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

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BA SCORE
82
good

334 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Duesler, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

nebula1999, Mar 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

FrankLloydMike, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

slim2043, Mar 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

gwiedman1, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ILiveOffHops, Feb 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

pajeff, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

woodchipper, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

buffcityx, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

DaveHack, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

xacidx, Jan 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Eriktheipaman, Jan 24, 2013
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

khargro2, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Peter, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

oriolesfan4, Jan 17, 2013
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2.78/5  rDev -23%
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.

MistrGlass, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

irish, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

mjtiernan, Jan 11, 2013
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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.

DrDemento456, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Newbiebeer, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

TequilaTom, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

WDJersey, Dec 30, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -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.

ColForbinBC, Dec 29, 2012
Otter Creek Hop Session Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.