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Slab Cabin IPA - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Slab Cabin IPASlab Cabin IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 09-27-2008

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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 57
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

State College's finest brewery distributing bottles throughout PA I'm excited, deep caramelized malt sugars. Pours a deep caramel ruby almost brown hue, one of the darkest IPAs I've seen in quite some time, light beige head forms fine speckled lacing. Aroma has citrus notes with an earthy dank hop note with background of caramelized malts. Actually a nice balanced hop character earthy citric and hints of pine the hops go great with the bready caramelized malts in this beer, it's not the ideal current modern IPA it's blend of English and American traditions. Mouthfeel overall is impressive slightly slick hop oils roll thick across the palate, a bit heavy with each sip. Overall the drink is doing it's job quite refreshing easy to consume and provides the palate with some nice complexity.

Photo of dacrza1
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE REVIEWED: August 7, 2014... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... OCCASION: enjoying a nice haul from our State College weekend...APPEARANCE: clear, red amber body that streams a steady effervescence; dirty white head settles from a solid finger to a creamy resilience flaring with sunbursts of lacing--great to look at... AROMA: brilliant botanical array of lilac, carnations and grass; secondary scents of spices such as allspice and nutmeg--invitingly complex... PALATE: mellow, medium-bodied and drinkably relaxed; a thin yet consistent aftertaste holds to the back of the throat; creamy, if anything... TASTE: a solidly established pale ale, though not big enough for the India moniker--well-rounded, perhaps, by the soft, sweet malts that balance every sip; the malts--creamy, buttery--escort blunted hops along the journey, with a sessionable invitation... OVERALL: although a pleasant sipping beer, I find it tough to call this IPA anything beyond above average, as so many breweries are setting thee bar so high in this style...still, tough to slam a beer that is aesthetically pleasing and delivers on its promise with enough balance to convince--albeit temporarily--that the overhopped IPA is not the way to go ....

Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - caramel amber with a thin, off white head that has decent retention

S - citrus, dark bread

T - dark bready malts, citrus, some banana, faint sweetness, some pine, decent bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, very crisp

This is a decent IPA, but it's not one that will separate itself from the crowd. I would have preferred a slightly different malt character, but what is here isn't bad. The hops are present, but I wish they were a bit more intense. Overall, this is a nice IPA that is refreshing and easy to drink, but it will disappoint the more intense hop heads.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Boxer's in Huntingdon, PA. Great beer to have with my burger. There's a big, sharp citrus bitterness that's not too juicy, but still not too dry or astringent. It's just a well-built IPA with herbal lemon over biting pine. It's more West Coast, with a lighter than usual body, but that just makes this a little more drinkable.

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with several fingers of foamy off-white head. A thin and frothy retention yields a big creamy flareup when swirled, leaving back a solid cascade of spotty lacing and oily residues. The aroma is mostly all about the hops, being very floral with some piney accents (but not overly assertive with it) and a good bit of spice and citrus as well. A thin layer of sweetness and warmth is definitely secondary to the hops in this bouquet, gently gliding underneath alll of that leefy goodness.

The hops are a little more moderate in the taste, but still packs a solid piney punch to the palate that lingers dryly on the tongue. Backing things up, is an underlying backbone of of bready toasted malts and caramel sweetness, which offers enough balance to even out the bitterness, but make no mistake, this profile is all about the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an imminently smooth and creamy carbonation that just slides effortlessly down the throat. Very nice.

Very hop forward but solid IPA from the fine folks at Otto's. This maybe came off as a touch less balanced than I remembered on draft (which kept the drinkibility down just a tad) but I was glad to see that same easy body carried over to this now bottled offering. Nice stuff.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrusy hops. Taste is not nearly as hoppy as the smell. It is well balanced, more caramel malts than I expected, some hop bitterness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall us a solid beer.

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bomber picked up at the brewpub yesterday.

A: The IPA is the same color as the amber bottle it came in. Brighter orange hues punctuate the narrower parts of the glass. Two fingers of head have left lace all around the top quarter of the glass.

S: The nose is a floral with an oily citrus presence. Grapefruit is near the forefront, almost matching the flowers.

T: Citrus hops set the stage, showing off grapefruit and peach flavors. A floral bitterness rounds out the hops with a bang. Caramel malts have a bready flavor that sits contentedly in the background to bolster the hops. I always found the Double D to be too much; this one does it just right.

M: A pleasantly hoppy IPA, the floral flavors jump out early. A smooth bitterness ensues, leaving an oily taste.

D: Another winner from Otto's, especially in the bottle form. Allowing it to warm made it better than the on-tap version.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #188
Served On: 07/14/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Picked up a sixer of this at the brewpub when passing through State College, PA.

Look: The beer had a semi-clear dark copper color with a beige coating of foam as the head. Lacing was phenomenal. Carbonation bubbles were not very plentiful. Basically A textbook East Coast IPA appearance.

Smell: The nose had nice hints of pine and some floral notes. An herbal quality also helped make up the aroma.

Taste: Upfront was a mild pine character that moved into a bitterness that seemed to cleanse the palate for a moment. Then sweet malts took over on the backend, as the bitterness and pine notes seemed to reoccur for the finish. Mouth feel was medium and the carbonation level was stronger than the appearance suggested.

This was a great example of a balanced East Coast IPA. I would not hesitate to add this offering to my regular rotation.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 1-12-11
Enjoyed at the Otto's Bewpub.

A - Medium amber colour. Filtered. Small amount of of white head.

S - Floral and citrus hops. Sweet malts.

T - Bitter hops up front - mostly floral with some light citrus notes. Sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of devinoconnor
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First brew from Otto's (even after going to PSU for 4 years). Certainly won't be my last.

Pours a nice orange, crisp and clean with little carbonation and head.

Smell is citrusy and hoppy, with a nice balance between the two. Hops don't dominate or takeover the other flavors as with some IPAs.

Refreshing, easy-drinking IPA that's certainly worth a try. Very nice.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paid $3.75 for the single. Feel I got ripped off since this is from PA...

A - A very dirty brown color, murky and kind of old ale looking with floaties. Head is pretty good a 1/4 inch that sticks around for a bit. Great lacing.
S - Earthy hops not very bitter smelling. Mostly malty so it could be old.
T - Not bad it's pretty balanced and somewhat bitter but it seems lacing like a pale ale.
M - Relatively smooth light to medium. Easy to drink

Overall their are better cheaper DIPA's I would rather have that are equally as smooth. Pick this up if your paying around 2 bucks for it.

Photo of jdg204
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was up for my first Penn State weekend of the year and I had to make the pilgrimage to Otto's. After a great Saturday of tailgating at the game, a nice lunch at Otto's is a fantastic change of pace. Great food is always expected and I was excited to try their new staple IPA.

A: Bright orange color with a thick white head that stuck around for most of the ride and left some nice lacing.

S: Aroma is floral, grapefruit, and citrus with a nice fresh, oily hops undertone.

T: Grapefruit and caramel start the show but the supporting fresh, floral hops quickly smack you in the face. This was a pretty well balanced ale and you could really taste the freshness.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Otto's has another gem on their hands, these guys really know what they're doing! The guys at Otto's definitely have the best brewpub (emphasis on the pub) that I've had the good fortune to frequent. Just a rock solid IPA, extremely fresh, well balanced, and yummy! If you get the chance to go to Otto's than do yourself a favor and get there (the food's great too). While you're there, try this brew, a new must-try at the pub!

Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another of my recent acquisitions while visiting the Knickerbocker Hotel in Altoona.

My pour resulted in just better than a finger of dense, creamy, tawny foam that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled deeply of grapefruit. I hope that I never grow tired of that smell! Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was not equal to its smell. Instead, it had a prevalent biscuit malt flavor on the tongue that seemed to overwhelm the hops. That is not to say that it was not hoppy, just not as intense as on the nose. Finish continued to be fairly malty, more like an EIPA than an AIPA. It was not bad, per se, but not great for the style.

Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium orangish/copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aroams of citrus, floral hops and pine. Tastes of citrus, floral hops, pine, a little toasty. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/17/09

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A rich, copper colored beer with a white head that faded to a full cap. Some random splotches would stick to the sides as I drank this.

S - Smell is a bit muted. Some caramel malts, bit of piney hops and a touch of resin. Smells nice, just kind of a weak aroma.

T - Solid tasting IPA, have no complaints. Malt backbone is nicely balanced with some resiny pine and touch of bitterness. Nothing terribly distinguishing about it, but it's above average and good tasting.

M - Medium bodied, appopriate carbonation.

O - Nice beer. Pretty enjoyable, easy to drink. Would gladly drink this again if offered, although wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of Buggies
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great little IPA.

Looks as IPA should. Kind of a dark amber with the appropriate amount of head. Aromas of light malt and hops. Hop aromas vary from citrus, grapefruit, and herbal. More herbal than the other.

Tastes great. I'd say that the citrus and grapefruit come through and take over. You can just taste the sticky sweet hop oils coat your tongue. All hops with a nice hint of bitter finish. Even the burbs are coated with hop goodness.

Overall, I'd say that this beer embodies everything that make an American IPA what it is. Get yourself some of these!

Photo of mikeg67
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with thin, foamy, white head and some carbonation. Aroma is of bready malt, citrusy hops, caramel and ripe fruit. Body is full, chewy and tangy. Citrusy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, grapefruity. Nice, tasty, balanced IPA.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. The beer is a clear copper hue with minimal eggshell white head foaming up and fading to a thin surface layer with minor edging. Aroma is some caramel and a bit of pine hops and maybe some grass too. Not overpowering nose of hops, maybe an actual IPA and not just a hop bomb. First sip reveals an average body with silky smooth texture and very fine tingling carbonation that tickles across my palate with each sip.
Flavor is well balanced with some caramel and sweetness on the tip of my palate that rolls to earthy and grassy bitter, dry hops after each swallow. Still not overpowering flavor but a lingering vegetal hop profile sits in my mouth. Definitely dries on each swallow.
No hint of the ABV on this beer and the beer is VERY easy to drink as I am almost done with my pint before finishing these notes.
Well crafted and straightforward IPA that wont satiate a hop cravers need, but still is more than a pale ale and features hops without palate death.

Well done beer that I would try again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an orange color with a slight haze. White head and a bit of lace. In the nose, bright grapefruit and orange hop scents and some biscuity malt.

The taste is very bitter and citric, which is in trademark IPA fashion. The malt base is caramel like and a bit toasty. Hoppy grapefruit, pith, and pine are all in full force.

Medium bodied, well carbonated feel. Overall, this is a pretty decent IPA. I'd say par for the course.

Photo of nhindian
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep orange color, almost like a golden sunburst. Looks pretty similar to the DIPA that Otto's makes, Double D, even down to it's clear appearance. A two-finger, tan-colored head forms, with a creamy consistency made up of minuscule bubbles. Retention is pretty good, but the lacing is a bit shoddy, merely consisting of a split-second sticking to the glass then it rapidly falls.

S - The smell is interesting and not as focused on the traditional IPA aromas as I would've thought. It's pretty floral and airy, but at the same time it also has a bit of nuttiness to it as well. It's balanced with a solid malt backbone as well. Not much going on here though, however.

T - The flavor brings even more malt than was in the nose. There's no mistaking that this is an East Coast IPA. The taste starts with a heaping helping of caramel malts, and again I'm getting some English influence and nuttiness. The hops, again, are floral, and it's barely bitter at all. I'm actually getting a rather sweet finish here. This is not what I would've expected at all; it's not a bad thing, but it's not like a typical IPA at all.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Leaves a rather sweet, floral aftertaste in the mouth and doesn't wreck the palate at all.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. Definitely an outlier in the IPA style and I can see it being a sort of stepping stone to the more bitter representations of the style. Pretty sweet, not overly bitter, and not overrun with citrus or pine hop flavors. I can't say it's my favorite, but I can imagine it has its places.

Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The full time IPA on tap to replace the much loved Double D.

A-Deep brilliant copper with a medium light tan head that reduced to a small cap that held tight. Nice amounts of lace left behind.

S-Nothing fancy but all solid. Citrus, pine and sweet malt mingle in a dance for the nares.

T-An initial sharp spicy citrus hop bite that is backed up by an agressive malt sweetness. Certainly a hop forward brew but the malt comes through.

M-Medium to almost medium light bodied and crisp. A nice long, lingering hop bite prevails.

D-While this is no DD it certainly is an easy all day long drinker. Not the malt/hop bomb but a worthy replacement considering it uses only half the amount of hops. A nice brew to have on while we wait for the return of DD.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful amber color, crisp, clear looking, very active carbonation, and a thick, frothy cream colored head that sticks.

S - Caramel malt, pine, citrus, floral, slight grassy zest.

T - Not quite balanced and but even flavor sensation throughout. A caramel malt back bone that gets challenged by a nice bitterness blend of pine, grapefruit, and mild floral grassiness. The sip ends with a nice coating of pine and grapefruit in the mouth leaving a moderate lingering bitterness that sticks around not too long, but just long enough to make it satisfying and refreshing. Not too over the top in bitterness, but definitely more bitter than the average IPA.

M - For an IPA, it's thick - I like substance to the mouthfeel and this definitely has it.

O - This is a solid IPA and wish I could get it in my part of the state. It's a good IPA that would go great with alot of different foods and could easily be something I could drink every day without growing tired of it.

Photo of number1bum
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant burnt orange color with an inch plus of light tan head. Keeps a pretty full, albeit thin lace, but really doesn't leave much stick on the sides.

Smell is very fruity, with lots of citrus aromas, plus some pineapple and mango. Just a bit of malt sweetness, like light caramel, as well. Just a nice, if not uncommon, IPA nose.

Taste is not quite as fruity as the nose, but there's still a good amount. There's a pretty good amount of fruit here, some citrus and tropical fruits, although it's not as juicy or bold as the nose was. There's a bit of a menthol quality to the beer, and some herbal flavor. Some caramel sweetness provides some balance, which is an operative word with this beer, because this is certainly a very well balanced IPA. Hop bitterness is not overdone, but it's enough to let you know that this is not an IPA to trifle with either.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty good slickness to it. Hop oils do their thing pretty well here, and the beer is pretty creamy and pleasantly smooth.

At first I thought this seemed like a somewhat restrained IPA but it grew on me as I got about halfway through the first pint. The hops opened up a bit on the palate at that point, as it warmed a bit, and it became more bitter as well. I'd still characterize it as a very balanced IPA, but that's not a bad thing. I bet it's even better on tap as well. A nice local option for sure.

Photo of jifigz
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an Otto's pint glass.

A: A deep red brown that has a great lasting head and some nice lacing.

S: The smell is pretty much dominated by citrusy hop aroma.

T: The flavor is very citrus like just like the aroma suggests. The citrus hop bite has a very lemony type of flavor. The malt bill is also evident in the taste and everything is balanced.

M: Medium bodied and light.

O: Not a bad IPA, but not a wonderful one either. It is nice to have beers from local brewpubs and this one isn't bad. I recommend stopping into Otto's if your ever in State College...cool place.

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for the extra. Imperial pint glass.

Pours dark amber with caramel tones. It appears effervescent for minutes after the pour. The frothy head rises two fingers high above the liquid. Retention is excellent and lacing is plastered to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is well balanced between caramel malt, leaning towards bready, and hops. The hop profile is somewhat soapy with grassy notes and some grapefruit.

The flavor is also well balanced. The malt is of sweet caramel. Bitterness is at a medium level, with citrus, orange pith, and pine. Sweetness lingers on my tongue after the finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a malty IPA and my first beer from this brewery. I'd like to try more of their stuff in the future.

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Slab Cabin IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.