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Otter Creek Alpine Ale

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Formerly brewed at Otter Creek Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Middlebury, Vermont USA

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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A malty amber ale, brewed with 2-row barley malt, caramel malt, and malted wheat, and four different varieties of hops, for a smooth, balanced flavor. The perfect apres ski refreshment, or for any time you want to relax and warm up during the colder months to come.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Pours copper with a thin off white head. Smells sweet and fruity. Tastes earthy and sweet. Basic amber ale.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a honey copper body with an off white head. Sweet caramel malt, lightly wheaty with fruity esters, pine, soap and paper. This was all over the place.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blipp (6329) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle (2006). Pours copper with a huge beige head. Aroma is caramel, apple, and general fruity esters. Medium body. Flavor is again fruit that’s a bit on the tart side, peach and apricot, caramel, maybe a bit of brown sugar. A bit old, not awful but not that good either.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2008
This is the worst of the Otter Creek selections Iíve tried to date. Itís geared for the cold weather, and I suppose Iíd enjoy it a bit more if I was out in the cold and snow as it is quite warming. It pours a brown, amber looking color, medium to small tanish head and a little bit of lacing on the glass. Nothing too outstanding. The aroma wasnít bad, malty and a brown sugary smell. Definitely malty and sugary but not very well balanced with not the most pleasant aftertaste. Drinkable, but not much more than that

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammy (8912) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2008
Peachy colour and malt in aroma. Thin, very dry, and astringency in finish. Malt and fruit but not very drinkable.Perhaps I would enjoy this better if I didnít have a beer in a long while.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours hazy copper with weak head. The first whiff of the aroma is inviting with a pulse of aged muted pine hops, some mild dark fruit, grains, malts and late in the draw mild vegetation. Hmm. The taste has an initial blunted spike of pine hops followed by blended sweet malts and lightly roasted malts. It ends with some hoppiness and an annoying level of soapiness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
2 year old vintage bottle courtesy of Degarth.

amber, rusty colored body...1 finger off white head, loosely formed...nose of muted hops, cereal grains, light citrus candy, grassy notes and some caramel malts...flavor profile the same, a bit watery and bland throughout...light to medium bodied...soapiness wells in the back of the throat and continues to escalate...finish is soap, muted hops, some citrus and sweet grains...

A fresh sample could have yielded a better result, but honestly, from what I could taste and smell, even at this state, this was never more than an average beer.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Feb. 2007 - Amber ale? Pour was dark brown, very little head, some lacing. Aroma was of rotten cardboard. Taste was somewhat better. Well, if tasting like nothing is better than rotten cardboard, then itís better. Very faint flavor of roasted malts, sweet malts and very mild hops...oh yeah, and just a tad of rotten cardboard. Man, these brewers and their winter ales...bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/18/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip

clear amber with a thin beige head, light carmel malt aroma with a touch of floral hops, solid dry carmel flavor, nice lasting bitterness, touch of sweetness in the last quaff

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4365) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Fresh, toasted buttery citrus-grain aroma. Smells like a piece of breakfast toast with jam. Good cap, fair label, murky orange-brown, big head. Over carbonated. Good sweet toasted caramel flavor, medium light bittering. Finishes sweet and with an English PA character. Not bad, but too fizzy.


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