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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

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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kjb32812

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

01-13-2012 02:45:49 | More by kjb32812
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-12-2012 05:29:48 | More by ygtbsm94
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

12-31-2011 19:46:42 | More by DWolf
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-22-2011 02:57:38 | More by SteelCityHops89
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 16:31:29 | More by AgentZero
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 15:53:17 | More by MasterSki
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-25-2011 14:10:33 | More by nh2032
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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-16-2011 21:21:30 | More by RyanPS
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russwbeck

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-14-2011 08:55:46 | More by russwbeck
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 23:59:30 | More by TheMultiYeast
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 21:35:40 | More by TheBrewo
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TheDreadnought

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 19:49:34 | More by TheDreadnought
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 21:42:47 | More by nhindian
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DanThomas

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 19:30:24 | More by DanThomas
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 02:26:15 | More by CliffBrake
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ExpertAndrew

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 22:01:34 | More by ExpertAndrew
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eyncognito

Wisconsin

3.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 03:33:43 | More by eyncognito
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 16:21:04 | More by weeare138
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for this one.
Pours deep and clear amber colour with one finger white-ish head. Dissapeared fairly quickly leaving lots of lace. Smell - hoppy, citrusy, very strong and nice. Taste is pretty much the same - citrus and hops plus some spices perhaps. Smooth and rich, very balanced and very refreshing. It's drinkable, I'd love another one.
I'd say it's a typical pale ale, but really good one.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 04:32:31 | More by Voonder
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WesWes

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 22:02:54 | More by WesWes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 02:15:49 | More by Sammy
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2008 22:12:08 | More by sholland119
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2008 21:23:22 | More by CharlesDarwin
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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!?

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 03:54:32 | More by dacrza1
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 02:08:45 | More by akorsak
Mt. Nittany Pale Ale from Otto's Pub and Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.