Slab Cabin IPA - Otto's Pub and Brewery
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3.89/5 rDev +0.3%
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 ....
08-08-2014 01:23:03 | More by dacrza1
3.56/5 rDev -8.2%
Deep copper, honey golden, clear
Not much in the way of aroma. Faint grassy hops and some bready malt.
Sweet caramel malt up front, sugary. Earthy hops, not prevalent. Some bitterness peeks thru towards the end if the pint.
Light watery body. Medium carb.
Malt forward for an IPA. Falls short in aroma and mouthfeel and hop presence overwhelmed by the sweetness. Off-balanced the opposite way of how I would prefer an IPA. More of an APA and to that point, it is well crafted. Would have again but wouldn't seek out.
07-02-2014 04:48:33 | More by hopflyer
3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
06-07-2014 22:13:31 | More by WVbeergeek
3.31/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
05-04-2014 01:29:32 | More by Stinkypuss
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
Perfect clarity on this one. Nice amber brown color. Flavor is okay. Kind of an odd off-taste. After all this talk on the forums about quality concerns, I wish I knew how to better describe what I was experiencing. Anyways. It's a decent IPA. Doesn't seem quite right to me. Oh well. On to the next.
04-17-2014 04:14:59 | More by RblWthACoz
3.69/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
01-27-2014 03:42:19 | More by DrDemento456
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
Bottle > Mason Pint
A - Clear gold with a finger of white fizzy head, a few spots of lacing.
S - A little grassy, some spicy hops, citrus zest.
T - Earthy, and spicy hop flavor in this, some grass a little pine, grapefruit.
M - A little wattery but easily drinkable.
O - Decent IPA, would go good with pizza, just kind average.
01-05-2014 21:28:15 | More by Omnium
3.53/5 rDev -9%
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.
01-05-2014 16:15:20 | More by tone77
Slab Cabin IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.