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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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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of jdg204


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

09-21-2009 00:03:51 | More by jdg204
Photo of gford217


4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

08-30-2009 23:51:31 | More by gford217
Photo of originalsin


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks so much to barleydine for this one!

Pour is a transparent amber color with copious amounts of foamy off white head that has absolutely insane retention- it's been 15 minutes and it's only now starting to slowly cave in on itself. It's leaving thick patches of lace the whole way down, too. Wow.

Smells tasty. What else can I say? The aroma is heavy on the floral hops with hints of butterscotch and caramel malt. I'm enjoying this beer immensely thus far.

Altogether, Slab Cabin is a really solid brew. Drinkability is spectacular- the hop profile isn't really that assertive. There's caramel malt and a light sweetness up front on the tongue and it isn't until the aftertaste that you really get a nice floral hop taste. It isn't really that impressively delicious for an IPA but otherwise you've got yourself a great beer.

06-29-2009 03:55:37 | More by originalsin
Photo of HopHead84


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

06-19-2009 06:00:09 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Kegatron


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

05-20-2009 12:22:26 | More by Kegatron
Photo of joe1510


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

04-18-2009 21:59:03 | More by joe1510
Photo of HopDerek


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing a bomber. Poured a clear amber color with 1.5 fingers of foamy off-white head. Good retention and some good lacing work. Smells of citrus fruits, pine, spicy hops, caramel, and a touch of biscuit. Taste starts off with citrus fruits like grapefruit and orange, then some earthy and pine notes. A sweetness of honey and biscuit follow before a finish of more pine resin. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and sweet with a nice bitterness. A good IPA that is refreshing and easy to drink.

03-21-2009 22:22:50 | More by HopDerek
Photo of hopdog


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

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

03-17-2009 23:34:31 | More by hopdog
Photo of Floydster


3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

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

03-13-2009 04:22:26 | More by Floydster
Photo of ToddT


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

A- Pours a bright copper color with a thick off white colored head. Head is long lasting and leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass.

S- Grapefruit and citrus dominate the nose, little bit of the malt in there too.

T- Grapefruit comes at you right away, but not overly bitter, it has just the right bite. Malts round this out with a note or two a caramel then it finishes crisp, slightly dry and with another hit of the hop bitterness.

M- Nice feel, light bodied and just the right carbonation. Maybe slightly thin but that is the only fault here. No oily aftertaste as some IPA's have.

D- Easy drinking, at 6.0% ABV it is a great session IPA, that tastes great to boot.

Great beer from the local brew pub. What a great thing to have in one's backyard.

02-26-2009 04:16:13 | More by ToddT
Photo of treyrab


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

02-20-2009 19:06:12 | More by treyrab
Photo of akorsak


4.15/5  rDev +7%

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.

02-15-2009 21:16:30 | More by akorsak
Photo of largecar73


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

01-30-2009 21:22:37 | More by largecar73
Photo of sholland119


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

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.


01-27-2009 13:40:50 | More by sholland119
Photo of trbergman


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

12-27-2008 16:54:20 | More by trbergman
Photo of CoolJosh


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

10-28-2008 04:53:05 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of chakadrum


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

10-25-2008 22:19:39 | More by chakadrum
Photo of Deuane


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

10-24-2008 06:29:40 | More by Deuane
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

10-20-2008 00:20:35 | More by ffejherb
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

10-17-2008 17:19:09 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Slab Cabin IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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