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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
87
very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 09-27-2008)
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4.43/5  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 CoolJosh
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out to lunch with the girl, and decided to pick up a growler of this ale.

A A light ruby/amber. Pours a half finger head that dissolves into a thin layer fairly quickly. Laces well..

S Really nice, piney and light fruit scents. Some apricot, peach, and slight hop scents. Very well balanced, a scent like this is a thing of beauty, and really excites me for what is to come with the taste.

T Very smooth onset, which compliments the scent very nicely. Mouthfeel is very refreshing and fairly carbonated, and the ale finishes very well with a nice springy set of hops and apricot coming through.

A very refreshing IPA, great for any time of year. I'm really happy I purchased this in a growler, and can not wait to continue to drink this through out the week. I don't believe that Otto's bottle's this, so if you're in the State College Area, definitely stop by this premium brew house.

Photo of largecar73
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Got a nice two finger head under a fairly hard pour,retention was fair, but lots of lacing all the way down the glass. dark reddish amber in color with very few carbonation bubbles.

S: Nice nose on this one, pine needles right off the bat with a little caramel and brown sugar in the background.

T: More pine needles along with some floral esters. I do detect some caramel malt coming through a bit, although hops are very much in the forefront. All in all a fairly balanced IPA.

M: Buttery smooth on the palate, and the carbonation seems spot on, although I could hardly detect any in the appearance.

D: Way high on this one! I could and will session this beer for sure, and the low ABV helps in that respect.

All in all this is a fine IPA. I'll definitely buy this again. So far I've liked everything I've tried from Otto's, and this beer doesn't disappoint either. I definitely will miss Double D as that was one of my favorite DIPA's, but they offer plenty of other fine brews to enjoy.

Photo of jra173
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very solid IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery in State College, PA. Great offering available all over Central PA and can compete with any of the top East Coast IPAs. This is a great regular to add to your lineup and is balanced enough to be a good session IPA.

Photo of sbw138
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz. bomber from the Zeno's 6-pack shop in State College. $4 each, what a steal.

Poured a nice burnt orange/amber color. There was a huge head after I finished pouring, which quickly died down to a small, but ever present head. Despite the small size of the head, lacing was pretty nice all the way down the glass.

Huge, terrific hoppy smell, full of citrus. A decent, yet subtle, malt backbone.

As others have mentioned, I really didn't taste the citrus that I had smelled. Rather, there was a nice piney, deliciously hoppy taste. Really, very impressive. The malt backbone is a little more pronounced on the tounge, than on the nose.

Solid mouthfeel, not overly heavy, or light. Beer has a nice carbonation too it, that feels real well.

A great beer here. Otto's really has done a terrific job with this brew. It's almost up there in quality with their Zeno's Rye. I can wait to get back to state college to try fresh on tap.

Photo of eyncognito
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of akorsak, thanks Adam. An amazing IPA that wasn't really on my radar-great recommendation from a top-notch trading partner.

Appearance is an amber color, quite clear, well filtered. Light lets out a glowing bronze. One finger of head, with good retention, slightly soapy, but only sporadic lacing is present. Smell is hop forward-amazing blast of tropical and citrus fruits, coupled with floral notes: grapefruit, lemon juice, guava, and sweet grassy/floral scents. For having such a wonderful amber color, malt is an after thought, malt sits in the back seat-a sweetness rides along through out, but unobstrusive.

Taste pretty much follows the nose here. Sweet malt carries along bitter hops, moderate initial bitterness with more red grapefruit, guava, lemon/lime, grassy, floral. Strong, long finish that stresses the sweetness of the malt-caramel, slightly oily. Taste really delivers on the promise of the nose and presents it in wonderful fashion, high lighting the hops, but allowing the malt bill to shine at the end. Mouth feel is medium bodies, with soft carbonation that couples well with the hops-only gently prickling the tongue.

Drinkability is quite high. I could drink this for days on end. Hmmm, I have considered applying to Penn State for grad school. I'd be lying if beer was not a consideration for the next city I live in/school I attend. Even though I am a Badger, I can appreciate what Otto's is doing for the Nittany Lions. Go Big Ten Beer.

Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-gold in appearance. A healthy, fluffy off-white head. Light lacing on the glass as I sip away.

This may sound weird, but it smells like a brewery. It's got that mix of hops and yeast and malts that floats through the air when you take a tour. The hops stand out the most. A pleasant fresh sort of smell.

A very nice balance between sweetness, bitterness and hoppiness. I'm actually really surprised how well balanced this tastes. This might be a great bridge into hoppy beers. Perhaps gross, but the burps in my mouth taste very nice.

The mouthfeel is very smooth though perhaps a bit on the watery side.

This could easily be a staple IPA for me.

Photo of trbergman
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz serving on draft presented in a tulip pint.

A - Rich copper body with one finger of off-white head. The head diminishes after a few sips but sticky lace clings to the glass all the way down.

S - Aggressive hop nose with grapefruit and resiny pine; a touch of caramel malt in the background.

T - Plenty of grapefruit and pine with toast and toffee. Nice assertive bitterness, with a little background maltiness to keep it from being a one-dimensional hop bomb. The finish is pleasant and long with lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body, peppery.

D - A good, sessionable IPA along the lines of SN Celebration. I was impressed with the quality of this brew.

Photo of treyrab
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am always surprised to see what Otto's has up their sleeves. I have passed on this IPA many times while at the brew pub, so I decided to pick up a bomber last night. Split it with my girl into two pint glasses:

A: Pours a crystal clear copper with a frothy, sticky two finger white head. This looks brilliant and just like an IPA should. Great carbonation floating up the top to keep the head alive...which lasts pretty much the whole time. Some nice sticky lacing also is a plus.

S: Very robust pine hops show their presence. Not as much citrus as I was expecting, as the woody, grassy hops are really showing. Some nice cereal and caramel malts also come through.

T: Just a great IPA all around. The pine hops yield a crisp, refreshing taste that ends a bit dry. Some orange comes through as well, but is masked pretty heavily by the grassy tones of the pine hops. A bit of caramel also comes through on the finish.

I was not expecting this to be as good as it was. This is a fantastic go-to IPA.

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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 TheMultiYeast
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber/orange. Medium sized creamy white head.

Smell is perfectly balanced between hops and pale malts.There's a nice clean citrus scent, musty tropical simcoe notes, followed by caramelized sweetness and moist earthiness.

Taste follows the nose, diving quickly into piney hops that mingle with nutty malts and again finishing with a grassy earthy flavor and pleasant bitterness

Mouthfeel is substantial and slightly dry.

One of my favorite local beers!

Photo of jdg204
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into grenade pint glass

Appearance - Pours a nice red/orange color with a thin white head that lasts nearly 5 min.

Smell - Meet initially with some piney aroma from the hops as well as a little bit of sweet caramel aroma.

Taste - a great balance between malt and hop. The maltliness starts strong, with the hops finishing strong.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and body for beer style. Not too thin but just right.

Overall - A great brew to drink on an average occasion. A very good standard IPA and one I would recommend over more well know such as 60 min. IPA.

Photo of devinoconnor
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Slab Cabin IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.