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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (4367) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4164) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2004
A deep copper color that is topped by a tan head. Fairly clear though not brilliant. A malty biscuit-like aroma with some hoppy notes are immediately evident in this beer. This is a nice beer, it has lots of malt flavors that ends in a bit of roastiness. Notes of dark fruit: plum, raisin and perhaps some concentrated orange. The hopping is pleasingly bitter in the finish with some piney-citrusy hop flavor up front. The balance between the malt character and the hops is well done with both complimenting the other.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3834) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2005
Sweet fruity nose. Caramel and burnt sugar. Hint of maple. Good malt character with fruity sweet hops. Medium amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium bodied with smooth medium carbonation. Starts sweet with caramel and toasted sugar. Fruity notes throughout with citrus oily hops bitter finish. Smoooth pale ale, this is. Great bitter but not harsh, and the finish is a bit watery. Dry bitter after.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 12 oz bottle. Poured a clear amber color with fluffy off white head. Distinct milk-chocolatey malt nose accompanied by molasses and anise. The aroma really improved as the beer warmed up. Medum bodied and slighty bitter with sweet caramel malt flavor. Carbonation was on the low end, which was a pleasant suprise. Re-rate: The draught version is strikingly different. Flowerty hop nose and flavor with more of a caramel malt flavor than chocolate that is well balanced with the hops. My bottle rating was 7, 4, 7, 3, 13. Not suprisingly, draught was better.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3523) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2007
12oz bottle- A light amber body with a nice off white head and it has an aroma of malt with a little hops. Taste of malt with some hops thrown in. Not a bad amber but a little hoppier than others which is not a bad thing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Medium amber, OK head that faded quickly but not completely. Slightly overcooked caramel malt aroma. Flavor was caramel with a slightly fruity hop note mixed in, a touch of citrus, a touch of earthiness. Honestly not half bad.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3481) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Batch 1451 11/13/03 bottle. Pours a copper/amber color with a small 1 cm off-white head. Aroma is faint, maybe some hops in there. Start is slightly metallic tainted. Middle is robust with lots of hops. Finish mellows. Would be a much better beer, but metallic taste hurts it.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
alexanderj (3407) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Poured a clear amber, minimal head. Aroma is malty and sweet, a little bready. Flavor was pretty much the same, and I didnt like it very much. Very bland and watery. Just not liking it.


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