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

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Otter Creek Black IPA
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BA SCORE
86
very good

837 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerKangaroo on 01-10-2012

Traditionally untraditional, Black IPAs—also known as Cascadian Dark Ales or American Black Ales—originated here in Vermont under the auspices of American craft brewing pioneer Greg Noonan. This rich, delicious brew fuses pronounced hop aromas and darkly roasted malts in a style born in the Green Mountains.

60 IBU
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A full three fingers worth of slightly late to develop densely packed light mocha colored frothy goodness with a bit of a rocky top... Very nice retention... Almost completely still with just a stray carbonation bubble here and there with a few bubbles just clinging to the sides of the glass... The color is a dark deep brown, not quite black... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - At the forefront is a nice mix of light sweet chocolate and roasted malts... The hop presence if fairly subdued and takes on a very earthy presence... Much more reminiscent of a Milk Stout... Not bad by any means, but not quite right for the style...

T - Toffee... Roasted malts... Light milk chocolate... The hop presence really doesn't rise until the deep finish... They take on a muted mix of earthiness and pine...

M - Medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Clean and crisp... A touch of lushness...

D - Average at best in terms of both style and overall beerdom... Not a bad beer, but it's just kind of there... I would have never known this was an American Black Ale if it weren't listed on the able... Seems to closer resemble either a Milk Stout or Foreign / Export Stout... I would neither recommend nor revisit...

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3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's - Otter Creek Black IPA, poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Look - Pours a thin brown-black with a huge fizzy mocha head that dissipates slowly and leaves good lacing.

Smell - Aroma is roasted malts with just a touch of hops. Slight dark fruits.

Taste - Same as the nose but definitely more noticeable hops here, shoulda dry hopped it a little.

Mouthfeel - This brew excels here for sure. A light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry and exceptionally drinkable, almost sessionable, and the 6% ABV is nowhere to be seen.

Overall - This is one of the better black IPAs for sure. Easy to put down several of these, but of course with such drinkability often comes a lack of richness, body, and flavor. Still a solid brew though.

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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Opaque- dirty motor oil like- almost black. Big fluffy mocha-tan colored head, tapers to film, decent lacing.

S- roasted coffee malts and cocoa. Earthy hops, but less than I'd expect from an IPA.

T- Roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Sight hop pine.

M- Medium body, tingly carbonation; hop and chocolate bitterness.

O- It was fresh, but the hops don't make it to IPA grade for me. Pale ale, perhaps. Still a decent drink.

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Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.