Free Flow IPA | Otter Creek Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hazy in color, smooth by nature and free flowing by choice.

The newest, freshest IPA from the OCB Crew, Free Flow IPA is full of Falconer's Flight, Citra and Galaxy hop goodness with a hit of oats thrown in the mash to create smooth, hazy profile.

Added by ichorNet on 10-12-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
53
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
46
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Johncnh
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MustangPauli
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of victory4me
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of festizio
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz can that is dated 11/26/16. Sampled on May 14, 2017 so its about 6 months old.

The pour is cloud, hazy and mainly yellow with a modest white foamy head that sticks around and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Yes, due to its age I pick up a stale malty note in the aroma but at the same time the potent orange, tangerine, and citrus hop characters are still alive and present. I was pleased with that.

Light to medium body and smooth.

The taste is where the "malt bomb" character jumps in. The orange and citrus aromatic notes are buried under the tobacco and stale malt breadiness. Not much of a bitter finish either. This would have been better at the end of 2016.

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Photo of mthomp081
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dragee
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exactly what I have been looking for. Free Flow IPA is the only beer I have had from Otter Creek Brewing Co. I am very impressed with this beer. It pours a hazy yellow with a nice off white head. Strong lacing to the last sip. Aroma is of citrus pineapple that turns a piney aroma as it warms. Taste is citrus with a mix of malt and galaxy hops. It has a crisp feel to it with medium carbonation. Can design is clever and cool. It's a must have beer and my new go to. My local beer shop has made a permanent spot for it.

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Photo of IBUBrew
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j_d_b
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classic, 16oz bottle into tulip.

Golden yellow; hazy and visibly particulate; fluffy white head, but not too tall and shrinks fast; leaves some lace on there, though.

A little yeasty, a little hoppy, a little light on the nose. I get the malt too I think. No citrus or classic modern NEIPA scents coming out of this bad boy, which was unexpected. Maybe some other bright fruits, though.

Great mouthfeel. Balanced thickness with a bit of a creamy finish, not much carbonation bite, clean without being watery. Good level of foam-up.

Surprisingly strong sticky sweetness. Good earthier hop flavor, pine, point of grapefruit partway through the sip. Flavor lasts in the mouth for awhile, with much more citrus than is on the nose, but not a juicy powerhouse overall. Definitely more balanced, yet still hop driven. One of my favorite from Otter Creek, I think.

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Photo of NelCet
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MilaMila
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spittingoutteeth
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a Vermonter, I'm privileged to have regular access to some incredible IPAs (Heady Topper, Focal Banger, Sip of Sunshine, Hill Farmstead Edward, etc.). Otter Creek is one of Vermont's oldest microbreweries, but unlike Magic Hat (which has not evolved and failed when they attempt to) they have had quite a renaissance in the past few years.

Because it's such a well-know and ubiquitous brewery (i.e. something you can get at most grocery stores and gas stations here) it's easy to overlook the quality of their beers and pass them up for more prestigious, pricier beers from The Alchemist, Lawsons, Frost, Hill Farmstead, etc. To that with Free Flow IPA would be a big mistake.

I tried this one the first time by accident, when cans were the evening special at a local pub. I was expecting the usual watery lager + dry hopped brew, or a heavy malt with some awkward hop taste beer. Thankfully, I was so very wrong. I've always wanted a beer with a good balance of citra and galaxy hops that isn't overly boozy, but the closest I ever came to pulling that off was by carefully blending Lawson's Sip of Sunshine and their Super Session #2 like some mad scientist. I found exactly what I was looking for with Free Flow.

It's not my favorite single IPA (Hill Farmstead's Edward takes that crown) but it's a great alternative, and at $1.50 a can, it's unbelievably good for the price. If you're visiting my fine state, by all means wait in line to get some Heady Topper or Sip of Sunshine to take home. But while you're there, pick up some Free Flow as well. It doesn't have the name recognition, but I think it'll quickly become one of your favorites.

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Photo of htown_engineer
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a small head and nice lacing as I drank it down.

Smell - Right off the bat I am hit with citrus and pineapple, it smells amazing.

Taste - again like the smell I'm hit with citrus and maybe a bit of rind to give it a slight bitterness that's not overpowering.

Feel - fairly smooth with a medium carbonation that fits this beer perfectly.

Overall - I loved it, it wasn't what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised at how great this is. If I had permanent access to this it would be stocked in my fridge.

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Photo of Ddunaway937
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewnme
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micropale
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheChairman
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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