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 ellisdee97
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a goldish orange and brown, with a light head that quickly disappears yet lingers with a nice ring. Nice lacing.

S: Pungent citrusy hops almost rusty. Sweet malt base w/ toffee as well as coffee notes.

T: Sweet watery malt and bitter hops. Very refreshing and light. Rusty, tangy aftertaste. Almost a buttery quality, with a taste of oatmeal.

M: Very light and watery, but not watered down.

D: Very drinkable, almost goes down too easy. A very solid beer.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another step in the quest for the perfect craft-brewed Alt. Rich amber color with a nice yet quickly disappearing head. Clear malt hits your nose as you raise the glass and the flavor is both rich malt with a subtle carmel sweetness that is at the same time just bitter enough to keep you wanting more. A tiny bit of hops presence; and a bit more carmel than some others (but both of these flavors pale in comparison to the strong malt flavors). Not truly complex, but excellent and very easy drinking. Extremely true to both the ale and altbier styles and would likely appeal to a wide range of beer tastes. Very good. And fairly easy to find where I am. So this one moves to the top of my list... for now.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz beer served in a Naked Fish glass. The ale is cool.

Appearance: The ale has a copper red color with a thick expansive head that laces nicely.

Smell: The ale has a thick malty aroma that borders on fruitiness.

Taste: The ale has a chewy biscuit malt body that is strong to the point of sweetness. There is no significant hop presence here to even things out.

Mouthfeel: The malt is a bit too much, as the flavors have been allowed to go all over the place, there is no single caramelly malt presence.

Drinkability: Average offering, not my first choice for an altbier but not one I'd pass up either.

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Photo of Enola
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a lighter shade of red. There is little head. The smell is like an amber ale with a fair hop aroma. The taste is a litttle more bitter than typical. The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight hop aftertaste. I could drink this beer again. Another good beer from Vt.

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Photo of westweasel
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle left over from a party. Labeled with a "Bottled on" date of 1/4/2006. Amber/light brown in color with a 1/4 inch ivory head. Appears to have high-carbonation from the overly active bubbles. The beer is fairly clear, and the 1/4 in. head remained all throughout the tasting. This beer has a malty, slightly toasty scent. No hint of a hop aroma.

This beer has a stong malt taste with some noteable hop bitterness. Not a citrusy hop flavor like American hops - more European (and that would fit with this style). The beer has a dry finish with a somewhat bitter after taste.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, but I was expecting much higher carbonation from its appearance. The mouthfeel is very smooth. The beer is fairly drinkable, but not very pleasing to me. Some strong malt flavors without corresponding other flavors that I enjoy.

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Photo of MagicLantern
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A: 1" of head quickly settles to a light lace that clings to edges of glass. Lace evenly caps beer with tiny bubbles.

Orange color with slight reddish accents. Translucent with slight haze.

S: Bread. Sweet and smooth.

T: Malty with some nuttyness. Pleasant flavors, but nothing is particularly strong. Perhaps this is an aspect of the style I didn't realize before. Still, I wish there was 'more' of the various tastes. No alchohol taste.

M: Thin, light, nearly flat with little to no carbonation.

D: None of the flavors are exceptionally strong. This is likely appealing in the long run. Basically there is nothing to get sick of, so I can imagine drinking these all night long.

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

pours lighter and clearer than i'd expect for an alt. clear copper/brown/amber color with small but sticky white head.

smells mainly bready with a little caramel. slightly nutty almost. a little hoppy, but more malty.

taste - hoppier than i expected, and a bit too light. a lot lighter than i expected. not a bad brew but not what i expected from an alt. subtly hoppy up front with a very earthy flavor. balanced pretty well. not enough of that malty taste i expect in this style.

mouthfeel is too light and crisp for this style. very drinkable because of it's light body and crisp taste, but all in all a pretty poor example of this style in my opinion. a decent brew, but trying to be what it's not.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single, Woodmans, bottled 12/19/05

appearance: pours a very clear rusty copper, with a thin layer of beige foam on top...lacing is pretty solid...rising bubbles, very clean and crisp appearance

smell: very metallic...rust/aluminum, not very appealing to me to say the least. its really hard for my nose to get past the metallic aroma, but i can tell there is some yeast and bready aromas underneath

taste: luckily the flavour bounces back pretty well from the aroma....starts to resemble an altbier even. strong peppery malt, toasted grain, light caramel, walnut, spice, still a rusty metallic flavour but its not as full blown as the aroma

mouthfeel: medium to thin body

drinkability: meh, not that great

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Photo of Maestro
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Red/Orange well...copper in color with a foamy tan head that leaves a foamy tan lacing on the glass.

Smell: Buiscuits, toast, raisins and dates.

Taste: Very malty. There is a lemon and grass character but it is overpowered by the buiscuit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice body. The malts are well-balanced against the hops and there is minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: This makes for a great session ale.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack from Martignetti's

Appearance = clear, shinny amber, thin head that fades to a layer of white film. Lots of bubbles rising up to the top. Looks refreshing and full of energy.

Smell = good smell of malty yeast mixed with a strong smell of bananna bread or other fresh baked goods.

Taste = Solid, strong taste of malt with hops to nicely balance it out. Lots of flavors and complexity here. Mouthfeel is a little thin and flat but it's not bad. Great drinkability..I could have several of these in a sitting. Taste is more bready and malty at first but the hops come in later to provide a good tangy aftertaste.

Overall = Solid offering from Otter Creek. Lots of flavor and complexity. Recommended.

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Photo of jwc215
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a slightly off-white head that slowly and steadily descends to a slight covering. Plenty of rings of lacing stick to the sides of the glass. Had the head not thinned just a hair too much, it would have been perfect, IMO. Still, it's a very nice beer to look at.

The smell was at first malty (caramel), then grainy (barley), with some citrus notes. A tad on the thin side.

Toasted grains (esp. barley) quickly take over and mute the caramel. It merges with some citrusy fruits. It's pretty good, though not as complex as the label (6 malts, 3 hops) would quite have you believe. The flavors are all a bit on the light side. Earthy grains dominate with a moderate malt backbone. The bitter hops are present throughout though never really emerge fully (which is ok for style).

Overall, it's fairly smooth, but for a touch of a metallic tinge. It's not the best aftertaste, but not bad either.

A beer to go to once in a while. Pretty easy to drink and interesting flavors. It's one of those beers that grow on you over time.

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Photo of Ego
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this a few times in the past on tap as well.. finally gonna review it out of the bottle. This is supposed to be their premier beer...

vigorous pour produces 1/10 of a finger of head that retreats quickly to the edges of the glass with some large soap bubbles remaining hanging out later at the party than everyone else. copper tone (no, not the sun tan lotion)... no bubbles seem to be hanging about inside the brew. lacing is good and sticky down the glass. not bad at all.

lovely toasted caramel malts, some biscuit chewiness, stale bread, the toasty aroma is just excellent imo. Nothing you need to break out the protractor for but damn fine for the style... very much smells german imo.

taste etc...
crisp and consistent. medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. on par for the style with subdued tones of everything you sense in the nose with just a hint of hops. The malts are mostly king here with just enough hop bite to keep you in the game. Very tasty.

tasty. A good one to try, especially if you like the style. clean and refreshing and not overwhelming in any way. I love the way this beer smells even if not a complexity symposium.. the toastiness is just so damn fine. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a slightly red yellow straw with a small head that is gone quickly. The smell has a nice comforting "bakery" aroma with some fruit and nuts. The taste has some fruit and spices,but it also has alot of sweet maltyness. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is a good beer,not great,but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

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

Pours clear copper with a slight head that dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell is quite herbal and fruity, with additional nut and slight spice notes.

Taste is dominated by carmel malts and a pleasant nuttiness. Interesting fruit notes, mild hops, and a slight alcohol astringent flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin.

Overall, this is a decent brew. I enjoy the balanced flavors. it's too bad that the mouthfeel wasn't a little more robust.

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Photo of bashiba
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head.

Smell has a nice bit of sweet fruit and grains coming through with a decent nuttiness like a sweet baking nutbread.

Taste has a nice bit of sweet malt flavors with a good nuttiness to it and some spicyness. The hops are present, but on the light side with just enough to even out the malts.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, the only real complaint about the beer.

Overall a good and ejoyable easy drinking beer.

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Photo of PeatReek
2.51/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: body is copper as promised, very clear. Head is rather yellow, a bit chunky, and 1/2" thick.

Aroma: yeasty, dry malt, a little bit of canned tuna? Not entirely optimistic about this one. Little bit of caramel-y scent on later whiffs.

Taste & mouthfeel: Body is a bit heavy, with the sour fizz of American hops. This gives way to a curt, crisp malty finish, which is about the only Alt-like aspect of this beer. Another tired American micro "interpretation" of a European classic.

Drinkability: Why bother? Neither the aroma nor the taste is especially good, and the palate is a bit heavy to boot.

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Photo of zeff80
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of Otter Creek Copper Ale is very good. It has a great copper color. Smells good, too. The taste, however, I found a little too bitter. Still it is very drinkable, but is not my favorite Otter Creek brew. I've been to the brewery and sampled many of their beers. I think the Stovepipe Porter is their best.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Otter Creek Copper Ale pours out a clear copper color with a small head. Toasted, nutty aroma with spicy German hops. Clean, toasted malt flavor. A touch of fruitiness goes well with the nuttiness. Finishes with a spicy hop flavor. This beer is very well balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I suspect I could consume a sixer of this beer at a sitting. Another good offering from Otter Creek. I wasn't overly impressed with their beers when I first got into craft beer a couple years ago, but now it's a brewery whose beers I will seek out.

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

I hadn't realized prior to examining this bottle closely that it was in the style of a German altbier. This beer pours beautifully, with a clear copper color and a nice head that fades a bit too quickly. The nose is full of grain and cereal notes but it also has a slight hop aroma. The hops come out more in the taste, where they balance nicely with the intense malt flavors (but not SWEET malt flavors). This is a very smooth, drinkable beer, very much like an English Brown (a session beer), but with a more appealing hop counterpoint to the malt. Recommended.

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Photo of akahn
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale copper color. With little head and no lace.

Sour German hop aroma -- reminds me of a Pilsner, but it's an odd smell.

Taste: wow! This beer is unlike anything I've ever had! Clear, slightly sweet malt up front. Very tangy, slightly sour hop flavors. Slightly salty and metallic in the finish, and a sticky, spicy aftertaste. Almost a bit of smoke flavor to it.

Medium clear body mouthfeel, and strong, crisp carbonation. A complex and most interesting beer. I suspect this beer would be sublime with a hearty sandwich, as the label suggests. To my surprise, this beer is nothing like Double Bag, but I had that at the end of a big tasting, so maybe I'm off here (that had a lot more malty sweetness than I'm picking up here).

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

This was part of a sampler pack. The label said brewed on 10/4/05. It was a clear amber color with a small head and some lacing. It had a sweet, malty odor. The taste was malty, with a hoppy background that lingered. Mouthfeel was OK, some carbonation. An average beer, but drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking amber body with a 1" head. Leaves a little lacing and has good head retention.

Smells of amber malts, lightly carmelized. Tastes like amber malts with a tough of hops bitterness, no hops flavor or aroma. Easy drinking, but this is not what I'd call an altbier. It'd make a fine amber ale, but its definately up to par with a good alt.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very nice shade of amber with little head that went away quick. Smelled of malts, and sort of edged into the way winter warmers smell. Average. Mouth was good, decent foaming, nice balance of ingredients with a good lingering aftertaste. First taste was that of a winter warmer, but not as malty, malts, bitter from the hops, slight candy like flavor and a dry finish that was very nice.

This was a good all around beer. Nothing too special, but decent as a part of a sampler, or good as a session.

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Photo of Freshie
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Seen the Otter Creek Ales many times but this is my first tasting from this brewery.

The Copper Ale pours a small quarter inch head that tapers off rather quickly, and has little lacing. The appearance otherwise though is pleasant with a nice amber (you might even say copper) colouring.

The taste is very light in texture but the maltiness and fruity flavors still prevail in your mouth. The flavour doesn't last though and a bitter taste remains after awhile.

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

This ends up being one of those same score all around type beers, in this case 3.5 constitutes the same score, meaning this one is pretty good, but not spectacular.

It pours a nice crisp copper colour with a thin head that quickly settles into a fine lace.

The aroma is a basic malt hop mix with rubber/earth/toasted/biscuit malt notes dominating the touch of floral hops.

The flavour is more of the same, wit ha bit more of a hoppy finish than expected. This one is also a touch dry as well, certianly moreseo than anticipated.

There's not much more to say about this one. Nothing to rave about and nothing to complain about. It's basic but tasty. I've had better and I've had worse within the style.

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