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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: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5483) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5381) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5351) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5319) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5242) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5242) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2005
11/24/04 bottle consumed 6/16/2005. Ruby and orange, slight copper and rust tones. Off-white head recedes to ring, little to no lacing, mostly clear. Smells of fruity hops, cherries, apples, oranges. Definite alcohol as well, which is rather unwelcome. Minty hops notes and cherry fruit notes go side-by-side with the alcohol. Flavor is cherries, oranges, caramel malt, orange hard candies and alcohol. Some spearmint, perhaps. Good malt sweetness, lightly sugary. Mouthfeel is easygoing and the carbonation does not make itself known (not that it’s flat, it just stays out of the way). Lightly bitter and just way too much alcohol apparency. Retronasal is cherries, strawberries, plums. Good caramel malt on end, very fresh and well-extracted. Caramelly, sugary, chewy mouthfeel. Medium body. If it just wasn’t for the alcohol. . . .perhaps a bit too sweet overall, too.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
michael-pollack (4959) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4939) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Pours a dark copper with a medium head (poured aggressively). The aroma is sweet, mostly sweet malt and hop. The flavor is sweet too, not bad. Light hop bite. The palate has some bubbly carbonation.

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