Otter Creek Hop Session Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Hop Session AleOtter Creek Hop Session Ale
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
379
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.96%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
57
For Trade:
0
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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of spycow
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this was just about exactly what I wanted it to be, a hop forward easy drinking brew, but I still think it pales in comparison to all day ipa or bikini beer, which are the gold standards in this style. I found a little too much copper malt balance in this, a little too much body, and a little less drinkability than some of its peers. still, there is a great citrusy hop back end to it, and enough meat on the bones to seasonally out last a beer like all day ipa or bikini beer, this works in the fall too. I loved the carbonation, high and active, and I liked the finish which was very well hopped. a good brew, but a little generic as they go. something I would be happy to drink more of this fall if I was going to stay back east. this would be a good companion on brew day, where I need to drink for five hours in the afternoon. I will keep that in mind.

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3.2/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pony Bar Upper East Side, New York, NY

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish brown in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of fresh citrusy and piney hops, although these aren't too strong given the beer's lighter body and only contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with some hints of dryness and a moderate amount of carbonation. It coats your mouth a little.
O: This is a nice flavorful pale ale that is easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good for them, bottle date... 10/22/12

Pours a creamy but fizzy 1/3 finger head that fades at a med pace, with some nice foamy lacing, very hazy honey orange colored beer.

Nose has some decent hops, light floral grassy, little fruity citrus and a bit of tropical fruit, hint of mango and papaya like, very light grapefruit, light malty aromatic like malt aroma, and a touch of a lemon burst on the late aroma. A bit of citrus fruit pith and rind as well.

Taste starts light and sessionable which is nice. Hops come through but fairly light overall. Grapefruit is the first to stand out, followed by light mango and tangerine like, hint of citrus pith and rind as well, with a light bitterness. A grainy almost husky malt in the background starts to get in teh way a bit. The malts add just a touch of backbone but that slightly bugging flavor. Finish is drier but slightly sticky, mild bitterness more like citrus rind bitterness, hint of tangerine and mango like tropical fruit.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, airy carbonation.

Overall decent, hops are decent but light, bitterness is quite light, malts are light but flavor profile gets in the way a little bit. Although it is sessionable and fairly tasty.

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3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/6/13 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, light caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with a quick burst of piney hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Otter Creek's brewpub, Middlebury, VT

A surprisingly good treat here. Twelve ounce pour, a cloudy golden-orange liquid, with a frothy white head that retained well and left tons of lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of fresh citrus and piney hops. The bartender likened this beer to a "sessionable version of Heady Topper." I don't know if I'd go that far, but this was still a damn good beer. Crisp, clean taste, nice punch of citrus zest and piney hops, as promised by the smell, biscuity malt base. Very flavorful for a lower ABV brew. Light-medium body, not at all thin. Refreshing and tasty. Very good overall. This is supposedly a new year-round brew, so hopefully it translates as well in bottles as it did on tap.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head but the bubbles coat the surface throughout the tasting. Little (spotty) lace. The look is dirty cold with a definitive haze.

Fresh floral hop nose with a solid pale malt aroma. There's also an element of unmalted barley grain. Great combination to the nose.

A solid pale ale with a grainy pale malt start quickly succumbing to a white pepper-like hop bite. The body is thin for the style and the elevated carbonation enhances this effect. The aftertaste is strong and lasting with bitterness.

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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Anthony's in Harrisburg, enjoyed from a large sampler tumber chilled on tap.

The color is brilliant golden with good clarity and perhaps a slight haze with small white cap and tiny bead. The smell has citrus hop aroma with light herbal aromatics and gentle tropical notes which compliment the grain sweetness in the nose. The feel is mildly bitter and moderately carbonated with gentle spice and mild creaminess of yeast a very refreshing blend of bitter with light grain tinge and yeast tanginess.

The flavors up front are lightly citrus with a nice herbal zestiness from the hops which have bitter quality but are not over the top. The light malt sweetness pairs well with the mild citrus notes the hops impart. The low alcohol in the taste and mild tea-like character stands out as refreshing and brings me back for subsquent tastes as the ale has low astringency in the flavor. Overall this is a quality hoppy pale, very refreshing as stated earlier with plenty of hop acidity yet not too much to throw it out of balance or make the title a misnomer

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from The Lazy Dog
Crystal clear deep golden color and a fluffy frothy white head that slowly recedes before leaving stickies everywhere. Light bready malt with hints of soapy lemony hops make up most of the aroma. The flavor follows the aroma light malt, light earthy citrus hop and little else. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost watery mouthfeel. I don't understand this beer. Sessionable I can see, its a lower alcohol easy to drink beer. But you used the word hop in the name and I have trouble finding any. I was hoping for something like All Day IPA or Go To IPA, but instead I got this mediocre beer.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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