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

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Otter Creek Winter Red AleOtter Creek Winter Red Ale

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: PBoegel on 11-08-2011)
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -43.7%

01-03-2012 04:09:13 | More by JAHMUR
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soupieman

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

01-01-2013 01:47:04 | More by soupieman
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 07:30:42 | More by jeremy13586
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 00:39:58 | More by MoreThanWine
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jtyson

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

02-15-2013 22:11:32 | More by jtyson
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

04-30-2013 21:10:07 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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drt72

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

03-10-2013 19:32:05 | More by drt72
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 22:58:39 | More by Arithmeticus
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silentjay

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:42:16 | More by silentjay
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JackK


2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

01-28-2013 04:23:16 | More by JackK
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:43:25 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 18:12:32 | More by OWSLEY069
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-15-2013 02:31:14 | More by avisong
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civicm87

New York

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-08-2013 23:34:24 | More by civicm87
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kevgod

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-25-2012 16:38:52 | More by kevgod
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skiit13

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-16-2012 22:26:45 | More by skiit13
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Redstar137

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-04-2012 00:28:31 | More by Redstar137
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rsant

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-02-2012 19:13:46 | More by rsant
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-28-2013 01:14:52 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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claytong

Vermont

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-25-2013 13:44:24 | More by claytong
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SATBMan

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-14-2012 20:15:43 | More by SATBMan
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lauries444

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-11-2013 00:13:53 | More by lauries444
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:02:40 | More by Suds
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:04:27 | More by stakem
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Kinsman

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 22:55:59 | More by Kinsman
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Otter Creek Winter Red Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
81 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.