Berner IPA
Otter Creek Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #3,460
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3.88 | pDev: 8.51%
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Berner IPA is a fresh cut of tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors coming from a chorus of Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, and Cascade hops.

We upgrading and improved the recipe to give hops the front seat. In Berner IPA you'll find a soft bitterness and smooth mouthfeel that work together to deliver refreshing notes of tropical fruit, melon and citrus.
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Photo of maddogruss
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: pours orange gold hazy body with a foamy white head with nice retention and lacing
S: earthy, citrus smell with some orange notes and like, sweet malty notes
T: sweet, orange taste with some sweet, juicy notes
F: light bodied; a little thin
O: ok feel and taste combination; pretty good drinking beer, overall.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 3.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.188/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 7/6/19.
Bottom rim of can marked “1017185592M” - PKG date? BB date? Not a date at all? In reefer at point of sale. Stored upside down at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light yellow, very slight haze.
Body – Yellow, murky with floaties and precipitate, opaque, some effervescence. When held to the light, slightly translucent.
Head - Large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive center pour), chalky white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular five to eleven mm lacy crown including prominences and a thin complete cap with some thick projections. Multiple small three-dimensional islands remain on the side after head retraction.
Lacing – Good. Very irregular three-dimensional bands of tiny to small bubbles with a rare stalactite or two and a single column connecting the bands. See also above.
Aroma – 3.75 – Weak grapefruit and pine.
Flavor – 3.75 – Weak malt backbone is apparent with some generic bitterness from the hops. No distinct grapefruit or coniferous flavors are present. No alcohol taste or aroma (7.0 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Lacking adequate flavor or aroma to either excite or offend, this is a good brew to drink when you feel you should be drinking but really just don’t care enough to open a good brew. Or, if the string of numbers is actually a canned or BB date, it’s just aged.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: slightly tart white grapefruit and under ripe pineapple;

T: mango, mango, and mango; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; soft;

O: not complex, but good;

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a very hazy light amber with a modest, long lasting just off-white head. Citrus hops tickle the nose. The mouth gets a lively bit of pineapple over a malt base. Nice!

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of 16oz cans yesterday at The Flight Center in Nashua ($10.00). Had actually thought I was getting Backseat Berner... NBD - new bier to try...

Into my Smutty snifter, it pours a hazy, juicy-looking yellowish color. Head is marshmallow-white, creamy and fine, but ebbs rather quickly. Lacing is decent, all-in-all. Has an aroma of grapefruit, pineapple and a bit of melon. Body is a solid medium, and it is fairly easy on the tongue.

Flavor is not as sweet as I had hoped, but it is still brimming with an assortment of fruity notes. It is a touch crackery before going into citrus territory. Has some pineapple, a bit of melon, a smidge of honey, and then some rindy, pithy lemon-peel action. A pretty decent IPA, especially at this price. Prosit!

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


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Photo of calebc10410
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm confused as to why OC felt the need to release this reiteration of Backseat Berner. It's just another cookie cutter West Coast IPA and a relatively average one at that. It's malty, true to the West Coast style, and that malt clashes with the described "tropical" and "citrus" flavors. Rather disappointing.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 10/17/18.

Pours cloudy yellow with a fluffy head of white and nice retention. Peach, pineapple, and tangerine in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Peaches and grapefruit on the palate with zero malt and a firm bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and pithy citrus.

Nice beer. I could see buying a lot of this if it was in 12 packs.

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Photo of 57md
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This appears to be a second iteration of the beer formerly known as Backseat Berner.

The big difference between the two is that the nose on 2.0 leans more in the piney direction and I don't get much dankness (which I assumed was part of the joke with the name). In any sense, this beer is still mighty hoppy for a single IPA. I just think that the flavor is slightly less complex than its retired older brother.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz's kinda strange reviewing a beer that is not in a pint can.

I don't know, this one looks pretty o.k. Bright but hazy gold with white and amber hues. Chunky foam cover, lacy and dense. No issuee of total dissipation.

A strong hop aroma of evergreen and pine, mango and lemmon, sweet apple pie. The light, crispy golden malt is very herbalized with a nice peppery kick but also slightly sweet. Light golden honey. A very therapeutic aroma.

Crisp, dry but slightly sweet malt>pine tree and green grass hop thingy, mingled together>peppery and earthy hop notes, high end, bitter citrus,> grainy but light feeling malt, tangy, sweet 'n sour edge>complexity is good, drinkabilty is better.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Cloudy, almost opaque translucent bright gold, topped by a tight, creamy white head. Very good retention, with sheets of lacing left behind.

S: Yellow grapefruit, orange zest, tart pineapple, pine-scented air freshener, lemon, a touch of cat pee.

T: Like a blend of pineapple juice and white grapefruit juice; tropical and sweet but balanced with sour citrus. Touches of grapefruit pith bitterness, along with orange zest and honeydew melon. A touch of white bready malt backbone, and just a hint of pine on the finish.

F: Creamy upfront, smooth throughout, fairly well-carbonated and moves moderately fast on the palate, finishing clean, crisp, and lightly dry.

O: A really, really good larger-scale NEIPA. Wonderfully hoppy and delightful.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can stamped 052818, then 5476M, don't ask me what those last four digits with the M mean, but even what I'm assuming what that date is, I don't know if it's born on or best by?
Here's the rest of my observations.
The appearance was a glossy burnt mellow orange/yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head. Mild lace traces along concavely.
The aroma had some grapefruit peel, green pepper (hop spice), sweet biscuit malt and a little bit of white pepper.
The flavor brought the hop spice to the peel, sly bitterness and the malts to bounce an appropriate balance of bringing it all together as I expected it to.
The mouthfeel was nice and smooth with a citrus peel-like bitterness grabbing just enough to prevent any cloying possibilities. Yes, there's some stickiness, but it's gentle and playing with the grapefruit and citrusy hops. ABV felt as projected. Finishes with the hop spice and grapefruit peel, nice.
Overall, I'm guessing this is the re-invented Backseat Berner. Sure, I'll take some more of this.

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Berner IPA from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 29 ratings