Free Flow IPA
Otter Creek Brewing

Free Flow IPAFree Flow IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #421
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,637
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 7.62%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
353
From:
Otter Creek Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
Free Flow IPAFree Flow IPA
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Singlefinpin
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at home due to the ongoing pandemic.
Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appears, hazy orange with a nice foamy head that settled in to a thin white cap with a little sticky lacing.
Smells citrusy orange sweet, grapefruit, slightly piney.
Taste follows the nose only more intense, downright tangy.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style, more like a NEIPA.
Overall nice beer for the style and I would definitely order again.

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Photo of Beery_Sanders
4.96/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I absolutely love Free Flow IPA. I live in RI and this is my only consistent go-to beer. I always get a 4 pack of something new and different and a 12 pack of free flow. I very rarely have had a beer that I have gone back to more than 3 or 4 times. I feel like this is the best reasonably priced best tasting IPA offering on the market today.

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into an IPA glass

Look: A hazy, golden orange/amber with a finger-width soapy white head that settles into a thin cap, leaving sticky, fine lacing behind.
Smell: Mostly zesty citrus on the nose, grapefruit, orange/rind, pineapple, peach and pine.
Taste: Follows the nose but more intense. Grapefruit and orange zest leads into tropical fruit and a bright peachy stone fruit note. Finishes earthy and dry with some piney resin.
Feel: Medium bodied, small bubbles and good carbonation. Slightly soft finish.
Overall: A great IPA featuring the juicy citrus and tropical fruits that made more modern IPA profiles popular, with the resinous pine finish that made IPAs a hit to begin with.

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Photo of Charliethebrit
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: hazy, dark gold. Formed head disappeared and not much lacing.

Smell: slight citrus

Taste: citrus up front, pineapple, tastes like the "C" hops, pleasant, nice light carbonation

Feel: light, smooth, not over carbonated like mass produced beers

Overall: goes great with a sandwich, by itself, the hops are quite forward.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-amber-orange tap pour with a thin white cap. The aroma is lightly citrus with some sweet malt. The flavor is full with tangerine and a bit of mango and pine. The mouthfeel is smooth. -very good

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

Poured from can to glass tumbler. Yellow-orange in color, hazy, with a finger and a half of fluffy head. Nice aroma of pine, grapefruit, pineapple juice. Flavors of dough, pine, tropical fruit cocktail, grapefruit pith. Enjoyed picking this one up.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a lightly hazy amber a nice thick head that lasts. Citrus hops in the nose. Light malt and citrus hops in the mouth. Very nice IPA!

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and tangy. Herbal, citrusy hops dominate the palate with bready malt and tropical fruit provide support. Finish is long and dry. Great brew.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy and almost opaque gold with a creamy white head. Good retention, and lots of lacing.

S: Bright and juicy yellow grapefruit, orange zest, peach and pineapple, some pine and a light hint of dankness.

T: Lots of white grapefruit juice upfront. Carries some sourness like actual grapefruit. Some orange peel bitterness, soft and creamy white bread malt, and some nice peach, pineapple, and honeydew melon. Moderately bitter with sticky resins and a lingering citrus pith flavor, and a touch of pine sap.

F: Medium, well-carbonated, oily and somewhat creamy; smooth. Very lightly dry.

O: A really nice, flavorful lower abv IPA. A great drink for the average hophead.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

after a very lackluster beer experience, we pulled over to a shop on the side of the road on the way home to grab a single beer, a better beer, a palate cleanser that was much needed after a trip to a new and not so good brewery in upstate new york. we were stoked to find this ipa, and while it didnt taste perfectly fresh to me, it was leagues better than where we had come from, and it really hit the spot for us! nothing radical about it, i can pick falconers flight hops out of any beer, and they are familiarly bitter and vegetal in this one, but softened some in both nose and taste by the inclusion of the citra and galaxy, which seem to be outmatched just a little bit, but they take some of the bite out of it. grapefruit and peach notes in here, a little sweetness to the fuller grain body, and high carbonation which keeps this drinkable and even refreshing, even when it warms up some. i would have liked to catch it at its peak freshness, but it tastes really good still, galaxy and high alpha bitterness in the finish with the starchy oats. i have always liked the hoppy stuff from otter creek, and this is another good one. easy down and flavorful!

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Photo of jadpsu
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back in Laurel.
Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a thin all white head that leaves decent side glass lace.
AROMA: Sharp pungent hops of citrus and pine.
TASTE: More of the same along with some sour tartness and just enough bread malts to give some decent balance.
A solid IPA. Not my personal number one style but no doubt hop lovers will like this one alot.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this one up not knowing a thing about the brewery, or the beer. It was a pleasant surprise when I found out that I really like this one. The highlights of this one are a great hop character with a pretty nice body as per the cloudy unfilteredness of the beer(maybe wheat malts?). Not sure how it gets the taste, but big bold flavors of pine, grapefruit, citrus notes and grain. It goes good with spicey food as the hops mingles well with the spices in food.

Look: cloudy, golden, white foamy head w/lots of lacing.
Smell: hops, citrus, lovely
Taste: grapefruit, pine, citrus
Feel: somewhat of a body, but goes down smooth and refreshing, sessionable
Overall: I was crazing some good hops when I bought this and it doesn't disappoint. It is not weak in any way, but very easy drinking, nice one!

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can....12/22/17

Hazed up , NEIPA kinda pour, leaves nice looking fine lacing.

Mild resiny pineapple infused nose.

Smooth, lighter, easy drinking and better the respectable take on the style...worthy every day kinda sessionable brew. One of the best offerings I've had from Otter Creek BC

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with foamy white head that persists. Aroma is prominent and citrusy, hoppy pine note as well. Taste is fruity and slightly bitter. Feels a little gritty and finishes surprisingly crisp. The aftertaste left returns from time to time, kinda neat. This is a really solid IPA, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can smells and tastes of a pretty classic grapefruit and pine. Solid bitterness. A super flavorful but decently crushable beer. Glad I found it.

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Photo of hman43
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours cloudy yellow with a white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has strong citrus aromas highlighted by grapefruit. There are hints of tropical fruits and cantaloupe. There are low levels of orange and slight hints that are grainy sweet.

Taste: The strong citrus and grapefruit is apparent in the flavor with the grainy sweetness being a little be more prominent.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a slightly creamy mouthful. It has moderately high bitterness.

Overall, a very citrusy IPA with a decent amount of bitterness.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light golden brew, fairly clear and lively, with a decent amount of white head. The aroma is peppery, green, and a touch fruity. Galaxy hops scream at you in a way only they can. The palate is very similar, and the incredible hop load is really showcased atop an otherwise bland and dry biscuity malt base. Pine resin, grapefruit and orange, pepper and spice, leafy herbs; it's like sucking straight from the bine. Very lively and drinkable mouthfeel, leaning toward an APA.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this can chilled poured in a mug.

The color starts golden clear but sediment is added in the liquid from the bottom of the can adding haze. The smell is good with a tropical/citrus aroma and subtle yeast fruitiness. The feel is very bitter with mild sweetness and low astringency with a dry finish and lingering bitter quality with moderate carbonation throughout.

The taste is lemon zest and grassy with a slight bitter and tannin quality with slight citrus flavor from the hops with almost no malt in the taste lingering lemongrass earthy and bitter finish. Overall this is a pretty intense west coast dry IPA with average drinkability for the style but lacks subtlety it is all hop bitterness and mild hop flavor.

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Photo of dlos
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-gold color with 1 finger head poured into tulip glass. Foamy head hangs around a bit leaving a fair amount of lacing on glass. Fruity and hoppy on the nose. Taste a bitter orange and grapefruit flavor smoothed by the oats while drinking but has a lingering bitterness in the finish. Fairly easy to drink and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, dated 10/11/17

pours a hazy light yellow golden color, big fluffy bright white head. good lacing and head retention. fruity hop aroma - peach, berry, lemongrass. very light malt flavor, but a lingering bitterness in the finish. medium bodied, pleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bjorkman
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The clearly white head compliments the beers haze. Lightly bitter, lightly fruity, this beer is hoppy enough to fill your pallet, yet flows freely into your mouth.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

A lively, slightly hazy white golden color. A fine white foam is airy but rocky with nice lace and minimal covering. Nice sticky lace and plenty of foam cover.

The aroma has a peppery orange peel, herbal sourness, earthy grains and golden wheat and tangy fruit mix. A very earthy toned citrusy nose. Very nice!!!


A very, very clean and crisp mouthfeel and flavor. Light but slightly honey sweet, grainy and earthy malt complexity that simply rocks. The hops come across much like the aroma, citrus fruits with black pepper, crisp And dry toned wheat and grains, herbal and zippy .....a very unique and interesting hop flavor. The balance of both worlds is outta sight!! Very light, jazzy and crispy feel and overall effect. Excellent complexity of both the malt and hop aspects.

A big wow.

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Photo of EMV
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass

L: Nearly clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head leaves great lacing.

S: Grains... citrus rind and pine. Juicy.

T/F: Light biscuity malts and grains. Juicy hop presence.. lots of citrus... grapefruit juice and orange peel. Bitterness is well balanced with the malts. Light in body... nearly but not quite sessionable at 6%. Finish is sticky citrus.

O: A pretty pleasant IPA. Nothing groundbreaking but an everyday kinda IPA and nothing at all wrong with this beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting hop profile that doesn't quite hit the usual Citra/Galaxy zone, maybe there is mostly Falconer, who knows. Oats definitely give it a fuller body but hops still linger metallic bitter and not sweet/fruity. Decent but missing something to round it out.

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Photo of pubscout
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At just 6% ABV, this is a damned fine session IPA. Smooth in mouthfeel (oats, perhaps?), mango, peach and more citrus in the nose and on the palate, hazy orange and very nicely balanced with a delightful bitter finish. The Falconer's Flight, Citra and Galaxy hops play very well together. This beer is loaded with flavor. Otter Creek has themselves a winner here. Make yourself a winner and get some.

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