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

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Mt. Nittany Pale AleMt. Nittany Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ski271 on 03-08-2005

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Reviews:
42
Ratings:
108
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
18.7%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 108
Photo of eyncognito
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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 weeare138
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Voonder
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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 sholland119
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

HV

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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 dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 ajbogs
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 jmp491
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
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 Phatz
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.
Cheers!

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Photo of mjc410
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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 jakester
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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 ski271
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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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