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Otter Creek Winter Red Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PBoegel on 11-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

45 IBU
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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 40
Photo of founddrama
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On the bitter, and coppery; but overall hearty.

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass at home

A: dark red, cloudy, very thin head;
S: stale/metallic smell
T: Perhaps out of date, since I'm drinking this in May. Not very malty or sweet; prominent hop profile; baking soda and aged grapefruit, relatively intense; medium complexity; astringent
M: despite the small head, this has a nice buzz

Not a great beer.

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nice amber / copper color with decent head and moderate carbonation. Caramel and floral aroma. Very bitter without a deep complexity of flavor. Peppery spice notes. Mid-glass it almost seems a bit diluted. Drinkability is decent. Yeasty mouthfeel in the aftertaste. We feel this beer needs a bit of balancing. The elements it has alone aren't great in a beer, but coupled with a bit more sweetness and depth it could be very good. Finishes just a bit sweeter.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a deep clean amber in color, 2 fingers of foamy head stayed throughout the pour causing great amounts of lacing. smells of bitter herbal hops, grass, caramel. the flavor is really nice on this one.. starts off with a slight spicy grassy/herbal bitterness, followed by a delicious sweet malt backbone and finishes off with a bready yeast flavor. medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy on the lips.

an excellent amber ale. nicely balanced with the grassy hops. glad i got this one.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean reddish to orange-ish color, with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt, with notes of caramel. In the taste, sweet caramel malt and some lingering cinnamon. A small spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a mellow, dry cinnamon in the aftertaste. Not bad, just boring and eh!

Photo of Bowersm
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid, but not great easy to drink beer. I've had six that have gone down quickly and easily and without complaints. To be honest, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on with the beer. It's not super hoppy (which I tend to like). It doesn't have much of an aftertaste and I may be keeping it too cold, but for whatever reason I still think its not bad. That being said, when choosing between this and Otter Creeks Stovepipe porter, I'd say choose the porter every time.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a very deep dark red (label does not lie) wit a small brown head that leaves some lacing down the glass. Smells of roasted malt and some nice citrus hop notes, very inviting. Tastes of some caramel malt with citrus hops, nice combination. Carbonation seems right for its light/medium body and goes down without any ill effects. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle: "Flavorful & richly malted, this generously hopped red ale is our new winter offering. Brewed to be the perfect companion for a long New England winter."

Call this Christmas in July. I am simply trying to reduce some of the back inventory before I buy any more beer.

My pour created two fingers of rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. As it slowly fell, lots of lacing was being created in its wake. Color was just as advertised - a deep coppery red with NE-quality clarity. I once had a g/f whose thick, coarse hair was exactly this shade. Nose was ... "richly malted" ... who's zoomin' who here? It smelled like the middle of a pine forest! Not that I have a problem with that, but where's the malt? Mouthfeel was full, almost creamy and the taste was definitely pine hops on the tongue. The finish was still plenty hoppy, in fact, my eyes watered at one point, but the malt only made a cameo appearance after the swallow. This is the way I like beers in this style.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy brownish/reddish body, thick tan head. Almost no light shines through.

S- Malty smell with caramel malt coming through along with a hint of a hop presence.

T- Caramel malt body with a dash of hops at the end of the taste. Pretty standard amber malt taste.

M- Pretty smooth with good body.

O- A pretty average amber. Would like to try this one a little fresher and would give it another go.

Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Looks like a red, liquid crystal formation, with a huge mildly off-white head (on the reddish side) that clung to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: I got a tinge of hoppy red velvet cake batter, but not much else. Very understated.

T: More explosive in the flavor department that I was expecting, with the hops winning out over the malts slightly. FYI: The taste is TOTALLY different that nose, and much better IMO.

M: The carbonation was generous without going overboard, and the lacing on the glass was somewhat ridiculous (just like a good Otter Creek beer should be).

O: I like some things about it and didn't like other things. At the end of the day though, this was a decent drinker

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, with decent lacing, over reddish copper caramel colored beer.

Nose is quite sweet, sweet malts, a candy sweetness with brown sugar, reddish candy syrup, toasty red malts, copper reddish malts, hint maple like candy, and molasses, light bready juicy fruit like malt syrups, and hint of floral hops.

Taste starts semi sweet, but a bit more malty, reddish copper malts, a bit more candy syrup flavors, reddish candy, copper malts, toasty, light bready, pale malt flavors, hint of fruit, a bit of earthy floral hops with a light bitterness, and a bit grassy, hint of maple candy and molasses like flavors. Finish is still a bit sweet, a bit mode kick of bitterness, dries a bit but still little syrupy like sweet, light earthy grassy hops, slight caramel flavors.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall lighter but not bad, decent overall, decent malts, a bit too syrupy, hops blend fairly well but almost starts to get astringent on the finish and a bit meh.

Photo of jeremy13586
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured in to a standard pint glass. No bottle date that I could find.

Ruby color. Slightly off white head formed, but disappeared fairly quickly. Did leave some sticky bubbles on the side of the glass.

Nose is full of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and some chocolate. Even after letting the beer warm up, the only thing that came out was a mild nondescript bitterness. Seems like a very malt-heavy beer.

There are too many things that are trying to fight for dominance. The caramel and toffee is there with a touch of orange. A nice bitter hoppiness does come out, but ends up getting lost. Messy finish that ends slightly metallic.

Medium bodied and fairly carbonated, but very hearty. Definitely a winter beer.

I found that there was just too much going on with this brew like it wasn't well thought out. The metallic taste was definitely off-putting. This beer might be mediocre at best.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Carbonation is good on this making a solid inch of tan colored head. Lacing is only moderate with mild stickiness and the beer itself is a dark amber that's clear.

S - Mild pine hops within a body of sweet caramel like malts and toffee. Biscuit malts are mild.

T - Starts of hoppy then quickly the biscuit like malts take over with a bread taste. Finish is sweet but not overly so cleansing the palate with caramel and hops. Tasty.

M - Medium bodied it sets the tone for a winter beer.

Overall totally worth the $1.75 a paid in the mix and match section but not as sweet as I would have liked it.

Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear copper color with a creamy, off white head...the head stood about two fingers and only receded to one finger...it stayed creamy the entire time and lasted the duration of drinking...great lacing

S - This red ale does have a nice hoppy aroma to it...floral and citrus hops come out...a strong toasted malt backbone is present...sweet caramel

T - The hops are there at the beginning for a brief minute...they have a floral taste to them and also provide some sweetness...the malts dominate the middle...they are toasted nicely and give off butter and caramel flavors...the hops make a come back at the end to form a bitterness...it can't shine completely through because the caramel balances it out

M - Medium bodied...creamy yet crisp...bittersweet finish

O - I had higher expectations for this one, but I was left with just a normal Red Ale...hoppy, yes, but the malts don't work well with the hop flavors that are present

Photo of Kinsman
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy and fluffy white head on top. A bit of lace left behind.

Fruity and floral hops up front on the nose before the malts come through. A bit sweet and some graininess alongside a slight toffee note.

Pleasantly bitter but not quite as hoppy as expected. Nice herbal and semi-citrusy hop flavors but the grainy and biscuity malt backbone hides a lot of the hops.

Mouthfeel is rather thin but smooth enough to please. Overall, this is a fairly middle-of-the-road brew from Otter Creek. Not my favorite from them but doesn't really stick out as a winter beer.

Photo of silentjay
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Otter Creek is hit or miss for me. Their Alpine Black IPA is a home run, others are buttery misses. described on the bottle as a "generously hopped red ale" and thoughts of Nugget Nectar and Zoe come to mind. Lets see how this one stacks up.

a dark copper that is slightly brown, but I wouldn't call it red or amber in color. a nice light tan head with decent retention and lacing.

damn it. butterscotch. I think the hops have faded (not that this is old by any means!) but there is some piney and herbal hops in the aroma with tons of caramel and toffee along with the butter.

butterscotch, caramel and biscuits lead the way with some herbal and woody hops before the buttery finish.

medium bodied with decent carbonation.

nugget nectar this is not. generously hopped? I'm not getting it.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/18/12

Appearance: Reddish brown - dark, burnt orange when held to the light - small head, but some nice lacing

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy, yet mild - some light citrus - caramel malts, cooked malts, some toffee

Taste: Caramel malts, with cooked malts - definitely a red ale, with a nice, grainy bread, dry malt profile - some sweetness, some toffee - nicely bitter, dry hops - some orange - good balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, nicely dry

Overall: An unexpectedly interesting red ale

I had this in the back of my fridge for a few weeks, assuming that it would be pretty boring. Instead, I just drank a beer that I would actually recommend. It's a solid offering from Otter Creek.

Photo of stakem
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a SA sensory glass, the brew appears a perfectly clear color of amber with a finger and a half of yellowish stained tan cap. As the froth recedes, it leaves a webbing pattern of lacing all over the glass.

The smell of this brew includes some caramel to toffee malt sweetness with a faint nutty to buttery aspect. Through the profile is a scent of citrus to herbal hops mixed with a touch of mineral inclusion. There is a green veggy aspect across the back which mingles with some yeasty aspects and brings out more of a mineral feel to the nose.

The taste initially has some nutty flavoring to the maltiness which transitions into more of a toasted grain/biscuit flavor. Some fruity alcohol notes are present along with a rindy bitterness of oily hops. There is not much residual sweetness but it is somewhat present and immediately contrasted by a strong herbal bitterness. As more sips are taken, across the back it gets a bit more bitter and the focus of this brew changes from malty to hoppy but it is one-noted and very rindy in character. This bitterness really brings out more of a mineral flavor that isn't exactly enjoyable and I find to be a bit distracting. Once the brew goes beyond ideal, it has a strong buttery aspect to it with a lasting resinous cling of hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to lower level of carbonation. It has a toasty appeal to the malt flavors but the sharp rindy bitterness clashes a bit. I think this brew is stuck in the middle of being a traditional amber and nugget nectar "wannabe." Unfortunately, it falls shorts in either direction and doesn't really mesh that well.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep amber color that is very clear with a finger of light tan and slight amber colored head that is creamy and lingers just shortly, leaves a ton of lacing
S: some sort of spice that i really cant place, slight pine and cinnamon, definitely what i would expect for the style
T: nice taste for the style, great depth and spice notes, really complex and nice
M: medium carbonation tingle, leaves a bit of a spice note on the palate, smooth, silky
O: a nice representation of the style, really nice spice notes, drinks really nicely

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is on the hoppy side. Taste is hops up front, malts kicking in at the finish. Well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and pretty good beer.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a tight foamy finger of off-white head. This maintains a creamy looking ½ finger, which leaves back a frothy cascade of lacing. Nice look. The aroma smells citric and herbal, with a light underlying toastiness and sweet toffee notes. I’m also picking up some very light butter character, which is working well with the malts and those citric hops. This has a nice fresh pop to it.

The taste has a leafy and citric bite to it that is set against a solid backbone of buttered toast and sweet caramel, while this finishes dry with some lingering pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue, with a smooth creaminess that rides along the back and keep this easy moving in the mouth.

This was nice. A solid Red Ale with a fresh earthy greenness and a malt presence that added a good amount of flavor to this. I could see myself coming back to this one.

Photo of thecheapies
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint glass.

Reddish coppery hue with a half an inch of head. Great webby lacing.

Rich toasted caramel malts. Wonderful English hop character with some floral qualities and a bit of grapefruit. Chalky yeast showing with a few juicy fruit essences intermingling. Very crisp aroma. Very nice.

Interesting bitter floral hops in the forefront. Slight metallic finish. The bitterness isn't everlasting. Nice balance with the malt; follows the nose with caramel and crystal malts. Very toasty and mild-flavored. A little soapy or sudsy mouthfeel. Tastes crisp, feels crisp--almost scrubby. Medium-bodied. Not as creamy as I would have liked, but makes for good mouth-whooshing.

A pretty solid red ale, and a nice change of pace for the holiday season. Would drink again--pretty happy I get to partake of this six-pack.

Photo of Kendo
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Simth's nonic-type pint glass. Body is clear reddish-brown with a small off-white head. No visible carbonation at all, which is a little odd. Leaves behind some lace.

S: Caramel malt, toffee and an earthy hoppiness.

T: Pretty much follows the nose: caramel malt up front, with some brown sugar and toffee sweetness as well, then finishing with hop bitterness. Hops seem to be of the piney/citrusy type (lemony more than grapefruity). Fairly clean finish, though at times rather than "dry" I'm thinking "juicy" - probably a reaction to the lemony hop flavor.

M: Despite a lack of visual carbonation, it's there on the feel, and fairly sharp and active; it could've been a bit finer or softer for my preference. Bodyweight is about medium.

O: Solid stuff. A slightly hoppy amber/red that's nicely balanced, and with a good heartiness to it.

Photo of musicforairports
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip.

Ruby in color, darker than red. Very translucent. Head leaves some nice lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and mid-color crystal malt.

Flavor is basic, but fine. A malty base with caramel flavor, good dose of earthy, grassy hops. Minor citrus profile. Not as sweet as some red ales. A decent, slightly hoppy red ale.

Medium mouthfeel. Adequately carbonated.

Like most of Otter Creek's offerings, this is a fine beer, with neither any outright flaws nor anything to make it particularly worth seeking out. But I enjoyed drinking it, and I would drink it again, for sure.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm normally a fan of Otter Creek's beers but for some reason this one didn't sit right with me. Poured a 1.5" beige head with decent holding power. Looks brown in masstone but held to the light a clear auburn is revealed. Smells like a medium hoppy IPA. Taste has the hops but it also has an unusual oily yeasty taste which seems spoiled and doesn't come across well with me at all, in fact it reminds me more of cheap yeasty wines. Sorry, just doesn't work for me.

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Otter Creek Winter Red Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
81 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.