Otto’s Pub & Brewery Reviews




Dacrza
4.1
Ottos Pallet Jack Pale Ale
DATE: June 30, 2017... OCCASION: live at Otto’s visiting Jer... GLASSWARE: no nick pint... arrives as an opaque burnt sienna body with a nice white ring--no room for head... first hints are fruity--apple, pear, BIG pineapple, melon, citrus... biscuit is a subtle reminder that the beer seeks balance...the Simcoe brings some earthiness to the aroma as well... lively and punchy, but mellow at its finish--the balance is struck in its palate...light to medium-bodied at 6.1%...the melon and grapefruit wed well with the apple and pear with the Simcoe pine working the profile well... a right solid pale that flirts with an IPA’s dimensions... refreshing and fruity, confident but agreeable...
Friday, June 30, 2017

FROTHINGSLOSH
2.9
Otto’s Cork & Cage Series: Smelt of Elderberries
Sampled from a bottle at the brewpub this beer poured a dark fuchsia color with a small foamy pink head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was vague berries, vague herbs and a musty note. The flavor was berries with an odd herbal note that was almost hot pepper then dry and musty. Medium length finish. Medium body. Ok.
Monday, June 19, 2017

JStax
3.4
Ottos Jolly Roger Imperial Stout
Bottle shared at muckfest. The beer is a dark brown with no head. Sweet aroma, but smoky in the taste. Big body, medium carbonation. Kind of a weird beer.
Sunday, June 18, 2017

djd07
3.5
Ottos Jolly Roger Imperial Stout
Bottle thanks to Sam. Pours a very dark brown with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is wood, roasted malt, licorice, vanilla. Medium body, milk chocolate, roast, wood, nice dry finish, very good.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.2
Ottos Double D IPA
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-copper color with a slight transparency about it. Quarter finger white foamy head swiftly dissipated. Mild stringy lace, sliding. The aroma had some dried grassy hops, toast, citrus rind -sweetness, some leather and a touch of earthiness. Malt base was there, slightly stiff. The flavor leaned into the sweetness of the malts and tried to blend in the hops, somewhat bitter and sweet, but that mainly stayed separated. Aftertaste was malty. Finish was slightly sticky. The feel was just a tad under medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, west coast styled DIPA? Maybe, in an odd sort of way. Old school DIPA? Perhaps. Enjoyable? Somewhat. Would I have again - only if someone offered me. It wasn’t too far off.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
2.8
Ottos Apricot Wheat
Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a semi-hazy copper/amber color with a little white head that swiftly dissipated. No lace. The aroma had sweet apricots up front, light grassy hops at the end, not much else. The flavor was the sweet apricots with a sweet apricot aftertaste and finish. The feel was light bodied with a decent carbonation and ABV. Overall, I think I got enough words in for this so called review, but I didn’t get any wheat. Decent for what Otto’s wanted to do. But I will have to disagree and say this is more of Spring/Summer beer, I wouldn’t want this in the dead of Winter. I’ll stick to my big stouts in the Winter.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Dacrza
3
Ottos Night Owl Coffee Stout
DATE: April 8, 2017... OCCASION: having enjoyed the phenomenal Bandstand with Rich and Mary in NYC, now watching the last of Game of Thrones with Shan... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a coffee black body, with a brown, single-finger head that pocks and moves unevenly... aroma of licorice, thick espresso, grape, phenol, bread malts, and lactic tracings... sips at a rich, soft, swift pull... light-bodied, slightly weighty at the teeth... uneven smears of brown lacing wave as the glass drains... soft milkiness makes for a comfortable, if not rewarding in its simplicity... not picking up the coffee much in this... the overall experience is light in flavor, easy-drinking, and not distinguishable from other stouts--in fact, the coffee on the label is more misleading than affirming... not one of Otto’s stronger offerings, but not a bad early spring stout...
Saturday, April 8, 2017

can8ianben
3.6
Ottos Schwarzbier
Deliciously nutty and crisp. Solid beer, though not really the style for my taste. But bravo, good job, Otto’s.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

can8ianben
4
Ottos Red Wheat IPA
This was awesome - love the citra addition, and the reddish color makes it different than the wave of citra IPAs out right now. I didn’t detect much wheat, but I really like this beer.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nate
2.9
Ottos Winter Warmer 2016
On tap at Otto’s. Dark ruby brown opaque with thin off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Aroma is lactic with sour cherry, sugary rum nose, a bit off-kilter. Tart with cherry and lactic qualities, a bit watery. Prominent rum flavor, a bit of sour woody notes. Cherry finish with fruity tart after.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Advocate_Ames
3.9
Ottos Night Owl Coffee Stout
8 month aged bottle. Pours dark, has good head retention, and has a creamy foam ring that laces my glass. The aroma is rather sweet of caramel sugar, mild to medium roasted coffee notes, and hints of chocolate. Tasting, good body, goes down nicely, and has an enjoyable aftertaste. The flavor has a clean bitterness with a balancing sweetness to complement each other. It is not too sweet or too bitter, it is just right. The coffee flavor is very good, I am surprised it held up like it did. Overall a standard good coffee stout, this is what they should taste like.
Friday, December 30, 2016

kramer
3.4
Ottos Pennsylvania Triple Ale
Tap. Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper body with a small wispy white head that faded to a thin island. The nose is slightly sweet with a light apple cider note over Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Flavor is similar, slightly sweet with a subtle cider undertone. Fairly noticeable alcohol level. Full bodied and a bit chewy with soft fizzy carbonation.
Friday, December 9, 2016

kramer
3.5
Ottos Triple D IPA
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow body with a small fizzy white head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is fruity and slightly sweet with some citrusy hops. The flavor is rather bitter and brash with an intense hoppiness. On the drier side even though it smells a bit sweet. Not the most easy drinking of beers, it’s a bit bitter for me, and I like hoppy beers. Medium to full bodied and a bit chewy with fine fizzy carbonation.
Friday, December 9, 2016

LetsGoState
1.9
Ottos Apricot Wheat
Aroma and taste is very much apricot. Unfortunately, that’s not a taste I enjoy.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

TheHopster
3.4
Ottos Red Mo Ale
Bottle served at the Carnegie Inn and Spa, State College during parents weekend October 2016. Nice Red/Amber Ale with balanced malt and hops flavor. Nice local selection
Thursday, October 27, 2016

phillybass
4.7
Ottos Mt. Nittany Pale Ale
So many hops it tastes like an imperial IPA. Lots of floral aroma. Taste is wide and bitter. Something minor is not quite right. But overall very impressive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

beastiefan2k
2.1
Ottos Triple D IPA
Draft at The Frienbly Geek in Lancaster, PA. How horrid. Nice head and lacing atop golden body. Bug spray, astringent hops. Tangerine aspirin. Drying aspirin on my palate. Yuck.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

solidfunk
3.3
Ottos Slab Cabin IPA
Some citrus hops and a hazy red pour with good head and lacing. Tangy and bitter finish. Bottle.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

agl108
3.4
Ottos Mt. Nittany Pale Ale
On draft at Otto’s. Poured hazy copper with few splotches of lace. Sweet malt, caramel. Earthy. Slight citrus notes.
Friday, July 22, 2016

agl108
3.7
Ottos Pallet Jack Pale Ale
On draft at Otto’s. Poured hazy gold with thin white head, thick lacing. Floral notes, grassy. Light citrus. Sessionable.
Friday, July 22, 2016

FROTHINGSLOSH
3.5
Ottos Cork & Cage Series: Breba
Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a murky brown color with a small foamy off-white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was a bit tart and tangy with notes of apple, pear and caramel. The flavor was toffee and caramel with tart pear, cherry and fig. Long finish with a hint of booziness. Medium body. Pleasant.
Sunday, July 17, 2016

DocLock
4
Ottos Cork & Cage Series: Breba
On premises only bottle over the 4th. Hazy brownish ruby pour with tan head. Nose was figgy fruit, yeast, malt. Came off like a fruity, figgy dubbel, more yeasty esters as it warmed.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

DocLock
4
Ottos Pennsylvania Triple Ale
Draft at Otto’s. Poured turbid golden with frothy, white head. Nose was malt, hops, mild apple, honey, vinous fruit. Rich flavor, with notes of pale malt, yeasty notes, apple, some honey, and a smooth finish.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Nate
3.8
Ottos Pennsylvania Triple Ale
On tap at the brewery. Sweet with apple must, tripel yeastiness, honey, and light coriander. Rich amber orange clear with thin head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Nice tripel profile, with bubblegum, coriander, and mint. Alcohol sweetness, warming. Light dry nutty bitter finish with sweet alcoholic after.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nate
4
Ottos Triple D IPA
On tap at Otto’s. Boozy hoppy aroma, but not overpowering. Peach and pine resin. Hazy golden-light amber with creamy lacing white head. Medium-heavy body with medium creamy carbonation and alcoholic warming. Sweet start with alcohol and big hop flavor and bitterness. Lasting bitterness throughout, with fairly smooth finish with some oak and peach.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

kramer
3.1
Ottos Hefeweizen
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange body under a frothy one finger white head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is fruity and estery with a light banana and clove note. Not a ton of yeastiness in the aroma. The flavor is similar to the aroma, lighter banana, but heavier on the clove, especially on the finish. Medium bodied and just a little clingy with fizzy active carbonation. Meh, this is decent, but not a great example of the style in the traditional sense.
Monday, June 20, 2016

radagast83
3.6
Ottos Double D IPA
12oz bottle. Poured a copper color with a small off-white head. Poured a mostly clear copper color with a white head. Aroma was pine, sweet caramel notes. Resin. Some light spicy notes, pine finish.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

radagast83
3.4
Ottos Apricot Wheat
Draft at Zeno’s. Poured a hazy yellow with off-white head. Aroma was strong on apricot. Fruit notes, hazy sweet malt notes.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

radagast83
3.7
Zeno’s Rye Ale
Draft at Zeno’s. Poured a dark ruby brown color with a small white head. Aroma was tasty rye spice, lots of citrus. Flavor was nice rye, citrus notes. Delicious!
Thursday, May 12, 2016

can8ianben
3.3
Ottos PAPA
Pleasant, but the sample I had felt overly carbonated. I love the idea, just wish the beer performed better (I wish for more body and aroma).
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

can8ianben
4.1
Ottos Triple D IPA
Really lovely! I wish they would serve a larger serving of this and the Double - I may order it more frequently! I guess at that ABV, it gets a bit boozy to drink too much of it (but it really is tasty - maybe their best beer on tap!).
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

can8ianben
3.4
Ottos Spruce Creek Lager
This is what my friends order if they don’t want anything terribly heavy or bold-flavored. That should tell you everything you need to know! Drinkable, not bitter, smooth, grainy.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

can8ianben
3.2
Ottos Mt. Nittany Pale Ale
It’s fine... nothing wrong with it, just not very memorable. It’s a standard pale ale and I wish the hops were a bit more pronounced. I’m forgetting if I have had this on tap at Otto’s perhaps that would be a better experience than in the bottle.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

can8ianben
3.9
Ottos Jolly Roger Imperial Stout
A lovely intense stout, bolder than most of Otto’s lineup! Well done, and happy to have this one around our town.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

can8ianben
3.8
Ottos Pallet Jack Pale Ale
This might just be my favorite Otto’s beer. I wish it was on tap more often! Love the hoppy belgian flavor!
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

smaynard6000
3.7
Ottos Mt. Nittany Pale Ale
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small creamy tan head. Aroma is mostly citrusy and hoppy. Bitter hoppy flavor with plenty of citrus. Light bodied. Pretty good.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

egg
2.5
Ottos Triple D IPA
Tap on 4/13/16. Smells like malt liquor. Hard. Crystal clear amber. Don't like the nose at all. Sweet, malt liquor, some fruit, bitter. Not feeling it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

smaynard6000
3.6
Ottos Red Mo Ale
Bottle. Pours a sparkling red with small tan head. Aroma of caramel malt and grain. Balanced flavor, somewhat sweet but with some bitterness to round out the finish. Light bodied and drinkable. Pretty good.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Nate
4.1
Ottos Cork & Cage Series: Breba
Bottle at the brewery. Light sweet malty aroma with caramel and fig. Alcohol, plums. Fruity and earthy spices. Coppery amber-dark clear with light haze, topped with thin off-white head. Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Starts sweet with lots of candi sugar and fig, caramel and plum, and a bit of carbonic tang. Very little bitterness. Like a Belgian dubbel or dark BSA.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Nate
4.2
Ottos PAPA
On cask at Otto’s (6/6/15). Nice fresh grassy hop aromas, Nugget. Floral sweet malt. Hazy golden coppery-amber with thin off-white lacing head. Medium body with cask carbonation. Starts moderately sweet. Great hop flavors, fresh, floral, grassy. Moderate sweet finish with nice bitterness. After is smooth with nice hop flavors.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

JulianBaughman
4.7
Ottos Jolly Roger Imperial Stout
Hands down this is one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. Huge roasted flavors with the look and feel that puts it over the top. If you are lucky enough to live close to this brewery, buy some now. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, February 14, 2016

DocLock
3.7
Ottos Greenaway’s Green Hop Ale II
Draft notes. Hazy straw pour with off-white head. Nose was fresh hops, citrus, and a well balancd and smooth flavor.
Friday, January 15, 2016

DocLock
3.3
Ottos Winter Warmer 2014
Draft notes. Hazy brownish ruby pour with tan head. Nose was cherry and berry fruits, yeasty funk, orange zest, rye. Tasted rich, with fruit and rye and some yeasty funk and more berry notes lat.
Friday, January 15, 2016

DocLock
3.5
Ottos Cork & Cage Series: Gestin
Bottle on premises. Amber pour with minimal head. Nose was champagne yeast, vinous fruit, with a hybrid flavor ofmerlot and champagne.
Friday, January 15, 2016

DocLock
4
Ottos PAPA
Draft. Golden pour with white head. Nose was hopcitrus, barley, with a heavy noble hop flavor, barley malt, and some citrus and a smooth finish.
Friday, January 15, 2016

DocLock
3.8
Ottos Cork & Cage Series: Cornucopia
Bottle on premises. Hazy amber with nose of pumpkin, squash, apple, hops. Tastes of pumpkin, wheat, apple, with a complex finish.
Friday, January 15, 2016

BroadestTom
3.3
Ottos Red Mo Ale
Aroma caramel, bread, raisin, butterscotch, Appearance amber, clear, tan foam, Taste medium sweetness, Palate medium body, average carbonation, Overall a nice malt forward beer with a touch of hops. I would suggest this beer to a friend.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

badwhale
3.4
Ottos Double D IPA
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a cloudy yellow with sparse head. Great mouthfeel with malt backbone and lots of hop notes
Sunday, December 27, 2015

acearl
3.6
Ottos Slab Cabin IPA
12 oz pour, copper hue with creamy tan head, decent lacing, somewhat light but to be expected from the %, some pine, minimal citrus, aight
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

acearl
3.8
Ottos Double D IPA
12 oz pour, rust copper clear pour with some creamy an head, minimal lacing, medium body, smells of pine, somewhat on the sweet side from caramel, taste resin,
Wednesday, November 25, 2015