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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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very good

58 Reviews
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Reviews: 58
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | 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: 58 | Hads: 150
Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Cap City fest in Harrisburg, poured chilled into a couple sampler glasses.

A - Medium copper shade w/ good clarity and medium pale cap w/ average sized bead, minimal lacing

S - Loads of citrus, very orangey clementine aroma like centennial/amarillo maybe w/ a light amber malt odor

M - Very balanced yet juicy hop acidity w/ mild sweetness and moderate bitterness. The finish is mostly dry w/ lingering hops.

T - This is very tasty w/ ruby red notes and lots of orange zest(as octopus87 mentioned). There is mild malt flavor just enough to soften the bitterness of the hops w/ a candy-like crystal malt taste. The astringency is low and there is a drying effect of mild alcohol. The Ipa finishes w/ plenty of hop flavor, mildly juicy and somewhat acidic.

D - A fine American IPA, very drinkable w/ plenty of hops to satisfy. A bit balanced but still relatively bitter for an east coast IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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 WVbeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -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 woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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 tempest
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 Stinkypuss
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
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 HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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 DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 gford217
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks for Josh for this bomber, poured into a tulip.

Pours deep, clear amber with a short lived creamy head that leaves a soapy film along the top and a big collar. The lacing is minimal.

Big juicy hops dominate the aroma with lots of grapefruits and oranges but with more than a fair share of pine as well. There is a sizable caramel malt sweetness to balance things out.

The taste has a much more dominant floral hop presence and the pine jumps to the forefront with a slightly astringent resiny bitterness from the first sip. Lots of caramel malts and toasted bread in the backbone before the pine and grapefruit leave the finish bitter, dry and astringent.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style and coats the palate with sticky hops. The carbonation is soft.

This is a solid hop forward IPA with a big enough malt backbone to balance things out and keep the drinkability relatively high. Looking forward to more from this brewery.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Otto's on 10/19/08. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A - Clear medium copper-colored body with amber highlights and about half a finger of creamy off-white head that receded into a patchy film and left a bit of lacing. Minimal amount of carbonation present.

S - Pine and citrus hop notes with an underlying caramel malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Pretty standard IPA aroma that is simple, yet pleasing.

T - Citrus hops are at the forefront of this IPA with hints of pine and resin in the background. Pretty juicy hop flavor overall. Malt is primarily sweet caramel with some toffee notes. There is also a hint of graininess in the finish.

M - Medium body with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a fairly aggressive bitter finish.

D - Solid IPA and a worthy successor to Double D. Nicely balanced with enough of a hop presence to please most hopheads.

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Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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 Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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 ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub and poured into a 20oz glass. Appears a transparent golden amber color with about one finger of off-white head. Smells and tastes of sweet caramel malts, pine and citrus(grapefruit, lemon). Medium in both body and carbonation. Deuane and I simultaneously agreed that we could sit there and drink this all day. This beer will almost make you forget that Double D is on hiatus.

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Photo of sholland119
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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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Slab Cabin IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.