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Otter Creek Hop Session Ale | Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Hop Session AleOtter Creek Hop Session Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed by the Otter Creek brewers who were looking for an easy sipper after a long shift, Hop Session lies somewhere between a Pale Ale and IPA. A bouquet of hop varieties complement a rich blend of malts, making this brew highly drinkable with a distinct, West Coast hop flavor and aroma.

35 IBU

Added by Brad007 on 10-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 379
Reviews by TheBrewo:
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4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a pint glass, glowing a deep toasted amber coloring. There was no head due to a full pour, and otherwise carbonation appeared average. Spots of punctate lacing were left as the liquid disappeared. There was a thick haze to the beer, but no sediment was noted. The aroma was strong with plastic phenols, darker malts with a hearty toast mixing in with paler malts, and a muddy muskiness. Our first impression was that it was a bit heavy, but full flavoring with robust pucker to the hops. The flavoring opened with pale malts, fruity strawberry and juicy tropical fruit, and enough citric pucker to balance as the hops rode in. The middle peaked with sour malts, spicy alcohol, attic musk, and light flecks of wheaty, gritty grain alongside mineral and mud. The finish was sweeter, with orange pulp and peel, and soapy hops for a bitter end. The aftertaste breathed of soap, pine, lemon rind, and magic-marker phenols. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was biting. The mouth was coated with syrupy liquid, with an eventual cooling and light dryness to permeate. There was decent slurp, cream, and pop. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank a bit slower on account of the fullness of flavor and feel.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how nice the flavoring and nose correlated. There was full soap, fruit, and musk, with enough force from bittering hops and pale malts for a unique mix. This all coupled with a hearty feel, making for a refreshing drink of a cool Autumn day.

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Photo of LongTrailer
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always excited to see a new OC brew hit the shelves.
12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

A - Pours a hazy, deep golden orange with an airy 2 finger head. The head slowly fades to a thin rocky cap; kind of reminds me of sea foam.

S - Biscuity with lots of citrus hops. I get orange, lime, and grapefruit. A little catty at the end of the nose, but by no means in an unpleasant way.

T - In tune with the smell, biscuit malts support a citrus-forward character with notes of resinous pine. Finishes with a pronounced and clean bitterness. Not quite as much hop flavor as the aroma led me to expect.

M - Medium-light body and good carbonation; moderate but not prickly. Finishes nice and dry.

O - As the description states, this is a light and refreshing pale ale that definitely drinks more like an IPA. All in all a very enjoyable beer, but on the taste front I guess I was hoping for just a little more "oomph".

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Hazed lighter amber, off white looser head, leaving some light spotty lace.

Light fruity hop nose.

Pleasant enough brew, light and sessionable (duh) fresh and refreshing. Moderate hop package, fruity and flavorful

Worthy every day kinda beer.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle; clear golden orange, a bit cloudy with lots of carbonation. Thick white fluffy head leaving lots of rocky lacing. Smell is sweet, dank hops with some clean, bready malt in the background. Smells like the perfect pale ale in my opinion. Taste confirms that status for the most part; clean, slightly crackery malts with a slight citrus hop flavor and twang of bitterness over the wet finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-thin. Could be a tiny bit hoppier; I know it's a pale ale but it does have Hop in the name. Still great though!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange copper pale ale with a bright white head fine lively white bubbled head...Aroma has citrus lemon/lime malts with a fine biscuit note. The flavor is light hops and malts together a hint of citrus pith with lemony hops goes great with a light biscuit malt character. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied overall very dull and straight forward. Again the light bodied malt makes up for the hops being so easy going, it allows them to shine.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of poop_brew
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a nice golden yellow with good lacing and a bit of haze.

S - a fruity arrangement with a nice hop finish.

T - as it says on the bottle it's "a bouquet of hops". Extremely drinkable.

M - a crisp hop finish. Wonderful.

O - a truly sessionable hop ale with a great taste. I'd recommend this to everyone looking for a tasty hoppy summer beverage.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of PDubs76
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a growler into a pint glass. Spotty lacing and deep gold color. Nice floral aroma, but not quite as strong as I was expecting. Taste is slightly bitter and a smooth finish. Overall its not a bad beer, but not my favorite session ale. I was hoping for more of a bitter taste that never came, but don't get me wrong I wouldn't turn this beer down if given to me or if I saw it on tap.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Otter Creek Hop Session Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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