15th Anniversary IPASeptember 1, 2006 Middlebury, VT
Otter Creek Brewing Middlebury, VT Available: VT, NH, ME, MA, CT, RI, DE, NY. NJ. MD, DC, VA, NC OH, PA, IL. WI Local artist Woody Jackson painted the Vermont scene on the label especially for this release. Alcohol (wt.): 6 Alcohol (vol.): 7.6 Color: 10 Lovibond Bitterness: 65 Original Gravity: 1070 Final gravity: 1012 Malts used: 2 row malt from either Briess, Cargill or IMC and Pauls medium crystal Hops used: Chinook and Cluster for bittering. Palisade for aroma. 0.5 lb/bbl in the whirlpool and 0.5 lb/bbl dry hop in the fermenter during maturation.
Balance, thy name is Otter Creek. This is one India pale ale worthy of anniversary celebrations, with a full, perfumey aroma of orange, pineapple and peach paired beautifully with nutty, leafy hoppiness. In the body, there’s an equally balanced mix of fruity, caramelly malt in the front and assertive, resiny, citrusy hop in the back, all leading to a lingering, bitter-nutty finish. I can enjoy this quite happily on its own, or pair it with duck breast or a celebratory roast goose.
- Stephen Beaumont
A great drinking ale! Not notable in hop aroma, but the flavor says it all. Great balance of malt and hop flavors. Medium body. Approachable IPA from any direction. Some may argue that the lack of screaming hop aroma disqualifies it from style. But I doubt the original IPAs traversing the route from England to India had any hop aroma. Fifteen years at Otter Creek is reason to celebrate.
- Charlie Papazian
Hazy orange in color, this beer pours thickly as motor oil, and I wonder what I’m in for. The heads drops quickly to a collar. The aroma is full of earthy hops and tropical fruit. The hop attack is brisk and sharp, but stand back and lets the malt show through. A fruity center leads to a clean dry finish. A well-balanced and pleasantly aromatic beer, well suited to the classic Thai dish of red snapper with a sweet and sour chili sauce.
- Garrett Oliver
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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