Otter Creek World Tour: Otter Sphinx | Otter Creek Brewing

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Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Brad007 on 08-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Franchise:
Photo of Franchise
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This offering pour from a 22oz bottle a rusty orange leaving a thin white lace for a head. The aroma is tart upfront, grist, sweetness, faint hop presense, honey, maybe some herbs, very earthy tea like.

The taste starts you off with a bit of tartness, actually refreshing, lemon, sourdough bread, very earthy, bready, stong grain qualities throughout. The flavor continues with mild hop bitterness, flavors seem to be slightly off. This is def a unique beer one that is a must try but probably nothing that I will be seeking out.

Overall I like that Otter Creek attempted this, but the style is somewhat raw and a little sloppy imo. No particular balance between the sweet and sour profiles, making the second glass of this beer hard to finish.

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Photo of generallee
4.62/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into an Otter Creek glass. That came as part of a three pack gift set. The bottle itself has no freshness date or abv% on the label but it has a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: Its body has a deep golden honey colored body with good clarity and some visible carbonation. The head starts off tall from the pour but falls down to a light cap off of white creamy foam. A quick swirl rejuvenates the head and keeps that nice foam cap on top till the last sip. Lacing is slick and quickly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a full inviting nose with loads of sweet grains and honey mixing it up with herbal/floral notes.

Taste/Palate: It has a very sweet overall character that reminds me of a multi grain cereal like Kashi. There is a solid base with multiple grain notes and loads of honey and herbal/floral notes as well as chamomile and hops. It finishes like herbal chamomile tea with honey. It has a smooth creamy texture with soft carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: Overall I thought this was a very interesting and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy, small head, high carbonation, golden--with sediment

Smell:honey, caramel, florals, and malt

Taste: very complex for the style--malt, honey, wildflowers, wheat, pepper, and distinctive flavor of mustard

Mouthfeel: crisp, sweet, tart, medium body that you can feel the carbonation

Drinkability: I like this and this is one of the most different tasting beers I have ever had. It is very floral and sweet. That being said, since it comes in a bomber, I have little desire to do more than one in a sitting. I do want it again, just not immediately after I have had it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek- Sphinx

A- Light clear golden orange with a small filmy white head.
S- Very sweet honey, chamomile, nutmeg, and potpourri.
T- Sweet fresh honey, juniper, chamomile, nutmeg, rose, and a variety of floral spices. Light buttery malt makes up the bulk.
M- Sweet and floral. Buttery and creamy.

Overall- Slightly gimmicky but tasty enough to easily polish off the bomber. I'd drink this 1 again.

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Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden, with a stark white head that forms well, retains alright, and leaves a little trim. Lacing is minimal.

S: Soft malts, honey sweetness adds a nice touch. Something like a "Cinnamon Toast Crunch" quality, even though there is no known cinnamon in the beer. Maybe it's more of a honey-graham cracker. Either way, it's nice... a little sweet, but nice.

T: The cereal quality noted in the nose is present in the taste, as well. The honey flavours are just right, adding a great sweetness to complement the malts.

M + D: A crisp carbonation, starting with a little fizzle and softening towards finish with just enough to follow through the finish. This is a fun beer, and I find it quite enjoyable... maybe a little more suited as a dessert beer of sorts, but it's a pretty good choice and I'd be happy to seek it out again.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of IBUnit63
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22 into Cab glass...

Mild natural honey color with adequate carbonation rising to clear white (almost bluish) soapy head of just under a finger - it doesn't stay long. Sparse lacing. Decent rustic package.

The honey is in there as advertised. Mild sweetness brings about sliky melon scents...ripe cantaloupe and honeydew. Maybe sweet white peeled grapes also? A salty smell with almost a rice texture reminiscent of Otter San. Mild pininess and floral notes indicate minimal hop presence but according to the label it's a figment of the imagination. More apple brown sugar with honey sweetness with further warmth.

I was waiting for the herbal tones on the nose, and there they are on the palate. Definitely chamomile. It feels very green though it could've steeped longer in the boil to get the weedy tones out (or maybe it went TOO long? That's why I have to start figure this stuff out...among other reasons). The melon sweetness is there, as is a mellow honey presence. With warmth some depth comes about with chamomile providing a soft herbal and floral substitute for hops. Overall there's an apple pie tone to this, crust (with salt and baking powder) and all. Oats shine through in spades. All in all an interesting concept but until a great deal of warmth comes about it's a bit watery.

The apple pie nature of this deal is very comforting, with the exception of the grassy chamomile tones. Good and enjoyable but a little too tight on the back of the throat for a true unified front. Clean for all the ingredients, however.

This is beer's answer to nighttime herbal tea. Warmth rounds this out to be an enjoyable and perhaps unique offering. Lack of synergy precludes stellar drinkability but this is another interesting piece of work from the World Tour series.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love that Otter. Keep on travelin' little guy.

Clear honey color with a thin white head that doesn't stick around. Looks mead-ish.

Smells sweet and spicey. Chamomille, honey, and nutmeg. Flowery like perfume.

Tastes like it smells. Chomomille, ginger, honey and nutmeg over sweet malt. Not what I expected but unlike anything I've ever had. Carbonation is firm and in the background.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, spices, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out quite sweet with flavors of honey and cinnamon, like I'm drinking a graham cracker. As the sweetness fades there's a mild hops presence and bready flavor of grains takes over. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth and a little watery for the style, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty once you get used to the odd flavor, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a good beer if you're looking to try something different but I wouldn't want to drink it regularly.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden - clear until the last dregs makes it cloudy. (Not suggesting pouring last dregs in by the way - overly yeasty in this case). A thin white head is lop-sided bubbly. Almost no lacing sticks.

The semml is of honey upfront, with perfumy, herbal (chamomile, though I know only because it is listed, but fits) notes.

The taste of honey that was upfront becomes more balanced by the perfumy/herbal chamomile. There is something reminiscent of ginger and nutmeg going on. On sweet and herbal side, but moderated, so as not becoming "too much". Finishes with a spiced sweetness.

Light-bodied with firm carbonation.

An interesting beer. Something of a summer version of a winter (spiced) beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale was cloudy and yellow, with a one finger fast and fizzy head.

Aroma was of light grains, with sweet honey notes, and somewhat floral hops. Not bad, but I prefer a more malty aroma to a grainy smell.

Taste did not mimic the aroma totally. Light grains were present, but lighter malts were in the foreground. There were floral and grassy overtones, as well as a hint of sweetness and honey. Less honey than expected, however.

Mouthfeel was good, not too thin, good body for the style.

Drinkability, I would say, is slightly better than average. I wouldn't mind having another one. I probably won't, but that's just my way of drinking - I want to try as many different beers as possible. Just as I say in my quotes.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head falls at a moderate pace, you can actually see the small bubbles bursting over and over, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet and floral. Taste begins with a honey sweetness, quickly gives way to a substantial tartness in the middle, and closes with the same floral character mixing with the sour. Mouthfeel is prickly with the sour, and drinkability is very limited. Not so impressed with this World Tour stop.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle of this beer poured into a snifter. Ive had the bottle in my cellar for about 2.5 years.
The beer pours a bright clear golden honey hue withvery minimal bleached white head foaming up as a surface layer even with a fairly agressive pour.
The aroma is pretty mild with some husky grain notes and light fruit, white grapes mostly, and finally some light floral scents. Complex yet not bold aroma.
First sip reveals a light bodied beer with fine and slightly tingly carbonation. The texture is smooth and not watery, very easy to drink.
Flavor is some caramel, sweet fruit, again white grape, and some tangy almost tart flavors. It almost tastes like a strawberry, and finishes very dry. This could be the honey added to the beer.
A decent summer beer that has some interesting qualities, but it is so subdued and mild. I think if the flavors and scents were a little more bold I would actually enjoy this unique brew. Perhaps it was more robust fresh? I am glad to have tried this but wouldnt go buy another bottle if I found one somewhere.

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Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet floral nose. Flavor is lightly sweetened, herbal. Better as it warms. Otter Creek's site calls this a golden but it really belongs in the Herbed/Spiced Beer category. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold and quite clear. Starts off with a decent head, but oddly, leaves absolutely no lace.

Earthy, but with an aroma of wild flowers like honeysuckle. There's a light spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg.

This reminds me of a complex meal. Lots of unusual, but not unpleasant, sweet and spicy flavors. Quite similar to a savory dessert. Neutral body with a high level of carbonation.

A wonderfully different beer, but it doesn't taste like any beer I've ever had before. It gets points for its originality, particularity with the aroma which is very inviting.

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Photo of portia99
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden color with some orange highlights. A small attmept at forming a head mostly fails and only leaves behind a thin collar of white bubbles.

S - Rather unique. Sweet with touches of honey. Very floral, most likely the chamomile here. A sweet sugar cookie dough like aroma comes thru the middle with touches of breadiness thrown in for good measure. Smells dessert like...perhaps like a bakery a bit...or perhaps its pot pouri (I know very different things, but at different times, I get different hits of aromas swirling around)

T - Very grainy underneath everything - makes me think of a granola bar - thinking Nature Valley oat and honey. From there it gets a bit..."unique". Sweet and spicy with a fruity and perfumey type character. Some touches of cinnamon, honey and light brown sugar too...lots of sweet, spicy and fruity flavors all combining into a bit of an overall undefinable flavor. The chamomile is quite prominant and contributes to a tea-like impression as well.

M - Somewhat thin with a light to medium carbonation that just manages a bit of a tingle on the tongue. The combination of herbs and spices here leave the most lasting impression after the swallow.

D - This seems best consumed in small quantities...not because of a high alcohol level, just the somewhat unusual combination of flavors going on here. This is a one and done for me. Just a bit too far out there for me....oh, and, no way is this an American Pale Ale - this is an herb and spice beer all the way.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick-hit observations:

* Clear, golden yellow
* No head
* Malty smell with some honey
* Taste of German malt
* Tangy, bready
* Hints of white wine grape
* Feels smooth, silky, like honey
* Some cereal and cinnamon in the taste
* Smooth and thick; a sipper.
* Interesting, not amazing.

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Photo of Pamola
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this as part of the 3-bomber variety pack with a glass. For 14 bucks, that's a steal.

A: Small, tight head. Not much for retention or lacing. The brew is a tinged golden.

S: There certainly is spice present, but it's overpowered by a bready/yeasty aroma that isn't too becoming.

T: Honey, ok. It's there but there's also a strange ginger flavor that's just too strong. Tastes almost like a ginger snap. It is pretty darn interesting though. I've tasted much worse spiced beers.

M: Decently full and has a wonderful coating effect from the honey. It's a little empty in the end but the mouthfeel may be the best part of this brew.

D: Certainly a unique and decently-realized beer. It has its weak spots but worth a try.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could not find a description of the style so I guessed APA based on color.

Pours a golden yellow color with a one-finger head and plenty of carbonation.

Aroma is sweet upfront with the smell mainly of honey, chamomile and oats.

Taste is very sweet upfront with a strong amount of honey, chamomile, rye, millet and spelt. Like drinking a multigrain cereal or something.

Mouthfeel is very sweet with the honey and chamomile sticking on the tongue, followed by the sweetness of the various grains used.

It's an interesting ale in which there aren't many other similar examples, with the exception of Peak Organic's Maple Oat Ale. This beer doesn't really sit too well with my taste buds and it's something that you may want to sip in order to coax your taste buds to accept it. You should pick it up anyway. There's history behind this kind of beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint. Poured a translucent honey gold with tiny bubbles in solution that adhered to the walls of the glass. Some strands of sticky lacing present during the tasting. Two inch, off-white head comprised of tiny bubbles that eventually settled into a broken swirl of foam. Citrus dominates the nose, as well as chamomile, floral aromas and grains. Tastes like chamomile tea and multigrain cereal with a touch of honey. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a hint of citrus astringency at the finish. Very interesting and unlike any brew I've ever had; however,not something I would really seek out in the future.

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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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