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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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739 Ratings

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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | 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 Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

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

The Copper Ale pours a stunning crystal clear copper colour and is coiffed by an off white cap of foam which, although doesn't stick around for long, leaves generous artifacts of its presence.

Smells are not as complex and varied as I have experienced in other ales but are very interesting nonetheless. Firm malty aromas up front followed by light peppery hops and some autumn leaves mixed in. A hint of piney wood smoke follows notes of butterscotch and fresh cut grass.

A fine but very present effervescence is followed by a firm, and viscous mouthfeel fading into silkyness as the first hits of malt manifest their presence. Flavours of biscuits and fading notes of fresh mown hay are washed away by a long and balancing bitterness. Need another taste... and another...

Simple yet honest, this beer is a pleasure to drink. I would call this a beer drinker's beer. Robust and balanced, you just want another sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 20:46:25 | More by Beersignal
Photo of etho1416

New York

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears to have gone downhill. Otter Creek Copper Ale was one of hte first micros I ever had and I have always loved it. THe last couple batches I have got have not been very good though. The color is not as red as it once was and it is now pretty orange colored. The aroma is pretty plain, almost non existant. The flavor has really gone downhill. There is a slight malty taste but very little hops at all. It is still a very drinkable beer but not worht the money if something better is available.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 03:21:24 | More by etho1416
Photo of pheurton


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

the color one would expect...copper. appetizing layer of eggshell colored foam on top that does a decent job of hanging around. big earthy hop leaf aromas in the nose. bready malt flavor carried by an ample medium body. malt character is drowned out by the big leafy hop flavors, i keep thinking raw earth and tobacco. flavor softens as it warms and gets even tastier. a session brew for sure, i had no problem putting down three of these in a row. this beer grew on me as i drank more of them, a good beer to have when you want to have more than one. good job.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 20:10:25 | More by pheurton
Photo of francisweizen


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

Solid, solid solid! A dark copper coloured brew with a tight head of beige foam. Aromas scream altbier. Roasted malts abound, with nice floral hops sitting in the background, watching the show. The taste is an all malt blast of tasty flavors, with some lovely hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and the drinkability is good as well. Solid!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 19:26:40 | More by francisweizen
Photo of maxpower


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

Pours a glowing, clear amber-copper in color, has a good frothy white head that sticks around for a while, bready caramel aromas, nutty with some citrus in the flavor , medium body with a creamy mouthfeel that finishes with a pleasant mild hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2004 15:53:20 | More by maxpower
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A copper color body that is crystal clear. Great looking foamy head that lasts and leaves a lasting lace. Aroma was not very enticing. Very earthy and leafy and with a burnt smell to it. Taste was similar to the smell - earthy and with a strong burnt bready flavor. A good hop bitterness but not much else besides that and the bad robust earthy and burnt flavors. I dont think black malts are supposed to give it this taste. Whatever it is, I don't really care for it at all. Ive had much better altbiers before. Wouldn't want to drink another one of these. The bottle itself and the pour were the best aspects of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 08:36:29 | More by palma
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper color (duh!) with a nice, creamy looking head. Very good lacing as well. It doesn't smell so good, but the taste is a little better, though it offers nothing special in the way of hops or malt. This would make a good session beer, but it wouldn't be my first pick.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 00:28:19 | More by BeefyMee
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear amber body and a white head that doesn't stay long but comes back easy after a good swirl, low carbonation. Very good lace.
A very powerful and distinct smell but I cant quite place it, it's sweet but not sweet... some fruit and floral scents, very pleasant.
Perfectly balanced hops and malts, the label claims 6 malts and 3 hops in the brew, aftertaste is good and stays well balanced where many turns pure hoppy.
Medium body with good weigth, somewhat creamy and smooth. This brew goes down nice and easy, a pure joy to drink.


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 00:29:58 | More by oelergud
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New York

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

The beer pours an amber/copper color with a lacey white head. The aroma is good. It has the scen tof pale malts mixed with nutty, earthy notes. It is much different than most "copper" styles I've had. The taste is decent. It has a malty flavor with a solid pale malt base. Again, it has the nutty flavor of a nut brown ale, but without the presence of many crystal malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with just the right amount of CO2. It is a different, but good drinking ale. It's smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 19:09:01 | More by WesWes
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured a pale orange, with a disappointing head. Couldn't get much to smell from this one. The taste was tangy, but also tasting much more like hops than malt. Good carbonation. The aftertaste is spicy and gradually declines. A solid altbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 00:50:07 | More by RocketWidget
Photo of scottum


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Available on tap at many bars in Vermont.

Served a copper amber with a very short fizz of white head. Sweet malt with a touch of bready and a nicely balanced hop finish. A smooth beer which deserves to be drank all night long. My micro choices for the night were this and Long Trail, so naturally I took the better alt and drank it all night long.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2003 14:46:29 | More by scottum
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice burnt orange color with a somewhat lacy head. Smell was nice of gummy white bread, grains and mild sweet citrus. Say's on the bottle that it uses 5 different malts so I expected a bigger malt characteristic. A bit dry with clean hop flavors but nothing jumps out at you some grainy bready note on the malt side.

I fear my obsession of late for big hoppy beers may have set my expectations askew. This seems like a fine beer but nothing to write home about. Almost seemed to have some lager characteristics cause of it's very crisp hop profile and very clear color.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 21:47:17 | More by OatmattStout
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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, an Alt. This beer pours a copper color (surprise) with nice amount of foam leaving some pretty lace. Smells faintly malty and a bit musty. This beer starts out tasting malty then finishes with bitter hops. It's a long finish, too. I like the bitterness, but the body is a bit light. There also a bit of a carbonic bite to this beer. Seems like a very quaffable beer until your tastebuds latch onto the bitter hops. The label says that Copper Ale is brewed with six malts, but I'm hard pressed to discern that complex of a malt character. Even so, I like this beer, and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 03:05:30 | More by marcobrau
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper ale lives up to its name as a beautiful looking ale. The appearance is nothing short of stunning. It pours a clear copper colored amber with a short white head, 3/4 inch at best. The head maintains itself from the carbonation of this brew to stay at a quarter inch all glass long. A trail of ring lace remains on the glass, nice!! The aroma of a sweet floral blend. The taste shows that floral hop in the slight bitter finish after a caramel malt sweeter start. A very nice beer with a meal or by itself.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 19:40:37 | More by chilidog
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about time that I reviewed this one. An "old" reliable beer. One that I enjoy seeing around on tap, but don't often go out of my way for.

Pretty clear amber color. Being an "Alt-styled" beer, the aroma does not predominate. Sweet caramel malt "beer" smell would describe things. The taste is where it's "at." Again, crystal/Munich malt with balancing hops (not overhopped the way other light ales can be "overdone"). This is not an Oktoberfest nor an IPA: huge malts or hops are not to be had; balanced, light drinkability are.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 01:52:11 | More by Hobbz
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale pours deep amber with a creme-colored head. It is crystal clear in the pint glass. A most impressive appearance, I must say. Copper Ale smells of bitterness (I swear I'm not making that up) and it's rather distinctive hops blend. It starts fragrant with hoppy spice and intriguing malt undertones. This beer is medium bodied with caramel and nut-like flavors dominant. The finish is smooth and dry with a slight taste of wheat. Copper Ale was my second favorite beer from all my Thanksgiving tastings.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 03:52:22 | More by theozag
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure copper color with a low off-white head and steady carbonation. Grassy hop aroma and spicy malt aroma; sharp !! Tastes much like it smells -- sharp spiciness with a bitter balance. Medium bodied with a dry bitter finish.

Per Label: 6 malts and 3 hops

Per O.C. website: 1050 OG, 21 IBU

Per B.A.B. book: 5.85% ABV. Hallertau and Tettnang hops

2003 GABF - Altbier - Gold Medal

Bottled: 9/9/03 (Batch # 1414)
Tasted: 11/25/03

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 18:04:00 | More by RBorsato
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: average amber hue, with a good helping of creamy froth atop.
Aroma repeats the "creamy" theme, smooth, slightly nutty, soft and pleasant.
Taste: full of it, with a brief cameo by hops at the front, then it's all malty sweetness, well-rounded, well-balance. Good flavor, nice texture, with a tasty finish.
An excelent example of an everday, no-frills, perfectly companionable ale.

Thanks go out to 36LbLoveChild for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 09:22:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark amber color with a nice thick tan head that settled and left clingly lace all the way down the glass. The smell was of sweet, maltly caramel with a wisp of hop notes. The taste was very, very big with a sweet and smooth mouthfeel with just a little bite near the end. The carbonation was at a perfect level, making every sip crisp and fresh, but not taking over the taste. This was extremely drinkable. I had a 5 gallon keg for a little over two weeks and kept interested, excited and satisfied with this beer the entire time.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 01:05:41 | More by Gasp100
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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coppery amber color with a thin white head which quickly diminishes to nothing but a "skim" of bubbles. Toasted malty smell with a bit of hop spiciness. The first time I had this beer the taste surprised me a bit-not quite what I was expecting, although I'm not sure why. Some nice sweet malt flavors along with a bit of hops. Fairly smooth and drinkable, a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 15:59:47 | More by tar
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend picked up a couple of bottles while in Vermont which were fairly recent and fresh. I was impressed with the pour. Nice dark amber color with a beautiful creamy white head that remained throughout. Might be my nose but the smell was minimal. The taste, however, was excellent; earthy but great. This beer felt great on my palate ; leaving me wanting my friend's bottle, too.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 04:31:11 | More by biernuss
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange colored..clear...bubbly white head of 1/4 inch...caramel and maybe some breadiness on the nose...also some sour yeasiness....very light nose..I love the malt flavor of this beer...a real nice malt flavor of caramel along with some breadiness....finishes like I expected..a nice hit of spicy hops...dry, clean...somewhat malty but balanced nicely with the spicy hop characteristics...mouthfeel is very good..

I'm not a big expert on this style but I know this....it tastes good and seems to be close to style from what I know...not a lot of breweries take a stab at this style and this is a decent effort...

If I wanted an alt I might buy this one again...it's much better than Schells Schmaltz Alt in my opinion..

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 06:07:27 | More by ZAP
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This copper ale is just a little hazy. Streams of CO2 surface at a leisurely pace. The aroma is fruity and sweet. An herbalness is present as well. The flavors are pretty clean (an indication that this alt was properly lagered??) Malt tones are biscuity and toffeeish. Hops impart a dry hebal tone. The finish leaves me wanting more. Fruitiness is present, but subdued. Medium full body and a mouthfeel that feels just a titch too carbonated for the style. That's being pretty picky though. This is an above average alt, not much more.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 23:34:48 | More by Bighuge
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not much going on in the head department, just a thin off-white film across the surface. The color is a dark copper. The smell is strong and very malty with some caramel thrown in. The taste is malty, too with a bit of burnt toast. Maybe it's supposed to taste/smell like this, but for me it's too much. I've had this beer in bottles and from kegs before, and it was a lot mellower, not overpowered by what tastes like the center of a Malt Ball (I hate Malt Balls!). I'll give it another try down the road, but I definitely woln't be seeking it out anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 01:38:50 | More by HappyHourHero
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a clear copper (aptly named) with a small white foamy head. The aroma is sweet and the flavor has a pleasant woody malt with a light sweetness. Very low hoppy. Pretty tasty, but not exciting. I don't think this would be hard to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 04:47:22 | More by aracauna
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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