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Otter Creek Alpine AleOtter Creek Alpine Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Todd on 11-10-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 97
Reviews by dansroka:
Photo of dansroka
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a half-pint glass. Color is a beautiful deep copper, almost red. Lacey nice head: enough for taste, but not too much.

A light mouth, followed by a rich, wide bitter taste, that lingers on the tongue. (Citrus notes, with mild spiciness on the sides of the tongue.) This makes it easy to quaff, yet still satisfying to linger over.

Paired exceptionally well with cold sesame noodles. The beer cleansed the palette, without overwhelming the subtleness of the food.

My wife, not a beer drinker, was intrigued by the color and when given a taste, she greatly enjoyed it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An offering I had not seen before from Otter Creek,pours a nice amber with a light head that fades quickly leaving little lacing.The aroma was slightly soapy and earthy,taste has a real nice balance of roasted malt and some earthy hop with some light fruitiness in the finish.A real solid brew and a nice find I would buy again.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The most outstanding (in a bad way) thing about this beer was the smell. It has this bizarre citrus-soda scent going on. It smells very unnatural and out of place. I have no idea what is up with that.

Its a good looking beer - a vibrant red hue, and it retains its head for a while, leaving lacing all around the glass.

Pretty much an average-tasting red ale. There's some hops in the finish, which is nice, and puts the rating slightly above average.

Fairly decent drinkability. It is certainly smooth, if that is what you are looking for. But there are also certainly better red ales out there.

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Photo of Todd
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh from the brewery ... this beer poured a bright, rich, copper coloured beer with an awesome white foam lace (3 fingers thick). Head retention is off the hook, and laces perfectly as it retreats back into the beer. Very impressive eye candy.

You learn in some sensory courses that you can't smell "sweet," yeah, well screw that. This beer has a wonderful sweet floral aroma that's soft and a bit perfumy. Very faint notes of tropical fruits and grain in the background.

Oh my ... this is a tasty beer. Smooth and sweet upfront and the first flavour descriptor that comes to mind is "pineapple." Nice bready and toasty malt character, too, that complements the overall, and not overly sweet, fruitiness of the beer. Alcohol tingle on the palate that melds with some hop spice and a piny flavour (nothing too bitter) that complements the sweetness and malt characters. Hops are also delicate, adding a touch of floral. Fresh grain flavours toward the end, a bit drying, but pleasant. Leaves the palate wanting more.

This is nothing that's going to knock your socks off. This is a killer session beer. The flavours seem to be in harmony with each other. There's nothing obtrusive about this beer and the defining sweetness makes this, and I hate to use this MJ word, "more-ish." It's always nice to see a brewery create a beer that is flavourful and crosses the bridge between beer geeks and people wanting a solid, easy drinking, less thinking, beer. Obviously marketed to the ski industry and crowd ... and let's hope they create some converts to better beer!

I could easily see myself drinking this beer all night long, and easily see this as a year round offering.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red mahogany with a modest, ivory head that retains well before eventually fading into patch and sheet lacing.
Aroma is dominated by a bigtime maltiness, with caramel and toffee notes. Pine and floral notes are also picked up, from the hops.
Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated for an amber ale, and there is a medium bodied feel.
Taste is well balanced, with the malt profile taking centerstage. Lots of caramel in the taste, but it is well bittered by a westcoast hoppiness. There is also a nutty character lurking in the background, which makes this seem much like an American ESB.
This is a very fine ale, with no real faults. Well balanced and clean, with a no nonsense malt finish.

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Photo of far333
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this stuff year round. Amber colored with a low oatmeal colored head with fine, tight bubbles. Nice lacing wriggles around the glass. No aroma to speak of, which is unfortunate, because it would complement the interesting flavors. Somewhat malty, but this is obscured by the many flavors rolling around - sweet pear and apple, a bit of butterscotch, with gentle hops riding beneath. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Gentle hops and butterscotch linger in the aftertaste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear garnet with a small off-white head. Nice little sheet of lacing right in the middle of the glass.

Smells quite malty. Lots of big sweetness up front with a slightly astringent toasted nut middle. Lots of woody flavors and a little bit of smoke. Never loses that underlying sweetness. Finishes dry with a little hop twang.

Mouthfeel is moderate and carbonation is spot on.

I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a clear amber copper tone with a large off whit beige head that sticks around quite a bit and leaves even streaks of lacing around my chalice. Aroma has deep pine aromatics with moderate caramel malt sweetness really highlights the hops, the alpine ale really shows of some spruce like hop qualities, nice. Flavor has a great mix between assertive piney bitterness with bready caramel Christmas style malt profile still on the hoppy side of the fence vs xmas spiced out, thank god. Mouthfeel is medium bodied silky smooth with som slight prickly effervescent carbonation but flows relatively well on the palate. Drinkabiltiy is great very piney with hops give me more winter seasonals like this one yum.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pour a reddish-deep orange body that is crystal clear and has a slow carbonation of big bubbles. The head is a thin film of off-white that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma of green juicy hops is soft with a faint hint of pale malt.

T- This beer has a taste of juicy hops with a smooth caramel toasted malt in the background. The finish is a spicy hop bitterness that balances the hop flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- This is a smooth beer that has a nice hop and malt balance that makes it easy to drink and thirst-quenching.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Otter Creek Alpine Ale

Appearance- dark copper brown with a respectable white head.
Smell- malt and hops. Slight nut brown aroma.
Taste- malty and hoppy. A slight roasted/ woody hops flavor. Slighty tastes like a nut brown ale.
Mouthfeel- fruity and sweet, mild bitter aftertaste.

Overall- a decent ale that didn't quite do it for me. It had an odd blend of nut brown ale to it.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear copper with a large foamy tan head. The smell is light, but I could make out some "bisquity" aroma. The taste has a nice sweet malt flavor with some carmel and hops. The m/f is light with the flavors being well balanced. This is a good beer from Otter Creek and I can see myself drinking many of these.

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Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scarlet under beige film. Not much head to speak of, but what exists stays around.
Nose full of toasted rye bread and hops, both citric and floral.
Begins toasty and caramelized. Bready malt backbone. Gradually turns grainier by midway accompanied by buttery flourishes. Hopping seems intially multitiered, with herbal, floral and citric notes. Cascades quickly establish dominance via pine encrusted grapefruit. Some faint alcohol vapors appear as it warms. Malt has dropped out by the finish, and what remains is quite buttery and bitter. A bit of additional sweetness would work wonders here.
Medium bodied and fairly quaffable.
A decent amber, but not one I'll go running back to soon.

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Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Peachy colour and malt in aroma. Thin, very dry, and astringency in finish. There is a bit of hop,which doesn't carry the day, but there is also close to soapiness. Malt and fruit but not very drinkable.Perhaps I would enjoy this better if I didn't have a beer in a long while.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The full, frothy, and creamy tan head atop Otter Creek's Alpine Ale holds quite well and leaves some very nice walls of streaky lace about the glass as it goes; and the deep copper body beneath has a crimson cast and glows with deep orange-red highlights. The nose is clean, bright, and fresh with notes of delicately minty and mildly grassy hops atop a sweetish, caramel-soaked and bready, cake-like maltiness. It's medium-bodied, bordering on medium-full, with a decidedly dextrinous edge; and the fine-bubbled moderate carbonation then leaves it remarkably creamy and smooth across the palate. The flavor offers a dollop of sweet caramel and sugar malt upfront, laced with notes of minty (kind of cola-like) and grassy hops. A solid but understated bitterness risesand carries through into the finish as some yeasty fruitiness appears mid-palate, and spicy hops come to the forefront in the long-lasty, zesty finish. Enjoyable!

Finishes spicy

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of beerluvr
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a very nice looking and lacey white head that falls upon clear medium-reddish liquid. The nose is sweet and bready/toasty maltiness mixed with a delicate flowery hoppiness with slight caramel and spice. The taste is more on the malty sweet side of things, a slight fruit taste appears, then a restrained yet hoppy bitterness comes forth. Finishes up malty with an aftertaste of delicate hop flowers...nice drinking, but didn't set me on fire.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great session beer. I think I am a victim of advertising propaganda. As I am reviewing this beer, I can't get a strolling walk through a forest of evergreens. Lame? Yes. But oh so refreshing. Describing the appearance of a Red Ale is like wiping your backside with your hand. You simply don't or shouldn't do it.

Sweet taste with what I would consider a lightly hopped body. A tannicly lacing head that fizzled quite quick. What was interesting about the mouthfeel with his beer was the carbonation explosion while consuming.

This beer gets major points on its easabilty of consumption. Wish it were year round...would that make it less special?

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big Otter Creek fan, but I thought I would give this a try. I was not disappointed. Poured a medium amber with a decent head that dissipated into a nice lace. Smell was fruity and spicy and inviting. Taste was rounded with a somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Sweet with a slight hint of hops on the finish. Not a guzzler, but just right. Probably a good brew with a sweet dessert.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with an off white head. Head quickly fades with slight lacing. Note of caramel and malt tones come out of this brew . Taste is a malt/caramel front with a bread tone to it. Hops are present with a slight bitter finish. Nothing over the top but an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super clear amber with almost no head and no lace. Did get a neat kind of definite swirl pattern in the head that there was.
Aroma has a very mild nose with just a hint of the amber mlt and hop assault to come.
Flavor is chewy caramel sweetness to start that shifts into a toasted almond note that is then blown away by a very astringent and slightly burnt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is fullto start and switches to a sharp bitter hit with some spice added. Dry on the palate and the finish.
Drinkability is high. This beers grows on you and can imagine downing quite a few on draught.
Thanks to PBrian for another quality Otter Creek beer.

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Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GrandpaGeorg
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer of surprises. Surprise #1: Dark amber in the glass--a bit darker than expected. Malty smell with a very nice fluffy head. Surprise #2: The taste was hoppier than expected. Really a nice hop bite to it. Felt great in the mouth, with subtle carbonation, but a pleasing bitterness that helped overcome any alcohol flavor and balanced the roasted malts quite nicely. Really quite good.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles from Martignetti's.

Poured a foggy, dark amber color. Smell is a refreshing pine needle like scent. Taste is a superb mixture of sweet carmel/honey/pine/spice with nice balance of alcohol and hops. Not overwhelming in the least and a beer I could drink many of. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice crystal clear amber color with some bronze hues thrown in for good measure. 1/4 inch snow white head melts to a mear dusting. Lace only shows up in the shady spots.
Caramel and orange in the nose. The balance is interesting as neither aroma dominates the other.
The taste mirrors the smell in that it is perfectly strattling the fence. The flavor can't decide if it wants to be more hoppy or malty so it does both with out spreading itself too thin, Cloyingly sweet but with enough hop bitterness to remind you that's it's not all sugar and spice and everything nice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fits the style and purpose of this beer well.
Overall a great session amber that makes me want to hit the slopes. Thanks to enola for sharing.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

yum. otter creek hits the spot again with a new brew (the vermont lager was their other latest gem). it pours a healthy amber colour with a slightly off-white head that starts off quite thick, dissolves a bit, but lasts for the entirety of the drink. smells of caramel, butter, malt and hints of hops and other sweetness. the taste is just the same and is oh so smooth. definitely reminds me of winter in new england, but i could easily enjoy this one any time of the year. an extremely drinkable, perfect session type brew. i think this one has found a place in my fridge for as long as it's available this season and beyond.

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Otter Creek Alpine Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 110 ratings