Otter Creek Winter Red Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
01-10-2012 18:07:54 | More by Kegatron
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
02-25-2012 00:29:40 | More by jlindros
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
07-17-2012 10:00:06 | More by woodychandler
3.1/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
01-18-2012 02:04:27 | More by stakem
4.22/5 rDev +18.9%
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!)
12-17-2011 15:45:24 | More by Brad007
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
02-07-2012 00:46:27 | More by DrDemento456
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
01-14-2012 17:44:59 | More by tone77
2.88/5 rDev -18.9%
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!
12-31-2012 18:12:32 | More by OWSLEY069
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-25-2011 18:42:33 | More by puboflyons
3.03/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
12-30-2011 03:02:40 | More by Suds
3.55/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-04-2012 03:45:33 | More by thecheapies
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
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
03-31-2012 03:37:42 | More by Chaney
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
12-03-2011 15:49:32 | More by micromaniac129
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
01-03-2012 02:28:57 | More by Kendo
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
01-01-2013 22:22:33 | More by facundoCNB
3.33/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
11-14-2011 14:57:11 | More by kingcrowing
Otter Creek Winter Red Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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