MaBeer1972 (1477) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled version. I have had this many times, but for some reason forgot to rate it. Here goes: it’s slightly hazy light golden amber color. Frothy white head. Lovely citrus-spice aromas and flavor. Good honey malt backbone. Nice bready bitterness on the backside. A tasty, refreshing summer IPA, indeed. White IPA should be it’s own category though.
vtafro (4954) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Golden pour with some white head. Light Belgian spice and yeast, touches of herbal hop Flavors. Strong Belgian notes, spice, coriander and a hop presence.
hopdog (10002) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Blue Dog. Poured a cloudy yellow color with white head. Coriander, citrus, and light straw.
dmac (4747) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Xroads. Poured a clear gold body with a foamy white head. Aroma/flavor of Belgian yeast, citrus, baby aspirin, tangerine, apricot, light sugary sweetness. Flavor has a bit more grain and toast. Body has stronger carbonation, a medium mouthfeel and lingering carbonation.
aaronbr (139) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color, on tap at The Purple Pub in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Not much aroma, but taste is pine and lemony. Has a bit of a funkiness to it that reminds me it’s an East Coast style white IPA. Still pretty good.
BeerdedDave (885) - - AUG 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
gold color; citrusy, hoppy aroma with a hint of coriander; hoppy and citrusy; lots of citrus flavor and mild spice notes; a decent, refreshing beer
Chad9976 (1445) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lot of beer purists scoff at all the sub-genres of IPA that have gained popularity in recent years (e.g. Session IPA, IPL, Black IPA, etc.). That makes Otter Creek something of a controversial brewery because they’ve been brewing beers of all these niche styles – are they just catering to the latest trend? It’s certainly possible, but one thing I do know is that nearly everything they attempt they do really well. Fresh Slice is their White IPA offering – a hybrid of an American IPA and a Belgian witbier. It’s very tasty and highly drinkable; two criteria for a great beer in my opinion.
I poured a 12oz can into a flared snifter. There was no freshness date It cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Has the paleness of a witbier but the orange hue of an IPA. Extremely cloudy but far from opaque. Pours to an average size layer of white foam that retains and laces well.
Smell: A lovely bouquet of orange sherbet, flowers, and a hint of spice.
Taste: A “White IPA” can be viewed as either a witbier with a lot of hops, or an IPA with some spices. I’d say Fresh Slice falls into the latter category. Immediately there’s a familiar taste of orangepeel; though sweeter than most (it’s actually brewed with “natural clementine flavor”). There’s an underlying spice sensation, though that’s quickly overwhelmed but the hop bitterness and subsequent flavor. There’s a pretty strong dry bitterness with an orange citrusy taste through the middle; seemingly stronger than the 45 IBUs as listed on the can. As it goes down, the coriander spice that was subtle at first becomes quite strong and follows the hop bitterness and flavor perfectly. This taste process repeats but it never grows tiring; in fact, it actually seems to improve the more I drink. Definitely one of the best White IPAs I’ve had.
Drinkability: At only 5.5% ABV and 45 IBUs, you could consider Otter Creek Fresh Slice a “white pale ale,” and it certainly has the body of one. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter and more crisp than the usual IPA; it goes quite easily and is even a bit refreshing for a moment. True, the hops do linger on the tongue with a drying/starchy sensation but that’s easy to tolerate. It’d be tempting to session this beer in warm weather – especially in canned form – though I think it’s better as a standalone beverage or something that would accompany any summertime food quite well.
NikkTwist (2049) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Irish Pol. Cloudy yellow pour. Thick bright white frothy top. Lots of lace. Lots of bitter/sour citrus pith. Blonde malts. 2 parts bitter. 1 part sour. 1 part sweet. Lemon slices. Orange passionfruit. White peaches. Nectarines. Persimmons. Starfruit. Apricots. Pineapple. Green plantains. Lemongrass. Coriander. Potpourri. Good amount of complex floral citrus flavors represented. Slight creaminess in the malts helps bring down the bitterness but still finishes nicely dry. Hard to be sure if the mix is ultimately thoughtful or haphazard but it works for me!
reberiii (438) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big peach and nectarine nose and the mouth follows. Has a touch of the ice cream hop as it warms. It’s citrusy, tangy, but pretty mild.
GIJOE (972) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour. Citrus nose. Very hoppy finish washes away the initial malt sweetness. Not bad.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone