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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A classic American IPA with lots of floral punch and assertive hop presence. Hopped with Nugget, Palisade and Amarillo colored to a reddish hue thanks to Munich and Aromatic malts.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2009
From a growler shared by TheCaptain. Thanks Mark. Served in a shaker glass. Clear amber pour with two inches of creamy off-white head. Smells sweet and piney with some fresh citrus zest floating about. The flavor is mostly of fresh citrus with a bit of pine and mango. It is really bursting with hop flavor but doesn’t have a ton of bitterness. Dangerously drinkable. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Hops are one of the most intriguing and invigorating spices of life. They grab you by the seat of your tastebuds and shake you a bit to get your attention. That is what they are supposed to do. They remind us of what it’s like to be alive; to be shocked and excited and delighted all by the power of taste. Taste, of course, is integrally linked with smell, and the two of them together make magic. Hops are here to exploit that magic, and I couldn’t be hoppier for it. Otto’s Pub & Brewery is out of State College, Pennsylvania, and today they are here to tease, tingle, and invigorate my senses with their Slab Cabin IPA. Let the taste-fest begin.

Deep amber depths shimmer under the light, refracting deeper rays of mahogany and blood oranges. A soft tuft of white foam lazes about even as pockets of lace cling stubbornly to the sides of their glass vessel. A forest of pine needles damp with dew whisks me away to a secret orchard of ripe and aromatic nectarines and tangelos, even as pine needles, resinous sap, and green grass remain strong in their presence. Enraptured by her brilliantly amber and garnet depths, I dive head first into the deep-end. Clean and bright with a very fresh body and palate. Not overly heavy, her presence dances across my tastebuds with grace, a veritable footwork of bright citric skins, orange zest, dewy pine needles and sweet sticky sap. Some freshly sliced yellow grapefruit snaps in the background as a mildly dry, bitter grassy finish lingers after each quaff. Her light effervescence is highly refreshing when combined with her bright, playful palate. An excellent IPA, I could sup on Otto’s Slab Cabin all day long, but alas, my glass is already empty.

For a bottled production IPA, Otto’s Slab Cabin was bright and fresh, a rarity in the sometimes lackluster world of pasteurized IPAs. Not quite as fresh as the growler of Nelson IPA from Alpine, but pretty darn close. That alone is a miracle of craft brewing for which Otto’s deserves extra recognition. If you ever stumble across a bottle or two, make sure to bring her hone with you and rediscover the invigorating pleasures of hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Draft, then bomber. Pours deep brownish ruby with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is juicy hops, fruit, caramel malt, mild peppery notes. Tastes rich, with a solid caramel malt bill, earthy, fruity hops, and a complex finish. Leaves you wanting more.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Aroma of citrus, pine, and floral hops. Color is a clear amber with white head. Tastes of pine, hops, citrus and grassy notes. Flavor is a bit watered down and bitter. Nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
22oz bottle courtesy of treyrab, thanks Trey. Clear copper pour with a long lasting white head. Citrus aroma. Lots of nice clean hops flavor, very nicely balancd as well, very good IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2009
Well served very cold this beer is awesome. A honey amber body with a white head. Rich pine and citrus with a nice full hoppy honey character. As it warms the caramel comes out a bit more and its less impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2009
Thanks to Kramer for this. Pours a amber color with a great hoppy aroma of citrus and pine. Flavor is fairly standard, but still good. Not anything too out of the ordinary, but a good IPA. More citrus hops and pine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9490) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle… C&P’sLYFO Throwdown… Fairly clear burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, fat-bubbled, white head. The nose is grassy and piney. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Perfectly balanced - much like a PNW IPA - with a pinch of salt. Crisp, moderately bitter finish. Bottle provided by otakuden! Video = http://homepage.mac.com/maltajo/RATEBEER/iMovieThe

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Transparent deep golden bronze color with a well-lacing frothy white head. Aroma of fresh citrusy grapefruity hops and a touch of pale malty sweetness. Body starts with good fullness and a nice amount of sweetness which is well-balanced with the resiny bittering and flavor hops before a crisp, bittersweet finish. A nice, very drinkable IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2009
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, malts, slight toasting, slight caramel, and a hint of grapefruit. Poured amber/orange in color with a small to medium-sized, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Very good to excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly bitter. Tastes of hops, malts, slight toasting, slight herbs, and slight caramel. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly bitter finish.


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