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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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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 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.

Seanstoppable, Jun 20, 2009
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.

LeftyBWS, Jul 29, 2009
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.

ellisdee97, Aug 03, 2006
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.

oriolesfan4, Oct 02, 2008
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.

DavoleBomb, Jul 03, 2013
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.

mooseisloose, Oct 04, 2008
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.

Clydesdale, Feb 12, 2009
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.

cvstrickland, Mar 27, 2009
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
Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.