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

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809 Ratings

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | 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 LPorter33
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack from Martignetti's

Appearance = clear, shinny amber, thin head that fades to a layer of white film. Lots of bubbles rising up to the top. Looks refreshing and full of energy.

Smell = good smell of malty yeast mixed with a strong smell of bananna bread or other fresh baked goods.

Taste = Solid, strong taste of malt with hops to nicely balance it out. Lots of flavors and complexity here. Mouthfeel is a little thin and flat but it's not bad. Great drinkability..I could have several of these in a sitting. Taste is more bready and malty at first but the hops come in later to provide a good tangy aftertaste.

Overall = Solid offering from Otter Creek. Lots of flavor and complexity. Recommended.

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a slightly off-white head that slowly and steadily descends to a slight covering. Plenty of rings of lacing stick to the sides of the glass. Had the head not thinned just a hair too much, it would have been perfect, IMO. Still, it's a very nice beer to look at.

The smell was at first malty (caramel), then grainy (barley), with some citrus notes. A tad on the thin side.

Toasted grains (esp. barley) quickly take over and mute the caramel. It merges with some citrusy fruits. It's pretty good, though not as complex as the label (6 malts, 3 hops) would quite have you believe. The flavors are all a bit on the light side. Earthy grains dominate with a moderate malt backbone. The bitter hops are present throughout though never really emerge fully (which is ok for style).

Overall, it's fairly smooth, but for a touch of a metallic tinge. It's not the best aftertaste, but not bad either.

A beer to go to once in a while. Pretty easy to drink and interesting flavors. It's one of those beers that grow on you over time.

Photo of Ego
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this a few times in the past on tap as well.. finally gonna review it out of the bottle. This is supposed to be their premier beer...

vigorous pour produces 1/10 of a finger of head that retreats quickly to the edges of the glass with some large soap bubbles remaining hanging out later at the party than everyone else. copper tone (no, not the sun tan lotion)... no bubbles seem to be hanging about inside the brew. lacing is good and sticky down the glass. not bad at all.

lovely toasted caramel malts, some biscuit chewiness, stale bread, the toasty aroma is just excellent imo. Nothing you need to break out the protractor for but damn fine for the style... very much smells german imo.

taste etc...
crisp and consistent. medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. on par for the style with subdued tones of everything you sense in the nose with just a hint of hops. The malts are mostly king here with just enough hop bite to keep you in the game. Very tasty.

tasty. A good one to try, especially if you like the style. clean and refreshing and not overwhelming in any way. I love the way this beer smells even if not a complexity symposium.. the toastiness is just so damn fine. Worth checking out for sure.

Photo of jmz62565
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a slightly red yellow straw with a small head that is gone quickly. The smell has a nice comforting "bakery" aroma with some fruit and nuts. The taste has some fruit and spices,but it also has alot of sweet maltyness. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is a good beer,not great,but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a slight head that dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell is quite herbal and fruity, with additional nut and slight spice notes.

Taste is dominated by carmel malts and a pleasant nuttiness. Interesting fruit notes, mild hops, and a slight alcohol astringent flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin.

Overall, this is a decent brew. I enjoy the balanced flavors. it's too bad that the mouthfeel wasn't a little more robust.

Photo of bashiba
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head.

Smell has a nice bit of sweet fruit and grains coming through with a decent nuttiness like a sweet baking nutbread.

Taste has a nice bit of sweet malt flavors with a good nuttiness to it and some spicyness. The hops are present, but on the light side with just enough to even out the malts.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, the only real complaint about the beer.

Overall a good and ejoyable easy drinking beer.

Photo of PeatReek
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: body is copper as promised, very clear. Head is rather yellow, a bit chunky, and 1/2" thick.

Aroma: yeasty, dry malt, a little bit of canned tuna? Not entirely optimistic about this one. Little bit of caramel-y scent on later whiffs.

Taste & mouthfeel: Body is a bit heavy, with the sour fizz of American hops. This gives way to a curt, crisp malty finish, which is about the only Alt-like aspect of this beer. Another tired American micro "interpretation" of a European classic.

Drinkability: Why bother? Neither the aroma nor the taste is especially good, and the palate is a bit heavy to boot.

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of Otter Creek Copper Ale is very good. It has a great copper color. Smells good, too. The taste, however, I found a little too bitter. Still it is very drinkable, but is not my favorite Otter Creek brew. I've been to the brewery and sampled many of their beers. I think the Stovepipe Porter is their best.

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

12 ounce bottle. Otter Creek Copper Ale pours out a clear copper color with a small head. Toasted, nutty aroma with spicy German hops. Clean, toasted malt flavor. A touch of fruitiness goes well with the nuttiness. Finishes with a spicy hop flavor. This beer is very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I suspect I could consume a sixer of this beer at a sitting. Another good offering from Otter Creek. I wasn't overly impressed with their beers when I first got into craft beer a couple years ago, but now it's a brewery whose beers I will seek out.

Photo of geexploitation
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't realized prior to examining this bottle closely that it was in the style of a German altbier. This beer pours beautifully, with a clear copper color and a nice head that fades a bit too quickly. The nose is full of grain and cereal notes but it also has a slight hop aroma. The hops come out more in the taste, where they balance nicely with the intense malt flavors (but not SWEET malt flavors). This is a very smooth, drinkable beer, very much like an English Brown (a session beer), but with a more appealing hop counterpoint to the malt. Recommended.

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

Pours a clear, pale copper color. With little head and no lace.

Sour German hop aroma -- reminds me of a Pilsner, but it's an odd smell.

Taste: wow! This beer is unlike anything I've ever had! Clear, slightly sweet malt up front. Very tangy, slightly sour hop flavors. Slightly salty and metallic in the finish, and a sticky, spicy aftertaste. Almost a bit of smoke flavor to it.

Medium clear body mouthfeel, and strong, crisp carbonation. A complex and most interesting beer. I suspect this beer would be sublime with a hearty sandwich, as the label suggests. To my surprise, this beer is nothing like Double Bag, but I had that at the end of a big tasting, so maybe I'm off here (that had a lot more malty sweetness than I'm picking up here).

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a sampler pack. The label said brewed on 10/4/05. It was a clear amber color with a small head and some lacing. It had a sweet, malty odor. The taste was malty, with a hoppy background that lingered. Mouthfeel was OK, some carbonation. An average beer, but drinkable.

Photo of tempest
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking amber body with a 1" head. Leaves a little lacing and has good head retention.

Smells of amber malts, lightly carmelized. Tastes like amber malts with a tough of hops bitterness, no hops flavor or aroma. Easy drinking, but this is not what I'd call an altbier. It'd make a fine amber ale, but its definately up to par with a good alt.

Photo of Ricochet
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very nice shade of amber with little head that went away quick. Smelled of malts, and sort of edged into the way winter warmers smell. Average. Mouth was good, decent foaming, nice balance of ingredients with a good lingering aftertaste. First taste was that of a winter warmer, but not as malty, malts, bitter from the hops, slight candy like flavor and a dry finish that was very nice.

This was a good all around beer. Nothing too special, but decent as a part of a sampler, or good as a session.

Photo of Freshie
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Seen the Otter Creek Ales many times but this is my first tasting from this brewery.

The Copper Ale pours a small quarter inch head that tapers off rather quickly, and has little lacing. The appearance otherwise though is pleasant with a nice amber (you might even say copper) colouring.

The taste is very light in texture but the maltiness and fruity flavors still prevail in your mouth. The flavour doesn't last though and a bitter taste remains after awhile.

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

This ends up being one of those same score all around type beers, in this case 3.5 constitutes the same score, meaning this one is pretty good, but not spectacular.

It pours a nice crisp copper colour with a thin head that quickly settles into a fine lace.

The aroma is a basic malt hop mix with rubber/earth/toasted/biscuit malt notes dominating the touch of floral hops.

The flavour is more of the same, wit ha bit more of a hoppy finish than expected. This one is also a touch dry as well, certianly moreseo than anticipated.

There's not much more to say about this one. Nothing to rave about and nothing to complain about. It's basic but tasty. I've had better and I've had worse within the style.

Photo of EStreet20
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a slender cylindircal glass.

A - An amber color a little bit on the light/transparent side. A nice compact head forms and sticks around. A decent amount of lacing coats the glass.

S - Toasted malts and grain on the nose. Some pungent bitterness is floating there too.

T - A nice roasted malt character starts it off with the hops/grainy flavor balancing fairly well. A dry finish leaving virtually no aftertaste. Not bad.

M - Light bodied, fairly smooth.

D - Pretty good, nothing too interesting but definitely good if you want to try a new quencher or are looking for a different session beer one night.

Photo of ski271
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark copper with a small, off-white, creamy head with good retention and very good lacing. The smell is very inviting, a nice balance of complex malts and citrus & herbal hops. Orange, pear, whole wheat bread and… is that a hint clove and marjoram I’m picking up? Interesting. The taste is a little grainier than expected, lightly sweet up front with a moderate bitterness that comes out on the finish and transitions from citrus to more of floral taste as it fades. There’s a light metallic tinge in there. It has a medium body, watery texture, and good, moderate carbonation. I remember absolutely loving this beer when I was first getting into craft beers and stronger hops. Yes, I still think it’s a good, well-balanced beer, but it’s a little too thin-feeling and the flavor is a little weak in the middle. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a solid choice, but nothing spectacular.

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

The beer pours a lovely burnished copper with a tight sand colored head of dense bubbles which slowly thins down, leaving nice lacing. The smell is of sweet malt, spicy hops, and hints of biscuit. The malt and hops are well balanced with sweetness up front followed by a relatively soft hop finish. Medium body with tiny pinpricks of carbonation, but not too much. The malt provides plenty of smoothness. Highly enjoyable.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all I love their illustrated labels, they really set the mood. This came in a sampler pack.This poured a nice ligth amber w/a great frothy white head and moderate lacing. Aroma contains soem caramel flavors and showcases a good balance of malt and hops. The taste is very pleasant. It is nutty earthy and fruity all in one. Pretty good mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Overall a very nice clean and drinkable brew by otter creek.

Photo of bjohnson
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/light copperish color with small white head. Smells malty, with a tad of fruit also, but not much else. Taste has a fruitiness to it, but the malts are definately noticeable also. Its a smooth tasting beer with just a hint of bitterness, not too much though. This beer is good to pretty good, in the drinkable category, with an average mouthfeel, but I think Otter Creek has better ales.

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

Poured out more gold than copper, I though, but it had a nice little alt head and a nice lacing in my stange. Fair amount of carbonation.

Smell is rather subdued, toasty and nutty with some apples, a bit of malt, and a light bitterness.

Flavor is very similar, a little dry nuttiness with some light fruit notes and a faint hop bitterness that bites the front of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, I think, but not too bad.

Overall: Not bad, but pretty average for an altbier. I love the style so much, and this one is just a little too simple and a little thin.

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

Pours a fairly dark copper color (imagine that!). The aroma is subtle, the malts dominate but there are some hops in the background. The taste is a bit different as the hops and malt share equal strengths and interplay fairly nicely. The hops seem the focus in the beginning and the malts assert themselves later. It seems very clean with not many off flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. It's not inoffensive in any way, so makes a good session beer.

Photo of NClifestyle
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear dark orange/amber, thick head of off-white foam, thick bands of lace, with a nice fluffy 1/2in. layer that stays with the beer.
smell is earthy, malty, like fall leaves.
taste is a sharp hop tang in the back of the mouth. toasty malt on sides, basically a nice flavor on the tongue, but the aftertaste was a bit much.
light to medium mouthfeel, some decent carbonation.
an easy drinking beer, but with lots of flavor, similar to german altbiers. goes good with hearty meals.


Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark for an altbier. Good lord. Dark copper with with a tiny white head.

Deep caramel with a surprising amount of candy hops. Nice.

Excellent mix of caramel malt and hops with a rich, meaty aftertaste like a good smoke beer. Can't say I've ever tasted something like this--a really full bodied APA, almost, only better than most APAs.

Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.