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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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57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | 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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 146
Photo of jwhancher
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 22-oz bottle in Wegmans in Williamsport. I considered cheap at $4.49 per 22. Didn't see any bottled on date or freshness stamp on the bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with okay head and good carbonation. Smells malty sweet with a kiss of hops. Maybe some crystal 40 malt in the nose. Tastes mostly malty with hops in the background. Hops are there, they just don't quite take the forefront like today's IPAs. Hops seem like American citrus variety but meld pretty well with the sweet malt aroma & flavor. Feels a little medium to heavy bodied. Finishes a tad too sweet. Not a bad beer, just isn't one of my favs in today's wonderful lineup of flavorful & hoppy IPAs.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack from THE HOP SHOP in State College, PA this weekend...cool bottle shop with 8 taps for growler service...good selection of local stuff...a bit pricey at 11.49 a six pack...

A - Nice 1 inch head that hangs around...with some very nice lacing...clear caramel-copper with a slight haze...not sure if this is bottle conditioned or not?

S - As with other reviews this beer definitely has minimal aroma...mostly caramel malt notes...a bit of hops in the very beginning...the bottle sniff was really nice...but I think once poured the aroma just goes flat...a bit of pine and earthiness...not great...

T - Relatively fruity, definite caramel notes, very clean, not enough bitterness for me...yet its still a tasty beer...after 2 I'm liking it a bit more...

M - Good medium-light body mouth feel...nice medium carbonation...very crisp...not syrupy...good

Overall - An okay IPA...an even better Amber Ale if it was labeled as such...its very hard to compete within this style when there are so many world-class IPAs to fight against...this one does not win the prize...but its very solid and totally drinkable...give it a try and decide for yourself. Cheers!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 12/1/09

A - pours a hazy walnut with very little foam whatsoever

S - sweet citrus hops, orange and lemon come through, and light malty base

T - light malt with a lemony bitter finish, grapefruit and caramel sweetness

M - creamy, good carbonation, slightly oily

D - good flavor, a bit too lemony for my taste

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Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with Kramer17801, thanks a lot Jason and I hope you are feeling better, also split with my dad tonight, poured into my Port Brewing pint glass, color is a golden orange mixed with some light brown, 1 1/4 inch creamy slightly off white head that lasts around five minutes, minimal lacing, aroma is mostly malt, the hops are subtle and mostly piney for what is there, also some lemons, light berries, grassy accents, and herbal scents, flavor is mostly hoppy all the way through, mostly caramel and toffee flavors, some light hop bitterness along with mild citrus, warms up and most of the hops that were initially there end up going away, sweet, slightly dry and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lingered a while with mostly its sweet characteristic sticking around, too sweet to drink a lot of this, smooth for the most part but balance is off with too much malt and not enough hops, cannot detect any alcohol in the flavor, first beer from this brewery and it was neither great or bad, would drink again but not one of the best IPAs I have had, worth trying

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer too many times to count, finally sitting down with a bottle to review. 22oz bomber poured into a Bell's Tulip.

A: Surprisingly deep red pour, but you can see straight through the glass. A few finger thick white heads raises up and sticks around for a while, leaving a ton of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass as it recedes.

S: The aroma is pretty malt forward, with the hops providing a nice bitter, fruity balance. It isn't really anything special, I wish it was a bit more hoppy.

T: As soon as you taste this you can easily guess which coast it was brewed on. Very malt forward, caramel and sweet, with floral hops showing up in the middle and finishing the taste off. Not bitter at all, surprisingly, this is one of the sweeter IPAs I've had.

MF: Medium body, seems like a bit below average on the carbonation as well. This beer is pretty easy drinking and doesn't leave a lot on the palate with the aftertaste.

O: Not a bad beer to pick up when you're in State College. It's on tap all over the place and honestly isn't bad. Won't blow you away, but you won't be disappointed you gave it a try.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of jifigz
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pine, malt, hints of floral and herbal

T-nice juicy citrus with some pine and a nice slightly sweet malt backbone, slight herbal notes, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a solid IPA with a nice balance of flavors

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub.

A-Pours a clear copper amber with a thin white head and decent lacing.

S-Some sweet malt and some citrus hops.

T-Pretty balanced taste throughout. Not a huge hop presence but a nice citric bite to balance the sweet malt.

M-On the light side of medium bodied with a lingering hop bitterness.

D-A nice easy drinking session IPA. I would not go out of my way to find this one but it's tasty.


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Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Another big "Thank you" goes out to Kegatron for this brew, thanks Heath! Slab Cabin fills my willi glass with a faded copper liquid that shows dull orange highlights when directly backlit. A strong dirty white head grew to three fingers without much coaxing and crackled slowly to one finger as it leaves chucky lacing down the sides of the glass. A few streams of carbonation swirl to the surface and keep the head alive.

The nose is quite interesting and slightly dirty from the Munich malts used. The hop profile is surprisingly floral to the point it has that greenhouse quality. Caramel maltiness seems to lay down the foundation with a sprinkling of brown sugar and toastiness from the Munich. There's a whisper of citrus but it mostly follows the lines of candied orange peel and what's there remains in the back. The aroma is very unique in the realm of IPAs.

The flavor is cleaner than the nose suggested which is a plus in my book. The hop profile is brighter and more vivid as well. Caramel seems to control the malt base of this IPA but a mildly toasty, earthy maltiness comes through sparingly. Candied orange peel starts off the hop profile before it quickly segues into the floral qualities that were so noticeable in the nose. The orange peel comes back on the swallow and dominates the palate. There's more spiciness to this beer than I expected and a decent bitterness I didn't see coming.

Slab Cabin shows off a moderate body with an active enough carbonation to keep things moving but slow enough to let me catch every nuance of each drink. The bitterness doesn't seem to be noticeable at first but halfway through a bomber the bitterness hits its stride, never surpassing a medium bitterness.

A bomber is a pleasure to put away and I could go for another afterwards so I'd say the drinkability of this IPA is up there. It doesn't stomp your tastebuds like others which keeps this one drinking easy.

This is my second brew from Otto's and I've enjoyed them both. Slab Cabin is a different take on the usual citrus bomb IPAs that are flooding the market and it's refreshing to drink something different for a change. Thanks for this treat Heath!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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 ....

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Photo of powellmg
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold color with an off-white head that dissipated quickly. Strong piny-citrusy aroma of American hops. Taste was hoppy but supported by the malt. Alcohol warmth on the finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very decent IPA. I haven't had a "normal" IPA in a while because these days everyone seems to be trying some twist on the style. So this was much appreciated.

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