adrian910ss (2378) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Ottos. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of fresh citrus, light pineand hops. Taste of light tangy citrus, grapefruit, grassy notes, pine and bitter hops. Nice and quite refreshing.
jb (2348) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice looking, rather dark and reddish with a lot of foam. Very hoppy nose. Creamy palate with lots of caramel and bold hops leading to a very dry finish. This was very nice.
merc7186 (2329) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer has a decent color with a nice reddish/brown hue to it, a nice white one finger head, and decent lacing on the glass. The beer has a decent citrusy hoppy scent and a mild medium malty finish. The beer tastes decent with a medium citrusy flavor that is followed by a well balanced maltiness to it. The mouthfeel is decent as the beer is well carbonated and has a lingering bitterness from the hops. Overall, a decent IPA but it doesmt blow you away..but decent.
obxdude10 (2093) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I wasn’t overly impressed with this IPA. In fact, it’s pretty average. There really wasn’t any one characteristic of this beer that truely stood out. It poured a dark amber color with a generous off-white head. There was some nice lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma was mostly of pine and earth with some floral hops thrown in. The body and flavors were quite hoppy, but I think they used a bit too much malt. There was an overwelming character or caramel and earth. I think this IPA would have been better had they backed off the malt a bit. But it’s still a decently drinkable beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks for Josh for this bomber, poured into a tulip.
Pours deep, clear amber with a short lived creamy head that leaves a soapy film along the top and a big collar. The lacing is minimal.
Big juicy hops dominate the aroma with lots of grapefruits and oranges but with more than a fair share of pine as well. There is a sizable caramel malt sweetness to balance things out.
The taste has a much more dominant floral hop presence and the pine jumps to the forefront with a slightly astringent resiny bitterness from the first sip. Lots of caramel malts and toasted bread in the backbone before the pine and grapefruit leave the finish bitter, dry and astringent.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style and coats the palate with sticky hops. The carbonation is soft.
This is a solid hop forward IPA with a big enough malt backbone to balance things out and keep the drinkability relatively high. Looking forward to more from this brewery.
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - MAY 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of gunhaver. Pours a clear dark amber to copper color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of apricots, honey, flowers, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of ripe apricots, honey, citrus, grapefruit, fresh flowers. Generally medium body with a bitter hoppy finish.
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle purchased from brewery - brown/amber pour, woody and earthy toffee and caramel malts. crisp, grainy toasty malts, dry piney hops.
Leafs93 (1792) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear deep copper with an off white head. Aroma is floral, hint of citrus and caramel. Taste is mild bitters with sweet finish. Medium bodied.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.