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 spointon
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this one at the Auld Dubliner in Bolingbrook tonight (poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass).

A= This ale poured a nice amber color with a 1/2" creamy tan head. The head retained well and left some nice web lace down the glass.

S= Aroma was of sweet malts, a moderate earthy hop burst, and a pungent sourness.

T= Wow, this was a really sour beer for a style that should be malty and relatively sweet. Some dark malt sweetness was in there up front, but there was entirely too much sourness following that. My initial reaction was that this beer was infected, but if so the whole case would have had to be infected because the bartender told me upfront that this was a sour beer. Weird.

MF= Relatively crisp and medium bodied.

D= This was an odd beer and I am not convinced it wasn't infected, yet a knowledgeable set of bartenders had been selling it in its "sour" state for weeks and billing it as a flavor characteristic. In any event, I wouldn't drink this one again.

EDIT: Upon doing my homework on this beer's intended characteristics (malty sweet and NOT sour), I have to say this beer was indeed infected!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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 tone77
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is dominated by hops, some malts, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter brown color with a thin beige head that lingered. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and malts with nutty notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts with bitter hops, very bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not a bad beer. Would not go out my way to buy another.

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Photo of smcolw
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light amber color, clear. Very good lace as I drink it down. A thin layer of bubbles last throughout, while the initial pour provided a moderate head.

Dry maltish aroma with a strong off aroma of beef stew.

This is a hoppy beer, which covers up the astringent malt. Very dry, yet creamy. Good body and carbonation.

Not my style, but the hop picks up the taste enough to make it drinkable.

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Photo of etho1416
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears to have gone downhill. Otter Creek Copper Ale was one of hte first micros I ever had and I have always loved it. THe last couple batches I have got have not been very good though. The color is not as red as it once was and it is now pretty orange colored. The aroma is pretty plain, almost non existant. The flavor has really gone downhill. There is a slight malty taste but very little hops at all. It is still a very drinkable beer but not worht the money if something better is available.

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Photo of aaronh
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As its name implies, this has a deep copper body that just seems like it's a little lacking. Pours with a thinnish head that quickly fades to a partial layer of foam. Slight malty aroma that brings to mind a mild vienna lager or oktoberfest aroma. Taste is slightly grainy, with a touch of malt sweetness and a good dose of huskiness. Lingering bitterness on the finish is more distractig than completing. More of a "prolonged continuance" than a "finish". Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side. Drinkability is OK. Feels like a lager to me. Decent, but not memorable, other than for its apparent identity crisis. "The Ale that drinks like a lager." This one goes down better in large gulps. Drink like an Irishman for this one.

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Photo of Enola
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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 VelvetExtract
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Lightly hazy medium brown hue. This one glows, especially for the color. Head is almost nothing. It does manage to leave spots of lacing. Looks watery.

S-Light aroma. Not the most inviting scent. Mellow sweetness. Beyond that, I do not know. Not too much to write of here. Just lightly sweet.

T-Like the nose in that there isn't too much flavor, but it is still mildly entertaining. Semi-watery. Sweet malt. Only the tiniest hop twinge. I understand why this is a frequently used beginner beer.

M-Lighter bodied. Watery without much after-feel. Barely dry. A bunch of carbonation.

O/D-A step down from the word 'solid'. Light-years from great. Just another beer I will remember I have tried, but not remember anything beyond such point.

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Photo of Kallessin
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber color with about a 1/4 inch head. Very clear.

A very earthy aroma with a hint of flowers and citrus.

It's very bitter and hoppy at first. There is a lot of citrus flavor. I wouldn't say the flavor is as well balanced as it says on the bottle, but as the beer warms up a bit, the sweetness of the malts comes through more and the flavor is much better.

A very sharp crisp mouth feel that finishes a little dry. Nice carbonation.

I don't think I could drink a lot of these because of the dryness. Overall not too bad, but I don't think I could have more than a couple.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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 dreadnatty08
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Alt
No Freshness date
As its name implies, pours a picture perfect copper color, great clarity and a quarter inch of head that just sticks to the sides and soon falls. Aromas are just a touch of toasty grain (amber and Munich malts), no fruit, and some floral notes from the hops. Very clean overall. On the palate there is a medium caramel flavor, lightly toasted, finishing with a rich biscuity flavor and bitterness from the hops. Very smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, but also a touch thin and watery. No problems or faults, but also a pretty mediocre beer.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper color (duh!) with a nice, creamy looking head. Very good lacing as well. It doesn't smell so good, but the taste is a little better, though it offers nothing special in the way of hops or malt. This would make a good session beer, but it wouldn't be my first pick.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first impression of this craft brew is "Oh No... the taste is empty"
As the name suggests, this is a copper coloured ale, mildly cloudy with thin carbonation and of medium body.
The head on arrival was a full finger but quickly disapated to a very light lace, full ring and a pleasingly high cling.
The nose is short of grains.
The taste has a roasted barley edge to begin to which the bottom falls out and leaves you wanting.
The bottom half of this brew needs to be addressed.
However, as this pint was consumed, the flavour did improve to the end...but not enough.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. no date, instead an unclear lot #.

appears a dark copper color, with thin bright white head. smells a bit stale. tastes of mild malt with a bit of citrus and clean hop flavor. medium body and carbonation.

overall, an average easy drinkin' beer

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a single of this from a friend who was in VT for some skiing. Found my notes after some spring/summer cleaning.

A: Poured into a pint glass to reveal a completely see through orange amber color. I enjoyed the head with it's relative thickness and slow ascent with respectable lace of thin pencil rings.

S: The nose gave off a wee bit too much sweetness of honey perhaps surrounded by earth dirt smell.

T: Not much improvement from the nose. I had to look at the bottle a few times to ensure this was indeed a altbier. You get a mineral accent for the most part while the malt does keep up the sweet category from the nose. Touch of toasty ness but only after heavy contemplation.

D: I will give this another shot hopefully on tap or in a growler.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: slightly hazy, effervescent, rich copper body; 2 finger head after aggressive pour; some head lasts long, with good lacing

Smell: not a lot, but what I get is sweet malts, some caramel, and some citrusy hops; malt dominates

Taste: very thin, juicy malt on start; zippy from carbonation at first, but finishes kind of flat; not picking up anything of note

Mouthfeel: thin; reminds me of an English Bitter

Remarks: good session beer, and not that bad; just not that great either

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Photo of kbub6f
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Sunoco (I-91 & Rte. 103, Vermont), 2400 miles in my trunk.

Head is big, off-white and dense. Just like the Pale Ale. Clear, dark amber liquid, just like the Pale Ale (maybe a bit more red). The lacing is crazystickypsycho. The nose has plenty of hops, with celery and nuts. The front shows light hoppiness. Hm. There's some kind of sour, fruity zing in the middle that's a little off-putting. Also, some chocolate. Hops and nuts return for the finish.

Overall, it's not bad. That weird taste in the middle detracts from an otherwise decent beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear tangerine-amber. The golden ecru head has the consistency of whipped butter and is beginning to lay down a decent amount of lace. Ultimately there are several thin, concentric rings that fatten as work their way down the glass.

The nose is earthy (loamy to be more precise), an odd aroma for a beer and not an altogether good one. It also reminds me of Bit-O-Honey candy, a description that I know I've used before, but it fits here too. Might it have been another Otter Creek beer?

Unfortunately, the flavor mirrors the aroma. I'm sure the beer hasn't gone bad because a friend hand carried it from Middlebury and the bottling date is a mere three months ago. That must mean that the brewers intended for it to taste like this. It certainly doesn't taste like the few other altbiers that have crossed my palate.

That earthy, loamy, mineral-like flavor dominants the flavor profile as it did the nose. The malt backbone seems sturdy enough and provides a somewhat pleasant, somewhat sweet, toasted breadinesss. Words that describe the finish include short, bitter, dry and mineral-like.

I loved Otter Creek (Cascade) Pale Ale, but the other two offerings haven't exactly floated my boat. This one just tastes odd to me, although it's drinkable. I'd still like to sample the entire line from these guys, but I've had enough Copper Ale to last me a lifetime.

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Photo of adams82
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours copper with an off white head. Filtered clear.

Smells bready or yeast like with some pungent hop notes, perhaps from German noble hops and a nice mix of light fruity esters on the finish.

Tastes fairly clean. The malt is fairly subdued, but sweet enough to lend balance, and there isn't as much yeast flavour as I would have thought; the pungent hops really stick out and dominate the flavour profile.

A decent offering from what seems to be a decent craft brewer. My Altbier experience is limited, and I've not had an Altbier that has been this hoppy and void of roasty elements, but this is a decent offering and I'm glad I've got a few more to enjoy.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an thin, dark copper color with an off-white head about a half inch thick. Sketchy, nice lacing.

The smell is malt, creamy with a hint of caramel.

The flavor is mild. A faint hit of malt flavor, a light hop bite and then a caramel/butterscotch finish. A little tangy undertone hangs on a bit afterwards. Interesting flavor, but not very powerful.

Mouthfeel is light and mellow, not much carbonation or hop bite.

A highly drinkable beer with muted flavor that won't offend. May be a good crossover beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a batch number, no bottling date.

It lives up to its name by pouring a copper color. Eggshell white head of about a finger and a half rises from an aggressive pour. Some lacing and low carbonation.

Lacking in the aroma department, some vague fruits and a touch of caramel.

Very mild flavored beer, crisp and clean but yet lacking. Has a maltiness and a bit of sweetness, with some notes of slightly bitter leafy hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, slightly wet, medium bodied.

Drinkable, but disappointed.

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Photo of chiefydawg
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a variety pack of other Otter Creek beers. After sipping this, I recalled a taste found in the other beers in the pack. So, reading up, I noticed: this is not pasteurized, it was brewed in July '07, and I cannot say what kinds of temperature changes it has sustained. So this beer may not be nearly as good as one in, say, Vermont in August.
(Here's an abbreviated review until I can get some fresh brew.)

That being said, I still found the beer to be quite drinkable. It has that nice copper color, but little lace. There was some sweet bread smell that kept me interested; and the taste actually improves as it warms. Unfortunately, I could catch more of the the watery, flat finish to every drink is the recurring taste no matter how well it hit initially hit the tongue. Medium bodied as promised, it went down smoothly and imparted some good clean caramel before the aftertaste immediately downgraded it again. An average beer that I would not buy, but would be thrilled to drink if offered one.

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Photo of mltobin
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a copper color with a one finger head, that with some time has some lacing. Smell has malt, sugar, some hops, a nice aroma overall. OCB`s copper ale tastes slightly hoppy, but also watery, with a tinge of a bitter finish. MF is medium bodied. Drinkability is good as it goes down easily. A nice option after a day on the mountain in Vermont.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy yellow-copper color with a thin, frothy head. Smell is sweet, slightly fruity with hints of caramel. The taste isn't all that great; very one dimensional for having "six malts and three hops", pretty well balanced though... but I think this bottle may have been past its prime because it was bottled on 09/12/06 and I'm drinking it in July. Slight caramel notes. The mouthfeel is relatively light with a low amount of carbonation. A decently drinkable beer, I would be interested to try a fresher bottle... but I won't lose any sleep over it either.

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Otter Creek Copper Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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