Thursday, August 7, 2008

Otter Creek Copper Ale (2008)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (735) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: Dark copper color, very hazy. Forms a small, off-white, frothy head - but it leaves outstanding lacing on the glass and retains very well.

Smell: Extremely mild nose of malty sweetness and nuts.

Taste: Bland beers are the most difficult to review since there’s little to describe. Otter Creek Copper Ale is an altbier, and although my my experience with the style is limited, I do know an altbier should be way more robust than this. The beer isn’t so much watery as it is bland. To be fair there is some light malty sweetness with faint hints of caramel and toffee and a general nutty backbone to it all. The problem is it’s just so weak on the palate it barely exists. And yet there’s nothing off-putting about the taste either (aside from a hint of tang, although I think my bottle may be old - it’s difficult to read the freshness code).

Mouthfeel: cold, wet, tepid, lower end of medium thickness.

Drinkability: The best thing about this beer is that it is extremely quaffable. In fact, it’s quite refreshing on a hot summer’s night. It does leave a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it’s easily tolerable. That it weighs in at 5.4% ABV is almost shocking to me as this drinks like a British mild in flavor and density.

Overall, Otter Creek Copper Ale is a fine starter craft beer for newbies, and even though there’s nothing really repulsive about it, I still can’t give it an honest recommendation. 
Grade: 5/10

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