In September of 1997 I wrote this about Otter Creek Pale Ale:
Otter Creek brewing in Vermont is a first class
operation, from the care they take in brewing their beers to seeing that
they are properly handled on down the distribution line. Not surprising then
that their newest year-round brew, Otter Creek Pale Ale, is such a fine
beer. This delicate, dry-hopped light golden beer is so packed with Cascades
that it seems almost chewy with hop resins. The nose and palate convince you
that you are holding a handful of hops in your hand rather than a beer, but
the smooth balanced finish brings you back down to earth. I have always
maintained that a delicate beer the likes of this is as much a masterpiece
as a big, assertive brew, and I thank Otter Creek for proving my point.
Otter Creek Pale Ale pours to a light golden color with a thick foamy head and a wonderfully fresh hoppy nose. When I say fresh hoppy I mean it on this beer, sticking your nose in a glass is like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh Cascade hops. The palate is thin in the malt department but big on hop flavors and aroma. Oily, perfumey, herbal, aromatic are some of the descriptors that can be used for the hoppiness of this brew. The finish is balancing bitter but not overly so, most of the hoppiness in this brew is of the aforementioned floral, aromatic variety.
Try it with just about anything, but I’m enjoying a bottle with a garden salad loaded with crisp fresh vegetables and fresh baked bread.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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