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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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musicforairports

New York

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 04:22:26 | More by musicforairports
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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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MerkurKing16

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-31-2011 16:00:46 | More by MerkurKing16
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 16:54:25 | More by jifigz
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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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jagada

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

12-29-2011 18:29:28 | More by jagada
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Fallingonwater10

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-27-2011 05:03:28 | More by Fallingonwater10
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jski

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-27-2011 02:15:24 | More by jski
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 18:42:33 | More by puboflyons
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Pjev11

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. Pours nicely, with a serious red tint and a finger of off white head that doesn't stick around long, but leaves pretty lacing the whole way down.

Faint malt and hops smell.

Taste is smooth, medium carbonation. Again, malt and hops, but faint.

Overall a solid beer for the winter. Not a must-have amazing offering, but certainly something to pick up and give a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 01:33:48 | More by Pjev11
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leftde18

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 19:38:06 | More by leftde18
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-19-2011 21:35:24 | More by nathanjohnson
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Brad007

Vermont

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!)

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 15:45:24 | More by Brad007
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jscottku21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-12-2011 13:26:59 | More by jscottku21
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-11-2011 23:39:34 | More by notdriving
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AJD1201

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-11-2011 16:33:03 | More by AJD1201
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 13:26:41 | More by PicoPapa
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overal, this is a good value. You have here a nice dark, bitter beer. It looks very nice in the glass, with lots of lacing and a pretty dark color.

The aftertaste is bitter too, and good. Overall, this is a well made beer that is interesting, not terribly complex, but bitter and satisfying. I may seek this out again, especially at this low price.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:43:18 | More by schoolboy
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Pskiv

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-08-2011 15:23:16 | More by Pskiv
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pajeff

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-08-2011 03:55:02 | More by pajeff
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 21:11:28 | More by Thads324
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Rogue Santa's Private Reserve Ale.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid bitterness. Bready malt flavor. Bitterness dominates the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth.

O: Santa's Private Reserve was a bit too bitter for my taste. It didn't seem well-balanced with the malt characteristics. Other than that, these winter red ales were very similar, but I preferred this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:56:01 | More by SolipsismalCat
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 15:49:32 | More by micromaniac129
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

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

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 16:37:08 | More by BeerKangaroo
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littlelorib

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-01-2011 01:30:10 | More by littlelorib
Otter Creek Winter Red Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
81 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.