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Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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Gilded Otter Brewing CompanyGilded Otter Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.56/5
Based on:
25 Beers
192 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3 Main St
New Paltz, New York, 12561
United States
phone: (845) 256-1700

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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Photo of mtullius
2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

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.

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2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

The food here is excellent but i find the beers to be bland. I've been here lots of times and have never been impressed with any of the beers. Not horrible by any means just kind of OK.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3/5  rDev -20%

New Paltz is a seriously lovely town with some good bars, restaurants, shops and the Shawangunk Mountain escarpment behind as a gorgeous backdrop. Gilded Otter was my second and last beery stop during my quick visit to the Paltz on a beautiful, cold late-autumn day.

At the edge of town (or the beginning of it if you come from the Shawangunk range), the Otter is a large brewhouse with a vast wrap-around bar, a massive dining area and lots of light. The Canadian-mountain-lodge thing It’s got going is the same I’ve seen in countless breweries around the country, particularly those located near the mountains (Adirondack comes to mind, but also Uncle Buck’s in Grapevine, Texas).

When I visited on a Monday afternoon only a couple of die-hard mountain men (all beards, red cheeks and warm wool hats) were at the bar, drinking and then drinking again. The seven beers on tap were unexciting to say the least. This appears to be a Brown-IPA-Amber kind of brewery, if you know what I mean. I tried the Stone House Cream Stout and didn’t like it. Too heavy, too sweet. They also have a Kolsch, an IPA and a Dunkelweizen.

Seven dollars for a pint, $4.75 for a ten-ounce pour. They also offer 22-oz servings, pitchers and growlers. Service was alright, atmosphere was so-so and the beer was not so good, so I don’t feel enticed to come back any moment soon. Baccus just up the road is a much better option for beer.

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Hautacam
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of organicbrewer
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

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.

Photo of yossarian14
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Following an afternoon of Hudson Valley sightseeing, I dropped into this place with my wife and my son. It’s 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 wasn’t 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, I’d have loved the Otter.

Photo of MoonTan
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Our second visit to the Gilded Otter. Located in a small college town in the Hudson Valley it is a larger modern restaurant with a nice atmosphere, lots of wood accents with tanks breaking up the dining room. There is also a large outdoor dining area. The bar is long and twisty making it feel cozy despite its length.
Beer was good, but not distinctive. I had an altbier and an IPA. They have an extensive list of more exciting sounding beers they brew at different times, but I have not been lucky enough to be present when they were on tap. Luckily I have had some of their other flavors at TAP NY which prompted our first visit.
Our food this visit consisted of a spent grain crust pizza which was appetizing, but a little small for two.
The staff was pleasent with adequate service. Apparently it was payday, so they were understandably distracted.
Nice brewpub in a nice town, worth a visit.

Photo of Weissenheimer
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

I am ambivalent about Gilded Otter. I like their beer very much, but I wish I didn't have to deal with the place itself. It's insanely crowded on Friday nights, which is unfortunately about the only time I can get there. They have a huge parking lot which is usually full, so the food must be bloody wonderful; only a fraction of the people in those cars could ever fit in the bar area.

New Paltz is a college town, and the bar area reflects that. I don't mean that in a good way. I've seen many people behind the bar, but I have never gotten the impression that a single one of them gave a rat's ass about the beer. Neither the staff nor the customers seem friendly at all. As far as the staff is concerned, I don't hold it against them because that place is so busy they must be working their asses ragged. But that doesn't keep me from geting a big, throbbing bad vibe from the place.

With that said: Damn, I love the beer! I've been there three times now and each time I've tried a beer that I liked so much that I got a growler filled with it!

Photo of sliverX
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere- for a Saturday night in a college town the place wasn't overly jumping but the fact they closed at 10:30 and we were there at about 9:45 didn't help
Quality- There were no complaints that I dragged everyone to a brewpub for dinner, food or drink everything was well received
Service- We were seated right after entering hostess poured water for most of us (5 of 6) and didn't bring enough silverware (4 of 6), after what seemed like 3 or 4 minutes the waitress came for drink orders and was fairly quick bringing them back and took food orders, food took a normal amount of time, the second round of drinks on the other hand had everyone scrambling to steal water from who ever had any left, just seemed at times that the waitress got "lost"
selection they had 8 or 9 beers and a house root beer and pretty good sized menu 5 or so pages
food was good pulled pork sandwich was about what you'd find in NY, chicken fingers were decent but a bit over cooked, everyone else enjoyed their food enough that I couldn't scavenge any
Value well I didn't pick up the bill or even see it but to me everything seemed a $1 or $2 more than what I'd pay back home but that comes with the region it seems

Photo of tobelerone
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was a pretty pleasant place to visit on a late afternoon in early spring. There are tables outside but even indoors, with lots of pine and tons of windows, sunlight was streaming in and it was pretty lovely.

Service was adequately attentive and friendly. I didn't eat but despite the so so comments here and elsewhere the food looked decent enough and ran the gamut from standard bar food to slightly more upscale pub dinner stuff.

The beer is pretty mixed. I had a flight and a few pints and cant say I was terribly impressed. None of the beers were excellent; a few were good, a few were mediocre, and a few were bad. Prices are a little on the high side across the board; I believe growler fills were 15 dollars, which seemed absurd to me given the quality of what they're brewing here.

Long story short this place is worth a pop in for a taste if you don't have super high expectations going in. Again, its a pleasant setting to spend an hour or two in but the beer is unremarkable.

Photo of Beerquester
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place was easy to find at the end of the main street just before the river in downtown New Palz. Plenty of parking and the building is newer and has a rustic lodge type feel to it, with some outdoor seating. They don't open until 4:00 pm. presumably to leave mornings free for brewing in their inhouse system.

We sat at the bar and ordered a sampler of the beers, which totalled 8. I wasn't too impressed with the first one and kept trying others, hoping to come across one to my liking. Worked my way all through them and still not all that impressed. In the end, I was all psyched up by the nice web page, the nice restaurant, the beer selection, only to be disappointed with the beer quality.

A board on the wall listed over 30 beer styles which they have brewed this year and will brew soon. I suggest to the brewer to try fewer styles and make them better quality and more consistent. The menu listed awards won for their beers in 2000, 2001. I wondered why nothing more recent.

I did order a pint of the blueberry wheat which they add a handful of fresh blueberries to the top. This one wasn't as bad as the others.

Bottom line, don't go too much out of your way if you want good beer. If travelling through the area, I suggest Keegan Ales in Kingston, one exit up the road.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Photo of BeerTwigs
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Gilded Otter is located in downtown New Paltz with a friendly atmosphere. The food is good, and the beer rotation fits the seasons. Of course I am not too much of a food critic so you can take that with a grain of salt. The have a solid beer line up and usually ramp up a few seasonals depending on the season. The Rail Trail IPA is a good brew as well as the Maibach... The Duseldorf Altbier is a tasty brown ale with a medium level of hops (2 Time GABF Winner). With Fall storming in I suggest stopping in to see there fall line up. I definitely suggest checking the place out

Photo of TheDeuce
3.6/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Gilded Otter Brewing Company…in New Paltz, NY.
Stopped here in the middle of Ragnar Relay New York, a punishing relay in Upstate.

Atmosphere – large old stone building, decent looking on a quiet street at the end of New Paltz. Inside there are two floors, large bar with tables surrounding. We sat at a six seater. Nice looking.

Quality – I was only able to have one beer given that we were still running a long term relay. That said the beer was quality and some of the others I had a look at seemed decent too. Nice mix of styles as well.

Service – We had a new waitress, polite and eager, but needed some help at times. No problem and no major issues.
Selection- again seemed to have a nice mix, some seasonals, and a range from stouts and IPAs to German specialty bocks.

Food- Had a burger, we mostly stuck to sandwiches, food was good, maybe a little overpriced.

Value- decent for what we got.

Overall-enjoyed being able to stop in, would love to come back and try more.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A: The first time I hit this place, it was chock full of down-to-earth locals and beer aficionados, but on several return trips, the fratboy and tourist quotient had gone up significantly. However, I do give the ski-lodge feel a thumbs up, and furthermore they occasionally have some nice relaxing jazz or acoustic live performances.

SEL/Q: The selection is always fairly varied, with up to eight taps open at times, and the brewer does a great job rotating in new seasonals. The quality though suffers from inconsistency. I've had some tremendous beers, only to return when a new batch is complete and find that the same beer style tastes totally different..and a few notches lower. The only beers that I've had which have been consistently good are the Rail Trail Pale Ale, the Hefeweizen, and the Altbier.

SRV: Similar to the Atmosphere, the service has taken somewhat of a dip in recent trips, with some of the tightly-dressed younger female bartenders paying more attention to some of the fratboy patrons than they should, and it takes a while to place your order. That being said, on some of my earlier trips the bartenders have been super friendly and knowledgeable.

F: I have never had a bad meal at this establishment. Nothing leaps out as the best meal I've ever had, but everything has been very tasty.

I'm going to wait until the college year is over before I go back, and see if the dip in atmosphere and service is just a seasonal thing.

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Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.