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 stirgy on 03-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a ring of white head and a smudge across the surface. A little bit of soapy white lacing hangs on. Nice malted barley aroma, with some dark fruit and caramel notes. The taste is much the same, a nice balance of malt and hops, sweet and bitter. The body is a little lighter, but not watery, with just a little hint of carbonation. This is a great easy-drinking ale that isn't an IPA. That's getting harder and harder to come by.

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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 predikit
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark auburn, leaves a small off white head that dissipates fairly quickly as well as minimal amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells quintessentially like a beer. Some caramel notes and surprisingly present alcohol aroma. Slightly peppery.

Taste begins sweet, then comes what first thought to be some Munich malts, caramel notes present. Brown bread, hops add an earthy quality which show up for the finish, bitterness sticks to the tongue for awhile with a lasting aftertaste.

Light bodied, fairly low carbonation, smooth, leaves fairly clean, but wouldn't call it crisp.

A good copper ale, and one I definitely wouldn't turn away.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter brown color with a thin beige head that lingered. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and malts with nutty notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts with bitter hops, very bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not a bad beer. Would not go out my way to buy another.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time re-visting this beer in a long time - an early craft brew that I drank quite a bit of in the 90's. Served in a nonic. Pours a copper hue with a slight haze. Head quickly dissipates into a band around the edges and a soapy froth across the center. Nose expresses toasted malt with a little biscuit and a hint of sweetness. Taste consistent with nose with a slight metallic quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a crisp carbonation. Overall, an exemplar of the style, particularly from the American craft market.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: May 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: a holdover from the last poker night... APPEARANCE: dark amber body that is lively and slightly opaque; off-white head is mostly creamy with a bit of rocky space; good open lacing... AROMA: sharp caramel malts with enough metallic clank to disturb the doughy biscuit that settles... PALATE: smooth yet slightly warm; mellow, swift and too light to hold attention... TASTE: nutty and caramel with the sweetness near to lip-smacking; hops are in check and not distinguishable... OVERALLL: serviceable and sessionable, but not a six-pack I'd seek to revisit; rather straightforward and predictable, with only the comfort factor working in its favor....

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper it is, and clear as well. Carbonation is fairly active and continues after a soft but large off-white head is fully established. It ultimately fades down to about half a finger but keeps strong there. Lacing is mixed, but mostly patchy and fairly plentiful.
As expected, toast and caramel come through. A bit of leafy hops make for some balance against the breadier malts and add a bit more dryness. Dark fruit notes off a whiff of alcohol sneak into the end of each sniff. It's a bit grainy, but not astringent.
The taste gets it right, keeping it malt-forward but adding enough hops to add flavor and balance. Bitterness is light, floral and leafy. Graininess cuts down to just an even toastiness. It actually gets quite earthy, and dark fruits come in though not as strongly as in the nose. It has an almost Noble hops-like spiciness to it.
Despite the tendency for the heavier grain bill and toasting to be less clean, this beer avoids that nicely. It's quite clean, in fact, as well as being smooth and offering a nice, solid crispness in a well-rounded medium body.

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Photo of u2carew
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick, off-white head. Settles quickly leaving a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear, copper colored body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Aromatic malts - caramel, buttery, and slightly bready.
T) Classic German stylings. Rich caramel malts. Some dry grainy notes.
M) Low carbonation. Medium-light body. Dry in the finish.
O) A good all around brew. I'd drink another.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Copper colored Copper Ale, what do you know! It is clean and bright with a thin white head that lasts, nice lacing.

S- Notes of bread, melted caramel sweetness, toasty. The alcohol aroma reminds me of an after dinner liqueur.

T- Big dose of grain with some malts, caramel, and floral hops.

M- Light and carbonated, slightly sweet. The long mellow finish reminds me a of a higher proof spirit, grainy sweetness with bite. Not as potent, of course.

O- Flavorful and balanced, worth a look.

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Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper brown with tan highlights, thin off white head, good clarity

Aroma: toasty, biscuity, and very nutty with a slight bitterness in the aroma.

Taste: pronounced nutty flavor with a bready and sweet taste than is curbed by a solid bitter finish. Great balance as progression of flavor through the drink and finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp but with a little ale like thickness. Medium carbonation

Overall: A great drink that is balanced with good mix of sweet and bitter hitting at different points in the drink. Very nutty with a slight bready flavor as well.


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Photo of mtomlins
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: A clear reddish brown color. 1-2 fingers of bubbly head, falling quickly to a thin collar with no lacing.

S: A mild nose, starting very malty followed by some dark fruit (raisins and prunes), a bit of molasses. No hops to speak of.

T: Some malt, but not super sweet; slight bittering hops. Molasses in the finish with some plummy notes. An odd taste at the end, a bit bitter (metallic?) and off-putting.

M: Light body, a bit thin. Medium carbonation.

O: Kind-of unimpressive. Hop flavor oddly absent for an amber ale and overly plummy.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: slightly hazy, effervescent, rich copper body; 2 finger head after aggressive pour; some head lasts long, with good lacing

Smell: not a lot, but what I get is sweet malts, some caramel, and some citrusy hops; malt dominates

Taste: very thin, juicy malt on start; zippy from carbonation at first, but finishes kind of flat; not picking up anything of note

Mouthfeel: thin; reminds me of an English Bitter

Remarks: good session beer, and not that bad; just not that great either

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

3.25 A: Moderately hazed copper color. Not even one finger of head formed.

3.5 S: Big toastiness. Nuttiness to a lesser extent. Fairly dry, but sweet enough to be balanced.

3.75 T: Tastes like the nose. Toasty, nutty, grainy maltiness. Moderately dry with a touch of yeast.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess in this.

3.75 D: Not a whole lot going on, but it is tasty.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid everyday copper color with a nice one inch foamy head. Left a good amount of lacing along the pint glass. Smell is slightly sweet, a little starchy, with the faintest hint of caramel. Taste is a little bitter, but nice and complex. Full bodied. Good overall beer.

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Photo of brewcifix
2.37/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A- Otter Copper pours slightly hazey, -but beautiful- golden-amber. The head is ample and fluffy. Lacing is good. This beer is great to look at.

S- The nose is caramel and malts.

T- A little caramel and malts is outshined by the metallic taste.

M- Low carbonation and light tongue weight pretty much sum up this beer.

Overall, this brew takes great pictures. It's great to look at, but, less rewarding to drink. It IS a good beer- I just don't love it. I'd drink it again- there just isn't anything distinguished or noteable about it.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber / copper color with decent head and mild to moderate carbonation. Mild fruity and caramel aroma. Bitter metallic and candy notes with a hint of caramel nuttiness and sweet alcohol in the background. It kind of falls flat a bit. Finishes with a bit more alcohol and floral notes.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and left some nice lacing on the glass and a thin layer of foam. It is a crimson color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Super lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: sweet caramel and bready malts followed by some mild hop aromas.

Taste: bready and grainy malts, caramel sweetness, and mild hop bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: a bit chewy, medium carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, and very drinkable.

Overall: I have loved this beer for years and so happy to have drank another again. Maestro, one more beer please.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One of the first craft beers I ever had, so it'll always have a place in my heart, even if it's a little boring. Nice toasty malt backbone, but a bit thin, and ultimately, a bit uninteresting.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


A_ nice pure clear copper color. no head and no lacing.

S- caramel malt and light dark candied fruit.

F- sweet caramel malt. anutty flavorfulness as well. simple yet good.

M- a medium bodied beer that has a nice little kick on the end.

O- Not a bad beer. I havent had too many altbier but this is something i would gladly relax with.

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Photo of sarajayne
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark copper amber color with a great foam. Its loaded with a toasted nutty flavor and strong hints of caramel. Its light on the hops, which makes it very drinkable and balanced.

collage girls drink GOOD beer:

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper in color with some reddish hints when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is primarily that of caramel malts with just a light amount of sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Not the most interesting beer due to the single dimension to the flavor and aroma - don't get me wrong in that I like the caramel malts but I wish there was a little something else to add some layers or complexity. Easy to drink.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into NB Globe glass.
Pours a deep copper color with some white head. Smells of typical upstate NY (saranac) and VT (long trail/otter creek) sweet malts. Not much hop aroma, but didnt expect it either. Its flavor is your typical altbier sweetish malts, lots of backbone and body though. Its a very drinkable brew, some slight hops notes, but would like a bit more hops...I guess that would just be a Pale Ale then huh...

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark caramel copper with a thin lacing of off white head that fades quickly

S - sweet caramel with an underlying grainy aroma

T - caramel, grainy, mild hop bitterness

M - medium bodied, smooth, sticky, crisp

This is a simplistic beer. It's caramel sweetness throughout. It's easy to tip back a lot of these but it gets boring after just a few. I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of JTBacon
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I give this beer anywhere from a 3.5 to a 4. Why? Well, when compared to some of the great beers that are out there, on a relative basis this one isnt even in the conversation. But when you categorize it correctly for what it is, it really is a solid beer. The name tells you exactly what you are dealing with...Copper means a balance of red and brown ales. Personally, I have always had some affection for red ales, and I absolutely love browns. So this is a happy marriage of the two. Light enough that isnt doesnt way you down like Thanksgiving dinner, but strong enough that you know you should clear your schedule for the night. Its versality makes it a good beer year round, though I still see it proving to be a better fall and winter style. But spring works too, and even enjoying it around an outside fire during the cooler summer nights works for me.

This beer is a good brown and a good red mix. Otter Creek is a good maker of beer, and this selection is a solid offering.

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a strikingly clear copper with a finger of head that dissipated quickly. There were really robust caramel malt notes in the nose. Toasty malt flavor is upfront followed by a very mild bitterness on the finish. The body is slightly on the hearty side for an alt.

This is simply a solid beer that is just on the edge of exceptional for its style from a brewery that has been making solid beers for a long time.

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