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

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Mt. Nittany Pale AleMt. Nittany Pale Ale

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 102
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 18.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent American style pale, brought back the bottle from the brewpub. C-hop aroma, along with malt, and in taste. A bit drying and a cut under average mouthfeel. Some orangey taste.Centennial and Cascade were present. Most drinkable.Slight orange colour with significant off-white head.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery, into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden orange with a 2 finger width of white foam that settled down into a beautiful frothy covering that left decent lacing. Aroma is of fresh citrus and light hoppiness.

Taste is dominated by a fresh citrus and hops with a underlying backbone of sweet malt. Finishes bitter with a splash of sweetness and fruit twang. Mouthfeel is a crisp light medium.

A tasty and quite easy drinking Pale Ale makes for quite the sessionable experience. I went through this bomber in no time. Good stuff!

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Photo of MasterSki
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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?

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Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a creamy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice citrusy hop nose along with a solid malt bill of pale and crystal malts. The taste is as well. It has a well balanced malt and hop flavor that is quite bitter, but not at all offensive. The malt taste is good. It's basically pale malt with a 60l crystal malt to add color and some malt character. It could use some more body IMO. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is very good pale ale. It's hoppy with some malt complexit; a good drinker.

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Photo of tdm168
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub last football season.

A: The ale opened with nary a hiss, leading me to worry about how well it has held up. Luckily the pour managed to spunk up a finger of white head. The ale is amber colored, crystal clear, with a brilliant orange hue.

S: The nose is biscuity, full of dry grainy malts that nicely support a citrusy hop aroma that is stronger than one would expect.

T: While a bit of chill, the ale reveals a smooth hop profile that exudes citrus. As it warms, the malty side reasserts itself. Biscuit and caramel flavor define the malts while a citrusy blast of flavor livens things up substantially. A nicely balanced offering.

M: The biscuity flavor nicely supports the hops, giving them some time in the limelight before taking it back.

D: The bite at times makes me think IPA but the grains keep it a solid pale ale. I've had this on tap, from a firkin and now a bottle and I've never been disappointed.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a firkin cask at Zeno's Pub.

A--Slightly cloudy orange copper. Little head but it was served out of a cask so this is to be expected.

S--A slight fresh hop scent but nothing overpowering.

T--Very nice hop tang. Citrus and pine tartness. Balances well with the biscuit like malt.

M--A bit thin (see above in A) but nice hop bitterness prevails.

D-- A fine drinking beer. Good example of an English Pale, a fine session beer.

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Photo of sholland119
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber with a thin white head and some nice lacing.

Smell has some floral hops with a faint citrus hop and a mild malt in the background.

Taste is pleasant, starting off with a mild malt sweetness with a modest hop bite kicking in about halfway through. Finishes clean with a bit of graininess.

Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonation is good.

A good session pale ale, moderately interesting to drink.


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Photo of TheBrewo
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of erosier
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange body with a thin white head in a HopDevil glass... bright and efficient, with sporadic tracings on the glass... sharp spruce and hops, light and clean... bubbly and smooth on the palate--a bit creamy on the tongue... swift and pleasant... a bit on the lighter side of pale ales--surprising (and refreshing) from a micro! and yet, perhaps, this is the way one should taste... a mixture of feelings: another winner from Ryan, but this ale is a step below Sierra Nevada, not to mention the other Otto's brews I've sampled--but it is solid, and who doesn't love something with Mt. Nittany in its name!?

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Medlar Field. Prickling through the long evening light grapefruit zest, woody husk and bright herbal spice alight. Fresh and alive with hops and clamoring malt structure. Pours in the golden hue of distant hills, bronzed with air pollution. Pillows of erupting cranberry tinted cream foam spill over the edges of the 20oz plastic cup. Tastes of the most pleasant English hops on earth, fresh and bubbly on the tongue. Spicy Fuggles dance with those longing bitter Goldings in a harmonic convergence of hop use. Delicious. The malt plays no quiet second fiddle, instead a moderate and enjoyable candied lemon peel, cane syrup and bread crust. Mellow, earthy, spicy and rounded. Drinkably dry, yet complex enough to sip. Finishes on herbal notes. Excellent.

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Photo of ski271
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium amber beer with a small, barely off-white, silky head with good retention and fair lacing.

Smell: Floral hops stand out and are quite large. A good bit of citrus too, and a hint of pear. There is a faint malt presence, but it is overpowered by the pungent hops. Springlike.

Taste: Follows the same path as the aroma. Citrusy and lightly piney hops are dominant early, then giving way a little to reveal a nice nutty malt backbone. I was getting worried by the smell, but the taste is more balanced. The finish is dry and fairly bitter, and is quite long in duration. If they didn’t have their Double D IPA, this would be hoppy enough to satisfy the hop-heads.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, lightly astringent on the finish.

Drinkability: Not a highly sessionable beer, but pleasing and satisfying.

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Photo of nhindian
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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