Otter Creek Solstice | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek SolsticeOtter Creek Solstice

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: copper color; head dissipates, but heavy; the empty glass in nicely laced
S: sweet, light smell of malt
T: initial nutty character, very pleasant, but it tapers into a metallic shell
M: good feel in the mouth but a bit watery

The beer is advertised as a session ale, and that it certainly is.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had some yard work to do today and I wanted to have some beers on a enjoyable spring day today without feeling it by four o'clock.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear light to medium golden,a well formed one finger white head atop.A light mix of biscuit malt and citric hop in the nose,flavors are light and the mouthfeel is very light.Somewhat watery feel with caramel/biscuit malt flavors mainly,there is a passing herbal/leafy presence in the finish.I didnt expect much but its ok,not something I would drink on a regular basis though.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness/bottling date info. Pours hazed, dull lighter, near golden amber, typical eggshell head, that lasts. Light bready nose. Easy drinking ale, balanced sweet malts/moderatly gritty hops. Perfectly respectable sessioner. Enjoyable and accessable brew from O.C.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold almost copper with a light fluffy head. Steady carbonation keeps a thin cap on it.

Smells clean and wheaty. Not overpowering.

Very smooth and balanced. Slight citrus hints up front, with a clean malty balance.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and full.A bit of bitterness lingers behind.

Very drinkable, it went down quickly. I wouldn't turn down another....

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Photo of tigg924
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: minimal and carbonation head, clear, orange/brown in color

Smell: orange and toasted malt

Taste: orange, citrus hops, biscuit, and tea

Mouthfeel: light bodied, low carbonation, semi-bitter

Drinkability: Not a fan of this offering. This has a lot of tea taste but is not as complex as other APAs. I think this beer would be better if it was not quite as light.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jwc215 for sending me this bottle as an extra.

The beer pours a clear gold color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the corn chips with some light grassy hops. The flavor is more of the same with corn and grain along with some grassy and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a long trail ale glass.

Pours a very crisp, light, clear golden amber with lots of little nice bubbles flowing up to a... super thin head. Nose is quite malty and sweet, almost no hops here.

There's a distinct iron taste here that's the immediate detractor. That being said, it's still well balanced, there's a light hoppiness that's sharp and bitter along with slightly high carbonation that adds to the bite. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overally it's a really easy drinking beer.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bronze with gold edging and a decent stark white head that dissipates quickly but has a lingering ring as it is drank

Cascade and Amarillo hops are at the forefront of the nose with sweet maltiness and hints of floral and citrus.

The taste is sweet maltiness with sweet hops followed by breadiness in the middle and ends with a slight skunky aftertaste.

A thin, watery, nicely carbonated mouthfeel makes this session brew clean and refreshing, perfect as an "all day drinker" with the warm weather on it's way.

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

Appears a pale golden, I can't consider this one an APA maybe a golden ale or a copper ale. Bright clear body with a large white head, tiny bubbled carbonation. Fine patterned even lacing. Aromatics a touch of citrus peels and floral hop notes. Light biscuit malt edges, nice balanced herbal grassiness as well. Flavor lemon zest tones, biscuit malts. Again a nice herbal grassiness, very quaffable simple session ale. Not very complex but has a nice easy going drinking profile with light body easy going carbonation. Drinkability was easy, I could have used more hops or something more aggressive but overall it was a nice 4% offering from Vermont.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

slightly hazy golden color with a light-frothy white head. simple and effective.

Light fruity hop scent, wild strawberries, herbal and hearty, very light wheat scented malt. subtle but nice.

Oooh, this one is light and really crispy for summer! A snappy feel gives this life, herbal zest, crispy wheat with amazing balance. Sublime summer drinking.


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Photo of KTCamm
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours copper with light foam. Very minor lacing. Light malty smell, devoid of anything powerful or noteworthy. Watery hop taste - malt is restrained/. Very limited depth of taste. Not bad, just not impressive or memorable. Drinkable, though!

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

A: Poured a bright orange with a medium rate of carbonation. A sudsy eggshell white head sits atop but only briefly before lapsing to a scarce covering. No appreciable lacing.

S: A light fresh flowery scent was picked up on the nose along with some fresh citrus (lemony-orange). Fruity undertones of fresh juicy apples and pear juice are evident, light in strength but enough to be appreciable.

T: The flavor showed sweet citrus and a light flowery hopping in the beginning. Light dry grains, almost cereal like, with a light touch of sweetness interludes. The finish provides moments of fruitiness of dry apricots, pears and perhaps mangos and semi-dry oranges that all rounds out with a flowery hopping making for an otherwise pretty refreshing no brainer summer drink.

M: The mouthful was quiet, hardly a peep of carbonation while the overall feel was lightly dry with a nice flowery hopping. The finish is rather clean off the tongue.

D: Drinkability was decent, refreshing with just enough hopping to make things interesting. Sweet, light and easy enough to down in multiples. Wont wow or impress you in the meantime but a decent beer to pass on a lazy summer afternoon in the hammock.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for something from Otter Creek. Unfortunately, this one had great promise but (IMHO) failed to deliver. Bright yellow to tan in the glass with a nice foam head and soft carbonation. A hint of piney hops in the nose and a nicely balanced initial taste, biscuity malt with softly bitter hops flavor profile. Had it stayed there, I would have enjoyed it immensely. But the flavor, like the Sam Adams Noble Pils I reviewed recently, quickly transitions to a slick, buttery diacetyl that borders on undrinkable. Unlike the Sam's, there's no residual hops bitterness in the aftertaste, and after a few swallows I had to set it aside. Just didn't cut it. Glad I had purchased a single.

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Photo of u2carew
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick, white, creamy head. Slowly settles to a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear body that is bronze in color.
S) Floral notes, mixed with caramel and honey. Slightly grassy.
T) Light and effervescent caramel malt sweetness paired with pleasant floral tones. Finishes malty sweet on the tongue.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Looks like a medium body beer, but starts light and picks up just a little bit of "umph". Dry in the finish.
D) A delicious brew and a great session beer. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 4% abv, 18 IBU. Pours a perfectly clear gold color. White foamy head holds well for a few minutes, then fades to a small layer. Nice patches of lace.

Pale malts in the nose, maybe slightly bready, and faintly toasty. Hop aroma is subdued a bit. Citrusy hops, lemon and orange peel. Maybe a touch earthy and herbal.

Nice pale malt base. Softly bready. Just a hint of sweetness. Hops have a ghost like citrusy character. A bit more earthy and herbal flavors come out, but ever so slightly. Finishes dry.

Close to medium body, with gentle carbonation. Alcohol? Anywhere? This bottle took only a few minutes to drink. Very drinkable. Quite a good amount of flavor going on here for a beer of this size. I love what Otter Creek did here.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a fruity hop and light doughy malt.

The taste was subtle and pleasant, well balanced and dry at the finish.

The mouthfeel was clean.

Overall a very nice sessionable ale.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice cloudy orange-yellow color with a tall and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, hints of breadinesss and citrus at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted and roasted malts, there's some citrus flavors mixed into the beer as well, a bit bready tasting, nice slight citrus-y hop finish.
M: Crisp, refreshing, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, it's a nice light tasting, lighter feeling, with a nice low abv for a good summer beer.

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Photo of travduke
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light gold body with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

Smell: Bready, fruity, faint hop. Not expecting much with the alcohol.

Taste: Lot of malt but the hops due come out. This is actually really tasty for a beer with less alcohol than budlight.

Mouth/Drink: This is a nice beer that you can sit back and enjoy a 6pack without worrying about getting too out of control.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

7 malts and 3 hops seems like a lotta stuff for just a wee 4% session beer...

Clear gold with a thin, white, quick to skim head. Few lacey trickles.

Aroma is light grain and clean, honey-like Otter Creek house yeast. Some melted butter and grassy hop in there as well. Supposedly this was dry hopped with Amarillo but I'm not seein' it. Taste is sweet grainy honey with an antiseptic bitter back.

Otter Creek already has a phenomenal pale ale so what is this crap? That said I bought a 6 pack to bring to the beach and between my family and friends it was almost gone before I got out the door. So somebody likes it.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Cask for New Years Eve at the Three Penny Taproom
Told it was a light pale ale.

A - Really nice crystal clear golden color with a creamy head.

S - Very delicate. Mild Malts with a fruity citrus hop nose but not overwhelming.

T - Tastes like a mild pale ale. Herbal hops and mild malt. Very clean in flavors. Grains and bread. Pleasant and mild.

M - Very smooth. creamy and very light in flavor.

D - This is a fantastic session brew. Very delicate and mild, but enough flavor that it was interesting. Enjoyable. Would highly recommend for a session brew.

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

Pours golden copper with a steady stream of carbonation that rises in the middle to produce a thin white head that becomes a wispy patch. Some uneven lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of mild grain, a touch of lemon and some floral and bready/doughy notes.

The taste is of mild grain with a touch of honey sweetness. Floral, bready, slightly aspirin-ish dryness balances the mild sweetness in the finish.

It has a crisp, light body.

Reminds me more of a blonde ale, but I can buy into a light APA. Light enough to be the "session ale" it claims to be, though I grew tired of it (esp. with the aftertaste I'm not particularly fond of) after a couple. Nice enough to be a summer refresher sort of beer.

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Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jdhilt
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a four finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light grapefruit nose. Flavor is mild grapefruit hops with lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Otter Creek Solstice from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 57 ratings