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Otter Creek 15th Anniversary IPAOtter Creek 15th Anniversary IPA

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.43%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 88
Reviews by assurbanipaul:
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.51/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy light amber with a tall, firm white head. Aroma is light citrus and light toasty malt.

Taste is nice and malty, and at the same time, nice and hoppy. Rich toasty malt with a little bit of caramel and maple flavors; on top of that, gentile citrusy hops (Cascade?) that pair quite nicely. Hints of chocolate malt? Finish is bitter but mild, overall very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, soft and extremely drinkable. An excellent, understated IPA in this age of raging hop bombs. I would buy this regularly if it were available.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a lighter copper with a thin but very well retained almost creamy-like top.Not big powerful hop American IPA aromas here more herbal English notes with a big caramel malt and some butteriness as well.The alcohol is well hidden in the nose as well in the flavors,this a balanced IPA with that English herbal flavor melding well with a lightly sweet caramel biscuity dough backbone that at times for me was bigger than the hop character of the beer.If you like English style IPA's than this is your thing,for me I liked it enough but likely wouldnt search out again.

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Photo of Todd
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pint 6oz bottle brown bottle. No freshness date. Pours a clear and bright amber colored brew with coppery hues, with a very respectable head that's slightly off-white with a tight, creamy foam lacing that clings to the glass and retains quite well.

Grain husks, an unusual and most distinct fermenting fruit aroma. Touch of caramel in the nose with some bready / grain in the back.

Smooth and near full-bodied. Nice even maltiness that borders being viscous as it coats the palate with a sugary sweetness. This segues into a dominant caramel malt character with a complex over-ripe fruitiness that's reminiscent of peaches with a touch of plum "sweet and tart" going on. Hops also bring a citric edge that's a bit lemony with a rindy-salt suggestion. Big bready notes, almost too bready, pull through the caramel flavors as the beer warms.

And then there's the hops ... that are aggressive with a spiciness that prickles the palate and leaves an oily resinous feel and a drying hop leaf-like coarseness that follows into the drying finish. Touch of pine and subtle mint. Alcohol feels a bit warming, with some of its own spice.

A very different IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness indication. Seems to be a boatload of special and not so special "Anniversary" brews out there now, and I'm not complaining! This one pours copper/light auburn, with the typical light tan head, scattered lacing look. Soft and subtle nose of bready malt. This one is moderatly hopped and quite British IMHO in its approach. Balanced, malty and smooth. The hops come into the picture late, with a moderate, citric and pine, easy going flourish. Drinkable and pleasant, subtle in its style. Good, if not very exciting...and excitement is what I'm looking for in an AIPA...

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Photo of far333
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper colored with a frothy lumpy head that rises a half inch up and lingers long. Aroma of malt and honey, some marshmallow, and some resiny grassy hops. Flavor is initially malty, slightly sweet, some light brown sugar. Hops are very light and come through grassy and flowery. Also a slightly metallic thing going on in the finish. I like the malt profile, but expected more hops, but they're muted. Mouthfeel is full, almost a little heavy. Average drinkability, needs more complexity.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek- 15th Aniversary IPA

Appearance- Golden orange with a thick frothy withe head.
Smell- Light citrus hops and a mild maltiness.
Taste- Oily unripe hops with a mild citrus, grapefruit and orange ring, flavor. Malt comes through in the 2nd half.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and unripe tasting?! Slight citric bitterness.

Overall- A mild IPA here. Not bad but if this is to celebrate 15 then they better kick it up a notch or 2 for the 20th!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pT 6fl oz bottle>big fat beer mug.

AP: Cloudy Golden Amber with red hues. Massive, frothy 3" off-white head, good retention.

Smell: Ultra sweet Carmalized Malt, I thought..."DFH??"'s actually Otter creek. Big fat hop too...very aromatic overall.

Taste: Starts off with a malty semi-bitter effect, giving way to a tremendous hop flavor that is mildly bitter and leafy. The Malts extra sweetness finally arives at the end with a toffee like taste. Later in the after-taste there is a sweet berries taste that lingers for a while.

MF: Although the head s bubbly, thick and active the brew is mellowed out to a degree that it has a thick feel. This medium body, heavy feeling beer also has a clean mild bite.

DA: Looks good, smells great, taste is a nice complex hop and malt balance that is really easy to drink overall. I was pleasantly suprised with the quality and freshness this bottle displayed. I wish all Otter Creek brews were as good as this one. Great buy at $3.39 a bomber.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish amber with a large tan head. The smell is all hops with a slight background of citrus zest. The taste is a light citrus hop delight. This beer surprised me with a real extreme hop flavor. The m/f is light with a good balance of the flavors. This is a very good IPA and could give some of the other micros a run for there money.

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Photo of asabreed
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Not a lot of bubbles, and the head dissipates quickly to the the edge off-white around the glass. But the lacing's nice. The color's a light amber throughout.

Smell: A decent aroma of hops and malt. And also some celery I think. But that's about it. It's not bad, but I wish there was a lot more going on. This is the 15th anniversary?

Taste: A bit of chocolate comes through after the hops and malt does its job. But yes, above average overall. The hops dominate the finish, slightly fruity, slightly citrus.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation throughout. Fairly astringent. Definitely pretty average.

Drinkability: I think if this weren't the 15th anniversary I'd be a bigger fan. But for the celebratory gesture, and I think that's the brewery's fault, they're not doing much with this. Nothing I'd avoid. I'd drink it again but I don't think I'd buy it.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours a nice deep cloudy peachy brown with a decent off white head. Nose is malty as hell for an IPA hops are dying. Taste is weak hop wise, malts are very present and too sweet. mouthfeel is nice, but kind of viscous. drinkability is good, but the overall sweetness hampers it a bit. Overall an ok IPA, but really nothing special, Probably wouldn't buy this again, but it wasn't unenjoyable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serviceable IPA. Good aroma, not overwhelming C hop. Saaz, noble hopped? Good lace, slight amber colour. Really bitter, taste of the leaf, also significantly malty. Stickly mouthfeel, a touch of chocolate malt. Mint.Average for style, a tad better than their regular IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Otter Creek's 15th Anniversary IPA pours a slightly hazy, deep-copper body beneath a short head of creamy yellowed-white lace that holds fairly well and leaves some nice spots and splashes of lace about the pint.

The nose is gently citrusy, minty, and piney with hops, and caramelish with malt.

In the mouth, it's medium-full bodied and dextrinous smooth with a moderate carbonation... almost creamy!

The flavor is full and rich, delivering an avalanche of caramel and honey-like malt that's peppered with piney, citrusy, and leafy hops, and backed by a sturdy bitterness. A spritz of alcohol lends some spice. It finishes with lingering, residual malt and spruce that eventually fade to a dull bitterness and mildly acrid pine resin.

Big. Malty. Gooey. Hoppy. Resinous. Alcoholic. Kind of clumsy... but endearing.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an intense amber with a nice beige head that retains well with nice lacing. The aroma has big citrus hops, along with caramel, toasted bread and some slight alcohol. The flavor again has big citrus and floral hops (grapefruit, lemon, pine resin), mild caramel sweetness, fruity esters, and some mild alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and a big malt body to match the hops, and drinkability is superb. I have to say, this IPA is nothing new but it does everything extremely well...superb.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is muddy brown amber with ok carbonation.

The smell is big thick caramel with loads of earthy hops.

The taste follows the malt seems to be a big as a dopplebock. Caramel and dark fruit with lots of dry earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is big thick and sticky with ok carbonation.

The drinkability is ok not a brew I would seek out but ok. MK

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Photo of Goldorak
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle straight from the brewery in Vermont.

Appearance: Very attractive translucent orangey maple, My tulip glass had a huge amount of fluffy cloud head that clung true all the way. Beersignal's Duvel snifter showed a lot less head.

Smell: Hoppy mix of herbs pine and a medicinal character that mish-mashes, but the latter seems to end up dominating in the end (english varietal?).

Taste: A sweet maltyness that reminded me of X-mas cookies, it was totally chewy and filling, too. Bitterness levels were relatively mellow, and had just enough alcohol to make it's presence felt without overstaying it's welcome. Finish was bittersweet like a mouthful of honey. I wasn't too sold on the aroma, but the body and overall taste really delivered.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a golden copper color and tight off white head with lacing. Aroma is bready malt with citrusy hops. The taste is "tea-like" and very malty and hop intensive. Medium mouthfeel. An easy-to-quaff beer for a 7 % beer. A very good IPA that is worth searching for.

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Photo of akorsak
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 22 oz bomber served in a Three Philosophers goblet. The ale is slightly cold.

Appearance: The ale has the deep red color of an amber, throwing me off a bit. There is a decent ring of foam that develops on each pour. That head lingers around long enough.

Smell: The ale has a light citrusy hop aroma that battles to get out from under a strong malt kick. This ale has the smell of a well-balanced pale ale (English pale ale that is, as APAs are not so balanced anymore).

Taste: While there is definitely a nice hop kick in this ale, the malts jump out at me as the defining character. The ale is well balanced, with the hops kicking in at just the right time to counteract the malts. Not quite an IPA, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: The ale's malts sit nicely on the tongue, although I'd like to see more assertive hops.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough, but don't look to this ale to satisfy your hop cravings.

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Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy mber with a thick white head and a deep lacing. Smell was highly hopped, very grassy in nature with a hint of sweetness. Taste is kinda sweet. Not a really hop bomb, balanced. The grassy earthy hopped pressence is definate, but balanced with a sweet caramel flavor. Easy on the carbonation and a smooth frink. Overall this was a good IPA, nothing over the top, and very well balanced. A good drinker.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber with orange and yellow hues. Lasting sticky 1/2" head. Smells fruity but not in a usual IPA way. More tropical than citrus. I got mangos and manderan oranges in the olfactory senses.
Taste is the same: Manderain Oranges and Mangos. Kind of biscuity in the middle with a alcohol finish. Feels very crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Drinkable for a 7.1% beer. Recommended! This beer is very different. Unlike any other IPA that I've had. More of a tropical fruit taste and smell instead of the usual citrus fruits.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to find this in my area at one of my new favourite local-ish stores...and the bomber was only $2.99 at that.

Anyway, to pours a very, very nice amber colour wit ha huge, sticky, chunky off-white head that leaves its mark nicely on the glass.

The aroma is a fiarly basic hop/malt blend, with the hops obviously being the dominant factor here. There's a touch of bready sweetness here and there as well.

The flavour is actually maltier than expected, especially for an IPA. It starts malty wit ha bit of a rubbry taste to it then moves into a nice hop/earthy malt flavour before finishing with a nice but somewhat subdued caramel sweet/piney hop mix.

Mouthfeel is fairly good, with the brew being crisp and well carbonated.

This is a nice, easy drinking, no-frills brew overall. Will it wow you? No. Will you enjoy it? Most likely, and at the price (at least the one I got it at), it's a great deal as well.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving 22oz bottle

Presents shades of slightly hazy, vibrant orange and light copper with sparse carbonation of fine bubbles and a scant, quickly dissapating head of course bubbles. A ring of lace accents the top of this quaint brew.

Aromas of malt sugars, hints of hop spiciness and fruity esters fill out this beer's enticing bouquet. This smells a bit backwards and closed for an IPA, where are the signature bittery, piney hop aromas?

While reticent on the nose, a small dose of bitter hops hit the tongue upon entry and linger on the slightly off-dry finish. Sweet malts are accompanied by faint, sour fruit esters on the mid palate which tie together with the hop bitters towards the mid weight, pleasant finish which leaves behind slightly aseptic flavor in the mouth. Either the piney hop bitterness is hiding in this brew or this is a slightly sweeter take on an ipa.

Light to medium bodied for an ipa, this is a bit too sweet upfront and dry on the finish to go down easy.

Not bad for a slightly sweeter IPA though I prefer IPAs with a slighly bigger body and bolder hop bite.


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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid bicuity and caramel malt with a light flowery and slightly citrus hop.

The taste consisted of a caramel malt with a decent, but generally weak bittering hop. A bit syrupy and a strangely potent alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel was heavy.

Overall not something I would reach for again. A bit unbalanced for my taste.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Orange-amber color. Poured a nice fluffy head, but went down to a ring. No sticky lace here. Not much carbonation.

smell - Malts and hops present here.

taste - Has a caramel-orange taste to it. i thought this was going to be big time hoppy but it wasn't. That is ok with me, nice balance of malts and bitter hops here.

nmouthfeel - Medium bodied.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, enjoyed this one. Picked this up in a specail box from Otter Creek. I think it was half price, was only $10.

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to egajdzis for this one that I've been itching to get at...
Appears a transparent dark gold with a small off-white cap that fades into a small collar along the rim with scattered spots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of bitter orange peel, solid mix of citrus & piney hops, along with a malty backbone.
Taste is of the bitter hops with mild biscuit-like malts and nothing really more jumping out at me. Just OK for an IPA.
Mouthfeel is of bitter orange zest and mildly bitter pine that is also slightly sweet clingling to the front of the tongue.

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Otter Creek 15th Anniversary IPA from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 94 ratings