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 microbrewlover
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a beautiful dark copper color with a small head which quickly dissapates and minimal lacing. Not much carbonation.

The smell is heavy on malts and spice, can't tell which type, possibly toffee in there as well.

The mouthfeel is light and bready, slightly chewy.

The taste is very malt heavy, once the brew warms up a little a spice of some type, possibly cinnnamon, can be tasted along with toffee and some toasted grains. The lable promised some hops on the back end but I did not taste any.

This brew is very malty sweet and a little spicy. If you like heavy malts with some spice you will probably like this brew. However I would have liked to taste something besides spice and some toffee mixed in with the malts. I have had better beers from Otter Creek.

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Photo of jackndan
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Otter Creek Copper Ale: from a twelve ounce bottle. It pours a very clear copper color (ding, ding, no false advertising here). The head is a rocky off-white, with nice staying power, and leaves fairly thick rings down the sides of the glass.

The smell is interesting and assertive: it has definite hints of smoke and a bit of peat, as well.

The taste is, to my palate anyway, very metallic, and it has a bit of a taste of peat/caramel, almost like a scotch whiskey, stripped of its alcohol and served in a pewter mug. The aftertaste is of old hay, with a bit of malty/smoke. Not really all that tasty of a brew.

Light bodied, and fairly well carbonated, perhaps even a bit to much so.


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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 doremite
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of scottbrew4u
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of nafredet1
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of Mtkimes
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of theh3rbalist
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of sunavamitch
2.75/5  rDev -24%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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 edmedina
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was something I've never heard of and decided to give it a try. It poured a nice gold color, not too much head. The smell was as you expect to from any ale. It had a hoppy fruity smell to it. However, when I got to the taste I was not impressed. Left a dry taste. Some bitterness and distaste. I was not impressed with this one.

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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 dacrza1
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: May 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: a holdover from the last poker night... APPEARANCE: dark amber body that is lively and slightly opaque; off-white head is mostly creamy with a bit of rocky space; good open lacing... AROMA: sharp caramel malts with enough metallic clank to disturb the doughy biscuit that settles... PALATE: smooth yet slightly warm; mellow, swift and too light to hold attention... TASTE: nutty and caramel with the sweetness near to lip-smacking; hops are in check and not distinguishable... OVERALLL: serviceable and sessionable, but not a six-pack I'd seek to revisit; rather straightforward and predictable, with only the comfort factor working in its favor....

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Photo of mikeg67
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with a thin, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is bready malt, caramel and grassy hops. Light-medium body is smooth. Flavor is of light grassy hops and caramel malt. Light, short finish. Nothing exciting about this brew.

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Photo of bigone4
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean clear orange amber straw color hue. Nice clean white head disapates to a nice lace ring around the pint. Smells light toasted malt sweetness. Mild hint of a roasted caramel. Nice malt taste mild hint of hops for a nice well rounded balance. Nice hop tang in the finish very subtle bread like yeast mixed in. Good drinkability and enjoyable. Still holds true from the first time I had this beer back in college at St. Mike's. Good offering well worth trying.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Copper color in the pour is more amber than copper, at least in this thick glassed stein. Color leads me to anticipate a medium to full bodied ale that is full in flavor but alas, it is very light in body and light in taste. So, appearance somewhat betrays the character of the beer.

Dallops of lace retain well on top of the beer and never seem to leave the rims of my glass. Very pleasing appearance overall, however it's just not a typical match for the beer's other characteristics.

Bottle label boasts the use of six malts, but initially on the palate the malt takes a backseat to steal-y hops, and the light body surprises you. Very watery. Disappointing. Where's the malt?

Bottling date on the bottle is appreciated. I hate buying mystery beer. Otter Creek has a few offerings that I love but I'm disappointed in this one. Served blind to me I mistook this for the product of a macro brewery who illegitimately tried to create a beer for the "micro" crowd... but failed. (i.e. amber bock, blue moon, etc.)

I'll be serving these to the wife.

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Photo of dustylong
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color (huh...) with a small head, with decent retention, and some lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). The smell was not very strong...but slightly malty from what I did smell of it. Has a roasty malty taste to it with a touch of bitterness, although not a very strong taste overall. Feels good and clean in the mouth, without very much carbonation. A decent beer...not bad, but not amazing.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Otter Creek Copper Ale

Appearance- copper brown with a weak fizzy white head.
Smell- slight hops and malt. I think I detect a metallic odor?!
Taste- dry and slighty bitter. Some hops here and a dash of malt.

Overall- not good but not bad. A definite, "Have I ever drank this before?!" beer.

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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 yankeeheel
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful golden color with a small white head. Smells of faint bread and a little bit of citrus. The taste was a huge dissapointment. Much hoppier than I expexted for an alt style. Finished bitter and not so pleasent. Mouthfeel was also a little thin. I gave it two tries over several days. There are much better offerings in this style.

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Photo of joeland
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - it pours a copper hazy color with vary little head.

Smell - get a light mix of hop and malt. not a smell that stands out

Taste - a light malt taste that ends with a little bitter hoppyness to it.

Mouthfeel - a medium body, with above average carbnation

Drinkability - it's a smooth drinking beer but the taste turns me off from having another.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking beer. Bright amber color with excellent clarity.. 3 finger of creamy eggshell white head. Whipped cream type head with amazing retention. Sheets of lacing.

Aroma is quite nice as well. Deep toasted malt and some caramel. Some grain qualities to the aroma. Really rather strong and pleasing.

Flavor is honestly a bit of a let down from the aroma. Does follow the major notes, but it tastes a little thin. Toasted malt, a touch of white pepper. Fades rather quickly and finishes pretty dry and watery. I keep waiting for more in every sip, but it's just not there.

Watery, thin and almost empty.

Does down too easy if you know what I mean. Starts off with a bang visually and aroma wise. But lets you down from there.

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Photo of skenyon1811
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very nice color. Like the name implies. it has a clear copper color. Quarter inch of head. Leaves nice lacing.

S: super sweet smelling. I get like a malty carmely smell from it. Hardly any hop aroma.

T: It is full of flavor. It is all malt at first with a hoppy after taste. very dry at the end. Alittle too sweet for me, the hops does help balance it a little.

M: Lighter than I expected, good medium level of carbonation.

D: One is enjoyable but I would have to pass on a second. Too sweet for me.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy body with a deep orange hue. Head is two fingers of rich ivory foam. Not sure how much of an altbier look this is, but it is a good look to me.

Smell: slightly biscuity aroma with a little hop spiciness. What I'm sad to say is that on top of it all is this aroma most reminiscent, to me, of a plastic shopping bag. Not good. It's making me want to not drink this beer.

Taste: biscuity malt flavor with, still, a tiny hint of the plastic (though I suppose this could just be carryover from the smell). It's smooth, I'd say, and has a balanced bitterness, but the plastic, though minute at this point, just can't let me go.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good carbonation level. Lively and creamy ... I'm glad something good has come of trying this beer!

Drinkability: I'm not sure if this is what the brewers were going for, but it's definitely not my cup of tea.

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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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