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Otter Creek Alpine Ale

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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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5356) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Orangey Copper, thin tan head. Fruity sweet aroma. Note of grapefruit and toast, like if someone made grapefruit jelly and put it on slightly burnt toast. Does anybody make grapefruit jelly? I mean, grapefruit is a breakfast food, and so is toast. I seems like a natural. I’m going to see if I can find any. Anyway, the beer has a "juicy" palate and a smooth, mildy hoppy finish with hints of smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Medium amber color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, nutty and sweet with a touch of spice. A medium bodied amber ale. Malts are caramel, sweet and a touch earthy. Hops are citrus and a touch floral. A little sweet, but not a bad amber. Nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Body is a very dark amber with a alightly yellowish head. The aroma is rich and buttery with citrus and some bread crust. There is also a hint of maple. If I had just smelled this, I would have mistaken this for an IPA. The taste is bread with some light citrus. There is also a sweet finish of sugar.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Aroma is weak. Smells of malt and bread. Poured amber in color with a small off-white head that diminished. Clear and very sparkling. Flavor is quite malty and unbalanced. "Four different varieties of hops" not detected at all. Tastes like a brown paper bag. Not really sweet or bitter, but is sour in the finish. Light body. Lively carbonation. Sour finish. Maybe a bad bottle? I could not even finish this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Bottled 10/29/03, Batch #1444. Dark orange/amber color with a smaller dark cream colored head. Caramel malt and earthy licorice root aromas. I'm not not a licorice fan so my aroma score may be skewed a touch downward. Interesting flavors. I'm having a hard time pining the flavors down. It reminds me of something... Actually this reminds me of honey roasted peanuts. Yep! certainly honey roasted peanut. Rose floral hops fill in the finish. Different, definately different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Dark amber colour with a super dense tan head. Great fragrant aroma of strawberries, caster sugar, caramel, malt and english hops. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong malt flavour perfectly balanced with citrusey and english hops. Aftertaste shows a lot of the complexities as well as a good hop kick. Overall, this was a lot better than expected, and actually one of my favourite offerings from this brewery. Definately worth picking up if you can find it. I bought this twelve ounce bottle (bottled on 04-November-2003 batch #1448) at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4669) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Pours deep amber into a shaker. Head quickly subsides to skim rim. Sweet, creamy and malty - like an attempt at an HSA. -- but doesn’t quite live up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2004
Sweet caramel malts with a nice hoppy aroma with some mild alcohol apparent. Clear burnished copper colour with small tan head that recedes to thinly cover. Caramel malts up front with orange-grapefruit-citrus-pine hops. Mild bitterness leaves a very sweet round flavour. Unfortunate strong alcohol in the finish. Medium body and very low carbonation. Some alcohol warming. This would be far more enjoyable if the alcohol was not so apparent in the finish. Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4530) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Decent moderately hoppy, slightly bitter/astringent smoky/woody, slight pepperiness, strong bitter finish, pretty nice. Nose sweeter than flavor. I'm not a big fan of this brewery, but this puppy ain't too bad.

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