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Otter Creek Brewing

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,680
Ranked #20,128
4.01 | pDev: 6.23%
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 12 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy whitish gold hue with a huge frothy head into my glass. Mango and passionfruit hop notes upfront. It's very bitter, coating the tongue but never too thick. A touch of buttery malt peeks through. Resinous finish caps it off. The artwork is genius. I also feel like OC has gotten better at dialing back the overwhelming bitterness of some of their beers.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Citrus and tropical fruit along with some lighter herbal and dank notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and tropical fruit along with the floral and herbal undertones. Moderately bitter. Finishes with lingering tropical notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid NE IPA that is very easy to drink. Love the can art (I know, that doesn’t effect the rating). Worth a drink

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque golden orange with some floaties. A small white head. Decent retention, but good lacing.

Sweet mango, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit aromas.

Tastes heavily of ripe mango, sweet, biscuit malt, honey, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit peel on the finish with a bit of rindy bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, moderately carbonated.

A decent offering from Otter Creek. Pretty pleasant. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 fl. oz. can stamped 0925195900M. Sampled on December 6, 2019.

The appearance is a cloudy, mostly opaque yellow color with a modest white head that lingers.

The aroma has a floral characteristic more than any other hop note and also a cereal grain sensation. Smells rather clean too.

Medium body.

Some sweetness in the taste at first but the floral and maybe even herbal bitterness rolls in on the backside. Not sure how "Next Level" this is as they state on the can.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a while since we've seen a new distributed IPA from Otter Creek. Ever since they lost Mike Gerhart to Hill Farmstead, I haven't been hankering for their stuff (and most of it has been pretty unavailable to me; they shifted focus to a lot of taproom-only offerings to get people to visit their space), but seeing this on shelves today reminded me how much I enjoy stuff like (Backseat) Berner, Daily Dose, Head Charge, and Free Flow. These guys killed the well-distributed VT hoppy beer game for a couple years, and I'm hoping this is a return to that place of glory for them. Only one way to find out!

This pours a completely-opaque creamy orange hue with a generous dollop of consistent, foamy head sitting stately on top. Excellent legs and pretty-superb lace, honestly. It has some vibrance when held up to light, and it definitely doesn't look as chalky or unappetizing as some modern haze-bombs... really, this looks spot-on; I don't think they've really tackled an "actual NEIPA" prior to this beer. They've done hazy IPAs, of course, but never anything this dense looking. Happy it's giving me a good vibe right away. Can't wait to see what's beneath the murk!

The nose is definitely juicy, with strong elements of mandarin orange, tangerine, and pineapple juice combined with a light orchard fruit and pine resin backing. Not very aggressive, but it has an interesting approach that has me guessing at the hop combination in use for this brew. I almost pick up an Azacca-like note, for example. Some light spice and grassiness... definitely doesn't have the in-your-face punch of the typical Citra/Mosaic or Galaxy-driven NEIPAs these days, but I could be wrong.

Quickly settles in on the tongue with a cleaner flavor than expected given the NEIPA stylings going on here. Fruit gum, pineapple, passion fruit, light touches of mango and mandarin orange once again, with a swallow of fresh-cut grass and a slight earthiness. Following smaller notes of spruce, pine, and spice with a soft and supple melon-like note. Slightly less full-bodied than expected given the ABV, but good carbonation and overall feel for the most part.

Definitely more mellow/less aggressive than some of the modern strains of NEIPA I've consumed plenty of over the past couple years that the style has been growing and coming into its own. If I had to guess, I'd say this utilizes some of those neo-German hops like Mandarina Bavaria or Huell Melon, plus some classic American varietals. That's the honest vibe I get from it; does not have the raw, leafy Galaxy edge or the "wtf is happening" element of Mosaic going for it. It's a little simpler and more down-to-earth, so if you like the sound of that... go out and grab this!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can
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New England style hazed out burnt gold color. Moderately fluffy white foam, bubbly and clumpy. Minimalist coverage leftovers, nice lacing.

A very herbal fruitiness to the nose from those crazy hops. Soured mango, peppery pineapple and citrus notes galore. A hint of boozy lemon down deep. Aromatics are medium intensity.

The feel and flavor features a sharp citrus bite, light bodied at first and then medium to smooth with a dry, earthy finish. Sharp and tangy fruits from the hops dominate, but The light, golden style malted grains provide a nice side project that compliments the hops well. Tangy citrus and golden grains steals the show, but the complexity medium at the very most for the style.

A fine and easy NEIPA, good for taking out on adventures and enjoyed on a mountain top straight from the can. Just have fun with it.

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Photo of Charliethebrit
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: hazy straw color. good head with pour.
Smell: Fruity, hoppy, sweet citrus.
Taste: Right away I am thinking Mosaic hops. Galaxy? Citra, Galaxy, with a touch of Citra. Smooth, nice body, Surprisingly good from a can.
Feel: full bodied, good New England IPA.
Overall: This is a deceptively strong IPA. The Otter Creek way of blending great hops can cover up the strength of this IPA. But hey, if you don't have to go anywhere and have time, pour into a tulip glass and sip this one.

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