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

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BA SCORE
82
good

785 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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 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.

mynie, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of ghostwalker
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not much of a head. Clear amber/copper appearance, just like the name says on the label.

Metallic, malty nose with some fruity highlights. Moderately strong, but not really all that good.

Taste is moderately hoppy, malty, more metallic flavor, slight fruity flavor (apricot, maybe?). Overall very dry and bitter.

Thin, mildly astringent mouthfeel. Not bad, but not really especially good, either.

Drinkability is actually not bad. It is still miles above any macro-brew, even with all of the less than desirable features that I mentioned. I bought a sixer to check this brewery out for the first time, and I find that they go down pretty easily one you adjust to the metallic, coppery flavor and aftertaste. I will probably try another one of their brews, given the chance, but will not opt for this particular product again.

ghostwalker, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber clear color with a creamy off white head. Lacing is pretty decent for the first half of the duration. Smell is reminiscent of a peppery dunkel. Taste is straight up tart and malty. Pepper and salt? are strong, with malt combined with fruity hops. Dry bitterness is left all over the palate in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good and so is drinkability. Carbonation is right on.

An ok beer.

tastybeer, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of wedge
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Altbier. Pours a crystal clear copper color with a thin white head. Light zesty aroma of grains and leafy hops. Quite flavorful - more grain and malts with slight bittering hops in the finish. Peppery and earthy. Nice full mouthfeel - moderate carbonation, zesty/dry aftertaste.

Nice beer here, though perhaps a bit too "zesty" for my liking. Always found in the mixed 12 packs its certainly worth drinking...its just not my favorite from Otter Creek.

wedge, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice beer. Poured on 4/13/05 date clearly identified. If only all breweries could be so bold! Smokey after taste, by far its strongest characteristic. Poured deep amber with reflect of gold somewhere in there. A very nice beer. This being the first offering from this brewery, I will definatley try some of their other products.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear medium copper color with whitish head. Smell is of toasted malt with a nice nuttiness. Taste is mostly malt with a little hops in the background. A nice toasty crispness at the finish. A good easy to drink session beer. Thanks to fellow BA mtanji for the sample.

tgbljb, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of LagerMan
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(My First BA Review...)

Bottled on 06/01/05. Bought at Trader Joe's, Reston, VA.

Amber in color, clear, and with a nice, white head. Smokey smell, that left something of an aftertaste, but impressive nonetheless. Left a nice lacing after each sip. Not at all an unpleasant experience, and at $6.99 for a sixer, very affordable as well.

This ale was very drinkable, and I would not hesitate to stock this one in my personal stash for future use.

LagerMan, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium light amber with a 1 figer head and very good lace. Slight caramel malt notes with some tart apple and some slight hop presence. Some hop flavor is what first hits, not too much though, followed by a fruity malt presence - some slight raisin and apple flavors. Leaves a nice hop bitterness on the tounge. Slightly high carbonation and good drinkability. A good session beer.

sabrills70, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of packetknife
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tapped at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT this week. Yellow-orange copper, nearly clear, no discernable head but left a ring down the glass. Smelled of overly aggressive hops on the nose which confused me, not bad but not particularly inviting either. Decent malt and some candied apple taste with moderate hops to keep it normal. Nothing that left film or aftertaste so it was pleasant. OK carbonation and drinkability.

packetknife, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of bobbyc881
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at The Reef in Washington DC.

Pours out a clear copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Very nice. Some active carbonation going on.

Smell is pretty good, slightly fruity and sweet. Alcohol noticeable in the smell.

Taste is not as fruity as I expected, although still sweet and faintly spiced. Overall taste leans towards malty sweetness, but has just enough hop flavor to bring it more into balance.

The combination of malty flavor and carbonation makes my mouth happy. This is very drinkable beer, and one I could probably have pint after pint of. Wish I could find this down south... I think a lot of people that don't appreciate good beer could easily get into this one.

bobbyc881, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into stange with a thick white head, and a copper color with lively bubbles rushing to the top. Aroma is intriguing, and tells you this is not your ordinary ale, mostly a very dry, bready malt flavor with a slight fruity background...very unique. This is my first altbier, so i didnt really know what to expect...but this is definately a mellow ale and you can tell it was lagered for a while. Alot of the fruity ale esters have subsided into the background and it lets the malt profile take center stage. The malt profile is very dry, and has flavors of hay, whole grain oats and a slight presence of lemon. The finish is herbal and lightly bitter (saaz hops i suppose...those germans love em). The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with alot of carbonation and a bitter, dry finish. The drinkability is descent but it's so different from what i normally drink it's not really a session beer.

silver0rlead, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek delivers an authentic Dusseldorfer-style alt biere brewed in the good ol' US of A! It's clear, dark copper body is capped by a short head of white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some nice walls of spotty and splotchy lace about the glass. The nose is lightly fruity and peppered with leafy and spicy noble hops amidst a delicate, toasty malt base. It's fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation leaves it slippery-smooth across the palate with just a gentle caress on the tongue. The fruitiness is less apparent in the flavor than the aroma, but it's still there and it works exceptionally well to brigthen the maltiness and offset the grassy/spicy/leafy/floral hop flavors; and it's precision tuned bitterness is solid enough to balance it perfectly. Very well done!

NeroFiddled, May 06, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear dark amber with a one finger long lasting head, after a pretty aggressive pour.

Aroma is dominated by complex malts- some toasty munich, some caramel, and very slight roasted characteristics. There is a sweet smell underneath it all and a faint aroma of spicy hops. Very clean otherwise, but could be stronger.

Taste is bready and dry, although there is a pleasant creamy quality as well, with dark caramel flavors minus the sweetness. Bitterness is relatively high, though well incorporated. Again- a very clean, easy drinking beer.

TongoRad, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of optikon44
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer greets me with a medium foam that consists of large and small bubbles. It disipates rapidly, but leaves a nice one centimeter cap. As promised on the label, this beer is an attractive dark orange color, very clear. A bunch of steady bubble streams add some excitement to the appearance.

As for smell, the beer supplies a subtle mix of exotic hops mixed with roasty malt. Very nice.

Great taste! Starts off with sweet malt , then moves into the the robust roasted malt suggest by the smell. The finish is redolent of syrupy malt and hops, combined with a very pleasant bitterness.

Like other copper ales I've consumed, the mouthfeel is a bit thin and rough because of the carbonation. So while it tastes and smells great, it doesn't make me want to immediately have another.

optikon44, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a smallish white cap that laces all the way. Aroma is nutty with some fruity notes. No real hop aromas. Taste starts malty and ends malty. Barely perceiveable hop, just enough to keep this in line. Nice nutty flavour with out being over the top. Mouthfeel is very smooth. A pretty easy drinking beer overall. Not exciting enough to merit Ohh's and Ahh's but overall a very serviceable ale that I would definitly drink again.

TinusTime, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, nice clear copper color with a small off-white head that disappears quickly leaving only a trace of lace.

The aroma is mild caramel malt and grassy hops.

The taste is also fairly mild. Again, a bit of caramel, biscuits and a grassy, slightly citrus hops bite at the finish and in the aftertaste.

Nothing spectacular but a very decent drinkable ale.

whynot44, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of doerickson
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of a two-year-old penny, with a fine-bubbled cream-colored head. Leaves a fine lace on the glass. Caramel and raisin aromas.

This is a malty brew, with dominant earthy flavors. Bit of candy-like malt and some leafy hop to balance. Faint smoke which in my experience is characteristic of Otter Creek's beers. Finish is longer than average, with toasted/bready malts lingering.

My brother went to Middlebury College and I can remember hating this beer when I'd go visit him as an undergraduate myself ten or so years ago. At that time anything darker or more flavorful than Natural Light was too dark and bitter for me. Now I pick this up once in a while (glad they distribute as far south as Richmond) as a reminder of what I was missing. Seems to me this may have been watered/dumbed down a bit over the years; still, I have a soft spot for it as it reminds me of good times in Middlebury.

doerickson, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard American pint glass forming about a half finger head that quickly dissapated and left little to no lacing. An amber hued copper with streams of carbonation running up the side of the glass.

Smell was very hoppy up front (like an IPA) but with some more sublte fruity scents present in the background.

Taste was very hoppy and bitter. A plethora of flavors hit the palate ranging from sweet fruit to very bitter hops and malt character. The balance tasted a little off as the hops really came thru more that I expected.

Light to moderate mouthfeel with rather heavy (almost soda like) carbonation.

Not a bad beer but just not the right balance for my taste. I finished the sample and had no inclination to have another at the time, but something I will probably go back to here and there.

Sycodrummer, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz., bottled on 1/10/05. Batch #1670. The pour shows that it is indeed copper and it delivers a 1 inch head that doesn't leave much lacing. Smell is grassy/metallic with a bit of caramel and fruit and floral hops. Taste is very bitter (considering it's only 21 IBUs). Flavors are roasted with coffee, earth, piney/floral/spicy hops, and metallic tones. With the exception of the roasted flavors, the hops dominate - I was kinda expecting more complexity from the malts (even though this is my first altbier...however the label says they use 6 different malts). Mouthfeel is a bit dry and tingly, and the metallic smell and taste was a little distracting. Not a bad beer but nothing great.

mmmbeer, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer. It's most certainly copper in color, with a nice poofy head, but it doesn't stick around all that much. Smell is a little non-descript, but does have a nice malty kick to it. Taste is pleasant. Malty, with a decent balance of bitter hops. One thing I like about this beer is the nutty flavor that comes through, like a good brown ale. However, I don't like how it tastes a bit watered down and fluffy. A little more substance and this would be a great beer. As of now, it's still just decent.

5/18/05 - got another sixer and I'm not noticing any of the characteristics I mentioned above. It tastes like metal. Like real copper. Gross.

twelvsies, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a sample of this brew @ Eli Cannon's last nite.
Beer is served chilled in a pint glass. The beer is a clear copper color with small off white surface layer of head. Aroma is mild with some caramel and toffee and a hint of earth and grassy hop character. First sip reveals an average body and average carbonation. Flavor is fairly mild and similar to the nose, with caramel and a bitey grassy hop profile mixing nicely. The finish is slighty bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Very smooth crisp and easy to drink. Just rather bland/average in my mind.

sulldaddy, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy 1/2" white head that fades to a few pools of bubbles after a moment. Some condensed and spotted lacing with above average strength. Clear and bright copper in color.

Semi-sweet malt character; honey, light caramel. Wheat and light biscuit as well. Faint floral hop aromas.

Moderate wheat and grain driven flavors with a hint of sweetness. A moderately high bitterness immediately followed by a wheat and bread-like malt character. Hefty wheat aftertaste.

Medium bodied; moderately grainy mouthfeel. A good balance of malt and hops.

A pretty drinkable alt with good balance and flavor. Not a great beer, but a good version of the style.

NEhophead, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of Shiloh
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first impression of this craft brew is "Oh No... the taste is empty"
As the name suggests, this is a copper coloured ale, mildly cloudy with thin carbonation and of medium body.
The head on arrival was a full finger but quickly disapated to a very light lace, full ring and a pleasingly high cling.
The nose is short of grains.
The taste has a roasted barley edge to begin to which the bottom falls out and leaves you wanting.
The bottom half of this brew needs to be addressed.
However, as this pint was consumed, the flavour did improve to the end...but not enough.

Shiloh, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear tangerine-amber. The golden ecru head has the consistency of whipped butter and is beginning to lay down a decent amount of lace. Ultimately there are several thin, concentric rings that fatten as work their way down the glass.

The nose is earthy (loamy to be more precise), an odd aroma for a beer and not an altogether good one. It also reminds me of Bit-O-Honey candy, a description that I know I've used before, but it fits here too. Might it have been another Otter Creek beer?

Unfortunately, the flavor mirrors the aroma. I'm sure the beer hasn't gone bad because a friend hand carried it from Middlebury and the bottling date is a mere three months ago. That must mean that the brewers intended for it to taste like this. It certainly doesn't taste like the few other altbiers that have crossed my palate.

That earthy, loamy, mineral-like flavor dominants the flavor profile as it did the nose. The malt backbone seems sturdy enough and provides a somewhat pleasant, somewhat sweet, toasted breadinesss. Words that describe the finish include short, bitter, dry and mineral-like.

I loved Otter Creek (Cascade) Pale Ale, but the other two offerings haven't exactly floated my boat. This one just tastes odd to me, although it's drinkable. I'd still like to sample the entire line from these guys, but I've had enough Copper Ale to last me a lifetime.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an thin, dark copper color with an off-white head about a half inch thick. Sketchy, nice lacing.

The smell is malt, creamy with a hint of caramel.

The flavor is mild. A faint hit of malt flavor, a light hop bite and then a caramel/butterscotch finish. A little tangy undertone hangs on a bit afterwards. Interesting flavor, but not very powerful.

Mouthfeel is light and mellow, not much carbonation or hop bite.

A highly drinkable beer with muted flavor that won't offend. May be a good crossover beer.

masterbruewer, Nov 29, 2004
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.