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: German 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: 869 |  Reviews: 410
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with medium head that stays for awhile,very malty appetizing smell of caramel and biscuit malt.Pretty sweet taste would like maybe for a liitle more dryness to make it more balanced,but still pretty darn good.Used to be a staple of mine on tap at the local beer I used to hang out while spending a winter in VT.

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Photo of BierReise
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on draught and really liked it. I don't know why it's classified as an Altbier because it's actually more like a pale ale or india pale. Clear dark golden color with snow white head. Nice hoppy aroma and not too bitter. Finishes well and has a good overall balance for an ale.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't particularly impressed by this beer. That's 0 for 3 in Otter Creek beers. Poured a sticky white head over a copper color (hence the name). Floral, earthy aroma. Taste was earthy with hop bitterness. There was kind of a nutty flavor, almost like sesame seeds. Mouthfeel was good, and fairly creamy. Clean finish. Good, but not great. Maybe it has to grow on me. (Mud bock did).

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Photo of shirfan
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange color, crystal clear. Three-finger head with excellent retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is spicy, bready, a hint of hops and alcohol. Fairly pungent.

Taste starts a little dry, warms up to a nice, mildly alcoholic and sweet middle, with strong notes of yeast and bready malts. Tastes a bit grainy, but not in a bad way. Multiple hops present in the finish, which is nicely complex; the bottle states that three varieties are used.

This was more enjoyable and balanced than Otter Creek's pale ale.

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Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was a pleasant, and very tasty suprise. Very enjoyable.
Pours a clear, pale copper color with a negligable head (very slight lacing). Aroma is a mix of malt and german hops. The taste is remakable....nice toasty, caramel maltiness, and a crisp, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is grainy, and the finish is dry and clean. Very drinkable and worth a try.

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

This beer poured into the glass a copper/orange color, clear and well carbonated. The head was off white color with a thick creamy head. The lace was some-what present but only in patches. The aroma was of hops (floral, citrus), caramel malt, yeast (bread), dandelions, and some alcohol at the end. The taste was fairly similar to the smells it produced. There were tastes of hops, flowers, some citrus, bread/yeast, dandelions, and alcohol as well. It ended with a slight hop aftertaste, but not overbearing. It had a medium body that filled the mouth quite well. A good beer, that I rather enjoyed.

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

This beer poured to a hazy amber colored with a nice white head that clung to the glass. Aroma wise was certainly a trip. A lot of different spices that struck my nose.
A unique taste since I never had a altbier I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But I was pleasantly suprised. Toasted malts in the beginning that led to a nice dry hop finish.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a dark amber with an average head and a touch of lace.Gives a complex smell of hops and an earthy aroma.The taste reveals a very malty and medium body brew with hints of roasted grains.The finish is a bit smokey and very smooth.This beer is not to heavy and not to light and shows a good balance in all its characters.Not to harsh on the mouth with a bitter dry hoppy aftertaste.This is an excellent beer.Maybe the finest Ottercreek has ever offered.

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Photo of Kwak
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a great cooper color, light brown rocky head.

It's body was clean not to thick firm carbonation not to bubbly.

Their was a sweet but dry taste which is good for this style kind of toasted malt flavor a little bitter. It had a nice warming end a little alcohol taste but not to much.

I had this beer after skiing once, goes great by the fire at night!

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours pleasant translucent amber to copper color with a robust and frothy beige head that desiccates to sheets of fine lace. Malt nose, citrus, light sweetness with a start that is mostly malt, the top skinny, the finish purposefully hopped, astringent, dry long lasting aftertaste. A decent beer, but as with most beer from this brewery, just "Average".

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Photo of Wildman
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Betty's

This beer poured a brownish amber color and formed a bubbly white head that left circular lace. It had some carbonation present. An aroma of malt, caramel and some hops. A flavor of malt and caramel which gave it a somewhat sweet finish.

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

Not much in the way of appearance, but a very hoppy aroma tells you this one is going to be good. And the hops follow in the taste. A citrus flavor is also present, which mingles nicely with the hops. Crisp mouthfeel with a slight bitterness towards the end. Overall a smooth brew.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hoppy aroma and then it slides down with a smooth malty taste blended superbly with some hops. this was one fine beer. it is one of the best i have had this summer. i really had no idea what this beer would be like, but it was very impressive and i will surely have it again

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Approiate bright copper body. Micro bubbles rising to the head. Big white rocky foamy head. Nice lacing. Some floral hops strong in the aroma. Well balanced battle between hops and malt across the tongue and on through the aftertaste. Malt takes a sizeable lead, but there is a little hop bite at the very end. Goods down very easily. Good solid drinking beer, and would go easily with many foods. I had a couple with pizza and was quite happy.

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

The 'copper' colour is ideal with a creamy white head that follows me down the glass. A nice visual. The smell does not impress me, although my particular sense of smell should not be considered. Althought the brew is not particularly bitter, the unbalanced hops bite through. This imbalance may lead to its great dryness. There is a mildy light body that borders on harsh is held too long. The big STRIKE of this beer is its after taste that is long and uncomfortable. Drink this one with some food and it will be a better experience. Like the others say, it does grow on you. Looks nice and is hoppy and dry, I dig it

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

Pours a nice pale copper color with a thick off white head that last to the bottom of the glass. The smell is a caramel, complex malt aroma. The first thing to hit your tongue is the malt, but it is quickly followed up by the many layered malt flavor. The brew is creamy and dry and very drinkable. This was a very unexpected but also a very excellent brew. I agree with Thrasher, it definitely grows on you. Every sip that I took made me like this beer more and more. The dry characteristics are very different but very nice as well.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer really grows on you. As it warms in the glass, it grows tastier and tastier. Nice lingering head, aromatic, and a taut balance of malts and hops. A familiar flavor that I can't identify, but in entirely new and exciting surroundings. Much more complex and interesting than your standard American ale. Fruity, robust, and satisfying. This is one beer where it really makes a difference if you drink it too cold. Maybe that's why some other reviewers didn't enjoy it as much. If you let it warm up a bit, the malts really shine.

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Photo of John
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is good though this style is not one of my favorites. Light amber with sweet malty, caramel and brown bread aroma. Sweetness again reappears on the taste buds with a slight hop finish. Not bad at all, in fact it's a nice changeup.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz twist off brown bottle; faded yellow label. "Inspired by the German Alt beers of Northern Germany ..." is stated neck label. Bottled on and batch number on the back.

Appearance: Bright amber liquid with the slightest touch of haze. The head, is beautiful; sticky, crawling, creamy and white.

Smell: Semi-floral hop aroma, with some hop oil notes. Sweet caramel, bready and malt aromas follow. Touch of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Packed with earth flavours, sweet and gritty malts and a hop leaf (with a more dominate hop oil) flavours that come across tangy and spicy. A great biscuit characteristic prevails throughout, while alcohol qualities meander into middle and linger during the aftertaste. Finishes rather clean, with light malt and hop residuals on the palate.

Notes: Luscious! A beautiful interpretation of a German Alt beer. This is Otter Creek's flagship, and a New England classic.

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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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