CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008
22 oz bottle from the brewery. Assertive hop presence, nice pine aromas coming through. Not as bold as the DD. Flavor is not really an explosion of hops but is nicely balanced and refreshing. Malts are pretty pronounced in this one, giving it that balance from the hops. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2008
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops, caramel and toasted malts, as well as some pine. Poured amber in color with a small, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tasted of citrus, hops, caramel malts, pine, grapefruit, and some pine. Medium body. Smooth and well balanced with a slick texture. Average carbonation. Malty, sweet, hop finish. Sammy (12335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2008
Decent American style pale, brought back the bottle from the brewpub. C-hop aroma and in taste. A bit drying and a cut under average mouthfeel. Some orangey taste. Most drinkable. HogTownHarry (7010) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle (22oz). via trade with sirpsycho. Found this little beauty in the fridge - I love surprises! Poured very cloudy deep amber with an average lasting foamy light tan head. Lush aroma - very full bodied; caramel cereal malt and pungent soft floral bitterness, some pine duff and cedar. The taste - follows right on - very cereal-malty, dryer than I expected, just the right pine/floral bitterness to balance the citrus juicy malt .... fairly thick-bodied, delicately astringent, lightly carbonated, the bitterness and fruity/citrus malt fade off the palate at the same (moderate) pace and leave a dry, slightly floral aftertaste. Wow, this was pretty solid, considering I traded for it about 10 months ago!!! hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2008
On tap at Capones. Poured a deeper golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of floral green hops, pine, and citrus. Nice and hoppy and on the aromas alone, I would have pegged this as an IPA. Tastes of citrus, floral, and light caramel. A very nice surprise.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2008
On tap at Capones. Pours a mostly translucent golden amber with a small off white bubbly head. Aroma was a ton of fresh hops, loads of Cascade along with some Centennial, orange, pine, floral and a lot of caramel malt to balance it all out. Flavor was a lot of the same, nice chewy hops, great pale ale, nice balance of hop bitterness and malt. This should be the favorite beer of any kid who drinks beer at Penn State! Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Bomber courtesy of Juart. Pours a deep amber color with a slight red orange hue. Has a small beige head that was pretty fizzy and gone quickly. A fruity grassy hop aroma with flowery citrus honey. Some grapefruit, but the bottle is a little older, so it is more really sweet ripe, than bitter. That being said, for the age of the bottle, the bitter has held in there. Some brown sugar and butterscotch. Very well-balanced. Has a pretty decent body. Not much carbonation, but a sort of oily texture. dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2008
22 oz. bottle shared with Naka. Pours an iradescent orange with cherry red hues. Small, white, half finger head. Nose is bubblegum, citrus, floral and pine hops. Nice hop flavor, floral and citrusy. Balanced well with a sweet caramel backbone. Modrate to high bitterness at the end that lingers well into the after, the slips away quitely leaving you to want more. A good APA, and I’m sure it’s better fresh. This bottle was 8 months old. Dacrza (993) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Light orange body with a thin white head in a HopDevil glass... bright and efficient, with sporadic tracings on the glass... sharp spruce and hops, light and clean... bubbly and smooth on the palate--a bit creamy on the tongue... swift and pleasant... a bit on the lighter side of pale ales--surprising (and refreshing) from a micro! and yet, perhaps, this is the way one should taste... a mixture of feelings: another winner from Ryan, but this ale is a step below Sierra Nevada, not to mention the other Otto’s brews I’ve sampled--but it is solid, and who doesn’t love something with Mt. Nittany in its name!? kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
Draft @ Otto’s. Pours a bright golden-orange color; white head with solid lacing. Solid amounts of resiny oranges and passion fruit in the aroma; sweet, tree fruit (similar to the Nugget Pale Ale). Medium mouthfeel: slightly watery on the edges, but very drinkable; oranges, passion fruit (again, Nugget hops?); very pleasant, drinkable pale ale. Medium finish: oranges and a touch of sugar.