Otter Creek Winter Red Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Winter Red AleOtter Creek Winter Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
132
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
12.46%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
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0
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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 jtyson
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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T: Perhaps out of date, since I'm drinking this in May.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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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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 founddrama
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On the bitter, and coppery; but overall hearty.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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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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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Otter Creek Winter Red Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
3.53 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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