Otter Creek Overgrown
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #416
Ranked #11,032
3.92 | pDev: 10.2%
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A big American pale ale overgrown with all the American hops we could dig up. Dripping with dank, American hop flavors and aromas, Overgrown is balanced by a subtle, sweet malt backbone that takes a back seat to the bountiful hop additions. A celebration of the hop-growing season, this one will tangle up your taste buds.

55 IBU
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 695
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a semi-hazy burnt orange color with a decent transparency about it. Foamy lacing occurs in rings after a one finger white foamy head dissipated after about a minute. The smell starts off with juicy citrus and thick piney hops bursting with hop oils. The taste follows the smell and leads into a nice thick juicy citrus/piney aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability despite the bitterness of the hops in the taste and smell. With an oily thickness, this one really stays slick on my tongue to make a really nice session. Overall, easy going APA, might be a good fishing beer.

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Photo of Fee
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strong head remains through the brew. But a very piney taste distracts from the overall flavor. A smooth beer that doesn't overwhelm with hops - you can tell the strong malt presence.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This APA pours a murky light brownish orange with a fairly small foamy white head. The smell is very typical APA, with strong citrus character and a mild pine scent as well. The citrus character in the flavor is less than I would have thought. There are some distinct grapefruit and orange notes, but the pine flavor is dominant. There are also undertones of grass, earth, and caramel malts. The bitterness is lingering and there is a somewhat dry, cloying finish. The body is medium. I am not typically a huge APA fan to begin with, but this is clearly not a top APA either. It’s not the first beer from this brewery that I’ve found underwhelming. I don’t think this is bad drinking necessarily, but I do think it’s overrated.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid APA. Nice hop profile for a pale ale. Citrus, grapefruit rind and some mild spice. It is a solid offering and one i would buy again. I prefer some of their IPA offerings but this one fits nicely into the lineup as their fall seasonal.

They went for more balance her and have achieved it but there is still a nice hop profile.

I like the direction this brewery has gone in the last year or so.

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Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a becker.

Appearance: Hazy gold with a big white head.

Aroma: Hoppy, floral.

Taste: Very similar to Over Easy. Hoppy pale ale. Citrus, hops.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and easy.

Overall: I don't see what separates this title from its sibling Over Easy. It's maybe one percent ABV stronger, but if you allege that you can notice that, you're lying. A good beer, but ... why?

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft in shaker pint.

Clear pale golden color, white head. Nice dank hop aroma - pine resin, grass. Not much malt to back it up - hop dominated. Thin to medium bodied

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Photo of dsa7783
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Single bottle copped from Total Wine and More. Pours a ruddy, copper hue with moderate frothing. Smell reminiscent of pale hops and fresh pine. Similar flavor profile with a slick mouthfeel. Decent.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep golden pour with thin, clingy white top. Smells of citrus, floral, and some malt - very nice. Flavor follows closely with just the right burst of bitterness hitting midsip after a mildly malty start. Finishes somewhat dry and bitter. Nice.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great color (light amber) with fluffy head and extreme lacing.
Get some citrus and floral notes in aroma but they are mild to me.
Great hop flavor and balance with malts.
Feel is creamy smooth (drink slow) and drinks heavier than expected.
Overall a 4.25.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a glossy to hazy burnt orange yielding a nice transparency about it and allowing a nice fast rising carbonation to fill a rocky foamy white head dissipating like it has all of the time in the world. Gently, rings of a slight foam stick to the glass nicely.
The smell started off with a sweet yet danky onion growing into grassy-like and citrusy hops undercoating my nose nicely.
The flavor follows the smell quite well allowing a slight dry citrus peel to empower my tastebuds to yield to a really nice sweet grassy aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel is about a light to medium in body with a wonderful sessionable crisp sweet feel on my tongue. Bitter hops lay down the harshness hammer and it feels just right.
Overall, this is a wonderful American Pale Ale made by an American brewer, of course I'd have this again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a big foam head and a frothy thick lace that exhibits excellent retention.
At first, there is a light citric hops aroma that is almost IPA like. Then, there is a big floral aroma as well as sweet malts.
The taste is hops forward; leafy hops, citric and grapefruit like, bitter but not overpowering. Also, a good dose of floral essence in the taste.
Mostly light bodied but on the higher side of light. Soft carbonation. Creamy, smooth and drinkable.
Like other Vermont brews I've had, this one tastes quite fresh. Flavorful and subtly complex. I will have again.

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Photo of Act25
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a few years on BA, being a total fan of local craft at places like Carton or Green Flash, I gotta say... Mike's new batches from Otter Creek are among the best beers of 2015.

A Pours a light fluffy 1 finger head that lasts with abundant lacing, hazy sediment in pilsner yellow body with lotsa bubbles.

S A lot going on. Aroma brings clean hops, with dank wet floral and resinous, fruity undertones, a bit grassy and leafy.

T Taste starts with a light, brassy malt, but transitions to resinous hops, some pine, some sticky resin, splashes into grassy, leafy hops, with a fruity notes, juicy hop, and final bitterness.

F Finish is dry and prickly bitter,spicy hops, touch of pine and resin. You'd swear this was a 7% IPA.
resinous oily hop feel.

This is a star performer in the APA category along with Dales. Mike, put it in cans!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden color with a big bright white head that leaves nice lacing. The smell all hops, nice juicy tropical fruits with floral and pine aromas. The taste is grapefruit, piney and floral with decent bitterness. Feel is light but good carbonation. Overall this is a very crushable pale ale. Hoppy and delicious, would take this over almost any session.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - clear golden pour, one finger white head...surprisingly good lacing

Aroma - nice floral and citrus aroma

Taste - interesting flavor...there is a bitterness...a piney, grapefruit...would like to compare it side by side to the Grapefruit Sculpin to put it in the right perspective and rank

Feel - light, with good carbonation

Overall - surprised me....I like this one...a little bitter but not a bad beer

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours golden amber with a generous, frothy head. The head remains lovely as you enjoy the beer. Lacing remains as you enjoy. A bit of hops on the nose and tongue, as well as malt, especially on the tongue. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Kendo
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is honey-golden with a 1-finger fluffy white head that retains well and leaves a decent amount of foamy lace on the glass.

S: Hits the right notes for an APA: citrus (grapefruit & lemon) and a touch of pine over honey-sweet malt.

T: Citrusy hops are the most obvious contributors to the taste. Also some earthy, herbal flavors. Finishes clean with modest lemon lingering in the aftertaste. Can't help but wondering if Citra is used somewhere in the brewing process with this one.

M: A wee bit on the light side, heft-wise. Carbonation is appropriate, providing a touch of bite but no sharpness.

O: Very good - an easy drinker with plenty of hop flavor. Reminds me of a Session IPA in some ways. Well worth the $1.67 I paid for this bottle, and yet another of the recent winners from Otter Creek.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: pineapple with pine in the background;

T: resiny pineapple from start to finish; light to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not a huge fan of the flavor, but that's a personal issue; this is a well made beer;

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very crisp and refreshing... Its not the biggest in terms of citrus or hop scent/flavor, but its a good beer. pretty well balanced and drinkable, decent ipa!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Nice combo of grassy and fruity hops along with a solid honey-like malt background that allows the hops to shine through and be the show

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with an almost tea-like hoppiness that imparts the grassy notes from the nose very nicely. Also coming through is a light fruitiness and the lightly sweet maltiness. Again, very well-balanced while allowing the hops to shine

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Incredibly well-balanced and very drinkable, this is one APA that appeals to both malt lovers and hop heads. A nice seasonal alternative to the ever-more popular Americanized O-Fest (that usually doesn't fall very in-line with the German versions) or overly spiced pumpkin beer

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/11/15.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of piney hops, which linger into the finish and contribute a moderate amount of bitterness with some dankness. There are also hints of citrusy hops and caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some crispness.
O: This IPA isn't that difficult to drink because it isn't overly bitter and the piney hops aren neither resinous nor sticky. The citrusy hops lend some complexities to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can always count on Otter Creek for a good beer. Super tasty/flavorful APA. Drinks like an IPA. Tropical, citrus, pineapple, mango. This beer can hold its own against most pale ales out there. Should be rated higher in my opinion.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/25/15, poured into my fancy Duvil tulip:

Look: It's copper, it's clear, and there's a white & frothy two-finger head on top.

Smell: Somewhat muted, but there's some lemon and floral aromas going on. They're not exactly jumping out of the glass, but they're there if you jam you're nose right in.

Taste: Mmmmm, dankness! Delicious pine, floral, tangerine, grapefruit pith, and herbal flavors. It definitely tastes better as it warms up. It's well-crafted and relatively balanced. I'm especially loving the bitter citrusy/piney finish, reminds me of Moxie. Well done, Otter Creek! Resinous and slick, but it's easy to have more than one.

Feel: Medium-bodied with medium+ carbonation. Lovely prickly pine finish.

Overall: I'm really enjoying this beer. It's easy to acquire and definitely delivers on its price of admission.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, light orange color with a 2-finger white head.

The aroma is very floral and citrusy, with notes of fresh grapefruit and orange peel. I also pick up some mango on the back end.

The taste is far more bitter than the nose had indicated. I get strong notes of bitter pine and grapefruit, while the cracker malt backbone takes a more subtle approach. The taste, much like the nose, is very floral.

The mouth is crisp and medium-bodied with light carbonation. There is no alcohol to be found however the bitterness lingers on the tongue long after each sip.

Overall, a pretty good pale ale. A bit more bitter than I would like, but the flavors and aromas work well together.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed the Over Easy and the Backseat Berner so I was eager to give this a try, knowing that this wouldn't be a true session beer or an IPA. At first, it came across as unassuming but as both the beer and my take on it warmed up, the dankness really shone through along with the harmonious blend of flavors, smooth mouthfeel, and ease of drinkability. This beer was indeed a Pale Ale in every sense of the style!

Good pour to this, as the beer had a light amber hue, frothy head, and citrus pith aroma. Nice lacing left behind as the dankness came out as this warmed up. Prickly cactus, sharp floral hops, and grapefruit juice all combined to give this a strong presence from start to finish although this never came across as potent. The booze was just at the right level and there was enough oil and resin in the mouthfeel to serve as a reminder that this was a Pale Ale. No strong hop burn which kept this from being mistaken as an IPA. The pine and weed came in at the end but with so much going on here, it was harder to notice that than it would be most other beers.

While not a session beer, I'd easily grab another if it wasn't after 5 in the morning here. It took a while to get accustomed to but like the newer offerings from Otter Creek, this was solid and proof that they've stepped up their game. Matched up well with anything from the West Cost and would be an excellent choice for a seasoned beer drinker looking for a go-to Pale Ale. A fun beer that's dead serious underneath it all.

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Otter Creek Overgrown from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 695 ratings