Tonight I feel like absolute crap. All day a sore throat has steadily been getting worse. I BETTER not be getting a cold. Lucky for me, guest reviewer Greg stepped up with a review for LIBA readers tonight. Greg…
Tonight I am reviewing Otter Creek’s 20th Anniversary Ale. Otter Creek Copper is one of my go to beers and I am a big fan of their Black IPA so I am pretty excited to try the 20th Anniversary Ale. The bottle says it is a tribute to the Copper Ale but doesn’t have any other hints as to the style of beer that it is. Imperial copper/red maybe?
This beer pours a beautiful dark, cloudy ruby color. The head is about a half finger think and a coffee ice cream color. The smell is very nice. It is balanced with some maltiness and some subtle piney hops. First sip, definitely not the imperial red I was expecting! According to the Otter Creek website it is a “quadruple Alt.” First thing I noticed with the 20th Anniversary Ale is alcohol which isn’t surprising as this beer clocks in at 12%. The taste has a creamy malt backbone with some bitterness in the middle. The hops poke through near the end a little too late to provide the balance needed by the malt. The Otter Creek website says that this beer uses 4 times the hops and malt as their standard copper ale. The taste makes a little more sense now that I know what it is but I had expected a more balanced flavor based on the smell.
All in all, I am not a huge fan of this beer. The 4 packs are a little pricey and with the high alcohol content I won’t be drinking more than 1 of these in a sitting. I am glad that I tried this beer, but I am happy that it is only a limited release and won’t be taking away any more brewing space from the standard Copper Ale or the Black IPA.