It’s that time of year, the time for a nice refreshing seasonal beer with the taste of summer. Otter Creek, a brewery located in Vermont, has their ‘Otter Summer Ale in season and it’s the perfect pick-me-up for a relaxing summer day.
This crisp yellow beer mimics that of the sun with a slight cloudy haze showing off its wheat nature. There is very little aroma on first sniff but the bubbly carbonation and bright white head gives you something for your other senses to absorb. Some folks have commented that the beer doesn’t smell “quite right” but I found nothing to complain about, really, I didn’t find much at all in the aroma.
The taste of this Otter Creek seasonal is everything you’d imagine in a refreshing thirst quenching beer. The carbonation gives the beer a light body taste which springs around your pallet without overdoing it, the carbonation does seem to slow down over time.. There is an ever so slight bite but nothing overly hopped and the flavors end off with a slight hint of citrus lime.
You’ll find the beer lighter than a standard ale yet heavier than a typical mass market lager or pilsner like the a Budweiser. Some may not find enough distinction in this beer to rave about it, but it fits the bill for a cold summer brew from a respectable vermont based company.
If you’re looking for a beer to stand out in a crowd as something unique and new you’ll probably be disappointed by ‘Otter Summer Ale. However, if you’re looking for a lighter beer with a crisp taste for a hot summer day, this beer may be for you.