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

Otter Creek Hop Session AleOtter Creek Hop Session Ale

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82
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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
35 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 10-06-2012)
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:31:02 | More by cbutova
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:37:38 | More by Flounder57
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 21:36:53 | More by Stinkypuss
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Kendo

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 19:46:03 | More by Kendo
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 18:26:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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MistrGlass

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 01:47:35 | More by MistrGlass
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:56:45 | More by DrDemento456
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:31:18 | More by ColForbinBC
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 02:56:18 | More by jlindros
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 03:20:50 | More by VelvetExtract
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:28:10 | More by smakawhat
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, orange/gold in color, with an airy two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-citrussy hop notes
Taste-Citrus hops, evident malts for balance. A bit light bodied, but can be forgiven in a "session" brew. Overall good flavor and drinkability. A nice, sessionable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 18:14:49 | More by hosehead83
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plaid75

New York

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 20:35:23 | More by plaid75
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flagmantho

Washington

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: moderate yellow-golden hue with a medium haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy ivory foam, and though I admit I poured a little vigorously, there's a nice retention and lace here. Quite attractive.

Smell: rich, roamy, funky hop aroma with a lot of herbal character, dankness, and a hint of lemon. Frankly, I rather like it.

Taste: malt is quite toasty and a little bit biscuity. Usually these are not my favorites, but there's a fried-corn-chip-like natural quality here ... I don't mean to imply there's a serious adjunct problem, but this beer strongly reminds me of the Mexican breakfast dish chilaquiles. Which, for me, is not a bad thing at all. It's a bit weird: grainy, toasty, corny, herbal ... but damn it if these flavors don't just *work*. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: light body, but a good carbonation and a refreshing effervescence, if not a deep creaminess. I think it works well for this beer.

Overall: drinkable and tasty, if a little bit weird. I don't exactly grok this brew, but I enjoy it with my own experience. Interesting!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 19:25:11 | More by flagmantho
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Anthony's in Harrisburg, enjoyed from a large sampler tumber chilled on tap.

The color is brilliant golden with good clarity and perhaps a slight haze with small white cap and tiny bead. The smell has citrus hop aroma with light herbal aromatics and gentle tropical notes which compliment the grain sweetness in the nose. The feel is mildly bitter and moderately carbonated with gentle spice and mild creaminess of yeast a very refreshing blend of bitter with light grain tinge and yeast tanginess.

The flavors up front are lightly citrus with a nice herbal zestiness from the hops which have bitter quality but are not over the top. The light malt sweetness pairs well with the mild citrus notes the hops impart. The low alcohol in the taste and mild tea-like character stands out as refreshing and brings me back for subsquent tastes as the ale has low astringency in the flavor. Overall this is a quality hoppy pale, very refreshing as stated earlier with plenty of hop acidity yet not too much to throw it out of balance or make the title a misnomer

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 17:25:12 | More by Slatetank
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kbnooshay

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange-gold color with a 2 finger width head that hung around for few minutes. Nice lacing. Aroma is citric and piney hops but is overall mild in the nose. Taste starts out with fruit hop flavor that eventually gets over taken by toasty bread flavors. I has hoped for better and fruitier hop flavor here. Feel is a tad Sharpe from ample carbonation. I didn't expect all that much but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 04:30:27 | More by kbnooshay
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 19:27:28 | More by metter98
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 22:46:59 | More by TheBrewo
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LongTrailer

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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".

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 20:42:56 | More by LongTrailer
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Otter Creek's brewpub, Middlebury, VT

A surprisingly good treat here. Twelve ounce pour, a cloudy golden-orange liquid, with a frothy white head that retained well and left tons of lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of fresh citrus and piney hops. The bartender likened this beer to a "sessionable version of Heady Topper." I don't know if I'd go that far, but this was still a damn good beer. Crisp, clean taste, nice punch of citrus zest and piney hops, as promised by the smell, biscuity malt base. Very flavorful for a lower ABV brew. Light-medium body, not at all thin. Refreshing and tasty. Very good overall. This is supposedly a new year-round brew, so hopefully it translates as well in bottles as it did on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 01:30:54 | More by Rifugium
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Brad007

Vermont

4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 21:03:11 | More by Brad007
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Otter Creek Hop Session Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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