Otter Creek Black IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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3.64/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
09-05-2013 23:42:47 | More by hopsolutely
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
08-02-2013 06:48:32 | More by laituegonflable
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
07-30-2013 02:16:22 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.