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.

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Cletus (6351) - 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.

r464 (2421) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Balanced overall with a malty base and hops bitterness in the finish. Caramel and pine flavors with a bit of nuttiness.

RyanK (276) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 5, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 Winter red pours more like a dark amber with a with carbonation head that soon dissipates. Aroma is complex I’m smelling sweetness (citris) and a bread type malt. Beer taste like a mixture of grain and Carmel malt. Hops are light and sweet, perhaps hopped with some sort of sweet fruit I can’t exactly tell. Nice little winter warmer finishes much more bitter than when sipping it. Great in this OC mix 12 I’d recommend.

BeerandBlues2 (14577) - 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.

michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Draught at TND: Faint aroma of malt, hops, and grain. Poured very deep amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, rocky, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, leaves, and some hops. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt and hop finish is lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

Drake (14491) - 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.

radagast83 (8849) - Arlington, 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.

jgb9348 (6773) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Nice crisp copper and amber coloured body with a thinnish, one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of bright citrus and piney hops with a touch of caramel and earth and a lot of nuts and squash (pumpkin) noticeable. Medium-bodied; Tastes like a marzen at first with a lot of earthy malt, nuts, caramel and toffee coming out, then quickly fades to an almost english pale ale taste with some earthy toffee hops and some alcohol and lightly drying oaky flavours at the tail end. Aftertaste shows some complexity as well with a bunch of good flavours hanging around from the caramel to the still potent hops! Overall, a very surprisingly good beer, one I wouldn’t have expected, but the complexity, hop flavour and caramel sweetness in this show very well, especially in the season. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 20-November-2011 for US$2.20 sampled at home in Washington on 28-November-2011.

Travlr (27304) - 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.

rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2011
12 oz bottle, pours a copper red color, no real head, some beige lacing noted on glass. Aroma at first is lightly floral and somewhat metallic, then as the drink warms up it is malty and sweet. Taste is bitter at first and becomes sweeter. Palate is thin, very short dry aftertaste.

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