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Otter Creek Black IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Black IPAOtter Creek Black IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

714 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
60 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerKangaroo on 01-10-2012)
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A solid black IPA, which is a style I don't find nearly as often as I'd like...

Pours a clear, near-black with auburn highlights at the edge of the glass and an impressive amount of cappuccino-coloured foam. Excellent retention and decent lacing; a good looking beer. For me the aroma is its weakest element; a rather flat "caramelized dark malt" with only a hint of the hops that are more evident in the taste. The flavour has much more depth, with early malt sweetness entering a wider spectrum of roasted dark malts before an impressive coffee bean and hop bitterness in the finish. That lingers...

None of the tropical fruit tones which I typically associate with "Cascadian" and this style, but enough going on that I'll definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:42:47 | More by hopsolutely
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-02-2013 07:28:36 | More by RedneckBeerz
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LoveStout

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-01-2013 20:43:52 | More by LoveStout
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mlefebvre7

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-01-2013 00:51:45 | More by mlefebvre7
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Jonny_go_Lately

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-31-2013 12:51:48 | More by Jonny_go_Lately
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nookiebrown

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-31-2013 04:02:30 | More by nookiebrown
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tvghost

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

08-31-2013 01:27:31 | More by tvghost
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Wukk

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-28-2013 21:38:44 | More by Wukk
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DBlackford

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

08-19-2013 00:10:04 | More by DBlackford
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-18-2013 20:22:47 | More by kjfinnerty
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DAS30

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-16-2013 20:52:53 | More by DAS30
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PaulD

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-12-2013 22:25:22 | More by PaulD
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mcdego1279

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

08-09-2013 15:13:27 | More by mcdego1279
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-08-2013 01:29:33 | More by BeerForMuscle
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with dense beige head, sinks evenly with small bubbles around the edge. Looks nice.

Smells quite caramel malty. Big hint of vanilla. Some tangy hops, mildly citric but also slightly grassy. Smells intriguing and pleasant, not sure really how black IPA it is though.

Taste is very roasty and bitter. Lots of toasty, charry malt, a hint of black cherry in there, some leather and mint. Spicy, then herbal bitterness on the back. Big resiny oily hops that don't contribute much flavour, mostly just a bitter finish.

A bit of Carbonation fizz, dries up a little on the back. Could use more malt padding.

More of a hoppy porter, I'd like more hop flavour in a black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 06:48:32 | More by laituegonflable
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balinor

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-01-2013 14:10:49 | More by balinor
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my trusty becker pint glass; beautiful jet black with a fluffy dark brown head that fades relatively slowly but leaves lots of lacing. Smell is malty, with coffee and chocolate; smells more like a stout than a cascadian dark ale. Only some slight grassy/herbal hops in the background. Hopefully the taste will be a little more balanced towards the style...and it's not. While this might be able to fall under the category hoppy black ales are put on here, this is certainly not any sort of IPA as the bottle says. No hop flavor at all, save for a very slight grassy/minty/herbal flavor in the aftertaste. Other than that, you could tell me this was a stout/porter and I'd believe you. It's almost like they put one of their stouts in the wrong bottle, that's how off this tastes.
It's not a bad beer, but it is no Black IPA. The fact that Black IPAs are put under the style American Black Ale on here muddies the waters even further. I'm wary of falling into the trend of calling every hoppy beer "India ___," but there really needs to be two separate styles; if it were up to me, I'd call any regular black ale an ABA, and call hoppy black ales Cascadian Dark Ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:16:22 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-29-2013 18:32:05 | More by smutty33
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Shawnspl

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-27-2013 21:51:12 | More by Shawnspl
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-26-2013 21:23:52 | More by AngusOg
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HopsintheSack

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

07-26-2013 18:52:03 | More by HopsintheSack
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harsley

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-26-2013 16:29:42 | More by harsley
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falconxman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-24-2013 19:51:21 | More by falconxman
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-24-2013 03:31:11 | More by timjim1327
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VaporDome

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-22-2013 23:55:50 | More by VaporDome
Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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