Creek has been putting out so many quality hoppy beers lately I delayed
reviewing this one because I assumed I already had. There’s nothing
about this beer that surprises me – and I don’t mean that as a
criticism. This is par for this brewery’s course: a New England-style
IPA done as a SIPA (Session IPA). Though not quite as amazing as full
and double/imperial versions of that regional style, this is quite
familiar territory – and that’s probably why it works so well.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 3/18/15 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale orange/maize color with a completely cloudy body. Tiny
sediment particles can be seen floating as well as fine carbonation.
Pours to a two-finger, bright white, frothy head which laces and retains
Smell: Orange citrus is quite prominent and gives it a clean nose. Some herbal notes are detectable, too. Interesting combo.
Taste: There’s a formula for the New England-style IPA: citrusy aroma
and herbal/grassy hop flavor and accompanying bitterness. That same
combination of flavors can work as a session IPA as this beer
demonstrates. Up front it’s light with a classic orange flavor; akin to
that of children’s cereal or candy. Almost a bit tart. Fairly assertive
bitterness through the middle with a dry astringency. It transitions
perfectly to a slightly gritty herbal/grassy/spicy sensation with
orangepeel and maybe some black pepper or coriander notes (though
there’s not any spices in here). Definitely one of the tastier, more
delectable SIPAs I can recall having.
Drinkability: A session IPA should be easy to drink, thirst-quenching,
and should feel like a complete brew and not just hoppy water. Otter
Creek Over Easy does all these things at 4.6% ABV. The mouthfeel is
light and crisp, but in no way too thin or watery. The hops actually
linger on the tongue like a full IPA; they leave a pasty/starchy
sensation with a bit of spice (it’s not annoying, it’s nice). I agree
with the label hyperbole – it is “crushable”, though that’s a term
better used for a canned rather than bottled beer (hint, hint!).