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Otter Creek Solstice - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek SolsticeOtter Creek Solstice

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-04-2010)
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by scottum:
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange amber with a small off white headskie. Malt flavors are right up front and very lightly balanced by the hops. Thick with that biscuit flavor, but still light enough to make for high drinkability. I like seeing a micro brew a 4% beer, but I doubt that I'll buy it very often.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 18:27:44 | More by scottum
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-27-2014 20:46:35 | More by Latarnik
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-13-2013 16:05:32 | More by JTomczak
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-26-2013 23:54:19 | More by jaxon53
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-22-2013 15:26:14 | More by InspectorBob
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

04-19-2012 07:35:03 | More by Novanglus
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-13-2011 22:14:11 | More by djrn2
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-24-2011 16:23:16 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color, slightly deeper than straw. Not much head at all on this one.

Smells very faint, like a balanced APA should. It has that slight hop smell and also that British pale malt smell. It's slightly apricot on the nose.

Tastes very kolsch like, more malts than bittering hops. It's totally drinkable and is very straightforward. For that, I like it.

It has a nice crisp mouthfeel and is exceptionally drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 03:34:33 | More by tchenery
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry and grainy, pale and light crystal malt scent along with a low to moderate hop nose. The taste is average. It has a light and grainy, pale malt flavor. It doesn't have a very pronounced malt flavor. It has a moderate hop character. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine session beer. It's low in alcohol, but also low in flavor as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 20:54:27 | More by WesWes
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured a clear, honey-gold with a quickly receding white-head.
The aroma was cleam and fruity; not a lot of complexity here. There is also a sour, bready odor.
The flavor begins with a soft malty taste and is balanced by some faint hop bitterness. Everything here is restrained - no single flavor stands out, though a sour aftertaste detracts from the tasting.
The carbonation level is too high, though it keeps the thin bodied mouthfeel zesty.
This is a good low alcohol alternative and proves that a low ABV ale can have flavor. I noticed after purchasing this, the bottle indicated this ale is a few months old. I would like to try a fresh batch.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 00:31:11 | More by jkrich
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a long trail ale glass.

Pours a very crisp, light, clear golden amber with lots of little nice bubbles flowing up to a... super thin head. Nose is quite malty and sweet, almost no hops here.

There's a distinct iron taste here that's the immediate detractor. That being said, it's still well balanced, there's a light hoppiness that's sharp and bitter along with slightly high carbonation that adds to the bite. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overally it's a really easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 00:43:53 | More by kingcrowing
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New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a four finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light grapefruit nose. Flavor is mild grapefruit hops with lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 21:48:48 | More by jdhilt
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North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep honey gold pour with strong hints of orange. 2 finger head but no retention. Thin strands of lace.

Nose is sour Apple and bready malt. A little musty.

Hits thin and uninspiring. Big malt flavor kicks in with lots of bread, biscuit and a little yeast. Lager malt finish, slightly sour. Nice enough.

Body is actually a little heavy for a 4% beer.

Meets the need of a session drinker, but the flavor doesn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 01:55:41 | More by beer2day
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4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick, white, creamy head. Slowly settles to a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear body that is bronze in color.
S) Floral notes, mixed with caramel and honey. Slightly grassy.
T) Light and effervescent caramel malt sweetness paired with pleasant floral tones. Finishes malty sweet on the tongue.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Looks like a medium body beer, but starts light and picks up just a little bit of "umph". Dry in the finish.
D) A delicious brew and a great session beer. I would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 23:52:48 | More by u2carew
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness/bottling date info. Pours hazed, dull lighter, near golden amber, typical eggshell head, that lasts. Light bready nose. Easy drinking ale, balanced sweet malts/moderatly gritty hops. Perfectly respectable sessioner. Enjoyable and accessable brew from O.C.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:02:43 | More by Billolick
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden color with a moderate head that fades to decent lacing.

S: Clean with a light grain & citrus aroma.

T: Starts with a light citrus & sweetness. Finish is a nice easy touch of bitterness. Refreshing.

F: Moderate body, clean, not overpowering. Nice balance witha dry finish.

D: A real session beer. Goes down smooth & easy.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 20:48:09 | More by soju6
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3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A session beer, pleasant enough but there are better beers in the low alcohol/session range. Looks pretty good, small white head average to less than average retention but leaves a covering across the top of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Smell is surprisingly strong - prominent grassy hops.

Taste is really average, a little grassy hops, a metallic aftertaste at first but this eventually becomes a slightly sour vegetable taste. The hops keep this beer from tasting unpleasant but it is still pretty average. Mouthfeel is a hair thin, but not bad, kind of crisp.

Drinkability is ok. I prefer a better taste in a session beer but I would rather pound a few of these than Coors Light. Average but not bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 23:17:21 | More by JayQue
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark gold with no head at all. It looks flat until you look close and see the tiny carbonation bubbles.
S- Small hop smell . I finished the beer by the fire and the smell was hard to distinguish with the nearby burning wood.
T- Very plain. A session beer is still allowed to have flavor!!
MD- In session beer style this beer is easy to drink. The taste is not bad it just isn't much.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 00:53:33 | More by confer
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: copper color; head dissipates, but heavy; the empty glass in nicely laced
S: sweet, light smell of malt
T: initial nutty character, very pleasant, but it tapers into a metallic shell
M: good feel in the mouth but a bit watery

The beer is advertised as a session ale, and that it certainly is.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 15:51:57 | More by Arithmeticus
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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold almost copper with a light fluffy head. Steady carbonation keeps a thin cap on it.

Smells clean and wheaty. Not overpowering.

Very smooth and balanced. Slight citrus hints up front, with a clean malty balance.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and full.A bit of bitterness lingers behind.

Very drinkable, it went down quickly. I wouldn't turn down another....

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 23:02:53 | More by MisterDeeds
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New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours copper with light foam. Very minor lacing. Light malty smell, devoid of anything powerful or noteworthy. Watery hop taste - malt is restrained/. Very limited depth of taste. Not bad, just not impressive or memorable. Drinkable, though!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 13:42:18 | More by KTCamm
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice cloudy orange-yellow color with a tall and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, hints of breadinesss and citrus at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted and roasted malts, there's some citrus flavors mixed into the beer as well, a bit bready tasting, nice slight citrus-y hop finish.
M: Crisp, refreshing, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, it's a nice light tasting, lighter feeling, with a nice low abv for a good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 15:16:20 | More by erosier
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three 12oz bottles into liter mug. These notes are based on 36oz of Solstice Ale.

Appearance - Pours a reddish amber color with a healthy head. Recedes quickly, but never completely dissipates. Very carbonated and alive.

Smell - Lemon zest, slight breadiness and some citrus hops.

Taste - Not as strong as the nose leads you to believe, but still a decent amount of flavor. A nice balance of bready sweet malt and subtle citrus fruits. Short finish with light bitterness that actually does linger ever so slightly. I think they achieved exactly what they were shooting for.

Mouthfeel - Light bodies with soft carbonation. Slight slickness. Could be perceived as "thin/watery" but I think it has a nice pleasant light body.

Drinkability - Keeping in mind what Otter Creek was trying to achieve I have to say they hit their mark. Good aroma, light yet appealing flavor with a very short finish, and a light body. Begs to be quaffed. For those looking for a beer full of complexity and bold flavor, look elsewhere. What you have here is an extremely drinkable, light, refreshing, and ultimately simple summertime beer. Pouring 3 bottles into my Hofbrau was a great decision in this awful heat and humidity. Kudos to Otter Creek.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 03:40:58 | More by Sam21
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3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

7 malts and 3 hops seems like a lotta stuff for just a wee 4% session beer...

Clear gold with a thin, white, quick to skim head. Few lacey trickles.

Aroma is light grain and clean, honey-like Otter Creek house yeast. Some melted butter and grassy hop in there as well. Supposedly this was dry hopped with Amarillo but I'm not seein' it. Taste is sweet grainy honey with an antiseptic bitter back.

Otter Creek already has a phenomenal pale ale so what is this crap? That said I bought a 6 pack to bring to the beach and between my family and friends it was almost gone before I got out the door. So somebody likes it.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 14:24:00 | More by donkeyrunner
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Otter Creek Solstice from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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