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: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass. And what a pour it was. Dark brown, near black body upon which sat a billowy, white-brown head that lasted quite a while and left pretty, intertwining lacing. Gorgeous.

Despite me serving this beer fairly warm (55-60 degrees?), the nose was understated. What was there was enticing. Roasted chocolate malt with pine notes as well as something smoky and fatty (bacon?) beneath. Maybe a faint note of dark citrus.

The taste was surprisingly complex. The piney, grapefruity hops hit right away, but they quickly give way to the malts. A lot of malt character here: bitter chocolate, cocoa, caramel, black cherry, and that smoky (bacony!!) hint. Some peppery spice hits on the way down. It sounds like there might be too much going on, but that's really not the case. The flavors blend together quite well for the style.

It has a velvety, porter-like texture, yet is well-carbonated. Finishes dry. Some coffee bitterness at the end, as well as a moderate hop sting. Again, sounds like a load of contrasts, but it is remarkably easy-going.

This beer sits somewhere between a porter and a black IPA, but finds a way to work. It's certainly challenging enough to take your time with, yet drinkable enough to put several away. Well done.

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M - Pretty heavy; warming.
O - A really solid beer that stands out more with food. Paired it with shepherd's pie on a second tasting and it matched up well on a cold, rainy New England night with comfort food.

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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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