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Arthurs British IPA | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by k75 on 10-12-2006

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by brentk56:
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a very hazy light russet color and a creamy head that has nice stickage and lacing

Smell: You can tell this is an English IPA from the first whiff, with an earthy hop profile atop a bready malt base

Taste: Nicely balanced, with the bready malt and the earthy, tea-like hops kicking in together and persisting throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a creamy feel; pleasant, natural carbonation

Drinkability: A straightforward and quite good example of the style

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Otto's Arthur's IPA
via cask at Zeno's, Penn State, PA on October 20th, 2012

Appearance: Impossible to tell... they'd just changed the cask and it was cloudy with yeast. I've had worse, but it was a disappointment. I should have sent it back but since it was Otto's I thought I'd let it go; after all, it is the tavern's responsibility to cellar the beer properly. Beyond that, it appeared as if it might be a deep golden/amber had it been clear, or at least slightly settled. As it was it was 'light mud'. The head was creamy and white, leaving short walls of lace about the glass with each sip; at least that worked out.

Aroma: Fairly basic - clearly an English-style IPA - no surprises here. Straightforward malt graininess. Minor hops, floral and grassy.

Flavor: As suggested by the aroma, it's a fairly mainstream ale. The lightly nutty and grainy malt is just a touch toasty; and lightly backed by balancing bitterness and leafy/floral hops. That's right, 'balancing bitterness', as it's not particularly bitter. Nor is it particularly hoppy, but that's pretty much to style. What I'm missing here is fruitiness. There's some, but it's minor. I think that perhaps the actual yeast flavor is over-riding it.

Mouthfeel: Again, hard to tell. It's on the medium-light side, I'm guessing, given the yeast that's been left in it.

Overall: Pleasant. Decent English-style IPA but nothing great.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a cask at Otto's brewpub.

A: The English IPA is an amber color, trending towards orange and away from brown. The result is a bright but opaque ale that sits below a dense finger of white head. The head, from the cask, laces in strata as I make my way through it.

S: The nose is biscuity, a very malty aroma, that finishes with a kiss of fruity hops. The hops aren't citrusy, more floral than not.

T: The ale doesn't shy from its Engliah origins, stressing the biscuity malts and light body over the hops. The biscuity malts are pale, bready with a light fruit finish. Hops are almost, but not quite, an afterthought. A mild fruity flower taste cuts through the the malts, delivering a small blast of flavor. The lower hop levels aid the drinkability, masking any presence of alcohol.

M: The maltiness is the most memorable aspect, the one that leaves the most flavor on the palate. Breadiness abounds, overtaking significantly all of the hop body.

D: A great quaffer, this could be Otto's most sessionable ale. It goes down easy and doesn't sit in your gullet.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ba Review #94
Served On: 12/27/2011
Glassware: Nonic Pint
Labeled ABV: 6.8%
Date/ Code: -

Had this on tap at the brewpub today wile on our way home from celebrating Christmas with the family. We always try and stop into Otto's when we're in the area.

Look: This brew had the typical dark copper and brown hues of a textbook East Coast IPA. Carbonation was rather low, but it's hit or miss on cask servings. Head was nonexistent. Then again, hit or miss in my experience.

Smell: The aroma was fairly weak with some slight pine notes and a sweet maltiness. That was basically all I could notice.

Taste: Body was rather thin and tepid. I have to admit, my expectations WERE a little high for this cask version of a usually exceptional IPA. I did manage to get the pine again from the nose. The sweet malts may have been slightly overpowering, but the high levels of sweetness may have been due to the cask conditioning - not sure.

This was an ok brew. It really didn't hold up to the tap version I've had before.

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Photo of k75
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask / sparkler

pours a medium dusty brown with a tawny head

aromas are of Britsh / brit style hops - mellow and fruity - no citrus rind or pine resin

flavors follow the brit model - very flavorful and balanced

this will be a welcome change to your buds if you've been supping American DIPA's for a while

great pairing for sandwhiches and burgers

certainly calls for more than one.

finish is medium and the balanced nature of this brew continues.

a fine local


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Photo of rct828
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Otto's brewpub

A - Arrives and orange toned amber with a dense, one finger white head. Excellent retention and ring lacing.

S - Bready malt aromas with a dose of floral and citric hops (primarily floral).

T&M - Full bodied and rather creamy and smooth. Lightly toasted, bready malts with a solid floral hop presence. Citric and pine resin flavors in the finish.

D - What an enjoyable brew to sit at a table with a few buddies and enjoy. I'll have to inquire as to the ABV the next time I'm in, but I would say no higher then about 6 or 6.5%, tops. We usually enjoy a variety of beers, but found ourselves going for several rounds of these!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.86/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewpub in a grenade pint glass.

Appearance - A copper color with a thin white head that lasted the entire drinking experience/

Smell - Not much odor and rather weak for an IPA. A little bit of pine and some sweetness from the malt.

Taste - First actually met with a more sweet taste from the maltines of the beer. The hop then hits but much less then would have been expected.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was rather low as it was on cask and was pretty much what I expected. It had a rather thin overall mouthfeel though.

Overall - I was a little disappointed. It wasn't bad, but in comparison the the other IPA's offered by Otto's (Double D and Slab Cabin; both quite nice IPA's) it had a bit to be desired.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange with a bubbly head.

Smells like crisp earthy piney hops with hints of citrus. Loads of sweetness in the nose touching on burnt brown sugar and jolly ranchers.

Taste offers similar notes of earthy hops with mild bite of bitterness. Plenty of sweetness and grain backs up bitterness.

Fairly easy drinking IPA. Medium bodied with light carbonation (cask)

Nice try from Otto's but not their best

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Photo of ski271
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, medium-dark, orangish-brown with a small, off-white, creamy head. Excellent retention & attractive rings of lacing. The smell has lots of fruit up front backed by a nice, sweet and grainy malt base. Orange and pear stick out to me. The taste true to form with the hops having a definite presence without screaming for attention. A Good dose of citrus, then a pleasant, malty midsection, then a tea-like spice. The bitterness really doesn’t show up until the finish, and it seems to grow as the number of rings in the glass grow. It has a medium-full body and tea-like texture. The alcohol (which is 7.0% by the way) is well hidden, and there’s a very good balance of flavors here. Another quality beer from Otto's.

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Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ffejherb
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at Otto's on 11/6/10.

A - Hazy amber/orange liquid with a frothy off-white head that reduced to a patchy retention but left some thick, bubbly lace around the glass.

S - Not getting much of... well, anything, actually. I get a sense of faint leafy hops, a hint of catbox and traces of sweet caramel malt, but that's being generous. I thought that perhaps my sinuses were stuffy, but my wife was equally unimpressed with the aroma of this IPA.

T - Faint bitter flavor with a mild lingering bitterness in the finish, but no real discernable hop character, unfortunately. Kind of blah. There's a pinch of sweet caramel malt in there too.

M - Medium bodied but kind of thin and watery overall with a tinge of oily texture. I also sense some bristle on the tongue, which I find to be quite odd for a cask beer. Finishes with mild lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - I'm not gonna lie to ya, but I'm not really digging this one. Seems off for Otto's. I've had some of the other Arthur's cask beers, and I've enjoyed them quite a bit. M'wah? M'wah indeed.

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Arthurs British IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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