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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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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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Photo of spointon
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this one at the Auld Dubliner in Bolingbrook tonight (poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass).

A= This ale poured a nice amber color with a 1/2" creamy tan head. The head retained well and left some nice web lace down the glass.

S= Aroma was of sweet malts, a moderate earthy hop burst, and a pungent sourness.

T= Wow, this was a really sour beer for a style that should be malty and relatively sweet. Some dark malt sweetness was in there up front, but there was entirely too much sourness following that. My initial reaction was that this beer was infected, but if so the whole case would have had to be infected because the bartender told me upfront that this was a sour beer. Weird.

MF= Relatively crisp and medium bodied.

D= This was an odd beer and I am not convinced it wasn't infected, yet a knowledgeable set of bartenders had been selling it in its "sour" state for weeks and billing it as a flavor characteristic. In any event, I wouldn't drink this one again.

EDIT: Upon doing my homework on this beer's intended characteristics (malty sweet and NOT sour), I have to say this beer was indeed infected!

spointon, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber, quarter finger head.

S- Toasted malt with hints of caramel sweetness.

T- Loads of malt complexity right off the bat. Different shades of roast and nutty characters interchange over a caramelly sweet background. The hops make a seemless takeover midway through, but they not so strong as to make you forget the maltyness that brought you this far. The finish is rich and full of character.

M- Meduim bodied with an ever so slight carbonic bite.

D- Fairly good seeing as there's alot of character in this beer.

Just one very flavorful beer, worth seeking out.

Pauly2X, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an SA pint glass.

A: Poured a clear, light copper color with a sticky, one-finger head of white foam which left some nice, webby lacing.

S: Smells lightly toasted, with caramel and buttered biscuit dominating the nose.

T: A very nice, clean, balanced malt flavor, with toasted caramel and cereal malts blended with a bit of herbal grass hop bitterness, but this is quite low. A little bit of sweet and smokiness comes from the toasted malt, but it's just nice, crisp, bready and satisfying.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a little bit of creaminess but an overall sense of balance and smooth malts.

D: A very sessionable brew and one which is a go-to favorite of mine. Not the most interesting style in the pack, but absolutely always one to go to in an indecisive moment.

This paired with an array of wings ranging from garlic parmesean to spicy buffalo to bourbon BBQ, and it was great on it's own as well. Otter Creek Copper Ale is a very versatile brew which will satisfy the malt fans out there with enough balance to satisate most any craft enthusiast. A great ale.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At a good friends party for Mardi Gras here in Burlington (thanks Jon Anthony!) I drank a bottle of this ubiquitous favorite. The color was copper/amber, the one-finger head off-white, the retention sub-par and the lacing off the collar decent. The aroma was very faint but pleasant, a mix of caramel malt and some hop bitterness. The flavors started semi-sweet with caramel malt and toasted malt followed by nuts and a crisp, hoppy finish. The bitterness of the hops at the end was twiggy and a bit woody (whole leaf hops?). Sessionable but a bit boring. The body was medium, the carbonation medium and the mouthfeel average.

thekevlarkid, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Hannaford. Pours an amber body with a thin film of off-white head. Caramel characterizes the aroma, though it's really slight. Rich caramel dominates the flavor, with some chocolate and fruit notes. Medium in body and carbonation. An easy drinker, flavorful enough. Not my favorite of the style... Reasonably decent though.

MrHurmateeowish, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Otter Creek glass.

Appearance: Copper.. as in the name of this one, a dark orange color, nice head, perfect lacing down the glass.

Smell: A bit of some hoppiness at first smell, some darker fruit aromas get drowned out by some lighter aromas, a tad unbalanced, some orange peel and citrus aromas are here but hard to distinguish.

Taste: A good complexity between the maltiness and the hop addition, tasted a bit metallic at first, some citrus flavorings give way to a spicy malt flavoring, finishing with a nice dose of esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, pretty crisp and clean, sits well on the tongue, doesn't get too wet.

Drinkability: I can see having this beer again, it was a pretty drinkable offering, the metallic taste kind of threw me off track a bit, but it's really not bad at all. I would have again.

thespaceman, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber color. Good head, minor lacing. Very hoppy aroma. Taste is strong almost overwhelming. Heavy hops bitterness. Not my cup of tea. had a hard time finishing the one I poured. Maybe personal taste, unfortunately Ive had better from Otter Creek.

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A translucent, yes, copper color with hints of orange. A medium sized, creamy off-white head is visible with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Some toasted malts up front. Some fruity, citric notes of orange rind and honey. Definite earthy hops, again with citric touches.

T: Toasted and vaguely caramel malt at first. Spicy, leafy, and floral hop flavors. Some fruity notes, again somewhat like orange, along with honey. A riding bitterness into the finish.

M: Medium-light body, with tight, restrained carbonation. A bit dry into the finish.

D: This is somewhat interesting. I won't call it a great beer, but it's got a unique flavor and nice balance. Solid and pretty sessionable.

Clydesdale, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bittle into an English pint glass.

Pours light amber, almost an orange-like hue. Medium foam, small bubbles.

Smells of bread, malt.

Taste is very clean - heavy on the malt. Almost reminds me of a Marzen, but just a little. There's a lot going on here. There is a mild hop finish, but it doesn't linger - the malt taste is what stays with you.

Light buzz in the mouth from the carbonation.

Very drinkable - flavorful, yet smooth and clean. Well done.

KTCamm, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of firkinhophead
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cleaar amber-gold with a frothy, off-white head that leaves some sticky lace.

Aroma is of dry malts, and grassy, hay-like hops.

Taste is of toasted grain and sweet barley liquor nicely balanced with some floral hops and a quenching citrus sourness in the finish. Moderate bitterness doesn't linger.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. Carbonation is lively, keeping the beer light on the tongue.

Drinkability is very good. Extremely well balanced with nice clean structure. Definitely calls for more than one.

firkinhophead, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of McClungbrew2
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear copper color with 1/4" cream colored head. No lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet malt. Strong grainy notes.

Taste - Grainy, with some roasty flavor. No pronounced hop flavor. Slight bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Good crisp finish with no lingering aftertaste.

Overall - Good drinkable beer.

McClungbrew2, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking amber hue. clean, clear with a white pillowy head that laces nicely.
smells of caramel malts, hints of roasted grains flows to the nostrils. Liking this one already.
Taste, was nice on the tongue. Good feel. Sweet, caramel malts dominate the floral hops that fight their way through.
Slight bitter finish.

dmamiano, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at a local hotel lounge in jacksonville ou of the bottle.

appearance: copper hazy brown, small head rentention

smell: hint of hops, and and a sweet nutty smell

taste: rich and with a surpring full hop flavor for a brown ale

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: quality and i would drink again

CampusCrew, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep clear copper with a small foamy head.

S- earthy hoppiness with a slightly sweet maltiness hiding in the background.

T- earthy hoppiness well balanced with a nutty toasty malt.

M- medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

D- excellent. A nice session ale.

JayNH, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of bigkahunas4
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this sepia body brew into a DFH pint glass. Minimal head, but some nice white thick lacing. Nose isn't very powerful, hints of sour dough.

Flavor is reminiscent to a scotch ale. Leathery and nutty start, with a sour, metally finish. Mouthfeel has some nice viscosity.

A nice little session beer, with a lot of flavor.

bigkahunas4, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass from a bottle. Poured a clear copper color with 1" white head. No lacing was left as the head disappeared.

Smells a little funky, ricey, earthy. I think it may have gone bad.

Tastes like it smells. Not terrible, but not a taste/smell I can place or have experienced before. I'm drinking it anyway.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

As noted above, I think the bottle I tried was bad, so the score may not be representative. If I get a hold of another bottle, I will review this beer again.

KOPBeerDrinker, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention and a copper color.

Smell is of some light caramel malts with a hint of toffee. Some mild hop aroma comes into to balance.

There is a weird dryness to this beer. I think the hop flavor is a little unusual as well. It has this overly lemony characteristic and a a bit of a fresh cut grass characteristic.

This beer is not for me. I don't like the overly lemony overtones and the grassiness.

jasonjlewis, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick and frothy, one-finger head that laces nicely.

S: Malt, hops, and brown sugar.

T: What I'm tasting is an off-balanced struggle between 6 malts, three hops, and one special yeast, resulting in an Altbier without any distinct personality. Not particularly robust or flavorful. No detectable "fruitiness" that typically characterizes the style. Exhibits much less character and complexity than Otter Creek's exceptional Pale Ale offering.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Not inspiring enough to be considered truly sessionable.

CaptainIPA, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
July 5, 2008

Given to me by my uncle during a July 4 party. Deep red hue. Smells pleasantly malty. Nothing crazy, but a well balanced, enjoyable taste. Quality brew here. Would you like another chance to try this some time in the near future.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of forceten
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, maybe I'm different, but I really like Altbier. And this is a great altbier.

Pours into the glass (I've had both tap and bottle; consistent results) with a great stable head. The beer is crystal clear, a rich copper hue, with proper carbonation. The beer is highly drinkable, even with the balance of malt and a touch extra hops than you might expect from an Alt. This is not a "hoppy" beer by hophead standards, however.

This is a session beer. I can drink a lot of this. Give this one a go when you're looking for something with FLAVOR to drink with a variety of foods...

A good alternative to a Marzen in the Fall.

forceten, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is light, softly malty, and a little spicy. Smells okay.

Pours a dark honey/brown color, pretty good clarity, mild head with mild retention. Looks okay.

First sip shows off a nice maltiness with roasted notes. Chocolate and dark bread crust come through clear. Nice bitterness and fruitiness follow. Nutty notes and a solid malt base round out the malt character as hop flavor grows. Citric and pine notes followed by herbal hibiscus-tea-like floral character. Mild bitterness overall. Medium body with semi-punchy carbonation. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good.

Like a maltier and softer version of the Pale Ale, Copper Ale is easier to drink and (almost likewise) exhibits less character. I could easily pop a few back without thinking about them, which is probably why it is Otter Creek's flagship. Not bad. Pretty good drinkability.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent copper toned amber with medium amounts of co2 quickly rising to the top of the medium sized white head.
Smell is of mildly spiced hops with toasted nuts, and toffee. Perhaps some light notes of vanilla coming through, as well.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. The bitterness and malt seem to blend together nicely
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, with a smooth finish.

weeare138, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 08 - or is it 03? /18/08 lot #2347.

Pours a mildly hazed light amber color with a very thin and quickly vanishing off-white head.

Scent is vaguely earthy, grassy and malty with notes of toast and fruit.

Taste is toasty and grainy with a bit of a metallic note at first. There's a muted fruitiness. A pleasing bitterness finishes it out. Seems to grow on me. As I continue to sip, both the fruity and the toasted qualities seem to come into focus.

Mouth is a well carbonated medium.

Drinkability is pretty good.

Not a bad beer. Interesting how it grew on me as I continued to sip. Alts have never been my favorite style of beer but this was pleasant to drink.

sethmeister, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours nice amber-copper body. It has a nice almond colored head to it.

S: Malty and earthy is what I get from this.

T: Hard to describe but it goes down well and leaves a sharp bitterness. A bit malty and earthy just as it smells.

M: Not overcarbinated which is quite nice. bitterness sneaks up on you in the end.

D: Not too bad, I could drink this again or have many more of them. Pretty decent brew, I'd buy it again.

beerfairy, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew smells very malty like fresh cooked ginger snaps. Pours to a deep golden color with a slight orange tinge. Head is macro bubble and fades quickly. The taste starts as sweet like a marzen but is quickly followed by a gradual hopping that starts bittersweet in combination with the carbonation. The finish is more bitter but then gets overtaken by the maltiness. This is a flavorful Alt. Not at all balanced at the point of attack, but then why should it be? Delicious.

mooseisloose, Oct 04, 2008
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.