Double D IPA - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Double D IPADouble D IPA

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PSUDREW on 01-05-2004

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Reviews by Atricapilla:
Photo of Atricapilla
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bartender told me that the Double D was reconfigured recently. Now that it is 10% (that's what he claimed) they only serve it in 10 oz. glasses.

A one finger creamy white head stood on top of this light copper colored brew. The beer had a very floral and hoppy aroma. Taste was hoppy, like pine and flowers, with a bit of spice and a citrus finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to enjoy several of these hoppy nectar as part of the Hop Devil Grill's Hop fest in NYC a few weeks ago. Poured cloudy dark amber, with a dense dark tan head. Head leaves fine sheets of lacing on the glass. Grainy hop nose tickles the nostrils. Enjoyable DIPA, quite respectable grainy and resiny hop crunch. Just another very hoppy and very tasty DIPA, life is good, if you like the style, and I guess alot of us do cause everybody is brewin' them. This one is well worth a try if you see it at your local watering spot.

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Pours slightly cloudy orange/yellow with a minimal white head. The aroma is very hoppy, with lots of citrus and orange notes as well as some piney resin. The flavor is lots of pine, but not too much bitterness. Very drinkable, medium mouthfeel.

Photo of dacrza1
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From my friend Ryan out in State College as payoff for besting his fantasy baseball team this summer...murky brownish red body with a healthy whitish inch head...thick tracings of lace...pine/spruce leap from the hops...the aroma offers no suggestion of balance in the ingerdients, but I’m patient...medium, oily body with a lively feel on the tongue....NO sense of alcohol---indeed a pleasant experience...lightly bitter with hints of fruit...lightly (?) hoppy....seems to retreat as swallowed...smooth and respectful, as the malt flattens out the hops--ideal in an IPA...moral of the story: my team finished first, and this beer suits that finish.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the brewpub meself. The silly cartoon now makes sense, it's big on malt and on hops. Cloudy with an off-white bubbly head. CItrus aroma, and the dot loace. Big mouthfeel: big bitterness and big maltiness. Above average mouthfeel. Big and bold, hits the mark.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to nhindian for sending this as part of the 2011 Stanley Cup BIF.

Pours a lighter shade of amber with a huge, wonderfully creamy head. The lacing lingers all the way to the bottom.

The smell is a bit weak, but hints of sweet citrus and pine can be found.

Malt up front with tangerine and grapefrui following. There is a huge blast of pine resin and pineapple at the end and continues to the finish. This is a very long finish. Pine needles linger for quite some time, making me thirsty for more.

The feel is full bodied and velvety. I love beers with some substance and this certainly delivers. Nearly perfect carbonation.

This was a very drinkable brew. A bomber was perfect for me, but I wish I had a few more for future enjoyment.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a nice thick almost tannish head and leaving behind some intermittant sticky lace down the sides. Aroma is straight up citrus and hops with a little sweetness trailing at the end.

Taste is of overpowering hoppy citrus and pine the whole way through. Luckily a nice, sweet malt backbone is present to help even this hop monster out. Mouthfeel is full and thick and keeps it's carbonation nicely.

Even though this doesn't seem as beefy as some other Double IPAs, it's definitely very quaffable for a nearly 8% brew and is sure to please your inner hop head.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler. Rich, orangey floral daggers fly at my nose. Crisp sugar ans syrup rides out. Pours a deepened bronze. Strong rim of white. Flavor takes a backseat the aroma and holds a lesser sense of hop importance. A nip of thinness and alcohol showing. Malt and honey flow through. Good play between the malt and hops, but sometimes neither holds up their respective end of the bargain. Love the spicy, bready rich finish.

Photo of weiserr
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good example of the style. Only wish that my waitress adorned the label instead of the artwork Otto's chose.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to i pint glass, the liquid is brown with so-so carbonation. The head is very small off white and leaves little lace.

The smell is bitter baby just plain bitter.

The taste is much of the same. Lots of bitter hops earthy and tart.

The mouthfeel is thick and ..well thick, carbonation is low.

The drinkability is ok, for the DIPA drinker this is a must try.

Prosit, MK

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, pine. Taste is hops up front, some pine, a strong malt backbone, well balanced, just a bit of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber purchased at the brewery last month.

A: The ale is a dark amber color, far more brown than orange. As a result, the ale is opaque with only some bright highlights at the narrower parts of the glass. The head has left ample lacing around the mouth of the glass.

S: The aroma is a strikingly bitter citrus scent with some pine undertones. The hops do not block out the malts, as the caramel sweetness is apparent as well.

T: The taste is a slightly more reserved Devil Dancer. Both hops and malts are present in the extreme, creating a huge mouthfeel that attacks the tastebuds right away. The malts are caramel and strong enough to built a solid foundatoin for the abundance of hops. The hops are thick and juicy, full of bitter citrus and pine flavors that remain lively long after a sip is gone.

M: The hops are intense. The flavor is not as focused as some DIPAs, but those hops are intense. If you are a hophead, this is worth a try.

D: The abv is evident, coating the thick hops with a great deal of heat, so enjoying multiple bottles is tough. I'll stick with my one bottle and be happy.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #146
Served On: 03/23/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

I grabbed this one while passing through State College, PA last Sunday.

Look: Poured 2 fingers of rocky off-white foam. Color was a very clear copper with barley any carbonation bubbles detected.

Smell: High level of citrus and sweet tropical fruits. A nice astringency contributed to the very complex hop aroma along with a faint malt in the background.

Taste: First on the palate was a mix of a strong pine and grapefruit. A quick bitterness hit right in the middle. Then a real nice pineapple set in to make up a pleasant finish. The mouth feel was smooth and not too heavy – given the high ABV and complexity. Lacing was amazing with large patched clinging to the sides of the glass.

I absolutely love this Imperial IPA from Otto’s. It’s nicely balanced but still has a sophisticated complexity that makes the beer so interesting.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 1-11-11
On tap at the brewery.

A - Medium amber colour, filtered, very little white head.

S - Citrus, peach, tangerine and floral notes from the hops. Slight caramel nose.

T - Hops are the same as the nose. A big caramel malt backbone. Bitter finish

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation

Photo of MmmIPA
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head,nice lacing rings and a burnt orange body.

Malt to a citrus flavor to the bitterness.There citrusy though.Taste really nice

Malty and hoppy.

Nice carbonation with a smooth mouthful.

STRONG! Its a sipper for sure.I would like to have again.God bless Penn State.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a trade a while back and had not gotten around to trying it until today. I had seen it sitting in the fridge and I was in the mood for a little something different so I grabbed this one and went head long into it to see what it was made of. Poured into an Imperial pint glass I served it at slightly above fridge temperature.

Appearance - The pour was rather nice, in actuality it was very nice with a great orange tinted amber hue to it. Some nice haze and cloudiness were to be found inside, but nothing that would cause it to become opaque in anyway at all. Nice carbonation could be scene streaming up from the bottom of the glass to reinforce everything along the way. A three inch high head of white foam then formed on the top and seemed to last for quite a long time before folding n on itself and leaving behind a copious amount of side glass lace that really coated the inside of the glass and made things look just that much better. I though this one had the classic look for a double IPA.

Smell - The aroma was pure, strong, and very bitter hops right out of the gate. There was no messing around here, in fact it was all grapefruit, and pungent lime for me. Not much balance here at all, but sometimes you really don't need it in these big IPA's. Some robust hot alcohol notes coming through on here as well, nothing really extraordinarily big, but enough to let you notice that it was there for sure.

Taste - The flavor was pretty much in the same boat as the aroma, and was totally driven by the hops right out of the gate. Rich and very bitter tones of grapefruit, and tangerine were right on the tongue. Some light lemongrass and coriander as well. Very nice pungent taste. There was a light sweetness way in the back, but you really had to go searching for it to find. The finish was long and drawn out, very dry leaving you with almost nothing left in your mouth but lip puckering tastes of pine. Very nicely done and pretty much your classic big west coast IPA.

Mouthfeel - Not an overly heavy IPA that was for sure, in fact it was a touch on the light to medium side of the body style. Nice and generous carbonation was present, keeping it feeling lively throughout the session and really letting it have a nice all around smooth feeling to it. Strong finish and no let down in flavor.

Drinkability - You could definitely feel every bit of the bigness in this one, which was for sure, still though it was above a sipper and definitely something you were able to put down he bottle of without batting so much as an eye really. Quite nice and a very good overall representation of the style.

Overall I had to say this one was pretty darn good. I was not sure how good it would be, but judging on looks along it was very nice. The flavors were solid and it really had quite a lot going for it. I do not think there is a hophead out there who would really be disappointed by this one at all. Definitely a quality beer here for sure.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: piraat snifter, light but persistent layer of carbonation, roused with each sip, the beer a deep, murky amber in color

s: lots of grainy caramel, sweet with fruity esters and an almost banana note, hops give both tropical and pine notes - full but well balanced with the malt sugars, avoiding the knockout punch that some versions go for, alcohol comes out sweet and spicy

m: carbonation light, medium body with a slick finish

t: caramel malt body, starts with mostly malt while the hop flavors come late into the middle, lots of piney hop flavor but more muddled and rustic than fresh and resionous, tealike, candied grain, yeasty fruit esters, bitterness starts low but grows with each sip, lingering well into the finish

d: a tasty, malty dipa, drinks just fine for the abv, a good example of the style if a bit unrefined, worth the 3.99 price tag any day

bomber from Wegmans, Williamsport, PA

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber orange, well carbonated, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Rather hoppy, more earthy than citrus, caramel.

T-Well balanced, nice bitterness in the finish. Earthy hops, some citrus, caramel and malt as well.

M-Medium bodied, velvety with nice carbonation.

O-Not a hop bomb but well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, did not know it was 9% when drinking it, or I would have slowed down.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: When poured, it has a cloudy appearance with a thick foamy head that lingers on top of the beer for the entire length of consumption

Smell: Very hoppy, but lacks much other character. There are slight hints of fruit, but thats about it.

Taste: The taste does not go far from the taste, as very few other tastes can break through the strong piney hops. Hints of fruit get crushed immediately leaving you wanting just a bit more.

Feel: the beer starts you off with a bitter blast of hops and some carbonation that stings the palate, but finishes smooth.

Drinkability: For this being one of my favorite styles of beer, I found that this beer was too filling to enjoy as much as I would have liked.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a BIF shipment from Kegatron. Thanks Heath!

Pours a hazy copper with an offwhite head that thins to a wisp after a few minutes.

Aromas of piny and citrusy hops. Some malt in the backbone.

First taste is sweet with a hop explosion that fades into a bitter aftertaste that lingers long after the sip. On the verge of being mouth puckering bitter. Malt presence is still there as well.

Mouthfeel is full, sticky, bitter. The hop bitterness coats your mouth, then settles in for a long winter's nap. I could not session this beer. It is meant for a nightcap. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Drinkability is good for a beer that you would finish your night with, definitely not start off with. While I am looking forward to finishing this bottle tonight, I would not try more than one in a sitting.

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small white head that fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left behind. Tiny bubbles of CO2 quickly rise to the top.
Smell is of heavy citrus with loads of grapefruit, earth, pine, caramel, and light diacytel.
Taste is of grapefruit, herbs, spicy pepper, and light buttercream.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, yeasty, and very bitter.
It looks like I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the other folks have. I just thought it was a bit off balance and leaning too heavily on the bitters without much of a sugary backbone.

Photo of tviz33
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For my 100th review I've decided it to be most appropriate to have a local brew. (State College, PA). Go Nittany Lions!

A- Pours a deep but translucent amber with a huge rocky tan head that sticks around forever.

S- Quite a hop presence, with not detecting much malt to back it up. Very citrusy and clean smelling.

T- Follows the nose very consistently. Clean and refreshing, but not quite balanced enough; something is just a little off. The finish is quite dry and bitter. The malt reappears here with a more dominating presence.

M- The carbonation is towards the high end of the scale and the body is medium, if not thin for the style.

O- I like this beer, but don't love it. The price is great at $4 though.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I'm stuck in State College and check the internet for bars and up pops Otto's that claims to be a brewery. Well I had to try it but did not harbor high hopes; after all, how many brew pubs fail to meet expectations? I was happy to find my apprehension entirely unfounded. Otto's makes good beer across the board. This double IPA is a great example. Overall take-away: it's super hoppy bitter, maybe lacks the finesse and depth of the leaders, but this is no impostor. Pours a syrupy, murky orange-amber, almost no head or lacing (as if that matters much?) moderate carbonation; I let it warm up a little before tasting and the carbonation dissipated. Aroma is fairly typical citrus-pine thing, quite a lot of aromatics. On the palate it is pretty blunt, reminiscent of Hop Mouth of recent memory, not a lot of sweetness or fruit up front, but a potent bitter (like black tea) lingering finish that lasts a long time.

I tasted the draft version and it was comparable.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never seen these guys before and I live in PA.

A - Pours a good clear amber brown with about a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Lacing is good throughout.

S - First thing I picked up was floral/tropical hops leaning toward apricot or peach and a honey like bready malt.

T - Damn fine beer I couldn't believe how balanced it was at almost 10 percent! I get only a mild bittering of hops in the finish but it's balanced well with the honey bread like malts.

M - Light to medium and would be as dangerously drinkable like hop slam

Overall had to edit since I now have the option to pick up six packs of this for around 10 bucks that it's one steal of a DIPA!

Photo of uno99
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a few Otto's brews as trade extras. Thought I'd try this one out on a boring Tuesday evening.

Poured at 55 Degrees.

A: This IPA pours remarkably dark amber. A little ruby tint as well. While its not exactly to style, it scores some big points with the huge head, great retention and ample lacing.

S: Nose is kind of weak here. Gets a little stronger as it warms of course, but over-all not a big winner. Strangely malty.

T: Taste however is really quite interesting. Not the most to style offering, but it is really tasty and rather unique. Hops and malts are well balanced. lots of fruity esters from the yeast I'm guessing.

M: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. not too sweet or sticky. Quite good.

Overall, this 12 ounce bottle is not enough. An easy drinker at almost %10. Hops aren't out of whack either. Otto's pub would surely be a stop should I ever visit the area.

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Double D IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.