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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

804 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Foster's Cooler Glass.

L - clear copper color with a tight off-white head that thinned to a ring/coating leaving some spotty lacing.

S - earthy blend of caramel malt and grassy hops.

T - very tasty brew, there is a pleasant sweetness and rich malty flavor most of the way through until the finish turns dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - totally drinkable and totally refreshing.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear ruddy orange with a decent head.

S: An earthy, citrus note-infused smell with a decently fresh floral hoppiness.

T: Sweet caramel malt flavor gives way to a weak hop note and a rice-like adjunct finish. Some nuttiness lingers throughout, but still leaves the palate wanting for the caramel malts to stay around longer.

M: Nicely carbonated with a dry finish.

D: This wasn't too bad, but not something I'd sit down and enjoy a couple of bottles of. More run-of-the-mill than anything.

thekanna, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

jbphoto88, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear bronzed-copper body with a half-finger of soft off-white foam capping the drink. While unimpressive in size, the head is long-lasting and leaves fading sticky bands of lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is rich and grainy with clean, tangy, grassy, herbal hoppiness and plenty of dry, lightly toasted malt.

The taste is dryly malty with a trailing caramel edge that is nicely cleaned up by a bitter grassy hop-note. The mild bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, mingling with a note of dry cocoa and a drizzle of oily, malty caramel nuttiness.

The drink is on the light side of medium-bodied with superb carbonation. Otter Creek Copper Ale is plenty tasty, and quite a refreshing drink on a warm, humid spring afternoon.

cvstrickland, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper orange, good bubbly head with nice lacing. Smells of caramel sweetness, pear, . Tastes of sweet caramel malt up front and throughout. Some vanilla and pear. Nice hoppy bitterness. Finishes quite sweet. Good carbonation.

A very good beer, not too sweet and overbearing. I love the caramel sweetness matched with the hoppy bitterness. A great representative for an American Altbier.

bum732, Mar 23, 2009
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
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.