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 tar
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a small, bubbly, white head. Head dissipates quickly, some lacing persists on the glass. A pleasant smell of hops greets you in tipping back a glass. The taste is rather mild, a bit hoppy, but in no way excessive--a well balanced taste as the label states. Flavor of hops persists pleasantly in the aftertaste--lingering nicely in the mouth. Smooth feeling, medium to light bodied. This beer is easily consumed/highly drinkable. Overall, a rather enjoyable beer which I will have again.

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Photo of dwarbi
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a rather flimsy head... lots of bubbles. Very light in color. Good nose. My guess is the bubble mentioned earlier helps this. Pretty mild tasting. the mildness turns bland as the pint glass empties. Very bubbly on the tongue, too. By the end of the beer, it's become just a bit of a chore. I would have another one again sometime, but I'm in no rush.

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Photo of taez555
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a small white head that died down quickly. It's amber body was slightly cloudy, most likely do to a slight chill haze.
The nose was very malty. You could almost smell the sweetness. Surprisingly I smelled a hint of yeast reminding me of orval style belgians. There were some slight hop smells, but they were very subdued. Mostly just some sweet, malty, almost fruity smells.

The taste of this beer was very malty. A light bitterness with a very mellow hop charector. The label on the bottle said that it was dry hopped with cascade hops. Which I was sort of surprised by. Not by the cascade, but the dry hopping. The hops in this beer are so toned down it almost seemed overpowed by the malt, something that is unusual for an American Pale Ale.

I found this beer to be a welcome change from the in your face, over the top, hop flavor that so dominates the American Pale Ale market. If you're looking for nice, easy to drink pale ale for any occasion, this one deffinatly could make the cut.

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Photo of shirfan
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-honey colored, 3-finger head that reduces to a thin layer, leaving some lace.

Aroma is of bread and pine resin, with acidic hop notes.

Taste is milder than it could be. Starts slightly chewy with a bit of doughy yeast flavor, middle is very dry with just a hint of any malt flavor. Finish is fairly hoppy, leafy bitter and dry. I was expecting a lot more resin and grapefruit flavor than there is. I will give credit for a mild piney aftertaste that takes at least a solid 2 seconds to propagate.

I think Otter Creek should have either gone for all-out Cascade kick, or sweetened this up a little. As it is, it's a bit too boring and bland. Passable, but if I only want a drinkable, simple pale, Saranac is cheaper.

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Photo of mickstepp
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obvious pale ale characteristics in appearance and aroma. Golden orange color. Citrus aroma. Thin head. Somewhat thin in mouthfeel and with a very muted hop presence. Not a terrible beer but very average in most respects. There are so many top notch pale ale's on the market now that I can't think of any reason to bother with this one again

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew date printed clearly on the bottle. Man, what a disappointment. This golden beer poured a minimal white head which left a lace down the glass. The nose was just superb. Very fruity with citrus, and some other notes that I just couldn't lay my finger on. What a surprise when I took my first sip. It tasted nothing like I expected. In fact, to me it didn't taste like a pale ale at all. The first obvious flavor to me was toasted malts - and somewhat coffee like. Grainy and mouthfeel. Some fruity estery taste toward the end. Not terrible, but a huge disappointment. The second bottle was even worse. Tasted like it had hints of fish oil or something. Maybe I got a bad batch or something.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've tried Ottercreek's Pale Ale countless times and it's usually an often sight in my fridge.It poured a foamy white head that disappeared quick to almost nothing.Left a white lace from the top to the bottom of my glass.The color was a light rusty amber color crystal clear with no sediment.The aroma was of bitter hops and citrus and lemon.The taste delivered a light to medium body slightly malted and highly hopped pale ale.The finish was a bit watery,and would need a bit more malt to please me.Need to work on a bit more body and flavors of other than hops.A decent brew I would and have to buy again.

Note:Left a dry taste on the finish.
ABV should be at least 5%

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Photo of frank4sail
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flower hop nose with hints of malt richness. Clear pale color with a touch of amber. Slight off white head and lace. Initial bitterness in the taste is smoothed by a sturdy malt base. The finish leaves hints of fruit (grapefruit) on the tongue. This is a solid hoppy pale ale. It would be a great session beer selection!

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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 Wildman
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer had a nice tan appearence and head. Cirtrus aspects to the flavor. The feel in the mouth for me is a little odd. A little different then the pales I usually 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 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 John
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A solid and refreshing pale. The hops are more evident with a clean palate. A good session starter brew before moving on.

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

Just plain old good, solid pale ale. Not really special, but crisp and tasty

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