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 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 mooseo
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark copper amber with a small white head.

S - Sweet caramel malt. Roasty and woody with a slight aroma of floral hops.

T - Has a great toasted nutty flavor, with hints of caramel and bready malts. A nice light hop bitterness lends balance. Finish is bready and grainy.

M - Smooth, soft, medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

O - Pretty good altbier. A very drinkable and balanced brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 23, 2012. It pours a hazy dark amber with a moderate beige head that diminishes. It leaves plenty of clinging lacing along the way. The aroma is of sweet toffee malts and grains. The hop note is subtle to non-existent. The body falls into the medium range and is fairly durable. The taste is emboldened with sweet toffee malts with a relatively clean hop finish. This is not a bad beer.

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

Into a pint glass (later tried with a stange, nothing changed):

A: clear red/amber slightly copper colored body with a finger`s worth of foamy white head. There was some light speckled yet spotty lacing that trickled down the sides of the glass. There is not any surfacing carbonation.

S: slightly malty, but mainly roasty nuttiness. Some breadiness comes out in the smell.

T: mainly the roasted nuttiness. Some caramel comes out in the taste.

M: medium with a light carbonation profile. It leaves a slightly dry feel to my mouth.

O: this is not a bad beer, very similar to an American Brown, so I should really like it. However, I will say I think I would only have this again preferably on tap.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener- pours a clear reddish amber color with a 1.5 finger head, decent lacing and retention.

Smell is very malty- not overly powerful but some good bready malt. Smells almost a bit wheaty but that's faint.

Taste is fine- I've never had an altbier so I'm not sure what to compare this with; however, I've had many a german lager (or ale) that has a more complex malt profile than this. Some nice bready malt, a little carmel, a touch of yeast. Fine- unexciting.

Mouthfeel is fine- medium light body with light carbonation. It just needs more SOMETHING. Highly quaffable. Got this in a 12-sampler- the Spring Bock is the best. Won't get this one again.

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Photo of thain709
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a copper body and a creamy white, two finger head...the head slowly receded to a full cap and left nice lacing

S - Toasted malt, grainy, bready, a touch of caramel, slight hops

T - The flavors don't differ much from the nose...there is a lot of toasted, not roasted, malts which are present a big graininess and a touch of breadiness...the bready flavors actually pair well with the caramel and they pair together to make a buttered bread flavor...the hops, minimal again, slowly creep in towards the end, but they don't make a big appearance

M - Medium bodied...smooth, a big metallic twang, sweet

O - Just as their other beers, this one didn't wow me nor did it disappoint me...a nice representation of the style with low hop bitterness and not over-the-top sweetness

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

Served in a FFF snifter.

A: Yep.... copper is pretty much damn near perfect. The head on this one is about 1.5 fingers and the color is off-white and the texture is marshmallowy.

S: Not much on the nose, but I did get a bit of yeast and malt. Not much sugar.... which is a good thing.

T: Smooth, yeasty, and bready, but with sort of a thin quality overall. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

M: Carbonated enough for my standards, with a mildly bitterness and ridiculous lacing.

O: This was nice, drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a beautiful dark copper color with a small head which quickly dissapates and minimal lacing. Not much carbonation.

The smell is heavy on malts and spice, can't tell which type, possibly toffee in there as well.

The mouthfeel is light and bready, slightly chewy.

The taste is very malt heavy, once the brew warms up a little a spice of some type, possibly cinnnamon, can be tasted along with toffee and some toasted grains. The lable promised some hops on the back end but I did not taste any.

This brew is very malty sweet and a little spicy. If you like heavy malts with some spice you will probably like this brew. However I would have liked to taste something besides spice and some toffee mixed in with the malts. I have had better beers from Otter Creek.

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

On tap at Arturo's while working in NJ.

A - Served a clear reddish amber with a foamy cream-colored head. Great retention and lacing rings left along the glass.

S - Malty, sweet and bready. Also some spices, hard to place, but close to cinamin.

T - Taste is right there with the smell.

D - Good carbonation, and a light body. A little sweet.

O - It was the best available beer, so it worked for the situation. The food was awesome.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass

Appearance - pours a nice copper color (as the name implies). Very little head on this with little or no lacing though.

Smell - Smells of sweetness of caramel and toffee first meet the nose. Then a bit of toasted malt.

Taste - Mainly a sweetness of caramel. Picking up a little bit of hop ( a small amount;hard to pin down exactly) flavor latter in the tasting experience mixed with some maltiness as well.

Mouthfeel - A good level of carbonation and a decent body.

Overall - A good beer. Nothing exceptional, but good for the everyday brew.

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

Bottle poured into a pint.

This beer pours a copper red/amber color. The head was big and fluffy white and lingered for quite a while. The beer had great lacing throughout the drinking process. The aroma was malty, metallic, and caramel-ish. The taste of the beer is mellow with a slight bitterness in the finish. The flavor is very smooth and slightly/iron like. The mouthfeel is good and dry, crisp and very light. I am no very familiar with Altbiers, so maybe this is everything one should be! I just don't know. I do think that this was a well crafted ale though, nothing spectacular, but very balanced and smooth.

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Photo of getlonely
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Lives up to name, pours deep amber-copper. Two-finger head, that lingers throughout session, and laces glass.

smell: honey/wheat, maybe a few other grassy scents

taste: hits back of tongue with mellow hopiness, followed by honey and wheat. That lingers.

mouthfeel: burps taste nice and sweet...

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Photo of SickGnar
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Just slightly tawny, deep orange copper. Streams of tight bubbles rise to medium-size light tan head. Great retention & superb lacing.

S: Bread crust, toasty grain, nutty malts, & some malty sweetness. Pretty rich in the malt department, but not really getting much else. Super faint fruit esters & ghostly hint of floral hops.

T: Again – bread crust, toasty grain, & nutty malts. Also getting the malt sweetness up front & a very faint touch of roast on the back end. Not as rich as nose implied, but it does have alright depth. Dry and quite attenuated. This lets hops show reasonably strong. Earthy/woody, herbal, & floral up front, some spice comes in through the middle with a hint of mint, and the finish is back to earthy and woody. Slight softly astringent note. Hint of fruity esters.

M: less than medium body. Carbonation is matched, finely textured, and soft. Reasonably smooth, but it struggles to achieve that against dryness from attenuation & hops.

D: Definitely not a Sticke. Rather dry and toasty. Backed firmly by largely woody hops. Quite tasty, but lacking any significant umph to the malts and softness to the body that could really make carry it all and make this one shine. It is probably better with pub grub, but is pretty alright standing alone.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a somewhat hazy dark copper color topped by a white foamy head, lacing is nice.

S: Interesting, there really isn't any scent besides a light caramel and a general "freshness" to it.

T: Bitterness is present but not overpowering, malt comes though as a toasted biscuit flavor, hops are floral in nature.

M: High carbonation and a medium body, fairly standard and what I would have expected.

D: This beer is quite quaffable, a nice basic beer to keep on the short list.

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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 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 MsRif
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a clear copper color with a moderate head that left good lacing. Aroma was that of sweet malts, earthy hops and bread/yeast. Mild. Taste followed the nose well. Sweet and smooth.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very sessionable. Pretty bland overall but still a good quality brew and a good representation of the style.

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

Drank a lot of growlers of this stuff back in the day…kind of a “gateway” beer into the craft scene (among others). Yes, it’s pretty much copper-colored, very clear, and pours a decent head. Lacing is good. Mild aroma is mostly some sweet malt; taste is very light, with the malt in front, a slight bite from the hops in the finish. Faintly bready and earthy, small touch of sweetness as well.

Just shy of medium carbonation with a thin but still somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. This is a great summer session beer for someone who’s not quite ready for the bigger flavors out there. Still enjoy it on occasion, and much prefer it to OC’s summer ale.

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

A nice copper ale. Color is a nice red and the smell is the best we have sampled in this type of beer.
The mouth feel was a little less that expected. lays in the mouth a little to long, but it is drinkable, not a killer.
This is a overall good beer we will not let the mouth feel stop us from drinking this. Will go nice with some ribs, pork of course.

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

Part of a sampler case picked up at my local distributor in Pottsville. First time trying this particular breweries product.

Poured very nice, coppery orange color with a nice foamy head.

Aroma of malt and little else

Taste was a little to the sweet side, very nice

Mouth was decent, not heavy, about what you would expect from an alt.

Really enjoyed the beer, at 5.4 would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" off-white head which floated a merengue for a while. Color in masstone looks more like a hazy burnt sienna than copper but when held to the light the copper came out. Not much smell, even after it warmed a little, just a little malt. Taste and body were surprisingly kind of watery, just a little malt again. There is a subtle bitter finish which persists. It's OK but not at all what I expected. Maybe it was just my sample.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Long Trail Ale.

A: Slightly hazy amber with a two-finger, off-white head that lasted a minute or two. Pretty good lacing.

S: Malt sweetness. Pretty mild. A little bit of hops and yeast.

T: Slightly sweet and bitter. Toasted malt flavor. Sour and tart finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Smooth. Soft carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and looks nice in a pint glass. Interesting flavor.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Lightly hazy medium brown hue. This one glows, especially for the color. Head is almost nothing. It does manage to leave spots of lacing. Looks watery.

S-Light aroma. Not the most inviting scent. Mellow sweetness. Beyond that, I do not know. Not too much to write of here. Just lightly sweet.

T-Like the nose in that there isn't too much flavor, but it is still mildly entertaining. Semi-watery. Sweet malt. Only the tiniest hop twinge. I understand why this is a frequently used beginner beer.

M-Lighter bodied. Watery without much after-feel. Barely dry. A bunch of carbonation.

O/D-A step down from the word 'solid'. Light-years from great. Just another beer I will remember I have tried, but not remember anything beyond such point.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent head, dull amber to orange in color. Smells delicious and enticing. Not a very full mouthfeel, mostly muted. Hard to discern any particular flavors other than a hint of brown-sugarish sweetness. Overall, a very standard type of beer with nothing bad to say nor nothing terribly exciting to report.

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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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