Otter Creek Middleberry Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Middleberry AleOtter Creek Middleberry Ale
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Otter Creek Middleberry AleOtter Creek Middleberry Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 04-21-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by ElGuapo:
Photo of ElGuapo
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden body topped off with a decent amount of white head. The retention needs some work, but it initially looks pretty good. The aroma is loaded with dark berries.

The balance in this one is a bit off, with a bit too much fruit. The malts are nice with a little bit of toasty flavor. Dark berries blast you again and again, and they get a little annoying. It is nice to drink, but I think it needs to go with some food as the fruit flavor really got to me. It is worth a shot, but I don't think I will be getting this one again.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a wispy white head with a good amount of carbonation.Great aroma of fresh ripe blueberries by far the best aroma of any fruit beer I have ever had,Taste hits hard at first a big grainy malt feel to start with a tart finsih just as big.I think my fruit beers should be a little softer but this has some unique qualities to it.It is pretty refreshing with its tart finish after awhile.

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Photo of merlin48
3.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale, light yellow body, with a chill haze. No head, even with an aggressive pour. Barely a thin collar of offwhite lace around the fringes. Not a good beginning.

Aroma is sweet, tart, blueberries. Nothing else, but I like blueberries.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

Taste is very berry. Some pale malt and bittering hops are underneath, but this is a very blueberry ale.

A pretty decent fruit ale. Quite refreshing, actually. Much more blueberry flavor than the more expensive, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. I could drink a couple of these anytime.

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Photo of ggaughan
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a light gold color, a bit hazy, with a very slight white head that didn't even cover the top of the beer. Very slight carbonation here. The nose is refreshing but not overly potent with some berry notes. The taste is also a bit refreshing but not overly complex. I get some blueberry notes and a backbone of malt, but not much else. Light body but not worth drinking more than one.

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Photo of Backer2004
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Without even tasting this beer, some strong opinions have been formed just by pouring. Very little head and hardly any carbonation. However, the smell is an awesome combination of blueberries, elderberries, and other fruits. The taste lacks everything I expected after inhaling the first few times. I am just not impressed with anything else about this beer. Just disappointing and I will have difficulty trying out other types of this kind for a while

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Photo of edchicma
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok for what it is...a fruity beer. Strong berry smell and taste throughout. Decent mid yellow color, but witha rapidly dissipating head. Mouthfeel was a bit overly dry and drinkability likewise suffered. A liitle too tart on the finish, with a lasting tartness that was not overly pleasant.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear with a nice tight white head. The head faded slowly and a thick lace appeared. The never ending combination race up the glass and kept the lace until the end of the beer.

Aroma: Mild hints of berries, touch of malt and a splash of hops. The berry was not overpowering but gave it a nice touch

Taste: A bit sweet up front with the berry flavor, mild malt tones in the middle and a bitter hop pucker mixed with a fruit finish.

M: Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and bubbly, not bad.

D: For a fruit beer I was expecting the worse, something that was like drinking syrup. This is not that way. I could enjoy many of these, more so on a hot summer day as it has a refreshing feel to it.

Overall: Not into fruit beers? Give this one a try. It is not overpowering. Enjoy!

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Photo of TheJudge
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a decent gold, not too dark, not too light. Looks pretty good. The berries get to your nose immediately. Not quite blueberry, not raspberry, boisenberry maybe? The taste is good, the berry dominates. If not a fan of the style, you will not like this beer. Properly carbonated, it is nothing special. But after having a couple, it is difficult to continue drinking it. The berrys just get to you. It is not so strong that you cannot alternate it with something else (I did with the Vermont Lager, and that worked), but it would be hard to have more than a couple a day

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Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

True to the label, the smell was a soft blueberry and grape aroma. Soft malts were also present.

The taste very much mirrored the aroma. A subtle and soft blueberry and pale malt flavor. Very akin to blueberry pancakes.

The mouthfeel was light and smooth.

Overall a very drinkable fruit beer. Very similar to Blue Point's Blueberry Ale.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one poured out a light yellow color with a nice rocky white head. The head dissipated fairly quickly and left a decent lace. In the aroma a grainy smell is most prominent with the hint of the blueberries and elderberries. The taste was a bit sweet with some tartness to the finish. The berry flavors didn’t seem to mix well as something was off in the taste, almost like berry flavored seltzer water. Overall not to pleasant to drink, the mouthfeel was really thin and the after taste really makes it hard to finish. Not something that I would have again.

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Photo of Hefe
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on 8/28/04

Appearance: Pale yellow with a minimal off white head.

Smell: NIce beady yeasty aromas, with a stong background of the blueberry/elderberry.

Taste: The berries are right there, but unfortunately with a strong astringent bite, ouch. otherwise ruins what could be a tasty summer brew. Everything else lines up nicely, malt, yeast, slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a touch thin, but nicely light and spritzy. Astringet, Almost strikes me like tannin from the berries.

Drinkability: Damned astringency brings this down too.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow-ish straw color with a full pillowy white head, decent carbonation, and fairly good lace. Interesting Smarties-like candy aroma; seems as if the elderberries are more promineant than blueberries. Tastes of fruit extract big time... not really melding well. Light-medium (leans medium) bodied and smooth/creamy for a fruit beer but finishes harshly on the throat.

Interesting but a pass.

Label states: "Hints of elderberries and blueberries"

Bottled: 04/13/04 (Batch #1520)
Tasted: 06/09/04

($6.29 / 6-pack)

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Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a medium white head that quickly evaporated. It gave off a really strong nose of blueberries, both in the bottle and in the glass. The color was a slightly hazy light yellow. It had a light mouthfeel with a slight tang of a bitter fruit (perhaps the elderberries?). The finish was quite refreshing with a strong blueberry presence. This is a great summer beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a white, pillowy, two-finger head, fades quickly and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Light amber clear color. Nose is very fruity. Starts on the sweet side with blueberry flavor and finishes with a prickly tartness. Good summer ale. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

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Photo of abents
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale clear yellow with small white head and decent lacing. Smells very overwhelmingly of blueberries. The taste however isn't as fruity as the smell would leave on. Very crisp and sharp with berry taste masked by a citrusy hop bitterness. Confused at what kind of taste was supposed to be here because it seems very contrasting and doesn't taste all that great. Decent attempt, but this doesn't do much for me. . Very carbonated and light in body. You could probably drink a fair ammount of these, but why?

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Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw gold in color with a slight cloudiness. Thin one-finger head with light lace.

Strong aroma of blueberries; slightly sour, almost like a sweettart. Malt is light, hop is missing. Still, this smells inviting.

Very dry with high carbonation. The aftertaste makes me want to pucker up; this is where the hop shows up. Interestingly, I don't taste the sourness that I smelled earlier. The consistency is thin, but not surprisingly so.

I'm surprised by the reviews of this beer--it's not that bad. Granted, I wouldn't put this brew in the top ten of any category, but I think it's worth a try if you can try it with an open mind.

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Photo of garthwaite
2.29/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a dull gold with a thin bubbly head. Smells of berries - lots of berries. Not a bad aroma at all, but I am worried that fruit may be the only ingredient in this one. Once in the mouth, there really is not much flavor to speak of. Perhaps a little bitterness & maybe mild citrus towards the end, but I'm mostly tasting water & berries. Extremely thin, downright watery mouthfeel. Dry finish. No thanks.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of ManekiNeko
2.41/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear yellow topped by a smallish white head. Streamers of carbonation support a film of bubbles after the head subsides. No lacing, but the foam does cling a little bit to the side of the glass.

Smell: Prominent odor of "berries" mixed with what I'm guessing is a light smattering of noble hops and some pale malts. Rather discordant, but not the worst thing I've smelled.

Taste: Mixed berry jams at first, then a sour lemony wheat beer taste kicks in. Finishes with some tangy and twangy noble hops (or something kinda grassy in flavor).

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy with some unwelcome lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: One of them "take a mediocre light beer and chuck in some fruit for the ladies" beers that is an anathema to bona fide fruit beers and real lambics. No thanks on having any more. Hand this to someone while blindfolded and tell them it's a wine cooler... betcha they couldn't tell the difference...

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Photo of Suds
2.19/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a watery yellow liquid, topped with a sticky and impressive white foam. The aroma is composed of grain (chaff-like) and berries. The berry aroma is pleasant, but seems artificial and reminds me of extract-added to homebrew. It’s crisp, carbonic, watery, and astringent. The graininess in the aroma is present in the taste, but the berry character is diminished. It’s an extraordinarily watery beer. Light, weak, and uninspiring.

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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - 12oz bottle pours out a golden color with a foamy, white head. It left a little lacing.

S - The first smell I noticed is the blueberries.

T - The blueberry flavor is not as strong as it smelled. There is also a bitter spiciness to it.

M - It is a nice crisp and light-bodied beer.

D - It is a very nice Fruit/Vegetable beer. However, I don't think that I could drink several of these at one sitting.

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Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is great! It has a very pleasant blueberry and elderberry scent. There is little malt character here, but that's not what this beer is about. The taste is average. It has a very light, fruity taste to it. It goes down easy and refreshes. This beer has a weak fruit flavor. I wish the blueberries were more pronounced. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent fruit beer. It has tremendous aroma and average flavor. This is a good call for those hot summer days.

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Photo of stephendedalus
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Woodstock, Vermont -- batch was bottled on 5/16/05. Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

The appearance is typical of that of a wheat ale -- a nice color -- darker than that of Long Trail's Blackberry Wheat. White foamy head at first, but quickly fades -- lacing is minimal.

Smells nicely of blueberries (although the bottle says it is brewed with blueberries and elderberries). Taste is also quite pleasant -- you definitely get the blueberry notes, but not in an artificial or too sweet of a manner. In fact, the taste is pretty natural -- as if the blueberries are there to complement the ale and not the other way around, which is sometimes the case with fruit ales.

This is a very drinkable ale -- an flexible summertime beer. What really makes this a success (read: appealing to many sorts of beer drinkers), I think, is that even though it is flavored, it still tastes and feels like beer (not a cooler, spritzer, kool-aid, or other sort of concoction). If you see a six or twelve pack (and it is a hot summer day) you could do much worse than to partake of this offering from Otter Creek (a beautiful river/creek in parts, too, by the way). But if you really want to taste some of their best, try the Copper Ale or just about any of the Wolaver Beers.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle. The yellow neck label describes this as a Special Release. The Main label has a fruity picture of Elderberries and Blueberries. No strength listed, but the reverse label has "Bottled on 3/31/04 Batch #1518" on it.

Appearance: Pale golden body, exceptionally clear with many streamers. The head is off-white and lasts for quite a time. 2” thick at first, it slowly settles down to finally reveal a clumpy broken head and some light lacing on the walls of the Glass. Below average conditioning.

Nose: Wow. Yes this most certainly has elderberries and blueberries. However the nose has a forced feel to it, like when you use too much food coloring whilst baking. The essence is OK from a distance, and it actually smelled pretty good when I first cracked the cap off. As soon as I stuck my nose over the Glass – its overdose, it smells a little artificial.

Taste: More elderberries than blueberries, bitter with a hint of sourness set amidst a pale lager malt background. The fruit tastes are not sickly or over the top, but they are just a tad too powerful for me. Has a light lemony aspect that may come from the sourness. Finishes with a dark berry aftertaste, which lingers on the tongue and in your belches.

Mouthfeel: Has the body of a low strength pale lager, thin and a little watery.

Drinkability: I struggled with this one, but I did finish the bottle, it just took me a while though.

Overall: I’m not that big on fruit beers (unless it’s a traditional Lambic) to be honest, and this one is most certainly a dessert beer for those of a similar palette. Not a bad beer, just one that is not really in my sphere of favorite styles.

Not quite my usual “Cup of Tea”, nevertheless, a Big fruity Thanks to McCall for sending it over. Cheers!

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Photo of stirgy
4.45/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured absolutely clear and was a bright brassy color. Topped with a thin but frothy head of bright white foam. The aroma is wonderfully soft and fruity. There’s definitive berry notes. Sweet blue and black berries, and of course elderberry. (although I’m not completely sure what they smell like – Is it an IHOP syrup?)

The taste is very light, fruity and very perfumey. Flavorful, tart and bittersweet. Almost like a raspberry tart. A bitter grapefruit finish surfaces from underneath the tart berry notes. There’s a soft alcohol bite. A most refreshing ale and a first class fruit beer.

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Otter Creek Middleberry Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 53 ratings