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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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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | 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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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.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger white foamy head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell was very well balanced. A solid flowery and citrus hop aroma was accompanied by a good bready graininess.

The taste was likewise well balanced. A very good citrus hoppiness was couched in a solid doughy flavor. Very nice really.

The mouthfeel was good. Clean.

Overall a very drinkable alt. This is a staple type beer. Very sessionable and good to have in the refrigerator at all times.

Photo of ellisdee97
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a goldish orange and brown, with a light head that quickly disappears yet lingers with a nice ring. Nice lacing.

S: Pungent citrusy hops almost rusty. Sweet malt base w/ toffee as well as coffee notes.

T: Sweet watery malt and bitter hops. Very refreshing and light. Rusty, tangy aftertaste. Almost a buttery quality, with a taste of oatmeal.

M: Very light and watery, but not watered down.

D: Very drinkable, almost goes down too easy. A very solid beer.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another step in the quest for the perfect craft-brewed Alt. Rich amber color with a nice yet quickly disappearing head. Clear malt hits your nose as you raise the glass and the flavor is both rich malt with a subtle carmel sweetness that is at the same time just bitter enough to keep you wanting more. A tiny bit of hops presence; and a bit more carmel than some others (but both of these flavors pale in comparison to the strong malt flavors). Not truly complex, but excellent and very easy drinking. Extremely true to both the ale and altbier styles and would likely appeal to a wide range of beer tastes. Very good. And fairly easy to find where I am. So this one moves to the top of my list... for now.

Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz beer served in a Naked Fish glass. The ale is cool.

Appearance: The ale has a copper red color with a thick expansive head that laces nicely.

Smell: The ale has a thick malty aroma that borders on fruitiness.

Taste: The ale has a chewy biscuit malt body that is strong to the point of sweetness. There is no significant hop presence here to even things out.

Mouthfeel: The malt is a bit too much, as the flavors have been allowed to go all over the place, there is no single caramelly malt presence.

Drinkability: Average offering, not my first choice for an altbier but not one I'd pass up either.

Photo of Enola
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a lighter shade of red. There is little head. The smell is like an amber ale with a fair hop aroma. The taste is a litttle more bitter than typical. The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight hop aftertaste. I could drink this beer again. Another good beer from Vt.

Photo of westweasel
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle left over from a party. Labeled with a "Bottled on" date of 1/4/2006. Amber/light brown in color with a 1/4 inch ivory head. Appears to have high-carbonation from the overly active bubbles. The beer is fairly clear, and the 1/4 in. head remained all throughout the tasting. This beer has a malty, slightly toasty scent. No hint of a hop aroma.

This beer has a stong malt taste with some noteable hop bitterness. Not a citrusy hop flavor like American hops - more European (and that would fit with this style). The beer has a dry finish with a somewhat bitter after taste.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, but I was expecting much higher carbonation from its appearance. The mouthfeel is very smooth. The beer is fairly drinkable, but not very pleasing to me. Some strong malt flavors without corresponding other flavors that I enjoy.

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

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A: 1" of head quickly settles to a light lace that clings to edges of glass. Lace evenly caps beer with tiny bubbles.

Orange color with slight reddish accents. Translucent with slight haze.

S: Bread. Sweet and smooth.

T: Malty with some nuttyness. Pleasant flavors, but nothing is particularly strong. Perhaps this is an aspect of the style I didn't realize before. Still, I wish there was 'more' of the various tastes. No alchohol taste.

M: Thin, light, nearly flat with little to no carbonation.

D: None of the flavors are exceptionally strong. This is likely appealing in the long run. Basically there is nothing to get sick of, so I can imagine drinking these all night long.

Photo of JasonCoop
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours lighter and clearer than i'd expect for an alt. clear copper/brown/amber color with small but sticky white head.

smells mainly bready with a little caramel. slightly nutty almost. a little hoppy, but more malty.

taste - hoppier than i expected, and a bit too light. a lot lighter than i expected. not a bad brew but not what i expected from an alt. subtly hoppy up front with a very earthy flavor. balanced pretty well. not enough of that malty taste i expect in this style.

mouthfeel is too light and crisp for this style. very drinkable because of it's light body and crisp taste, but all in all a pretty poor example of this style in my opinion. a decent brew, but trying to be what it's not.

Photo of dirtylou
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single, Woodmans, bottled 12/19/05

appearance: pours a very clear rusty copper, with a thin layer of beige foam on top...lacing is pretty solid...rising bubbles, very clean and crisp appearance

smell: very metallic...rust/aluminum, not very appealing to me to say the least. its really hard for my nose to get past the metallic aroma, but i can tell there is some yeast and bready aromas underneath

taste: luckily the flavour bounces back pretty well from the aroma....starts to resemble an altbier even. strong peppery malt, toasted grain, light caramel, walnut, spice, still a rusty metallic flavour but its not as full blown as the aroma

mouthfeel: medium to thin body

drinkability: meh, not that great

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

Appearance: Red/Orange well...copper in color with a foamy tan head that leaves a foamy tan lacing on the glass.

Smell: Buiscuits, toast, raisins and dates.

Taste: Very malty. There is a lemon and grass character but it is overpowered by the buiscuit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice body. The malts are well-balanced against the hops and there is minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: This makes for a great session ale.

Photo of LPorter33
4.02/5  rDev +11%
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.

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