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

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 15
Gots: 60 | 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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Ratings: 844 | Reviews: 409
Photo of marksto
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Altbier - one of my favorite styles. The label describes O.C Copper Ale as "inspired by the altbiers of Northern Germeny." I'm sure this sample is quite fresh, as this beer is new to my area. I've seen and had other American micros that claim to be altbiers, and many really don't match the style of classic Dussledorf alts. I'm happy to say this one fits the bill nicely.

Appearance lives up to its name - copper colored, clear, with a medium lingering head. The aroma has the classic elements - robost, cocoa-like malt with some hoppiness and no esters. Flavor hits the mark. Noticible malt flavor up front, then becomes constrained by a dusky, dry finish. Just enough hoppiness to complement the dryness. Very flavorful, yet smooth and quenching.

The flavor of an ale matched with the smoothness of a lager - that's why I love this style, that's why I love this beer. I'll be buying a lot more. Highly recommend.

Photo of Risser09
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist off bottle poured into a snifter - Acquired in a trade, probably brewed in Spring 2007

Appearance: Pours a reddish copper color with a tan head. The 1/2" head quickly fades and leaves behind a few bubbles in its wake.

Smell: Raw cocoa, sawdust, roasted peanuts, malt, ripe plum. Plenty going on here. Bold Aroma.

Taste: Nicely done. Maltiness and a little smoke at the start. A very pleasant roasted nuttiness through the middle and a dry, burnt popcorn ending. This is very nice.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe through the start and ends with a dryness accompanied by some alcohol.

Drinkability: I liked this beer a lot. I love beers that pack a flavorful punch and aren't huge alcohol bombs. Usually I find something this unique in an IPA or something hoppy. I wish I had a case of this stuff for the summer because it would become my quencher.

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

Poured a cold 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass. The appearance was amber brown with an off white, slightly tannish head. Small head, medium lacing, mild carbonation. Aroma was slightly fruity, malts in the forefront, with a mild hops presence.
The is a pretty nice tasting but mild brew, roasted malts and a hops, with a slight bitter finish . Mouthfeel is light and crisp, lower medium bodied brew, and medium carbonation.For a somewhat watery beer it has a good amount of flavor and is refreshing. Overall this is a nice light beer, very drinkable perfect for the warm months.

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

As of this writing there are 200 reviews on this brew. It's copper colored, malty well balanced and quite refreshing. Short review today. Rather, this was on tap at a VT restaurant and I was quite pleased at how well the VT beer was represented. Often overlooked, this beer paired amazingly well with buffalo wings and a spicy rib plate. Writing this from notes from the weekend I am now hungry and thirsty. I think it's lunch time.

Worth a try as a 6 pack for a barbeque or any other reason this summer!

Photo of MisterDeeds
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not my favorite beer of all time. The name suggests that it may taste like sucking on pennies, and while that isn't accurate, it isn't much better. Far too bitter for me, and the I guess the aftertaste could be a little metallic, but to me it just seems too hoppy. I know Otter Creek puts out a Pale Ale too, but this tastes like an IPA to me. I dig their Stovepipe Porter, and their White Sail is good too. They also have growlers that seem to be seasonal and regional that are worth a shot. If you dig the IPA scene or consider yourself a "hophead", you will probably enjoy this one. It's just not for me.

Photo of Contra
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For some reason, I'm not digging this beer. There is this flavor that I just can't describe, and it's put me off. On the plus side, the hops & malt are well balanced, and it's pretty easy to pick them apart. There is also a nice caramel quality to it. "Copper Ale" really describes its appearance. Imagine a pennies in a glass.

It's tough for me to tell how much this beer is just me, the style, or the beer itself. I've liked other Altbiers, so it's probably not the style. There is definitely some great things about it, I'm just kind of put off by that undefinable taste. I'm positive that the beer isn't light spoiled (or the like) because I got it from a variety pack, and the rest are fine. I guess I'll leave this review as a personal benchmark and have to review it some other time.

Photo of Brad007
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber/copper-ish color (hence the name) with a decent head that left lacing behind. I detect hints of fruitiness and malt in it, which I'd expect for this style ( I do know what altbiers are. ;)). The taste is strong and malty and again, leaves a fruity aftertaste and goes down quite smooth. I would say it's quite drinkable. Impressive and I believe it would make a great session ale.

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice beer. It looks great with a neat little head and lace that lingers fairly well. Crisp clear copper color. The smell is lightly fruity, perhaps notes of apricots or plums. The taste, however, leaves me searching for a bit more. Unfortunately i can term in really just "ok." I find nothing objectionable about it, i just find it slightly bland, and perhaps a bit thin. The malt sweetness is well balanced with a bit of hops, but i think i'd prefer a stronger malt character or a bit more toasted flavor.

All in all a very accessible and fairly tasty beer, and i do prefer it to similarly scored Long Trail Ale.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really nice. i like this beer quite a bit. pours a dull copper with a slight white head. smell is heavy on fruit and malt. i really dig it. the taste is much of the same, fruit and malt, slightly drying in the finish. very pleasant to drink and i think pretty right on for the style. a really nice job from a brewery that doesn't get enough attention.

Photo of edmedina
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was something I've never heard of and decided to give it a try. It poured a nice gold color, not too much head. The smell was as you expect to from any ale. It had a hoppy fruity smell to it. However, when I got to the taste I was not impressed. Left a dry taste. Some bitterness and distaste. I was not impressed with this one.

Photo of alexskovan
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale amber with an off-white head that dropped to about a quarter-inch. Mild aroma of pale malt and hops. Taste is dry and smooth, this is a "light" ale for sure. Hoppy notes, and also that vague coca-cola taste that I always detect in an alt.

A smooth and refreshing ale.

Photo of gpcollen1
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light copper - almost looking like iced tea - into my Pint glass. Head is only about 1/2 inch of pillow but quickly settles to nothing.

Aroma is lightly malty with a hint of hops showing up in there. To the lips and this one doesn't show anything spectacular. Lightly roasty malt up front, hints of toffee, and lightly drying out on a light, hoppy finish.

A decent drinking brew - nothing outstanding - but could drink a few of them.

Photo of Damian
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle at Lala Rokh, Boston, MA

Poured a clear, copper-amber with a bubbly, one-finger, light tan head that left some short-lived ridges of lacing.

The aroma was unusual at first. Slightly metallic and almost medicinal. Later, some faint caramel malts became detectable. Oddly, as the beer warmed, the aroma became gradually weaker.

The taste consisted of a flavorful mix of malts and hops. Malty rich and somewhat metallic up front with Munich, Vienna and caramel malts most noticeable. This beer was quite reminiscent of a Marzen. As the beer moved along the palate, the taste seemed to fade until the hops surfaced in the clean, somewhat dry, lingering finish.

Medium bodied with a slightly grainy yet creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, a well-balanced and easy-drinking beer.

Photo of Nipitato
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack at Marty's Wine and Liqours in Allston, MA.

A: Deep copper color. Totally clear. Ringed off white head with good retention.

S: Some perceptable malt aroma present. Other than that virtually no aroma.

T: Bitter finish fitting style. Taste is crisp and clean. Nice combination between bitter and sweet (though not too sweet) malt character.

MF: Crisp. Light medium body. Well carbonated.

D: Clean thirst quenching beer. A nice alternative to a ligher pilsner or similar lager style.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Part of a Vermont Sampler pack.

Appearance--Nice deep coppery-amber color. Visible carbonation, adequate head.

Smell--Very malty, rich sweet smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel--This is a tasty beer. Despite the very malty smell, it is very well balanced brew. Clean and crisp flavor, sharp taste initially on the tongue, but mellows as it goes down. Hops are notable, but far from dominating the flavor. Good crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability--I could make this a standard beer to have in the fridge.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.84/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This one is indeed copper. It's also pretty clear with a one finger foamy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves tons ofdry sticky lace around the edge of the glass. A nice looking beer.

S - Huge and super-thick malt nose for a lighter colored brew! I smell burning leaves, old log cabins, toast, wet fire-wood, and burned corn flakes (seriously). Excellent depth of character!

T - Taste follows the nose with woody, leafy, and burny flavors. This tastes almost like a stout with all of the burnt roasted tastes, but it's sweeter and lighter than most stouts. If I was blindfolded, I would swear up and down that this beer is black. I also taste caramel and some supportive leafy and grassy hops that back up the autumnal buring leaf flavors quite well.

M - Moderately carbonated and light-ish bodied. This is pretty thin for such an intense taste. I think this would be better with a bit more body.

D - Superb! I could quaff these all night. Or day, whatever.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored, with a nice white head. A hint of toasty aroma, combined with some floral hop notes. Very crisp, bready malt, combining with a hint of floral hops. Not much bitterness, but just enough. Very clean and crisp. A few fruity flavors at the end. Medium body. Very drinkable. Nothing overwhelming, but a pretty solid session beer.

Photo of scriabin
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice lager-ish beer that is smooth enough to enjoy enjoy repeated trials. It doesn't hit you over the head with too much hoppiness which is nice. The copper-like color and clean, crisp taste help make this one enjoyable for one and all after an few runs on the slopes.

Photo of DLReeves
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasnt middle ale taste. Smooth flavor and easy to drink.No unpleasant aftertaste which I dislike in an Ale. Generally speaking I prefer fairly strong ales and beers, but this one seems to be of decent quality without excessive hoppiness. Recently discovered at a local beer discounter so further review may continue..

Photo of UnionMade
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored, as the name suggests, with a puffy whitish head foaming up on the pour. Great clarity. Good head retention and lacing. Crispy, toasty malt aroma. A bit of grain and restrained floral hops. Softly fruity. The flavor opens with grainy, cleanish toasted malt, followed by passive apple fruitiness, finishing with modest floral hoppage. I'm curious as to what hops they use, because they seem to have characteristics of american, english, to german varieties. Pretty straightforward, but subtle and clean. A good sessioner.

Photo of bigone4
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean clear orange amber straw color hue. Nice clean white head disapates to a nice lace ring around the pint. Smells light toasted malt sweetness. Mild hint of a roasted caramel. Nice malt taste mild hint of hops for a nice well rounded balance. Nice hop tang in the finish very subtle bread like yeast mixed in. Good drinkability and enjoyable. Still holds true from the first time I had this beer back in college at St. Mike's. Good offering well worth trying.

Photo of jmatthew
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice crystal amber color in the glass, glowing orange in the center. Head was minimal and the nose was disappointingly non-apparent; just a slight biscuit aroma to be found. The taste however is quite pleasant, striking a perfect balance of bread-like maltiness and restrained use of hops, rounded out with a nutty caramel flavor. Finish was as smooth as could be. A very well balanced easy drinking altbier, and a great session standard.

Photo of psinderson
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear dark copper color. Thin off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a thin layer of small bubbles. Not much lacing.

Smell: Very fruity to me. Hints of stawberry and maybe even raspberry.

Taste: The strong fruity aroma carries over a bit in the taste up front but then mixes cleanly with a good malt toastiness which then gives way to a mild hop bitterness in the back of the throat. This is my first Altbier and it really is a smooth drinker. I liken this to a color wheel where all of the colors blend together. A very well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that could use a bit more carbonation. Feels good overall.

Drinkability: Overall, a very balanced beer except for the smack of fruitiness up front. That may limit its drinkability with some, but I find that this goes down smooth.

Photo of dustylong
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color (huh...) with a small head, with decent retention, and some lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). The smell was not very strong...but slightly malty from what I did smell of it. Has a roasty malty taste to it with a touch of bitterness, although not a very strong taste overall. Feels good and clean in the mouth, without very much carbonation. A decent beer...not bad, but not amazing.

Photo of briman
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a very clear medium amber color. Quarter-inch off white head, dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing.

Aroma is malty with a touch of hops in the background. Kind of a toasted malt presence, very bready.

Taste is slightly sweet, with some caramel, and a bready malt flavor. Dry biscuity finish, a hint of hops to balance it but basically not much bitterness to speak of.

Medium-light body, moderate carbonation. A little thin & watery....would like it better if it were a little fuller. I like that this is very much like a glass of bread, but I would like the mouthfeel to be a little more satisfying. I wouldn't say no to another, and it would be an acceptable session beer.

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