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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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310 Ratings

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Ratings: 310
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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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.43/5  rDev -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
Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

jlindros, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -3%

deapokid, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

dunix, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

VelvetExtract, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

smakawhat, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Durge, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

milkbone_underwear, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of smackedout
5/5  rDev +38.5%

smackedout, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of DLS168
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

DLS168, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

hosehead83, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev +10.8%

mattparsons, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -16.9%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

zapahoppa, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of plaid75
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Proclarush, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Beerme09
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Beerme09, Nov 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

jwps214, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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!

flagmantho, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

bigred89, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

FCRICH, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +15%

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

Slatetank, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of kbnooshay
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

kbnooshay, Nov 14, 2012
Otter Creek Hop Session Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.