Otter Creek Copper Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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 Cyberkedi
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inviting aroma is mainly malty with a strongly yeasty overtone and a firm ribbon of peanut running through it. Pours a nice clear amber with a white head that is thick if not persistent. Taste is a bit wan - malty with an undertone of peanut, and tasty if not outstanding. Texture is fairly smooth and a little tingly, but nothing to write home about. Overall, not too shabby.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a single of this from a friend who was in VT for some skiing. Found my notes after some spring/summer cleaning.

A: Poured into a pint glass to reveal a completely see through orange amber color. I enjoyed the head with it's relative thickness and slow ascent with respectable lace of thin pencil rings.

S: The nose gave off a wee bit too much sweetness of honey perhaps surrounded by earth dirt smell.

T: Not much improvement from the nose. I had to look at the bottle a few times to ensure this was indeed a altbier. You get a mineral accent for the most part while the malt does keep up the sweet category from the nose. Touch of toasty ness but only after heavy contemplation.

D: I will give this another shot hopefully on tap or in a growler.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug as a slightly cloudy copper color with two fingers of solid head. Scent is very light, maybe a hint of yeast. Flavor is earthy, with some subdued malt flavors. A bit of chewiness at the end, but overall very smooth with little aftertaste.

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Photo of davisdandrew
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured in to a pint glass.
beautiful copper color, crystal clear with an amazing rocky white head that has holes that make it look like swiss cheese.
beautiful nople hops flavors and aroma. perfect malt bitter balance.
dry and perfectly carbonated after i splashed it into the glass to release its head.
extremely likeable. great session beer with great complexity.

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Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a clear copper with a 2 finger white head. The aroma is a bit grassy and sweet. The flavor is full and smooth. A bit sweet up front, but it mellows out with a nice balanced flavor. The beer is medium bodied, avearage carbonation and a well rounded beer that would go well with most foods.

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Photo of jsh420
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours copper orange with a 2 finger head that leaves lacing all down the glass

smell is all pale malts(little bit macro) and earthy hops

taste/mouthfeel so light refreshing and crisp - sweet carmel/pale/bready malts and good tangy(as the bottle says) hops

drinkability is very good - i am sad i only picked up one bottle (part of a mix a six)

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

First off, the name really says it all. This pours a deep copper color with minimal head and medium carbonation something about the aroma has a slight copper to it along with some malty notes.
It leaves a really good taste in your mouth that lingers for a short while. It reminds me a lot of Long Trail Ale. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date on the neck. Beer pours a clear copper color, with a lasting white head with good lacing. Bubbles stream from the bottom of the glass. Looks great.

Yeasty fruit aroma that is very gentle but pleasant.

Taste is a sweet light malt flavor with bitterness found mostly as just a sensation in the back end. Very good balance, hop flavor is present but appropriately light.

Mouthfeel is rather dry and light with a light carbonation delivering the flavors at all the right spots. Drinkability is superb, I want another one and could session this with ease.

I got this beer as part of a mix pack that I highly recommend. The price was right and every beer was good. I would certainly buy a six pack of this beer, low price and an excellent ale.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into stange.

A - Clear copper, as the name suggests, with 2 to 3 fingers of head just a half shade lower than white. Moderate retention with minimal lacing.

S - Really, really weird. The first thing that hits me is is one of those kids juice drinks in the ubiquitous plastic bottles. Artificial fruit smells of watermelon, peach, cherry, and kiwi are all pronounced. Faint weird biscuity aroma as well. I don't know what the hell this is.

T - Strange, earthy bread fills the palate accompanied with some sort of artificial fruitiness. Though difficult to describe, it's not all together pleasant. Grassy, earthy, mineral-like, and borderline medicinal hops all pull through late palate to make things a little more interesting. The flavors going on here just aren't tasty. The whole picture comes together as a cross between some exotic herb tea and a well-maintained compost heap. Not exactly appealing.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

D - Admittedly I'm not wildly familiar with altbiers, but this stuff is just kind of gross; I feel like I'm choking down that compost-like taste at times. A strange experience overall that I don't care to repeat any time soon.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper orange with a nice head. It looks supremely inviting.

The aroma is yeasty and malty with some dark fruits.

Biscuity flavor balanced by the hops. Hints of plum, caramel, and dark malts. Almost perfect carbonation and body--big enough to fill the mouth, but never too thick or chewy.

This is way too drinkable. It's sweet and complex, and I keep wanting another sip.

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

slightly hazed copper color with a two finger frothy beige head and a patchy lace. spicy nose with hint of hops and a slight note of caramel. taste is slightly sweet grainy malt, caramel and spice, slightly bitter hop finish that lingers on for a bit. light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation holds up well. nicely balanced easy to drink lots of taste and moderately priced. its a buy.

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Photo of Jayli
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at West On Centre in Roslindale 4/18.
This beer was served a slightly hazy copper color with a nice creamy, foamy head to it - decent head retention and lacing. Nose is faintly malty, a touch musty and sweet caramel malts. This beer starts out with the caramel malts, becomes slightly bready then finishes with bitter hops. I really like the bitter hop finish to this one, it lingers and offsets the sweet start. This is a lighter to slight medium bodied beer, slightly more carbonated that I would have liked, goes down VERY easily. For me, this beer has definite drinkability.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Foster's Cooler Glass.

L - clear copper color with a tight off-white head that thinned to a ring/coating leaving some spotty lacing.

S - earthy blend of caramel malt and grassy hops.

T - very tasty brew, there is a pleasant sweetness and rich malty flavor most of the way through until the finish turns dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - totally drinkable and totally refreshing.

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Photo of thekanna
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear ruddy orange with a decent head.

S: An earthy, citrus note-infused smell with a decently fresh floral hoppiness.

T: Sweet caramel malt flavor gives way to a weak hop note and a rice-like adjunct finish. Some nuttiness lingers throughout, but still leaves the palate wanting for the caramel malts to stay around longer.

M: Nicely carbonated with a dry finish.

D: This wasn't too bad, but not something I'd sit down and enjoy a couple of bottles of. More run-of-the-mill than anything.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear rust orange in color with an impressive tan head. The head billows up like an inflatable round pillow in my glass and almost begs me to curl up on it like a cat.

The nose is of robust dirt. Earthy and coppery with some stale malt notes. Not a good scent and one that experience tells me is going to be a kind of acrid taste.

The nose to me is right on the money and my suspicions are true. That acrid scent carries through to the palate and a sharp twinge assaults my inner jowls right behind my molars. It's not bitterness just a sweet dull yuck that happens to rub me the wrong way. A few sips in the flavor is not as oppressive and I can actually taste more of the ingredients. Some stale, sweet malts and a mild bitterness that actually yields a nice smoothness.

Despite me dislike of the taste I do enjoy the mouthfeel. It's smooth and crisp and not to bad in the long run. I wish this beer had more character because to me it's just dull and musty. Worth a try but don't spend good money on it.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear bronzed-copper body with a half-finger of soft off-white foam capping the drink. While unimpressive in size, the head is long-lasting and leaves fading sticky bands of lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is rich and grainy with clean, tangy, grassy, herbal hoppiness and plenty of dry, lightly toasted malt.

The taste is dryly malty with a trailing caramel edge that is nicely cleaned up by a bitter grassy hop-note. The mild bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, mingling with a note of dry cocoa and a drizzle of oily, malty caramel nuttiness.

The drink is on the light side of medium-bodied with superb carbonation. Otter Creek Copper Ale is plenty tasty, and quite a refreshing drink on a warm, humid spring afternoon.

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Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper orange, good bubbly head with nice lacing. Smells of caramel sweetness, pear, . Tastes of sweet caramel malt up front and throughout. Some vanilla and pear. Nice hoppy bitterness. Finishes quite sweet. Good carbonation.

A very good beer, not too sweet and overbearing. I love the caramel sweetness matched with the hoppy bitterness. A great representative for an American Altbier.

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Photo of spointon
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this one at the Auld Dubliner in Bolingbrook tonight (poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass).

A= This ale poured a nice amber color with a 1/2" creamy tan head. The head retained well and left some nice web lace down the glass.

S= Aroma was of sweet malts, a moderate earthy hop burst, and a pungent sourness.

T= Wow, this was a really sour beer for a style that should be malty and relatively sweet. Some dark malt sweetness was in there up front, but there was entirely too much sourness following that. My initial reaction was that this beer was infected, but if so the whole case would have had to be infected because the bartender told me upfront that this was a sour beer. Weird.

MF= Relatively crisp and medium bodied.

D= This was an odd beer and I am not convinced it wasn't infected, yet a knowledgeable set of bartenders had been selling it in its "sour" state for weeks and billing it as a flavor characteristic. In any event, I wouldn't drink this one again.

EDIT: Upon doing my homework on this beer's intended characteristics (malty sweet and NOT sour), I have to say this beer was indeed infected!

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber, quarter finger head.

S- Toasted malt with hints of caramel sweetness.

T- Loads of malt complexity right off the bat. Different shades of roast and nutty characters interchange over a caramelly sweet background. The hops make a seemless takeover midway through, but they not so strong as to make you forget the maltyness that brought you this far. The finish is rich and full of character.

M- Meduim bodied with an ever so slight carbonic bite.

D- Fairly good seeing as there's alot of character in this beer.

Just one very flavorful beer, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an SA pint glass.

A: Poured a clear, light copper color with a sticky, one-finger head of white foam which left some nice, webby lacing.

S: Smells lightly toasted, with caramel and buttered biscuit dominating the nose.

T: A very nice, clean, balanced malt flavor, with toasted caramel and cereal malts blended with a bit of herbal grass hop bitterness, but this is quite low. A little bit of sweet and smokiness comes from the toasted malt, but it's just nice, crisp, bready and satisfying.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a little bit of creaminess but an overall sense of balance and smooth malts.

D: A very sessionable brew and one which is a go-to favorite of mine. Not the most interesting style in the pack, but absolutely always one to go to in an indecisive moment.

This paired with an array of wings ranging from garlic parmesean to spicy buffalo to bourbon BBQ, and it was great on it's own as well. Otter Creek Copper Ale is a very versatile brew which will satisfy the malt fans out there with enough balance to satisate most any craft enthusiast. A great ale.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At a good friends party for Mardi Gras here in Burlington (thanks Jon Anthony!) I drank a bottle of this ubiquitous favorite. The color was copper/amber, the one-finger head off-white, the retention sub-par and the lacing off the collar decent. The aroma was very faint but pleasant, a mix of caramel malt and some hop bitterness. The flavors started semi-sweet with caramel malt and toasted malt followed by nuts and a crisp, hoppy finish. The bitterness of the hops at the end was twiggy and a bit woody (whole leaf hops?). Sessionable but a bit boring. The body was medium, the carbonation medium and the mouthfeel average.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Hannaford. Pours an amber body with a thin film of off-white head. Caramel characterizes the aroma, though it's really slight. Rich caramel dominates the flavor, with some chocolate and fruit notes. Medium in body and carbonation. An easy drinker, flavorful enough. Not my favorite of the style... Reasonably decent though.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Otter Creek glass.

Appearance: Copper.. as in the name of this one, a dark orange color, nice head, perfect lacing down the glass.

Smell: A bit of some hoppiness at first smell, some darker fruit aromas get drowned out by some lighter aromas, a tad unbalanced, some orange peel and citrus aromas are here but hard to distinguish.

Taste: A good complexity between the maltiness and the hop addition, tasted a bit metallic at first, some citrus flavorings give way to a spicy malt flavoring, finishing with a nice dose of esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, pretty crisp and clean, sits well on the tongue, doesn't get too wet.

Drinkability: I can see having this beer again, it was a pretty drinkable offering, the metallic taste kind of threw me off track a bit, but it's really not bad at all. I would have again.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber color. Good head, minor lacing. Very hoppy aroma. Taste is strong almost overwhelming. Heavy hops bitterness. Not my cup of tea. had a hard time finishing the one I poured. Maybe personal taste, unfortunately Ive had better from Otter Creek.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A translucent, yes, copper color with hints of orange. A medium sized, creamy off-white head is visible with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Some toasted malts up front. Some fruity, citric notes of orange rind and honey. Definite earthy hops, again with citric touches.

T: Toasted and vaguely caramel malt at first. Spicy, leafy, and floral hop flavors. Some fruity notes, again somewhat like orange, along with honey. A riding bitterness into the finish.

M: Medium-light body, with tight, restrained carbonation. A bit dry into the finish.

D: This is somewhat interesting. I won't call it a great beer, but it's got a unique flavor and nice balance. Solid and pretty sessionable.

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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 44.9% out of 100 with 866 ratings
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