Otter Creek Black IPA | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Black IPAOtter Creek Black IPA

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditionally untraditional, Black IPAs—also known as Cascadian Dark Ales or American Black Ales—originated here in Vermont under the auspices of American craft brewing pioneer Greg Noonan. This rich, delicious brew fuses pronounced hop aromas and darkly roasted malts in a style born in the Green Mountains.

60 IBU

Added by jlpower on 10-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Whoa! I did a non-aggressive pour into a 20 oz nonic pint producing 5 fingers of head and a near foam over. I had to cease pouring before I got all 12 oz. That being said it is a nice black color. The head is foamy tan - but excessive in size. (After reading other reviews I have to assume the head was an anomaly - perhaps there was something in the glass).

S: hops and fruit smells. Some citrus and pine.

T: Really pleasant taste - no bitter at all. Hops and light pine up front and a hint of cocoa on the finish.

M: Very smooth. Carbonation is just right. Highly drinkable and easy on the palate. No lingering dryness or aftertaste.

O: After the disaster of a pour I expected things to continue to be bad for this one. However, everything is in balance. Nice balance of hops, low bitter, some smoky cocoa on the finish and really smooth mouth feel. I would like to drink this one again.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours opaque, a thin but solid cover of light mocha. Complete lace covering across the pond.

Aroma - nice blend of grapefruity citrus and coffee. Goes a little light on setup but still maintains good roastiness.

Taste - good roasty opening, coffee notes in support. A citrusy edge but mostly the hops provide some balancing bitterness. The swallow and aftertaste continue the great balance between the malt and hops. Finishes clean, a trace of espresso, very nice.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium-bodied, on par.

Overall - excellent session beer, lots of flavor in an all-season style.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from The Lazy Dog
Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights at the edges and a decent sized creamy beige head that persists for a good long time before sticking lots of lace to the sides. Aromas of roasted coffee with a hint of caramel and some light earth and citrus notes. The flavor follows the aroma to a T. Roast and light chocolate and caramel with a light earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost gritty mouthfeel. Virtually non existent hop aroma makes me want to call this a porter or dry stout. The flavor has some hop to it, but the beer in this bottle is either old or there aren't enough hops in here to call this an IPA. MEH!

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12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a big tan head that settles slowly leaving a sticky lacing around the glass. Opaque body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Bready. Subtle roasted coffee tones. Not overly aromatic.
T) Toasted grains. Mellow hop bite throughout. Pleasant balance of malts and hops.
M) Medium body. Slightly dry in the finish.
O) A good brew. I'd have another one.

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Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing
3.86 out of 5 based on 861 ratings.
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