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Otter Creek Imperial India Pale Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Imperial India Pale AleOtter Creek Imperial India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierman9 on 05-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appereance is just about perfect. Clear, dark amber with the best head I've seen on any "big" beer, and this one is 11%.

Aroma dissapointed me. There is a nice citrusy hop aroma clearly there, but it isn't in your face, fresh raw hops that I love. When it warms, it has a slight aroma of nail polish removal.

Flavor is great. Very hoppy, with extreme bitterness and a heavy malt presence showing great complexity. My only complaint is that the strong bitterness gets in the way of everything else.

Mouthfeel is fairly dry with hop bitterness assaulting my mouth.

Drinkability is good. On my first half of the bomber, I was thinking I could have another one if it was available. Towards the end of the glass, as it warms, it slowed down with the strong bitterness and alcohol.

My only complaint here is they should take a huge handful of the bittering hops and throw them in for dry hopping. Too much bitterness and not nearly enough hop aroma.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Copper-colored body. Decent head.

S: Hops. Beautiful, piney, citrusy, pungent hops. Some caramel in the background.

T: Stong hoppy bitterness and grassy notes. But there's also plenty of caramel sweetness. Pretty much perfectly balanced. No trace of alcohol.

M: Thick and syrupy.

D: Astonishingly easy to put down, especially for an 11% ABV and 135 IBU beer. This is honestly one of the few beers that I wished would never end as I was drinking it. Otter Creek is definitely batting 1.000 so far with its imperial series. Here's hoping they keep up the good work.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another extra from Banditbrewingco... Thanks again! Shared with my buddy POD, DrewOSU and netwonty over a game of Holdem'...

Pours a slightly hazy copper with brass highlights. The head is slighlty offwhite and big on the initial pour leaving a nice halo and big sticky lacing up the sides of my glass.

Smells of BIG citurs packed hops with a trace of sweet malts. Big nose and very bitter... I wish the HUGE, resinous and bitter hop profile was a little more rounded.

Taste follows through in the mouth. Huge, bitter and choked full hops.

Total hop bomb with no sense of balance. That's what it advertised, I know, but I wish the hop profile wasn't so scathing and bitter. I like a tasty hops presence, not the bitter hop injection I was given this time around.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice medium copper color with a nice amout of clarity. A half a finger of white head with excellent lacing.

S; The nose is really tight on this beer. You get some hops but they really don't burst through like they should. You do get some biscuit malt. The worst part of this beer.

T: A nice mix of several different kinds of hops that sort of all blend together. A weird mix of bitter floral and citrus with none of them really taking charge. Nice balance.

M: Thick medium body with a little bit of a syrupy feel.

D: Super easy drinking. Their imperial series has impressed so far and this is a damn fine beer especially for the price. 6.99. Would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of mikecharley
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Stowehop for this extra in our recent trade. Poured vigorously into my La Fin tulip. Light amberish with a three finger head that hangs around. It seems as though I may have poured a little rough... Leaves a gorgeous lacing as it recedes.

The nose is of great citrusy hops intermingeling with the sweet malts that go along with 11% abv. Not a bad smelling brew.

Wow... the taste is REALLY heavy on the bitter, and the alc at the finish. A little to burn-y for my liking, but I guess it is 11%. The bitter is almost unbearable. It becomes a much more approachable brew as it warms. The bitterness dies down a little, and it gets profoundly better. If i rated it solely on the cold version, the taste would be a 2... LET IT WARM!

The drinkability for this brew is like the visibility in a blizzard... Cant possibly see myself picking up a second bomber in the same night. It is a brew for sharing, for sure.

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Photo of asabreed
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a wine glass. 11%. 135 IBUs. Looking forward to it.

Appearance: Mildly hazy copper yellow color for the body, with raindrop lacing and skids of lacing ringing the glass.

Smell: Huge earthy pungency, up there with any of the best DIPAs. This is pure grapefruit rind, tickling the nostrils. Yet there's subtle tropical fruit that I like a lot too, with some passion fruit and mango adding complexity to the citrus of the hops. Some caramel malt and big biscuit aromas get in there too as it warms.

Taste: Wowness. Get ready for an experience. Easily one of the biggest, most bitter, most pungent IPAs I've ever had, and I love every minute of it. The finish is insanely long, and at 135 IBUs, this is taking Ruination down like the Lakers did to the Nuggets tonight in Game 6 (and I wanted the Nuggets to win). But on its own, it's tough to try and get those malt flavors by themselves, as they seem to float around purgatorially a bit before they're thwarted by the face-slam of hops. Like, literally, biting into a grapefruit rind by the end, YET... there's enough malt balance, with caramel and sharper tingly fruits, to keep it nice on the palate. Again, make no mistake, this will destroy you if you're not ready. But luckily, and initially, the biscuit and sweeter caramel malt flavors do their think, until the linger and finish with the huge grapefruit puckering insanity. Again. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Big and sticky and almost slightly chewy with great full sticky carbonation that's almost resiny. If the shoe fits...

Drinkability: How did they get this kind of balance? I'm shocked, considering I've never had an Otter Creek brew this great and this wild overall. This thing is a monolith. I'm thrilled that I picked it up on a whim. I could see, for once, the brew getting a bit more balanced with some cellar time, but like the Russian River folks say about the Pliny brews, why would you want to let this sit? Get it. Try it.

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Photo of brianVT1
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - on cask at the brewery during American Craft Beer Week.

Appearance - Good amber/gold, with light lacing.

Smell - Huge floral nose.

Taste - Hops, hops and more hops! Intense, succulent, luscious.

Mouthfeel - Since it was on cask it was less carbonated.

Drinkability - You would think something this big - 11% abv and 135 ibu's - would shock your palate, but it drinks like a big, well made ipa.

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Photo of deanhead
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of the best Imperial India Pale Ale's that I have ever enjoyed. It is so well balanced that I would have never guessed it chimed in at 11% ABV.

Orange in color with a voluminous white head that reduced to one finger, with a dainty lace filling the void in the glass were to sweet nectar once was before it touch my lips.

Aroma is a pungent citrusy mega guava with some slight vegetative notes.

Taste is spicy and warming with a very clingy bitterness to it. Clingier than a breast fed ten month old. It just hangs on. Love it! It's big, and bold, and extremely well balanced. Tears you up with such a delightful array of hops and bitterness.

Full bodied, rich, dank drinking experience that is so fulfilling, I had to get another to enjoy on a different day.

Otter Creek has really stepped it up with the Imperial series. I highly recommend you seeking this out if you like Imperial IPA's

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had it really blew me away. First off this thing has 135IBUs! It's insane! You really can't find anything hoppier. But it's really quite smooth and powerful. It's got a nice deep amber color and a decent head that will stick around for a bit. Once you get going on it though you get all sorts of different flavors from the huge amount (and variety) of hops in this. It's also 11%abv, however you hardly notice this due to the immense amount of hops. Totally worth a taste, I plan on picking up a few bombers to toss in my cellar!

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Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, finally this is out.

Pours a copper color with a nice thick wall of foam into my glass. Looks like it's gotten off to a good start.

Aroma is full of grassy, citrusy hops in the nose and it's a very good combination (Bravo, Apollo, Amarillo and Simcoe).

Taste is again grassy and citrusy with a good heaping of grapefruit that stands out. The bitterness from the hops coats the mouth. The malts stand out in the background.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness that has largely faded by now. No offensive flavors linger.

A very nice example of the style that feels just right. It's different enough and feels like it could be unique to Otter Creek. The hop combination fascinates me as I've never heard of Apollo or Bravo hops. For a 11% beer, this is deceptively drinkable. Grab it!

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown glass pry-top. No date, but just released. I've been waiting for this one!

Appearance: 2+ fingers of off-white sudsy, fluffy head sits on top of a crystal clear yellow amber body.

Nose: Sweet sweet hop candy! Sweet orange peel, pine sap, a little earthy tree bark note. Smells great!

Palate: Medium-bodied with lots of sweet malt right up front. The hops come in and bushwack the malt. A total slaughter! They never saw it coming. Lots of bitter pine needles, bitter orange, yellow grapefruit, and a long, bitter and lasting finish.

Notes: Excellent! This beer shows that Otter Creek is for real with this new Imperial line and is going to bring on the noise! Seriously bitter, aggressive and has enough sweetness in the center to be just like a DIPA-head's candy!

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Photo of jimj21
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This was my first beer from Otter Creek and it was amazing. I had this on tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, Connecticut (great place, btw).

On tap into a twelve ounce glass. This beer poured an orangish copper color. It was capped by a small amount (half finger or so) of very white head. Not too much activity in the way of bubbles moving in the glass. Great clarity though.

The smell was very hoppy. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. There wasn't too much in the way of malts coming through, but the hoppy aromas were definitely noticeable. Maybe a little sweetness, if anything.

Taste is amazingly delicious. Hops, hops, and more hops. 135 IBUs! Great hoppy flavors in the way of grapefruit and pineapple. Maybe another fruit that I can't pick out, but I'm not sure. Simcoe hops are definitely used to brew this, given the taste. Some maltiness comes through in the middle that's very nice. Sweet caramel and butterscotch. Finishes with a bit of pine resin. Great bitterness and great malt backbone as well. Hoppiness is so amazing. Wouldn't know this one was 11% abv if I hadn't looked it up.

This one had a great mouthfeel. Very creamy. Carbonation was spot on. A little prickly. A little bit of warming. So smooth though.

I couldn't stop drinking this. It just tastes so good. Obviously, at 11%, this isn't something you can just drink for an entire night. But it really is a great beer. For any IPA or IIPA fans, this is a must try. I'm looking forward to trying the Otter Creek RIS too.

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