Free Flow IPA
Otter Creek Brewing

Free Flow IPAFree Flow IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #426
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,670
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 7.62%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
356
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Otter Creek Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
91
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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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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 24, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek has been knocking a ton of stuff out of the park recently, so I was eager to throw down the money for a six pack of this, their new year-round(!) IPA. With Citra, Galaxy and Falconer's Flight hops, Free Flow clocks in at a cool 60 IBUs and 6.0% ABV.

Pours a very heady, intense medium-hazy yet translucent golden color with a retentive head of bone-white foam that leaves some nice drippy lacing as it fades away slowly to a finger-and-a-half in my pint glass. The initial pour was bursting with bubbles, and though the size of the billowing head has since faded a bit, it's sticking around remarkably well. Altogether, this is a beautiful looking IPA with a nice sudsiness and a solid lace/head retention combo.

Nose is Galaxy-forward, with a big passionfruit, lime zest and tangerine hit upfront, followed by the catty dankness and medium-strong tropical fruit of Citra. Wow, this is very aromatic and complex. Slight pine needle/resin combined with almost a light berry-like aspect as well. Kind of raspberry like, almost? I get that kind of sharp, tangy yeast note that some other OC IPAs have had (Backseat Berner is definitely a good beer in its own right and also has this element) among the showings of citrus peel and grapefruit pithiness. Damn, this smells great!

This fails to let me down on the palate, as well, luckily! Upfront passionfruit and guava, lime peel/zest, grapefruit pith... mid-sip brings chalky oats and pine with a huge citrusy swallow following an intense, mouth-coating bitterness. Long, lingering bitterness and very smooth feel that drinks exceptionally well. This feels so incredibly well dialed-in... I can't help but be amazed with the things OC's been doing recently. That 25th Anniversary DIPL was incredible, too... this feels like a strict improvement on Backseat Berner, which was already a great beer. The price, lower ABV and canned format combined with the juicy, complex flavor make it a slightly better pick for me. High marks all around. Excellent!

Oct 13, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oh, wow, man. The CANQuest (tm) is Free-Flowing this afternoon, man. CAN you dig it? I'll have to get back to the Bottle Backlog shortly, but in the meantime, I'm sparkin' some righteous bud in this AIPA. Be cool, baby!

From the CAN: "A Mind-Melting India Pale Ale".

Mind-melting?!? Wow, man, this IPA melts in my mind, not in my hands! Although nothing happens until I get the Crack! going ... Baby, I was so turned on that I did an inverted Glug without any hesitation or aforethought! Wow, I got this really groovy foaming action, man, filling my glass with some righteous head. Dig it, I'm talking like two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white foam that hung around and acted like a temporary buzzkill, y'know? Color was a slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Hey, did that chick, Amber, blow the scene? Man, what a groovy doll! Nose smelled like somebody dumped my stash into the fermenter! Wow. Hey, man, you didn't REALLY dump my stash in the fermenter, did you? That would be a real bring-down. No? That's cool, man, but really, this beer's nose is really freaking me out, man. SOMEBODY'S stash went into its production, man, I swear it! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was like a freaky ménage-a-trois of pine, citrus and tropical, all interwoven and writhing around on my tongue. Man, it was like that time we held an orgy and the fire department had to come by and untangle everybody at the end! I couldn't parse one flavor from another for more than a couple of seconds at a time. You sure that this brew is legal, man? This is what I imagine Bro. Woody's Take a Little Trip Pale Ale will be like. Psilocybin & MJ in the kettle, peyote & more MJ as a dry hop in the FV & administered by a guru through a baby dropper. Crack! Open, Drink Up, Drop Over! I think that the prevalent taste, however, was the tropical fruitiness. Man, this was some groovy stuff! The finish was dry, but not bitter. Instead, it left me with a mellow fruitiness that was less sweet than you might imagine. I imagine that I would want a good bit of these CANs in my cooler for that upcoming trip, dig?

Oct 28, 2016
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spittingoutteeth from Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Apr 21, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass canned on 10/10/16. Pours a hazy orange with a solid one inch sticky white head that leaves loads of lace behind.

Smell is guava, grapefruit rind, pine, and a little tangerine.

Taste follows more tangerine than the nose would lead, guava, and a healthy bitter shot of piney grapefruit that hangs on the tongue long after each sip.

Mouthfeel is medium, very nice amount of carbonation, definitely dry, and very drinkable, but it seems bigger than 6% ABV with 60 IBUS.

Overall this is really, really good. Maybe even better than Back Seat Burner. Like a West Coast IPA, with a little Vermont mixed in.

Oct 20, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came back and loved this. So fresh.
I'm pleased to rate Otter Creek as my favorite Vermont Craft, and as under-rated. (I’ve not tasted http://hillfarmstead.com/ yet!)
A) pours a slightly hazed, oated, orange-bright, amber, with a finger head, and tons of lacing.
S) Powerful filled with zesty pine, dank grass, hemp, citrus- orange and grapefruit rind.
T) Smoothly follows the smell - true to its name - Free Flow - it goes down easy with all the fruit and dank hemp and touched by the peppery, hempy bitterness that lingers.
F) Feel is medium bodied, crisp, juicy, with a tingly cleansing carbonation & finish.

Overall, it's a west coast IPA made in Vermont, that competes well with Sculpin etc at better prices and fresher can dates.

Feb 27, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep, orange, gold beer with a white head that leaves scattered lacing behind. The aroma has some onion, citrus and a big dose of pine. The taste is lightly sweet with some overripe oranges and grapefruits that finishes with an aggressive pine bitterness. Pretty solid and tasty IPA.

Oct 20, 2016
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head.

S: Pineapple. Loads of pineapple.

T: Starts out pineapple then finishes with a pine bitterness. This increases as it warms.

F: Medium body moderate carbonation.

O: I expected this to be decent, but wow, this was top notch. I will seek this out regularly.

Apr 03, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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.

Aug 27, 2018
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dee4maine from Maine

4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite go to IPAs. It is truly delicious in terms of loads of mosaic hops flavors and balancing bitterness. Mild yeast aftertaste and lingering finish. Truly delicious!

Mar 15, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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.

Sep 24, 2017
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 12, 2016
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IBUBrew from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 07, 2017
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tpauer from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 15, 2018
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Eddiemay1 from Georgia

4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 12 pack while on vacation in VT. Brought it back to GA to share with fellow beer connoisseurs. What a great ipa!! Easy drinking and packed full of flavor. Nice golden color, citrus flavor with a subtle hop bite.

Jun 18, 2017
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jadpsu from Georgia

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.

Aug 09, 2018
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wmcgar01 from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 03, 2017
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 18, 2016
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a semi-hazy burnt yellow to almost orange color with a thin white foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Messy stringy lace. The aroma takes sweet apricot, sweet pulpy orange, lemon pulp sweetness and then some citrus rind. Some pineapple. Sly use of malts slide in for a balance. The flavor leans pretty sweet initially, but with a little bit of warming starts to get rind-like bitter. Bitter rind-like aftertaste and semi-quick bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel about it. Sly smoothness. Overall, mostly solid AIPA, could be a nice go-to every now and again.

Jun 10, 2017
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 13, 2017
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Manthon from Pennsylvania

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

Jun 30, 2018
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw yellow with clumps of frothy head lacing the glass.

Aroma of dank hops, cat pee, orange and grapefruit. Herbal too this is a pretty dank smelling beer.

The taste has citrusy hops in abundance with slight resin and onion character. Definite citrus in the finish also and wet overall feel, no real big hop bite or sting.
Oranges and dank.

Wet feel, medium to low carbonation but crushable. Goes down smooth.

Overall it's an impressive IPA brewed to style with an easy coast meets west coast vibe. The hops come through very nice.

Dec 19, 2016
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BoisseState from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 10, 2017
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 21, 2016
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wfreitag from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 11, 2017
Free Flow IPA from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 356 ratings