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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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753 Ratings

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of IPAIPA
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a pleasant surprise. Picked up a 6 pack to try something new and have since purchased every time I needed to replenish the fridge. Pours a dark almost Stoutlike color with a fantastic aroma. Nice citrus/piney scent with a finger width mocha head. Very pleasant taste and hop linger. Could have slightly more ABV but that is the only complaint. A great seasonal beer which I would love to see sold year round! Congrats Otter Creek!

IPAIPA, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date Code of 2808100410 (October 7, 2010)
Poured in to Duvel Tulip

A - Dark black with one finger of foamy light brown head.

S - Bitter hops come through the nose first with some citrus and earthy notes. Some nice dark roasted malts round out the nose and balance the beer out nicely.

T - Bitter hops are the predominant flavour, especially initially. Some citrus and light earthy notes come though from the hops. The malt backbone is definitely evident as well with a somewhat sweet roasted malt flavour (but no specific flavours). A very nice and complex example of the style.

M - Medium body. Somewhat silky and smooth. Lightly carbonated.

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 337111710. Sampled on December 27, 2010. It pours a handsome dark brown with mahogany hues when held to the light and a long-lasting half-inch foamy beige head. There is a notable pine sap hoppiness in the aroma. The texture is medium to heavy and on the chewy side. There are many wonderful hoppy sensations mingling together in the taste but never too overpowering. This is very nice.

puboflyons, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of jdflyer06
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. into a snifter. My fourth brew sampled this christmas eve. Great times.

A: Dark brown, chestnut color. Thin head with some slight lacing. Looks somewhat unfiltered.

S: Roasted malt, bitter hops and some dark fruit. Old gym socks. Fairly muddled.

M: Nice carbonation. It very light and dissipates quickly, letting the flavors shine through. Finishes clean.

T: Nice and roasty. Light coffee comes through along with some caramel and burnt sugar notes. The hops are pretty mild in this one. Very bitter on the finish.

O: Not bad, but nothing to write home about. This doesn't do it for me as a black IPA however, and I'd seek others out before this. Just OK.

jdflyer06, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted malt scent along with a bitter, citrus hop nose. It's unlike most black IPA's that are just black in color. This actually has an authentic roasted/black malt character. The taste is good as well. It has a fresh citrus hop flavor that melds well with black and roasted malts. The hop flavor is really well pronounced. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn good black IPA. It's bitter and roasted with lots of both malt and hop character.

WesWes, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of rembrant
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks Yep,it's black....an opaque Porter looking brew with a tan head that's a rich froth,settling to 1 finger with both lacy and viscosity film on the glass.

Aroma Nice whiff of grapefruit with some hints of pineapple andother hoppy goodies. A trace of caramel and roast is there also.

Taste Nice stuff. The malts do open the show with a bit of toasty and caramel/toffee. That soon shifts to a hop zing,featuring mostly the grapefruit + pineapple. a touch of pine forest joins the fruit bowl at the finish.

the malt side,despite te color,can't dominate the big hop bill but nicely delays it,interacts to bring up some complxities,also tones down the biterness to let the hops display flavors

Mouth Really,quite ample,which is a target for a Dark Cascadian. Hoppy and creamy are not usually merged this well. The finish lingers,but is not so intense it would not pair with a meal.

Drinkability....way up there. It brings that refreshing hops zip,some sense of substance,some complexity,yet is not overbearing or boozy. Black IPA is a format where a brewer can add dimensions to a hop forward beer and Otter Creek did so rather neatly. Compared to some one-trick grapefruit bombs,here's big hops in a context,and it keeps it's identity as beer.

rembrant, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color, nearly black with a substantial dark-cream foam topped head, moderate disipation with a crispy and healthy look.

A big hop aroma, fresh hops, citrus, floral and earthy with semi sweet and slightly smokey malt underneath.

The flavor of hops is deep with really fresh, whole cone or wet hoppiness, juicy, citric with Otter Creeks constant jazzy, zippy and earthy yeast balance. the malt is wonderful with dark wheat and slight roastie notes in a subtle but effective way and is a bigger presence overall than with the standard IPA style.

a crispy, livley feel that becomes medium-heavy, smooth with a slightly dry, crispy finish.

Seems just right for the holiday season and 'ol Black Peter.

GratefulBeerGuy, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours a nice solid black color with a beautiful finger of mocha foam on top. Foam fades slowly and clings to the glass. Aroma has a nice floral hoppiness to it backed by a kiss of roasted malt. So far, so good.

First sip... mmm. Great hop flavor, citrus, pine, assert themselves. Bitterness is subdued, which makes for a clean finish. Insanely drinkable, and scratches the hop itch for sure. Roasted malts are barely perceptible - but that is fine with me.

This is a good one for sure. Very nice.

FickleBeast, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a variety pack that I got in Killington, VT.

Appearance is a very dark brown, not quite black, small head.
Smell has dark malt, some hops. Alpine BIPAs taste contains coffee, more dark malt, hops and pine. Its MF and carbonation level is medium. Drinkability is pretty good for the style. This is a solid beer from Otter Creek.

mltobin, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a red tinge. Great foamy thick tan head that quickly goes down to s very thin patchy lace.

An amazing pine forest hits you and after a couple deep breathes the fruity roasted layers show through.

The texture is milky smooth, full bodied, toasty. The pine forest comes through again. Real Woodie. and after a couple of seconds blends to the slight citrus/earthy hops that go great with the dark malt finish.

Leaves your mouth a little dry and wanting more. The hops linger for a long time and they almost shine more the longer you wait for that next sip.

This is the best Otter Creek I have tried.

DrinkingDrake, Dec 22, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my "balloon" glass, this is what Black IPA's are all about. Looks like a stout but smells like an IPA. Some of the Black IPA's I've had before have been lacking in their appearance, looking more like a brown ale and rather light. However, Alpine Black greets you with a beautiful opaque black body leaving no room for light to come through. A nice light tan colored head fluffs up to about 2 fingers thick but faded just a tad too quickly for my liking.

Aroma is full of a piney and herbal hop aroma. Not as citrusy as many hoppy American beers, but still plenty of glorious hop aroma. Some room is left for a slightly sweet roasted malt aroma to come through, but the hops come right back for a second punch.

Taste is just as the aroma would have suggested, a bit piney and herbal with the hops but the roasted malt has much more of a chance to show off here with light notes of coffee and maybe some caramel. Finishes is with a nice bitter kick.

Mouthfeel has a medium body feel to it with a crisp but smooth presence. Overall, this beer, IMO, has really hit the nail on the head with what this style is all about.

Kinsman, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of ms11781
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a very dark brown color, bordering on black. One finger head that quickly turns into a thin head somewhere between off white and tan.

Aroma is very hoppy, mostly earthy up front with some pine in the background. Some roasted malt character comes through but not much.

Taste is much of the same, good hop flavor, much more earthy with less pine and possible citrus notes (not getting the citrus each time). Only difference between the nose and taste is much more pronounced roasted flavor, definitely some coffee notes as well.

Very smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation that seems to dissipate quickly.

Very easy to drink. The roasted character in the nose and taste may tell your brain that this one is heavier than it is but it ends up being pretty light. That being said the flavors seem to fade pretty quickly. With each successive sip they run together and nothing ends up standing out.

ms11781, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark opaque black color with a solid tan colored head with plenty of lacing. The aroma says skunk cabbage herbal hops and yeast. The flavor brings a beautiful blend of charred oak and lemon hop malt. It's medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and brings the same skunky ale sort of flavor that seemed evident in the aroma. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Good stuff.

Durge, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of BrunnerG
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ones good,

pours a thick dark brown, nice head that doesn't last long but leaves heavy lacing

smell is reminiscent of coffee and hops, strong enjoyable aroma

taste is strong but nice, again that coffee sort of flavour comes through

lightly carbonated, somewhat thick in the mouth but easy to drink

BrunnerG, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a 6-pack today at Jasper's ($8.99) and I'm opting to dive right in...

My pint glass is now filled with a dense, opaque liquid, the color of which is a deep, deep mahogany. The head is tan, creamy and rich, though short, at about 1/4" and ebbing fast. Lacing is nice nonetheless. Aroma has a robust hoppiness to it, with the expected roastiness relegated to the background. Body is solidly medium, and the bier itself is fairly even over the tongue.

The flavor picks up all the slack in the roastiness department that the aroma sloughed-off on. There's a pleasing bitterness accompanied by some dark choco, cocoa powder and espresso-like notes. Hopping is solid, with lots of rindy, pithy citrus, which lingers long and hard on the palate. Had heard good things about this one through the grapevine, and I was not let down. A solid, tasty, pleasurable version of an emerging style that I'm growing more fond of by the day.


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Bierman9, Dec 18, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with an off white lean head that leaves some decent lace. Nice.

Big pine aroma with some nice coffee scents.

Big pine cone flavor up front, leading to a sour twang and french roast coffee. Not overdone in the hop department, which is nice. Lingering pine, dark malt, and coffee finish. Very decent.

Medium body with decent carbonation. I liked this as it wasn't extreme. Some simplicity aided in drinkability. A harder style to session, in my opinion, but this would be the one to buy if that were the case.

OtherShoe2, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of nopucophop
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- this is very dark with just a glimmer of light coming through on the very edges of my glass. Nice head that dropped to just a sliver but left tons of lacing.

S--dark malts balanced with a hop aroma. Nothing overpowering

T-- is much like the smell with more of a hops presence. Kind of a toffee flavor. It is really balanced. Leaves a lingering chocolate creamy taste in the finish. The hops are present but don't really stand out as much as I was hoping for.

M-- smooth with a little carbonation ting.

D-- extremely easy to drink. As I hemmed and hawed I didn't realize I sucked it down quick.

nopucophop, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of begforme4484
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black unless pierced by light. 2 fingers of tan head and decent lacing.

Good amount of hops in the nose. Citrus, floral, and earthy.. much stronger as it warms. Lots of roasted malt in there too represented by a caramel and roasted coffee scent.

Flavor is pretty good. A tad mild and watered down. Decently bitter with earthy and pine hops notes coming through. Smokey and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat under medium carbonation. Doesn't linger long.

Drinkability is good for the taste to price ratio. 8.99 a sixer, and still pretty good taste. Low abv allows more consumption if you feel like it.

begforme4484, Dec 15, 2010
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted the pilot batch at Burlington Brew Fest and subsequently since it came to market.

Huge hop nose, very floral with some hints of citrus.

Very crisp and surprisingly light for it's appearance.

Low hop bitterness considering (60 ibu's) well balanced sweetness in the middle and a very earthy, roasty finish.

Photo of Richardberg
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - bottle to pint glass. Very cola looking: near black but slightly translucent. Small head is nonetheless thick, dark, and lasting.

S - big hoppy smells! Mostly in the earthy department; plenty of grapefruit too; some pine; floral notes too. Dark malts poke through occasionally. Not sure if this is my first "black IPA" but it really sticks out in my memory. Enough that after having it at a bar, I went out and bought a 6-pack. Which I never do.

T - all of the aromas stay on the tongue. Add a healthy dose of dark chocolate, a little espresso, and bitterness -- you've got something really tasty. Finish is very dry. Aftertaste is pleasant -- doesn't turn bitter like really strong IPAs often can. No alky burn at all.

M - surprisingly oily & smooth for a 6% beer.

D - fantastic blend of strong flavors, yet absurdly easy to drink. Not to mention affordable. Might be my new favorite session beer...and I don't even like IPAs.

Richardberg, Dec 13, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice with small head. Has very pleasant citrus almost soothing cool smell to it. Starts out with a citrus taste into and ends with an almost apricot finish and a milk dud after taste.

It's a drinkable beer a nice twist on an IPA I'm impressed with it I'd buy it again.

assmandugle, Dec 10, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful black color with great head that forms with a tan color and lace very well

The aroma is intriguing nice earthy and sweet flower hops with a slight chocolate and coffee but the hops are the star

The taste is mild it has a earthy hop taste to start a citrus and flowery hop taste follows with a mix of roasted undertones.

Its body is mild but the mouth is smooth and its taste is full of flavor making it easy to drink

bishopdc0, Dec 09, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black, with 1 ½ fingers of rich and frothy looking mocha head. This retains with a VERY creamy ½ finger that absolutely DRENCHES the sides of the glass with heavy thick lacing. Great look to this. The aroma is floral, citric, and overall bright smelling in the nose and even a little dank, leafy, and peppery as well. Smokey malts rise up underneath the hops, with chocolate sweetness mixing with that aforementioned citrus flavors and roasted coffee character to impart a bit of an astringent tang up your nostrils. Just a touch of light warmth is present.

The taste is moderately bitter but is coming off as more flavorful in the hop department, with grapefruit, citrus rind, and leafy herbal tones all making an impression. A mix of chocolate and roast underneath gives the profile a nice underlying smoothness that works well with the hops. This is good, being flavorful but not overly abrasive. This finishes with some leftover green leafy bitterness and a touch of roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft creaminess to the carbonation that falls right along with the more mellow aspects of the profile. Pretty darn easy and almost silky feeling for the size with some well hid alcohol being a bonus.

This was nice and I think that Otter Creek really hit the nail on the head for this style, with the roast and sweetness taking the more aggressive edges off the hop profile and really melding this into a flavorful and mellow affair. Really well done new seasonal here that I will continue to come back to. Kudos to Otter Creek!

Kegatron, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle (bottled on 10/16/10) poured into a straight pub pint glass.

Dark brown to black espresso colored with a nice frothy tightly beaded mocha head.

Aroma is a nice blend of fresh crushed french roast coffee beans, orange peel, pineapple and blue spruce. No funky esters or alcohol heat. Nice and clean fermentation character. Some woody notes as it warms.

Flavor is a wonderful blend of juicy citrusy hops, orange and lemon peel with roast coffee notes in the finish, nice medium bitterness with a sweet touch of tropical fruit and cocoa to balance.

Medium light bodied with a semi-dry finish. Extremely drinkable with nice balance of hops and malt, just enough roast to give it character but keep it in style.

Drink it extremely fresh or you will lose out on the hop character is my guess.

PBoegel, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours porter-esque with a tan head that retains and with bubbles that run up the side of the beerglass. Leaves lacing.

S-Roastiness combined with some nice pine hops along with a bit of cirtusy hop as well. Smell is not very pungent but nicely aromatic.

T-I find it to be better than the nose. Hops are evident, and a roasty coffee flavor lasts and lasts. Alcohol is hidden. Well balanced, one of the better Black IPAs i've had.

M-Mouthfeel is not as creamy as expected but still pretty decent. Stays fairly bitter.

D-I don't find Black IPAs to be super drinkable but this one is quite the easy drinker in my opinion.

Worth a try.

VelvetExtract, Dec 04, 2010
Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.