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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 110
Photo of AgentZero
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Brownish gold colored beer with a white head that didn't last long.

S - Doesn't smell great, a little bit soapy, perhaps some citrus in there. There's a lot of sweetness from the malt backbone.

T - Meh. This has a somewhat unpleasant tea-like quality that I just don't care for. There is some citrus, some soap. Not abhorent, but this isn't particularly good.

M - Medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation. This aspect of the beer is fine.

O - Don't care for this. Nothing real good, and there's a couple of things going on that I didn't really care for. Pass.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by AgentZero. No discernible freshness dating. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to some wisps and a thin collar, leaving behind minimal lacing. Transparent bronze body.

S - Smell is very understated, but there are some orange and soapy Cascade hops present, as well a surprisingly hefty brown sugar malt backdrop.

T - Very bland. Some light citrus, and a strange tea-like astringent finish. There's really almost no flavor.

M - The feel is surprisingly excellent considering how bland the beer is. Zesty, medium carbonation, dry texture, resinous and oily, and a hefty medium body. Crisp, clean, and pretty good!

D - Weird beer. The smell is overly soapy, but that's not totally unexpected for a generic American Pale Ale. The taste is just perplexing, as there was almost nothing there. Easy to drink...I guess?

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep straw color with a chill haze. Small foam topping recedes to a light film on top.
Aroma of floral hops (cascade?) , some pine, citrus and sugary malt, perhaps extract?
In the taste, lemony citrus, lemon grass, leaf, a bit tart and pale malts backing up. Some bread, biscuit, and citrus makes up most the flavor. Not a whole lot going on but smooth and easily drinkable. Not a bad beer to take a sixer of to a party, but outside of that, its just an OK beer.

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Photo of JWU
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- a light amber color, lots of carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass. A small white head, that dissipated quickly.

S- Soapy. A bit of citric hops, and some malt sweetness.

T- Some floral and citric hops hit up front, a bit of balancing sweetness. Not much going on there. Pretty much run of the mill APA.

M- Aggressive carbonation for the style. Light to maybe medium body. Not overly dry on the end.

O- not bad, but nothing great.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of floral hops, a touch of sweetness. Taste is mild, some hops up front, malts at thew finish. Not bad, but a bit bland for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew but nothing special.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice golden color with not too much head. There is a moderate amount of lacing upon the quick dissipation of the head.

Smell – Carmel malt is the most prevalent. While not very potent, there is a light amount of pine and citrus hop mixed in.

Taste – A very nice malt backbone with a slight roasted barley flavor which is lightly sweetened by a bit of toffee flavor. The lighter hop flavor then comes into play toward the middle and the end. Mainly pine and earthy in nature, it leaves a nice finish to the taste.

Mouthfeel – A little thinner then would be desired with an average level of carbonation. Pretty standard for the type of brew.

Overall – Not bad, but noting too special. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This has a fairly rad taste, but the divide between the good taste and the awful mouthfeel is beyond the biggest I've seen. Five minutes after pouring it, it feels completely flat. This taste's like an excellent beer that's been opened 12 hours earlier.

I feel a little bit uneasy about submitting this as the mouthfeel was so 100% bad that I suspect that it might be a tap-issue. If that's the case, I apologize to Otto's Pub as this would probably be an excellent beer. I'll undoubtedly try it again if I see it to make sure.

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Photo of mjc410
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into my HopDevil nonic...

A: A very dark, somewhat hazy amber color. A thin head appeared that quickly turned into a very minimal lacing and some surface bubbles.

S: Mild nutty melt, a slight hoppiness.

T: This is much more potent than the smell. A great nutty flavor throughout, with no perceptible alcohol in the taste (a bit warming, though). Hop character is not very high. There's a good bit of malt sweetness, as well. Not very bitter. Low carbonation.

M: Medium, smooth.

D: Pretty nice, but only because it's not too complicated. An easy drinking, relaxing beer, to be sure.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew holding a deep copper color. It supports a well-retained one and a half finger head of cream colored bubbles. They eventually recede into islands of larger bubbles, with a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. There is a slight haze, but no sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be standard. The aroma is lofty, with a faint sweetness of cream and a light toast. There is a biting metallic yeast and some apply acetaldehydes. The notes in the far back ring of a mild spice, with cinnamon and white pepper as the forerunners. Throughout the entire nose there is a permeating booze. As we sip, light apricot and cooked citric hops start things off. The malts are darker, with adjuncty grain. The middle moves forward with more steely grain, earth and mineral, and a light bready toast. We finish with lighter flavoring, of grassy hops, fresh barnyard hay, and little sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of wheaty grain, bittering yeast, citrus, and more light toasting. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is medium. There is a fine coating, with little drying. The mouth experiences quite a fizz, despite the standard carbonation. The beer drinks easily, helped along by the easy abv.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its lightness. This beer presents as decent for the style, but the flavors and aromas were not as robust as they could have been. This, too, is also to its benefit, as it was not overwhelming with inappropriate and overly stark flavors or aromas that may have otherwise been off putting.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small glass: color is copper, head is light tan with some lacing.

Smell is light citrus, then toasted malt, then grassy hops.

Taste is muted with a moderate toast backbone with moderate grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp on the tongue with an odd carbonation/metallic combo presence.

Overall, an easy drinking pale ale with some flavor components that are off putting to me.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- light copper color with a half finger head that is fluffy and straight lacing around the inside of the pint glass.

S- pine, citrus and nutty

F- taste mimics nose.

M- piney and hoppy but not much. fairly smooth and easy to put back. a nice relaxing beer on a hot day.

O- decent beer. otto's has some ok beer but i have had much better and haven't been pleased with a lot of their stuff but this is good.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "On Draught[;]In Bottles".

A much better-behaved beer than the previous one! I got the aggro pour started, it set up a pseudo-cascade which then settled into two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep, golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Once more, my kitchen was co-inhabited by Midas, Mammon and Croesus who had shown up for a taste of mein gelt. Nose had an odd metallic quality along with a grassiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full. Taste was decently hoppy, slightly citrus bitter with a grapefruit tang, but muted by a grassy flavor that accompanied it. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I could see this as a gateway beer for people who are curious about hops but do not want to be immersed in them.

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Photo of eyncognito
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle courtesy of akorsak, thanks Adam.

Pours a wonderful amber into my New Glarus pint glass. Incredibly clear with orange highlights, 1 finger white head recedes to a collar. No lacing. Aroma is bready, grainy, with hints of herbal hops. Really quite pleasant on the malt front.

Taste is biscuity malts and mild caramel-not too sweet, hints of citric hops with a more herbal character. Kinda creamy, the malt really shines here with a mild bitterness and clean, dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin, I was surprise how thin the body was. Moderate carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. Unassuming really, but a real gem. If I lived in State College PA this could easily be a go to session beer. I put this bomber down quickly and thirst for more.

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Photo of erosier
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and light bodied off white colored head that leaves a little lacing as it fades fast.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of crisp earthy and citrus hops.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, a nice mix of earthy and citrus hops that aren't too overpowering and mix well with the malt base.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium to light bodied. It was a nice session beer.
D: Overall it was a very sessionable beer where the malt flavors and the hops mixed well together and made it enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Phatz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber copper color with an off white head.

Smell: It had a grassy grapefruit citrus/floral hop aroma that tickled the nose.

Taste: The taste is a nice balance of citrus grapefruit hop flavor and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Drinkability: Although this is not my favorite beer from Otto's this is a session beer for the masses. And you can quote me on that!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, light amber color with a nice head; leaves good lacing.

Bready malts dominate the aroma. Herbal hops with a bitter finish. The main hop character seems to be the bitterness. There is a slight sourness that dominates and lingers.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly. The carbonation seems a bit coarse. But refreshing, non the less.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent American style pale, brought back the bottle from the brewpub. C-hop aroma, along with malt, and in taste. A bit drying and a cut under average mouthfeel. Some orangey taste.Centennial and Cascade were present. Most drinkable.Slight orange colour with significant off-white head.

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Photo of ExpertAndrew
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otto's must be doing something right because they have moved into a much bigger building in November. However, they only have 3 beers on tap. I dont know if I had a bad batch but I was not as impressed as the other reviewers. The beer was a nice copper color. The beer was very drinkable but the taste seemed to be one note. I hope to head back to State College soon to try this and others beers when they are fully up and running.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass. It pours a dark straw color with a one-finger, ecru-colored head and lacing that didn't dissipate throughout the pour. It smells of pine needles, nuts, citrus, and a whiff of caramel. The taste follows the nose with a lot of lemon peel and pine up front and a subtle sweet caramel at the finish. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and with a low ABV of 4.7% it is very easy to drink.

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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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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 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 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 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 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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