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Hoppy Otter IPA - Otter Brewery Ltd

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BA SCORE
84
good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Brewery Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-27-2007)
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A thin layer of soapy bubbles form on top of this hazy, orange and copper-colored beer. Floral hop notes take over the nose, which intertwine with the aroma of sweet, bready malt that displays a soft hint of caramel. The smell alone is absolutely delicious, and if the taste is anything like that, I'd say we've got a winner.

The label mentions that the beer employs "five of the US Pacific Northwest's most citrus-flavored, aromatic whole cone hops" in addition to English floor malts, implying that this is a hybrid-style India Pale Ale. Although, I'll say that I'm not getting much of the citrusy flavors here, and I love that. Instead, there is a fruity, floral hop presence that doesn't slay the palate with bitterness, and it lets the introduction and middle take on a juicy character.

The balance of this one cannot be understated. At just the right moment, the hops enter the picture toward the finish to balance out the sweetness of the malt up front, and never overpower. While I can taste a muted citrus note, it's way in the background, and to me that's superb. It's almost like a wet-hop harvest beer: keep the aromatics and the floral character, but use minimal bitterness for balance. Also, the carbonation doesn't get in the way, adding an appropriate amount of bubbles but letting the smooth texture take precedence.

As the beer finishes, it washes out cleanly, leaving a calm, delicious aftertaste that fades evenly. I doubt hop-heads would be a huge fan of this beer, but if you're anything like me, you'll love the aforementioned qualities it possesses.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 22:27:34 | More by CharlieMopps
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Bill235

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-12-2013 22:54:17 | More by Bill235
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

01-12-2013 05:55:23 | More by Jason
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear copper pour with very little carbonation. An agressive pour yielded only a half finger head with minimal retention but decent lacing. Very fruity nose with a sweet caramel maltiness and lots of fresh hops, hints of dark fruit and a touch of rye bread. Very surprising bold, hoppy flavor for a British IPA. Bitter orange peel and resiny hops are nicely balanced with toasty caramel malt and a hint of black cherries, rye and wood. A subtle spiciness coupled with a smooth bitterness in the mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable IPA. Closest thing to an American style IPA that I've had from the UK.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 16:28:53 | More by beerdrifter
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice English Style Ale that shares only timid hop influences that are expected of even English IPA's.

The beer starts with a rather dull pour of a deep copper beer that has little carbonation and thus, little head formation. Though light, the light lace of a head lasts very well. Other notes on appearance include a medium haze, maybe from dry-hopping.

Aromas are very beer-centric with an even influence from mals, hops, and yeast. Grains give a lot of caramel and sweet bread scent. Hops contribute grasses, pine, and citrus late. Yeast gives much bready notes and fruity esters.

Deep caramels and hearty bread from Marris Otter malts (or similar) give rich and hearty taste to the beer while hop bitterness gives great balance while contibuting only medium notes of citrus, pineapple, pine, and fresh cut grasses. Esters of appricoats, apples, and pears round out the flavor profile. Since these esters resemble the bruised variety, this beer may not be the freshest.

The beer seems a bit weighted by the lighter carbonation, but still not heavy. Malts have attenuated in a medium fashion, keeping the beer from complete dryness while leaving some sweetness to be savored in deep in the finish and aftertaste.

In the end, this beer doesn't exhibit the fresh quality taste of great English IPA's but show an aged and mellow character of these beers that most folks just lump into the cataory of, "eh, it's just beer". Though it's a nice beer, there's nothing about it that's memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 04:53:55 | More by BEERchitect
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

We pose this question to all of the naysayers that think hoppy beer is a distant acquired taste. Why is the infatuation with the boldness of American hops at an almost infectious level of popularity within the craft beer world outside of the US? This ale also contains wheat, oats, rye and spelt aside from the traditional ingredients.

Glowing amber hue with a mild chill haze, healthy-looking froth from a medium pour that leave a semi-creamy tiny bubbled lace in its wake. Oily hop aroma with thick wafts of citrus oil and wild flowers, a hint of toffee and semi-spicy dough malt in the nose. High level of smoothness in a creamy medium body. Graininess shows the spectrum of barley, wheat, oats, rye and spelt from the start, with a fresh cut grass to a spicy breadiness. The house yeast throws its tone in soon after with a mild buttery and nutty note. Then the hops lay down their oily bitterness and flavor though still keeping the door open to the grain.

By far one of the most intriguing and eye-opening ales that we have tasted from England in a long time. An amazing aroma with an intricate palate to make it even more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 16:56:51 | More by BeerAdvocate
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big hit of citrus hops right off, mostly grapefruit. Then I get some treacle like caramel malt aroma. There's also a bunch of fruity yeast esters. Pretty complex.

Orange and cloudy. Poured with not much head that fades to not much less but still not much head. Almost no carbonation bubbles are visisble.

High hop bitterness but the back end is strong crystal and caramel malt. There's more frruity esters in the flavor along with citrus hop flavor, kind of orange peel. There's some diacetyl and also a wierd earthly spent grain flavor.

Nice beer. British IPA is a much different animal that what we're used to. Kind of like an ESB amped up a notch.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 03:11:37 | More by czechsaaz
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PerroGrande

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very interesting beer, and I can't quite decide what category to place it in. On one hand, it is from England and labeled an IPA. On the other hand, it uses American hops, so BA has it listed as an American IPA. However, with some of the flavors and character of this beer, I could even be convinced that it could be an English Bitter or Special Bitter. That said, it is an intriguing beer that I really like, odd as it is.

Appearance: It pours to a hazy reddish/cider color with almost no head to speak of. This was and is a bit off-putting to me. However, never judge a book by its cover, so to speak...

Smell: This brew has an interesting aroma. I picked up (predictably) citrus and hops overtones, but also some malt hints as well. The hops were noticeably in the aroma, but balanced nicely by some citrus tones.

Taste: My first few sips were confusing, and almost disappointing. However, as I continued to drink this beer, the more interesting and enjoyable characteristics became evident to me (and thus another reason I'm never hasty with a review). It certainly doesn't have the "hops bomb" of a traditional American IPA, but it doesn't quite match a traditional English IPA either... I picked up unmistakable hops character in the taste, but also a cider-like green-apple overtone as well. Hops rise up in the finish, but are nicely balanced by some oatmeal hints and the citrus overtones.

Mouthfeel: For producing nearly zero foam, I was a little worried that my beer might have gone south. However, there is still a decent amount of carbonation left. The feel is fairly watery and light, with a hint of "fizz" (for lack of a better term).

Drinkability: This beer is unique, interesting, and very refreshing.

I suspect this beer is going to get some less-than-gushing reviews from hardcore IPA lovers. It isn't what I've come to know, expect, and enjoy from IPAs; that isn't to say that it isn't a good beer. I was thoroughly surprised by this beer throughout. My initial skepticism and "confusion" ended up replaced with enjoyment of the brewer's craft and vision -- and, at the end of the day, that's the point.

I recommend giving this beer a try -- but cover up the part of the label that says "India Pale Ale" and go from there.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:20:30 | More by PerroGrande
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz bottle with no expiration date or lot code markings available. Sampled on July 8, 2009. This pours an amber-copper tone with little to no head although it maintains a beige ring around the edge of the glass. IPA's usually have that distinctive hoppy aroma but this one carries an aroma of sweet malts and barley. The taste has the characteristics of an ESB rather than an IPA with a leading flavor of sweet malts followed by a dry hoppy finish. In a way I found it ironic that a British brewer tried to emulate an American IPA. It is an alright brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 02:27:56 | More by puboflyons
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well let me start by sayin that yes this beer does use some American hop varieties sparingly might I add,but this is not an American IPA in any since.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull light to medium golden with a bit of burnt orange tint,no head to speak of that is somewhat typical of the English style.Nice blend of aromas,caramel and biscuit mixed with light citric and leafy hop notes.Thinner near watery mouthfeel was a little annoying but the flavors were decent,some green apple and caramel/biscuit notes up front with a leafy finish.Its decent but if your palate is for full on big hops this isnt for you,for what it is its decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 23:32:38 | More by oberon
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froghop

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a semi-hazy orange with no head to speak of.

smell is floral, toffee, sweet malt, and a touch of citrus.

taste is flat, hops, slight grapefruit, caramel, and malt, ends dry, flat, and slightly bitter.

overall tastes okay, just doesn't look appealing, and is too flat.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 22:19:17 | More by froghop
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All the way from the UK this American IPA (funny, right?) was a cloudy, rusty-amber color. The one finger head was beige colored, retained decently and left streaky lacing. The aroma was sweet- very floral hops and sweet malt, definitely more malty than expected. The flavors were not as enjoyable sadly, starting sweet with a fair amount of malt it then became a little watery in the middle followed by a peat smoke finish. The finish was bitter as one would hope for, but awkward and lacking distinct hop flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation light and the body medium/light. An ok example, but you would be better off buying the real American deal.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 02:48:20 | More by thekevlarkid
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. no date.

orangey honey amber. slight haze. fine foam, 1.5 finger head, fades to thin layer, consistently replenished. nice lacing, with several thick, webby rings.

light pine and faint citrus rind in the aroma, plus some grassy euro hops too. some toasted, caramelized malt, with hint of apple and yeast, but everything is all a bit subdued.

more light pine and citrus rind in the flavor, then more grassy and resinous with moderate bitterness. malt has caramel tones but is ever so slightly diluted again. yeast hint and trace of apple fruitiness before a slightly resinous, mildly bitter finish.

slightly watery feel, but still smooth. finish is crisp with touch of resins. mildly fizzy, micro-bubble carbonation.

always nice to see the brits give american hops a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 10:18:20 | More by tai4ji2x
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - $4.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, dark amber body with an inch of frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Bready, caramel-coated malt aroma with some sweetish, fruity hints and supporting hop notes of citrus and spruce tips.

Taste: Malts coming across as sugary sweet, chewy caramel candy with a distinct breadiness to it. Pleasant estery fruitiness. Spicy rye grain tickles the tongue. Surprisingly hoppy for an English beer, with a nice pop of citrusy, sprucy hop character and plenty of bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a lingering touch of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A nice surprise! Pleasant, well-balanced, and enjoyable. I cleared through the bottle in record time.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 02:44:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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magictrokini

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can I pass an IPA with this name and label up? Poured hazy orange-gold with a frothy white head. Thick lacing. Beautiful pine and orange nose. More orange/orange peel than grapefruit. It doesn't "pop" like other IPA's and is kind of dusty. The taste makes up for it. Big citrus bite, less resin, with the rye bitterness that others have pointed out. Kind of gives it a roasted hop feel. The citrus gives way to an herbal hop bite that is kind of sweet. Creamy mouthfeel lends to its drinkability. Nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 18:45:33 | More by magictrokini
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a copper orange color with thick off-whiote head that lingers well into mid-glass and leaves good lacing. Nose is not the citrusy hops I've come to appreciate in IPA's, but tended more toward an earthy malt scent. Motuhfeel was full bodied and a nice mix of tangy-sweet, and the flavor accented a little more of the citrus than did the nose.

Rounded to a nice, long finish. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 03:25:51 | More by kimcgolf
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber body, topped by three fngers plus of level dense white froth. Good lacing.

Big yeasty aroma, with citrus fruit lurking far below.

Sweet, almost sticky, malt beginning. Juicy American citrus gushes in from the sides. Big dollop of British yeast at the swallow. Mild hop tingle on through the aftertaste.

Nice creamy medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

I do not believe that the use of American hops is all it takes to move from British IPA to American IPA. This is a British IPA with a touch of American citrus. Worth trying, but do not approach expecting an American hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 04:29:55 | More by RonfromJersey
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

The otter pours a hazy murky brown with a small screen of a white head that leaves solid rings of lacing. A balanced nose of spicy malts and bitter hops. Bittersweet malts, cheery notes with a woody feel to it. Other notes of maple syrup, candi sugar, and an overwhelming funk throughout. Unbalanced and just off. I cant get down with it really.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 01:20:20 | More by ATPete
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty apricot with tangerine trim. After the pour, the crown of foam (darker than ivory and lighter than ecru) fills the upper half of the pint glass. As the head slowly melts, it leaves behind a considerable amount of intricate, bubbly lace.

Five different U.S. Pacific Northwest hops is an odd design choice for an English brewer brewing an English IPA. Unfortunately, the nose doesn't pass muster for the style. Simply put, Hoppy Otter doesn't smell very hoppy. It's a little ale yeast fruity, but that's about it.

After the gulp test, I'm reminded of a slightly more bitter than usual amber ale. The alpha acids are *almost* there, but the good citric hop flavor isn't. Malt contributes at least as much, if not more, when it comes to the flavor profile. Interestingly, the ingredients list includes nothing but grains: barley, wheat, oats, rye and spelt.

The distinctive earthiness of rye malt is present on the taste buds. HO also has a toasted breadiness, along with dried orange peel and an herbal woodsiness that was appreciated in Otter Head (an English strong ale) as well. As an IPA, Hoppy Otter doesn't work. As beer, though, it isn't bad. The flavor score effectively splits the difference.

The full (for the style) creaminess of the mouthfeel is easily the beer's best feature. Only a perfect amount of soft carbonation could have resulted in something this pleasurable.

If you buy Hoppy Otter expecting pure, unadulterated American hop flavor, then you're sure to be disappointed. There are countless, less expensive, domestic options to fill that bill. Bottom line: this is interesting, balanced, drinkable beer that needs a new name.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 12:49:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle onto a Belhaven Imperial Pint, pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin frothy head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is some crisp earthy hops and sweet malts. Taste is a nice slightly off-balance with English hops just slightly overpowering some sweet caramel malt. The beer is medium bodied and smooth with a touch of warming alcohol. This is certainly an enjoyable beer, good to see a British brewery trying an American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 09:20:10 | More by atsprings
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, small citrus, mainly piney hops. In the taste, fresh piney hops, with a nice English malt backing it up. A small biteand medium mouthfeel, with a semidry piney hop aftertaste. Nice hop presence, good body and flavor for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 14:56:38 | More by OWSLEY069
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, faintly orange tinged, red-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nicely hoppy and expressive enough to be noticeable as I am visually inspecting the beer. Aromas of orange zest, milk-weed, a definite herbal edge and some grassiness. This has a sharp, grassy / herbal note that doesn't quite work, but it is muted enough that it doesn't hold back the aroma too much.

This has a nice, soft mouthfeel to it that is picked up just a bit by a tickle of carbonation. Distinct flavors of freshly grated orange zest is backed by a grassy / herbal hop component. The malt, which definitely plays a secondary role here, provides a touch of caramelized sweetness that accentuates both the citrus notes and a touch of berry like flavors, it also picks up a touch of toffee in the finish along with a soft, toasty grain note. The beer finishes with a slightly green, sort of mint-like, lingering hop bitterness that is fairly soft for an American IPA, but is at perfect levels to provide a hop focused balance to the finish of this beer. I really like the texture of this beer, it has a light carbonation (especially by American standard), which really helps to boost the velvety texture of this beer.

A tasty beer, and it is perhaps the hoppiest beer I have had out of England (this last isn't saying much as my experience is woefully inadequate in this regard). The hop notes seem a touch green around the edges and this detracts just a bit; a touch more sharp, almost astringent and under-ripe somehow than I would prefer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 04:00:48 | More by Gueuzedude
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the english brewing an american ipa? how cheeky.

A- beautiful reddish orange honey amber with a consistant creamy beige head and lots of drippy aqueduct lace.

S- very nice aroma of tangerine, pineapple and strawberry, buttery caramel, toasted grains, earthy woodsy old barn, sweet pipe tobacco, floral herb blossoms, and a well balanced mellow bitterness that totally compliments the sublime maltiness. it is inviting and invigorating.

T- west coast flavor of tangerine and small grapefruit, bitter orange, caramel, toasted barley, diacetyl, and yeasty esters of light berry and some slight pine. toasted multi-grain bread is not surprising considering the bill of barley, oat, and two wheats. hop flavor is mild and smooth and full of character and appreciated complexity. finish is lightly zesty and bursting with citrus hop flavor and a noble type clean bitterness, working perfectly in conjunction with the north american hop flavor. malt graininess also lingers on the palate for a long while with the fruity almost belgian floral yeast flavor and actually outlast the hops. and when i burp it's all strawberry and raspberry, baby. american attempts at an english ipa have never tasted this good to me.

MF- rich and smooth, damn near full bodied, with medium low carbonation and proper serving temp, i can close my eyes and put myself in an english pub ordering another pint but alas i'm here in ohio where i probably won't be able to find another one cuz i bought it in the outer banks. very tight small bubbles let the complex flavors and nuances bounce around unhurriedly, allowing me to sincerely appreciate every facet of flavor this brew has to offer. just another incident that makes me reflect on the intricacies of brewing and how important it is to consider mf in the equation.

D- entirely drinkable and what a session it would be. if it were readily available i could easily buy cases of the stuff and its appeal to me comes from the all around softness of everything. so creamy and mellow but not at all subdued or watery. full of body flavor and aroma and better than many true american ipas i've had this year. bravo, you limey bastards. i know it was you, you stole my heart.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 07:30:28 | More by hustlesworth
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jpalarchio

Michigan

2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With a name like "Hoppy Otter", I was hoping (maybe even hopping?) for a nice hoppy taste.

This beer seemed to have more of a citrus and earth-like taste than a bold hoppy taste. The hop flavor was very mellow; not really evident at the nose and just slowly sneaks in after swallow.

It's drinkable, although probably not the taste I expect from an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 02:30:25 | More by jpalarchio
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copperish amber with a thin off-white head that soon becomes a very thin, lasting cover. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citrus and pine with earthy and woody notes and a caramel backing.

The taste of sweet caramel provides a sturdy malt backbone to the earthy, citric, piney hop bitterness. There is a fleeting touch of alcohol. Finishes bittersweet.

Medium-bodied.

An interesting one - an English malt, yeast strain and body with American hops(and abv level appropriate for style). Well balanced, though hops shine through. Well-done overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 02:04:05 | More by jwc215
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Hoppy Otter IPA from Otter Brewery Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.