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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
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
132
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
12.46%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 132
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 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 Pjev11
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. Pours nicely, with a serious red tint and a finger of off white head that doesn't stick around long, but leaves pretty lacing the whole way down.

Faint malt and hops smell.

Taste is smooth, medium carbonation. Again, malt and hops, but faint.

Overall a solid beer for the winter. Not a must-have amazing offering, but certainly something to pick up and give a shot.

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Photo of leftde18
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, attractive brick red, with a nice off white head that left some decent lacing. Definitely calls you to drink it.

S- Pine is most prominent, but its not in the sweet sappy sense. The combination of malt and hops balance to produce a very earthy pine smell.

T- As if New Belgium added a bunch more hops to Fat Tire, the result I think is better balanced, and more drinkable.

M- Smooth and enjoyable. It has a nice presence to it. You really know its there, but you also notice its light. Something I could easily session.

Overall, I just got in from skiing, and I can say there are few beers I would rather be drinking. I have found Vermont's winter ales just call to you after being out in the cold all day, this brew satisfies the apres-malt craving the best. This intangible really makes it an excellent beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been in my fridge for a while. Took a while to get around to it!

Pours a brick red color with a nice head into my glass. There's even a smidgen of lacing!

Lots of hops with a hint of citrus to them. Kind of an unusual choice for a seasonal. Regardless, the aroma is good enough.

Bursting with flavor, especially that of chewy, bready malt and hops with a mild citrus bite. Liquid bread, indeed.

Lingering bready malt and citrus hops make up the mouthfeel. Nothing out of the ordinary.

A simple, tasty amber ale for the winter months. Good for when you don't want a bucketful of hops (and no, this isn't and act of "homerism" because this beer is quite fucking tasty regardless of the brewery!)

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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 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 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 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 micromaniac129
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely reddish copper thats deep in color. An off white tall foamy cap leaving plenty of lacing. Very clear with good carbonation.
Aroma finds a nice balance of fragrant hops and sweet malts with some low diacetyl. Taste is rich malts maybe some biscuits with hops being well restrained and balanced. This medium weight ale has a semi-dry finish with a bit of bitterness.
Very good and quite drinkable.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass:

A: dark amber colored body with a slight creamy looking one finger head, moderate sliding lacing

S: sweet caramel malts, small amounts of apples, cherries and honey with some light hops

T: bitter as the hops come in front of the malts and previously mentioned flavors

M: light to medium, sessionable, sweet watery aftertaste, bitter finish

O: this is good for the style and good for me

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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 HopsYeast
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-nice dark amber with a slight reddish hue. creamy half finger head with medium amount of lacing.
s-sweet smelling with a touch of caramel malts. smell small amounts apples or cherries and wild flower honey. and a subtle hops scent.
t-initial hops flavor fads buts is present throughout. there is a maltiness to it. there is some spiciness to it as well. there is even a sour cherry and grape flavor towards the end. very drinkable nice flavor with gentle notes of each flavor characteristic.
m-again, very nice. highly drinkable. doesnt weigh you down like many other winter beers. the body is less dense than most winters but flavor makes up for the lite body.
o-im glad otter creek took their black ipa and made it year round and introduced this as their winter beer instead. this is a nice addition to the otter creek family.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant amber with nice cream white lace on the glass.

Nice notes of pine sap with orange, granola and brown sugar.

Really well balanced nice deep bready malt with a kick of citrus and pineapple. Solid bitter in the finish makes for wanting more sips.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, lightly sweet finish.

Another outstanding new beer from a vastly underrated brewery.

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Otter Creek Winter Red Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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