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Mt. Nittany Pale Ale - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Mt. Nittany Pale AleMt. Nittany Pale Ale

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ski271 on 03-08-2005

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 40
Photo of Uniobrew31
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not a big APA drinker. I bought this as a change of pace. It was a nicely hopped full bodied ale that would satisfy most beer drinkers!

Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "On Draught[;]In Bottles".

A much better-behaved beer than the previous one! I got the aggro pour started, it set up a pseudo-cascade which then settled into two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep, golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Once more, my kitchen was co-inhabited by Midas, Mammon and Croesus who had shown up for a taste of mein gelt. Nose had an odd metallic quality along with a grassiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full. Taste was decently hoppy, slightly citrus bitter with a grapefruit tang, but muted by a grassy flavor that accompanied it. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I could see this as a gateway beer for people who are curious about hops but do not want to be immersed in them.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep straw color with a chill haze. Small foam topping recedes to a light film on top.
Aroma of floral hops (cascade?) , some pine, citrus and sugary malt, perhaps extract?
In the taste, lemony citrus, lemon grass, leaf, a bit tart and pale malts backing up. Some bread, biscuit, and citrus makes up most the flavor. Not a whole lot going on but smooth and easily drinkable. Not a bad beer to take a sixer of to a party, but outside of that, its just an OK beer.

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of floral hops, a touch of sweetness. Taste is mild, some hops up front, malts at thew finish. Not bad, but a bit bland for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew but nothing special.

Photo of rlee1390
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, two finger fluffy head.

S-Good deal of earthy hops, some dirt as well as some malt.

T-Rather malty, earthy, caramel, dirt, but not much in they way of hops, tad unbalanced as well.

M-Light, not much carbonation and watery.

O-Short story; too much malt not enough hops to balance it out.

Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. Pours orange with short-lived, thin, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, bread crust and piney hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of piney, herbal hops, biscuit and caramel malt. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice Pale Ale.

Photo of tdm168
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - amber with a soft, white head that has good retention

S - light malt, some caramel, mild piney bitterness

T - caramel, pine, some toasted malts, some citrusy notes, moderately bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice, refreshing APA. It doesn't offer a dominant flavor, but it does have a decent, balanced character that makes it very easy to drink. I would like a bolder hop presence in my APAs, but I did find myself enjoying this one nonetheless. It's worth a try.

Photo of JWU
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- a light amber color, lots of carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass. A small white head, that dissipated quickly.

S- Soapy. A bit of citric hops, and some malt sweetness.

T- Some floral and citric hops hit up front, a bit of balancing sweetness. Not much going on there. Pretty much run of the mill APA.

M- Aggressive carbonation for the style. Light to maybe medium body. Not overly dry on the end.

O- not bad, but nothing great.

Photo of Shibbykaiyai
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this on a recent trip to State College, PA at Kildare's Pub.

A nice amber colored APA, with a malty smell. A smooth APA, it was a good APA, not too strong and not too hoppy.

A good session APA. Not anything great, but it goes down easily.

Photo of pburland23
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

I had this one on tap at Otto's last Friday but I wasn't reviewing then so we got a six pack to go and here we are.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark hazy orange with about half a finger of eggshell white head. Decent head retention and not much lacing.

Smell: Hoppy with some citrus notes. Decent balance with a hint of pale malt. Smells nice but not anything over the top.

Taste: Very nice tasting Pale Ale. The Centennial and Cascade hops provide a very American hop punch...citrusy and fresh. There's some subtle maltiness which provides some balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale. Smooth and very drinkable. Nicely carbonated and refreshing.

Overall: It tasted better on tap but even from the bottle this is a tasty pale ale.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty much a IPA or DIPA in color wouldn't expect this dark for a "pale ale". Head is minimal and settles to a mild lace ring and even agitation of the beer results in some bubbles that quickly make them self's scarce.

S - Actually smells quite balanced. Not very hoppy or pale in aspect just balanced pale malts and bittering hops.

T - A very smooth drinkable pale in my opinion. You get pale malts then slightly bittering hops. Then in the finish some sweet breads and a mild hop presence. It's very smooth.

M - Light to medium, borderline session able.

Overall again as expected with the red ale and DIPA being very good this one is also tasty. The only drawback again is no place to find six packs or singles but I can mix it in a sixer for 10 bucks and that gives it some props. Good pale guys!

Photo of SickGnar
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lightly orangey/peachy dark golden that is very bright and clear with a nice amount of bubbles rising to the reasonably big off-white head that dimples a bit as it settles with okay speed. It retains a nice skim and leaves fairly good lace.

S: Plentiful bright citrus hops – fruity grapefruit mostly. Behind that there is some biscuity pale with toasty & caramel hints and some quite minimal sweetness. A bit of a bready yeast note comes in as it warms.

T: Like the nose in that it is more hoppy than malty. More complex though. Hops add a bit of rind to the grapefruit and also a touch of pine & some grassy/herbal character at the end as well as some dry resin in the lingering finish. Good bitterness that grows with consumption. The pine and resin hop note grows as well. Some of the fruitness (not all that strong) seems like it could be from esters. Malt backbone is quite solid while serving as a nice platform for the hops. Malts are biscuity, just slightly toasty, some mid-range caramel, pleasant & subdued sweetness, and just a hint nutty on the backend. It is pretty dry and steely overall.

M: Evenly medium body with a firm yet softly expansive carbonation. Quite well attenuated with some texture from hops & a lightly drying finish. Pretty refreshing.

D: A good session strength American pale with a nice balance. Nothing non-attractive. Looks sexy, good feel, aroma & flavor that while not amazing are very solid and quite fine for the heft. A nice little quencher with plenty of good character. Good & tasty, but won’t slow you down.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice golden color with not too much head. There is a moderate amount of lacing upon the quick dissipation of the head.

Smell – Carmel malt is the most prevalent. While not very potent, there is a light amount of pine and citrus hop mixed in.

Taste – A very nice malt backbone with a slight roasted barley flavor which is lightly sweetened by a bit of toffee flavor. The lighter hop flavor then comes into play toward the middle and the end. Mainly pine and earthy in nature, it leaves a nice finish to the taste.

Mouthfeel – A little thinner then would be desired with an average level of carbonation. Pretty standard for the type of brew.

Overall – Not bad, but noting too special. Easy to drink.

Photo of erosier
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and light bodied off white colored head that leaves a little lacing as it fades fast.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of crisp earthy and citrus hops.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, a nice mix of earthy and citrus hops that aren't too overpowering and mix well with the malt base.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium to light bodied. It was a nice session beer.
D: Overall it was a very sessionable beer where the malt flavors and the hops mixed well together and made it enjoyable to drink.

Photo of AgentZero
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Brownish gold colored beer with a white head that didn't last long.

S - Doesn't smell great, a little bit soapy, perhaps some citrus in there. There's a lot of sweetness from the malt backbone.

T - Meh. This has a somewhat unpleasant tea-like quality that I just don't care for. There is some citrus, some soap. Not abhorent, but this isn't particularly good.

M - Medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation. This aspect of the beer is fine.

O - Don't care for this. Nothing real good, and there's a couple of things going on that I didn't really care for. Pass.

Photo of MasterSki
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by AgentZero. No discernible freshness dating. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to some wisps and a thin collar, leaving behind minimal lacing. Transparent bronze body.

S - Smell is very understated, but there are some orange and soapy Cascade hops present, as well a surprisingly hefty brown sugar malt backdrop.

T - Very bland. Some light citrus, and a strange tea-like astringent finish. There's really almost no flavor.

M - The feel is surprisingly excellent considering how bland the beer is. Zesty, medium carbonation, dry texture, resinous and oily, and a hefty medium body. Crisp, clean, and pretty good!

D - Weird beer. The smell is overly soapy, but that's not totally unexpected for a generic American Pale Ale. The taste is just perplexing, as there was almost nothing there. Easy to drink...I guess?

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy dark gold with some white head

Smells like grains, some aromatic hops, and spices: cinnamon..

Taste is more hoppy than the nose with some well rounded hop flavors leading into a touch of bitterness, more cereal and grains and a grassy aftertaste

Mouthfeel is a little thin

Overall this is a good pale ale..not the best from Otto's

Photo of TheBrewo
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew holding a deep copper color. It supports a well-retained one and a half finger head of cream colored bubbles. They eventually recede into islands of larger bubbles, with a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. There is a slight haze, but no sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be standard. The aroma is lofty, with a faint sweetness of cream and a light toast. There is a biting metallic yeast and some apply acetaldehydes. The notes in the far back ring of a mild spice, with cinnamon and white pepper as the forerunners. Throughout the entire nose there is a permeating booze. As we sip, light apricot and cooked citric hops start things off. The malts are darker, with adjuncty grain. The middle moves forward with more steely grain, earth and mineral, and a light bready toast. We finish with lighter flavoring, of grassy hops, fresh barnyard hay, and little sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of wheaty grain, bittering yeast, citrus, and more light toasting. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is medium. There is a fine coating, with little drying. The mouth experiences quite a fizz, despite the standard carbonation. The beer drinks easily, helped along by the easy abv.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its lightness. This beer presents as decent for the style, but the flavors and aromas were not as robust as they could have been. This, too, is also to its benefit, as it was not overwhelming with inappropriate and overly stark flavors or aromas that may have otherwise been off putting.

Photo of TheDreadnought
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Bomber bottle, poured into a Tiffany mug.

Poured an awesome apricot color with a large head that returned quickly. Nose of fruit and flowers, most notable apricot/malt flavor. Taste was typical malt/spice for an APA, fruity/hoppy/spicy with good carbonation.

Overall, this beer came off a "Wow, that's pretty damn, good" suprise for my first Nittany.

Photo of nhindian
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Red Lobster Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a nice, deep golden orange. This is the color I'd instantly think of when I think of a typical, drinkable beer. It's clear as a blue-bird day, and it has some visible carbonation rising and sticking to the glass. A pillowy, white, 2.5-fingered head sits gracefully on top, with good retention and generous lacing that leaves thick clumps of foam around the glass.

S - The nose is nicely balanced. Bread and slight caramel give some sweetness and depth to the nose, paving the way for the slightly spicy hops to come across. Mild tones of citrus make up the hop profile, with a floral finish. Subtle, yet clean.

T - The flavors bring an all-encompassing taste to the aromas. The spice begins a bit earlier, mingling with the biscuit-filled malts. Pretty malty and balanced. The citrus seems to take a back seat in the flavor, with perhaps some light orange coming through near the finish. Speaking of the finish, it is spicy and somewhat dry. Solid, yet a bit pedestrian.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderately high, yet acceptable carbonation. This beer really feels nice in the mouth, and the carbonation mixes well with the spice and flavors to really help them pop. As mentioned earlier, it has a drier finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. It's not an incredibly overwhelming beer and it won't make you rush out to buy it again, but for what it is, it's pretty solid. Combine that with a cheap price, and it's definitely worth it. A solid drinking beer.

Photo of DanThomas
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very orange copper, bright and clear. No head or lacing, some bubbles shooting up through the beer.

S- Full bodied caramel and toasted malt create a good base for the aroma. Crisp, spicy hops on the nose. Scent indicates a very dry beer.

T- Toast and bread dominates the initial flavor, and as it moves to the back of the palette the hops take over. They don't provide a lot of flavor except for a slight grapefruitiness and spiciness, but they give the beer a pleasant and refreshing bitter/dry finish. The aftertaste lingers awhile and it has nice caramel and nut characteristics.

M- A very dry beer. Medium to full-bodied because of the malt, carbonation is prickly but still refreshing.

D- All in all, from ABV to taste to mouthfeel, this is an ideal session beer. Interestingly, it calls itself an APA, while BeerAdvocate lists it as an EPA. In many ways, I understand the confusion. It drinks like a classic English bitter or pale ale but has a lot of the flavor characteristics of an APA. Very impressed.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, light amber color with a nice head; leaves good lacing.

Bready malts dominate the aroma. Herbal hops with a bitter finish. The main hop character seems to be the bitterness. There is a slight sourness that dominates and lingers.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly. The carbonation seems a bit coarse. But refreshing, non the less.

Photo of ExpertAndrew
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otto's must be doing something right because they have moved into a much bigger building in November. However, they only have 3 beers on tap. I dont know if I had a bad batch but I was not as impressed as the other reviewers. The beer was a nice copper color. The beer was very drinkable but the taste seemed to be one note. I hope to head back to State College soon to try this and others beers when they are fully up and running.

Photo of eyncognito
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle courtesy of akorsak, thanks Adam.

Pours a wonderful amber into my New Glarus pint glass. Incredibly clear with orange highlights, 1 finger white head recedes to a collar. No lacing. Aroma is bready, grainy, with hints of herbal hops. Really quite pleasant on the malt front.

Taste is biscuity malts and mild caramel-not too sweet, hints of citric hops with a more herbal character. Kinda creamy, the malt really shines here with a mild bitterness and clean, dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin, I was surprise how thin the body was. Moderate carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. Unassuming really, but a real gem. If I lived in State College PA this could easily be a go to session beer. I put this bomber down quickly and thirst for more.

Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. On tap at Capone's...
Appears a light gold with a small white cap that fades into a gentle collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of spicy yeast and herbal hops with fruit candy aromas coming through to make it interesting enough for me to rouse the beer again for a second thought.
Taste is of the mentioned yeasty, herbal, spiciness. The flavors almost remind me of Jujubes candy with some herbal, pine notes.
Mouthfeel is chewy, herbal, and medium bodied.

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Mt. Nittany Pale Ale from Otto's Pub and Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.