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Otter Creek Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Brewed by:
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 AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of hattingc
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ElGallo
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MikeWard
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a part of an otter creek sampler. The case was marked best by end September, so I guess this was the final offering, since it's apparently retired.

Poured a hazy deep gold color, with a nice head, good lacing.

Nose was hops and a bit of sweetness.

Taste was hoppy, mouth was nothing special, neither thin nor full.

Overall an ok pale ale, but likely not missed.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, lot # stamped on, date on case though.

slightly hazy dark golden color with orangish hue. thin white frothy head. a mild hoppy aroma.

taste is fairly balanced. mild caramel malt and flowerly hops. thin to medium body, higher carbonation. about average for the style.

overall a decent beer, but nothing special.

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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 koolex11
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely interesting and worth a try!

I really like the mouthfeel. It is on the thick side, almost velvety.

Good strong hops flavor, not the tastiest hops, but well-hopped.

I thought it lacked some malt flavor (the balance was a bit off) but a good finish, even and clean.

Reminds me of an English ale in many ways, only with a good strong citrus accent.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy, copper/gold in color,with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus and hop note
Taste-Biscuit, some mineral hop flavor giving it a rather "English" feel. Clean finish.
Overall, pretty decent, if average APA. Would be a nice match for some spicy nachos.

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Photo of LongIslander
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

A- light copper color with tight carbonation bubbles. A nice amount of foamy head with a nice lace.

Smell- More mild than expected. mild hop aroma, and citrus.

Taste- A nice, more than subtle, taste of hops. Not over-powering.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation. Nice hoppy, bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Easy to drink. Being not too full-bodied, it goes down well.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark golden with a long lasting, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of biscuit malt and piney hops. Medium, smooth body. Light piney, grassy hops on the palate balanced by biscuit malt. Short, dry finish. Quite a boring brew.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright brass color with a thick, well-carbonated, white head that gives was to moderate overall lacing.

S - Citric hops and then honey malts are the dominant traits of a very clean aroma.

T - Cascade hops! This ale was dry-hopped very well. Not overpowering and not headed towards some IPA limbo. This APA remains true to its breed with some sweet malts making their way towards the back and creating a functional balance within this crisp little package.

M - Light side of medium. Carbonation is good but doesn't stick around very long.

D - This is a great APA. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm on the fence on this one. There isn't much wrong with it, but it doesn't excite either.With so many other better beers ...

It looks fine, a little flat but nice color and clarity. Not much nose. The taste is a bit dark - bitter. Not at all tangy, fruity, hoppy, etc.

Still, it is better than I expected (I had low expectations) and if you are buying, I won't refuse one. But I won't seek it out either.

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Photo of Gushue3
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- light amber/gold with slight carbonation fizzles. generous foamy head that quickly goes away

Smell- Not much in the smell department. light hop notes, and almost sweet, nothing over the top

Taste- Subtle at first sip with a nice taste of hops that doesn't stay for too long. crisp.

Mouthfeel- crisp feeling with nice carbonation.

Drinkability- very easy to drink, between the nice, subtle hoppyness andcrisp finish, these are very easy to drink.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours medium orange with a soapy off-white head. Some lacing and fair retention.

Some hop aromas and some toasted malt. Nothing over the top. I hits their typical style with hop leaf and herbal scents.

Some toasted malt, some sweetness, leading to firm bitterness from the hops. Flavors don't have the edges I wanted. Soft beer, with a bit too much clearing to boiled grain/dough elements. Bready.

A bit watery, but appropriate carbonation.

I liked this, but I think it would bore me fast. Not the best brew from these guys, but not horrible by any means. A little run of the mill, but was really great with food.

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Photo of modernartblues
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes

poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass (might as well since the SNPA is the definitive example of the style)

A: not too much head, despite semi-aggressive pour, golden amber color, leaves little streaks of lacing (not much though)

S: nice grape fruit nose, matches right up to SNPA

T: once again quite similar to SNPA, nice burst of C hops backed up by a solid malt backbone

M: a touch lighter than SN Pale, a bit more watery

D: highly sessionable at 4.6% abv (almost Ding approved session beer), plenty of flavor to keep me interested

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky amber color with a thin head. Some lacing. Aromas of hops, citrus (namely orange) and some malts. Taste has some hops to it along with a cereal flavor. Malty aftertaste. This Pale Ale has a nice crisp, easy drinking quality to it. Decent amount of flavor and the low ABV makes it a good session beer.

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Photo of jorg2619
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Xmas surprise!!

This beer is a light amber and clean looking. The smell is crisp hops light malt overall crisp and clean smelling. The taste is hop forward yet no over the top. I taste some mild maltiness but the beer still ends crisply and dry. Mouthfeel was good I would buy this pale ale again.

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

12 oz bottle into Ommegang flute

A - Pours a light yellow-gold amber color with a finger of white head. Lots of visible carbonation that is very attractive.

S - Grainy and a bit of grassy hop. Crisp and clean. Very tame.

T - Some hoppiness, with a solid grainy/bready malt flavor throughout. A bit plain, but well balanced.

M - Thin, almost watery body. Active carbonation. Some dryness in the finish

D - Very easy to drink. Low ABV and very mild flavors make it extremely easy to drink, if not a little boring.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This somewhat cloudy, golden orange colored brew produces a bubbly off white head of two fingers, on a hard pour. The thick head leaves a patterned lacing throughout the glass. Fresh hops abound in the aroma, with faint metallic notes, mild phenols, and chalkiness, tagging along. The taste begins with a well balanced union of hops and malts, which produces a front that is surprisingly creamy. The hops eventually win the battle, as expected, and push through to the end of the sip, where they evolve into a bitter and metallic aftertaste. This, however, quickly subsides, and the mouth is left somewhere between watery and semidry, without much else. The carbonation is light to medium and the body follows suit. It is actually quite refreshing and drinkable, likely in part due to its generous hopping.

Overall, what we liked most about this brew was that it is a smooth, well balanced, and easy drinking brew. While it certainly fulfills the necessary traits of its style, it is somewhat reserved in the flavoring, which ultimately acts to enhance the experience of this beer as a whole.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber/orange colour with a large soapy off-white head. I can't make out much carbonation and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for a few minutes before it started to dissipate.

Smell - hops, grapefruit, caramel, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - There isn't a whole lot of carbonation and the beer has a slightly watery feel. I can really taste the citrus notes; lots of grapefruit and tangerine mixed with pale malts and light hops. There is also a woody pine flavour that comes in near the end. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - A decent beer that is highly drinkable/sessionable. It won't knock your socks off - but it's worth a try.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color. Slightly hazy to look at.
When poured into a glass the beer produced an average foam head. Good carbo's. A nice citrusy aroma, maybe oranges. There's malt in there but the hops crowd it out a bit I think.
The tatse is very good with the cascade hops. A nice citrusy tatse with the malts having a bit of a bready tatse.
The mouth feel is towards the watery side. A dry finish. The dryness is overpowering I think.
I like this beer seems very good.
But then...
As I finished up my review I noticed that the nice hop flavor that was present at the begining was gone. In it's place was just a hop bitterness void of any of it's chacteristic citrusy flavor.
Did anyone else notice this?
Drink this beer fast before the flavor goes away.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of jrallen34
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a De Struise glass...A dark but clear straw with copper and orange notes. Off white head rises and falls quickly, light lacing...A light aroma of grass and chalk and caramel. Interesting has my hopes up...Sadly my hopes fall flat with a very disappointing taste. Almost no flavor at all, light chalk, a little skunk, the grass is gone. I was hoping it was similar to daisy cutter, this isn't even close. A light sour finish is out of left field.

A pale ale to skip.

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