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Slab Cabin IPA | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Slab Cabin IPASlab Cabin IPA
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3.82/5
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167 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:
#14,964
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
167
pDev:
10.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On cask, Nugget DH

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with several fingers of foamy off-white head. A thin and frothy retention yields a big creamy flareup when swirled, leaving back a solid cascade of spotty lacing and oily residues. The aroma is mostly all about the hops, being very floral with some piney accents (but not overly assertive with it) and a good bit of spice and citrus as well. A thin layer of sweetness and warmth is definitely secondary to the hops in this bouquet, gently gliding underneath alll of that leefy goodness.

The hops are a little more moderate in the taste, but still packs a solid piney punch to the palate that lingers dryly on the tongue. Backing things up, is an underlying backbone of of bready toasted malts and caramel sweetness, which offers enough balance to even out the bitterness, but make no mistake, this profile is all about the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an imminently smooth and creamy carbonation that just slides effortlessly down the throat. Very nice.

Very hop forward but solid IPA from the fine folks at Otto's. This maybe came off as a touch less balanced than I remembered on draft (which kept the drinkibility down just a tad) but I was glad to see that same easy body carried over to this now bottled offering. Nice stuff.

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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another of my recent acquisitions while visiting the Knickerbocker Hotel in Altoona.

My pour resulted in just better than a finger of dense, creamy, tawny foam that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled deeply of grapefruit. I hope that I never grow tired of that smell! Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was not equal to its smell. Instead, it had a prevalent biscuit malt flavor on the tongue that seemed to overwhelm the hops. That is not to say that it was not hoppy, just not as intense as on the nose. Finish continued to be fairly malty, more like an EIPA than an AIPA. It was not bad, per se, but not great for the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Cap City fest in Harrisburg, poured chilled into a couple sampler glasses.

A - Medium copper shade w/ good clarity and medium pale cap w/ average sized bead, minimal lacing

S - Loads of citrus, very orangey clementine aroma like centennial/amarillo maybe w/ a light amber malt odor

M - Very balanced yet juicy hop acidity w/ mild sweetness and moderate bitterness. The finish is mostly dry w/ lingering hops.

T - This is very tasty w/ ruby red notes and lots of orange zest(as octopus87 mentioned). There is mild malt flavor just enough to soften the bitterness of the hops w/ a candy-like crystal malt taste. The astringency is low and there is a drying effect of mild alcohol. The Ipa finishes w/ plenty of hop flavor, mildly juicy and somewhat acidic.

D - A fine American IPA, very drinkable w/ plenty of hops to satisfy. A bit balanced but still relatively bitter for an east coast IPA.

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Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - caramel amber with a thin, off white head that has decent retention

S - citrus, dark bread

T - dark bready malts, citrus, some banana, faint sweetness, some pine, decent bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, very crisp

This is a decent IPA, but it's not one that will separate itself from the crowd. I would have preferred a slightly different malt character, but what is here isn't bad. The hops are present, but I wish they were a bit more intense. Overall, this is a nice IPA that is refreshing and easy to drink, but it will disappoint the more intense hop heads.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

State College's finest brewery distributing bottles throughout PA I'm excited, deep caramelized malt sugars. Pours a deep caramel ruby almost brown hue, one of the darkest IPAs I've seen in quite some time, light beige head forms fine speckled lacing. Aroma has citrus notes with an earthy dank hop note with background of caramelized malts. Actually a nice balanced hop character earthy citric and hints of pine the hops go great with the bready caramelized malts in this beer, it's not the ideal current modern IPA it's blend of English and American traditions. Mouthfeel overall is impressive slightly slick hop oils roll thick across the palate, a bit heavy with each sip. Overall the drink is doing it's job quite refreshing easy to consume and provides the palate with some nice complexity.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfect clarity on this one. Nice amber brown color. Flavor is okay. Kind of an odd off-taste. After all this talk on the forums about quality concerns, I wish I knew how to better describe what I was experiencing. Anyways. It's a decent IPA. Doesn't seem quite right to me. Oh well. On to the next.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrusy hops. Taste is not nearly as hoppy as the smell. It is well balanced, more caramel malts than I expected, some hop bitterness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall us a solid beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Boxer's in Huntingdon, PA. Great beer to have with my burger. There's a big, sharp citrus bitterness that's not too juicy, but still not too dry or astringent. It's just a well-built IPA with herbal lemon over biting pine. It's more West Coast, with a lighter than usual body, but that just makes this a little more drinkable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 1-12-11
Enjoyed at the Otto's Bewpub.

A - Medium amber colour. Filtered. Small amount of of white head.

S - Floral and citrus hops. Sweet malts.

T - Bitter hops up front - mostly floral with some light citrus notes. Sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful amber color, crisp, clear looking, very active carbonation, and a thick, frothy cream colored head that sticks.

S - Caramel malt, pine, citrus, floral, slight grassy zest.

T - Not quite balanced and but even flavor sensation throughout. A caramel malt back bone that gets challenged by a nice bitterness blend of pine, grapefruit, and mild floral grassiness. The sip ends with a nice coating of pine and grapefruit in the mouth leaving a moderate lingering bitterness that sticks around not too long, but just long enough to make it satisfying and refreshing. Not too over the top in bitterness, but definitely more bitter than the average IPA.

M - For an IPA, it's thick - I like substance to the mouthfeel and this definitely has it.

O - This is a solid IPA and wish I could get it in my part of the state. It's a good IPA that would go great with alot of different foods and could easily be something I could drink every day without growing tired of it.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an orange color with a slight haze. White head and a bit of lace. In the nose, bright grapefruit and orange hop scents and some biscuity malt.

The taste is very bitter and citric, which is in trademark IPA fashion. The malt base is caramel like and a bit toasty. Hoppy grapefruit, pith, and pine are all in full force.

Medium bodied, well carbonated feel. Overall, this is a pretty decent IPA. I'd say par for the course.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for the extra. Imperial pint glass.

Pours dark amber with caramel tones. It appears effervescent for minutes after the pour. The frothy head rises two fingers high above the liquid. Retention is excellent and lacing is plastered to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is well balanced between caramel malt, leaning towards bready, and hops. The hop profile is somewhat soapy with grassy notes and some grapefruit.

The flavor is also well balanced. The malt is of sweet caramel. Bitterness is at a medium level, with citrus, orange pith, and pine. Sweetness lingers on my tongue after the finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a malty IPA and my first beer from this brewery. I'd like to try more of their stuff in the future.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paid $3.75 for the single. Feel I got ripped off since this is from PA...

A - A very dirty brown color, murky and kind of old ale looking with floaties. Head is pretty good a 1/4 inch that sticks around for a bit. Great lacing.
S - Earthy hops not very bitter smelling. Mostly malty so it could be old.
T - Not bad it's pretty balanced and somewhat bitter but it seems lacing like a pale ale.
M - Relatively smooth light to medium. Easy to drink

Overall their are better cheaper DIPA's I would rather have that are equally as smooth. Pick this up if your paying around 2 bucks for it.

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bomber picked up at the brewpub yesterday.

A: The IPA is the same color as the amber bottle it came in. Brighter orange hues punctuate the narrower parts of the glass. Two fingers of head have left lace all around the top quarter of the glass.

S: The nose is a floral with an oily citrus presence. Grapefruit is near the forefront, almost matching the flowers.

T: Citrus hops set the stage, showing off grapefruit and peach flavors. A floral bitterness rounds out the hops with a bang. Caramel malts have a bready flavor that sits contentedly in the background to bolster the hops. I always found the Double D to be too much; this one does it just right.

M: A pleasantly hoppy IPA, the floral flavors jump out early. A smooth bitterness ensues, leaving an oily taste.

D: Another winner from Otto's, especially in the bottle form. Allowing it to warm made it better than the on-tap version.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into grenade pint glass

Appearance - Pours a nice red/orange color with a thin white head that lasts nearly 5 min.

Smell - Meet initially with some piney aroma from the hops as well as a little bit of sweet caramel aroma.

Taste - a great balance between malt and hop. The maltliness starts strong, with the hops finishing strong.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and body for beer style. Not too thin but just right.

Overall - A great brew to drink on an average occasion. A very good standard IPA and one I would recommend over more well know such as 60 min. IPA.

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Photo of markgugs
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Slab Cabin IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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