Otter Creek Alpine Ale

Otter Creek Alpine Ale

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Brewed by Otter Creek Brewing Company

Middlebury, VT, United States

Style:  Amber Ale

5.9% Alcohol by Volume

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This special release will be available from November to April, during the ski season. It is a malty amber ale, brewed with 2-row barley malt, caramel malt, and malted wheat, and four different varieties of hops, for a smooth, balanced flavor. The perfect apres ski refreshment. Or for any time you want to relax and warm up during the colder months to come.

ID: 9783 Last updated 17 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank42529
Overall Percentile15.1
Style Rank1028 of 1258
Style Percentile18.3
Lowest Score2.1
Highest Score3.5
Average Score2.938
Weighted Score2.950
Standard Deviation0.362

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  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 2.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Amber ale? Pour was dark brown, very little head, some lacing. Aroma was of rotten cardboard. Taste was somewhat better. Well, if tasting like nothing is better than rotten cardboard, then it's better. Very faint flavor of roasted malts, sweet malts and very mild hops...oh yeah, and just a tad of rotten cardboard. Man, these brewers and their winter ales...bad.

  • MDSMITH 222 reviews
    rated 3.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This is the first beer I've tried from the Otter Creek line. It was bronze in color with an off white head. The aroma was average to say the least. It tasted kind of weak with only a slight malty taste. Not a bad beer, but definately not worth going out of your way to find

  • WILLBLAKE 934 reviews
    rated 3.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 6

    11.29.04 12oz bottle. Dark amber color with smallish creamy head. Sweet aromas of toffee, some nuts. Pretty hopped in a laid back style if that makes any sense. Rather astringent and quite spicey but not bitter. I really disliked this at first but it grew on me as I paced myself through two bottles; it still doesn’t seem very wintery or alpine to me.

  • OIZNOP 431 reviews
    rated 3.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    This is the first time I tried a brew from this Vermont Micro. A nice 1/2 inch head with good lace around the rim of the glass caps off the coppery bronze hue. Aromas of pine, evergreen, and multiple hops rise to the nostrils. On the buds, there is way too much hop bitterness for my liking, however I did detect some caramel malt notes in the overall flavor. A dry aftertaste finishes this one off. This is not what I would call a holiday brew, a la Sierra Nevada Celebration. Way too much from the hop realm for me.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.3 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Medium amber color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, nutty and sweet with a touch of spice. A medium bodied amber ale. Malts are caramel, sweet and a touch earthy. Hops are citrus and a touch floral. A little sweet, but not a bad amber. Nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

  • EYEDRINKALE 939 reviews
    rated 2.7 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Now I know for sure that every Vermont brewery makes am amber that tastes like every other Vermont amber. This one may have a little more spiciness to it. Boring none the less.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 2.6 17 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This is the worst of the Otter Creek beers I've tried. It's geared for the cold weather so maybe I'd enjoy it a bit more if it were cold out. It pours a brown-amber color, moderate tan head and a little bit of lacing. The aroma was a malty and a brown sugary smell. Definitely malty and sugary tasting as well but not very well balanced with an aftertaste that wasn't very pleasant. Drinkable, but not much more than that.

  • CANANDAIGUA75 763 reviews
    rated 2.1 18 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 3 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    I didn't much care for the taste of this one at all. While the appearance wasn't bad, the aftertaste from this one far out weighed it.

  • UPSTATEDAVE 853 reviews
    rated 2.8 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 5

    I wasn't ipressed. It had good color but the flavor was awful. I found it flowery with a strong aftertaste. Too close to SA products for me.

  • JEVER 199 reviews
    rated 3.2 18 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Ruby/amber colored with a minimal head and scant lacing. Aroma was mild and malty, fruity with cherries, plums and a floral hoppy background. On the light side in body, malty and fairly sweet with some hoppy bitterness.

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