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: 868 |  Reviews: 410
Photo of Jameson480
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium amber, very clear, sticky head

Smell - Smells slightly hoppy, slightly sweet

Taste - Caramel, coffee, toasted/roasted taste

Mouthfeel - Smooth, easy to drink

Drinkability - This is a surprisingly good beer. I tried Otter Creek's White Sail witbier and found it to be less than satisfactory; however, this style more than makes up for it.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Girlfriend brought me back a 12 pack sampler from a recent trip to vermont.

A - Orangy brown with a fluffy white head a top. A decent amount of carbonation floating to the top.
S - Toasty, almost bready malts capture the aroma of the beer. Not much hop presence so the malt takes the forefront here.
T - toasty, malty with a slight bitterness to balance. That is the key word here 'balance'. This beer doesnt have too much of one thing and thats a good thing.
M - A full mouthfeel however the non fermentables do not take up a lot of this beer. I could really see kicking back with a few of these on a cold day.
D - Like i said this is a great all around beer. A perfect compliment to a cooler day. As i was finishing the beer I read that this is styled by german alt beers. Makes sense to pair it up on a cool october day.

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Photo of imaguitargod
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful penny copper color to this beer which poured out to almost zero head in my pint glass. Extremely easy to just gulp this down because it is so smooth. It does have a small hop bite that lingers briefly after you sallow but the main flavor is a nice, toasty malt flavor. Would go great with a full breakfast meal.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer received as part of a 12-pack for Xmas. Thanks Joe.

Poured into a Samuel Adam Boston Lager glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head over the clear amber brew. Head recedes sedately, with lasting lace. Aroma is well-balanced. Taste mirrors the nose, nutty maltiness upfront, and a moderately intense citrus hoppiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, and drinkability is pretty good. A nice fall-back if not a first choice when looking for a sessionable product.

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Photo of Kallessin
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber color with about a 1/4 inch head. Very clear.

A very earthy aroma with a hint of flowers and citrus.

It's very bitter and hoppy at first. There is a lot of citrus flavor. I wouldn't say the flavor is as well balanced as it says on the bottle, but as the beer warms up a bit, the sweetness of the malts comes through more and the flavor is much better.

A very sharp crisp mouth feel that finishes a little dry. Nice carbonation.

I don't think I could drink a lot of these because of the dryness. Overall not too bad, but I don't think I could have more than a couple.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper color with almost no head, and that with a very fresh born on date. Grainy aromas with a touch of leather in the nose. The taste starts with spicy hops, then a graininess like Wasa crackers, and crisp, dry malt. A tad sweet right before the finish, and then a long, mild bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and crackery and a bit spicy, but falls off a bit. This is a pleasant session beer, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful copper-red color with a off white head. Soft carbonation.

S: On the nose is some spiciness, cinnamon, fresh leaves, nutmeg, and a fresh kindling woodiness are detected. A very distinct burnt caramel is highlighted with a touch of smokiness and a very earthy feel.

T: For flavor there is some earthy leaves, kindling, and burnt caramel along with some earthy hop notes and toasted bread. Theres some sweetness in the start from the cinnamon hints and burnt caramel which fades to a nice fresh woodiness flavor.

M: The body and mouthful is light but very flavorful and autumn like.

D: Good drinkability with a great complexity of flavor. A great fall style beer with a very good flavor.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent copper color (big surprise!) with light head and light lacing.

Smell is of toasted sweetbread with a kiss of hops.

Tastes toasty and slightly sweet with just a little nuttiness. A fairly restrained hop finish.

Medium-bodied with more carbonation than was visible. Pretty smooth.

A very solid but not knock-your-socks-off beer. I will definitely track this one down again.

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Photo of wspscott
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (xmas in ft myers)

A: Color of a penny, crystal clear, no head
S: hint of spicy hops, mostly malty/toasty
T: Bready/toasty malt with a nice hop backbone, doesn't seem like american hops (at least not one of the C's)
M: Low level of carbonation, crisp and dry on tongue, no hint of alcohol
D: Very nice, sessionable, amber style ale. Bottle says "inspired by Alts" but seems a little hoppy for an Alt. Definitely worth trying, I would buy it again.

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

Pours a paler 'copper' than expected, but certainly is copper in a muted, rather pale amber kinda way. Head of foam and surprisingly white with a yellow tinge that holds lacing. Aroma is predominantly hops, and very clean; not a favorite aroma, but a good aroma. Taste is light and malty, hops make a showing as does a distinct toasted flavor. This is like a less intense and more sessionable version of Redhook ESB, a beer I really like, but I'm unsure I want a less intense version. Flavors are great though, simple as that. Mouthfeel is watery; aimed for sessionability so it's acceptable. Drinkability is excellent, it's a well balanced beer, and I'd consider stocking it, though it's rather close to ESB as mentioned.

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 1 finger od eggshell white head. Great lacing & very good head retention

S: Nice breadyness, fades as the beer warms up

T: Cakey, dry with herbal hop bitterness up front. Some crackery notes along caramel as this warms. Finishes with slightly herbal/metallic hop twang, some toffee, honey malt & too much dryness

MF: Medium bodied with good balance & moderate carbonation

Drinks fairly good, compares favorably to some Alts I had over in Germany, too dang dry to session on

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Photo of joe1510
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Received this from my RB Secret Santa. Otter Creek's Copper Ale pours, well what else, a hazy but polished copper. The whole glass is teaming with moderate sized carbonation bubbles rising to the one finger white head that formed on the pour. The head leaves patchy lacing on its way down.

There's a solid husked graininess upfront that falls to the background but never completely fades. Toffee and caramel come in and round things out nicely. Has a bit of an earthy aroma coming up from the depths.

Flavor is much the same as the smell and to keep from boring you I won't repeat myself. What was undetectable in the smell is the hop presence and although there's no discernable hop flavor there is certainly a balancing bitterness that keeps this beer perfectly balanced.

Medium bodied with a massaging carbonation. By the looks of things I thought the carbonation would be more aggressive, (and was a little worried) I'm glad it's more restrained.

This is without a doubt a sessionable beer. Smooth and balanced keep this Alt flowing easy.

I don't visit Alts often enough and this is a pretty good example. When I head to the store it seems like there's just too many seasonals and special releases to keep up with, that it keeps me from what I should be drinking, more sessionable brews.

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Photo of chiefydawg
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a variety pack of other Otter Creek beers. After sipping this, I recalled a taste found in the other beers in the pack. So, reading up, I noticed: this is not pasteurized, it was brewed in July '07, and I cannot say what kinds of temperature changes it has sustained. So this beer may not be nearly as good as one in, say, Vermont in August.
(Here's an abbreviated review until I can get some fresh brew.)

That being said, I still found the beer to be quite drinkable. It has that nice copper color, but little lace. There was some sweet bread smell that kept me interested; and the taste actually improves as it warms. Unfortunately, I could catch more of the the watery, flat finish to every drink is the recurring taste no matter how well it hit initially hit the tongue. Medium bodied as promised, it went down smoothly and imparted some good clean caramel before the aftertaste immediately downgraded it again. An average beer that I would not buy, but would be thrilled to drink if offered one.

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Photo of animal69
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the second offering was their alt ; the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish-gold w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing ; a sour caramel w/ faint hints of darker fruits as it warms, very little hop aroma as well ; a crisp, strangely tart, malty nut-like flavor, at first, then the flavor thins out quickly leaving a watered down mostly munich/caramel flavor behind, a bit of citrusy hop in there as well ; a dry, med. body w/ mild carbonation, could be thinner to match the lighter flavor ; not a bad drinking beer, not my top choice for an alt at all (say that three times, fast)....

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very clear copper amber with some small visible carbonation and a decent two finger high head of white fomay lace. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace and a decent film across the top.

S - The aroma was really packed with tons of bready malts. Cereal grains taking over as it warms up with a decent musty sort of smell. Very much full of malt hear with a touch of barley.

T - Very sort of muted. A quick clean taste that really did not have much of a follow though to it. It really kinda was dominated by the cereal grains and earthy bread like malts that drown out anything else that might have been trying to make a run at coming forward.

M - Very smooth with a crisp clean finish. Not a ton of carbnation and the body itself was very light. It was a very light feeling, but non slick beer.

D - Very nice actually as there was nothing really holding you back from having multiples of this. Low abv and a very smooth flavor with a crisp finish lend itself well tothis.

Overall this was a decent beer, nothing really spectaculat just a decent beer, I would go to it in a pinch for sure. But faced with other options I would probably not.

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

No drink by date on this one, but, pours a very clear amber color with many rising bubbles. Topped by a two finger white head, this one has a good amount of sticky lace. The aroma is both sweet and sour with some good hop smells and a decent amount of sweet malt aroma. The taste has abundant hop bitterness and medium malt flavors that is very well blended. This is a very good beer that I would drink over and over.

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

A - Pours a clear copper with a one-inch head. Looks pretty solid.

S - Toasty and malty, with a whiff of pine on opening the bottle. Pine dissipates quickly leaving itty bits of floral hops in an ocean of toasty malt.

T - Dry, toasty roasted grains and a hint of fruitiness. A little bit of lemony hops are here and a bitter finish. Highlights are the roasted dry graininess. A little bit of coffee as well.

M - A little prickly I think, but after that it's a light/medium body. Did I mention dry?

D - Not bad, but not the best balanced beer. Could use a bit more hops I think but overall, a drinkable brew.

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Photo of albern
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very average beer, that is enjoyable and quite drinkable. It pours a copper color, clear, decently carbonated, some head, some retention. The smell is bready malts, caramel, some floral aromas. The taste is all about the malts. You'll get your floral malts, some dry malt flavors, some burnt molasses flavors too. It's okay, nothing special, just okay. Mouthfeel is what you would come to expect from an American malty micro and the drinkability is a plus because the beer makes no real statement one way or another. You can't go wrong here, but don't expect much either.

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Photo of Foxman
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very clear and fairly carbonated golden amber. A fingernail's width of thin off-white head devolves to frizzy froth. Small sculptures of lacing carve the inside of the glass.

The aroma is mild caramel malt, distantly sweet, and it stretches out to touch an equally far-off, vaguely metallic hop note.

Upon tasting, the malt is well-toasted and somewhat earthy with caramel and baked bread. The hops are slightly grassy with a tinny edge and a twist of pepper. A brief hint of residual sweetness and a lighter bit of baked dough are dried to an airy crisp in a nicely lingering bitter finish. It's better than mediocre, but what does it say when the finish is the highlight?

Light bodied, it has a little bit of heft, flowing gradually and with a dry touch on the tongue.

The style is generally reasonably subtle, but this is more indistinct than nuanced. The thin character detracts from what might have been a decent flavor profile. The lightness of being does help make it drinkable, but I know I could do better in my search for a tasty alt. I guess I'll finish the six when I feel like having a beer I don't have to think about.

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Photo of matty
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really liked this beer.It has a deep gold color and nice pleasant smell.The taste is fantastic with what seems to be an aftertaste of butterscotch or caramel.I will buy this product again although I don't think you will be able to drink many at one sitting.One of my new favorites!!

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Photo of svraines
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thin head which dissipates quickly leaving a bit of lacing. Copper-orange in color, faint aroma of Noble hops like a German pils. Good bitterness delivers mildly nutty malt flavor. Fairly light body. Finishes dry. This would be a good beer to enjoy with something like fire-grilled pizza, but by itself is nothing spectacular.

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

A thin copper colored liquid with very fine carbonation. The head is fairly thin with a bit of lacing. The aroma is malty-nut-like with a sour overtone, sort of a chemical hint. The flavor jumps out as fairly crisp malt with an orange citrus feel. Not bad. An interesting blend of the refreshing citrus and the mellow side of the malt/nut flavor one might more likely anticipate with a copper ale. There is a bitter aftertaste, not very harsh, a bit dry. I would say it is pretty drinkable but this strikes me as more of a good change up beer, fairly mild without being bland, somewhat unique I think. But there is a chemical quality that keeps popping up with this one that keeps me from giving it a better review.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy yellow-copper color with a thin, frothy head. Smell is sweet, slightly fruity with hints of caramel. The taste isn't all that great; very one dimensional for having "six malts and three hops", pretty well balanced though... but I think this bottle may have been past its prime because it was bottled on 09/12/06 and I'm drinking it in July. Slight caramel notes. The mouthfeel is relatively light with a low amount of carbonation. A decently drinkable beer, I would be interested to try a fresher bottle... but I won't lose any sleep over it either.

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Photo of eberkman
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear ruby amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts -- very pleasing. The taste was smoooth. Dominated at the start by toffeelike caramel malts with good toastiness finished off by a refreshing hoppiness that had bite but no harshness. Felt crisp and clean. Drinkability was outstanding -- I could put away a few of these without even realizing it. Big enough to stand up to hearty foods yet crisp and light enough to quench as well.

I'll get more of these.

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

Altbier - one of my favorite styles. The label describes O.C Copper Ale as "inspired by the altbiers of Northern Germeny." I'm sure this sample is quite fresh, as this beer is new to my area. I've seen and had other American micros that claim to be altbiers, and many really don't match the style of classic Dussledorf alts. I'm happy to say this one fits the bill nicely.

Appearance lives up to its name - copper colored, clear, with a medium lingering head. The aroma has the classic elements - robost, cocoa-like malt with some hoppiness and no esters. Flavor hits the mark. Noticible malt flavor up front, then becomes constrained by a dusky, dry finish. Just enough hoppiness to complement the dryness. Very flavorful, yet smooth and quenching.

The flavor of an ale matched with the smoothness of a lager - that's why I love this style, that's why I love this beer. I'll be buying a lot more. Highly recommend.

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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 868 ratings