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Double D IPA - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Double D IPADouble D IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PSUDREW on 01-05-2004)
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.9%

12-22-2011 02:56:34 | More by SteelCityHops89
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +25.9%

09-18-2013 16:50:41 | More by athomasPSU
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slvrmon82

Delaware

4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is brewed with lots of Amarillo hops so it actually tastes like grapefruit. The appearance is a little thick pouring a strong orangish red. The smell is outstanding. As soon as it is poured all you can smell is the grapefruit and the hops. The taste is exceptional. Up front with the citrus and extremely hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is also great. A little thick but great carbonation. Drinkability is throught the rough because it tastes so good and has a hidden high alcohol that you don't realize until you are in the middle of your second one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 21:29:04 | More by slvrmon82
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OrangeCharlie

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is possibly my favorite beer in the IPA/DIPA category, and not just because I'm a local. It can vary a bit between batches, but it never disappoints. As for the current batch:

A beautiful copper/reddish hue, with a nice creamy head that laces all the way to the end. Pungent, hoppy nose with strong notes of citrus. The Aromatic malt comes through the nose as well, offering just a touch of caramelized malt in the background. The nose promises great flavor, and this beer doesn't disappoint: big citrusy hops up front, finishing with a malty sweetness that is perfectly balanced. Munich and Aromatic malts come through nicely. The hop bitterness cuts the sweetness on the palate just right. The carbonation is smooth, and there is plenty of body to hold up to the big flavors of this brew. Though I can usually only down one of these in a sitting, it's very drinkable for a 9.6% ABV, almost to a dangerous degree. Goes excellent with many of the heavier menu items.

This beer will please any true hop-head, and is a must have if you ever visit Otto's! Truly a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 20:02:46 | More by OrangeCharlie
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micahmye

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

11-22-2012 00:09:56 | More by micahmye
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troeglodyte

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into pint with a slightly off-white head. Poured to allow about 1/2 head. Very good scent of citrus/piney smell, really nice.

While the hops are the main show, they are not over powering (like a Brooklyn East IPA). Very very good mouth feel.

Drinkability from cooler out of 22oz was very good. Now being a novice IPA'er, I will comment that drinking this at a higher temp of say 48-50F was an even more appealing experience (an accident)....

Stay thirsty my IPA friends. Otto's rocks and looking forward to State College MicroBrew fest to taste some more of their product.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 17:43:23 | More by troeglodyte
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has changed quite a bit since Otto's opening it's doors in 2002. For their 100th batch, the brewmaster upped the hops kick and consequently the ABV as well (now a whopping 9.2%), and they've kept it up there since. This used to be one of my standbys, my beverage of choice during my weekly post-work pilgrimage to the brewpub, but I've gone away from for quite some time, enjoying their seasonal brews while they're around (between their Winter Warmer, Duffinator and Elderberry Stout, I'm in heaven now). So this was the first Double D I've had in a while.

The color is a vibrant but cloudy dark-orange with a small, white, mostly diminishing head and good lacing most of the way down. One word hit me when I smelled it, and it was confirmed by my first sip. Grapefruit! I remembered the beer having strong citrus characteristics, but not this extreme. Initially, I felt that it was way too much, but it grew rather pleasant after a few more tastes. I was able to get past the strong grapefruit to uncover the nice floral characteristic of a good IPA. There is a moderate alcohol taste, and the finish is lingering, bitter and astringent. I has a medium body, good texture, and low carbonation.

Although it threw me off at first, I think it still is something I would like to drink from time to time. It's a must-try for hopheads.

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Looking back at some of my older reviews, I HAD to update this one. This beer has come a long way since my review 2 years ago. so much so that I have to change my ratings. The old ratings were:
A: 3.5, S: 3.0, T: 4.0, M: 4.0, D: 3.5
As you can see my rating of this beer have gone way up. Appearance-wise, it's the thick tenacious head that is the main reason for upping that score. And as far as the smell goes... he nailed it! I just sat there with my nose in the mug for several minutes enjoying the wonderful hops aromas. So big and bold, yet the malts weren't completely overpowered. The taste and mouthfeel are still quite good, a little improvement , but always room for more there. And the drinkiability shot up, too, as this beer when down dangerously easy for as strong as it is. This is my new standard beer my favorite local watering hole, and I now understand why they can't make it fast enough. This one is great!

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FYI. The name of this beer originates from one of the original managers of the brewpub, Derek Duffy. He left a couple years later, and beers like the Duffinator changed their name to honor other managers, like Varco's Varconator, until settling with the Ottonator. But they couldn't change the name of the wildy popular Double D, even if Double D had split town. I just love how the label took the Double D into a different and humorous direction. After all, to grow enough hops for this one you need "HUGE... tracks of land!"

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2005 14:38:04 | More by ski271
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As if there wasn't enough injunction of the female body & beer in macro marketing...feh...

ANYway...pours an appetizing amber/golden orange body, transparent with a substantial head, about two fingers, leaving some sanskrit lacing (looks like lines of a dead language). Much action from tiny, fast bubbles.

Hops are up front in the smell, obviously, with some sugars and a sweet/funky odor, like wet dog. These scents are not unpleasant, just interesting (not unlike the manure smells I detected in Troegs Flying Mouflan -- AGAIN, not unfavorably). Smells kind of milky, lactic maybe. Interesting & enjoyable. The taste envelopes all those, & smooths everything out with a strong malt presence -- like a sweetish bread (not the brain kind), grainy, wheaty, rye-like even. Very tasty IPA with a distinct hop presence, enough to make it big, bold, & distinguished but ending very crispy & malty. Coats the mouth with a fun hop skip & jump (haha), can easily see finishing the bomber.

For a ubiquitous style done by a local brewery in an area not known for IPAs -- YEAH!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 23:15:30 | More by OneDropSoup
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ajbogs

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed this beer in both draught and bottled form.

Deep amber in color.

Beautiful bouquet and strong cascade hop smell, a great example of the double IPA style.

Taste reflects the smells, with strong flavors up front, shows all the familiar symptoms of a good IPA with strong roasted malts to complement the hop acids. It finishes a well as it started, and you're left thinking about your next sip.

This is not only perhaps the best beer brewed at Otto's, it is in my opinion one of the best examples of the Double IPA that you can find. Don't turn down the chance to taste it or have a pint for yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 08:29:40 | More by ajbogs
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Kendog65

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-27-2013 22:57:46 | More by Kendog65
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-29-2012 04:32:56 | More by nstroup
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Bouder32

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-22-2013 15:15:25 | More by Bouder32
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wrw5031

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-20-2011 21:57:08 | More by wrw5031
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bsm80x

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-15-2014 16:20:13 | More by bsm80x
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mac1988psu

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-18-2014 02:27:22 | More by mac1988psu
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beerhast

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-28-2014 18:30:30 | More by beerhast
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-21-2012 01:45:51 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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beerman73

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-01-2014 00:43:34 | More by beerman73
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Atricapilla

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 17:28:18 | More by Atricapilla
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Analog_kid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-06-2013 01:59:20 | More by Analog_kid
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-26-2012 20:25:04 | More by Molson2000
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KevieJames

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-25-2012 20:12:10 | More by KevieJames
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HopHeadRyan

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-24-2013 22:54:31 | More by HopHeadRyan
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BrewMenace

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a thick off-white head. Head nearly disappeared several minutes later but never went away completely, enough stuck around to leave some beautiful thin lace down the inside of the glass.

Nose is heavy on the citrus hops with a faint piney scent seeping through, not a whole lot of malt to be found here but it still smells quite nice.

Taste starts on the sweet side but quickly the hops invade and take over. The hops blend nicely with the malt and just a hint of warming on the back of the throat to warn of the alcohol presence here. The hops are definitely the star which is just fantastic. There is a nice medium mouth feel, not too heavy and goes down very smoothly.

I think that the drinkability of the Double D is almost too nice for a beer in the nine range. I don't know how many of these I have drank over the past 4 years but they never get old. This is my regional go to beer and it is just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 01:27:23 | More by BrewMenace
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--Amber colored, showing off orange highlights. Sizeable off white fluffy head

S--Citrus and pine notes, big but not overwhelming.

T--Hops dominate this brew from start to finish. The grapefruit/ citrus flavors are strong, but in a pleasant way. Nice malty backbone to provide balance.

M--Full sized and big bodied. A very pleasing mouthful of hops and malt.

D--A wonderfully drinkable DIPA/strong IPA. I have, on more than one ocassion, drank a few too many of these at once....like finishing an entire growler on my own....not recommended for amateurs!

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2007 09:02:43 | More by Deuane
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Double D IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.