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Otter Creek Copper Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Copper AleOtter Creek Copper Ale
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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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Ratings: 866 |  Reviews: 408
Photo of mikeg67
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with a thin, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is bready malt, caramel and grassy hops. Light-medium body is smooth. Flavor is of light grassy hops and caramel malt. Light, short finish. Nothing exciting about this brew.

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Photo of jsdunlop
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange-amber color, bit of sediment floating around and settling on the bottom, and a nice lookin fluffy white head that forms and hangs around. Good lacing so far
Faint spice in the nose, bit of sweetness, grainy
Very malt forward, bready malts with a sourdough taste to it. Slight caramel sweetness, light bitterness finishes up the brew.
Mouthfeel is moderate with matching carbonation, smooth feel to it.
Overall, this seemed to be a very, very plain beer. Flavors seemed meshed together, no defining characteristics noted at all. It drinks fine, but nothing stood out.

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Photo of Wamesit
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright copper with a thick crisp white head that gives way to moderate webbing lacing.

S - Fruity nose with a hint of pepperiness underneath. There is an oily hop aroma that is the body of the experience, along with a bready malt scent.

T - A crisp flavor. Oily hops (spicy), bready and sweet malts. A good balance. A touch of alcohol in the finish.

M - Denser side of light. Appropriate carbonation.

D - Drinkable, esp. for those who enjoy the Altbier style.

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Photo of devinoconnor
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich brown color.

Smells like a Beck's or German beer. A little caramely too.

Taste was rather bland for me. Didn't notice a lot of hops or maltiness to it.

Goes down smooth and easy, but can't say I really wanted another pint.

Vermont offers many more superior beers than this one.

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Photo of vtblackdog
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light copper, light head, not a lot of lace on the pint glass.

S - malty don't get much hops, but just as advertised.

T - good taste, like the a micro brew should be.

M - smooth, a good beer to enjoy on a winter or summer day.

D - very drinkable, goes down smooth

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Photo of beerdude63
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer years ago and remember loving it. However I grabbed a six pack the other day and had a different experience. It poured out a beautiful copper color which was the only thing that seemed the same. The smell was graining and floral, but not awesome. The taste was pretty similar. Had a nice head on it but a little too much carbonation for me. All in all a half way decent beer but definitely the same as it was before. Not sure if its a new recipe or a off batch. Guess I'll have to pick it up a six pack again ina few months and find out.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was quite happy to realize this hadn't disappeared, it had just had updated packaging so figured it was time to review it.

12oz into .3l tulip.

I've always like how this looked. I just learned it's classified as a 'altbier'. Thanks, BA!

Lovely bright copper color; aggressive pour yielded a 1.5" head of billowy white.

Soft fruit and grain aroma, light apricot. It is a very clean smell, not antiseptic, but fresh/springy.

Certainly less agressive flavors than a lot of what I've been drinking of late. Mild malt flavors through the middle are bookended by a bit of grass.

Certainly drinkable. I suppose I'm a sucker for nostalgia and reviewing something you've had so many times is just another one of the many factors that may skew a review, but I certainly enjoy a couple Copper Ale's from time to time.


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Photo of ne0m00re
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle marked LOT2594110903.
A: Poured a reddish amber with a half-finger creamy head that died to a thinner film and collar.
S: A slight cinnamon and caramel and toffee with a banana biscuit and mild buttery consistency.
T: Creamy with a strange metallic brightness at the end. Mostly buttery biscuit with banana. It's not terrible, but there are much better altbiers.
M: Thinner with a mild carbonation. Not so great either.
D: Good. It goes down pretty easy. Overall, I'm not too impressed, though.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours a nice clear amber color with light carbonation, small foamy head that goes away.

Smell- malty and yeasty with a very light hop scent. nothing jumps out at you.

Taste- crisp taste upon first sip. malty and balanced, light hop taste, slightly sweet, a hint of fruit?

Mouthfeel- hits the palate with carbonation. light on the tongue, feels nice.

Drinkability- although this is drinkble th carbonation could be too much after a few. however when drinking in a mixpack is good

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Photo of albertjr21
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a pint glass, this yields a light and clear amber color under a thin head.

S: There's a light toasted malt nose with hints of caramel and earthy hop.

M/T: From start to finish, sweet malt dominates but is nicely complimented with a nice moderate hop undertone.

D: Robust yet smooth flowing.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Copper Ale pours with a orange/amber colour. The head dies away quickly but some lacing remains around the edge of the glass. The smell tastes like yeastiness and some maltiness. Starts out crisp and hoppy. There is also a hint of sweet maltiness. The finish is crisp, like a lager. This is a very nice and drinkable beer but it's not that interesting.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a batch number, no bottling date.

It lives up to its name by pouring a copper color. Eggshell white head of about a finger and a half rises from an aggressive pour. Some lacing and low carbonation.

Lacking in the aroma department, some vague fruits and a touch of caramel.

Very mild flavored beer, crisp and clean but yet lacking. Has a maltiness and a bit of sweetness, with some notes of slightly bitter leafy hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, slightly wet, medium bodied.

Drinkable, but disappointed.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy copper colour with an average size frothy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation of the beer and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, caramel, malts, grassy notes, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average mount of carbonation and it feels creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up breads/grains, malts, caramel, and some grassy notes. It finishes with a slightly bitter malty aftertaste.

Drink - A highly drinkable beer that would make a good Oktoberfest brew. I wouldn't seek it out again; but I'm happy I tried it.

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Photo of mltobin
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a copper color with a one finger head, that with some time has some lacing. Smell has malt, sugar, some hops, a nice aroma overall. OCB`s copper ale tastes slightly hoppy, but also watery, with a tinge of a bitter finish. MF is medium bodied. Drinkability is good as it goes down easily. A nice option after a day on the mountain in Vermont.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name describes the color pretty well. A nice pour that finishes with a good head that retained itself until about halfway through the beer. Smells of very sweet malt and even though it is a low ABV there is a strong alcoholic aroma.

Very smooth on the tip of the tongue. The malts come out very quickly as the beer washed to the back of your throat. The after taste is a little dry and I can barely say that it is bitter. The hops really don't cut through on this beer even thought they used three different varieties.

This beer has good drinkability for a sunday afternoon. I don't think i'll be buying a six pack again but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a crystal clear light copper-gold with a finger of fluffy off-white head. Nice lacing.

S - Grainy, a bit malty, and not much else. I have a cold, though, so maybe there's more that I'm just not picking up.

T - Grainy and malty with a bready finish.

M - Light body. Neither dry nor cloying on the palate.

D - Easy to drink, but I don't love it and would probably only ever have one in an evening.

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Photo of srbeezer
4.64/5  rDev +28.2%
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 BigPlay1824
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought at the city tavern in saratoga

A: pours a beautiful copper/amber color with a thin head that is creamy white

S: nice sweet smell almost reminiscent of a cider, leaves a very little amount of lacing

T: very nice taste, solid for what I would expect of a copper ale, slightly sweeter than normal but quite nice

M: nice carbonation tingle spreads across the pallet, quite smooth with a nice sweetness bite

D: nice but it does sit a little heavy, the sweetness is a little strong as well

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid brew. On tap at citizen's bank park. Pours a clear copper, with a one finger off white head that has decent rettntion and leaves almost no lacing down the glass. Smells of some caramel malts, a light hop profile, and bit of a bready finish.

Taste is a bit of an upgrade from the aroma. The hop profile is a b it more bright, with some more citrus noticeable. The malt offering is upped a bit as well. The caramel is more noticeable, balancing a bit better with the dry bready character from the aroma.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking beer. Bright amber color with excellent clarity.. 3 finger of creamy eggshell white head. Whipped cream type head with amazing retention. Sheets of lacing.

Aroma is quite nice as well. Deep toasted malt and some caramel. Some grain qualities to the aroma. Really rather strong and pleasing.

Flavor is honestly a bit of a let down from the aroma. Does follow the major notes, but it tastes a little thin. Toasted malt, a touch of white pepper. Fades rather quickly and finishes pretty dry and watery. I keep waiting for more in every sip, but it's just not there.

Watery, thin and almost empty.

Does down too easy if you know what I mean. Starts off with a bang visually and aroma wise. But lets you down from there.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear amber copper color with a short white one finger diminishing head, light lacing on the glass.

S. Brown Sugar, cereal, leaves, straw.

T. Sweet maltiness, up front, nice bitter finish. Oats, brown sugar, cereal with a slight yeast taste in the end.

M. Medium bodied medium carbonation.

D. A niceley balanced beer. I think of fall when I drink this brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is dominated by hops, some malts, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy copper color witha moderate head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Clean Grain aroma. Fairly bland.

T: Crisp with mild caramel and ends with a lasting bitterness.

F: Moderate body with carbonation. Fairly refreshing.

D: Decent brew although it doesn't remind me of an Altbier. Good for a couple.

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Photo of xrdsci
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Nice copper color. Slight haze. One finger head with moderate lacing.

S: Earthy hop aroma with some toasted grain. I can pick up some alcohol.

T: Similar to the smell. Sweet toasted malt and a slight grassy hop bitterness on the back end. A little tangy.

M: Very smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Could definitely have a few of these in one session.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy body with a deep orange hue. Head is two fingers of rich ivory foam. Not sure how much of an altbier look this is, but it is a good look to me.

Smell: slightly biscuity aroma with a little hop spiciness. What I'm sad to say is that on top of it all is this aroma most reminiscent, to me, of a plastic shopping bag. Not good. It's making me want to not drink this beer.

Taste: biscuity malt flavor with, still, a tiny hint of the plastic (though I suppose this could just be carryover from the smell). It's smooth, I'd say, and has a balanced bitterness, but the plastic, though minute at this point, just can't let me go.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good carbonation level. Lively and creamy ... I'm glad something good has come of trying this beer!

Drinkability: I'm not sure if this is what the brewers were going for, but it's definitely not my cup of tea.

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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 866 ratings
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