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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Photo of maxpower
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing, clear amber-copper in color, has a good frothy white head that sticks around for a while, bready caramel aromas, nutty with some citrus in the flavor , medium body with a creamy mouthfeel that finishes with a pleasant mild hop bitterness.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper in color with some reddish hints when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is primarily that of caramel malts with just a light amount of sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Not the most interesting beer due to the single dimension to the flavor and aroma - don't get me wrong in that I like the caramel malts but I wish there was a little something else to add some layers or complexity. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good all around ale from otter creek, copper color with a white head (which lasts slightly longer than their pale ale). Smells of citrus and malt, the citrus is a bit sweeter varity than the pale ale though. Taste, its smooth, with a very nice balance of malt and hops, probably a great sessioning beer. would pair nicely with chicken or a more flavorful fish.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Arturo's while working in NJ.

A - Served a clear reddish amber with a foamy cream-colored head. Great retention and lacing rings left along the glass.

S - Malty, sweet and bready. Also some spices, hard to place, but close to cinamin.

T - Taste is right there with the smell.

D - Good carbonation, and a light body. A little sweet.

O - It was the best available beer, so it worked for the situation. The food was awesome.

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Photo of LagerMan
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(My First BA Review...)

Bottled on 06/01/05. Bought at Trader Joe's, Reston, VA.

Amber in color, clear, and with a nice, white head. Smokey smell, that left something of an aftertaste, but impressive nonetheless. Left a nice lacing after each sip. Not at all an unpleasant experience, and at $6.99 for a sixer, very affordable as well.

This ale was very drinkable, and I would not hesitate to stock this one in my personal stash for future use.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank a lot of growlers of this stuff back in the day…kind of a “gateway” beer into the craft scene (among others). Yes, it’s pretty much copper-colored, very clear, and pours a decent head. Lacing is good. Mild aroma is mostly some sweet malt; taste is very light, with the malt in front, a slight bite from the hops in the finish. Faintly bready and earthy, small touch of sweetness as well.

Just shy of medium carbonation with a thin but still somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. This is a great summer session beer for someone who’s not quite ready for the bigger flavors out there. Still enjoy it on occasion, and much prefer it to OC’s summer ale.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber/copper color with a lacey white head. The aroma is good. It has the scen tof pale malts mixed with nutty, earthy notes. It is much different than most "copper" styles I've had. The taste is decent. It has a malty flavor with a solid pale malt base. Again, it has the nutty flavor of a nut brown ale, but without the presence of many crystal malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with just the right amount of CO2. It is a different, but good drinking ale. It's smooth.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear medium copper color with whitish head. Smell is of toasted malt with a nice nuttiness. Taste is mostly malt with a little hops in the background. A nice toasty crispness at the finish. A good easy to drink session beer. Thanks to fellow BA mtanji for the sample.

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Photo of Brew33
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati.

It is a bright copper color with a sticky white head that laces all the way down the glass.

The smell is bright, a lot of carmel malt in the nose.

The taste is grainy, malty, and metallic. Strong grain flavor with a subdued hoppiness. I like hoppy brews so this is a little flat for me. The metallic aftertaste may be strong for some but I rather liked it. There is no alcohol taste present at all.

Overall this is a decent brew, not great but a good sessionable Ale. I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of Chaney
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a FFF snifter.

A: Yep.... copper is pretty much damn near perfect. The head on this one is about 1.5 fingers and the color is off-white and the texture is marshmallowy.

S: Not much on the nose, but I did get a bit of yeast and malt. Not much sugar.... which is a good thing.

T: Smooth, yeasty, and bready, but with sort of a thin quality overall. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

M: Carbonated enough for my standards, with a mildly bitterness and ridiculous lacing.

O: This was nice, drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of nomad
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an appetizing copper/orange color with a big frothy head that was just barely off-white color. Had a little bit of carbonation rising, some lace but lots of stain. A good looking alt.

Smell was fruity: of peach and similar scented fruits, some pear, too. Also softly woody with a heavy scent of cream. Taste was hops first: lightly chalky, strongly bittering without drying or tongue-twisting, then a creamy flavor. The malt was slow to come forward; seemed to be a mix of barely roasted malt, vienna malt, and some pale malt. Had a tangy finish, a fruit sort of acidic. Fairly thick mouthfeel for a low body beer.

My question is, for a supposed six malt brew where are they? A little unbalanced toward bitterness, IMO.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lechroy
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the caramel aroma here on this one. I can smell the sweet sugar maple essence dabbled with some warm cloves. Great for the nose although the aroma is notably malt dominated.
Tasted warm going down, makes me think this would be nice for autumn. I was missing the hop presence on this one. Dry finish which I liked, but otherwise empty and tasting watery in the middle. A decent copper, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, amber body with a skimpy, offwhite head that has a short lifespan. Patch lace is minimal.

Aroma is caramel malt, with floral and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with above average carbonation.

Taste is predominantly malty. Six malts are used, according to the label, but caramel is up front. Hops provide a nice balance, but are difficult to identify(three varieties are used acc. to label). This one nails the Altbier style pretty well, and is very tasty.

Pleasantly drinkable, with lots of Germanic character due to the malts.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


A_ nice pure clear copper color. no head and no lacing.

S- caramel malt and light dark candied fruit.

F- sweet caramel malt. anutty flavorfulness as well. simple yet good.

M- a medium bodied beer that has a nice little kick on the end.

O- Not a bad beer. I havent had too many altbier but this is something i would gladly relax with.

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

Otter Creek Copper Ale pours with a orange/amber colour. The head dies away quickly but some lacing remains around the edge of the glass. The smell tastes like yeastiness and some maltiness. Starts out crisp and hoppy. There is also a hint of sweet maltiness. The finish is crisp, like a lager. This is a very nice and drinkable beer but it's not that interesting.

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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 stakem
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date of 8/5/09

Pours a clear golden color with a finger of slightly yellow tinted head. Nice retension and a bit of lacing on the glass. Hops along with a bready/toasty grain is present in the nose. Taste is slightly bitter upfront from the hops, but also includes a bit of malt and grain through the flavor as well. Crisp finish to this light bodied, highly carbed beer. Overall not bad.

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

Clear orange amber colour with a thin cap of foam that settled quickly to a collar. Mild aroma, earthy, malty with some brown sugar sweetness, toasty with faint hops. Moderate bitterness that lingered. A little juicy, citrusy up front, malty mid-palate. Definite grapefruit character in the finish. medium bodied with lowish carbonation, fairly dry. Overall, pretty decent. Easy drinking with nice flavor, a little fruitier than I expected.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid everyday copper color with a nice one inch foamy head. Left a good amount of lacing along the pint glass. Smell is slightly sweet, a little starchy, with the faintest hint of caramel. Taste is a little bitter, but nice and complex. Full bodied. Good overall beer.

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

I got two bottles of this beer in my penultimate shipment from a beer of the month club. I see on the bottle cap that it won a gold medal for altbier at the 2003 GABF. There's a bottled-on date printed on the bottle. April 26, 2004. I'm probably drinking this near the end of its lifespan.

It certainly is appropriately named. It's a light copper in color with a slight head that quickly vanishes. Its smell is of multiple malts: roasty, sweet and biscuity.

Once again, I find that the smell is a good indicator of flavor. This is a good session beer. It's not that heavy, and there is a nice bitter twang that offsets the malt flavors. The biscuit flavor is the most noticeable of the malt flavors. The aftertaste is almost totally a roasted malt flavor.

It's been a while since I had a good altbier, Diebels on tap being an old favorite. Check out Otter Creek Copper Ale for a solid session brew.

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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 Carlton1964
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amount of lacing. Pours nice and has great appearance with nice shade of "copper".
Smells same as most ales of this variety. Taste was very pleasant on the palate and left no aftertaste. Might be considered a little sharp to some but I enjoyed it. Worth serious consideration.

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

Pours a nice coppery amber color with a thin white head which quickly diminishes to nothing but a "skim" of bubbles. Toasted malty smell with a bit of hop spiciness. The first time I had this beer the taste surprised me a bit-not quite what I was expecting, although I'm not sure why. Some nice sweet malt flavors along with a bit of hops. Fairly smooth and drinkable, a nice beer.

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