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

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
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:
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(Beer added by: Kegatron on 09-27-2008)
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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

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3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.31/5  rDev -14%
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 woodychandler
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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 mikereaser
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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

Photo of nhindian
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Slab Cabin IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.