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


on tap


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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Our award-winning flagship brew inspired by the beers of Northern Germany. Copper Ale is a complex amber ale handcrafted with six malts, three hops and the spirit of the Green Mountains.

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ghawener's rating

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ghawener (1615) - Santa Tecla, - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle: Spicey, tabacco taste, traces of a stout. Altbier? I have my serious doubts.

ads135 (5207) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 13, 2018
Not a big fan of this copper ale. Bland and a little unbalanced. Has a decent hop character at the end. Tried for the first time in 2010.

gripweed57 (2966) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2017
From old tasting notes. Hazy copper gold color. Small creamy beige head. Sweet Carmel malt aroma. Sweet toasted malt flavor has a silky soft mouthfeel and an underlying earthiness. Very good.

Meilby (11790) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle 355ml @ Hotel room, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Portland, ME
Pours hazy golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and grass. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long malty, caramel and grassy finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle. An unclear, dark amber to copper colored beer with a small, off-white head. The aroma is very bready, like Danish rye bread, with some caramel and a little fruity touch. It’s medium bodied and soft on the palate, rather dry, with flavors of bread, toffee and a generic fruityness. Some dried fruits and bitterness. Long caramel flavor with bread and some bitterness. Rather boring this one, and it needs a few sips to feel pleasant. 150608

TATE (407) - Lubec, Maine, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a thin off white head and a bit of a haze. Sweet malty aroma. Malt comes through at the beginning with a some citrusy hop at the end. Balance seems quite good. Its okay, somewhat forgettable but a nice change from the hop bombs populating the scene.

rjplumer (1234) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Aroma is a mix of caramel and mild nut. Deep brown body with a reddish hue. Mild haziness. Head is thin. Dry nut and malt taste. Has a hint of caramel. Seems kind of plain and straight forward although very drinkable.

DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Poured into a pint glass. 3.25 A: Moderately hazed copper color. Not even one finger of head formed. 3.5 S: Big toastiness. Nuttiness to a lesser extent. Fairly dry, but sweet enough to be balanced. 3.75 T: Tastes like the nose. Toasty, nutty, grainy maltiness. Moderately dry with a touch of yeast. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess in this. 3.75 D: Not a whole lot going on, but it is tasty.

tfontana (1184) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle from Candia Road Convenience Store. Aroma is mix of bready malt and yeast. Appearance is gorgeous clear copper color (go figure) with beautiful sparkling, one finger frothy white head that dissipates to ring and foamy lacing. Taste is weak and has nothing up front but lightly sweet back end. Palate is light and thin with nice light carbonation on the tongue. Finish is inconsequential. Overall, I’m not sure you’re going to find a nicer beer to look at. But, it’s almost like OCB put all their eggs in this basket and forgot about the other attributes. Not much to recommend it otherwise.

jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 14, 2015
12oz bottle, from variety pack, poured into 16oz tulip glass

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, sweet, malty, floral hops

Appearance: Amber color, hazy, off white head

Taste: Sweet with a little bitterness

Palate: Medium body, dry finish

Overall: Slightly sweet with some bitterness. Very clean lager. Slight floral aroma. Nice balance with hops and malts. Nice dry finish.

Same style and very, very similar taste to Long Trail Ale. Between this or LT Ale, I think I enjoy LT Ale by a little. I probably couldn’t pick out each beer from each other in a blind taste test.

I think Altbiers like this and Long Trail Ale are great beer-beers. Nothing crazy, nothing too intense, good balance and great tasting. I don’t drink a lot of Altbiers, except for LT Ale and OC Copper, but these are solid beer.

mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2015
on tap,poured into a pint glass..amber color with an off-white head..aroma of caramel,spices,dark fruits..dry,malty..some hop bitterness..nothing special.

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