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Otter Creek Winter Red Ale | Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Winter Red AleOtter Creek Winter Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
45 IBU

Added by PBoegel on 11-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
132
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
12.46%
 
 
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 132
Photo of jeremy13586
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured in to a standard pint glass. No bottle date that I could find.

Ruby color. Slightly off white head formed, but disappeared fairly quickly. Did leave some sticky bubbles on the side of the glass.

Nose is full of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and some chocolate. Even after letting the beer warm up, the only thing that came out was a mild nondescript bitterness. Seems like a very malt-heavy beer.

There are too many things that are trying to fight for dominance. The caramel and toffee is there with a touch of orange. A nice bitter hoppiness does come out, but ends up getting lost. Messy finish that ends slightly metallic.

Medium bodied and fairly carbonated, but very hearty. Definitely a winter beer.

I found that there was just too much going on with this brew like it wasn't well thought out. The metallic taste was definitely off-putting. This beer might be mediocre at best.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass at home

A: dark red, cloudy, very thin head;
S: stale/metallic smell
T: Perhaps out of date, since I'm drinking this in May. Not very malty or sweet; prominent hop profile; baking soda and aged grapefruit, relatively intense; medium complexity; astringent
M: despite the small head, this has a nice buzz

Not a great beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm normally a fan of Otter Creek's beers but for some reason this one didn't sit right with me. Poured a 1.5" beige head with decent holding power. Looks brown in masstone but held to the light a clear auburn is revealed. Smells like a medium hoppy IPA. Taste has the hops but it also has an unusual oily yeasty taste which seems spoiled and doesn't come across well with me at all, in fact it reminds me more of cheap yeasty wines. Sorry, just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of silentjay
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Otter Creek is hit or miss for me. Their Alpine Black IPA is a home run, others are buttery misses. described on the bottle as a "generously hopped red ale" and thoughts of Nugget Nectar and Zoe come to mind. Lets see how this one stacks up.

a dark copper that is slightly brown, but I wouldn't call it red or amber in color. a nice light tan head with decent retention and lacing.

damn it. butterscotch. I think the hops have faded (not that this is old by any means!) but there is some piney and herbal hops in the aroma with tons of caramel and toffee along with the butter.

butterscotch, caramel and biscuits lead the way with some herbal and woody hops before the buttery finish.

medium bodied with decent carbonation.

nugget nectar this is not. generously hopped? I'm not getting it.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nice amber / copper color with decent head and moderate carbonation. Caramel and floral aroma. Very bitter without a deep complexity of flavor. Peppery spice notes. Mid-glass it almost seems a bit diluted. Drinkability is decent. Yeasty mouthfeel in the aftertaste. We feel this beer needs a bit of balancing. The elements it has alone aren't great in a beer, but coupled with a bit more sweetness and depth it could be very good. Finishes just a bit sweeter.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean reddish to orange-ish color, with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt, with notes of caramel. In the taste, sweet caramel malt and some lingering cinnamon. A small spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a mellow, dry cinnamon in the aftertaste. Not bad, just boring and eh!

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Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From an annual Christmas case, enjoying the holiday season. This beer pours a almost red amber color. Very clear, with a wispy off-white head. It's aroma is a little disappointing...grainy, grassy, an astringent-like smell. It's not a typical malt-hop balance that I expected. The taste is semi-dry, with a carbonic bite and some hop bitterness. Sharp edges, and lighter in body than necessary. This is an average craft red ale, not much more.

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Photo of stakem
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a SA sensory glass, the brew appears a perfectly clear color of amber with a finger and a half of yellowish stained tan cap. As the froth recedes, it leaves a webbing pattern of lacing all over the glass.

The smell of this brew includes some caramel to toffee malt sweetness with a faint nutty to buttery aspect. Through the profile is a scent of citrus to herbal hops mixed with a touch of mineral inclusion. There is a green veggy aspect across the back which mingles with some yeasty aspects and brings out more of a mineral feel to the nose.

The taste initially has some nutty flavoring to the maltiness which transitions into more of a toasted grain/biscuit flavor. Some fruity alcohol notes are present along with a rindy bitterness of oily hops. There is not much residual sweetness but it is somewhat present and immediately contrasted by a strong herbal bitterness. As more sips are taken, across the back it gets a bit more bitter and the focus of this brew changes from malty to hoppy but it is one-noted and very rindy in character. This bitterness really brings out more of a mineral flavor that isn't exactly enjoyable and I find to be a bit distracting. Once the brew goes beyond ideal, it has a strong buttery aspect to it with a lasting resinous cling of hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to lower level of carbonation. It has a toasty appeal to the malt flavors but the sharp rindy bitterness clashes a bit. I think this brew is stuck in the middle of being a traditional amber and nugget nectar "wannabe." Unfortunately, it falls shorts in either direction and doesn't really mesh that well.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy and fluffy white head on top. A bit of lace left behind.

Fruity and floral hops up front on the nose before the malts come through. A bit sweet and some graininess alongside a slight toffee note.

Pleasantly bitter but not quite as hoppy as expected. Nice herbal and semi-citrusy hop flavors but the grainy and biscuity malt backbone hides a lot of the hops.

Mouthfeel is rather thin but smooth enough to please. Overall, this is a fairly middle-of-the-road brew from Otter Creek. Not my favorite from them but doesn't really stick out as a winter beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle had between Burlington Caucus.

A clear red/amber color with a small white head -lots of lacing. Nose is hoppy and fresh, light malt notes as well but quite well balanced.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy for a red, but very welcomed. The mouthfeel is decent, slightly high carbonation with a nice crisp finish. A slight metallic note but not too strong.

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Photo of Thads324
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a deep brownish red with a fizzy tan head that slowly rises then dissipates. minimal lacing on my tasting snifter.
S : sweet caramel, simple syrup sweetness and some earthy hop
T : taste starts out very sweet with some buttery caramel and a bit of shortbread cookie. A sharp and slightly citrusy hop attempts to break up the buttery flavor. A bit of bitterness on the end.
M : clean and crisp. medium to light body.

A bit less flavor than I'd like to see in a winter ale, but still pretty good. Not sure about the ABV on this one, but it is quite the easy going winter that would be good for a full day of football watching.

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Photo of Bowersm
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid, but not great easy to drink beer. I've had six that have gone down quickly and easily and without complaints. To be honest, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on with the beer. It's not super hoppy (which I tend to like). It doesn't have much of an aftertaste and I may be keeping it too cold, but for whatever reason I still think its not bad. That being said, when choosing between this and Otter Creeks Stovepipe porter, I'd say choose the porter every time.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Carbonation is good on this making a solid inch of tan colored head. Lacing is only moderate with mild stickiness and the beer itself is a dark amber that's clear.

S - Mild pine hops within a body of sweet caramel like malts and toffee. Biscuit malts are mild.

T - Starts of hoppy then quickly the biscuit like malts take over with a bread taste. Finish is sweet but not overly so cleansing the palate with caramel and hops. Tasty.

M - Medium bodied it sets the tone for a winter beer.

Overall totally worth the $1.75 a paid in the mix and match section but not as sweet as I would have liked it.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brownish red color with a quarter inch of head. Some lacing. Aromas is bready and earthy. Some sweet malts. Taste is malty and earthy. A bit tangy. Hints of floral hops. Pretty light in the mouthfeel department. An alright beer to find in the Winter Mix 12. I wouldn't look to buy this seasonal on its own. I know the Black IPA started as the winter seasonal and moved to year round. That wont be necessary for this one. Overall, this beer is adequate.

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Photo of jifigz
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint.

This beer pours a nice amber/red color with an average head in both appearance and retention. It looks pretty much like a typical red. The aroma is malty and slightly metallic and, for having such a modest ABV, i think I can detect the ethanol in the nose as well. The main aroma is a malty sweet candy smell though. The flavor is pretty mild and not nearly as sweet as most red ales I have had. This finished with a nice hop bite/bitterness that I have never really noticed in this style. The flavor is pretty one dimensional and not complex at all. It is an enjoyable hop bitterness with a weak underlying base layer of malt. The mouthfeel is light and watery, kind of high on carbonation and very effervescent on the palate. Overall is an okay beer, nothing great but nothing terrible. I'll drink it any day.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is on the hoppy side. Taste is hops up front, malts kicking in at the finish. Well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and pretty good beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy brownish/reddish body, thick tan head. Almost no light shines through.

S- Malty smell with caramel malt coming through along with a hint of a hop presence.

T- Caramel malt body with a dash of hops at the end of the taste. Pretty standard amber malt taste.

M- Pretty smooth with good body.

O- A pretty average amber. Would like to try this one a little fresher and would give it another go.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint glass.

Reddish coppery hue with a half an inch of head. Great webby lacing.

Rich toasted caramel malts. Wonderful English hop character with some floral qualities and a bit of grapefruit. Chalky yeast showing with a few juicy fruit essences intermingling. Very crisp aroma. Very nice.

Interesting bitter floral hops in the forefront. Slight metallic finish. The bitterness isn't everlasting. Nice balance with the malt; follows the nose with caramel and crystal malts. Very toasty and mild-flavored. A little soapy or sudsy mouthfeel. Tastes crisp, feels crisp--almost scrubby. Medium-bodied. Not as creamy as I would have liked, but makes for good mouth-whooshing.

A pretty solid red ale, and a nice change of pace for the holiday season. Would drink again--pretty happy I get to partake of this six-pack.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overal, this is a good value. You have here a nice dark, bitter beer. It looks very nice in the glass, with lots of lacing and a pretty dark color.

The aftertaste is bitter too, and good. Overall, this is a well made beer that is interesting, not terribly complex, but bitter and satisfying. I may seek this out again, especially at this low price.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Rogue Santa's Private Reserve Ale.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid bitterness. Bready malt flavor. Bitterness dominates the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth.

O: Santa's Private Reserve was a bit too bitter for my taste. It didn't seem well-balanced with the malt characteristics. Other than that, these winter red ales were very similar, but I preferred this one.

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Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Looks like a red, liquid crystal formation, with a huge mildly off-white head (on the reddish side) that clung to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: I got a tinge of hoppy red velvet cake batter, but not much else. Very understated.

T: More explosive in the flavor department that I was expecting, with the hops winning out over the malts slightly. FYI: The taste is TOTALLY different that nose, and much better IMO.

M: The carbonation was generous without going overboard, and the lacing on the glass was somewhat ridiculous (just like a good Otter Creek beer should be).

O: I like some things about it and didn't like other things. At the end of the day though, this was a decent drinker

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 3130103111. Sampled on December 25, 2011. It pours and handsome looking deep amber-red with a beige head that lingers throughout. On the nose there is a pleasant sweetness followed immediately by a pungent hop bitterness. The body is about medium. The taste is creamy sweet for a moment and then it is quickly overtaken by the bitter hops that leave a slightly dry mouth.

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Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear copper color with a creamy, off white head...the head stood about two fingers and only receded to one finger...it stayed creamy the entire time and lasted the duration of drinking...great lacing

S - This red ale does have a nice hoppy aroma to it...floral and citrus hops come out...a strong toasted malt backbone is present...sweet caramel

T - The hops are there at the beginning for a brief minute...they have a floral taste to them and also provide some sweetness...the malts dominate the middle...they are toasted nicely and give off butter and caramel flavors...the hops make a come back at the end to form a bitterness...it can't shine completely through because the caramel balances it out

M - Medium bodied...creamy yet crisp...bittersweet finish

O - I had higher expectations for this one, but I was left with just a normal Red Ale...hoppy, yes, but the malts don't work well with the hop flavors that are present

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a tight foamy finger of off-white head. This maintains a creamy looking ½ finger, which leaves back a frothy cascade of lacing. Nice look. The aroma smells citric and herbal, with a light underlying toastiness and sweet toffee notes. I’m also picking up some very light butter character, which is working well with the malts and those citric hops. This has a nice fresh pop to it.

The taste has a leafy and citric bite to it that is set against a solid backbone of buttered toast and sweet caramel, while this finishes dry with some lingering pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue, with a smooth creaminess that rides along the back and keep this easy moving in the mouth.

This was nice. A solid Red Ale with a fresh earthy greenness and a malt presence that added a good amount of flavor to this. I could see myself coming back to this one.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, with decent lacing, over reddish copper caramel colored beer.

Nose is quite sweet, sweet malts, a candy sweetness with brown sugar, reddish candy syrup, toasty red malts, copper reddish malts, hint maple like candy, and molasses, light bready juicy fruit like malt syrups, and hint of floral hops.

Taste starts semi sweet, but a bit more malty, reddish copper malts, a bit more candy syrup flavors, reddish candy, copper malts, toasty, light bready, pale malt flavors, hint of fruit, a bit of earthy floral hops with a light bitterness, and a bit grassy, hint of maple candy and molasses like flavors. Finish is still a bit sweet, a bit mode kick of bitterness, dries a bit but still little syrupy like sweet, light earthy grassy hops, slight caramel flavors.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall lighter but not bad, decent overall, decent malts, a bit too syrupy, hops blend fairly well but almost starts to get astringent on the finish and a bit meh.

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Otter Creek Winter Red Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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