Brewed by Otter
Style: English Strong Ale
Honiton, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
barbiedoll0808 (11) - New York, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Wow! what a great IPA. Deep Golden Color with a nice fruity citrusy aroma. Decent solid head leaves sticky lacing down the sides. This tastes just as the description says as a hybrid blend of one of my favourite English style IPAs that accidently incorporated America’s NW hops...In my mind this is more balanced than any American IPA I have had. Where did the 6.8% go? I’ll have another!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
britishalenerd (11) - USA - JAN 17, 2008
Wow! This was not what I was expecting! A new style to the US? This seems to be an old classic English IPA recipe with 5 of the Pacific NW US hops. Interesting to say the least. A bit dryer, higher in carbonation than expected. Great grapefruit, piney aroma. Nice head which slowly dissipates and leaves lace around glass. Malt and hops are nicely balanced unlike some US styles. For a 6.8% this beer goes down GREAT! Very complex taste of Munich, Cara, and Wheat malt..possibly some crystal. This is a lovely old world meets new style which this English microbrewery has done well. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madlizzie (12) - ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2008
I enjoyed this one on a recent trip to Boston. Otter Brewery brews some of my favorite beers in England so I was delighted to see this export. Colour was bright golden and aroma was piney and citric - more like a US west coast style IPA...Wow! This was brewed in England? Hoppy for an English Ale but still very well rounded and extremely well balanced. I absolutely love it! and will be contacting the brewery about the release of this one in the UK. Nice caramelly, fruity malt body and as with all their Ales it left me wanting more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chubbyhubby (11) - ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2008
This was a sneek release that I was fortunate to obtain from a friend of the brewer. I was told this one is for US export only - so a very big thanks to Patrick. I believe the name is just "Hoppy Otter IPA" as that’s all my label states. Goldeny amberish colour. Great aroma with both a grassy and citrus scent. Decent head off rough pour which leaves nice lacing. Nice sweet biscuity, caramelly crystal malt backbone. Malt balances wonderfully with the hop bitterness. A bit more highly hopped, and carbonated than normal English style IPAs...interesting and very drinkable. This is very similar to a few of the American IPAs I have had only it has kept the balance that English IPAs are notorious for. Excellent! Very well brewed. When will this be released in the UK? and Where can I find more?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Hoppy Otter India Pale Ale May 24, 2008 • No Comments (Edit) 1 pint, .9 fl oz. ABV: 6.8% Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ Consumed on: 2/3/2008 at 11 pm first impression: Beautiful. enticing smell and allure. Rich amber tones. Frothy, solid head. bubbly. Quite malty and flavorful. Smooth and without edges, but full flavor and enjoyable light bite. Color, depth: medium dark. color intensifies at concave point, and pales at edges. Remarkable color. Belgian lace, legs: lace is light, but head is good. Aroma: mellow, delicious aroma. flowery. Hoppiness, bite: Only a light bite but very nice. Maltiness, flavor: malty, hoppy, and delicious, without being overbearing on any front. Weight: A hefty, full, weighty feel in the hand. Mouthfeel: dry and only slightly cloying. Memorable. second impression: This is a delicious and enjoyable brew, but does not know you over the head with bite or flavorings. It is a mellower IPA with lesser bitterness, but would do better paired with lighter fare. A great example of a well balanced brew. Address : <http://beercritic.wordpress.com/>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2008
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle. Clear honey-colored pour with a full, off white head....excellent lacing. Not surprised to hear this English brewer is using American hops....not that it’s a bad thing. Caramel and citrus flavors on the front end. Mild alcohol overtones and some bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4923) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2008
500 ml. Copper-brown with a medium and lasting head. Earthy spiced marshmallow and toasted pecan aroma. Flavor is earthy wood, slight molasses, toasted nut, slight orange and cocoa. Near medium body is smooth and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1802) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 23, 2008
deep amber, almost orange. small head. Hoppy nose as expected, some citrus and pine. Very well balanced, incredibly well I might ad considering the style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdiroquois (11) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2008
About average as IPA’s go. A little sweet and hoppy at the same time.

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