Otter Creek Copper Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

866 Ratings
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 joeland
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - it pours a copper hazy color with vary little head.

Smell - get a light mix of hop and malt. not a smell that stands out

Taste - a light malt taste that ends with a little bitter hoppyness to it.

Mouthfeel - a medium body, with above average carbnation

Drinkability - it's a smooth drinking beer but the taste turns me off from having another.

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

Pours a clear copper color into a pint glass. Small-medium size white head with average retention, fading down to a covering on the glass. Spotty bands of lacing.

Smell is moderately strong, bready malts and grassy, earthy hops.

Taste is similar but stronger. This is primarily a malty beer but the grassy, earthy hps make a nice appearance at the finish and blend in seamlessly,

Mouthfeel is rich for the style and there is a nice crisp finish.

Drinkability is good. I had two of them with a california type mediterranean pizza with capers, artichokes and fresh tomatoes. The beer complimented the food well..Would be a good session beer too.

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Photo of theghost3
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, translucent copper with a 1-finger white head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is caramel with yeast and some light fruits. The taste is brown sugar, wood, caramelized light fruits, and just a hint of medicinal hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, light/medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable Altbier. Goes well with a chocolate dessert or grilled meat.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a robust amber color with a crystal clear fresh water look to it. thin head which gives off a dense malt barrier.

medium balanced, lots of malt, nutty but subtle with a good hop bite for a clean finish.

i'd recommend pouring this with a steak dinner as it is the perfect compliment but if you already ate this makes a
great sessions brew too.

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

L: Pours a nice amber/copper color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted, toasted, and caramelized malts with hints of hops at the end. Really nice, sweet aroma to it.
T: Like the nose, it has a nice bit roasted, toasted, caramelized malt base that is the basis of the beer. Nice nutty flavors mixed in the middle followed by a slight hop finish.
M: Very smooth, flavorful, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, I liked how the flavors blended, nice beer with a moderate abv.

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Photo of Sam21
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance - Pours an amber color with a soda-like off-white head that recedes quickly down to a sudsy layer.

Smell - Pale malts lend a clean biscuit character to the nose. Lightly hopped. Very clean with a subtle hint of alcohol.

Taste - Caramel, toasted grains, and some light hop bitterness in the finish. Really snappy and clean. The malt profile reminds me of a very mild brown ale in some ways.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and very smooth. Highly carbonated. Lightly dry finish.

Drinkability - Great beer. Clean, crisp, flavorful and refreshing. Very lightly hopped and a nice dry finish. A very drinkable altbier.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at a local bottle shop without checking the bottle on date. Bottled on date: 10/20/08

A. Pours a beautiful copper with a two-finger width off-white creamy head of small bubbles.

S. Very sweet. It smells like a piece of caramel candy chew. There's a little bit of roasted malt with a slight fruity sour/bitterness.

T. Malty with a yeasty biscuit flavor as well. What I suspect is the hop character is rather floral and almost sour. It's a unique flavor that is subdued, but similar to Duchesse de Bourgogne. I'm not sure if this is characteristic or due to the bottle's unintended aging, but I find it quite interesting and enjoyable.

M. Quite thin with a high level of carbonation. While it's the nice small bubble carbonation, it's a bit too much for my liking.

D. My first experience with an Altbier so I'm not exactly sure what to compare this to. (It doesn't help that the Altbier description on this site doesn't describe much either.) I'd certainly drink a few more of these in the future, but I'd probably save them for fall campfire drinking.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Served at around 45 degrees.

A: good dark copper color with half-inch head and lace lingering till the end

S: aroma was of bread, wood, caramel, with a hint of pine, nice

T: well-balanced, notes of cereal, ginger, and chocolate, smooth finish

M: quality medium mouthfeel

D: very even taste and feel over the entire palate, could drink more than one

Good representation of the altbier style, would recommend it

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Photo of skenyon1811
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very nice color. Like the name implies. it has a clear copper color. Quarter inch of head. Leaves nice lacing.

S: super sweet smelling. I get like a malty carmely smell from it. Hardly any hop aroma.

T: It is full of flavor. It is all malt at first with a hoppy after taste. very dry at the end. Alittle too sweet for me, the hops does help balance it a little.

M: Lighter than I expected, good medium level of carbonation.

D: One is enjoyable but I would have to pass on a second. Too sweet for me.

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

Appearance: Pours out a clear, haze and body with a frothy, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Grain, caramel, orange, citric, oven-toasted nuts, and caramelized sugars accented with a light background spiciness.

Taste: Nutty, 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: Fruity, Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

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

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

Only my second altbier. I like this one much better than the first (Fordham's).
A: nice amber-orange in appearance with lacing throughout.
Smell/taste: malt, biscuit, mild hop presence.
Mouthfeel: low carbonation, perfect match for this beer.
Drinkability: very drinkable, excellent session beer. Would try again and would try other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper orange with minimal head (different from other reviews so not sure if just this 6 pack). Nice appearance nonetheless. Not much aroma that I am picking up so the flavor was surprisingly tasty with caramel, bready, ? candy tastes. Bit of alcohol towards the end. Easy drinking with nice warming feel and nicely balanced carbonation. Could go for several of these.

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

A: Nice light coppery color. Little to no head with little lacing.

S: No real distinct notes come across.

T: Good balance of hops to malts. Maybe a little too hoppy, for me, but I still enjoyed it.

M: Not much chew to it, very thin. But I didn't expect much from it.

D: Very drinkable, an easy going beer that hop lovers will still like.

Overall: Overall the beer was pretty good. As I said, it's easy going and very drinkable. Enough hops to satisfy hop lovers, and enough balance with malts for me to enjoy.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with an off white and sticky head, that has decent retention and superior side lacing.
Smell is alot of malts, earthy and and biscuits and a hint of some floral hops.
Taste is of malts and earth flavors, provides a really dry finish. Not bitter but neither sweet.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw, two finger head. no real head retention along the sides of the glass. Smells of bread- almost like a rye bread. Lightly toasted malts and caramel in terms of flavor. Generally light mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer. Easy drinking, though not my first stop for a brown- that'd be a SN brown.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this quality extra! 12 oz bottle has a bottled on date of 8/5/09. Pours an exceedingly clear, dark gold color...not quite copper. Thin layer of light beige foam does not display very good retention or lacing.

Nose is biscuity malt with equal parts toast and caramel-honey. Little bit of earthiness to it and not much in the way of hops. Smells pleasant and fresh.

Taste is malty sweet (honey) with a little bit of depth to the malt flavors. Hops are there on the finish along with a little bit of toast. For me, this one tastes more like an amber ale than an altbier, and an above average one at that. Is there some Maris Otter malt in here giving it that earthy and biscuity flavor? Maybe some Special B? A decent drinker here, quite sessionable.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek Copper Ale was the first craft brew I ever drank much of, back when I lived in Middlebury a few years back. I wasn't wild about it back then, but as my taste matures and I better understand the altbier style, this is pretty good.

Pours a pure copper, definition of the color from my perspective. White head that disappears quickly, but excellent lacing from top to bottom. Nose is a dull metallic, lacking any of the maltiness I would expect.

Nutty flavor with strong, complex maltiness. Earthy background, with a little bit of a hoppy bitterness and a slight sour finish. Body is watery, not quite big enough for the flavor. This makes it easy to drink, but just not quite as enjoyable as it should be.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
1.89/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Do not read this review if the thought of a man eviscerating the carcass of an equine deep in the throes of rigor mortis is upsetting or offensive to your sensibilities.

A - It pours a brilliant, translucent copper, of course, with a small head, and a bit of lace.

S - The smell is almost nothing but a bit of buttery biscuit. Very lame.

T - The taste is mostly buttery, biscuity and bland, not necessarily in that order, also very dry with a strange assertive metallic hop bitterness; perhaps it's brewed with real copper? And a strong alcohol burn from a low ABV? Not good. Inspired by Altbier? This misses by a mile.

M - In keeping with this beer's theme: not good. Astringent and metallic.

D - Again, in case you didn't understand my opinion, this beer is not good, though it has some interesting elements. I would question the judgment and sanity of anyone who strongly advocates this. Strangely, I have had it a number of times, despite the fact that I don't like it, my friends don't like it, and the only people I know who are down with it are literally from Vermont.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- poured a slightly hazy, copper/amber color and a good sized light tan head. appearance is pretty good.

S- The aroma was very light and malty, some nuttieness and earthy qualities comes though.

T- flavor was very malty and the same nutty/earthiness of the aroma is present with a slight hop bitterness to the finish.

M/D- light body, woudl like a little more mouthfeel to help coat the palate a bit more.
good session beer if u want to sit back and knock a few back but if u want a quality copper, look elsewhere.

would like to see a little bit more of everything with this beer. Maybe give it another shot if they tweaked the recipe a bit.

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Photo of chaunur
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slighty hazy medium copper with a 1" frothy head, nice lacing. Notes of carmel, cinnamon and maybe a bit of nutmeg in the aroma.

Easy to drink with nice carbonation, A malty earthy flavor with a slight bitter bite. Great beer with food but wasn't as impressed when drinking it solo.

Would like to try it again but its a long ways away.

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Photo of therica
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle states that they don't pasteurize or use preservatives and that their beers change with age. This one's dated 09-09-09. I've noticed that their bottled beers seem better after about half a year of aging. Maybe I'll put the rest away and try again in a few months.

Let this stuff set for about 10 minutes after pouring or you may be disappointed. In half an hour the scents and flavors have changed a few different times. And the head still was 1-finger thick after half an hour.

A= nice copper with a huge sudsy head that continued to grow, plenty of sustained lacing.

S= plenty of hops florals, dry grassy earthy malts.

T= A bit rusty-tasting and soured apple-cider when first poured, honestly. But let it set for a few minutes. Then it's bitter and slightly sour, complex and interesting malts (they use 6 in this beer). Later, after setting for a while (10-15 minutes) it continues to improve, some cinnamon seemed to appear and the malts tasted sweeter.

M= slightly watery, but nice complex malts, strong bitters but also a bit of sourness underneath that annoys me (I've exprienced the sourness with several of their other beers) if you drink it right after it's poured. Huge astringency, I'm talking the sqeauy-tooth kind and this is with all 6 bottles on a clean palate; some bubblegum.

D= very drinkable if you like it and can wait for it to sit and meld for a few minutes after pouring, otherwise it's a bit of a put-off as a quick-grab beer. I wouldn't recommend it straight from the bottle. Also the annoying astringency is something to cope with, at least in the bottled form.

BOTTOM LINE: I've definitely enjoyed playing around with this beer (6-pack) but it's definitely not on my favorites list, and probably not one that I will buy again (apologies to "The Bro's" rave reviews of it).

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Photo of diamondc
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 04/20/09. $1.99 for a single.

A: Clear bronze color, apple juice-like. Nice fluffy head (poured right down the middle of a pilsener glass). Head retention is good, lots of big bubbles too.

S: Smells like honey, nuts, peanut brittle. Excellent.

T: Burnt toast, honey, earthy bitter hops in the middle. A faint banana taste appears at the end. Very unique tasting.

M/D: Smooth drinking here. Brisk carbonation and not heavy at all. The bitter hop aftertaste lingers on the tongue for a while detracting a bit from drinkability though. This beer went great with a burger.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle which was apparently bottled on 12/8, so it's pretty darn fresh.

Pours a very nice copper (naturally). It's got a hint of haze. Pours with a one finger bubbly white head that retains as a solid cap, and leaves very nice lacing. Very attractive.

The smell is a grainy, earthy bitterness accented with caramel malt. It's not complicated, but the grainy bitterness is fairly pungent. The taste follows from the nose, but is sweeter. I had expected more hops from the smell. There's a bready taste in there, like toasted whole wheat bread. A bit grassy. The bitterness lingers in the back of the throat.

The mouthfeel is crisp, with a fairly light body and medium-high carbonation. This is a very nicely balanced, drinkable beer. I could session this one, for sure.

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Photo of mnrider
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, twist off.

A: Clear copper color. Nice large fluffy head. Lacing is amazing.

S: Not much goin on here. Oily hops and a bit sweet.

T/M: Hops are not dominating, but a bit tangy. Sweetness comes from the malts. Goes down nice and smooth. A spicy finish lingers.

D: An excellent Alt Beer. very easy to drink, with everything to like and not much to dislike. I prefer this brew over Long Trails Altbier.


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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
3.61 out of 5 based on 866 ratings.
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