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Otter Creek Winter Red Ale

Formerly brewed at Otter Creek Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Middlebury, Vermont USA


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Winter Red Ale has the traditional characteristics of a red ale with the addition of an ample amount of hops to create subtle bitterness and medium aroma. A perfect ale for a bitter winter evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (5292) - Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2012
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours deep amber with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of caramel and bready malts, and some citrusy/piney hops. Flavor about the same, with a little toffee in the finish. Average texture. A decent red ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
I thought this was a very smooth and nicely balanced red ale that had some good bold malt flavors and not too much hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2061) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with a tan head. Fairly average red ale with slightly more hops. OK but not that memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Climbrew (28) - - MAR 9, 2012
Nice malty red ale, some hops and a nice bitterness, long lasting bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle at hvalley. Aroma of floral hop and grain malt. Medlight bitter. Ave carbonation. Has a more grain earth feel, but a good hop balance. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle from Half Time. Pours quite ruddy with a beige smear. Aroma is mild roast caramel. Near med body. Flavor is quite sweet in the beginning - there’s a hint of grapefruit rind, and there’s enough bitter to balance, but... There’s also a suggestion of chocolate I seem to imagine in "red" ales. For me this is neither here nor there. I find it a bit muddled.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (2005) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Wall of bitterness, copper body, pine, caramel and even a smoked flavor. Decent Amber Ale, I like what Otter Creek is brewing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hivemind (891) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Tap @ Amsterdam Tavern w Erica. Pours very dark red to brown with quickly-vanishing beige head. Aroma is slightly hoppy - nothing worth noting. Palate is thin with decent balance and a hop bitterness that kicks in late. If it’s going to be this dry, it should have some bolder flavors or something standout. Not that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13309) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2012
12oz bottle. Crystal clear copper body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some grapefruit, light spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit/orange. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1670) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Clear, mahogany appearance with a small, off white head and decent lacing. Subtle resinous hop aroma. Woodsy flavors, with the piney hops being a little more pronounced than in many amber ales, especially in the aftertaste. Caramel malts lend balance about mid-gulp. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel and a lingering finish.

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