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

a great session brew. pours the color of a new penny, with a prominent tanish head that slowly resides. smells pure, high quality, rich, malty, unique. flavor is less hop driven than a traditional american pale ale, but not as malty as a more traditional english pale. it as found a happy medium somewhere on the spectrum of daily drink ales. rich velvety mouthfeel with a medium body make this a very drinkable beer. pairs well with anything from the grill

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts and a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because it’s relatively light-bodied and there’s only a little bit of sweetness. However, the taste is very one-dimensional and lacks flavors of other types of malts and hops.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another solid Otter Creek offering here with the Copper Ale. Interesting enough, it pours a nice copper color and has a coppery/metallic sort of taste to it (in a good way though). May be hard to have many of these in one sitting but if having a few it's a nice tasty beer I'd come back to.

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Photo of brentk56
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, light amber body with a decent head; nice lacing

Smell: Vaguely malty with a subtle smell of rotting oranges. Not as bad as you might think based on that comparison, however.

Taste: A little bit of malt is quickly overwhelmed by a metallic, grapefruit bitterness that is a bit like an American IPA mixed with an amber ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a refreshing carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing but a bit too metallic in the bitterness to my palate.

At first, I thought this was going to be an Amber Ale, based on the name and I was shocked when I looked at it and tased it. Then, I read the label more carefully and noted that this is a Northern German Altbier, so the style became much more understandable. Not a bad beer, but I wonder why they didn't name it something else that would be less confusing to the beer consumer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of Otter Creek Copper Ale is very good. It has a great copper color. Smells good, too. The taste, however, I found a little too bitter. Still it is very drinkable, but is not my favorite Otter Creek brew. I've been to the brewery and sampled many of their beers. I think the Stovepipe Porter is their best.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with medium head that stays for awhile,very malty appetizing smell of caramel and biscuit malt.Pretty sweet taste would like maybe for a liitle more dryness to make it more balanced,but still pretty darn good.Used to be a staple of mine on tap at the local beer I used to hang out while spending a winter in VT.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek delivers an authentic Dusseldorfer-style alt biere brewed in the good ol' US of A! It's clear, dark copper body is capped by a short head of white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some nice walls of spotty and splotchy lace about the glass. The nose is lightly fruity and peppered with leafy and spicy noble hops amidst a delicate, toasty malt base. It's fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation leaves it slippery-smooth across the palate with just a gentle caress on the tongue. The fruitiness is less apparent in the flavor than the aroma, but it's still there and it works exceptionally well to brigthen the maltiness and offset the grassy/spicy/leafy/floral hop flavors; and it's precision tuned bitterness is solid enough to balance it perfectly. Very well done!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spice and some hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and spices. There's a decent hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA

Not bad. Poured a coppery-amber color, clear, with a small cap of white head. Biscuity aroma, light sugary malts, woody. Taste followed the aroma pretty closely, with toasted bread, grainy, light sweet malts, woody and a bit, well, coppery actually, as in metallic. Hops came in a bit pithy with what seemed like some funky notes. Not overly flavorful. Light-medium body, and moderately drinkable, but just a bit too bland, and the metallic taste (and subsequent aftertaste) didn't make a good or lasting impression with me.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light amber-brown body with a frothy, wispy, off-white head. Slight smattering of lace on the descent.

Smell: A humble aroma smelling of dry biscuits, oven-toasted nuts, and caramelized sugars accented with a light background spiciness.

Taste: Biscuity, nutty maltiness sweetened up with a modest brushing of light caramel. Spicy, modestly herbaceous hops with enough bitterness to adequately balance things out. Slightly prickly carbonation on the tongue as you hit the drying, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, balanced, pleasant ale that goes down with ease.

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

Crystal clear tangerine-amber. The golden ecru head has the consistency of whipped butter and is beginning to lay down a decent amount of lace. Ultimately there are several thin, concentric rings that fatten as work their way down the glass.

The nose is earthy (loamy to be more precise), an odd aroma for a beer and not an altogether good one. It also reminds me of Bit-O-Honey candy, a description that I know I've used before, but it fits here too. Might it have been another Otter Creek beer?

Unfortunately, the flavor mirrors the aroma. I'm sure the beer hasn't gone bad because a friend hand carried it from Middlebury and the bottling date is a mere three months ago. That must mean that the brewers intended for it to taste like this. It certainly doesn't taste like the few other altbiers that have crossed my palate.

That earthy, loamy, mineral-like flavor dominants the flavor profile as it did the nose. The malt backbone seems sturdy enough and provides a somewhat pleasant, somewhat sweet, toasted breadinesss. Words that describe the finish include short, bitter, dry and mineral-like.

I loved Otter Creek (Cascade) Pale Ale, but the other two offerings haven't exactly floated my boat. This one just tastes odd to me, although it's drinkable. I'd still like to sample the entire line from these guys, but I've had enough Copper Ale to last me a lifetime.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear light copper color, a very small head formed, but was gone quickly, leaving a very small ring around the top and small bits of lacing.

S: Lots of bready malts, some grains, and a touch of caramel on the end.

T: Starts of with an earthy flavor, and some grains, but there is a nice, fruity sweetness on the backend, a combination of melon and strawberries almost, but its hard to say exactly.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth. Leaves a slightly chalky mouthfeel.

O: It was ok, nothing amazing. Liked the fruit flavor, but the chalky mouthfeel wasn't great.

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 1 finger od eggshell white head. Great lacing & very good head retention

S: Nice breadyness, fades as the beer warms up

T: Cakey, dry with herbal hop bitterness up front. Some crackery notes along caramel as this warms. Finishes with slightly herbal/metallic hop twang, some toffee, honey malt & too much dryness

MF: Medium bodied with good balance & moderate carbonation

Drinks fairly good, compares favorably to some Alts I had over in Germany, too dang dry to session on

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very clear copper amber with some small visible carbonation and a decent two finger high head of white fomay lace. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace and a decent film across the top.

S - The aroma was really packed with tons of bready malts. Cereal grains taking over as it warms up with a decent musty sort of smell. Very much full of malt hear with a touch of barley.

T - Very sort of muted. A quick clean taste that really did not have much of a follow though to it. It really kinda was dominated by the cereal grains and earthy bread like malts that drown out anything else that might have been trying to make a run at coming forward.

M - Very smooth with a crisp clean finish. Not a ton of carbnation and the body itself was very light. It was a very light feeling, but non slick beer.

D - Very nice actually as there was nothing really holding you back from having multiples of this. Low abv and a very smooth flavor with a crisp finish lend itself well tothis.

Overall this was a decent beer, nothing really spectaculat just a decent beer, I would go to it in a pinch for sure. But faced with other options I would probably not.

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Photo of smcolw
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light amber color, clear. Very good lace as I drink it down. A thin layer of bubbles last throughout, while the initial pour provided a moderate head.

Dry maltish aroma with a strong off aroma of beef stew.

This is a hoppy beer, which covers up the astringent malt. Very dry, yet creamy. Good body and carbonation.

Not my style, but the hop picks up the taste enough to make it drinkable.

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Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dulled copper, stunning lace sticks all the way down the glass.

Quite malty with a toasted grain and hints of caramel. Vague fruitiness and faint hops in the aroma. Very smoothly textured mouth feel, spot on for carbonation. A little high on the toasted grain as far as balance goes, a bit more malt and body would be what I would want to see. Just enough hops to go around, the hops meld well with the malt in the finish.

Tasty and drinkable, easy on the palate as well.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This will be my first taste of an altbier, here it goes this one pours out a ruby copper tone with an off white cream hued head leaving even lacing rings around my glass. Aromatics are very nice within this little brew with an exotic floral hop with some very pronounced malt tones giving touches of toasted nuts and caramel not bad at all. Flavor breeds a wonderful balance between shots of hops, mildly sweet robust malts with a wonderful chestnut finish. Nothing is over the top but this medium bodied brew gives off many great qualities to ensure a clean crisp flavor with no offness just brewed to be drinkable. A great starter for the altbier category in my opinion I enjoy it and now I wish to venture toward other similar beers.

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Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date of 8/5/09

Pours a clear golden color with a finger of slightly yellow tinted head. Nice retension and a bit of lacing on the glass. Hops along with a bready/toasty grain is present in the nose. Taste is slightly bitter upfront from the hops, but also includes a bit of malt and grain through the flavor as well. Crisp finish to this light bodied, highly carbed beer. Overall not bad.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a huge white head that slowly recedes and places much sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Smells quite malty with toffee and caramel being dominant in the nose. Bready with faint earthy hops round out the nose. Taste is toffee and caramel with earthy hops and hints of pine. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly sweet mouthfeel. Decent brew that's easy to drink. Not really my favorite style, but glad to have tried it.

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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 jwc215
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a slightly off-white head that slowly and steadily descends to a slight covering. Plenty of rings of lacing stick to the sides of the glass. Had the head not thinned just a hair too much, it would have been perfect, IMO. Still, it's a very nice beer to look at.

The smell was at first malty (caramel), then grainy (barley), with some citrus notes. A tad on the thin side.

Toasted grains (esp. barley) quickly take over and mute the caramel. It merges with some citrusy fruits. It's pretty good, though not as complex as the label (6 malts, 3 hops) would quite have you believe. The flavors are all a bit on the light side. Earthy grains dominate with a moderate malt backbone. The bitter hops are present throughout though never really emerge fully (which is ok for style).

Overall, it's fairly smooth, but for a touch of a metallic tinge. It's not the best aftertaste, but not bad either.

A beer to go to once in a while. Pretty easy to drink and interesting flavors. It's one of those beers that grow on you over time.

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

12 oz bottle. Golden amber in color. Hoppy nose. White small bubble head, left some lacing. Smooth malty ale, with moderate grainy hopping present. Medium body. smooth finish. Decent version of an Alt beer. I prefer my Alt a bit more bold and hoppy, but this one is pretty drinkable and well balanced.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: average amber hue, with a good helping of creamy froth atop.
Aroma repeats the "creamy" theme, smooth, slightly nutty, soft and pleasant.
Taste: full of it, with a brief cameo by hops at the front, then it's all malty sweetness, well-rounded, well-balance. Good flavor, nice texture, with a tasty finish.
An excelent example of an everday, no-frills, perfectly companionable ale.

Thanks go out to 36LbLoveChild for this one.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, and yeast. Fits the style of an Altbier. Mouth feel is really smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, yeast, grain, and slight roasted malt. Overall, a little watery and weak in body, but nice drinkability.

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