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

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786 Ratings

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Ratings: 786
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 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!

francisweizen, Feb 23, 2004
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.

maxpower, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of palma
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.

palma, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
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.

BeefyMee, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of oelergud
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.


oelergud, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
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.

RocketWidget, Dec 28, 2003
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.

scottum, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
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.

OatmattStout, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of marcobrau
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.

marcobrau, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of chilidog
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.

chilidog, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of Hobbz
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.

Hobbz, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of theozag
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.

theozag, Dec 01, 2003
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
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.