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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Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Bdel34
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Photo of dbwhy
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JuttieP
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of psweendogg
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of predikit
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper gold, left almost no head, but might have been because of a gentle pour. Leaves faint amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells is rather muted, hops and malted barley.

Taste is very agreeable, minor fruity characteristic, with some floral hop notes, quickly gets folded into a bright and strong toasted malt character. No real outlying flavors or notes, bitterness picks up towards the end.

Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, quite smooth, leaves mostly clean.

A pretty good brew, feels like hoppy done right.

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Photo of glazeman
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's respectable, but it in no way resembles the labeled intentions...

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Photo of porter_collie
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - A pale golden body with a rather ephemeral white, fizzy head. Minimal lacing is present in the form of scattered rings of bubbles along the sides of the glass.

S - A floral, honey-like sweetness undercut by some notes of pine resin and citrus.

T - Light, pleasant pink grapefruit notes arrive on the heels of a touch of grassy, flowery hops. The malt body coats the tongue in a melliferous cracker sweetness. The medium-dry finish is more grapefruit, grass, and mild bitterness.

M - Thin, but that is to be expected given the sessionable quality of the ale.

O - This beer suffers from a bit of a misnomer. The session part is achieves in spades, as it is simultaneously flavorful (especially compared to similar ABV macro lagers) and refreshing. However, the hops billed on the label don't ever really show up in the levels that I had expected. Don't get me wrong, the grapefruit notes are nice; but in the increasingly-crowded session IPA/APA realm the humulus-to-sessionability ratio is on the low end. Still, I would be pleased to see these in a friend's fridge during a party or sporting event.

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Photo of Reillybrews
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDHopster
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of mbratt93
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lagerhouserules
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Better than most of the low abv session ipa's out there; i would buy this again if I were to decide to drink all day (camping, etc). What I like about it is that it has a decent balance in terms of malt backbone but still maintains the low abv. Good work here by Otter Creek

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Photo of pdonovan16
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brianj2181
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of broadway848
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTFalcon
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BobMessina
2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Little flavor with barely any finish.

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Otter Creek Hop Session Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 379 ratings.
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