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

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823 Ratings

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | 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

32 IBU
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Photo of Shaw
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 1 finger od eggshell white head. Great lacing & very good head retention

S: Nice breadyness, fades as the beer warms up

T: Cakey, dry with herbal hop bitterness up front. Some crackery notes along caramel as this warms. Finishes with slightly herbal/metallic hop twang, some toffee, honey malt & too much dryness

MF: Medium bodied with good balance & moderate carbonation

Drinks fairly good, compares favorably to some Alts I had over in Germany, too dang dry to session on

Photo of Carlton1964
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amount of lacing. Pours nice and has great appearance with nice shade of "copper".
Smells same as most ales of this variety. Taste was very pleasant on the palate and left no aftertaste. Might be considered a little sharp to some but I enjoyed it. Worth serious consideration.

Photo of tar
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 shirfan
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange color, crystal clear. Three-finger head with excellent retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is spicy, bready, a hint of hops and alcohol. Fairly pungent.

Taste starts a little dry, warms up to a nice, mildly alcoholic and sweet middle, with strong notes of yeast and bready malts. Tastes a bit grainy, but not in a bad way. Multiple hops present in the finish, which is nicely complex; the bottle states that three varieties are used.

This was more enjoyable and balanced than Otter Creek's pale ale.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inviting aroma is mainly malty with a strongly yeasty overtone and a firm ribbon of peanut running through it. Pours a nice clear amber with a white head that is thick if not persistent. Taste is a bit wan - malty with an undertone of peanut, and tasty if not outstanding. Texture is fairly smooth and a little tingly, but nothing to write home about. Overall, not too shabby.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts and a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because it’s relatively light-bodied and there’s only a little bit of sweetness. However, the taste is very one-dimensional and lacks flavors of other types of malts and hops.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As of this writing there are 200 reviews on this brew. It's copper colored, malty well balanced and quite refreshing. Short review today. Rather, this was on tap at a VT restaurant and I was quite pleased at how well the VT beer was represented. Often overlooked, this beer paired amazingly well with buffalo wings and a spicy rib plate. Writing this from notes from the weekend I am now hungry and thirsty. I think it's lunch time.

Worth a try as a 6 pack for a barbeque or any other reason this summer!

Photo of KevinB
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cold 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass. The appearance was amber brown with an off white, slightly tannish head. Small head, medium lacing, mild carbonation. Aroma was slightly fruity, malts in the forefront, with a mild hops presence.
The is a pretty nice tasting but mild brew, roasted malts and a hops, with a slight bitter finish . Mouthfeel is light and crisp, lower medium bodied brew, and medium carbonation.For a somewhat watery beer it has a good amount of flavor and is refreshing. Overall this is a nice light beer, very drinkable perfect for the warm months.

Photo of kw_pip
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light simple beer. Tastes like a pilsner with a little sour apple. Some yeast flavor. Good for a simple session beer.

Photo of ballewblake
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Vapeur glass.

Copper. Yep, its copper and with a one finger white head on the top. Head drops pretty quick and nice thick lacing is left where it was. From the look, not a whole lot of carbonation going on. Smell is cooked honey, maybe burnt? Crisp on the tongue, so carbonation is here, roasted malts, some bitter hops. Easy drinking brew. Seems all the ones I'm digging tonight are the last ones in the fridge (and hard to come by.)

Thanks to csniezek for sending this my way.

Photo of fitzy84
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in a sample pack. Poured with a copper-gold tint and settled with a murky appearance. The aromas had a citrus, almost lemony fragrance, but the overall structure was a hoppyish, bread smell with good amounts of malt. The taste was nice and sweet with more apparent citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is stable and rich, allowing it to be refreshing and relaxing. Overall, a nice, generally good feeling drink.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very clear copper amber with some small visible carbonation and a decent two finger high head of white fomay lace. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace and a decent film across the top.

S - The aroma was really packed with tons of bready malts. Cereal grains taking over as it warms up with a decent musty sort of smell. Very much full of malt hear with a touch of barley.

T - Very sort of muted. A quick clean taste that really did not have much of a follow though to it. It really kinda was dominated by the cereal grains and earthy bread like malts that drown out anything else that might have been trying to make a run at coming forward.

M - Very smooth with a crisp clean finish. Not a ton of carbnation and the body itself was very light. It was a very light feeling, but non slick beer.

D - Very nice actually as there was nothing really holding you back from having multiples of this. Low abv and a very smooth flavor with a crisp finish lend itself well tothis.

Overall this was a decent beer, nothing really spectaculat just a decent beer, I would go to it in a pinch for sure. But faced with other options I would probably not.

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer received as part of a 12-pack for Xmas. Thanks Joe.

Poured into a Samuel Adam Boston Lager glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head over the clear amber brew. Head recedes sedately, with lasting lace. Aroma is well-balanced. Taste mirrors the nose, nutty maltiness upfront, and a moderately intense citrus hoppiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, and drinkability is pretty good. A nice fall-back if not a first choice when looking for a sessionable product.

Photo of therica
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle states that they don't pasteurize or use preservatives and that their beers change with age. This one's dated 09-09-09. I've noticed that their bottled beers seem better after about half a year of aging. Maybe I'll put the rest away and try again in a few months.

Let this stuff set for about 10 minutes after pouring or you may be disappointed. In half an hour the scents and flavors have changed a few different times. And the head still was 1-finger thick after half an hour.

A= nice copper with a huge sudsy head that continued to grow, plenty of sustained lacing.

S= plenty of hops florals, dry grassy earthy malts.

T= A bit rusty-tasting and soured apple-cider when first poured, honestly. But let it set for a few minutes. Then it's bitter and slightly sour, complex and interesting malts (they use 6 in this beer). Later, after setting for a while (10-15 minutes) it continues to improve, some cinnamon seemed to appear and the malts tasted sweeter.

M= slightly watery, but nice complex malts, strong bitters but also a bit of sourness underneath that annoys me (I've exprienced the sourness with several of their other beers) if you drink it right after it's poured. Huge astringency, I'm talking the sqeauy-tooth kind and this is with all 6 bottles on a clean palate; some bubblegum.

D= very drinkable if you like it and can wait for it to sit and meld for a few minutes after pouring, otherwise it's a bit of a put-off as a quick-grab beer. I wouldn't recommend it straight from the bottle. Also the annoying astringency is something to cope with, at least in the bottled form.

BOTTOM LINE: I've definitely enjoyed playing around with this beer (6-pack) but it's definitely not on my favorites list, and probably not one that I will buy again (apologies to "The Bro's" rave reviews of it).

Photo of Kongquistador
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a slightly off-white head that slowly and steadily descends to a slight covering. Plenty of rings of lacing stick to the sides of the glass. Had the head not thinned just a hair too much, it would have been perfect, IMO. Still, it's a very nice beer to look at.

The smell was at first malty (caramel), then grainy (barley), with some citrus notes. A tad on the thin side.

Toasted grains (esp. barley) quickly take over and mute the caramel. It merges with some citrusy fruits. It's pretty good, though not as complex as the label (6 malts, 3 hops) would quite have you believe. The flavors are all a bit on the light side. Earthy grains dominate with a moderate malt backbone. The bitter hops are present throughout though never really emerge fully (which is ok for style).

Overall, it's fairly smooth, but for a touch of a metallic tinge. It's not the best aftertaste, but not bad either.

A beer to go to once in a while. Pretty easy to drink and interesting flavors. It's one of those beers that grow on you over time.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug as a slightly cloudy copper color with two fingers of solid head. Scent is very light, maybe a hint of yeast. Flavor is earthy, with some subdued malt flavors. A bit of chewiness at the end, but overall very smooth with little aftertaste.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Hannaford. Pours an amber body with a thin film of off-white head. Caramel characterizes the aroma, though it's really slight. Rich caramel dominates the flavor, with some chocolate and fruit notes. Medium in body and carbonation. An easy drinker, flavorful enough. Not my favorite of the style... Reasonably decent though.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew smells very malty like fresh cooked ginger snaps. Pours to a deep golden color with a slight orange tinge. Head is macro bubble and fades quickly. The taste starts as sweet like a marzen but is quickly followed by a gradual hopping that starts bittersweet in combination with the carbonation. The finish is more bitter but then gets overtaken by the maltiness. This is a flavorful Alt. Not at all balanced at the point of attack, but then why should it be? Delicious.

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 longpondbeerman
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 JTBacon
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I give this beer anywhere from a 3.5 to a 4. Why? Well, when compared to some of the great beers that are out there, on a relative basis this one isnt even in the conversation. But when you categorize it correctly for what it is, it really is a solid beer. The name tells you exactly what you are dealing with...Copper means a balance of red and brown ales. Personally, I have always had some affection for red ales, and I absolutely love browns. So this is a happy marriage of the two. Light enough that isnt doesnt way you down like Thanksgiving dinner, but strong enough that you know you should clear your schedule for the night. Its versality makes it a good beer year round, though I still see it proving to be a better fall and winter style. But spring works too, and even enjoying it around an outside fire during the cooler summer nights works for me.

This beer is a good brown and a good red mix. Otter Creek is a good maker of beer, and this selection is a solid offering.

Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.