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

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BA SCORE
82
good

316 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | 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:
35 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 10-06-2012)
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

smackedout, Dec 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

JHop, Jul 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Scarle21, Aug 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

ejane, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Beerme09, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

blameo, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

plaid75, Dec 02, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

jdwpgh, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

dhlipke, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

jjd315, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Gfunk, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

scottbrew4u, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

still_thedragon, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

BDF2000, Thursday at 05:46 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

CaverDave, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

gwiedman1, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

milkbone_underwear, Dec 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Matt1516, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Sickdoggv, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

RobertColianni, May 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Peter, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

HRamz3, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new APA from Otter Creek. A part of me wonders if this will be similar to standard OC Pale Ale or if it will live up to the name.

Pours a bright and yet, cloudy orange with a thin head into my glass. Simple way of describing the color but it is certainly vibrant.

A very fresh, balanced mix of citrus and pine in the nose. Smells like something much stronger but the taste is where it matters the most.

Surprisingly crisp with a piney citrus bite and plenty of buttery malt goodness. Very delicious. Toasty. Lots of flavor for a low ABV.

Lingering citrus/pine notes make up the mouthfeel. You don't get the overwhelming bitterness of a stronger example.

IMHO, this lives up to the name and would make an excellent addition to your evening.

Brad007, Oct 06, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a pint glass, glowing a deep toasted amber coloring. There was no head due to a full pour, and otherwise carbonation appeared average. Spots of punctate lacing were left as the liquid disappeared. There was a thick haze to the beer, but no sediment was noted. The aroma was strong with plastic phenols, darker malts with a hearty toast mixing in with paler malts, and a muddy muskiness. Our first impression was that it was a bit heavy, but full flavoring with robust pucker to the hops. The flavoring opened with pale malts, fruity strawberry and juicy tropical fruit, and enough citric pucker to balance as the hops rode in. The middle peaked with sour malts, spicy alcohol, attic musk, and light flecks of wheaty, gritty grain alongside mineral and mud. The finish was sweeter, with orange pulp and peel, and soapy hops for a bitter end. The aftertaste breathed of soap, pine, lemon rind, and magic-marker phenols. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was biting. The mouth was coated with syrupy liquid, with an eventual cooling and light dryness to permeate. There was decent slurp, cream, and pop. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank a bit slower on account of the fullness of flavor and feel.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how nice the flavoring and nose correlated. There was full soap, fruit, and musk, with enough force from bittering hops and pale malts for a unique mix. This all coupled with a hearty feel, making for a refreshing drink of a cool Autumn day.

TheBrewo, Nov 02, 2012
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Otter Creek Hop Session Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.