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Joint Custody | Otter Creek Brewing

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Joint CustodyJoint Custody

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Marketed as a "Nouveu Pilsner," Joint Custody features Huell Melon and Mandarina Bavaria hop varietals.

Collaboration with Jack's Abby.

40 IBU

Added by Roguer on 05-07-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by anewlanguage:
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3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Magic in a can? Perhaps. Scarlett Johansson bursting out of her dress on the red carpet, baffled by Isaac Mizrahi's overtures. Poured straight from the can into a HopSlam tulip, this beer pops like an orange banana on roller skates. Pronounced foamy head with excellent retention and cave drawing lacing. Yes, mami. My nasal cavity is being invaded by Spanish women begging to bathe me; ripe oranges adorn the breakfast plate, crisp scallions sprinkled with salt and cat piss by default. You beautiful dank woman. The taste reminds me of drinking from the mother grovestand, with waves of citrus being poured down my throat in exponential doses. Hints of lemon zest and grass tickle my palate on the back end. Like Sharon Stone's now famous scene in Basic Instinct, this collaboration from Jack's Abby and Otter Creek has me wide open. Before there was an audience to watch it, I assure you, there was a process. Just WOW!!!

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Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Slightly hazed pale yellow straw hue, white lacing stays for the duration. Soft exotic frutiness, herbal with some resin from the hops ... hint of bready maltiness as well in the nose. Very smooth, crisp, and clean. Very herbal hop character with some melon rind, orange pith, and sweet hay. Just enough bitterness, bit of biscuity bready maltiness. Lots of unique flavors, without a doubt drinkable.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very difficult to rate since it varies can to can so dramatically.
Served from a can

L: Glowing golden yellow, finger of white fluffy head
S: In the good cans, it bursts with melon and tangerine (would be about a 4.25) but in the bad cans it smells of phenolic smoke, bandaid with a hint of that fruit buried underneath (about a 2.5, averages to a 3.5)
T: Good cans are bursting with tangerine, a hint of malt sweetness (4.25). Bad cans are phenolic messes that are over bitter (2.25, averages to 3.25)
F: Medium mouthfeel, dry and refreshing. Bitterness is high in the off cans.
O: great beer when not a phenol bomb. Varies from excellent to poor. Caveat emptor.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

S: A complex mix of earthy notes, light citrus, and crackery maltiness opens things up. Some light spiciness from the hops in there as well. Very nice hop/malt combo

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of the earthy notes and crackery maltiness and then goes into some of the spicy European hops. Some fruity notes float in the back. Finishes with lingering crackers notes and spiciness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: An awesome collaboration that brings us a nice hoppy pilsner that really imparts a heavy crackery maltiness along with some nice spicy European hops. Nicely balanced and very drinkable. Definitely worth checking out

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Photo of ElGallo
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Something is off with this beer. Otter Creek and Jack's Abby make fantastic brews, and this is not up to par with their portfolios. I get smoky vegetative notes in the taste and aftertaste. Maybe it's the hop varities they used, and they just don't work in a pilsener. I was very excited for this, but it's a letdown. Still love both breweries - just not this beer.

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Photo of brandonld23
2.16/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I like both Otter Creek and Jack's Abbey. They really missed the mark with this one. I think this beer has a major flaw. It tastes like burnt band-aids.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irrevjim
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look; hazy golden, a little orange, 1/2 inch head that leaves some lacing, appealing
smell orange;GRAPEFRUIT, lemongrass, biscuity malt, hint of esters and burnt rubber
taste; grapefruit, dirt? some biscuit, savory herbs, just a hint of burnt rubber
feel; crisp, dirty, bubbly
overall some very tasty things fighting it out with grapefruit hops overwhelming pilsner malts, hints of rubber minimal and nothing to be scared of, I really like the taste of this for a split second near the beginning of the sip or closer to the middle of the mouthful, but feels like drinking from two different glasses of beer simultaneously and they don't necessarily go together, interesting but not enough to get again

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rejis
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of butters_mcgee
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rack0flamb
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADMacIntosh
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pilsner glass.

Darker golden and hazy, not what you expect from a pils and certainly more resembles the East coast IPA in appearance. Compact sudsy head and sticky lace pegs to the glass. 3.75

Smells tropical and juicy before an abrupt entrance of bready malt and a grassier, earthier hop profile. Really great aroma. 4.25

Hmm, that nose didn't carry over to the palate. I'm getting a lot more of an oniony, garlicky flavor that I don't enjoy in IPAs much less a pilsner. There is a pleasant mango flavor that mingles with bready, slightly caramellly malt before the grassier hop finish. 3.75

Light and easy to drink, as it should be. Surprisingly zesty for a pils and I like that, but it also has a sweeter tropical feel too, that for me works, but may be objectionable to some pils purists. 4

This was enjoyable, but as has been said often of pilsners, flaws are glaring and here that is the case. Not deal-breakers, but they do keep this from greatness.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twizzard
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rossracing
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McMatt7
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of citizencane
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks unremarkable. Smells pretty good, like a heavily hopped Pilsner. Taste is not that great. Crisp and light feel plus the hops are at odds, and there is a distinct note of alcohol taste. Bad bottle?

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of grahuba
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the fresh hop smell but the taste is a bit weird. Not sure if its the hops but the taste is somewhat smokey. If it weren't for the smokiness, I would have rated the taste a bit higher as I do like pilsners.

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Joint Custody from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 226 ratings
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