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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2957) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle shared with hogtown harry and blankboy. Light brown, small white head. Aroma is quite strong actually of alcohol and brown sugar sweetness. Taste is very sharp - unusual hop/sugar sweetness giving way to a peppery finish. Maybe a little stale. This one had to grow on me for a bit. Unique, weird, but ultimately successful.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear orange pour with not much of a head. Almost non-existant aroma but what I could smell was slightly hoppy. Very bitter and hoppy taste with a bitter middle and a sour and bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle. Poured a nice hazy golden with a good head. Aroma was a little weak, but was also sweet and a little spicy. I was surprised by the flavor. Very easy drinking, and very enjoyable. Sweet and spicy with just the right amount of hops make for a nice balance. I think I tasted a little cinamon and nutmeg in there. Finishes like it starts, sweet and spicy (mostly peppery). Very surprising, and I might consider going back for more.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle. Slightly cloudy amber with a thin filmy head. Light malts and buttery dough on the nose. Found this to be bitter in a way that was not entirely pleasant. There was a nice spiciness to it but it just seemed a little unbalanced overall.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Fine, easy-drinking amber with sweet caramel and toffee flavors and a dry. crisp hop bite and peppery finish. Can see drinking several at at a seating.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Bottle. Copper/amber color. Small head. Medium body. Slight fruit taste, fairly malty but balanced brew.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Copper colored. Staleish hop aroma (weedy goldings? what are these) Some wheaty and crystal sweet malt aromas. Medium bodied and moderately malty at first with some hoppiness, but quicky shifting to a watery metallic mess. This is rather bizzarre. Very pschizophrenic beer experience.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2005
pours a brownish goldish amber with minimal white lacy head. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy with undertones of berries and pine needles. Flavor is very rough, abrasive and bitter with very minimal actual flavor. Overall, smells much better than it tastes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Deep copper body with a rocky ecru head, this has a rich malt aroma, slightly nutty, and earthy hops - with a touch of the floral. The flavor is a light caramel malt with a Brazil nut bitterness to balance it out. The finish is abrupt, a slight smacking of hop bitterness, then itís over. Decent enough.

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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Sparkling copper, creamy khaki colored head. Caramel, light spice, and metallic nose, with a very light cherry, toasted nut and earth tone upon further warming. Flavor was the same, ok balance, but pretty boring overall. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, light spicy hop finish. This could be so much more...itís not.....


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