1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Otter Creek Black IPAOtter Creek Black IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

714 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Otter Creek Black IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 714 | Reviews: 260 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mpalestino
mpalestino

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

04-24-2014 01:21:36 | More by mpalestino
Photo of njbusa
njbusa

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-19-2014 22:53:55 | More by njbusa
Photo of SkinniePost
SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5%

04-17-2014 23:42:51 | More by SkinniePost
Photo of StrangerTides
StrangerTides

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-16-2014 01:57:10 | More by StrangerTides
Photo of scottbrew4u
scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-12-2014 21:37:53 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of fscottkey
fscottkey

New York

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Whoa! I did a non-aggressive pour into a 20 oz nonic pint producing 5 fingers of head and a near foam over. I had to cease pouring before I got all 12 oz. That being said it is a nice black color. The head is foamy tan - but excessive in size. (After reading other reviews I have to assume the head was an anomaly - perhaps there was something in the glass).

S: hops and fruit smells. Some citrus and pine.

T: Really pleasant taste - no bitter at all. Hops and light pine up front and a hint of cocoa on the finish.

M: Very smooth. Carbonation is just right. Highly drinkable and easy on the palate. No lingering dryness or aftertaste.

O: After the disaster of a pour I expected things to continue to be bad for this one. However, everything is in balance. Nice balance of hops, low bitter, some smoky cocoa on the finish and really smooth mouth feel. I would like to drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:26:11 | More by fscottkey
Photo of Brewer_Coach
Brewer_Coach

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

04-10-2014 00:26:06 | More by Brewer_Coach
Photo of TomMcNichols
TomMcNichols

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-09-2014 17:54:17 | More by TomMcNichols
Photo of Mikexw
Mikexw

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

04-08-2014 18:26:52 | More by Mikexw
Photo of ZEB89
ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-08-2014 02:30:04 | More by ZEB89
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours opaque, a thin but solid cover of light mocha. Complete lace covering across the pond.

Aroma - nice blend of grapefruity citrus and coffee. Goes a little light on setup but still maintains good roastiness.

Taste - good roasty opening, coffee notes in support. A citrusy edge but mostly the hops provide some balancing bitterness. The swallow and aftertaste continue the great balance between the malt and hops. Finishes clean, a trace of espresso, very nice.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium-bodied, on par.

Overall - excellent session beer, lots of flavor in an all-season style.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:15:38 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of jebrew
jebrew

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-07-2014 18:38:15 | More by jebrew
Photo of heerboth
heerboth

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

04-01-2014 04:41:50 | More by heerboth
Photo of paulytasker
paulytasker

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-29-2014 22:04:05 | More by paulytasker
Photo of johnnnniee
johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from The Lazy Dog
Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights at the edges and a decent sized creamy beige head that persists for a good long time before sticking lots of lace to the sides. Aromas of roasted coffee with a hint of caramel and some light earth and citrus notes. The flavor follows the aroma to a T. Roast and light chocolate and caramel with a light earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost gritty mouthfeel. Virtually non existent hop aroma makes me want to call this a porter or dry stout. The flavor has some hop to it, but the beer in this bottle is either old or there aren't enough hops in here to call this an IPA. MEH!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:01:09 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of jjcote
jjcote

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-28-2014 00:15:37 | More by jjcote
Photo of u2carew
u2carew

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a big tan head that settles slowly leaving a sticky lacing around the glass. Opaque body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Bready. Subtle roasted coffee tones. Not overly aromatic.
T) Toasted grains. Mellow hop bite throughout. Pleasant balance of malts and hops.
M) Medium body. Slightly dry in the finish.
O) A good brew. I'd have another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 00:17:37 | More by u2carew
Photo of Stum-pub
Stum-pub

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

03-26-2014 05:40:24 | More by Stum-pub
Photo of brpendergast85
brpendergast85

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-25-2014 04:59:21 | More by brpendergast85
Photo of blivingston1985
blivingston1985

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-23-2014 22:44:14 | More by blivingston1985
Photo of monkeybeerbelly
monkeybeerbelly

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

03-19-2014 20:16:04 | More by monkeybeerbelly
Photo of sdm9465
sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-19-2014 16:27:23 | More by sdm9465
Photo of Pamola
Pamola

Vermont

4/5  rDev +5%

03-16-2014 22:50:17 | More by Pamola
Photo of Fettpopps
Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-16-2014 12:45:56 | More by Fettpopps
Photo of nado68
nado68

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-12-2014 20:11:09 | More by nado68
Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.