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
THE BROS
80
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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
Photo of KingdomBobcat
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

have had a couple bottles in the fridge for a while, so they may not be that good anymore.
poured into snifter

A-hazy yellow, some floaties, mild head, minimal lacing
S-kinda like skunky honey
T-sessionable malt, low alcohol, weak hops,
M-pretty thin, pretty malty, bitter aftertaste
O-just get the Kind Ryed IPA

Photo of Omnium
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Mildly hazy yellow gold with a finger of fizzy/foamy white head, medium on lacing.
S - Aroma is really nice here, lots of grassy and citrus peel scents, mild pine, a touch of pineapple, and some pale malt
T - Light and crisp flavor, citrus zest, cracker and bread malt, grassy and pine on the finish.
M - Light and refreshing, very good.
O - Sessionable for sure, good flavor, could drink this often.

Photo of Act25
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

i am fan of APAs. This one is worth a try, but light... taste off vs Left Hand Stranger.

A-Super clouded, hazy straw amber color with a energetic large white head and a lot of lacing.

S-citrus, malt, floral, yeast, grass, pine, autumn, wet grass.

T- Follows the smell w citrus, orange, bready malts, pine and very floral, mild bitter landing. Good finish.

F-Light medium body with moderate carbonation, apple cider like. Too light weight?

O-Always want to try the lower alcohol beers, esp APAs, and this one is satisfying, but lost in a taste off vs Left Hand Stranger.

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 StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this was just about exactly what I wanted it to be, a hop forward easy drinking brew, but I still think it pales in comparison to all day ipa or bikini beer, which are the gold standards in this style. I found a little too much copper malt balance in this, a little too much body, and a little less drinkability than some of its peers. still, there is a great citrusy hop back end to it, and enough meat on the bones to seasonally out last a beer like all day ipa or bikini beer, this works in the fall too. I loved the carbonation, high and active, and I liked the finish which was very well hopped. a good brew, but a little generic as they go. something I would be happy to drink more of this fall if I was going to stay back east. this would be a good companion on brew day, where I need to drink for five hours in the afternoon. I will keep that in mind.

Photo of dougfur
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a great straw color, nice and hazy, with a modest head. Great looking beer! The smell is delicate, herbal/citrus hops, with a bit of yeast as well. Not an IPA like nose, but not bad. Taste follows suit. Great mix of malts/hops/yeast, a bit hoppier than most pale ales. Delicious on a hot day! Overall, a very solid beer for when you don't want something really strong or heavy. Like all beers that don't knock your socks off with some aspect, I see this one has received a mediocre rating overall.... It's underrated. For its style, it's a nice beer at a great price!

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 MDDMD
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy orange amber color with a smallish white head and a little lacing

S-citrus, malt, slight floral, slight yeast

T-citrus, orange, bready malt, light pine and floral, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-nothing stands out here, but a nice session ale for sure

Photo of FickleBeast
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a half finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is full of citrus hops.

First sip is a nice rush of grapefruit hop flavor, but it quickly drops off. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin/watery side. Could use a touch more sweetness or something to increase the body.

This is interesting to have a low ABV hoppy beer, however, I don't think it is an improvement over a regular IPA or APA. Good beer to switch to later in the night.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Flounder57
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light tangerine and grapefruit hops followed by simple pale and bready malts.

Taste: Grassy, citrus, and tingling hops. Light pale and bready malts too.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and very enjoyable.

Overall: Very drinkable and enjoyable APA. Bartender, get me another.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Pours a rich golden color with a chill haze. White foam cap is short lived but manages to leave a bit.

SMELL: Perfumey hop aroma, grassy, citrusy with some honeyed malt touches.

TASTE: Mildly bitter, earthy hops are on display. Grainy, neutrally sweet pale malts add the body and balance the hops well. Thin this beer is not. Little grapefruit juicyness, good bit of earthy notes and drinks easy.

OVERALL: Solid little session pale here. Would have liked brighter hops, but this serves just fine as a hop fix in a pinch. Claims to be a new style, yet this is much like an old style pale ale.

Photo of Kendo
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got a pitcher at Dinosaur's BBQ in Troy, NY on 3/10/13.

A: Poured from the pitcher into the glass, the body is hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Leaves behind good foamy lace.

S: Florally hops over biscuity malt. Not terribly strong in the nose given the name - I was expecting much more in the hop department.

T: Bready, doughy malt foundation, then some grassy/piney hops. Finishes with a modest lingering bitterness, but this would never be mistaken for an IPA.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft, carbonation is appropriate - somewhat creamy in feel as a result.

O: Solid for what it is; went pretty well with modestly spicy BBQ fare.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

These days, I am probably quicker to buy a session ale than anything else, to be honest. Already, a lot of heavy hitting breweries are putting out some outstanding beers that I can drink and won't get blitzed out of my mind off of.

This is an okay session ale. Not really bringing the vibrance that I'd want for this type of beer. I kind of want a punch in the mouth of hops, to be honest. Well balance and sharp along some characteristic.

A fair production, but I wouldn't go for it again.

Photo of MistrGlass
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of Otter Creek, and PA/IPA is my favorite style of beer. Unfortunately, this one just missed the mark for me.

It's tough to put my finger on, but there's a funky-ness to the nose and taste. The hop characteristic is nice, and the mouthfeel is crisp, which matches their description of a session beer. However, I can't get over that funk.

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 ColForbinBC
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mason jar

Pours a pretty clear orange hue with a fluffy off-white cap that rose two fingers. The cap fell slowly and left some streaks of lace behind. The nose is of lightly toasted biscuits, a touch of caramel, and some earthy hops. On the palate, malt leads the way. Biscuits and caramel up front and through the middle before a mild rush of earthy, piney hops. Not resiny, but more fresh needles, with a mild bitterness that builds ever so slightly with each sip. Light to medium body with smooth carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Nice feel, good heft. This is a nice little session pale ale. The malt bill is a little heavier than you would expect, but there is a nice balance in the bitterness of the finish.

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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy orange with energetic carbonation coursing up the body. Head is a half inch high and frothy. Head leaves lacing rings and dots. Quite attractive.

S-Modest intensity. Hops are a mix of green grass and sweet orange flesh. Doughy and crackery malt. Well balanced but it is decently hopped. Aroma is inviting.

T-Spicy and pine hops slowly shift to a tangy orange hop flavor. Hops are more assertive here than in the nose. Biscuit and cracker malt. Sweetness is rather soft. This brew grows on me after each sip.

M-Sessionable of course. Buzzing carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Very crisp. Drinks with precision and ease.

O/D-First glass didn't impress me much. But the second one really hit the spot. Hoppy enough and superbly drinkable. Not incredibly complex but it more than does the job.

Otter Creek Hop Session Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.