Alcohol Content: 5.5%
International Bitterness Units (IBU): 45
Malts: 2-Row, CaraRed, Caramel 80L, Wheat & Roasted Barley
Hops: Nugget, Centennial, Calypso
Medium: 12oz bottle purchased and poured into a standard pint glass
Price: $13.00 for a 12-pack Otter Creek sampler
Aroma: This beer is dominated by a strong citrusy aroma with hints of pear or sour apple. Also, there is a nice subtle earthy/ herbal quality to add to its complexity. Overly fruity character with some sweet caramel malt aromas surfacing after about 20-30 seconds.
Appearance: A nice amber red with some haziness (maybe due to dry hopping). Large beautifully flowing bubbles suggest a moderately high carbonated beverage accompanied by a nice white-ish/ tan head. Great retention.
Flavor: A sweet, toasted caramel maltiness predominates this beer through the finish. However, there is also a nice citrusy bitterness with hints of sour apple. Some drying and lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Contains slightly warm alcoholic features with some creaminess. A medium body that is rather smooth.
Overall Impression: Evenly balanced with some favor towards the citrusy hop flavors. Although a good beer to drink on the coldest of winter nights, I was not overly impressed with its appropriateness to the style.