Slab Cabin IPA | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Slab Cabin IPASlab Cabin IPA
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
173 Ratings
Slab Cabin IPASlab Cabin IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Kegatron on 09-27-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,126
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
173
pDev:
10.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
37
Trade:
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The IPA is under constant change, scrutiny and reinvention. But the classic, genuine and purely American IPA taste is alive and well in the hands of Otto's Pub and Brewery.

With a classic hazy amber pour, Slab Cabin IPA crowns with a dense ecru froth and greets the nose with a floral scent of orange peel and pine that wafts over a rich and toasty caramel scent. Deep caramel dips into the light toffee side while the savory nuances of bread crust, toast and pecan encroach onto the early palate.

Simmering sweetness makes way for the growing hops to lay down a resinous coat of grapefruit and orange on the middle palate. Lessening its sweetness, the hops develop into a peppery, sappy bitterness late on the palate for a stemmy, leafy character that seems of pine and grassiness.

Medium bodied and retaining a malty balance, the beer's malty dry finish comes with the sprucy and peppery character to suggest juniper and gin. Certainly not west coast dry, Otto's IPA is a throwback to when the American micro brewery took the English IPA and made it their own.

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Photo of Myck
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darker than most IPAs. Color is almost like weak coffee. Nose is steeping of hops. Head was non-existent. Taste is hoppy with a caramel overtone. Good beer.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tall glass. NO freshness dating.

Amber body with massive thick creamy head, so much so that I had to spoon some out. naturally, there were gobs of lacing. Very heavy carbonation too.

Nice aroma of floral hops.

Mild flavors, extremely drinkable. The carbonation doesn't affect the drink. very nicely balanced.

Mouth around medium, slightly bitter and faintly sour on the finish.

Overall, drinkable,even slammable mild well balanced ipa. Hopheads might not appreciate it, but it's almost English in its presentation.

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Photo of Categart
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtadams69
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Otto's Pub and Brewery "Slab Cabin IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$2 @ Wegmans, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, it's darker than I thought it would be, it's a deep copper with orange highlights. I'd call it darker than even an English IPA should be. It's clear though, and the finger thick head of off-white seems to be holding well. I'm not finding a lot in the aroma. The flavor is quite rich though, loaded with darkly caramelish and bready/grainy malt, and livened by some spicy and gently piney and citrusy hops. They're not bright, but they're sufficient to balance the malt on the flavor side, and a very firm bitterness balances it on the sweet side and it finishes mostly dry with some residual malt and bitterness fading, leaving only earthy and piney hops behind. It's nicely balanced, and fresh and clean - I was worried I'd be opening an old bottle but it's not - although it's not an American IPA according to the guidelines that most brewers follow. And I won't go into the reasons for that because if you're reading this you either already know what I'm talking about or you can look it up. So, do I ding it for that or just score it hedonistically? I think I'll give them a pass because even though they advertise it as "a classic American IPA" at the brewery the label makes no mention of that. And it's a pretty good beer overall, more of an English IPA, but whatever. Nicely done. Medium bodied and gently crisp then smooth across the palate. Quite drinkable in fact.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fairly non descript but fine IPA...hops are more bitter and don't possess much depth, malt bill is bland but provides a decent enough foundation , nothing to really expound upon, very run of the mill

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SrHopsAlot
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On cask, Nugget DH

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3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gambit23
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EvoRich
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(Reviewed by my girlfriend, Sierra. Who doesn't drink beer)

Look: Murky, and thick. Looks like it might be syrupy. Nice and fizzy. Bubbles form nicely.

Smell: Hops. Not over powering. Light, like a fresh apple on a summers day. Meh.

Taste: Not the worst I've had. And I've had really bad ones. Would drink again. Taste like alcohol.

Feel: Cold. Light. Like a babbling stream through a mountain range in mid-April.

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Photo of KChristie87
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmartinger
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Slab Cabin IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 173 ratings