Otter Ale | Otter Brewery Ltd

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Brewed by:
Otter Brewery Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mdagnew on 11-16-2006

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by MAB:
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best beer that I had on my recent trip to England.
It was darker than most bitters I'd seen previously, and the promise of more malt came through in the taste.
If it was a just a bit more carbonated, it would have scored higher from me. Great taste, though, hoppy and malty at the same time.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint sampled on cask at The Market Porter, London on 13th November 2006...

Poured a fairly deep coppery orange / amber colour... light fluffy white head poured fairly sparsely then faded quite quickly to light ring around the edge. No lacing... some light carbonation...

Aroma - Lightly toasted caramel maltiness, breadiness, nice juicy fruits (oranges, pears, figs, some raisins), some light nutty sweetness, grassy, spicy / floral hops...

Taste – Nice juicy fruits (oranges, some figs, some grapefruits), light toffee sweetness, definite nuttiness, nice floral / perfumed hop bitterness, some nutmeg notes, toasted bread...

Feel - Quite sharp then mellows out....Medium body... Very very drinkable - good session beer...

Overall - Another good beer from the Otter Brewery and served in perfect condition at the Market Porter.... well worth a try...

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Photo of Trizzle
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite something to look at. Darkish Amber to orange body poured from the cask with a large head (15mm). Head has retained all the way down with good slathers of lace gathering as I drink.

Aroma is sweetish fruit - dates, raisins and figs - backed up with dry straw malt and some butter and yeast.

Taste is more figs and raisins, drys out with some darker malts, very light low aroma bittering hops. Finishes very long, peppery and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium thin. Textbook for the style. Smooth and buttery with low carbonation.

Goes down a dream.

These low hopped, fruity dark amber old school real ales have never been a favourite of mine. I generally avoid them. This bad boy is excellent. Im guessing it's very fresh. A credit to the cellarman at The Anglesea Arms Hammersmith.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a creamy looking tan in a pint glass with a one finger head and a good bit of lacing throughout

smell is nice - subtle vanilla and caramel malts...along with a bit of ripe fruit from a smooth hoppy character

taste is more of the smoothness, not quite as nice as the nose would imply...but just a really well balanced, raisiny bread? character filled bitter. enough alcohol/gravity to carry the great hop profile.

had a couple pints of this the other night and really really enjoyed it, its a great drinking bitter.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On cask/hand-pump at The Pen & Wig, Cardiff.
Clear dark-ish golden colour. It's a simple, crisp, biscuity bitter, though there are many better.

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Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of atpca
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted recently by a pint at my local JDW pub, John Russell Fox, in Andover. Served by a non-sparkler pour in a straight pint glass.

A: bright dark amber in colour, coming with low carbonation and a thin yet well-lasting light beige foamy head.
S: nectar, goose-berry juice... aromatic-fruitiness overall on top of juicy malts that play the second fiddle.
T: refreshingly fruity comes the foretaste, consisting of un-sweet grapefruits, sweet flora, goose-berry fruitiness, on a par with nutty, bitter-sweet malts... turning more and more semi-bitter in the aftertaste, with a lingering aroma of 50-50 fruits-malts and some traces of nectar. The end shows moderate bitterness with a dry-ish palate.
M&D: with mild fizziness, a medium-light body, and assertive fruitiness, this is an easy-drinking and quaffable fruity bitter all in all.

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Photo of SGToliver
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Otter Ale from Otter Brewery Ltd
3.82 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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