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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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844 Ratings

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 15
Gots: 60 | 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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Ratings: 844 | Reviews: 409
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ends up being one of those same score all around type beers, in this case 3.5 constitutes the same score, meaning this one is pretty good, but not spectacular.

It pours a nice crisp copper colour with a thin head that quickly settles into a fine lace.

The aroma is a basic malt hop mix with rubber/earth/toasted/biscuit malt notes dominating the touch of floral hops.

The flavour is more of the same, wit ha bit more of a hoppy finish than expected. This one is also a touch dry as well, certianly moreseo than anticipated.

There's not much more to say about this one. Nothing to rave about and nothing to complain about. It's basic but tasty. I've had better and I've had worse within the style.

Photo of EStreet20
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a slender cylindircal glass.

A - An amber color a little bit on the light/transparent side. A nice compact head forms and sticks around. A decent amount of lacing coats the glass.

S - Toasted malts and grain on the nose. Some pungent bitterness is floating there too.

T - A nice roasted malt character starts it off with the hops/grainy flavor balancing fairly well. A dry finish leaving virtually no aftertaste. Not bad.

M - Light bodied, fairly smooth.

D - Pretty good, nothing too interesting but definitely good if you want to try a new quencher or are looking for a different session beer one night.

Photo of ski271
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark copper with a small, off-white, creamy head with good retention and very good lacing. The smell is very inviting, a nice balance of complex malts and citrus & herbal hops. Orange, pear, whole wheat bread and… is that a hint clove and marjoram I’m picking up? Interesting. The taste is a little grainier than expected, lightly sweet up front with a moderate bitterness that comes out on the finish and transitions from citrus to more of floral taste as it fades. There’s a light metallic tinge in there. It has a medium body, watery texture, and good, moderate carbonation. I remember absolutely loving this beer when I was first getting into craft beers and stronger hops. Yes, I still think it’s a good, well-balanced beer, but it’s a little too thin-feeling and the flavor is a little weak in the middle. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a solid choice, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a lovely burnished copper with a tight sand colored head of dense bubbles which slowly thins down, leaving nice lacing. The smell is of sweet malt, spicy hops, and hints of biscuit. The malt and hops are well balanced with sweetness up front followed by a relatively soft hop finish. Medium body with tiny pinpricks of carbonation, but not too much. The malt provides plenty of smoothness. Highly enjoyable.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all I love their illustrated labels, they really set the mood. This came in a sampler pack.This poured a nice ligth amber w/a great frothy white head and moderate lacing. Aroma contains soem caramel flavors and showcases a good balance of malt and hops. The taste is very pleasant. It is nutty earthy and fruity all in one. Pretty good mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Overall a very nice clean and drinkable brew by otter creek.

Photo of bjohnson
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/light copperish color with small white head. Smells malty, with a tad of fruit also, but not much else. Taste has a fruitiness to it, but the malts are definately noticeable also. Its a smooth tasting beer with just a hint of bitterness, not too much though. This beer is good to pretty good, in the drinkable category, with an average mouthfeel, but I think Otter Creek has better ales.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out more gold than copper, I though, but it had a nice little alt head and a nice lacing in my stange. Fair amount of carbonation.

Smell is rather subdued, toasty and nutty with some apples, a bit of malt, and a light bitterness.

Flavor is very similar, a little dry nuttiness with some light fruit notes and a faint hop bitterness that bites the front of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, I think, but not too bad.

Overall: Not bad, but pretty average for an altbier. I love the style so much, and this one is just a little too simple and a little thin.

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

Pours a fairly dark copper color (imagine that!). The aroma is subtle, the malts dominate but there are some hops in the background. The taste is a bit different as the hops and malt share equal strengths and interplay fairly nicely. The hops seem the focus in the beginning and the malts assert themselves later. It seems very clean with not many off flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. It's not inoffensive in any way, so makes a good session beer.

Photo of NClifestyle
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear dark orange/amber, thick head of off-white foam, thick bands of lace, with a nice fluffy 1/2in. layer that stays with the beer.
smell is earthy, malty, like fall leaves.
taste is a sharp hop tang in the back of the mouth. toasty malt on sides, basically a nice flavor on the tongue, but the aftertaste was a bit much.
light to medium mouthfeel, some decent carbonation.
an easy drinking beer, but with lots of flavor, similar to german altbiers. goes good with hearty meals.


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.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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.

Photo of sabrills70
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of packetknife
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of bobbyc881
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

Photo of TongoRad
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of optikon44
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of TinusTime
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of whynot44
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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