Otter Creek Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

234 Reviews

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of argock
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date on bottle. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.85.

A: Inviting honey-gold with 1-2 finger off-white head with average retention and intricate lacing at the tops of the glass with not much else down the glass.

S: Very musty, soapy aroma with a bit of maltiness. SOme caramel and crystal malts make it through.

T: Flavor is muted and not all that pleasant with musky hops and minimal malt sweetness. Hops are soapy and muddled without much character.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is soapy hops and light crystal malt.

D: Lackluster and not on par with even average APAs. Will try again to make sure this bottle was okay.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber color with about a finger of head that leaves some minor lacing. Scent was of subtle hops and floral aromas. While not overly powerful, the taste of hops is definitely there, with some bitter bite to it. Dry finish leads to a good pale ale that I certainly enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of squilky
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
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 jeffthecheff
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date. Pours a clear golden color with a big fluffy head that mounds over the top of the tulip pint. Bubbles both large and tiny make up a solid, rocky head.

Aroma is a good balance of ale fruitiness and hops. Cascade hops clearly detectable, combining with the fruity yeast character to make a slight citrus and pine needle of the hop. But I like my pale ales with a lot more floral and hoppy character than this. After the head subsides, the aroma really misses the fresh hop character that I crave, after being bottled only 3 months ago.

Balanced malt and hop flavor with a solid bitterness in the back. The hop flavor is there....if you look for it. Once again, it lacks the flowery fresh hop flavor I look for in a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry, easy drinking but with a good bitter bite. Drinkable beer, but it lacks the juicy hop goodness that makes me crave another.

This is a good addition to a great mixed pack, but I would not seek out to buy this again. Too much competition in the pale ale category to get this one.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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 KevinB
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking brew, pours reveals a darker , copperish amber body topped with a foamy off tan head, with a hearty amount of lacing left behind.
Smell is pretty sharp, grassy ,piney, breadish aroma.
Taste is complex, the hops provide a nice bite, solid malty backbone, with some citrus notes.
Mouthfeel feels a little lighter,nice medium body, good carbonation, slightly bitter, dry finish.
Overall, a well balanced beer, that packs a good amount of flavor. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker glass. Appears a clear deep amber color with around a finger of creamy off white foam. The foam linger for a few minutes before settling to a thin layer. Smells and tastes of floral hops, a bit of resinous pine, pale malts, a nice amount of caramel, some grapefruit. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Give it a try.

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Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a 12oz. bottle in a trade from Ranbot.. thanks!

Nice to see they got the hops from over here! Cascade!

- Nice slightly cloudy copper color with light white head... and then quickly down to a mild lacing.

- Some grainy barley notes.. bit of mild sweetness.. small tiny bit of bitter pine hops...

- Great session.. mild caramel, barley grain, and hop to give it a very balanced flavor. Reminds me of my favorite locals over here.

- Nice and refreshing mouthfeel.. not chewy.. tad dry and bitter, but overall what a pale ought to deliver.

- Very drinkable... a regular session that ought to be in the fridge and on the fishing boat.

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Photo of GoGriz
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours an almost reddish copper with a 1/2" head. I didn't catch much of a nose except a citrusy yeasty hint. There is a great mix of malt and hop and citrus that makes this beer an easy drinker. I am not a huge an of APA's but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of bum732
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangish yellow, decent head leaving great lacing. Smells mostly of lemons and oranges, sourness, faint rasberries and cherries, some caramel sweetness, . Tastes of lemony sourness up front followed by a mellow caramel malt backbone. Moderate bitterness leaving some drying of the palate. Bitterness is almost sour, lots of lemon throughout. Definitely thin on the malt aspect, but bold on the hop side.

An ok beer, different from many west coast pale ales. The malt backbone is very weak in this beer. Not sure what hops they used, but i found the lemony bitterness they impart very disappointing. Probably a nice beer on a hot summer day, but mediocre as an overall pale ale.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Hannaford. Pours a amber yellow body with over an inch of off-white head. Smells grapefruity, citrussy, piney, and slightly grassy. Citrussy, slightly pithy and piney, with just enough bready malt to keep the hops in check. Creamy rich mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Not the most drinkable, more of a sipper. Overall, a really solid APA and probably the best beer I've had from the brewery.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poursa a cloudy light copper color slightly cloudy. Half inch head dissapated quickly. Good lacing and carbonation though. Pleasant Floral aroma but not overpowering. Slightly bitter at first but mellows. Smooth mouthfeel. Leaves a bit more of an aftertast (almost metallic) for my liking. Not a bad beer at all. Would probably pair excellently with the typical bar food, wings, etc...

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My relationship was quickly growing empty, so I drove to Middlebury and quickly filled my growler for $5. Love those specials! Into my pint glass this beer was a copper color with one-finger of head. The retention was decent and the lacing the same. The aroma was nice enough, pale malt and floral hops. The flavors were the same, a well-balanced blend of floral (Cascade) hops on a malt backbone. Notes of citrus and a crisp, semi-bitter finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation soft. A true session beer. Enjoyable and clean; if only my eventual break-up had been the same.

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Photo of McClungbrew2
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear orange amber color. 1" white frothy head falls toa bead covering the surface of the beer. Some lacing to the end of the glass.

Smell - Nice floral hop aroma. Very faint pine notes.

Taste - moderate malt sweetness in the front. Pretty good hop bitterness rounds out a resiny hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Thin body. The bitterness hangs around in the aftertatse. Slightly over bitter in the finish.

Overall - A good pale ale. Not enough malt backbone to balance the hops, but still a good pale ale.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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 dmamiano
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice, 'heady" pour with decent lacing. medium copper color.
smells of grainy malts, husky, a very unique mixture of the spicey hoppiness and malts.
Almost metallic and rustiness come to mind. Not offensive though at all.
taste was more of the same. grainy with hops present. A tad bit of skunkiness noted for some reason.
All around pretty solid.

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Photo of JayNH
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear deep copper with a small short lived foamy head.

S- A slightly citrusy, very earthy hoppiness.

T- Citrus hoppiness but well balanced out with the malt. Finishes a little grassy.

M- smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The body is lacking though. If it was just a bit heavier...

D- This would make an excellent "session " pale ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden-orange color with a slight white head with a poor lacing.

S: pine hopping and some caramel-orange aroma along with a light toasted grain sweetness.

T: The initial flavor was only moderately hoppy per style with some light citrusy taste from cascade hops, dry oranges and a light caramel sweetness. The flavor is muted and fades quickly though.

M: light, with a decent dry hoppiness and light carbonation.

D: Overall only a borderline beer. Ok for the first beer or two but would quickly get tired of this.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 2 finger head with good retention and an orange color.

Smell is of cascades. They have a nice citrusy spicy note. This beer is singly hopped with them and I think that a centennial balance would benefit. The cascades go well with the pale malting though, but it's not my favorite smell. It makes the beer a tad one dimensional.

Taste is of pale malts with a spicy citrusy/grapefruit zest. The grapefruit really takes over on this one. It's really quite nice with the pale malts. There are a lot of late addition cascades in this one. I'd like more bitterness and a little less flavoring cascades on a pale. It'd be nice for a bigger beer though.

This is one grapefruit bomb from the cascades. It's really drinkable. It's crisp and clean and refreshing. I'd like a little bit more ibu bitterness to balance, but I still like this one.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Apppearance: Nice deep copper in color, a pretty nice size head with good retention, and sticky yet soap lacing.

Smell: A nice bouquet of citrus florals, a touch of raw honey, apple spice, and a sour grapefruit tinge.

Taste: A booming hop profile. A blend of passionfruit hoppiness that explodes off a malty hop character, clean, rich esters flow through the backround, a carmel/apple spice can be felt in the finish paired with a decent bite makes this one pretty enticing.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation isn't overwhelming, doesn't get thinner in the mouth, stays together nicely, nice bodied.

Drinkability: This is overly sessionable, at 4.6 ABV, it's impossible to overlook this beer, even with how good it taste, it's such a good session that a 6 pack is quaffable beyond all means. I would have to dig up a 12 of this somewhere to really enjoy it, but what an awesome APA that'll go down as one of my top favorties.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat, cloudy, orange color with hints of gold. It had a white, small, bubbly head that left some thing rings of lace.

S - It smelled floral and fruity with some citrus notes. Also, some caramel aromas.

T - It tasted of sweet, biscuity caramel with a citrus hop kick. Some fruity flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good APA. Nice balance and easy drinking.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is light, malty, fruity, and fresh. Slightly sour fruit/hop tones. Smells pretty good.

Pours a medium honey/brown color, fair clarity, moderate head with lasting retention. Looks pretty good.

First sip reveals a nice hoppiness. Tart and kind of sour, the juice hop flavor nicely ties down the clean, soft malt. Nicely fruit hop and/or ale yeast character, but not overly so. Some tannic bitterness akin to biting into a grape stem. A good stiff bitterness overall - very nice; I like to see a pale ale with a bite. Mild sweetness. Mild toasty bready almost-grainy/corn-like malt flavor. Tastes good. Feels good.

Good drinkability. I like the harsh bitter tones and relatively low sweetness. This beer'll put hair on your chest faster than Guinness (I've been told by too many people that I should try Guinness, for it will put hair my chest... OCPA would blow their minds).

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium-hued copper color with a one-finger head that settles to a sticky lace.

S: Wonderful aromatics: plenty of piney citrus hops.

T: Opens with a wonderful bite of Cascade hops. Clean and well-balanced. Malt sweetness kept in check by assertive dry hopping. Suggestions of grapefruit in the background. Moderately bitter goodness. Finishes dry.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Medium-bodied and adequately carbonated.

D: One fine session beer. Like hoppy treats? This APA awaits your discriminating taste buds.

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Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice pale copper color with a foamy off-white head.

The aroma is hoppy and a little astringent.

The taste is big on bitter flavors, with just a hint of bread-like malts and even a slight sour flavor.

The body is nice and substantial, with a good amount of heft like I like.

Overall this is a slightly above-average APA. There are better examples out there.

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

Appearance: Quite orange, clear, with a big foamy head.

Smell: Citrusy (cascade according to the label), with a grain background.

Taste: Pretty good balance of malt and bitterness. Finishes a little soapy.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly average, on the whole.

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Otter Creek Pale Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
3.61 out of 5 based on 265 ratings.
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