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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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131 Ratings
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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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Photo of kevgod
3/5  rDev -15.5%

kevgod, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

jlindros, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jeremy13586
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.

jeremy13586, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of dunix
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Ablackbrew
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Ablackbrew, Feb 10, 2012
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.

DrDemento456, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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

thain709, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of rsant
3/5  rDev -15.5%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
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.

Kinsman, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of silentjay
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.

silentjay, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mdtnelson
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

mdtnelson, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

angrybabboon, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of heff316
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

heff316, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
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 battleaxebrewery
4/5  rDev +12.7%

battleaxebrewery, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of SATBMan
3/5  rDev -15.5%

SATBMan, Jan 14, 2012
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.

tone77, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of sunavamitch
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

sunavamitch, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of lccrunchy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

lccrunchy, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Gregwa, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of richbrew
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

richbrew, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

thecheapies, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
2/5  rDev -43.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 03, 2012
Otter Creek Winter Red Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
81 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.