Mt. Nittany Pale Ale | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Mt. Nittany Pale AleMt. Nittany Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jmp491
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a bunch of times, usually just on tap, but this was from a firkin at Zeno's in State College and served in a pint glass. The beer was a medium amber color that is not see-through. There is a small amount of head that stays with it through the whole beer. Very citrusy or piney hops dominate the scent. The hops are very aromatic. But the taste is impeccable. One of the best beers I've had. At first, it wasn't bitter. It was quite fruity, with a grapefruit aftertaste. As you drank the beer, the bitterness level seemed to rise, but you couldn't taste the alcohol at all. Very smooth and easy going down, with a nice finish that coats your mouth. This was much better out of a firkin than the normal tap. I could only drink a couple of these, though, because it is quite a heavy beer. Overall, a delicious taste, and I hope Zeno's gets another firkin of this soon.

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Photo of jakester
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery

Arrives a beautiful light amber with orange tints. It's topped with a nice one finger head of off-white foam.The head eventually drops to islands and a ring, with splotches of lacing observed throughout.

This beer smells like lemongrass. Very pleasant citrus/grass aromas from hops, very fruity, with toffee apples in the back from malts. Awesome.

The first flavor is caramel malts, then a quick jolt from hop bittering. On its heels is a clean, refreshing grapefruit and lemon flavor, slightly grassy. Aftertaste is citrus caramel candy, but not sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp and perky. A good zing from carbonation across the tongue. Hop bitterness grabs at the back of the throat. Finishes clean and sharp. Great burps!

This is a really good beer. Good representation of the style. Get a keg for your next party.

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Photo of TheDreadnought
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Bomber bottle, poured into a Tiffany mug.

Poured an awesome apricot color with a large head that returned quickly. Nose of fruit and flowers, most notable apricot/malt flavor. Taste was typical malt/spice for an APA, fruity/hoppy/spicy with good carbonation.

Overall, this beer came off a "Wow, that's pretty damn, good" suprise for my first Nittany.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange body with a thin white head in a HopDevil glass... bright and efficient, with sporadic tracings on the glass... sharp spruce and hops, light and clean... bubbly and smooth on the palate--a bit creamy on the tongue... swift and pleasant... a bit on the lighter side of pale ales--surprising (and refreshing) from a micro! and yet, perhaps, this is the way one should taste... a mixture of feelings: another winner from Ryan, but this ale is a step below Sierra Nevada, not to mention the other Otto's brews I've sampled--but it is solid, and who doesn't love something with Mt. Nittany in its name!?

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Photo of ajbogs
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better choices from Otto's; it's a golden pale ale with less IBUs than the Double D and considerably subtle for the style. Can be drank at any part of a session and can work in all seasons.

This beer is a nice change of pace to the hop packed landscape of American Pale Ales.

Enjoy it at Zeno's pub, especially if it is Pulled Pork night. The sweet pork blends very well with the easy flavors of the brew.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub last football season.

A: The ale opened with nary a hiss, leading me to worry about how well it has held up. Luckily the pour managed to spunk up a finger of white head. The ale is amber colored, crystal clear, with a brilliant orange hue.

S: The nose is biscuity, full of dry grainy malts that nicely support a citrusy hop aroma that is stronger than one would expect.

T: While a bit of chill, the ale reveals a smooth hop profile that exudes citrus. As it warms, the malty side reasserts itself. Biscuit and caramel flavor define the malts while a citrusy blast of flavor livens things up substantially. A nicely balanced offering.

M: The biscuity flavor nicely supports the hops, giving them some time in the limelight before taking it back.

D: The bite at times makes me think IPA but the grains keep it a solid pale ale. I've had this on tap, from a firkin and now a bottle and I've never been disappointed.

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Photo of Voonder
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for this one.
Pours deep and clear amber colour with one finger white-ish head. Dissapeared fairly quickly leaving lots of lace. Smell - hoppy, citrusy, very strong and nice. Taste is pretty much the same - citrus and hops plus some spices perhaps. Smooth and rich, very balanced and very refreshing. It's drinkable, I'd love another one.
I'd say it's a typical pale ale, but really good one.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery, into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden orange with a 2 finger width of white foam that settled down into a beautiful frothy covering that left decent lacing. Aroma is of fresh citrus and light hoppiness.

Taste is dominated by a fresh citrus and hops with a underlying backbone of sweet malt. Finishes bitter with a splash of sweetness and fruit twang. Mouthfeel is a crisp light medium.

A tasty and quite easy drinking Pale Ale makes for quite the sessionable experience. I went through this bomber in no time. Good stuff!

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Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a firkin cask at Zeno's Pub.

A--Slightly cloudy orange copper. Little head but it was served out of a cask so this is to be expected.

S--A slight fresh hop scent but nothing overpowering.

T--Very nice hop tang. Citrus and pine tartness. Balances well with the biscuit like malt.

M--A bit thin (see above in A) but nice hop bitterness prevails.

D-- A fine drinking beer. Good example of an English Pale, a fine session beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a creamy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice citrusy hop nose along with a solid malt bill of pale and crystal malts. The taste is as well. It has a well balanced malt and hop flavor that is quite bitter, but not at all offensive. The malt taste is good. It's basically pale malt with a 60l crystal malt to add color and some malt character. It could use some more body IMO. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is very good pale ale. It's hoppy with some malt complexit; a good drinker.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty much a IPA or DIPA in color wouldn't expect this dark for a "pale ale". Head is minimal and settles to a mild lace ring and even agitation of the beer results in some bubbles that quickly make them self's scarce.

S - Actually smells quite balanced. Not very hoppy or pale in aspect just balanced pale malts and bittering hops.

T - A very smooth drinkable pale in my opinion. You get pale malts then slightly bittering hops. Then in the finish some sweet breads and a mild hop presence. It's very smooth.

M - Light to medium, borderline session able.

Overall again as expected with the red ale and DIPA being very good this one is also tasty. The only drawback again is no place to find six packs or singles but I can mix it in a sixer for 10 bucks and that gives it some props. Good pale guys!

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy dark gold with some white head

Smells like grains, some aromatic hops, and spices: cinnamon..

Taste is more hoppy than the nose with some well rounded hop flavors leading into a touch of bitterness, more cereal and grains and a grassy aftertaste

Mouthfeel is a little thin

Overall this is a good pale ale..not the best from Otto's

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Photo of tdm168
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - amber with a soft, white head that has good retention

S - light malt, some caramel, mild piney bitterness

T - caramel, pine, some toasted malts, some citrusy notes, moderately bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice, refreshing APA. It doesn't offer a dominant flavor, but it does have a decent, balanced character that makes it very easy to drink. I would like a bolder hop presence in my APAs, but I did find myself enjoying this one nonetheless. It's worth a try.

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Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. On tap at Capone's...
Appears a light gold with a small white cap that fades into a gentle collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of spicy yeast and herbal hops with fruit candy aromas coming through to make it interesting enough for me to rouse the beer again for a second thought.
Taste is of the mentioned yeasty, herbal, spiciness. The flavors almost remind me of Jujubes candy with some herbal, pine notes.
Mouthfeel is chewy, herbal, and medium bodied.

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Photo of pburland23
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

I had this one on tap at Otto's last Friday but I wasn't reviewing then so we got a six pack to go and here we are.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark hazy orange with about half a finger of eggshell white head. Decent head retention and not much lacing.

Smell: Hoppy with some citrus notes. Decent balance with a hint of pale malt. Smells nice but not anything over the top.

Taste: Very nice tasting Pale Ale. The Centennial and Cascade hops provide a very American hop punch...citrusy and fresh. There's some subtle maltiness which provides some balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale. Smooth and very drinkable. Nicely carbonated and refreshing.

Overall: It tasted better on tap but even from the bottle this is a tasty pale ale.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this on a recent trip to State College, PA at Kildare's Pub.

A nice amber colored APA, with a malty smell. A smooth APA, it was a good APA, not too strong and not too hoppy.

A good session APA. Not anything great, but it goes down easily.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lightly orangey/peachy dark golden that is very bright and clear with a nice amount of bubbles rising to the reasonably big off-white head that dimples a bit as it settles with okay speed. It retains a nice skim and leaves fairly good lace.

S: Plentiful bright citrus hops – fruity grapefruit mostly. Behind that there is some biscuity pale with toasty & caramel hints and some quite minimal sweetness. A bit of a bready yeast note comes in as it warms.

T: Like the nose in that it is more hoppy than malty. More complex though. Hops add a bit of rind to the grapefruit and also a touch of pine & some grassy/herbal character at the end as well as some dry resin in the lingering finish. Good bitterness that grows with consumption. The pine and resin hop note grows as well. Some of the fruitness (not all that strong) seems like it could be from esters. Malt backbone is quite solid while serving as a nice platform for the hops. Malts are biscuity, just slightly toasty, some mid-range caramel, pleasant & subdued sweetness, and just a hint nutty on the backend. It is pretty dry and steely overall.

M: Evenly medium body with a firm yet softly expansive carbonation. Quite well attenuated with some texture from hops & a lightly drying finish. Pretty refreshing.

D: A good session strength American pale with a nice balance. Nothing non-attractive. Looks sexy, good feel, aroma & flavor that while not amazing are very solid and quite fine for the heft. A nice little quencher with plenty of good character. Good & tasty, but won’t slow you down.

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Photo of sholland119
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber with a thin white head and some nice lacing.

Smell has some floral hops with a faint citrus hop and a mild malt in the background.

Taste is pleasant, starting off with a mild malt sweetness with a modest hop bite kicking in about halfway through. Finishes clean with a bit of graininess.

Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonation is good.

A good session pale ale, moderately interesting to drink.


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Photo of ski271
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium amber beer with a small, barely off-white, silky head with good retention and fair lacing.

Smell: Floral hops stand out and are quite large. A good bit of citrus too, and a hint of pear. There is a faint malt presence, but it is overpowered by the pungent hops. Springlike.

Taste: Follows the same path as the aroma. Citrusy and lightly piney hops are dominant early, then giving way a little to reveal a nice nutty malt backbone. I was getting worried by the smell, but the taste is more balanced. The finish is dry and fairly bitter, and is quite long in duration. If they didn’t have their Double D IPA, this would be hoppy enough to satisfy the hop-heads.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, lightly astringent on the finish.

Drinkability: Not a highly sessionable beer, but pleasing and satisfying.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. Pours orange with short-lived, thin, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, bread crust and piney hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of piney, herbal hops, biscuit and caramel malt. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice Pale Ale.

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Photo of DanThomas
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very orange copper, bright and clear. No head or lacing, some bubbles shooting up through the beer.

S- Full bodied caramel and toasted malt create a good base for the aroma. Crisp, spicy hops on the nose. Scent indicates a very dry beer.

T- Toast and bread dominates the initial flavor, and as it moves to the back of the palette the hops take over. They don't provide a lot of flavor except for a slight grapefruitiness and spiciness, but they give the beer a pleasant and refreshing bitter/dry finish. The aftertaste lingers awhile and it has nice caramel and nut characteristics.

M- A very dry beer. Medium to full-bodied because of the malt, carbonation is prickly but still refreshing.

D- All in all, from ABV to taste to mouthfeel, this is an ideal session beer. Interestingly, it calls itself an APA, while BeerAdvocate lists it as an EPA. In many ways, I understand the confusion. It drinks like a classic English bitter or pale ale but has a lot of the flavor characteristics of an APA. Very impressed.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, two finger fluffy head.

S-Good deal of earthy hops, some dirt as well as some malt.

T-Rather malty, earthy, caramel, dirt, but not much in they way of hops, tad unbalanced as well.

M-Light, not much carbonation and watery.

O-Short story; too much malt not enough hops to balance it out.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap

copper color with thick foamy 2 finger head
nose and taste leans more towards rich caramel and nut. some smooth bitterness with some pine but not biting or acidic . Body and feel is a bit on the heavier side of medium with lower than average carb. Decent representation of the APA but hop character falls a bit short for my tastes.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Medlar Field. Prickling through the long evening light grapefruit zest, woody husk and bright herbal spice alight. Fresh and alive with hops and clamoring malt structure. Pours in the golden hue of distant hills, bronzed with air pollution. Pillows of erupting cranberry tinted cream foam spill over the edges of the 20oz plastic cup. Tastes of the most pleasant English hops on earth, fresh and bubbly on the tongue. Spicy Fuggles dance with those longing bitter Goldings in a harmonic convergence of hop use. Delicious. The malt plays no quiet second fiddle, instead a moderate and enjoyable candied lemon peel, cane syrup and bread crust. Mellow, earthy, spicy and rounded. Drinkably dry, yet complex enough to sip. Finishes on herbal notes. Excellent.

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Photo of nhindian
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Red Lobster Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a nice, deep golden orange. This is the color I'd instantly think of when I think of a typical, drinkable beer. It's clear as a blue-bird day, and it has some visible carbonation rising and sticking to the glass. A pillowy, white, 2.5-fingered head sits gracefully on top, with good retention and generous lacing that leaves thick clumps of foam around the glass.

S - The nose is nicely balanced. Bread and slight caramel give some sweetness and depth to the nose, paving the way for the slightly spicy hops to come across. Mild tones of citrus make up the hop profile, with a floral finish. Subtle, yet clean.

T - The flavors bring an all-encompassing taste to the aromas. The spice begins a bit earlier, mingling with the biscuit-filled malts. Pretty malty and balanced. The citrus seems to take a back seat in the flavor, with perhaps some light orange coming through near the finish. Speaking of the finish, it is spicy and somewhat dry. Solid, yet a bit pedestrian.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderately high, yet acceptable carbonation. This beer really feels nice in the mouth, and the carbonation mixes well with the spice and flavors to really help them pop. As mentioned earlier, it has a drier finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. It's not an incredibly overwhelming beer and it won't make you rush out to buy it again, but for what it is, it's pretty solid. Combine that with a cheap price, and it's definitely worth it. A solid drinking beer.

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