I have never had a bad Otter Brewery beer and Otter Ale is no exception. Just look at how beautiful Otter Ale is. It's a vibrant amber colour with a loose, frothy cream coloured head; although the head doesn't last long, leaving a thin, patchy layer.
It has a very traditional beery smell of hops, caramel, dark fruits, malt and a hint of spice. The caramel and dark fruits give the aroma a more sweet than bitter balance. It's so deliciously malty that I couldn't wait to have a sip.
What a fabulously balanced flavour! It is very malty with a burnt caramel taste and a dry and bitter finish. The bitterness is only slightly citrus flavoured so it's not overpowering at all. I also got some warming spices coming through as the flavour developed. Mouthfeel is distinctly average with a medium body and medium carbonation.
With the warm, spicy notes it reminded me of a winter ale so you just need a cold night and a roaring fire to get the best out of Otter Ale. I loved it so Ale Be Seeing You all year round.