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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thanks! Bright amber color, scant head and lacing. Nice pine aroma. Taste is toast with caramel sauce. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (14093) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13235) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a small, frothy and bubbly white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie, and nutty malt with fruity esters (dates, plums) and light floral hops. Flavor is malt forward with nice, supporting hops and bitterness with back notes of fruity esters; dry finish. Medium body, low warmth, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a medium creamy off-white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of grain, nutty notes, slight toastiness and a hoppy finish. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, herbal and citrus hops. Medium bodied. Well balanced. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours chill hazy ruby coppery with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is earthy caramel malkt, peaty hops, mild vinous fruit. Tastes earthy, caramelly, with mid hops, vinous fruit, and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
douglas88 (8403) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. A light biscuit nose. Some caramel and light hops in the flavor, medium bitterness, overall big sweet earthy caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thank you! Poured a clear, light copper color with a wispy white colored head. Grain notes in the aroma, caramel. Relatively clean, enjoyable enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6737) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark orange-brown color with a large fluffy orange-tan head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was lightly toasty with a strong floral, herbal and piney hop presence that was moderately rough. The flavor was bitter and harsh vague fruity, herbal and piney hops. The finish was long, rough and hoppy. Medium body. Eh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Keg. Pours dark brown/ruby red with a tan head. Smells of pine, some spicy undertones. Tastes resiny and peppery with a nicely balanced bitter finish. Great beer.

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