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

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831 Ratings

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | 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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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.

Photo of forceten
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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.

Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of sethmeister
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of beerfairy
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another solid Otter Creek offering here with the Copper Ale. Interesting enough, it pours a nice copper color and has a coppery/metallic sort of taste to it (in a good way though). May be hard to have many of these in one sitting but if having a few it's a nice tasty beer I'd come back to.

Photo of Brew33
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati.

It is a bright copper color with a sticky white head that laces all the way down the glass.

The smell is bright, a lot of carmel malt in the nose.

The taste is grainy, malty, and metallic. Strong grain flavor with a subdued hoppiness. I like hoppy brews so this is a little flat for me. The metallic aftertaste may be strong for some but I rather liked it. There is no alcohol taste present at all.

Overall this is a decent brew, not great but a good sessionable Ale. I would drink it again for sure.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper with a nice full head and great lacing.

Some hop aroma, with notes of roasted malt and caramel. Looked for more here and didn't get it.

Some hop bite, with a distinctive herbal/pine note -- not unpleasant, but present. Dry biscuit flavors here as well as roasted malt and a little caramel. Sounds crazy, but all of these work well together.

Medium bodied, fair carbonation.

Those seeking a soft beer need to go somewhere else. Flavors peak strongly then fade to the next layer. Nice beer, well crafted and consistent in flavor -- something that I've gone back to (meaning at least a couple of 6's) every year for about 10 years. Thanks to my friend for having it in the fridge. A great reminder that while there are so many new ones out there to choose from, it is important (and actually worthwhile) to return to support the local brewer who has been doing it so well for so long. I know what my next 6 purchase is going to be.

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

12 oz. twisty bottle > Otter Creek world tour Pint glass.

The color is certainly a deep copper-amber color, many tiny bubbles rushing up create a clumpy and well-retained off-white head.

Smells of honey soaked almonds, dark bread with brown sugar, tangy fruits, black pepper and earth-soil herbs.

The first thing I noticed after my first sip was the divine balance of flavors. There's a crisp and sweet malt, much like a sweet bread like Hollah then the fresh, peppery herbal hops rides over it with a bold earthiness and then comes the tangy, fruity edge that is very subtle and effective. The balance brings all of this right back down to earth, like when Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh find a mellodic theme within a very jazzy, spacey Darkstar. The malt is semi-sweet with a nutty, almost meaty effect that gives further depth. The flavor profile seems really unique, with it's bold malt, earthiness and tangy fruits so well balanced.

This is a crispy medium bodied brew that is right on style wise.

This is not exactly a hard beer to polish off.

Photo of williamherbert
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color of a copper penny. No head despite best efforts. Nice color but too clear and shiny to show any depth. I would have preferred maybe a little more body.

The smell is a surprising, slightly roasted malt. Some toffee and caramel notes. The malt is a little sharp, just this side of an amber, although not bad.

The taste is of a sharp amber malt, with some toasted molasses and toffee. A mild flowery hop is a necessary balance. It's like an ale with slightly more toasted malt.

The feel is watery but with some minor ale body. It could use some more body to make the flavors stick around a little longer. It's a solid ale. Not amazing but drinkable and mild. Malty and a tad burnt.

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear copper with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like roasted barley malt and earthy copper hops, with a bit of nutty malt. It tasted like rusty and earthy copper hops, with robust roasted barley malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a clean and bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a nice, clean flavor that was easily to drink. However, it could have used a little more hops bite.

Photo of changeup45
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice copper color to it topped with a good head which lelf a nice amount of lacing. Taste was a refreshing with sweet spiced flavor. Slightly hoppy bitter notes at the end with a clean finish. A touch fruity but not too much. Perhaps a little thin on the mouthfeel. A good overall balance to this beer and something I'd look forward to having again.

Photo of bbeerman
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite summer beers, I'll still enjoy a six-pack anytime it is available.

Pours a nice golden, slightly amber color. Not much lace left behind, but that's not important with this beer.

I've never been disappointed with the scent, but also never been overly impressed. I think the scent is subtle.

Delicious, simply delicious. Excellent in the summer, but really suitable anytime. Goes well with most foods (e.g. meats, veggies, salads), so excellent for a cook out or even a quiet dinner at home.

Smooth as beer should be. Easy to drink without drinking too many. Average ABV, so you do not get intoxicated easily. An excellent session beer in my opinion.

A great American beer, a great Altbier, and the best Otter Creek offering available.

Photo of MTNboy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- It has a good copper color just like the name suggests. It has a nice head and lace.

Smell- A citrus tone was the first thing I noticed then it became little more of a spicy aroma.

Taste- There is an earthy and beany like bitterness to this beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium with average carbonation.

Drinkability- Good, I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clear copper with a good sized white fluffy head, good retention , milky lace

S- fruity, toasted malts, caramel

T- grassy, fruity, some citrus and pine, hoppier than scent leads you to believe, very well balanced

M- medium body with a dry finish but great carbonation

D- excellent balance and flavor, sessionable, highly recommended, unique

Photo of ballewblake
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Vapeur glass.

Copper. Yep, its copper and with a one finger white head on the top. Head drops pretty quick and nice thick lacing is left where it was. From the look, not a whole lot of carbonation going on. Smell is cooked honey, maybe burnt? Crisp on the tongue, so carbonation is here, roasted malts, some bitter hops. Easy drinking brew. Seems all the ones I'm digging tonight are the last ones in the fridge (and hard to come by.)

Thanks to csniezek for sending this my way.

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

Pours a nice clear copper color with a small off white head. Not much head retention or lacing.

Malty smell with maybe a slight hint of hop character.

The taste is malty and it's a slightly bitter finish. Quite nice.

A dry taste, but unique. The hop sensation lingers a little. The tip of my tongue gets the most sensation.

A good tasting beer that I would seek out again. Good session beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spice and some hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and spices. There's a decent hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time.

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

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a very nice copper-amber color with a nice creamy tan head.

S- Somewhat malty, hints of toasted grain.

T- More malty than hoppy, but has a nice dry hop finish. Toasted grain, some hidden nuttiness.

M- Thin to medium body, very tiny bubbles don't get in the way.

D- One of the better beers from this brewery, pretty drinkable.

Photo of Rzzzzz
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Color is a shade lighter than copper. Head is white and thin but continually replenished by some active carbonation. Good clarity. Nose is mild and malty.

Flavor is a well-balanced blend of malt and hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is a tad thin/watery, but the flavor is all there. I could see myself latching onto this as one of my favorite local brews if I lived in the area.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Copper Ale pours a dark copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very malty. The hops really jump out at me with this beer, but there is a really nice mix of malt that balances this beer really well. Quiite enjoyable.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. 12/08/07 stamped on bottle neck. Lot #2222. This was the last of three beers I received in a beer of the month club.

Appearance: copper colored body with a slightly off-white foamy pillow soft head. Carbonation ascends in lines off the bottom of a very clean, clear and refreshing looking beer. Nice sticky lacing all around the glass.

Smell: toasted grainy bread crusts and sweet caramel malts along with grassy hops.

Taste: bready cereal grains, sweet honey toast are met by bitter hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: dry and crisp on the tongue with complimenting carbonation on the light side of medium body.

Drinkability: everything about this beer sets off good drinkability. Refreshing looking, clean scents
and tastes, along with relatively low alcohol. I'll seek this out again.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a bright copper color with medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Aroma was a sligthly muted, but pleasant blend of caramel malts and roasted nuts, and the flavor followed suit. Mouthfeel was sweet, with just a hint of bitter hops, and the finish was smooth and sligjhtly warming.

Not a bad beer.

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