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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Dark copper colored beer. Some hop aromas with a mix of mild caramel malt. Light tan head that lasted and clung to the glass. Good balance of malt, caramel malt and hop flavors. Has a nice slightly sweet bitter finish that leaves a mild hop flavor. A very well made and balanced ale. I met Larry at the Stoudt's microbrew fest about 7 yrs ago and he is still making very good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3271) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2004
Bottle: ok nose vanilla, oak. clean brownish orange amber. small head that faded. sweet & bitter flavor, carmel, lite chocolate, grapefruit pine mix. sticky bitter finish. Bottled 10/29/03 batch#1444, a bit old, but what the heck. have to check out fresh next season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2004
Bottled. Deep copper color, rapidly fading off-white head. medium body. Aroma of hops. Solidly malty, with kind of a Pacific NW thing going on with the hops. Kind of the standard amber/APA thing that all microbreweries seem duty-bound to produce. Not bad, but then I like this kind of thing more than some people.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Copper body, malty nose, medium white head. Mostly sweet malt, sweet finish. Some fruity hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Nice copper body with an off white foamy head. Aroma is malty sweet. Taste is carmel, cookie dough sweet. Some hop biterness too. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6105) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 7, 2006
12 oz bottle, lot #1817, bottled on 11/17/05. Pours an orangeish copper color, small off white head. Nice spiderweb lace. Nose is orange and grapefruit, some sweet malt. Pleasing mouthfeel, full but not heavy. Slightly sweet malt and caramel flavors, a touch of spiciness. Finish is mildly bitter, slightly spiced. Really well balanced, pretty good amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2006
12oz bottle bottled 10/05/05 - Poured a dirty amber color with a short offwhite head. Nose is quite hoppy with grapefruit and some orange peel, but underneath it is some very sweet caramel and roasted malts. Palate is medium bodied and carbonated just enough to give it a pretty nice mouthfeel. Not bad.. Definitely better than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Lively honey colored pour. Small head with very little lacing. Grassy aroma. Smooth wheaty, hoppy flavor. I would it again.

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