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 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 bob3701
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Shaker pint at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, NJ. Great copper color with a small white head and excellent lacing. A malty aroma. Hints of caramel in the taste and a slight bitter/sour finish. Makes a very good session beer. This beer tastes a lot better on tap than from a bottle.

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

On tap at West on Centre in West Roxbury. Served in a standard pint glass. Clear, orange color. No visible head, but good carbonation. Not much smell, but taste was clean and appealing. Malty at first but then a bit of hops at the end. Drinkability is what I give this beer the best marks for. It's just an extremely easy brew to drink. Went down before I got my meal. Very sessionable, and pairs easily with food. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Offa
4.72/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding alt, with firm, complex character.

Light copper, is has a medium big, off-white head, steadily shrinking to a thin, foamy top, with a little weak, foamy lace.

Aroma is strong toasty barley and whole wheat bread crust, strong fruitiness, light leafiness, and yeastiness.

Taste is very fruity up front (plum, hint of raisin), with toasty barley, light leafiness, grain throughout. Light sweetness is balanced with light spicey-peppery bitterness and it is very nicely balanced. Feel is solid, fairly lively.

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Photo of confer
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me this bottle and a bottle of the Raspberry Brown from a trip to NH. I like this style and this beer did not let me down.
The name is spot on for the color. Pale copper with a decent off white head and lacing.
The smell clean and malty. The malt is strong in the flavor. There is a subtle hop finish, very refreshing.
This is a great all year round beer. I will look for this again. Looking forward to trying the Raspberry Brown. Thanks Bill.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recieved a 12 pack of this in a local beer trade. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini snifter I got a generous 2 inch thick white head. Clean copper appearance and lacing stuck to the glass. Smell was not very noticable. The taste is very well balanced between roasted, nutlike malty flavor and hoppy profile. Mouthfeel is very light and smooth. Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I toured the brewery our group made a fictional batch of copper ale. I like to think that every copper ale I drink came from that fictional batch. But that's just me.

Beautifully clear copper color with a then white head. Friendly lookin' beer if I do say so myself. Persistent skim retention.

Aroma is toasted malt and fruit with some orange marmalade and mild chocolate malt peeking out. Pharmaceutical hop. Taste is similarly super clean toasted malt and fruit.

A humble, all around good beer. Glad I made it.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovingly brewed in the quaint college town of Middlebury, Vermont, this beer is a tribute to the German style of altbier, which is lovingly brewed in the not-so-quaint industrial city of Dusseldorf, Germany.

From the bottle pours a thick gush of lather; it settles into a translucent body of amber gold and contains a few lonely carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. There is in attendance a moderation of lacing around the glass edge.

The nose is greeted by an initial pine needle whiff, while the palate receives some subtle notes of banana and wet straw with a citrus aftertaste. I found this one to be crisp and fresh. After all, the ingredients include six malts, three hops and"special yeast;" there is plenty afoot in this one.

The Otter Creek Copper Ale makes for a pleasant quaff on a warm afternoon, be it on the banks of the Otter Creek or the Rhine River.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enjoyable brew, I had several over Thanksgiving day. Pour is copper-like (duh), with a mild head that doen't stick around. Coloration is quite vibrant.

Taste is bitter hops, mild malt, and a bit of sweetness in the finish. The hops are almost too much at first but move onto citrus/floral notes as the original bitterness subsides.

Mouthfeel/drinkability- Good. Very crisp, tasty, easy-drinking, with full-flavor. I had more than a couple, and really enjoyed them. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Carlton1964
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amount of lacing. Pours nice and has great appearance with nice shade of "copper".
Smells same as most ales of this variety. Taste was very pleasant on the palate and left no aftertaste. Might be considered a little sharp to some but I enjoyed it. Worth serious consideration.

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It has a clear copperish/red color to it. Nice foamy head that leaves a solid amount of lacing.
S- It has a sweet malty scent.
T- Just like the scent, it has a strong malt taste to it with a caramel undertones. It's a full-bodied beer. It's solid in many ways, but nothing really jumps out, either.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Looks like an ice tea, with a chill haze and touch of head. No apparent carbonation.

Aromas of mint leaves, yeasty/crusty bread, and a hint of toffee sweetness.

Tastes like a really good mint iced tea.

Great level of tight carbonation, relatively rich mouthfeel (for the style), and a refreshingly light bitter bite in the finish.

Quite drinkable overall, with great balance.

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Photo of kegger22
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber with a moderate head that dissipated to a collar. The aroma wasn't very strong, I couldn't get much of anything. The taste was bitter, like a copper penny in your mouth. Hmmm, is that why they call it copper ale? The feel was light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was OK. An average tasting beer at best.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear body with a light copper color and a decent head which leaves some splotchy lacing

S- Sticky caramelized sugars and the aroma of pretzel dough make for a delicious smell

T- Stays true to the nose with a fairly dry, burnt pretzel dough flavor to it.

M- Moderate in body and carbonation. Has a slightly sticky quality to it

D- Quite pleasant with smooth features and a hint of malt complexity. Feels European in some way.

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Photo of Fnord
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear reddish-amber. Head is composed of large off-white bubbles.

Smell - Grassy hops, caramel, pear, alcohol.

Taste - The hops come out a bit more and the fruit less, but otherwise pretty much the same as the smell. A bitter start that soon mellows out.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Notes - As the only altbier I've had, I've got nothing to compare it to. It's got a sharp bitterness to it that's fairly pleasant and reminds me a little of a kolsch. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear copper color. Go figure. The head is an inch and a half of solid white foam, and recedes very slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and toast. It isn't the most aromatic beer out there, but what is there is very nice. The taste is like the aroma, but a little more pronounced. I like how it is thoroughly malt without being overly heavy of overly sticky. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The texture is very silky which I would not expect from an altbier, but it really makes things nice. Overall, this is a very sessionable beer. The longer I sip, the more I like it. I could easily drink this on a regular basis without getting bored.

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Photo of droomyster
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive clear copper with a medium sized off-white head that smells of a nice blend of sweet caramel malts and leafy hops. Taste has a nice orange zest that slightly overshadows the malts. This a great food and session beer, one that I keep coming back to time and again.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed that this beer is a little old...I bought it in a variety pack so there was no way to tell it was bottled in 5/08. Still...its held up well!

Pours a cloudy copper - brown with a nicely retaining cream colored head. Laces down the glass but not too thickly.

Smells of alcohol and slight hops that linger. Also notes of caramel.

Tastes pretty good! Slight hop bite and some pine with caramel lacing throughout. Unfortunately, from being stored so long, it has a pretty intense metallic taste. Still...tastes good. Reminds me more of a British pale ale because of the maltiness but the bitterness almost reminiscent of ESB's.

All in all, it was solid. Still strong from being in the bottle so long. I was surprised.

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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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Photo of dweingar
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review on BA. Thank you all for having me, a newly beer obsessed 21 y/o from NYC.

poured from 12 oz bottle into flute glass, hoping to enhance the nose.

A: Light penny color, insignificant (1/8") head (possibly due to the flute glass), fleeting lacing, and carbonation is even and steady throughout the drink.
S: Not much to speak of, sweet and bitter earthy tones, overall very mild.
T: Similar to the nose, though much more pungent and strong; the bitter aspects of the taste gradually give way to sweeter flavors on the back end, leaving a satisfyingly crisp, clean finish.
M: Smooth, though the noticeable carbonation dissipates rather quicker than I had hoped. Slightly dry, bitter feel on the back end.
D: Despite the early earthy bitter bite on the tongue, a rather drinkable beer, though the jury's still out on whether I'd classify this as a session beer.

I certainly hope this first review is informative, though my palate is largely untrained and unversed in many types of beer (due to lack of experience). Hooray, beer!


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Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, golden copper hue with a nice head and a strong column of bubbling. The aroma is caramel malts and faint minty hops. When this beer is cold, it has a strong metallic twang on the front and middle of the palate. But, as it warms, the caramel and crystal malts come up front, with a more grassy hop profile mixed in. Great toasted malt palate with some balancing hops. But there needs to be more sweetness for this to be my idea of an altbier.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light copper with a one finger head. Good retention and light lacing.
This beer smells pretty average, even a touch macro-like. Not much noteworthy in the nose.
Nice flavor of earthy malts without being dirty. Definitely a maltier brew, although there are just enough hops to keep a good balance, never approaching too sweet. Crisp finish with a bit of hop bitterness showing up at the end.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
Another highly drinkable offering from Otter Creek. Nothing to go wild over, but solid all around.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a nice one finger head. The smell is of earthy notes and piney hops with some fruit notes. The smell is very nice. The taste is of sweet malts, there is no fruit notes and a very faint piney hop taste that is almost nonexistant. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated, it is a little harsh. The overall drinkability is okay, the color and smell start the beer off promising but the taste and mouthfeel fall short.

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Photo of mempath
4.77/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours bright new penny copper (go figure) and maintains a nice head with sporadic, rorschach lacing. nice.

the nose is really nice. i mean really. NICE. toasted sesame seeds? nearly burned molasses? so far, promises to be the best copper ale i've had. not a favorite style...another sniff and the dark dried fruit sweetness tips in

wow. muscat/muscadine wild sweetness tempered just right by the hops and the almost too carbonated sense...nope, it's right on as you repeat the process of sniff, then savor...for what it IS, this is stellar. yep, best copper ale i've had. now i want to retry some crappy ones to confirm...oy

highly recommended. this is the third i've had and they seem to taste better each time. impressive. obviously a fresh batch. this has the octoberfest beer in the sampler case. also has the (american) pale ale. may have paid a few extra bucks buying it here in PA, but already more than worth it :)

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright orange/copper colored brew topped by a half-inch layer of white head. Medium amount of carbonation bubbles. The head recedes slowly to the edges of the glass and leaves some slippery lacing rings.
S: Dry earthy malts and nippy pine hops are complemented nicely by some faint grains and biscuity scents. Really enticing, a pleasant mixture of smells.
T: Pretty good, but pales in comparison to the smell. The first flavors provide some malts and a tiny bit of sugar. Next, I get a tiny hop nip but not nearly enough to qualify as "hoppiness". The finish is pretty bland and oddly bitter, and there's an overall fizzy taste that masks some potential flavors as evidenced by the nose.
M: Fine, but the carbonation is too prominent for me.
D: Pretty good. Taste and feel are alright, but there's no hint of the alcohol and the smell is quite nice. Easily a good session beer.

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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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