Otter Creek Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 234
Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Milky grayish amber to orange brew with a thin cap of wispy bubbles and tons of really nice lacing.

S - Nice scent of sweet orange candy and mandarin oranges. Honeyed malt backbone and lots of hop flavor.

T - Bland intitially, then sweet candyish orange flavor dominates. Good malty base supports one of the most intensley orange focused hop flavors. Orange flavored halloween candy.

M - Very carbonated, clean, and refreshing despite the sugary character. Medium bodied with an acrid finish that isn't so much dry as it is bitter.

D - Good. A basic mid-level pale ale with an interesting orange hop flavor as opposed to the general orange/lemon/lime vague citrus flavor of most hoppy beers with a citrus character.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a thins wispy head that does leave some lace behind remarkably,very citrusy,piney aroma almost a Pacific NW aroma from the cascade hops also pick up a light nuttiness as well.Very well balanced APA nice does of citrus hop but enough sweetness and nuttiness in the finish to keep very well balanced.This is the type of ale to drink at a pub chit chatting all night 4.60% alc! This may become a mainstay in my fridge very pleasntly suprised.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a large soapy 1" head. Head had moderate dissipation but the lacing was all the way down the glass.

S: A little malty on the nose, pale malts, with some light citrus type hops. Relatively basic but fresh.

T: Malty first, with nice balance sneaking up and eventually ending with hops in the linger. It's definitely interesting to have the flavors subtly change through the experience.

M&D: Light but satisfying on the tongue with relatively light & fine textured bubbles. I found this brew to be highly enjoyable and very drinkable. Very nice!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. twist-off brown bottle. Label, especially the back, is full info directions to the brewery, etc. Also includes a batch number and bottled on date.

Appearance: Golden amber in colour with a small amount of chill haze, the head is frothy and sticks well to the side of the pint glass.

Smell: Very fragrant of raw hops which are oily and slightly pungent, sweet and citrusy. Fresh malt and grain aromas are mild.

Taste: A true dry-hopped palate of immense raw and oily flavours mix with the even hop bitterness of citrus-like qualities. Malt and grain come through towards the end, with a background raw grain/bread flavour, and fade with the raw hop. Sweetness is minimal, and masked by the hops. Finishes quick with a palate of hops that lingers and a slight dryness.

Notes: Damn! Nothing like a pale ale that was dry-hopped well with Cascade hops. Yeah the hops tower over the malt a bit too much, who cares ... this is an awesome Pale Ale. For all the hop heads that need a fix, buy a case.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce botle with the date 10/8/05 on the back. It was a golden color with a small head. It had a fresh, outdoors odor to it. The taste was very smooth and sweet, with a lingering hoppy taste. Very good in the mouth, not much carbonation. A very pleasant beer, will try some of the brewery's other offerings.

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Photo of sponberg
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber, with an off white head. Nose is a malty/hoppy/Ringwood yeasty mix that's balanced.

Starts with a bitter maltiness, with the typical Ringwood yeasty/diacetyl notes present especially mid-sip. A citrusy hop presence grows towards the end, along with a somewhat apple-like flavor and a bitterness to finish it off. Decent - not huge, not bad, but decent.

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Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown twist off bottle with a bottled on date and batch # as well.

Appearance: A deep brassy coloured brew, very clear with an even clinging lace that hangs around for a while.

Smell: Light aleish fruitiness, sweet malt all around and a tight citric hop aroma that is quite clean.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The malt and hops push against each other within the moderate body. Solid hop oil flavour, good bittering as well. The malt is just sturdy enough to hold the beer together, faint fruity and estery flavours emerge. Semi dry finish with a lingering hop.

Notes: One of the more drinkable yet underrated pale ales in New England, an awesome BBQ beer IMO.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this brew to enjoy while watching Opening Day baseball.

Poured into the glass with little head. Golden and very clear. It has a heavy, sticky smell. That's good though. Rolls over the tounge nicely, and the Cascade hops stay with you for a while. Medium body and carbonation.

Not one of my favorite Pale Ales, but no way I would turn it down if offerd to me.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 10/15/03. Label says it's dry hopped with Cascades. Pours a medium gold with an offwhite head that is minimal, but leaves attractive sheet lacing. Aroma is pine and sour citrus. Hops seem to cover up a hint of sweet caramel malt. Mouth is medium bodied with zingy carbonation and a touch of hop bite. This is a citrus and pine flavored bitterness here in taste. Very little of the sweet malt flavor gets by the Cascades oiliness. Maybe, there's a hint of caramel at the end, but this finishes dry and bitter. This is quite similar to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but fresher tasting and more bitter. This is a well crafted American Pale Ale with plenty of pine and tart citrus hoppiness. A fine session ale for sure!

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12-15-03. Pours clear, light almond, white head, some lace, malty nose. Medium bodied, well balanced, Grainy hops ride in late to dry things out and add a nice crispness. English style pale. Pleasant enough, nothing too exciting. This is a decent, well crafted brew. Everyday ale.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off, the smell of this beer is just like the Otter Creek Brewery if you've ever been there. I'm not sure if its the malt or what, but it smells just like it. It is fairly light but there is a bit of malty tones to it.
It's got a nice deep amber/golden color too it with just a bit of head from the bottle (sadly they still have screw tops on their regular beers).

But it just tastes great, it's got a bit of a lighter mouth feel (I prefer heavier beers) but it's got a great combination of hops and malt to give you a hoppy bitter finish but still keep the robust malty body and flavor.

This is a classic, always a great drink!

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Photo of Thrasher
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hoppy, aromatic, serious grapefruit overtones. A well-crafted beer. Orange amber color, good head, wonderful smell full of hops, fruit. Surprisingly complex taste with trademark copperlike Otter Creek flavor. Malts are hardly there, flowery hops are the name of this game. You can tell this is dry hopped even without looking at the picture on the bottle. I like it and it definitely kicks ass but not completely balanced and maybe a little too tart for drinking a lot of.

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Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orangey apricot color with an oatmeal colored lumpy head. The head is healthy, but retreats quickly leaving a fine sheet of lace up the glass. Aroma is inviting and strong, of malt, cinnamon, pear, and cotton candy. Flavor was a bit disappointing after the lively aroma, not very complex. Some malt flavors coming through, a bit fruity, but also a bit metallic. Almost no hops profile coming through. A bit of citrus in the aftertaste.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden-amber color from the bottle. A descent head forms but does not last long. The smell is hoppy. The taste is unremarkable,with a bitter metallic bite, nothing else comes through. I will have to try the nonhopped variation, to see how the Cascade dry hopping has influenced the taste. The mouthfeel is hard to seperate from the taste: bitter metalic coating on the tongue. I can't recommend this beer, with so many other fine APA out there.

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Photo of ADR
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Distinctly orange amber color, slightly chill-hazed. Head is pale with a bit of greenish cast and settles low. Nice sheets of lace all over the glass. Fresh hoppy aroma, piney and fresh with sweet tones. Lighter than medium mouthfeel, nice sprightly carbonation. Fruity flavor, juicy fruit gum, pleasant and well-composed without any jarring change of character. Orange hop flavors melds with brown sugar maltiness to give a gentle peach impression. Finishes similar to its start, a little more body and bitterness in th eclose and aftertaste. Not challenging, but agreeable and highly quaffable to me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears an orange copper hue with an off white mother of pearl colored head, leaving sparse scattered lacing that sticks to my pint. Aroma contains an enticing hop aroma definitely Cascades with a pine scented slightly earthy smell to em very nice aroma with a slight caramelized malt undertone with each whiff. However this beer fails to fulfill a balanced flavor, with dominant hop bitterness just not enough malt sweetness coming throuhg in the taste. I must also note an off flavor a bit like musky cardboard in the finish just making it harsh for me to swallow down. Mouthfeel is medium bodied just nothing special or soothing toward the palate mediocre. Drinkability would be much better if this beer tasted as good as it smelled, just doesn't make the cut for my pale ale all star team or even second lineup.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a deep polished bronze, dark gold but with lots of orange hued throughout. There's lots of clarity and, interestingly, it gets a bit more golden as it sits. The head is soft, white, and just under one finger tall. Retention isn't bad but unimpressive, and a thick foam is left behind. What surprises me is the lacing left behind by that foam, forming in thick rings one after the other as the beer drops, all the way down. Swirling head activity and reformation occurs each time I sip.
The nose consists of mostly floral but also lightly resinous pine hops aromas countered by those of a mix of dry, pale malts and a touch of sweetness. There's a bit of earthy, leafy rawness to it as well, and it's nice.
The flavor is that of a well-hopped but still well-balanced APA. Raw, pine and floral hops with an earthy undertone blend fluidly with the dry biscuit and lightly sweet malt undercurrent. As it warms, a touch of cereal grains seems to pull through, and it's the only thing keeping this one from a higher score.
Smoothness is rich and creamy in the feel of this beer, and it rides off of a strong initial crispness. The feel is great, though it seems to be masking the light body. A bit more depth of body and the mouthfeel achieves greatness.
This is a very nice APA, and one to pick up if you're looking for a lighter beer and a hop fix in one.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Pale Ale

Appearance- copper/ orange with a nice white head. very billowy.
Smell- floral hops. from the smell alone you can tell it'll be a good beer.
Taste- floral hops- crisp with a slight dry bitterness. no aftertaste. Goes down quite smooth.

Overall- a nice Pale Ale. A toned down Sierra Nevada, me thinks!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden Amber, 1/2" active white head. Bits of lacing afte a few sips, decent retention.

Wheaty/ hop nose. only slight.

Hop bite, sour edge, metallic-ish bitter effect, rather spicey end.

Good carbonation makes this feel very lively on the palate. Light/medium body.

Not too bad overall.

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Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am glad the Syracuse Party Goods veteran recommended this one. Surprsingly good though simple, well-hopped American pale. Substantial hop aroma with pine. Tasty hops, nicely carbonated. Lots of foam there. Grapefruit and malt finish. If it were a local beer, it would be my standard.

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Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish amber with a thin lacing of white head that fades quickly

S -very malty and bready with some faint citrus notes

T - huge bready malt with some apple-like sweetness; very faint citrusy notes from the hops

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a malt bomb. It's one-dimensional and ultimately boring. It's drinkable and unoffensive, but I wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of mempath
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice deep amber, nice head, some lacing. smells quite floral, oily hop smell. definitely has the hop sweet bite in there, but mellow enough (with the perfect carbonation) to make this a very drinkable, more-than-mild/not-quite-wild hoppy brew. so far, all of OCreek offerings have impressed.

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Photo of hreb
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into US style pint glass, cold. Bottled on date is 2/21/07 (more than 5 months ago).

Beer pours a moderate amber with a pretty thick head. Aroma of cascadey hops. Doesn't seem to be stale in any way but the aroma is pretty weak for a supposedly dry-hopped ale. Moderate fizz. Respectable malty character with a trace of nuttiness. The bitterness of the hops isn't overpowering, but it is rather one-dimensional, and doesn't really compliment the grain so much as clash with it. The nuttiness (like a brown ale) is the most interesting part of the beer, although maybe it's growing old.

Pleasant and drinkable if somewhat boring. Nice to have a "big" American pale ale that doesn't go over the top on alcohol.

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Photo of Danflurry
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of scott
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

unknown vintage

Clear copper, with light head and spotty lace. No active carbonation to visualize.
Aromas can be found in a guest bathroom - fragrant perfumed soap (lily?!).
A bit bland, soapy, and a sticky bitter lingers. Maybe this works better with food, because there not much going on if it stands alone.
It is easy drinking, but there is no reason to drink more than one if you are in search of taste.

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Otter Creek Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 265 ratings