Otter Creek Hop Session Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Hop Session AleOtter Creek Hop Session Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 10-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally brewed by the Otter Creek brewers who were looking for an easy sipper after a long shift, Hop Session lies somewhere between a Pale Ale and IPA. A bouquet of hop varieties complement a rich blend of malts, making this brew highly drinkable with a distinct, West Coast hop flavor and aroma.

35 IBU
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Ratings: 373 | Reviews: 61
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Photo of LongTrailer
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always excited to see a new OC brew hit the shelves.
12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

A - Pours a hazy, deep golden orange with an airy 2 finger head. The head slowly fades to a thin rocky cap; kind of reminds me of sea foam.

S - Biscuity with lots of citrus hops. I get orange, lime, and grapefruit. A little catty at the end of the nose, but by no means in an unpleasant way.

T - In tune with the smell, biscuit malts support a citrus-forward character with notes of resinous pine. Finishes with a pronounced and clean bitterness. Not quite as much hop flavor as the aroma led me to expect.

M - Medium-light body and good carbonation; moderate but not prickly. Finishes nice and dry.

O - As the description states, this is a light and refreshing pale ale that definitely drinks more like an IPA. All in all a very enjoyable beer, but on the taste front I guess I was hoping for just a little more "oomph".

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Hazed lighter amber, off white looser head, leaving some light spotty lace.

Light fruity hop nose.

Pleasant enough brew, light and sessionable (duh) fresh and refreshing. Moderate hop package, fruity and flavorful

Worthy every day kinda beer.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle; clear golden orange, a bit cloudy with lots of carbonation. Thick white fluffy head leaving lots of rocky lacing. Smell is sweet, dank hops with some clean, bready malt in the background. Smells like the perfect pale ale in my opinion. Taste confirms that status for the most part; clean, slightly crackery malts with a slight citrus hop flavor and twang of bitterness over the wet finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-thin. Could be a tiny bit hoppier; I know it's a pale ale but it does have Hop in the name. Still great though!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange copper pale ale with a bright white head fine lively white bubbled head...Aroma has citrus lemon/lime malts with a fine biscuit note. The flavor is light hops and malts together a hint of citrus pith with lemony hops goes great with a light biscuit malt character. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied overall very dull and straight forward. Again the light bodied malt makes up for the hops being so easy going, it allows them to shine.

Photo of poop_brew
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a nice golden yellow with good lacing and a bit of haze.

S - a fruity arrangement with a nice hop finish.

T - as it says on the bottle it's "a bouquet of hops". Extremely drinkable.

M - a crisp hop finish. Wonderful.

O - a truly sessionable hop ale with a great taste. I'd recommend this to everyone looking for a tasty hoppy summer beverage.

Photo of PDubs76
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a growler into a pint glass. Spotty lacing and deep gold color. Nice floral aroma, but not quite as strong as I was expecting. Taste is slightly bitter and a smooth finish. Overall its not a bad beer, but not my favorite session ale. I was hoping for more of a bitter taste that never came, but don't get me wrong I wouldn't turn this beer down if given to me or if I saw it on tap.

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 061413-3691M. Sampled on October 14, 2013.

It pours pale yellow-orange copper with a long lasting off-white foamy head. It is on the cloudy side.

The aroma is of pine and earth hops with some toasted bready malts playing up on the backside.

The body is in the light to medium range.

The taste is about the same as the nose with a good flowery-floral flavor, milder malts, and a lingering dryish finish. Easy drinking.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A strong raging effervesce lies within a dark orange body. Nice suspension of micro-floaties. The head is a healthy and sturdy 2+ fingers in heigth, foamy, with an eggshell white tone. Tons of thick, spongy lacing provides a generous coverage rate on the vessel.

S: Lemon meringue, sweet, with some tangerines lies over a pilsner scented malting. Level is modest, pale like, with some dry rose petals and a flowery fade.

T: Flowery hops, dry grainy pilsner like malting. Flowery orange, soft citrus, some wheat. As it warms it shows some dry floury character. Yes floury, not flowery for the record.

M: Mouthful is malty, smooth textured, dry with some citrusy orange and wheat fade.

O: Overall smooth, sessionable, with just the right amount of hop appeal to bring some respect with out overstaying its welcome after a few.

Photo of u2carew
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick head, white and big bubbled. Hazy, golden bronze body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Mellow hop aroma. Grapefruit peel. Some floral notes.
T) Hop bite from start to finish. A well balanced taste profile of nutty malts and citrus fruit. Subtle hops linger in the aftertaste.
M) Clean. Crisp, but smooth. Medium light body.
O) A nice session-able pale ale. I'll be drinking more.

Photo of smakawhat
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Very pale amber, opaque with hints of yellow and peach like orange colors. Head is very small makes barely a finger, but settles down slowly. Bubbles are a little soapy, but otherwise a mish mash of sizes. Not too bad looking, a mixture of fast rising small and large occasional carbonation also.

Nose has a light malt, and a bit of airy bile stomach sensations. Small fruit hop orange hiding in the background.

Palate comes forth a bit wet, but not totally but also a little chalky in texture. Light bodied and slightly grassy, Good bread finish with a light noticeable hop angle. Good chunk of pine action and noticeable bitterness.

Overall.. Not bad for what it is, although a bigger plethora of flavorful American Pale Ale's out there, but not at this low ABV range.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up as part of a Wegmans mix-six pack.

Pours a clear amber, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing near the top quarter of the glass.

Not a real strong smell on this one, some pine, with a bit of candied citrus.

There's basically no malt here, it only shows up in a sort of candied pineapple taste near the end. Pine and grass up front. Quite watery.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, pretty drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Like most session IPAs, this falls short. Without the typical (silent) malt backbone, the body falls flat and becomes quite watery. Pass.

Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Foggy golden color with a small, creamy head. Floral, grassy, and zesty hop aromas covering just a touch of biscuity pale malt. There's a nice pungency to the overall earthiness. The flavor is fresh, leafy, spicy, and citrusy. Lightly fruity and oily with a cracker malt foundation. A nice little APA here with a less mainstream hoppiness, which I enjoy. Bitter and snappy. Light enough to enjoy a few with ease.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pony Bar Upper East Side, New York, NY

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish brown in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of fresh citrusy and piney hops, although these aren't too strong given the beer's lighter body and only contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with some hints of dryness and a moderate amount of carbonation. It coats your mouth a little.
O: This is a nice flavorful pale ale that is easy to drink.

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light spicy hop atop a round pale malt.

The taste consisted of a vibrant spicy and leafy hop with a soft grainy pale malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very tasty hop forward session ale. I am happy to see more of these type beers in the marketplace.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.75 A: Moderately hazed yellow brown color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is very good and a decent amount of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pleasantly hoppy with floral and citrus notes. Neutral maltiness with a touch of yeasty breadiness. Good.

3.75 T: Pretty much tastes like the nose. Floral and citrus hop flavor. Mild bitterness. Neutral malts and a touch of yeast. Super refreshing.

4.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess.

4.0 D: Tasty and super easy to drink. Very good beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a hazy orange yellow quite weird for a pale ale, and has a 1/4 inch of head with faded lacing.

S - Bright resinous pine hops, biscuit goodness, and some citrus pine twang.

T - A bit aggressive at first with sharp pine and little biscuit balance but halfway through the glass the beer opens up with more citrus hop twang, balance cracker finish, and pine resin on the tongue. I am surprised they got this much hop bitterness in a session ale.

M - Light, crisp, goes down easy and bitter twang in ever sip is enjoyable.

Overall not as good as say founders all day IPA but still quite a good pale IPA.

Photo of hail_seitan
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - A pale golden body with a rather ephemeral white, fizzy head. Minimal lacing is present in the form of scattered rings of bubbles along the sides of the glass.

S - A floral, honey-like sweetness undercut by some notes of pine resin and citrus.

T - Light, pleasant pink grapefruit notes arrive on the heels of a touch of grassy, flowery hops. The malt body coats the tongue in a melliferous cracker sweetness. The medium-dry finish is more grapefruit, grass, and mild bitterness.

M - Thin, but that is to be expected given the sessionable quality of the ale.

O - This beer suffers from a bit of a misnomer. The session part is achieves in spades, as it is simultaneously flavorful (especially compared to similar ABV macro lagers) and refreshing. However, the hops billed on the label don't ever really show up in the levels that I had expected. Don't get me wrong, the grapefruit notes are nice; but in the increasingly-crowded session IPA/APA realm the humulus-to-sessionability ratio is on the low end. Still, I would be pleased to see these in a friend's fridge during a party or sporting event.

Photo of jneiswender
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer out of a Bottle into a Pint glass. Served cool.

Very nice sunset yellow appearance and a white head

Smells very sweet and floral

Slightly hoppy in relation to the mall nothing overpowering

Medium to light mouth feel

This is not a bad beer per se however doesn't seem to be hopped enough with American hops. I just don't get the sense it's a good fit style-wise

Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a small snifter from the 12oz bottle. An intense head forms as I pour making it necessary for me to split up pours. Cap has a creamy and frothy texture with great size and retention, about two fingers tall. A pile of foam stays pretty much as I drink it and leaves a ton of spotty lace.

S- Mostly just a light lemon citrus and herbal presence off the top. Some light malt sweetness and floral hints as well. Good strength but not all that complex.

T- I guess this is pretty much what I would expect from a beer named "Hop Session." The hop profile is very floral here with a good deal of citrus and herbal, pine and spice following that. Lemon, grapefruit, berry and flowery notes shine. Very mild balance of cracker malts and some yeast bread.

MF- Very foamy and silky body with a creamy overall consistency, I got a hint it would be this way by the intense head and it's texture, probably some Cara-Pils in this recipe. Moderate bitterness (for an APA) in the finish and high but tolerable carbonation.

As a beer named "Hop Session," I can't really argue that they don't do a good job in their goal. There is a pretty nice amount of hops in a beer that drinks very smoothly and easily. Not the best hop profile I have tasted but still a solid ale.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/6/13 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, light caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with a quick burst of piney hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -3%

12oz bottle. Pours a semi hazy brownish straw color with almost no head. Some lacing. The aroma is biscuity malts and some light floral hops. The taste is much like the aroma. Mostly the malt flavor up front followed by some light floral hops. Bready with a floral, almost soapy, finish. Virtually no alcohol flavor, as expected, with a light mouthfeel. Tastes like an alright Pale Ale. Since this bills itself as a "Session" ale, I have to say this is nowhere near as good as some of the better ones out there. Overall, ok in a mix 12 pack but I'd never buy it on its own.

Photo of 31Sam13
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's respectable, but it in no way resembles the labeled intentions...

Photo of predikit
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper gold, left almost no head, but might have been because of a gentle pour. Leaves faint amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells is rather muted, hops and malted barley.

Taste is very agreeable, minor fruity characteristic, with some floral hop notes, quickly gets folded into a bright and strong toasted malt character. No real outlying flavors or notes, bitterness picks up towards the end.

Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, quite smooth, leaves mostly clean.

A pretty good brew, feels like hoppy done right.

Photo of SSS
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

A - Yellow, not clear, hazy. Big white head...
S - Musty, metallic. I don't get a lot of hop aroma :(
T - Slight bitterness that is nice, there is a nutty, almost peanut taste on my palate
M - Carbonation is higher than I like. The bubbles overpower much of the potential taste.

O - I wanted to like this more than I do, I'm a big supporter of Vermont!

Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good for them, bottle date... 10/22/12

Pours a creamy but fizzy 1/3 finger head that fades at a med pace, with some nice foamy lacing, very hazy honey orange colored beer.

Nose has some decent hops, light floral grassy, little fruity citrus and a bit of tropical fruit, hint of mango and papaya like, very light grapefruit, light malty aromatic like malt aroma, and a touch of a lemon burst on the late aroma. A bit of citrus fruit pith and rind as well.

Taste starts light and sessionable which is nice. Hops come through but fairly light overall. Grapefruit is the first to stand out, followed by light mango and tangerine like, hint of citrus pith and rind as well, with a light bitterness. A grainy almost husky malt in the background starts to get in teh way a bit. The malts add just a touch of backbone but that slightly bugging flavor. Finish is drier but slightly sticky, mild bitterness more like citrus rind bitterness, hint of tangerine and mango like tropical fruit.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, airy carbonation.

Overall decent, hops are decent but light, bitterness is quite light, malts are light but flavor profile gets in the way a little bit. Although it is sessionable and fairly tasty.

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Otter Creek Hop Session Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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