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

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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | 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 RBorsato
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

RBorsato, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of Gasp100
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.

Gasp100, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of tar
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.

tar, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of biernuss
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.

biernuss, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of ZAP
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..

ZAP, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
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.

Bighuge, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of HappyHourHero
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.

HappyHourHero, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of aracauna
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.

aracauna, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied Amber alt. Malts are fairly aggressive, nutty and somewhat sweet. Hops are slightly spicy and somewhat bitter. Nicely balanced. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dulled copper, stunning lace sticks all the way down the glass.

Quite malty with a toasted grain and hints of caramel. Vague fruitiness and faint hops in the aroma. Very smoothly textured mouth feel, spot on for carbonation. A little high on the toasted grain as far as balance goes, a bit more malt and body would be what I would want to see. Just enough hops to go around, the hops meld well with the malt in the finish.

Tasty and drinkable, easy on the palate as well.

Jason, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear, toasted golden in color with an off-white that doesn't stay long.
Nose is grainy and otherwise vacant.
Kicks off with a semi-sweet caramel/toffee hue that proceeds directly into a raw graininess. Husky towards the middle with underlying fruit impressions of apple and pear. Nuttier later with pecans and almonds. Hop finish seems to smear across the palate with a light herbal bitterness and dried plant suggestions. Grassy remainder, with touches of sugared nut skins.
Medium light bodied. This screams to be consumed in multiples. I like this more than my numbers indicate.
A newly available altbier (in my area) is a plus in my book. This will be purchased again.

cokes, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of Ianhockey91
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good all around ale from otter creek, copper color with a white head (which lasts slightly longer than their pale ale). Smells of citrus and malt, the citrus is a bit sweeter varity than the pale ale though. Taste, its smooth, with a very nice balance of malt and hops, probably a great sessioning beer. would pair nicely with chicken or a more flavorful fish.

Ianhockey91, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a slightly cloudy orange amber color. The head was huge, dense and looked like bubbly sea foam. Some graininess and grassy notes. The body is a bit thin. Tangy citrus qualities, especially lemons and oranges. This is a fresh, light and lively amber ale that has a crisp finish.

pezoids, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is copper (duh) , with a good white head. The smell is a good mix of malt and hop, equally. The taste is a very dry hoppy one with a bit of the malty lager finish. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more.

Not a bad beer from Otter Creek. A good but not great example of an altbier, though certainly one I'd have again, if I could find it.

beergeek279, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek Copper Ale is a nice clear amber color with a medium bodied white head on the surface. The head dissolves slowly leaving behind a good amount of lace on the side of the glass. I found the malty aroma with a hint of hops to be rather faint. However, the taste makes up for the smell. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is a pleasant combination of toasted and caramel malts. An acidic flavor lingers on the tongue for a few moments before the hops take over for the mildly bitter finish. There's a nice malty taste left behind similar to what you would find if you just had a sip of scotch. This is a great tasting malty beer that is very drinkable.

WanderingFool, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid beer that impressed me by its consistency. The look is very good, being a clear copper body with a nice ivory head that came up about 3 fingers. This head was quick to disappear to a thin layer, but it left good lace down the glass.

A solid malt aroma with nice breadiness was the prelude to the great taste that was immediately impressive of the malting, but had solid hopping layered in as well. The feel was also very solid and full providing a very nicely drinkable Alt. This is a beer I'd go back to often if it were widely available. Unfortunately it's a bit hard to find in SW Ohio.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown twist cap bottle. Bottling date & batch # are clearly marked.

Tawny amber hued elixer with hints of gold. Slight chill haze, but otherwise clear. Topped with 1" of dense off white head. Big bubbles escape, it settles leaving an impressive trail of creamy lace behind.

Clean malt aroma, some breadiness, & floral hops fill the nose.

Sweet malt, crisp, slight biscuit flavor, caramel, minor flavors of nuts & apples. Dry, slightly acidic finish. Hops show a great balance between spicy & floral.

Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Crisp & smooth.

One of my personal favorites, and a regular at my house. Easy drinking, and as the label recommends, try it with a meal. I haven't found many things that copper ale doesn't go with.

xgrigorix, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of Kongquistador
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't fault the appearance, as it pours a nice copper, with a smallish white head. The head gradually disperses to form a light lace which deposits a mild residue on the sides of the glass. The smell is mainly fruity and floral, although gradually some sweet malty scents slip through, suggesting the balance that this brew out to offer.

The first sip got me all citrus hops, without much other excitment. But further delving into the beer, I got a nice shot of malt to keep the interest levels high. The hoppy start gives way quickly to the malts in the middle of the swallow, before it finally fades to an earthy finish, replete with some uninteresting hoppy bitterness. The finish is there, but it serves more to remind you that this is a beer, than to delive any actual character. Slightly frustrating overall, as this beer seems like it could meld many different flavors, but ultimately fails to deliver a finished balanced product. Others have said that, given the ingredients, there ought to be more character than citrus/floral hops and some caramel malts, and I fully agree.

This beer sometimes seems a little sour and watery, and this is enough to make it sometimes uncomfortable to drink. The carbonation is very nice, moderate and unassuming, but present. Overall, this is a little thinner than I might like, especially given the potential that it shows, and I know that copper ales have delivered in the past.

Kongquistador, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As its name implies, this has a deep copper body that just seems like it's a little lacking. Pours with a thinnish head that quickly fades to a partial layer of foam. Slight malty aroma that brings to mind a mild vienna lager or oktoberfest aroma. Taste is slightly grainy, with a touch of malt sweetness and a good dose of huskiness. Lingering bitterness on the finish is more distractig than completing. More of a "prolonged continuance" than a "finish". Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side. Drinkability is OK. Feels like a lager to me. Decent, but not memorable, other than for its apparent identity crisis. "The Ale that drinks like a lager." This one goes down better in large gulps. Drink like an Irishman for this one.

aaronh, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of TAMU99
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall: A very nice beer, easy to drink if a bit on the sharp side

Appearance: pours a medium foam on top of a very nicec golden, redish...even...Copper color. Visually impressive
Smell: Pretty average, some floral hops apparent, but really doesn't put up impressive aromatics
Taste: Nice, good hops background with a strong hops/acid flavor that gets you attention and makes this beer interesting.
Mouthfeel: A little on the weak side as this bitter acids overpower the more mild hops so it comes of as too sharp
Drinkability: all in all, quite drinkable. I liked it, would try more from this brewery

TAMU99, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This will be my first taste of an altbier, here it goes this one pours out a ruby copper tone with an off white cream hued head leaving even lacing rings around my glass. Aromatics are very nice within this little brew with an exotic floral hop with some very pronounced malt tones giving touches of toasted nuts and caramel not bad at all. Flavor breeds a wonderful balance between shots of hops, mildly sweet robust malts with a wonderful chestnut finish. Nothing is over the top but this medium bodied brew gives off many great qualities to ensure a clean crisp flavor with no offness just brewed to be drinkable. A great starter for the altbier category in my opinion I enjoy it and now I wish to venture toward other similar beers.

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful golden color with a small white head. Smells of faint bread and a little bit of citrus. The taste was a huge dissapointment. Much hoppier than I expexted for an alt style. Finished bitter and not so pleasent. Mouthfeel was also a little thin. I gave it two tries over several days. There are much better offerings in this style.

yankeeheel, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of freed
2.15/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at OBF 2003.

Looks can be deceiving. This beer looked fine, sporting a rich copper hue. The smell was bad; like opening the freezer and smelling old fish sticks. Not sure how that could have slipped in though. The taste was remarkably flat and un-detailed, like the beer itself had been milled. Quite disappointed, I poured and moved on.

freed, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this as a alternate to Red Seal Ale by suggestion, and really thought it was a stand-out. The color was a wonderful-dead on pale copper-it should NOT be cheated out of a glass pour! !The aroma was enticing, with lots caramel, pine needle, and bitter hop fighting for the lead. A very satisfying mouthfeel and taste featuring more creamy, bittersweet caramel, and some sweet malted grain-superb balance here. I think of this beer as a sort of Red-Seal "light" but, that may be cheating a very fine beer from its proper name, which really should be "damn fine ale!" Delicious!!

moulefrite, Jul 25, 2003
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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