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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: 803
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | 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 timmlimestone
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great altbier. A wonderful almost marzen mayday brau for fun, festivities, and flings. This was a great beer to ring in the 75th anniversary of the return of beer yesterday. I wish more mainstream beers were like this. This is definitely a respected brew from a respected brewery.

The appearance is a wonderful reddish amber with sufficient effervesence and a stong head.

I love the smell of the malt laced with a hint of the strong hop sensations.

Tasting this beer was like tasting a little slice of heaven. It is just a very good beer in the middle of the road category. Very tasty and very good on the tongue.

The feeling is that of a thicker malty altbier. There may be a hint of the copper taste.

I could cdrink this bad boy all day long. It is a great festival and picnic pairing.

timmlimestone, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of RobH
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up as part of a mixed 6-pack knowing it would be more of an everyday session type of beer.

It did not disappoint in fulfilling this role. Quite easy going on the palate and certainly very drinkable.

I like this beer enough to grab some sixers for a party of friends or the like since it's not going to offend anyone while it's also a highly respectable brew.

Color, aroma, head retention, taste...it's all there wrapped up in a fine brew.

RobH, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of hyland24
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The beer poured a cloudy copper color with minimal off white head(maybe due to a half assed pour). There was decent spotty lacing throughout.

The smell was slightly sweet fruit with a malty hop mix.

The beer tasted malty and slightly bready with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a slightly creamy lightly carbonated dry finish that left a nice taste in the mouth. Good example of this style. A great summer/spring beer which could definitely be sessioned.

hyland24, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of errantnight
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What an interesting drinking experience...

My first impression was, wow, what a great Altbier! And then, as I drank, a slightly disturbing metallic twang developed, that eventually receded, leaving me to once again think... wow, what a delicious altbier!

Crystal clear, and lightly copper almost gold except for a distinct tint of orange... solid lacing and head that really stick around...

Bready and slightly floral in the nose, a nice hint of toast and right around the edges a distinct biscuity flavor I associate w/ Fat Tire, but it stays distinctly on the edge of the palate, and I like it.

Fine carbonation, just slightly spritzy, and a full but not heavy body.

Would gladly enjoy a six pack... drinkability knocked down due to the mid-beer development of astringent, metal, flavor.

errantnight, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was aquired via a trade with Hyland24. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A nice slightly cloudy amber color. The ale looked lighter at the bottom and got increasingly darker towards the head. The head was thick,foamy and white, with slight lacing.

S - Floral aroma with a slight hoppiness. Strong malty notes and slightly soapy smell.

T - Malty floral taste that finishes with a bitter medicinal, soap-like flavor. Dry slightly hoppy and metallic aftertaste.

MF&D - Slightly carbonated with a smooth almost oily mouthfeel. The ale coated the mouth well and hung around the long after the swallow, which would have been good if the taste would have been better. Tasted like I was drinking a subpar IPA with a handful of pennies in my mouth. I did not enjoy this ale would not purchase it in the future.

nasty15108, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enter from notes taken during consumption on 11/03/07.

Pours a dull copper color with some haze. !/2 inch off-white head did not stay around long but left a nice splotchy coat and some decent lacing effect.

The smell is of toastd grains and toasted bread. Caramel malt creeps in. earthy hops flash in the end.

Tastes of toasted grains and doughy malts. Some hints of dried fruit creeps in and is followed up by some earthy and floral hops. A mild bitterness finishes this one out.

Mouthfeel is of a medium body and even mild carbonation that holds everything together,

Overall this is nice beer that I could have several of.

jackorain, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Alt
No Freshness date
As its name implies, pours a picture perfect copper color, great clarity and a quarter inch of head that just sticks to the sides and soon falls. Aromas are just a touch of toasty grain (amber and Munich malts), no fruit, and some floral notes from the hops. Very clean overall. On the palate there is a medium caramel flavor, lightly toasted, finishing with a rich biscuity flavor and bitterness from the hops. Very smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, but also a touch thin and watery. No problems or faults, but also a pretty mediocre beer.

dreadnatty08, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in a sample pack. Poured with a copper-gold tint and settled with a murky appearance. The aromas had a citrus, almost lemony fragrance, but the overall structure was a hoppyish, bread smell with good amounts of malt. The taste was nice and sweet with more apparent citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is stable and rich, allowing it to be refreshing and relaxing. Overall, a nice, generally good feeling drink.

fitzy84, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light amber color, clear. Very good lace as I drink it down. A thin layer of bubbles last throughout, while the initial pour provided a moderate head.

Dry maltish aroma with a strong off aroma of beef stew.

This is a hoppy beer, which covers up the astringent malt. Very dry, yet creamy. Good body and carbonation.

Not my style, but the hop picks up the taste enough to make it drinkable.

smcolw, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of cbleary
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This was my first Altbier, but it certainly won't be the last. The beer poured a nice light copper color. The head was quite small, but it left nice lacing in the glass. The taste was a very pleasing blend of sweet malts, and maybe a hint of brown sugar, with the perfect balance of hops on the finish. It was very drinkable, I want to get another!

cbleary, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Jameson480
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium amber, very clear, sticky head

Smell - Smells slightly hoppy, slightly sweet

Taste - Caramel, coffee, toasted/roasted taste

Mouthfeel - Smooth, easy to drink

Drinkability - This is a surprisingly good beer. I tried Otter Creek's White Sail witbier and found it to be less than satisfactory; however, this style more than makes up for it.

Jameson480, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Jettanbass9
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Girlfriend brought me back a 12 pack sampler from a recent trip to vermont.

A - Orangy brown with a fluffy white head a top. A decent amount of carbonation floating to the top.
S - Toasty, almost bready malts capture the aroma of the beer. Not much hop presence so the malt takes the forefront here.
T - toasty, malty with a slight bitterness to balance. That is the key word here 'balance'. This beer doesnt have too much of one thing and thats a good thing.
M - A full mouthfeel however the non fermentables do not take up a lot of this beer. I could really see kicking back with a few of these on a cold day.
D - Like i said this is a great all around beer. A perfect compliment to a cooler day. As i was finishing the beer I read that this is styled by german alt beers. Makes sense to pair it up on a cool october day.

Jettanbass9, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of imaguitargod
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful penny copper color to this beer which poured out to almost zero head in my pint glass. Extremely easy to just gulp this down because it is so smooth. It does have a small hop bite that lingers briefly after you sallow but the main flavor is a nice, toasty malt flavor. Would go great with a full breakfast meal.

imaguitargod, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer received as part of a 12-pack for Xmas. Thanks Joe.

Poured into a Samuel Adam Boston Lager glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head over the clear amber brew. Head recedes sedately, with lasting lace. Aroma is well-balanced. Taste mirrors the nose, nutty maltiness upfront, and a moderately intense citrus hoppiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, and drinkability is pretty good. A nice fall-back if not a first choice when looking for a sessionable product.

ppoitras, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Kallessin
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber color with about a 1/4 inch head. Very clear.

A very earthy aroma with a hint of flowers and citrus.

It's very bitter and hoppy at first. There is a lot of citrus flavor. I wouldn't say the flavor is as well balanced as it says on the bottle, but as the beer warms up a bit, the sweetness of the malts comes through more and the flavor is much better.

A very sharp crisp mouth feel that finishes a little dry. Nice carbonation.

I don't think I could drink a lot of these because of the dryness. Overall not too bad, but I don't think I could have more than a couple.

Kallessin, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper color with almost no head, and that with a very fresh born on date. Grainy aromas with a touch of leather in the nose. The taste starts with spicy hops, then a graininess like Wasa crackers, and crisp, dry malt. A tad sweet right before the finish, and then a long, mild bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and crackery and a bit spicy, but falls off a bit. This is a pleasant session beer, but nothing outstanding.

Georgiabeer, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful copper-red color with a off white head. Soft carbonation.

S: On the nose is some spiciness, cinnamon, fresh leaves, nutmeg, and a fresh kindling woodiness are detected. A very distinct burnt caramel is highlighted with a touch of smokiness and a very earthy feel.

T: For flavor there is some earthy leaves, kindling, and burnt caramel along with some earthy hop notes and toasted bread. Theres some sweetness in the start from the cinnamon hints and burnt caramel which fades to a nice fresh woodiness flavor.

M: The body and mouthful is light but very flavorful and autumn like.

D: Good drinkability with a great complexity of flavor. A great fall style beer with a very good flavor.

beerthulhu, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent copper color (big surprise!) with light head and light lacing.

Smell is of toasted sweetbread with a kiss of hops.

Tastes toasty and slightly sweet with just a little nuttiness. A fairly restrained hop finish.

Medium-bodied with more carbonation than was visible. Pretty smooth.

A very solid but not knock-your-socks-off beer. I will definitely track this one down again.

tmitch75, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of wspscott
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (xmas in ft myers)

A: Color of a penny, crystal clear, no head
S: hint of spicy hops, mostly malty/toasty
T: Bready/toasty malt with a nice hop backbone, doesn't seem like american hops (at least not one of the C's)
M: Low level of carbonation, crisp and dry on tongue, no hint of alcohol
D: Very nice, sessionable, amber style ale. Bottle says "inspired by Alts" but seems a little hoppy for an Alt. Definitely worth trying, I would buy it again.

wspscott, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Liquids
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a paler 'copper' than expected, but certainly is copper in a muted, rather pale amber kinda way. Head of foam and surprisingly white with a yellow tinge that holds lacing. Aroma is predominantly hops, and very clean; not a favorite aroma, but a good aroma. Taste is light and malty, hops make a showing as does a distinct toasted flavor. This is like a less intense and more sessionable version of Redhook ESB, a beer I really like, but I'm unsure I want a less intense version. Flavors are great though, simple as that. Mouthfeel is watery; aimed for sessionability so it's acceptable. Drinkability is excellent, it's a well balanced beer, and I'd consider stocking it, though it's rather close to ESB as mentioned.

Liquids, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 1 finger od eggshell white head. Great lacing & very good head retention

S: Nice breadyness, fades as the beer warms up

T: Cakey, dry with herbal hop bitterness up front. Some crackery notes along caramel as this warms. Finishes with slightly herbal/metallic hop twang, some toffee, honey malt & too much dryness

MF: Medium bodied with good balance & moderate carbonation

Drinks fairly good, compares favorably to some Alts I had over in Germany, too dang dry to session on

russpowell, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Received this from my RB Secret Santa. Otter Creek's Copper Ale pours, well what else, a hazy but polished copper. The whole glass is teaming with moderate sized carbonation bubbles rising to the one finger white head that formed on the pour. The head leaves patchy lacing on its way down.

There's a solid husked graininess upfront that falls to the background but never completely fades. Toffee and caramel come in and round things out nicely. Has a bit of an earthy aroma coming up from the depths.

Flavor is much the same as the smell and to keep from boring you I won't repeat myself. What was undetectable in the smell is the hop presence and although there's no discernable hop flavor there is certainly a balancing bitterness that keeps this beer perfectly balanced.

Medium bodied with a massaging carbonation. By the looks of things I thought the carbonation would be more aggressive, (and was a little worried) I'm glad it's more restrained.

This is without a doubt a sessionable beer. Smooth and balanced keep this Alt flowing easy.

I don't visit Alts often enough and this is a pretty good example. When I head to the store it seems like there's just too many seasonals and special releases to keep up with, that it keeps me from what I should be drinking, more sessionable brews.

joe1510, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of chiefydawg
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a variety pack of other Otter Creek beers. After sipping this, I recalled a taste found in the other beers in the pack. So, reading up, I noticed: this is not pasteurized, it was brewed in July '07, and I cannot say what kinds of temperature changes it has sustained. So this beer may not be nearly as good as one in, say, Vermont in August.
(Here's an abbreviated review until I can get some fresh brew.)

That being said, I still found the beer to be quite drinkable. It has that nice copper color, but little lace. There was some sweet bread smell that kept me interested; and the taste actually improves as it warms. Unfortunately, I could catch more of the the watery, flat finish to every drink is the recurring taste no matter how well it hit initially hit the tongue. Medium bodied as promised, it went down smoothly and imparted some good clean caramel before the aftertaste immediately downgraded it again. An average beer that I would not buy, but would be thrilled to drink if offered one.

chiefydawg, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the second offering was their alt ; the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish-gold w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing ; a sour caramel w/ faint hints of darker fruits as it warms, very little hop aroma as well ; a crisp, strangely tart, malty nut-like flavor, at first, then the flavor thins out quickly leaving a watered down mostly munich/caramel flavor behind, a bit of citrusy hop in there as well ; a dry, med. body w/ mild carbonation, could be thinner to match the lighter flavor ; not a bad drinking beer, not my top choice for an alt at all (say that three times, fast)....

animal69, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very clear copper amber with some small visible carbonation and a decent two finger high head of white fomay lace. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace and a decent film across the top.

S - The aroma was really packed with tons of bready malts. Cereal grains taking over as it warms up with a decent musty sort of smell. Very much full of malt hear with a touch of barley.

T - Very sort of muted. A quick clean taste that really did not have much of a follow though to it. It really kinda was dominated by the cereal grains and earthy bread like malts that drown out anything else that might have been trying to make a run at coming forward.

M - Very smooth with a crisp clean finish. Not a ton of carbnation and the body itself was very light. It was a very light feeling, but non slick beer.

D - Very nice actually as there was nothing really holding you back from having multiples of this. Low abv and a very smooth flavor with a crisp finish lend itself well tothis.

Overall this was a decent beer, nothing really spectaculat just a decent beer, I would go to it in a pinch for sure. But faced with other options I would probably not.

mikesgroove, Nov 25, 2007
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.