque; off-white head is mostly creamy with a bit of rocky space; good open lacing... AROMA: sharp caramel malts with enough metallic clank to disturb the doughy biscuit that settles... PALATE: smooth yet slightly warm; mellow, swift and too light to hold attention... TASTE: nutty and caramel with the sweetness near to lip-smacking; hops are in check and not distinguishable... OVERALLL: serviceable and sessionable, but not a six-pack I'd seek to revisit; rather straightforward and predictable, with only the comfort factor working in its favor....

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Otter Creek Copper Ale

Appearance- copper brown with a weak fizzy white head.
Smell- slight hops and malt. I think I detect a metallic odor?!
Taste- dry and slighty bitter. Some hops here and a dash of malt.

Overall- not good but not bad. A definite, "Have I ever drank this before?!" beer.

Photo of tastybeer
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber clear color with a creamy off white head. Lacing is pretty decent for the first half of the duration. Smell is reminiscent of a peppery dunkel. Taste is straight up tart and malty. Pepper and salt? are strong, with malt combined with fruity hops. Dry bitterness is left all over the palate in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good and so is drinkability. Carbonation is right on.

An ok beer.

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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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