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

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | 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 wailingwench

New Mexico

1.2/5  rDev -66.9%

Another product from Otter Creek that uses aluminum as an adjunct. For unknown reasons, the Copper Ale and the Oktoberfest initially taste as if they were cooked on Mom's stove in an aluminum saucepan.

There are better ales out there, in my opinion, this belongs in the adjunct lager category.

09-05-2004 03:13:13 | More by wailingwench
Photo of kmpitz2


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Beer pours a nice transparent reddish coppery color with a two finger head that falls to a quarter inch cap over the beer. The nose is a light sweet, buttered toffee to a very light caramel. There is a little hint of sweet floral/grapefruit hop in there too. The flavor starts off sweet malty, slightly caramel, toasted malts but finishes with the hops, which are sweet and a bit spicey. I like it, but it's nothing great. Theres no real thickness to the beer and there is a nice bubbly carbonation. Not a bad drinking beer, but I don't think I will seek it out again. Just sort of there.

08-31-2004 01:27:13 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

Appearance: Clear copper (go figure). Poured a two-finger head.
Smell: Mainly toasted malts with just a hint of fruit. I'm not that familiar with the altbier style but it smelled like many other German or German-style beers I've had.
Taste: The label speaks of 6 different malts but the predominant taste is a nutty, toasty caramel malt with a mild bitter and drying finish. Very Oktoberfesty, At one point, late in the tasting, I experienced a coffee-like aftertaste that really confused me but I figured I should mention it.
Mouthfeel: Crisp with fizziness and medium-bodied.
Drinkability: It's an easy drinker but I wouldn't seek out another. This just seems like a run of the mill beer brewed in the German style.

07-31-2004 03:13:47 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of merlin48


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, amber body with a skimpy, offwhite head that has a short lifespan. Patch lace is minimal.

Aroma is caramel malt, with floral and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with above average carbonation.

Taste is predominantly malty. Six malts are used, according to the label, but caramel is up front. Hops provide a nice balance, but are difficult to identify(three varieties are used acc. to label). This one nails the Altbier style pretty well, and is very tasty.

Pleasantly drinkable, with lots of Germanic character due to the malts.

07-29-2004 00:08:29 | More by merlin48
Photo of Hibernator


4/5  rDev +10.5%

I Served the Otter Creek Copper Ale in a pint glass. This beer was bottled on 5/12/04....batch # 1543. Nice label that shows the Otter Creek in Middlebury, VT.

The appearance is an amberish copper with a decent head. Very good lacings on the sides of the glass. I smell hops, grain, and some caramel.

Nice and refreshing brew from Otter Creek. The malt presence is right up front. The label states that this "medium-bodied amber ale brewed with six malts, three hops and our special yeast."

Very drinkable and pleasing to the palate. Great balance of sweetness and flavor. Solid beer. A staple session beer.

07-23-2004 21:59:04 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Ahhdball


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Copper like the name with a small, and a quickly disspersed head. Smelled faint hops possibly burnt nuts. This had an average taste, nicely flavored nothing spectacular. Bitter through the entire drink with a mild honey after taste. (05/27/03 Date of Birth)

I've changed my mind about this, I think the second time around I got a better brew.
The head was larger and full of citrus overtones. The taste was great hops and malty goodness. Citrus and honey, possibly a little more roasted than burnt nuts. The mix was flawless! Both flavors had just enough play.

07-17-2004 13:12:36 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of Shaw


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

I got two bottles of this beer in my penultimate shipment from a beer of the month club. I see on the bottle cap that it won a gold medal for altbier at the 2003 GABF. There's a bottled-on date printed on the bottle. April 26, 2004. I'm probably drinking this near the end of its lifespan.

It certainly is appropriately named. It's a light copper in color with a slight head that quickly vanishes. Its smell is of multiple malts: roasty, sweet and biscuity.

Once again, I find that the smell is a good indicator of flavor. This is a good session beer. It's not that heavy, and there is a nice bitter twang that offsets the malt flavors. The biscuit flavor is the most noticeable of the malt flavors. The aftertaste is almost totally a roasted malt flavor.

It's been a while since I had a good altbier, Diebels on tap being an old favorite. Check out Otter Creek Copper Ale for a solid session brew.

07-13-2004 04:57:28 | More by Shaw
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

4.2/5  rDev +16%

Otter Creek Copper Ale has really impressed me as much as any beer can. No, it didn't wow me, nor is it even in my top 10, but it has proven to be the perfect session brew.
Poured into a pint glass the first thing I notice is the colour. A clear pale copper colour. There was a moderate one inch head with a slightly vigorous pour that released aromas of caramel and nuts.
The taste was sweet, but nicely balanced with just the right amount of hops. Caramel dominated, but there was a nice cashew nuttiness to it. I enjoyed the huge amount of malts.
A perfect beer for almost any occation with a smoothness you can't get with most beers and a comfort level that brings drinkability to a perfect 5.

06-16-2004 03:48:28 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of Dithyramb


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Served in a pint glass at Little Havana in Baltimore Saturday night.

Pours a light brown with a weak white head.

Malty sweet aroma.

Initial hop bitterness, definitely felt on the back on the tongue. More subtle malt flavors and sweetness come through after having a few sips and a followup pint.

Definitely worth a couple of brews. Not outstanding, but not bad either. Had a few while skiing in Vermont. Have started seeing the handles in a few Baltimore bars.

06-14-2004 14:20:53 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of necoadam


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Top label says, 3 different hops and 6 different malts are used to make this beer. Yes it's complex alright. Poured out a medium copper/brown color with a nice enough amount of carbonation. Smell was malty but had some hops in there. Some caramel was in there as well with a touch of butterscotch. Taste was complex but really good. Hops make an appearance first with some slight hint of fruit and caramel then blends in with all those malts. Finishes slightly sweet and a little dry which is nice for this brew. I really like this beer and should get a little more respect. On-tap this would rock.

06-07-2004 01:33:44 | More by necoadam
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

Otter Creek Copper Ale

Appearance- copper brown with a weak fizzy white head.
Smell- slight hops and malt. I think I detect a metallic odor?!
Taste- dry and slighty bitter. Some hops here and a dash of malt.

Overall- not good but not bad. A definite, "Have I ever drank this before?!" beer.

06-04-2004 21:32:33 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of PartyHatjo


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Thanks to Uncle Jimbo for this beer...

Appearance: Very appropriate for the beer to be named a copper ale as it pours the color of a shiny new penny. An off-white head tops the beer, but doesn't last long at all. Very clear ale.

Smell: A blast of maltiness (quite biscuity) in your face-prevalent even before you pour the beer...reminds me of a lot of oktoberfests I've tried. Hops aren't pronounced much in the aroma...

Taste: I could go with a bit more hoppiness in the flavor of this brew. Bitterness is well balanced for the style. Biscuit is the most dominant malt to my taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit light in body for an alt...there is also a bit of a tang present at the back of the throat.

It's a very easy drinking brew...

05-12-2004 13:04:11 | More by PartyHatjo
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Let's see; this is called "Copper Ale," so one would expect that it would pour a lovely, clear, copper color--which it does in a deep way, and it has a thick, frothy off-white head to boot. The citrusy hops come through in the initial smell, and there appears to be a subtle malt backbone. The malts are more dominant in the taste, but simply not forceful enough; just a touch of immediate sweetness, and then the hops make an attempt to rise up in the middle, but are forced to settle into a rather bland finish. The mouthfeel is medium-thin, and the carbonation is the right complement for the light feel. All in all, a nice, light brew--certainly appropriate for a session beer.

05-02-2004 21:45:06 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of yemenmocha


2.83/5  rDev -21.8%

Copper color in the pour is more amber than copper, at least in this thick glassed stein. Color leads me to anticipate a medium to full bodied ale that is full in flavor but alas, it is very light in body and light in taste. So, appearance somewhat betrays the character of the beer.

Dallops of lace retain well on top of the beer and never seem to leave the rims of my glass. Very pleasing appearance overall, however it's just not a typical match for the beer's other characteristics.

Bottle label boasts the use of six malts, but initially on the palate the malt takes a backseat to steal-y hops, and the light body surprises you. Very watery. Disappointing. Where's the malt?

Bottling date on the bottle is appreciated. I hate buying mystery beer. Otter Creek has a few offerings that I love but I'm disappointed in this one. Served blind to me I mistook this for the product of a macro brewery who illegitimately tried to create a beer for the "micro" crowd... but failed. (i.e. amber bock, blue moon, etc.)

I'll be serving these to the wife.

04-24-2004 23:49:15 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

12 oz bottle. Golden amber in color. Hoppy nose. White small bubble head, left some lacing. Smooth malty ale, with moderate grainy hopping present. Medium body. smooth finish. Decent version of an Alt beer. I prefer my Alt a bit more bold and hoppy, but this one is pretty drinkable and well balanced.

04-22-2004 01:08:44 | More by Billolick
Photo of mschofield


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a golden copper, with a one finger white head, leaves webs of Belgian lace behind.
Fruity aroma, with a strong yeast note, but comes across as very clean and fresh.
Fruit, toffee, butter, citrus (grapefruit), toasted biscuit and apricot in the taste, overall fairly sweet.
Light feel, approaching a medium body. A good basic beer.

04-13-2004 22:10:29 | More by mschofield
Photo of jackndan


2.68/5  rDev -26%

Otter Creek Copper Ale: from a twelve ounce bottle. It pours a very clear copper color (ding, ding, no false advertising here). The head is a rocky off-white, with nice staying power, and leaves fairly thick rings down the sides of the glass.

The smell is interesting and assertive: it has definite hints of smoke and a bit of peat, as well.

The taste is, to my palate anyway, very metallic, and it has a bit of a taste of peat/caramel, almost like a scotch whiskey, stripped of its alcohol and served in a pewter mug. The aftertaste is of old hay, with a bit of malty/smoke. Not really all that tasty of a brew.

Light bodied, and fairly well carbonated, perhaps even a bit to much so.


04-04-2004 22:28:08 | More by jackndan
Photo of Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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

New York

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +10.5%

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!

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


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

01-29-2004 15:53:20 | More by maxpower
Photo of palma

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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.

01-28-2004 08:36:29 | More by palma
Photo of BeefyMee


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

01-20-2004 00:28:19 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of oelergud


4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.


01-18-2004 00:29:58 | More by oelergud
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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