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
Photo of hattingc
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Shiloh
4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very, very impressive pale ale by Otter Creek Brewing, it has everything I'm looking for. I loved it.
This brew is a deep golden amber with a limited head, minor island lace and a light cling
The carbonation is light and the body is a medium plus.
The aroma has a citrus like quality to it thanks to the cascadw hops but not overpowering.
The taste is exceptional.
First and last to the hops with a moderate sweetness to dress down the cascadw attack.
As close to a "5" as I have ever come.
Well done Otter Creek.

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Photo of Sporkus
4.71/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A sort of deep amber or copper color. Head is medium, off-white, and ephemeral. Sorry to be shallow, but the label is a touch too Garrison Keillor IMO (... heavens, it's tasty and expeditious!).

S - Very promising! Great blend of hops with an orangey, grapefruit aroma. Outdoorsy with a honey-citrus kick.

T - Taste shifts gradually from hints of citrus to grassy, bitter hops to a mellow carmel malt. The hop bitterness has staying power, and the aftertaste is a pleasing blend of hops and darker malt. Complex; c'est magnifique.

M - Crisp and refreshing without being too light.

D - Very drinkable. I regret having bought only a singles.

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Photo of plaid75
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best example of the American Pale Ale style. Nicely balanced and excellent hop finish. Like most other American pale ales, this beer is best enjoyed out of a glass. Has a cleaner taste and better drinkability than most others in the genre.

Has been enjoyed at many New York Yankee tailgates.

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Photo of WesWes
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a true golden color with a thick white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It is dry hopped with Cascade hops which gives it a strong floral hop aroma to go along with the pale malt smell. The taste is also great. It has an equally strong hop flavor to accompany the aroma. The pale malts and carapils malts add a nice balance to this beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks very well; a real pleasure. This is Otter Creeks finest offering.

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Photo of optikon44
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out your standard amber pale-ale. The head is small at its peak, but reduces down to a nice cream covering the entire surface area of the beer.

As for smell, the hops in this brew are outstanding! Amazingly herbaceous and grapefruity for a bottled beer. Nonetheless, a bit of sweet malt also comes through.

This a tasty beer. Lots of roasty malt here. Flavor covers the entire mouth. Lots of bitterness properly balanced with sweet creamy malt. The finish is a little overboard on hoppy bitterness, but since I love the astringent bite of hops I don't mind at all.

Like I said, this beer is expansive. It's also quite sharp. Perfect for lovers of the hop because of the astringent aspect, but hop neophytes may have problems here.

Overall, for my tastes this beer is great. One cup calls for another. This American Pale Ale is the real thing. But beware if you don't like hops.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. 12/10/07 Lot #2218 stamped on the bottle. I received three bottles of this in my beer-of-the-month club.

Appearance: light copper and bronze body with slightly off-white head which quickly breaks down to form sticky lacing. Few streams of carbonation rise to the top of a rather refreshing looking beer.

Smell: toated nuttiness and grassy hops offset sweet bready grains, biscuits and crisp grain crackers. Very clean scents.

Taste: dry yet malty, bready with dry grassy hops, lemon or grapefruit zest. Very low alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: upfront dryness on the tongue. On the lighter side of medium body. Carbonation is fairly aggressive and helps to liven up the flavors. Slight edge to the hop bitterness.

Drinkability: I fully enjoy the subtle flavors and smooth mouthfeel. Clean, fresh and easily drinkable throughout my session.

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Photo of squilky
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep copper color. About a 2 inch head that quickly disappeared.

S- A nice floral and citrusy smell. Very pleasing to the nose. Smells almost as good as it tastes

T- Not overly hoppy which is why I think I like this beer so much. There is definite some hops bitterness there, but not super powerful or lingering bitterness. The malt taste is nice in the front, with a pleasant bitterness to follow.

M- Very smooth with a nice mount of carbonation. A little thinner than a lot of other pale ales I've tried.

D- I think this is a really underrated pale ale. The bros got this one right at A-. This beer is so smooth, tasty and delicious. I'm glad I picked this up on a whim. Need to check out other beers by Otter Creek!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of boulevard2
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle 11-29-06

Pours lite and redish with no head just a delightfully well produced pale ale. Scent of malt and fresh hopps are present. Taste of heavy malts and cascade hopps quench my every thirst.This was one of my first micro brews to taste and at the time was impressed. Now a couple of years later I went back only to find the beer got better. This is great session beer and would reccomend to anyone who is interested in a nice mild apa. Bravo to the guys at Otter Creek!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Limpid, bright orange-amber, heavy on the orange. The head is somewhere between dark cream and light tan and is pretty impressive in terms of density and stickiness. It eventually melts into a craggy mesa of foam and deposits lace in blurred concentric rings. Very nice. Pure, bright, zesty, Cascade-hopped nose. Some believe that this particular hop is overused, but I still love it.

This is a classic APA, well-hopped with Cascade and bursting with flavors of pine, fresh-squeezed orange juice, grapefruit and peach. The best pale ales in my book are those, like OCPA, that are simple, direct, clean and hoppy without being the least bit palate-fatiguing. Packed with flavor and insanely drinkable at the same time.

The heft of the malt structure is more than sufficient, provides just the right amount of flavor and provides enough sweetness to partially offset the bitterness of the hops. The citric hops lead the charge at all points along the flavor arc and linger until the next mouthful. The body is fairly substantial for the style.

Otter Creek Pale Ale is a good one and, in fact, puts some IPAs to shame. A generously hopped pale ale with one of my favorite hops... how could I fail to be impressed? Now I won't be able to rest until I've obtained a bottle of this brewery's IPA.

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Photo of billybob
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice golden amber color with a two finger head that fades a little to quickly but good lacing to the finish. smells like clover honey must be from the hops. taste is the same with that hop after taste lingering. mouthfeel light, could have used a little more carbonation but otherwise good. still a nice beer i would buy it 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 Amalak
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It has a semi-dark brown color to it with a good amount of head and lacing.
S- It has a decent, hoppy scent to it.
T- This is what I imagine when I drink a Pale Ale. It has a nice hoppy bite to it, spicy, full-bodied. It's not necessarily original in anyway, but this is your prototype Pale Ale.

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

12 ounce bottle. Otter Creek Pale Ale pours out a clear amber color with a small head. Biscuit malt aroma. Malty flavor with a nice bitter finish. Slightly fruity. This is one of the cleanest flavors I've experienced in a pale ale. Absolutely no off-flavor. Piney hops give this a great flavor. Medium mouthfeel. The bitter finish gives this beer a great drinkability. I'm not sure why sucha delicious, balanced pale ale doesn't get more respect.

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

Passed up a lot of there other beers before, but when I saw they had a pale ale, I had to give it a shot...glad I did. Pours a deep copper color with a frothy head that laces well. Smell is citrus, and hops, not much malt detected, but I like hopped up pale ales, so gives a damn. Taste is very nice indeed, to my surprise, slight maltiness at the front, just enough to keep it balanced, then the hops come on, finishes crisp with a lingering hop flavor that makes it very difficult to put your glass down. A thin to medium body, with not so overwhelming carbonation make this very pleasant in the mouth, and easy drink. I could session this one very easily!

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

Bottle received from BeerofMonth Club.

A- Poured into glass; nice golder color with solid head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Hoppy aroma. No citrus nor sweetness. Seemed very mild.

T/M- Very nice flavor. Good bitterness. As warmed there was a real maltiness that came through.

Very easy to drink. I am going to try and order a 6'er of this through the Club!

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

I received this from a beer of the month club as a gift.

A nice copper color with a thin creamy head. The lacing was nice and slid down the rim of the glass back into the ale.

Very light "hoppy" aroma, nothing to overwhelming.

A mild bitter taste that did find the back of my buds.

A nice feel in my mouth. Not to dry put just enough that makes me want to drink it some more to quench my thirst.

Very easy drink with a slight bitterness, not very overpowering at all.

Highly recommended. I will definitely search for this one at my local stores.

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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 silver1audi
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great beer. This is one of the beers that I'm glad I tried before reading the reviews. I would certianly recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of pale ales or especially ipa's, since this is dangerously close to one... which is o.k. because I'm kind of a hophead. It looks great in the glass in a nice amber color with a decent head that almost but never completely disappears and you can definately smell the hops, although the smell isn't really that strong. Nice lacing too. It tastes like an india pale ale to me as the hop profile is the first thing I noticed. It's very drinkable too, I think I will probably have a few more and at the ABV it's a good session beer.

I would highly recommend this beer, I think it's great. I usually pick up SNPA because it's one of the only pale ales (other than saranac) available within walking distance from my apartment back home in NY, and it's one of my favorites, but every time I'm in Vermont, which I am frequently, I'll probably pick this up along with a few other Otter Creek beers. I'm becoming quite a fan of their offerings. If you're an IPA fan, you'll definately like this pale ale. Give it a shot!

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Photo of pbrian
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer really does showcase the benefits of late addition hops (just like the label says). Great hop flavor and aroma but its not that bitter per-se. That, plus the fact that it's light in color, body, and ABV, makes it extremely drinkable.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly hazy amber color with decent white foam.

smells like strong ctirusy hops

taste: extremely hoppy from beginning to end. slight orange citrus flavor. very hoppy kind of dry finish.

mouthfeel is light and crisp, but extremely hoppy. somewhat dry. a good flavor but not that drinkable. all in all a decent brew.

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Photo of adams82
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright copper/amber with a big white head that quickly becomes filmy... and no surprise here; it's filtered clear.

Smells of hops and toasty, slightly sweet malt. Big notes of what can only be Cascade hops dominate, very floral and citric with a strong malty background.

No surprise in the flavour department. Strictly Cascade hops and toasted malts. Not much else is note worthy, but this is just about spot on for the style. Hoppy and bitter with a strong toasted malt finish!

I like the low weight of this beer (4.6% ABV) with the full flavour; a good sessioner. A decent offering, especially when the weather has begun to break... This is an exceptional Pale Ale!

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Photo of EStreet20
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottles, 20 ounce pub glass.

A - A nice amber color. Reddish tinted gold. Decent white head forms, reduces in size and stays in a nice cap on top of the beer.

S - Nice aroma. Cascade hops lead the way. Think this was dry hopped with that variety and it shows. Citrus/floral characteristics.

T - Again, hops are in the forefront with some caramel malts. Easy taste, not a huge hop bomb but a nice hit of them and a fair balance.

M - Lighter bodied, slick feel in the mouth.

D - Very easy drinking session APA here. Hops aren't huge and in your face but lead the way. Lower end of ABV for the style makes this scream to be a session brew.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a glass-handled mug.

A: Poured a slightly cloudy, medium golden-amber color with a rich, two-finger head of sticky white foam which left ringlets of lace 3/4 of the way into the brew.

S: Smells of roasted caramel malt, but moreso of a combination of grapefruit and pine hops.

T: Taste is presented with a quick hit of sweet toasted caramel and toffee malt at first before thinning to a quick snap of citric hop flavors leading to a very clean and drinkable balance of fruity hop flavors and a sturdy malt presence. The finish is clean and aftertaste is slightly sweet and bitter.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied yet crisp and satisfying. A nice balance with a full hand of hops lends some extra bitterness to the brew.

D: Just a top-notch brew for the ABV, balance and overall excitement of flavors. For a very sessionable brew you get a very well-balanced experienced, although the hop is a bit overdone for the general beer-drinking masses (not that I'm complaining).

A nice brew to reach for when you see Otter Creeak and might not feel like grabbing the Copper Ale. A nice hopped up APA which is rather adaptable to most cuisine, as it paired tonight with buffalo wings, teriyaki meatballs, kielbasa and spinach-stuffing poppers.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 5/26/05 Batch#1724

Otter Creek Pale Ale pours a clear golden color with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is slightly malty with some spicy and citrusy hops. Taste is immaculately balanced - the hops and malt can't really be separated, the travel together from the beginning of the sip to the end. My tastes run to more hoppy APAs, but it is hard not to be wowed by the taste of this beer. A lingering hoppiness on the palate makes me thirsty for more. A great summer session beer.

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