Otter Creek Hop Session Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Hop Session AleOtter Creek Hop Session Ale
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Otter Creek Hop Session AleOtter Creek Hop Session Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy darker-orange amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a tiny level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some grainy smells as well as a little bit of some floral and earthy hops. Along with the grain and hop are some aromas of caramel and a little bit of bready smell. A little bit of a cracker smell as well as a very light citrus is there as well along with an odd somewhat coffee like smell that seems slightly out of place.

Taste –The taste begins with a drier biscuit flavor with some lighter hop tastes of a more earthy and hay like nature. Some grainy tastes quickly come to the tongue as well as a little bit of a lemon citrus flavor. Some grassy flavors later come to the tongue as well as more hay and a little bit of a more floral hop flavor. None of the hops in themselves is too potent, but the combination of flavors that has developed on the tongue, in combination with the drier and somewhat lighter malt flavors, ends up leaving a somewhat sharp, hoppy, and grainy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is average as well. A bit of a lighter body and higher carbonation level may have been slightly better for the drier and hopped characteristics of the brew, but overall it was alright.

Overall –A decent sessionable IPA, but a little too dry and slightly unbalanced as the hops sort of outweighs the other characteristics of the brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color with two fingers of white head that lingers a bit before dissipating into nothingness. The nose has hops upfront, but there is also some malt present. The mouthfeel is light – too light, but the dry, hoppy finish makes for a pleasant end to the drinking experience.

This is a good session pale ale that I would like to sample in the summer. I am not quite sure how it ended up in a winter sampler.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

have had a couple bottles in the fridge for a while, so they may not be that good anymore.
poured into snifter

A-hazy yellow, some floaties, mild head, minimal lacing
S-kinda like skunky honey
T-sessionable malt, low alcohol, weak hops,
M-pretty thin, pretty malty, bitter aftertaste
O-just get the Kind Ryed IPA

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3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Mildly hazy yellow gold with a finger of fizzy/foamy white head, medium on lacing.
S - Aroma is really nice here, lots of grassy and citrus peel scents, mild pine, a touch of pineapple, and some pale malt
T - Light and crisp flavor, citrus zest, cracker and bread malt, grassy and pine on the finish.
M - Light and refreshing, very good.
O - Sessionable for sure, good flavor, could drink this often.

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3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

i am fan of APAs. This one is worth a try, but light... taste off vs Left Hand Stranger.

A-Super clouded, hazy straw amber color with a energetic large white head and a lot of lacing.

S-citrus, malt, floral, yeast, grass, pine, autumn, wet grass.

T- Follows the smell w citrus, orange, bready malts, pine and very floral, mild bitter landing. Good finish.

F-Light medium body with moderate carbonation, apple cider like. Too light weight?

O-Always want to try the lower alcohol beers, esp APAs, and this one is satisfying, but lost in a taste off vs Left Hand Stranger.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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Otter Creek Hop Session Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 380 ratings