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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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Ratings: 131
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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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Pskiv, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

keywestgourmet, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of leftde18
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

leftde18, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

tsm2011, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

littlelorib, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

notdriving, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

iguana1010, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

rorjets, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Gregwa, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

loupap, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

bosoxyear, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

AJD1201, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

jscottku21, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Cpt_Caveman, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

ngingras, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Peyton5410, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

MerkurKing16, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

thespaceman, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

williahd, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

pajeff, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Nathanhlind, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

battleaxebrewery, Jan 15, 2012
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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

BigPlay1824, Jan 15, 2012
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.

PBoegel, Nov 08, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been in my fridge for a while. Took a while to get around to it!

Pours a brick red color with a nice head into my glass. There's even a smidgen of lacing!

Lots of hops with a hint of citrus to them. Kind of an unusual choice for a seasonal. Regardless, the aroma is good enough.

Bursting with flavor, especially that of chewy, bready malt and hops with a mild citrus bite. Liquid bread, indeed.

Lingering bready malt and citrus hops make up the mouthfeel. Nothing out of the ordinary.

A simple, tasty amber ale for the winter months. Good for when you don't want a bucketful of hops (and no, this isn't and act of "homerism" because this beer is quite fucking tasty regardless of the brewery!)

Brad007, Dec 17, 2011
Otter Creek Winter Red Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
79 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.