Gilded Otter Brewing Company
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2.6/5 rDev -31.4%
Was in the New Paltz area for a wedding. This place looked like the best place to go for a beer. It may in fact be the best the area has to offer, but if that's true, this is not a great beer area.
Between the whole group of us, we tried several of the available beers. The IPA was almost entirely lacking in hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness. Really not an IPA at all. The Pale Ale was fine, not exceptional, but fine. The Stout was quite bad-- loads of diacetyl and a tannic bite that was way over the top and made it unpleasant to drink. I tried a sip of someone's Wheat and couldn't taste much beer with the huge slice of orange floating in it, but it seemed fine. After the experiences I had with the beers I tried, I didn't want to try any more.
The food was not horrible, not great. Service was fine. Atmosphere ok. All in all, not a place I'd return to.
08-03-2009 14:14:08 | More by mtullius
2.98/5 rDev -21.4%
I was on a weekend getaway in the Catskills and wanted to check out New Paltz. After driving through the zombie apocalypse formerly known as the "Borscht Belt" I was glad to reach the other side of the mountains. The brewery hits you as soon as you enter the town from route 299E.
This was on Easter Sunday, so I didn't expect a large crowd, and there wasn't. The bar, which is large and sits facing some sweet copper brew vats, was virtually empty. The restaurant itself was wide open with lots of natural light, very nice. The host was friendly and promptly sat us by a bunch of stainless steel vats at the center of the building. Definitely your typical Easter Sunday crowd of large families, however the restaurant is large. Gilded Otter has a "newish" Catskill mountain lodge vibe. Once we were seated we ordered a flight. Here's where it got pricey, they only has six beers, and one was kicked so they made a black and tan instead. Each taster was 3 oz and cost $8 (for the six). That's higher then I typically pay. All the drafts were $6 and served in 14oz glassware. Again, expensive.
The six beers included the following, a light lager, an amber, another "hopper" amber, an IPA, a altbier, and an Irish stout. Then the black and tan of course (mix of IPA and Irish stout). The light lager was ghastly. Not sure if the glass hadn't been rinsed or what, but it tasted like old bathroom soap and smelled of it too. The "ambers" were lifeless and again imbued a taste of soapiness. Next, the IPA, which was a bit more interesting, but still fairly tame. My wife thought it left a weird wax taste on the pallet, which it did. The alt was decent and was definitely the best of the lineup. Finally, the Irish stout. Brewed in the style of a dry stout you would expect some roasted manliness, but it frankly didn't have much going on. Still, it was drinkable.
At least the food was better, and it came out ten minutes after we ordered. That allowed us to leave quickly as well! Next time you are in New Paltz, don't waste your money at Gilded Otter, go to Bacchus instead. I'd give it a couple of years, then try the place again, perhaps improvements will be made.
Overall - Too expensive for what they are serving. The glassware was undoubtedly "soapy" and the beers left a lot to be desired.
04-12-2013 02:17:44 | More by Freggs
3.03/5 rDev -20.1%
Part of our road trip to Half Time.
This was a disappointing visit to the Otter...maybe just the wrong day to go.
The place is great looking...lot of light wood...big windows...amazing views of the "Gunks"...high ceilings.
The big L-shaped bar... about 8 beers on tap..no guest taps..we probably should have sat at the bar, but we got a table in the restaurant area.
We asked for a couple of tastes of a few of the beers, and the waitress told us that they had a sampler of eight beers....we said that we just wanted a little taste of a few to decide. This seemed like a real pain for her , but she went and got us two thimbles full....their Alt and their IPA.
My girlfriend didn't like either, and because the waitress seemed put out , she just ordered an amber , thinking it would be a safe bet... but she really didn't like after all. I ordered their IPA which was just OK. I tasted the Alt, Amber and IPA and they were all just OK. The bock was listed on the website, but they were out of it...that would have been a nice option.
I ordered the Cuban sandwich, which had mustard and mayo listed on the menu...I asked for it without the mayo and the waitress said " You can't do that , they are already set up and the mayo is already on there " Ok....premade sandwiches..??..is this the
7-11 brewpub ?
I did get the bratwurst , which was good. My girlfriend got the melt, which was good but messy. The fries were outstanding ! ( there , I said something nice )
Anyway; maybe on another visit there will be a better selection of beers....hopefully , their other beers are better.... and we will sit in the bar....it's always a good experience for me to talk to a bartender , to get samples and recommendations.
I would not recommend traveling any great distance to get here based on this one visit....and I admit that I'm probably spoiled by my local BPs , like Willimantic, Cambridge House, or City Steam...I just expect to get really good beer if it's brewed in house.
If you happen to be in the area, then it's worth a try....it is a beautiful spot.
04-18-2007 12:41:25 | More by Hautacam
3.04/5 rDev -19.8%
Stopped in for drinks after dinner across the street. Really loud college sports bar feel. Guess that makes since with a college in town. Nothing special with the place. Couple of TVs behind the bar. If you chose to put tvs in a bar, make sure they are big enough so you can see them.
Beer was tasty. Much better than a lot of brew pubs. Disapointed that they took up two tap lines with lightish lagers. Oh well. Service was alright. Took a while to get the bartenders attention both times we needed drinks and also to get the bill. Average brewpub lineup, cept for there being two generic sounding lagers (nothing against lagers, but one was a light lager and the other sounded like a yuengling clone).
$5.50 for a pint of average beer is a bit high.
If you are in the area, go 10 minutes up the throughway and hit up Keegan Ales.
05-01-2009 03:25:27 | More by organicbrewer
3.26/5 rDev -14%
Sizeable, bright, airy restaurant/brewpub wth passable beers.A good sized bar. Nothing special, and the stff as is typical in these large places do not know their beers, or make up an answer. At least the beer was not served too cold. Nice town,I suggest on walk about if you are here, but was very crowded mid-August day. Friendly service. Not worth going too far out of way, was on my route to Albany. But you can pass up this place if time is important, and not miss much. More of a family restaurant.
08-20-2010 23:12:32 | More by Sammy
3.28/5 rDev -13.5%
Went around noon on a Tuesday for the first time. Inside is very clean, big, open and inviting. My wife and I took a seat at the rounded part of a question mark shaped bar. This place is like a brand new ski lodge. Doesn't quite feel lived in yet. Large brewing tanks are everywhere inside the brewpub.
The service was unimpressive, but I don't really have any complaints either. We enjoy it when the bartenders are excited about what they do and interact with the customers more about the beer and food. That one of the reasons I sit at the bar instead of a table. Anyways, the service was fine.
We got a 9-beer sampler and everything was good not great. We liked the Brown Porter, the Crimson Lager and the Alt. Meaning we got pints of those three. The Three Pines IPA was tasty as well as the all malt Naked-Under-Me-Kilt Scottish Ale. The Cream Stout, Pumpkin, Pilsner were sub-par IMO.
We got a Caesaer Salad w/ Chicken and a Roast Beef sandwich which were both very good and fresh. I would not go out of my way to find this place, but if you're passing through or live a half-hour away, then its worth stopping in.
12-11-2008 18:10:46 | More by yossarian14
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
Following an afternoon of Hudson Valley sightseeing, I dropped into this place with my wife and my son. Its an open, clean, very attractive brewpub. Fermentation tanks are at the center of the restaurant, and large windows let in plenty of light. High ceilings give the place an airy feel. The staff was attentive and very pleasant. The menu was slightly above average, with more than just pub fare. I had a meatloaf sandwich and my wife had a pasta and chicken special. Both were very tasty. I was not as impressed with the beer. The selection was average, with a seasonal focus on Belgian styles. Many brews, unfortunately, had a lactic acid tang that certainly wasnt supposed to be there. This was distracting and disappointing. There was one brew, however, that was pretty good: the Alt was refreshing and well-made. If the quality of the beer were improved, Id have loved the Otter.
05-07-2006 13:20:50 | More by Suds
Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.