zdk (1832) - 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.
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.
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.
jjgmd (1724) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rusty amber orange color with a small head. Nose is a deep sweet citrus with a nice scents of pine. Taste is sweet with bustling citrus, quite full of flavor and taste. Finishes sweetly with a nice bitter citrus ending. Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1648) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rusty orange with an off white head and aroma of hops, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is sweet, of hops, pine, grapefruit, malt, and caramel with a heavy bitter, dry finish, Drinkable, good IPA
Beerathon (1560) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2014 Color- burnt orange (slightly red)
Head- 1 finger, white, some lacing
Mouth Feel- slick
Aroma- grapefruit, floral
Flavor- sweet malt, slight spice from hops, juicy citrus
can8ianben (1402) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aggressively hopped, but more on the British IPA spectrum rather than the juicy west coast iteration.
jsmerig (1351) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish amber with an off- white head. Aroma of citrus and caramel. Taste is malty with a little nutty flavor. Offset with a lightly citrus hop bite. Mellow for an IPA. But good.
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Nejhleader (1333) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An okay crisp brew. Has a bit of a nice spice taste blended with the hops, smooth aftertaste with standard bitter hop flavor.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.