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

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Otter Creek Copper AleOtter Creek Copper Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

774 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
32 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-17-2001)
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This one is indeed copper. It's also pretty clear with a one finger foamy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves tons ofdry sticky lace around the edge of the glass. A nice looking beer.

S - Huge and super-thick malt nose for a lighter colored brew! I smell burning leaves, old log cabins, toast, wet fire-wood, and burned corn flakes (seriously). Excellent depth of character!

T - Taste follows the nose with woody, leafy, and burny flavors. This tastes almost like a stout with all of the burnt roasted tastes, but it's sweeter and lighter than most stouts. If I was blindfolded, I would swear up and down that this beer is black. I also taste caramel and some supportive leafy and grassy hops that back up the autumnal buring leaf flavors quite well.

M - Moderately carbonated and light-ish bodied. This is pretty thin for such an intense taste. I think this would be better with a bit more body.

D - Superb! I could quaff these all night. Or day, whatever.

pmcadamis, Jan 11, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

oberon, May 11, 2003
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 17, 2001
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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

csmartin6, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -17.1%

TTripp725, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3/5  rDev -17.1%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Jason, Sep 24, 2003
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.

merlin48, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Billolick, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of MisterDeeds
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

MisterDeeds, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Cavanaghty, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

kingcrowing, May 31, 2009
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Milkysunshine, Jan 04, 2013
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.

jondeelee, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of mdtnelson
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

mdtnelson, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Thrasher, Mar 26, 2002
Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

far333, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

yankeeheel, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of jefftuck47
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

jefftuck47, Mar 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of BranfordBound
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

BranfordBound, Dec 28, 2010
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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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