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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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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 13
Gots: 38 | 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 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 Carlton1964
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 longpondbeerman
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with medium head that stays for awhile,very malty appetizing smell of caramel and biscuit malt.Pretty sweet taste would like maybe for a liitle more dryness to make it more balanced,but still pretty darn good.Used to be a staple of mine on tap at the local beer I used to hang out while spending a winter in VT.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored, with a nice white head. A hint of toasty aroma, combined with some floral hop notes. Very crisp, bready malt, combining with a hint of floral hops. Not much bitterness, but just enough. Very clean and crisp. A few fruity flavors at the end. Medium body. Very drinkable. Nothing overwhelming, but a pretty solid session beer.

Photo of optikon44
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Seanstoppable
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 LeftyBWS
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright orange/copper colored brew topped by a half-inch layer of white head. Medium amount of carbonation bubbles. The head recedes slowly to the edges of the glass and leaves some slippery lacing rings.
S: Dry earthy malts and nippy pine hops are complemented nicely by some faint grains and biscuity scents. Really enticing, a pleasant mixture of smells.
T: Pretty good, but pales in comparison to the smell. The first flavors provide some malts and a tiny bit of sugar. Next, I get a tiny hop nip but not nearly enough to qualify as "hoppiness". The finish is pretty bland and oddly bitter, and there's an overall fizzy taste that masks some potential flavors as evidenced by the nose.
M: Fine, but the carbonation is too prominent for me.
D: Pretty good. Taste and feel are alright, but there's no hint of the alcohol and the smell is quite nice. Easily a good session beer.

Photo of ellisdee97
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a goldish orange and brown, with a light head that quickly disappears yet lingers with a nice ring. Nice lacing.

S: Pungent citrusy hops almost rusty. Sweet malt base w/ toffee as well as coffee notes.

T: Sweet watery malt and bitter hops. Very refreshing and light. Rusty, tangy aftertaste. Almost a buttery quality, with a taste of oatmeal.

M: Very light and watery, but not watered down.

D: Very drinkable, almost goes down too easy. A very solid beer.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another solid Otter Creek offering here with the Copper Ale. Interesting enough, it pours a nice copper color and has a coppery/metallic sort of taste to it (in a good way though). May be hard to have many of these in one sitting but if having a few it's a nice tasty beer I'd come back to.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

3.25 A: Moderately hazed copper color. Not even one finger of head formed.

3.5 S: Big toastiness. Nuttiness to a lesser extent. Fairly dry, but sweet enough to be balanced.

3.75 T: Tastes like the nose. Toasty, nutty, grainy maltiness. Moderately dry with a touch of yeast.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess in this.

3.75 D: Not a whole lot going on, but it is tasty.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Clydesdale
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A translucent, yes, copper color with hints of orange. A medium sized, creamy off-white head is visible with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Some toasted malts up front. Some fruity, citric notes of orange rind and honey. Definite earthy hops, again with citric touches.

T: Toasted and vaguely caramel malt at first. Spicy, leafy, and floral hop flavors. Some fruity notes, again somewhat like orange, along with honey. A riding bitterness into the finish.

M: Medium-light body, with tight, restrained carbonation. A bit dry into the finish.

D: This is somewhat interesting. I won't call it a great beer, but it's got a unique flavor and nice balance. Solid and pretty sessionable.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear bronzed-copper body with a half-finger of soft off-white foam capping the drink. While unimpressive in size, the head is long-lasting and leaves fading sticky bands of lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is rich and grainy with clean, tangy, grassy, herbal hoppiness and plenty of dry, lightly toasted malt.

The taste is dryly malty with a trailing caramel edge that is nicely cleaned up by a bitter grassy hop-note. The mild bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, mingling with a note of dry cocoa and a drizzle of oily, malty caramel nuttiness.

The drink is on the light side of medium-bodied with superb carbonation. Otter Creek Copper Ale is plenty tasty, and quite a refreshing drink on a warm, humid spring afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.