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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
Reviews by Kendo:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kingcrowing
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle had between Burlington Caucus.

A clear red/amber color with a small white head -lots of lacing. Nose is hoppy and fresh, light malt notes as well but quite well balanced.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy for a red, but very welcomed. The mouthfeel is decent, slightly high carbonation with a nice crisp finish. A slight metallic note but not too strong.

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 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 HopsYeast
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-nice dark amber with a slight reddish hue. creamy half finger head with medium amount of lacing.
s-sweet smelling with a touch of caramel malts. smell small amounts apples or cherries and wild flower honey. and a subtle hops scent.
t-initial hops flavor fads buts is present throughout. there is a maltiness to it. there is some spiciness to it as well. there is even a sour cherry and grape flavor towards the end. very drinkable nice flavor with gentle notes of each flavor characteristic.
m-again, very nice. highly drinkable. doesnt weigh you down like many other winter beers. the body is less dense than most winters but flavor makes up for the lite body.
o-im glad otter creek took their black ipa and made it year round and introduced this as their winter beer instead. this is a nice addition to the otter creek family.

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 puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 3130103111. Sampled on December 25, 2011. It pours and handsome looking deep amber-red with a beige head that lingers throughout. On the nose there is a pleasant sweetness followed immediately by a pungent hop bitterness. The body is about medium. The taste is creamy sweet for a moment and then it is quickly overtaken by the bitter hops that leave a slightly dry mouth.

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 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 PBoegel
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant amber with nice cream white lace on the glass.

Nice notes of pine sap with orange, granola and brown sugar.

Really well balanced nice deep bready malt with a kick of citrus and pineapple. Solid bitter in the finish makes for wanting more sips.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, lightly sweet finish.

Another outstanding new beer from a vastly underrated brewery.

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 PicoPapa
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brownish red color with a quarter inch of head. Some lacing. Aromas is bready and earthy. Some sweet malts. Taste is malty and earthy. A bit tangy. Hints of floral hops. Pretty light in the mouthfeel department. An alright beer to find in the Winter Mix 12. I wouldn't look to buy this seasonal on its own. I know the Black IPA started as the winter seasonal and moved to year round. That wont be necessary for this one. Overall, this beer is adequate.

Photo of leftde18
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, attractive brick red, with a nice off white head that left some decent lacing. Definitely calls you to drink it.

S- Pine is most prominent, but its not in the sweet sappy sense. The combination of malt and hops balance to produce a very earthy pine smell.

T- As if New Belgium added a bunch more hops to Fat Tire, the result I think is better balanced, and more drinkable.

M- Smooth and enjoyable. It has a nice presence to it. You really know its there, but you also notice its light. Something I could easily session.

Overall, I just got in from skiing, and I can say there are few beers I would rather be drinking. I have found Vermont's winter ales just call to you after being out in the cold all day, this brew satisfies the apres-malt craving the best. This intangible really makes it an excellent beer.

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 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 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 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 Thads324
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a deep brownish red with a fizzy tan head that slowly rises then dissipates. minimal lacing on my tasting snifter.
S : sweet caramel, simple syrup sweetness and some earthy hop
T : taste starts out very sweet with some buttery caramel and a bit of shortbread cookie. A sharp and slightly citrusy hop attempts to break up the buttery flavor. A bit of bitterness on the end.
M : clean and crisp. medium to light body.

A bit less flavor than I'd like to see in a winter ale, but still pretty good. Not sure about the ABV on this one, but it is quite the easy going winter that would be good for a full day of football watching.

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 BeerKangaroo
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass:

A: dark amber colored body with a slight creamy looking one finger head, moderate sliding lacing

S: sweet caramel malts, small amounts of apples, cherries and honey with some light hops

T: bitter as the hops come in front of the malts and previously mentioned flavors

M: light to medium, sessionable, sweet watery aftertaste, bitter finish

O: this is good for the style and good for me

Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From an annual Christmas case, enjoying the holiday season. This beer pours a almost red amber color. Very clear, with a wispy off-white head. It's aroma is a little disappointing...grainy, grassy, an astringent-like smell. It's not a typical malt-hop balance that I expected. The taste is semi-dry, with a carbonic bite and some hop bitterness. Sharp edges, and lighter in body than necessary. This is an average craft red ale, not much more.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely reddish copper thats deep in color. An off white tall foamy cap leaving plenty of lacing. Very clear with good carbonation.
Aroma finds a nice balance of fragrant hops and sweet malts with some low diacetyl. Taste is rich malts maybe some biscuits with hops being well restrained and balanced. This medium weight ale has a semi-dry finish with a bit of bitterness.
Very good and quite drinkable.

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 jifigz
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint.

This beer pours a nice amber/red color with an average head in both appearance and retention. It looks pretty much like a typical red. The aroma is malty and slightly metallic and, for having such a modest ABV, i think I can detect the ethanol in the nose as well. The main aroma is a malty sweet candy smell though. The flavor is pretty mild and not nearly as sweet as most red ales I have had. This finished with a nice hop bite/bitterness that I have never really noticed in this style. The flavor is pretty one dimensional and not complex at all. It is an enjoyable hop bitterness with a weak underlying base layer of malt. The mouthfeel is light and watery, kind of high on carbonation and very effervescent on the palate. Overall is an okay beer, nothing great but nothing terrible. I'll drink it any day.

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

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