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

Poured from a bittle into an English pint glass.

Pours light amber, almost an orange-like hue. Medium foam, small bubbles.

Smells of bread, malt.

Taste is very clean - heavy on the malt. Almost reminds me of a Marzen, but just a little. There's a lot going on here. There is a mild hop finish, but it doesn't linger - the malt taste is what stays with you.

Light buzz in the mouth from the carbonation.

Very drinkable - flavorful, yet smooth and clean. Well done.

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Photo of firkinhophead
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cleaar amber-gold with a frothy, off-white head that leaves some sticky lace.

Aroma is of dry malts, and grassy, hay-like hops.

Taste is of toasted grain and sweet barley liquor nicely balanced with some floral hops and a quenching citrus sourness in the finish. Moderate bitterness doesn't linger.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. Carbonation is lively, keeping the beer light on the tongue.

Drinkability is very good. Extremely well balanced with nice clean structure. Definitely calls for more than one.

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Photo of McClungbrew2
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear copper color with 1/4" cream colored head. No lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet malt. Strong grainy notes.

Taste - Grainy, with some roasty flavor. No pronounced hop flavor. Slight bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Good crisp finish with no lingering aftertaste.

Overall - Good drinkable beer.

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

Nice looking amber hue. clean, clear with a white pillowy head that laces nicely.
smells of caramel malts, hints of roasted grains flows to the nostrils. Liking this one already.
Taste, was nice on the tongue. Good feel. Sweet, caramel malts dominate the floral hops that fight their way through.
Slight bitter finish.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at a local hotel lounge in jacksonville ou of the bottle.

appearance: copper hazy brown, small head rentention

smell: hint of hops, and and a sweet nutty smell

taste: rich and with a surpring full hop flavor for a brown ale

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: quality and i would drink again

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Photo of JayNH
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep clear copper with a small foamy head.

S- earthy hoppiness with a slightly sweet maltiness hiding in the background.

T- earthy hoppiness well balanced with a nutty toasty malt.

M- medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

D- excellent. A nice session ale.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this sepia body brew into a DFH pint glass. Minimal head, but some nice white thick lacing. Nose isn't very powerful, hints of sour dough.

Flavor is reminiscent to a scotch ale. Leathery and nutty start, with a sour, metally finish. Mouthfeel has some nice viscosity.

A nice little session beer, with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
2.29/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass from a bottle. Poured a clear copper color with 1" white head. No lacing was left as the head disappeared.

Smells a little funky, ricey, earthy. I think it may have gone bad.

Tastes like it smells. Not terrible, but not a taste/smell I can place or have experienced before. I'm drinking it anyway.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

As noted above, I think the bottle I tried was bad, so the score may not be representative. If I get a hold of another bottle, I will review this beer again.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention and a copper color.

Smell is of some light caramel malts with a hint of toffee. Some mild hop aroma comes into to balance.

There is a weird dryness to this beer. I think the hop flavor is a little unusual as well. It has this overly lemony characteristic and a a bit of a fresh cut grass characteristic.

This beer is not for me. I don't like the overly lemony overtones and the grassiness.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick and frothy, one-finger head that laces nicely.

S: Malt, hops, and brown sugar.

T: What I'm tasting is an off-balanced struggle between 6 malts, three hops, and one special yeast, resulting in an Altbier without any distinct personality. Not particularly robust or flavorful. No detectable "fruitiness" that typically characterizes the style. Exhibits much less character and complexity than Otter Creek's exceptional Pale Ale offering.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Not inspiring enough to be considered truly sessionable.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
July 5, 2008

Given to me by my uncle during a July 4 party. Deep red hue. Smells pleasantly malty. Nothing crazy, but a well balanced, enjoyable taste. Quality brew here. Would you like another chance to try this some time in the near future.

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Photo of forceten
4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, maybe I'm different, but I really like Altbier. And this is a great altbier.

Pours into the glass (I've had both tap and bottle; consistent results) with a great stable head. The beer is crystal clear, a rich copper hue, with proper carbonation. The beer is highly drinkable, even with the balance of malt and a touch extra hops than you might expect from an Alt. This is not a "hoppy" beer by hophead standards, however.

This is a session beer. I can drink a lot of this. Give this one a go when you're looking for something with FLAVOR to drink with a variety of foods...

A good alternative to a Marzen in the Fall.

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

Nose is light, softly malty, and a little spicy. Smells okay.

Pours a dark honey/brown color, pretty good clarity, mild head with mild retention. Looks okay.

First sip shows off a nice maltiness with roasted notes. Chocolate and dark bread crust come through clear. Nice bitterness and fruitiness follow. Nutty notes and a solid malt base round out the malt character as hop flavor grows. Citric and pine notes followed by herbal hibiscus-tea-like floral character. Mild bitterness overall. Medium body with semi-punchy carbonation. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good.

Like a maltier and softer version of the Pale Ale, Copper Ale is easier to drink and (almost likewise) exhibits less character. I could easily pop a few back without thinking about them, which is probably why it is Otter Creek's flagship. Not bad. Pretty good drinkability.

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Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent copper toned amber with medium amounts of co2 quickly rising to the top of the medium sized white head.
Smell is of mildly spiced hops with toasted nuts, and toffee. Perhaps some light notes of vanilla coming through, as well.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. The bitterness and malt seem to blend together nicely
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, with a smooth finish.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 08 - or is it 03? /18/08 lot #2347.

Pours a mildly hazed light amber color with a very thin and quickly vanishing off-white head.

Scent is vaguely earthy, grassy and malty with notes of toast and fruit.

Taste is toasty and grainy with a bit of a metallic note at first. There's a muted fruitiness. A pleasing bitterness finishes it out. Seems to grow on me. As I continue to sip, both the fruity and the toasted qualities seem to come into focus.

Mouth is a well carbonated medium.

Drinkability is pretty good.

Not a bad beer. Interesting how it grew on me as I continued to sip. Alts have never been my favorite style of beer but this was pleasant to drink.

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Photo of beerfairy
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours nice amber-copper body. It has a nice almond colored head to it.

S: Malty and earthy is what I get from this.

T: Hard to describe but it goes down well and leaves a sharp bitterness. A bit malty and earthy just as it smells.

M: Not overcarbinated which is quite nice. bitterness sneaks up on you in the end.

D: Not too bad, I could drink this again or have many more of them. Pretty decent brew, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew smells very malty like fresh cooked ginger snaps. Pours to a deep golden color with a slight orange tinge. Head is macro bubble and fades quickly. The taste starts as sweet like a marzen but is quickly followed by a gradual hopping that starts bittersweet in combination with the carbonation. The finish is more bitter but then gets overtaken by the maltiness. This is a flavorful Alt. Not at all balanced at the point of attack, but then why should it be? Delicious.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another solid Otter Creek offering here with the Copper Ale. Interesting enough, it pours a nice copper color and has a coppery/metallic sort of taste to it (in a good way though). May be hard to have many of these in one sitting but if having a few it's a nice tasty beer I'd come back to.

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Photo of Brew33
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati.

It is a bright copper color with a sticky white head that laces all the way down the glass.

The smell is bright, a lot of carmel malt in the nose.

The taste is grainy, malty, and metallic. Strong grain flavor with a subdued hoppiness. I like hoppy brews so this is a little flat for me. The metallic aftertaste may be strong for some but I rather liked it. There is no alcohol taste present at all.

Overall this is a decent brew, not great but a good sessionable Ale. I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper with a nice full head and great lacing.

Some hop aroma, with notes of roasted malt and caramel. Looked for more here and didn't get it.

Some hop bite, with a distinctive herbal/pine note -- not unpleasant, but present. Dry biscuit flavors here as well as roasted malt and a little caramel. Sounds crazy, but all of these work well together.

Medium bodied, fair carbonation.

Those seeking a soft beer need to go somewhere else. Flavors peak strongly then fade to the next layer. Nice beer, well crafted and consistent in flavor -- something that I've gone back to (meaning at least a couple of 6's) every year for about 10 years. Thanks to my friend for having it in the fridge. A great reminder that while there are so many new ones out there to choose from, it is important (and actually worthwhile) to return to support the local brewer who has been doing it so well for so long. I know what my next 6 purchase is going to be.

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

12 oz. twisty bottle > Otter Creek world tour Pint glass.

The color is certainly a deep copper-amber color, many tiny bubbles rushing up create a clumpy and well-retained off-white head.

Smells of honey soaked almonds, dark bread with brown sugar, tangy fruits, black pepper and earth-soil herbs.

The first thing I noticed after my first sip was the divine balance of flavors. There's a crisp and sweet malt, much like a sweet bread like Hollah then the fresh, peppery herbal hops rides over it with a bold earthiness and then comes the tangy, fruity edge that is very subtle and effective. The balance brings all of this right back down to earth, like when Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh find a mellodic theme within a very jazzy, spacey Darkstar. The malt is semi-sweet with a nutty, almost meaty effect that gives further depth. The flavor profile seems really unique, with it's bold malt, earthiness and tangy fruits so well balanced.

This is a crispy medium bodied brew that is right on style wise.

This is not exactly a hard beer to polish off.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color of a copper penny. No head despite best efforts. Nice color but too clear and shiny to show any depth. I would have preferred maybe a little more body.

The smell is a surprising, slightly roasted malt. Some toffee and caramel notes. The malt is a little sharp, just this side of an amber, although not bad.

The taste is of a sharp amber malt, with some toasted molasses and toffee. A mild flowery hop is a necessary balance. It's like an ale with slightly more toasted malt.

The feel is watery but with some minor ale body. It could use some more body to make the flavors stick around a little longer. It's a solid ale. Not amazing but drinkable and mild. Malty and a tad burnt.

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear copper with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like roasted barley malt and earthy copper hops, with a bit of nutty malt. It tasted like rusty and earthy copper hops, with robust roasted barley malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a clean and bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a nice, clean flavor that was easily to drink. However, it could have used a little more hops bite.

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Photo of changeup45
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice copper color to it topped with a good head which lelf a nice amount of lacing. Taste was a refreshing with sweet spiced flavor. Slightly hoppy bitter notes at the end with a clean finish. A touch fruity but not too much. Perhaps a little thin on the mouthfeel. A good overall balance to this beer and something I'd look forward to having again.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite summer beers, I'll still enjoy a six-pack anytime it is available.

Pours a nice golden, slightly amber color. Not much lace left behind, but that's not important with this beer.

I've never been disappointed with the scent, but also never been overly impressed. I think the scent is subtle.

Delicious, simply delicious. Excellent in the summer, but really suitable anytime. Goes well with most foods (e.g. meats, veggies, salads), so excellent for a cook out or even a quiet dinner at home.

Smooth as beer should be. Easy to drink without drinking too many. Average ABV, so you do not get intoxicated easily. An excellent session beer in my opinion.

A great American beer, a great Altbier, and the best Otter Creek offering available.

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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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