Otter Creek Copper Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

408 Reviews
Otter Creek Copper AleOtter Creek Copper Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our award-winning flagship brew inspired by the beers of Northern Germany. Copper Ale is a complex amber ale handcrafted with six malts, three hops and the spirit of the Green Mountains.

25 IBU

Added by pezoids on 03-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.84/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This one is indeed copper. It's also pretty clear with a one finger foamy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves tons ofdry sticky lace around the edge of the glass. A nice looking beer.

S - Huge and super-thick malt nose for a lighter colored brew! I smell burning leaves, old log cabins, toast, wet fire-wood, and burned corn flakes (seriously). Excellent depth of character!

T - Taste follows the nose with woody, leafy, and burny flavors. This tastes almost like a stout with all of the burnt roasted tastes, but it's sweeter and lighter than most stouts. If I was blindfolded, I would swear up and down that this beer is black. I also taste caramel and some supportive leafy and grassy hops that back up the autumnal buring leaf flavors quite well.

M - Moderately carbonated and light-ish bodied. This is pretty thin for such an intense taste. I think this would be better with a bit more body.

D - Superb! I could quaff these all night. Or day, whatever.

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Photo of mempath
4.77/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours bright new penny copper (go figure) and maintains a nice head with sporadic, rorschach lacing. nice.

the nose is really nice. i mean really. NICE. toasted sesame seeds? nearly burned molasses? so far, promises to be the best copper ale i've had. not a favorite style...another sniff and the dark dried fruit sweetness tips in

wow. muscat/muscadine wild sweetness tempered just right by the hops and the almost too carbonated sense...nope, it's right on as you repeat the process of sniff, then savor...for what it IS, this is stellar. yep, best copper ale i've had. now i want to retry some crappy ones to confirm...oy

highly recommended. this is the third i've had and they seem to taste better each time. impressive. obviously a fresh batch. this has the octoberfest beer in the sampler case. also has the (american) pale ale. may have paid a few extra bucks buying it here in PA, but already more than worth it :)

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Photo of terwilleger
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is what real beer should be. A balance of malt, hop and yeast flavors. When I want to have a beer to drink or with just about any kind of food, I go for this. I was very disjointed to hear that. otter creek will be discontinuing this style, in order to make more IPA varieties. Haven't we seen enough of the super mega ultra hop beers? Beer is not supposed to be a bottle of fizzy hop bitterness. We need to save beers that feature a premium grain bill.

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Photo of Offa
4.72/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding alt, with firm, complex character.

Light copper, is has a medium big, off-white head, steadily shrinking to a thin, foamy top, with a little weak, foamy lace.

Aroma is strong toasty barley and whole wheat bread crust, strong fruitiness, light leafiness, and yeastiness.

Taste is very fruity up front (plum, hint of raisin), with toasty barley, light leafiness, grain throughout. Light sweetness is balanced with light spicey-peppery bitterness and it is very nicely balanced. Feel is solid, fairly lively.

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Photo of srbeezer
4.64/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On ode to Vermont beers. This beer is what got me to love craft brews. I was a poor college student and it was love at first sip. The amber color so clear and defined. The sweet, yet malted aroma got my attention. Then the flavor was exactly what I needed at the right time. Not overly hoppy or malty or sweet it was just right. Thank you Otter Creek for helping be the person I am today.

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Photo of matty
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really liked this beer.It has a deep gold color and nice pleasant smell.The taste is fantastic with what seems to be an aftertaste of butterscotch or caramel.I will buy this product again although I don't think you will be able to drink many at one sitting.One of my new favorites!!

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Photo of davisdandrew
4.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured in to a pint glass.
beautiful copper color, crystal clear with an amazing rocky white head that has holes that make it look like swiss cheese.
beautiful nople hops flavors and aroma. perfect malt bitter balance.
dry and perfectly carbonated after i splashed it into the glass to release its head.
extremely likeable. great session beer with great complexity.

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Photo of Risser09
4.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist off bottle poured into a snifter - Acquired in a trade, probably brewed in Spring 2007

Appearance: Pours a reddish copper color with a tan head. The 1/2" head quickly fades and leaves behind a few bubbles in its wake.

Smell: Raw cocoa, sawdust, roasted peanuts, malt, ripe plum. Plenty going on here. Bold Aroma.

Taste: Nicely done. Maltiness and a little smoke at the start. A very pleasant roasted nuttiness through the middle and a dry, burnt popcorn ending. This is very nice.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe through the start and ends with a dryness accompanied by some alcohol.

Drinkability: I liked this beer a lot. I love beers that pack a flavorful punch and aren't huge alcohol bombs. Usually I find something this unique in an IPA or something hoppy. I wish I had a case of this stuff for the summer because it would become my quencher.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another step in the quest for the perfect craft-brewed Alt. Rich amber color with a nice yet quickly disappearing head. Clear malt hits your nose as you raise the glass and the flavor is both rich malt with a subtle carmel sweetness that is at the same time just bitter enough to keep you wanting more. A tiny bit of hops presence; and a bit more carmel than some others (but both of these flavors pale in comparison to the strong malt flavors). Not truly complex, but excellent and very easy drinking. Extremely true to both the ale and altbier styles and would likely appeal to a wide range of beer tastes. Very good. And fairly easy to find where I am. So this one moves to the top of my list... for now.

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Photo of koolex11
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent attempt at an altbier. Unfortunately there aren't enough alts out there to compare to. I wish there were more.

I feel that too many beer enthusiasts focus on--depending on taste--either excessively hoppy beers or the overly sweet Belgian style. The subtle joys of a robust beer with good balance and less sugar is forced to carve a niche in the shadows amidst micro-brewing extremes.

Thank you otter creek for showing your sophistication! I hope others will follow.

Great bold malt flavor, but didn't forget a good dose at the end to keep the hopheads happy.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer really grows on you. As it warms in the glass, it grows tastier and tastier. Nice lingering head, aromatic, and a taut balance of malts and hops. A familiar flavor that I can't identify, but in entirely new and exciting surroundings. Much more complex and interesting than your standard American ale. Fruity, robust, and satisfying. This is one beer where it really makes a difference if you drink it too cold. Maybe that's why some other reviewers didn't enjoy it as much. If you let it warm up a bit, the malts really shine.

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Photo of cbleary
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This was my first Altbier, but it certainly won't be the last. The beer poured a nice light copper color. The head was quite small, but it left nice lacing in the glass. The taste was a very pleasing blend of sweet malts, and maybe a hint of brown sugar, with the perfect balance of hops on the finish. It was very drinkable, I want to get another!

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Photo of forceten
4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, maybe I'm different, but I really like Altbier. And this is a great altbier.

Pours into the glass (I've had both tap and bottle; consistent results) with a great stable head. The beer is crystal clear, a rich copper hue, with proper carbonation. The beer is highly drinkable, even with the balance of malt and a touch extra hops than you might expect from an Alt. This is not a "hoppy" beer by hophead standards, however.

This is a session beer. I can drink a lot of this. Give this one a go when you're looking for something with FLAVOR to drink with a variety of foods...

A good alternative to a Marzen in the Fall.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this as a alternate to Red Seal Ale by suggestion, and really thought it was a stand-out. The color was a wonderful-dead on pale copper-it should NOT be cheated out of a glass pour! !The aroma was enticing, with lots caramel, pine needle, and bitter hop fighting for the lead. A very satisfying mouthfeel and taste featuring more creamy, bittersweet caramel, and some sweet malted grain-superb balance here. I think of this beer as a sort of Red-Seal "light" but, that may be cheating a very fine beer from its proper name, which really should be "damn fine ale!" Delicious!!

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Photo of Murph
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale copper color with a thick off white head that last to the bottom of the glass. The smell is a caramel, complex malt aroma. The first thing to hit your tongue is the malt, but it is quickly followed up by the many layered malt flavor. The brew is creamy and dry and very drinkable. This was a very unexpected but also a very excellent brew. I agree with Thrasher, it definitely grows on you. Every sip that I took made me like this beer more and more. The dry characteristics are very different but very nice as well.

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Photo of marksto
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Altbier - one of my favorite styles. The label describes O.C Copper Ale as "inspired by the altbiers of Northern Germeny." I'm sure this sample is quite fresh, as this beer is new to my area. I've seen and had other American micros that claim to be altbiers, and many really don't match the style of classic Dussledorf alts. I'm happy to say this one fits the bill nicely.

Appearance lives up to its name - copper colored, clear, with a medium lingering head. The aroma has the classic elements - robost, cocoa-like malt with some hoppiness and no esters. Flavor hits the mark. Noticible malt flavor up front, then becomes constrained by a dusky, dry finish. Just enough hoppiness to complement the dryness. Very flavorful, yet smooth and quenching.

The flavor of an ale matched with the smoothness of a lager - that's why I love this style, that's why I love this beer. I'll be buying a lot more. Highly recommend.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Foster's Cooler Glass.

L - clear copper color with a tight off-white head that thinned to a ring/coating leaving some spotty lacing.

S - earthy blend of caramel malt and grassy hops.

T - very tasty brew, there is a pleasant sweetness and rich malty flavor most of the way through until the finish turns dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - totally drinkable and totally refreshing.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz twist off brown bottle; faded yellow label. "Inspired by the German Alt beers of Northern Germany ..." is stated neck label. Bottled on and batch number on the back.

Appearance: Bright amber liquid with the slightest touch of haze. The head, is beautiful; sticky, crawling, creamy and white.

Smell: Semi-floral hop aroma, with some hop oil notes. Sweet caramel, bready and malt aromas follow. Touch of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Packed with earth flavours, sweet and gritty malts and a hop leaf (with a more dominate hop oil) flavours that come across tangy and spicy. A great biscuit characteristic prevails throughout, while alcohol qualities meander into middle and linger during the aftertaste. Finishes rather clean, with light malt and hop residuals on the palate.

Notes: Luscious! A beautiful interpretation of a German Alt beer. This is Otter Creek's flagship, and a New England classic.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown twist cap bottle. Bottling date & batch # are clearly marked.

Tawny amber hued elixer with hints of gold. Slight chill haze, but otherwise clear. Topped with 1" of dense off white head. Big bubbles escape, it settles leaving an impressive trail of creamy lace behind.

Clean malt aroma, some breadiness, & floral hops fill the nose.

Sweet malt, crisp, slight biscuit flavor, caramel, minor flavors of nuts & apples. Dry, slightly acidic finish. Hops show a great balance between spicy & floral.

Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Crisp & smooth.

One of my personal favorites, and a regular at my house. Easy drinking, and as the label recommends, try it with a meal. I haven't found many things that copper ale doesn't go with.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Part of a Vermont Sampler pack.

Appearance--Nice deep coppery-amber color. Visible carbonation, adequate head.

Smell--Very malty, rich sweet smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel--This is a tasty beer. Despite the very malty smell, it is very well balanced brew. Clean and crisp flavor, sharp taste initially on the tongue, but mellows as it goes down. Hops are notable, but far from dominating the flavor. Good crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability--I could make this a standard beer to have in the fridge.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clear copper with a good sized white fluffy head, good retention , milky lace

S- fruity, toasted malts, caramel

T- grassy, fruity, some citrus and pine, hoppier than scent leads you to believe, very well balanced

M- medium body with a dry finish but great carbonation

D- excellent balance and flavor, sessionable, highly recommended, unique

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hoppy aroma and then it slides down with a smooth malty taste blended superbly with some hops. this was one fine beer. it is one of the best i have had this summer. i really had no idea what this beer would be like, but it was very impressive and i will surely have it again

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Photo of Loki
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle

Poured a copper color with a thin white veil of head. While sampling the beer left spotty lacing around the glass.

Nose of toasted malt and hints of hops, but was predominately malt.

Very crisp, clean toasted malt beginning and middle that finishes with a lovely German hop finish that is a very smooth transition and wonderfully balanced. Medium-light mouthfeel that goes down very smooth and easy. Good drinkability. A very good beer for the person that is just beginning to like hops.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper orange with a nice head. It looks supremely inviting.

The aroma is yeasty and malty with some dark fruits.

Biscuity flavor balanced by the hops. Hints of plum, caramel, and dark malts. Almost perfect carbonation and body--big enough to fill the mouth, but never too thick or chewy.

This is way too drinkable. It's sweet and complex, and I keep wanting another sip.

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Photo of eberkman
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear ruby amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts -- very pleasing. The taste was smoooth. Dominated at the start by toffeelike caramel malts with good toastiness finished off by a refreshing hoppiness that had bite but no harshness. Felt crisp and clean. Drinkability was outstanding -- I could put away a few of these without even realizing it. Big enough to stand up to hearty foods yet crisp and light enough to quench as well.

I'll get more of these.

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