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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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BA SCORE
82
good

774 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 774
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 jmatthew
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

jmatthew, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of psinderson
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

psinderson, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of TongoRad
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

TongoRad, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of bashiba
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head.

Smell has a nice bit of sweet fruit and grains coming through with a decent nuttiness like a sweet baking nutbread.

Taste has a nice bit of sweet malt flavors with a good nuttiness to it and some spicyness. The hops are present, but on the light side with just enough to even out the malts.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, the only real complaint about the beer.

Overall a good and ejoyable easy drinking beer.

bashiba, Mar 04, 2006
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 jadpsu
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with an off white and sticky head, that has decent retention and superior side lacing.
Smell is alot of malts, earthy and and biscuits and a hint of some floral hops.
Taste is of malts and earth flavors, provides a really dry finish. Not bitter but neither sweet.

jadpsu, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At a good friends party for Mardi Gras here in Burlington (thanks Jon Anthony!) I drank a bottle of this ubiquitous favorite. The color was copper/amber, the one-finger head off-white, the retention sub-par and the lacing off the collar decent. The aroma was very faint but pleasant, a mix of caramel malt and some hop bitterness. The flavors started semi-sweet with caramel malt and toasted malt followed by nuts and a crisp, hoppy finish. The bitterness of the hops at the end was twiggy and a bit woody (whole leaf hops?). Sessionable but a bit boring. The body was medium, the carbonation medium and the mouthfeel average.

thekevlarkid, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of sabrills70
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

sabrills70, Jul 09, 2005
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 kingcrowing
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, the name really says it all. This pours a deep copper color with minimal head and medium carbonation something about the aroma has a slight copper to it along with some malty notes.
It leaves a really good taste in your mouth that lingers for a short while. It reminds me a lot of Long Trail Ale. Overall a great beer.

kingcrowing, May 31, 2009
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Milkysunshine, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Jameson480
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium amber, very clear, sticky head

Smell - Smells slightly hoppy, slightly sweet

Taste - Caramel, coffee, toasted/roasted taste

Mouthfeel - Smooth, easy to drink

Drinkability - This is a surprisingly good beer. I tried Otter Creek's White Sail witbier and found it to be less than satisfactory; however, this style more than makes up for it.

Jameson480, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Varkias41, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of DrewBest
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

DrewBest, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
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.

silver0rlead, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

mjstacker, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Bouder32
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Bouder32, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

nyrblue2, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 23, 2012. It pours a hazy dark amber with a moderate beige head that diminishes. It leaves plenty of clinging lacing along the way. The aroma is of sweet toffee malts and grains. The hop note is subtle to non-existent. The body falls into the medium range and is fairly durable. The taste is emboldened with sweet toffee malts with a relatively clean hop finish. This is not a bad beer.

puboflyons, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Mattgruv
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Mattgruv, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of SickGnar
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Just slightly tawny, deep orange copper. Streams of tight bubbles rise to medium-size light tan head. Great retention & superb lacing.

S: Bread crust, toasty grain, nutty malts, & some malty sweetness. Pretty rich in the malt department, but not really getting much else. Super faint fruit esters & ghostly hint of floral hops.

T: Again – bread crust, toasty grain, & nutty malts. Also getting the malt sweetness up front & a very faint touch of roast on the back end. Not as rich as nose implied, but it does have alright depth. Dry and quite attenuated. This lets hops show reasonably strong. Earthy/woody, herbal, & floral up front, some spice comes in through the middle with a hint of mint, and the finish is back to earthy and woody. Slight softly astringent note. Hint of fruity esters.

M: less than medium body. Carbonation is matched, finely textured, and soft. Reasonably smooth, but it struggles to achieve that against dryness from attenuation & hops.

D: Definitely not a Sticke. Rather dry and toasty. Backed firmly by largely woody hops. Quite tasty, but lacking any significant umph to the malts and softness to the body that could really make carry it all and make this one shine. It is probably better with pub grub, but is pretty alright standing alone.

SickGnar, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of tylmorelli
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

tylmorelli, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of ArtZan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

ArtZan, Jun 05, 2014
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.