Otter Creek Copper Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

408 Reviews
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 pezoids on 03-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tempest
2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
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 -19.7%
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 -18.8%
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 -18.8%
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 -18.6%
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 -18.6%
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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Photo of LittleDon
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pint at Daedalus in Harvard Square.

Copper colored, clear, no head or lace, plentiful carbonation. Muted malt aroma with a candy like characteristic. Medium carbonation feel. Flavor leans toward the malt side with the same candy like quality in the middle. Some bitterness in the back, but all in all, a mediocre brew with nothing descriminating it from the thousands of other pale ales.

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Photo of jsdunlop
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange-amber color, bit of sediment floating around and settling on the bottom, and a nice lookin fluffy white head that forms and hangs around. Good lacing so far
Faint spice in the nose, bit of sweetness, grainy
Very malt forward, bready malts with a sourdough taste to it. Slight caramel sweetness, light bitterness finishes up the brew.
Mouthfeel is moderate with matching carbonation, smooth feel to it.
Overall, this seemed to be a very, very plain beer. Flavors seemed meshed together, no defining characteristics noted at all. It drinks fine, but nothing stood out.

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Photo of devinoconnor
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich brown color.

Smells like a Beck's or German beer. A little caramely too.

Taste was rather bland for me. Didn't notice a lot of hops or maltiness to it.

Goes down smooth and easy, but can't say I really wanted another pint.

Vermont offers many more superior beers than this one.

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Photo of twelvsies
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer. It's most certainly copper in color, with a nice poofy head, but it doesn't stick around all that much. Smell is a little non-descript, but does have a nice malty kick to it. Taste is pleasant. Malty, with a decent balance of bitter hops. One thing I like about this beer is the nutty flavor that comes through, like a good brown ale. However, I don't like how it tastes a bit watered down and fluffy. A little more substance and this would be a great beer. As of now, it's still just decent.

5/18/05 - got another sixer and I'm not noticing any of the characteristics I mentioned above. It tastes like metal. Like real copper. Gross.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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 ne0m00re
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle marked LOT2594110903.
A: Poured a reddish amber with a half-finger creamy head that died to a thinner film and collar.
S: A slight cinnamon and caramel and toffee with a banana biscuit and mild buttery consistency.
T: Creamy with a strange metallic brightness at the end. Mostly buttery biscuit with banana. It's not terrible, but there are much better altbiers.
M: Thinner with a mild carbonation. Not so great either.
D: Good. It goes down pretty easy. Overall, I'm not too impressed, though.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice head builds... Head is white and brew is fairly clear copper color with lots of reds. nice Lacing!

S - Kind of smells like pool water... Some nice caramel scent, but not too much else...

T - Very basic. Nothing fancy. Perhaps there's some caramel and tobacco flavors..

M - Very thin and light. Great carbonation.

O - Decent, but nothing I would seek to try again. Thanks for the extra dsgolovin!

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Photo of oxmasterscream
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear copper (go figure). Poured a two-finger head.
Smell: Mainly toasted malts with just a hint of fruit. I'm not that familiar with the altbier style but it smelled like many other German or German-style beers I've had.
Taste: The label speaks of 6 different malts but the predominant taste is a nutty, toasty caramel malt with a mild bitter and drying finish. Very Oktoberfesty, At one point, late in the tasting, I experienced a coffee-like aftertaste that really confused me but I figured I should mention it.
Mouthfeel: Crisp with fizziness and medium-bodied.
Drinkability: It's an easy drinker but I wouldn't seek out another. This just seems like a run of the mill beer brewed in the German style.

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Photo of kegger22
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber with a moderate head that dissipated to a collar. The aroma wasn't very strong, I couldn't get much of anything. The taste was bitter, like a copper penny in your mouth. Hmmm, is that why they call it copper ale? The feel was light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was OK. An average tasting beer at best.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" off-white head which floated a merengue for a while. Color in masstone looks more like a hazy burnt sienna than copper but when held to the light the copper came out. Not much smell, even after it warmed a little, just a little malt. Taste and body were surprisingly kind of watery, just a little malt again. There is a subtle bitter finish which persists. It's OK but not at all what I expected. Maybe it was just my sample.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a nice one finger head. The smell is of earthy notes and piney hops with some fruit notes. The smell is very nice. The taste is of sweet malts, there is no fruit notes and a very faint piney hop taste that is almost nonexistant. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated, it is a little harsh. The overall drinkability is okay, the color and smell start the beer off promising but the taste and mouthfeel fall short.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber / copper color with decent head and mild to moderate carbonation. Mild fruity and caramel aroma. Bitter metallic and candy notes with a hint of caramel nuttiness and sweet alcohol in the background. It kind of falls flat a bit. Finishes with a bit more alcohol and floral notes.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA

Not bad. Poured a coppery-amber color, clear, with a small cap of white head. Biscuity aroma, light sugary malts, woody. Taste followed the aroma pretty closely, with toasted bread, grainy, light sweet malts, woody and a bit, well, coppery actually, as in metallic. Hops came in a bit pithy with what seemed like some funky notes. Not overly flavorful. Light-medium body, and moderately drinkable, but just a bit too bland, and the metallic taste (and subsequent aftertaste) didn't make a good or lasting impression with me.

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Photo of packetknife
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tapped at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT this week. Yellow-orange copper, nearly clear, no discernable head but left a ring down the glass. Smelled of overly aggressive hops on the nose which confused me, not bad but not particularly inviting either. Decent malt and some candied apple taste with moderate hops to keep it normal. Nothing that left film or aftertaste so it was pleasant. OK carbonation and drinkability.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a somewhat hazy dark copper color topped by a white foamy head, lacing is nice.

S: Interesting, there really isn't any scent besides a light caramel and a general "freshness" to it.

T: Bitterness is present but not overpowering, malt comes though as a toasted biscuit flavor, hops are floral in nature.

M: High carbonation and a medium body, fairly standard and what I would have expected.

D: This beer is quite quaffable, a nice basic beer to keep on the short list.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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 jhammel01
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed that this beer is a little old...I bought it in a variety pack so there was no way to tell it was bottled in 5/08. Still...its held up well!

Pours a cloudy copper - brown with a nicely retaining cream colored head. Laces down the glass but not too thickly.

Smells of alcohol and slight hops that linger. Also notes of caramel.

Tastes pretty good! Slight hop bite and some pine with caramel lacing throughout. Unfortunately, from being stored so long, it has a pretty intense metallic taste. Still...tastes good. Reminds me more of a British pale ale because of the maltiness but the bitterness almost reminiscent of ESB's.

All in all, it was solid. Still strong from being in the bottle so long. I was surprised.

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Photo of albern
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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 beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied Amber alt. Malts are fairly aggressive, nutty and somewhat sweet. Hops are slightly spicy and somewhat bitter. Nicely balanced. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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