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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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BA SCORE
84
good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ski271 on 03-08-2005)
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2/5  rDev -46.1%

AdamKn, Jul 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

DWolf, Dec 31, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

bvlaminck, Nov 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

demonspeed, Nov 15, 2014
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2.93/5  rDev -21%
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.

AgentZero, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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?

MasterSki, Dec 12, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Stinkypuss, May 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Stihlsaw, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of JWU
3.08/5  rDev -17%
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.

JWU, Sep 01, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

ryanmcd, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

tone77, Oct 31, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Darkmagus82, Feb 15, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into my HopDevil nonic...

A: A very dark, somewhat hazy amber color. A thin head appeared that quickly turned into a very minimal lacing and some surface bubbles.

S: Mild nutty melt, a slight hoppiness.

T: This is much more potent than the smell. A great nutty flavor throughout, with no perceptible alcohol in the taste (a bit warming, though). Hop character is not very high. There's a good bit of malt sweetness, as well. Not very bitter. Low carbonation.

M: Medium, smooth.

D: Pretty nice, but only because it's not too complicated. An easy drinking, relaxing beer, to be sure.

mjc410, Feb 27, 2006
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3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

TheBrewo, Oct 10, 2011
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3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

TimoP, Feb 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

erosier, Jan 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber copper color with an off white head.

Smell: It had a grassy grapefruit citrus/floral hop aroma that tickled the nose.

Taste: The taste is a nice balance of citrus grapefruit hop flavor and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Drinkability: Although this is not my favorite beer from Otto's this is a session beer for the masses. And you can quote me on that!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jul 26, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

polubog, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Bockerdoppel91, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jagada, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jwat, Jun 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

micahmye, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bacher468, Nov 24, 2012
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Mt. Nittany Pale Ale from Otto's Pub and Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.