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Brewed by Otter
Style: English Strong Ale
Honiton, England

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Bottled, filtered, Occasional;
The purest spring water drawn from the River Otter is used to brew this traditional 19th Century-style IPA with a bit of a twist. Handcrafted with English floor malts and our very own yeast, we have added five of the US Pacific Northwest’s most citrus-flavored, aromatic whole cone hops to create a new, complex, highly drinkable beer.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 It didn’t taste very hoppy. But to be fair, I didn’t detect an otter character, either. Sort of a grassy, toffee-ish, grassy aroma. There is a subtle, woody English note. Not bad, but I bet it’s a lot better on cask... Sample at the Raleigh WBF

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
bottle thanks to blutt59. great amber pour with no head. malts with a slight hop scent. very malty with a hop bitterness flavor in the finish. easy on the palate and on the way down.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
You gotta love the symmetry of this beer’s name - anyway, this is a pretty interesting ale - looks like your standard british IPA or bitter, but it’s anything but - according to the label, this is also brewed with wheat, oats, rye, and spelt, which explains to interesting eccentricities - the oats are quite apparent in the aroma, along with some earth marris otter character, and a bit of nuttiness - grassy american hops hit the tongue first, but after that the british ale yeast and malts take over, and serve as a base for the added ingredients - rye is most noticeable, and the oats add their presence a bit - some caramel sweetness and nutty character arrive late - interesting herbal, almost tea-like notes in places - a unique and tasty brew - now I need to try some of their other offerings.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective tasting on 12/10/08: Pours a cloudy amber with a minimal head. Dank aroma of tart fruit and hops. More malt than hop in the flavor and is also pretty tart. Not great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
500ml Bottle - $4.99 at Bullock’s in Marietta, Georgia. Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, dark amber body with an inch of frothy, off-white head. Smell: Bready, caramel-coated malt aroma with some sweetish, fruity hints and supporting hop notes of citrus and spruce tips. Taste: Malts coming across as sugary sweet, chewy caramel candy with a distinct breadiness to it. Pleasant estery fruitiness. Spicy rye grain tickles the tongue. Surprisingly hoppy for an English beer, with a nice pop of citrusy, sprucy hop character and plenty of bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a lingering touch of fruit. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability: A nice surprise! Pleasant, well-balanced, and enjoyable. I cleared through the bottle in record time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4176) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle. Still looking very thickly bodied amber beer with very little head. The aroma is well hopped, and the flavour is very well hopped and slightly floral. Overall a nice well hopped and bitter beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4144) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2008
The aroma is happy and sweet with a caramel malt but it’s papery too. The appearance is amber with a small head. The flavor is bitter and sweet being somewhat disappointing. The palate is thin but well carbonated. Overall it’s not that bad but not great either.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4126) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle brought from Georgia by a friend. Pours a deep dark orange color with a frothy, white head. Aroma is citrus, floral, and almost sweet malt. Flavor is rich, hop bitterness, with a lasting finish. Great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (3854) - Burgos, SPAIN - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Hazy dark orange colour, white bubbles. Aroma is caramel, toffee, a bit hoppy. Flavour is sweet caramel malts, pine, flowery. Thick bodied, a bit barley wine-esque. Sweet and slightly dry finish. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
A somewhat soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, faintly orange tinged, red-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nicely hoppy and expressive enough to be noticeable as I am visually inspecting the beer. Aromas of orange zest, milk-weed, a definite herbal edge and some grassiness. This has a sharp, grassy / herbal note that doesn’t quite work, but it is muted enough that it doesn’t hold back the aroma too much.

This has a nice, soft mouthfeel to it that is picked up just a bit by a tickle of carbonation. Distinct flavors of freshly grated orange zest is backed by a grassy / herbal hop component. The malt, which definitely plays a secondary role here, provides a touch of caramelized sweetness that accentuates both the citrus notes and a touch of berry like flavors, it also picks up a touch of toffee in the finish along with a soft, toasty grain note. The beer finishes with a slightly green, sort of mint-like, lingering hop bitterness that is fairly soft for an American IPA, but is at perfect levels to provide a hop focused balance to the finish of this beer. I really like the texture of this beer, it has a light carbonation (especially by American standard), which really helps to boost the velvety texture of this beer.

A tasty beer, and it is perhaps the hoppiest beer I have had out of England (this last isn’t saying much as my experience is woefully inadequate in this regard). The hop notes seem a touch green around the edges and this detracts just a bit; a touch more sharp, almost astringent and under-ripe somehow than I would prefer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ


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