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

Otter Creek Copper AleOtter Creek Copper Ale

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698 Ratings

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Ratings: 698
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
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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Photo of PicoPapa


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

12oz bottle. Pours a murky, dirty copper color with a small amount of head. Zero lacing. Aroma is earthy and malty. Sort of sweet and sour smelling. Maybe a bit of caramel. Taste is bready. More of that tangy flavor I smelled earlier. Earthy flavor. A bit watery and thin but easy to drink and an alright beer. Not much else to say about this one. Decent mix pack beer but not worth grabbing on its own.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 03:54:32 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of jmdrpi


3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. no date, instead an unclear lot #.

appears a dark copper color, with thin bright white head. smells a bit stale. tastes of mild malt with a bit of citrus and clean hop flavor. medium body and carbonation.

overall, an average easy drinkin' beer

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:58:31 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of OldIronLungs


4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass. Pours a bright amber honey with a finger of white head that flattens out into a persistent disc.

Nose is sweet malt, bready, lightly toasty with a hint of alcohol.

The first part of the sip is akin to a light, clean finish; open and juicy. Big citric mouthfeel followed by a good malt body, earthy pine and grapefruit feel at the end.

This is really refreshing, yet bitter in a way that demands you draw another sip. For the style, I think this is excellent. It's called a copper and I think that's a perfect description for the sensation. Would love to try this on tap with some fish and chips.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 04:05:37 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of DrJay


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber colour with a thin cap of foam that settled quickly to a collar. Mild aroma, earthy, malty with some brown sugar sweetness, toasty with faint hops. Moderate bitterness that lingered. A little juicy, citrusy up front, malty mid-palate. Definite grapefruit character in the finish. medium bodied with lowish carbonation, fairly dry. Overall, pretty decent. Easy drinking with nice flavor, a little fruitier than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 23:59:30 | More by DrJay
Photo of LittleDon


2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pint at Daedalus in Harvard Square.

Copper colored, clear, no head or lace, plentiful carbonation. Muted malt aroma with a candy like characteristic. Medium carbonation feel. Flavor leans toward the malt side with the same candy like quality in the middle. Some bitterness in the back, but all in all, a mediocre brew with nothing descriminating it from the thousands of other pale ales.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 00:23:18 | More by LittleDon
Photo of koolex11


4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent attempt at an altbier. Unfortunately there aren't enough alts out there to compare to. I wish there were more.

I feel that too many beer enthusiasts focus on--depending on taste--either excessively hoppy beers or the overly sweet Belgian style. The subtle joys of a robust beer with good balance and less sugar is forced to carve a niche in the shadows amidst micro-brewing extremes.

Thank you otter creek for showing your sophistication! I hope others will follow.

Great bold malt flavor, but didn't forget a good dose at the end to keep the hopheads happy.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 00:10:58 | More by koolex11
Photo of mattjv


4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As the name suggests, pours a clear copper color with 1 finger head that dies down quickly.

Smell is light toasted malts with a bready yeast character. Herbal hops complement the aroma. Pleasant toasty malt character also highlights the taste, with prominent nutty/woody notes. Piney and herbal hops highlight the finish, with a moderate bitterness. Slightly drying on the finish, bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Fairly light bodied with mild carbonation, goes down easy and finishes pleasant.

Overall: A well rounded, easy drinking brew of a style that I haven't had many of. I found the bitterness moderate but it may be a little too much for those very sensitive to it. Recommend trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 01:03:38 | More by mattjv
Photo of mdaschaf


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 01:23:19 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of lechroy


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the caramel aroma here on this one. I can smell the sweet sugar maple essence dabbled with some warm cloves. Great for the nose although the aroma is notably malt dominated.
Tasted warm going down, makes me think this would be nice for autumn. I was missing the hop presence on this one. Dry finish which I liked, but otherwise empty and tasting watery in the middle. A decent copper, but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 00:37:21 | More by lechroy
Photo of tzieser


2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served in a standard pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

a: pours copper (surprise!) in color with a thin white head that fades quickly. hoped for more head retention. nothing special at all.

s: pretty bland nose with notes of caramel malts and grassy hops. not much there. could use more dry hopping.

t: crisp, slightly sweet malty flavor up front balanced by notes of grassy hops. watery character that i'd expect out of a BMC faux-craft beer. i've had better.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel; okay drinkability.

nothing special here. move along. if there is one beer in Otter Creek's lineup that is in need of overhaul it's this one. since when does altbier mean "boring, uninspired ale"? that's the vibe i got with this one. will not have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 23:11:18 | More by tzieser
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with a thin, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is bready malt, caramel and grassy hops. Light-medium body is smooth. Flavor is of light grassy hops and caramel malt. Light, short finish. Nothing exciting about this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 16:38:39 | More by mikeg67
Photo of jsdunlop

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange-amber color, bit of sediment floating around and settling on the bottom, and a nice lookin fluffy white head that forms and hangs around. Good lacing so far
Faint spice in the nose, bit of sweetness, grainy
Very malt forward, bready malts with a sourdough taste to it. Slight caramel sweetness, light bitterness finishes up the brew.
Mouthfeel is moderate with matching carbonation, smooth feel to it.
Overall, this seemed to be a very, very plain beer. Flavors seemed meshed together, no defining characteristics noted at all. It drinks fine, but nothing stood out.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 03:07:45 | More by jsdunlop
Photo of Wamesit


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright copper with a thick crisp white head that gives way to moderate webbing lacing.

S - Fruity nose with a hint of pepperiness underneath. There is an oily hop aroma that is the body of the experience, along with a bready malt scent.

T - A crisp flavor. Oily hops (spicy), bready and sweet malts. A good balance. A touch of alcohol in the finish.

M - Denser side of light. Appropriate carbonation.

D - Drinkable, esp. for those who enjoy the Altbier style.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:51:58 | More by Wamesit
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich brown color.

Smells like a Beck's or German beer. A little caramely too.

Taste was rather bland for me. Didn't notice a lot of hops or maltiness to it.

Goes down smooth and easy, but can't say I really wanted another pint.

Vermont offers many more superior beers than this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 20:08:27 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of vtblackdog


3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light copper, light head, not a lot of lace on the pint glass.

S - malty don't get much hops, but just as advertised.

T - good taste, like the a micro brew should be.

M - smooth, a good beer to enjoy on a winter or summer day.

D - very drinkable, goes down smooth

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:35:46 | More by vtblackdog
Photo of beerdude63


2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer years ago and remember loving it. However I grabbed a six pack the other day and had a different experience. It poured out a beautiful copper color which was the only thing that seemed the same. The smell was graining and floral, but not awesome. The taste was pretty similar. Had a nice head on it but a little too much carbonation for me. All in all a half way decent beer but definitely the same as it was before. Not sure if its a new recipe or a off batch. Guess I'll have to pick it up a six pack again ina few months and find out.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 20:33:30 | More by beerdude63
Photo of CooperEllis

New York

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was quite happy to realize this hadn't disappeared, it had just had updated packaging so figured it was time to review it.

12oz into .3l tulip.

I've always like how this looked. I just learned it's classified as a 'altbier'. Thanks, BA!

Lovely bright copper color; aggressive pour yielded a 1.5" head of billowy white.

Soft fruit and grain aroma, light apricot. It is a very clean smell, not antiseptic, but fresh/springy.

Certainly less agressive flavors than a lot of what I've been drinking of late. Mild malt flavors through the middle are bookended by a bit of grass.

Certainly drinkable. I suppose I'm a sucker for nostalgia and reviewing something you've had so many times is just another one of the many factors that may skew a review, but I certainly enjoy a couple Copper Ale's from time to time.


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 01:50:19 | More by CooperEllis
Photo of ne0m00re


2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle marked LOT2594110903.
A: Poured a reddish amber with a half-finger creamy head that died to a thinner film and collar.
S: A slight cinnamon and caramel and toffee with a banana biscuit and mild buttery consistency.
T: Creamy with a strange metallic brightness at the end. Mostly buttery biscuit with banana. It's not terrible, but there are much better altbiers.
M: Thinner with a mild carbonation. Not so great either.
D: Good. It goes down pretty easy. Overall, I'm not too impressed, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 22:27:07 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of Gushue3


3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours a nice clear amber color with light carbonation, small foamy head that goes away.

Smell- malty and yeasty with a very light hop scent. nothing jumps out at you.

Taste- crisp taste upon first sip. malty and balanced, light hop taste, slightly sweet, a hint of fruit?

Mouthfeel- hits the palate with carbonation. light on the tongue, feels nice.

Drinkability- although this is drinkble th carbonation could be too much after a few. however when drinking in a mixpack is good

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 03:43:27 | More by Gushue3
Photo of albertjr21

New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a pint glass, this yields a light and clear amber color under a thin head.

S: There's a light toasted malt nose with hints of caramel and earthy hop.

M/T: From start to finish, sweet malt dominates but is nicely complimented with a nice moderate hop undertone.

D: Robust yet smooth flowing.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 03:04:23 | More by albertjr21
Photo of vandemonian


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Copper Ale pours with a orange/amber colour. The head dies away quickly but some lacing remains around the edge of the glass. The smell tastes like yeastiness and some maltiness. Starts out crisp and hoppy. There is also a hint of sweet maltiness. The finish is crisp, like a lager. This is a very nice and drinkable beer but it's not that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 02:29:05 | More by vandemonian
Photo of BranfordBound


3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 22:03:48 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy copper colour with an average size frothy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation of the beer and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, caramel, malts, grassy notes, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average mount of carbonation and it feels creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up breads/grains, malts, caramel, and some grassy notes. It finishes with a slightly bitter malty aftertaste.

Drink - A highly drinkable beer that would make a good Oktoberfest brew. I wouldn't seek it out again; but I'm happy I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:49:04 | More by spinrsx
Photo of mltobin


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a copper color with a one finger head, that with some time has some lacing. Smell has malt, sugar, some hops, a nice aroma overall. OCB`s copper ale tastes slightly hoppy, but also watery, with a tinge of a bitter finish. MF is medium bodied. Drinkability is good as it goes down easily. A nice option after a day on the mountain in Vermont.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 02:35:21 | More by mltobin
Photo of DrinkingDrake


3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name describes the color pretty well. A nice pour that finishes with a good head that retained itself until about halfway through the beer. Smells of very sweet malt and even though it is a low ABV there is a strong alcoholic aroma.

Very smooth on the tip of the tongue. The malts come out very quickly as the beer washed to the back of your throat. The after taste is a little dry and I can barely say that it is bitter. The hops really don't cut through on this beer even thought they used three different varieties.

This beer has good drinkability for a sunday afternoon. I don't think i'll be buying a six pack again but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 21:16:45 | More by DrinkingDrake
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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