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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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Reviews: 58
Hads: 375
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 57 | 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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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 375
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of LongTrailer
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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".

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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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