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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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very good

198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Dec 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of beckje01
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A nice gold color yet cloudy, with a white head and no activity.

S- Very hop filled nose, nothing else there just hops.

T- Good hop flavor but not killer it's approachable. A bitter aftertaste is left in your mouth and it just hangs around.

M- Good thickness but no activity in there.

D- Drinkable but not that great the aftertaste is really knocking this beer down.

beckje01, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= The pour is a bright red color sort of a mix of nuclear orange and red. Really a pretty color with a great looking head sitting on top of it. Nice and foamy with great retention and lacing. This is the perfect DIPA as far as appearance goes. This is what I like to see.

S- The smell is interesting. Sort of fruity hops and some interesting earthiness to it. I don't know how old the bottle is so I'm not sure if it's the malt background. Buttery... Hmmm.

T= The taste is less hoppy that I like. For a DIPA it has a strong malt presence to it. I don't feel like it is aged too much though. The hops play a bitter roll mostly and give way to some of the sweet malts in the mid palate. The butter is present in the taste as well but not as much as the nose.

M= Good and creamy for the mouth.

D= The hops seem toned down a little and the butter off flavors make this less enjoyable. I love my DIPAs but this just doesn't compare to all the great ones on the market. I love the beer as an extra from Kevin however thaanks for the chance man.

jjanega08, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -24.6%

JohnK17, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Blind Beer #5-- the first bomber! (reviewed from notes)
This beer was reviewed without any knowledge of the beer, brewery, or even style.

Opened this up and smelled it... Decided a pint glass was the way to go.

A glowing copper/orangey color with a slightly off-white head and thick sheets of lacing. Pretty good retention. The retention is nice too-- pretty good froth left after I'm halfway through the glass.

Some noticeable sweetness from the malts... Then some orange peel hop notes. The sweetness is caramel malts. The bitterness in the finish is kind of harsh. It is a dry bitterness, which makes it stand out even more in contrast to the sweet caramel malts that appeared up front. Certainly an IPA. Certainly not the best one I've ever had, but the flavor is not offensive either.

Pretty damn full body-- actually feels a bit under-carbonated due to how full the body is.

The finish is a tad astringent-- and not just hoppy bitterness. It isn't crisp and clean-- it is has too much sweetness up front which makes the boozey astringent feel even worse.

The looks are decent-- I prefer my DIPAs a little lighter in color, but this isn't bad. In my opinion, the looks are the best this beer has going for it...

AleWatcher, Sep 20, 2010
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

lupercmda, Sep 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

HopHead_, Sep 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

fchicken, Apr 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

dbauer78, Monday at 06:13 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

JKWBMH, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of bobhits
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to merc7186 for this extra!

Pours what I can only describe a golden with a kiss of orange. A decent head forms but the weight on this one takes over and wins out. Not much to talk about with lacing and the body is DENSE, a very thick and syrupy looking double.

The nose from the second the bottle is capped is sharp citrus goodness. Grape fruit, hints of pine, and well a good bit of alcohol are on display. A bready caramel malt through out. This one is BIG. After the review edit, but the malt is far more toward the bready side than the caramel side.

The hops are sharp with a lot of alcohol here drying out the finish. Certainly citrus and piney with a huge malt back. This beer is intense. It has the weight and body of an east coast IPA, but the dry finish of a west coast beer. Alcohol is extremely present.

Very chewy and thick body here and again a lot of alcohol though I won't call it heat.

My first thought on this one was wow A+ call it a day. Sadly that impression doesn't last. Too much alcohol and the malt doesn't complement the hops instead it just makes the beer feel bigger and thicker. This is darn tasty stuff and as an IPA lover don't get me wrong I'm thrilled to be enjoying this bad boy, but I'm not going to seek this one out. Hopefully this is a reasonable priced bomber (say 6 or less) locally and if so it's a good buy for the locals and might be a great buy on tap. I have a feeling the sharp hops and alcohol presence will be too much for anyone who doesn't enjoy both bold big beers and super hoppy ones.

bobhits, Nov 16, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this both on tap and from a bomber that I took home with me. This review is based on the bottle.

Good appearance, but nothing spectacular. Nice copper color, typical off white head that lasted a reasonable amount of time.

The aroma was the best part of this for me. It has huge pine notes with some background citrus, very tantalizing to the senses.

The flavor did not back up the aroma in my opinion. It was a bit too resiny and the level of bitterness was too high. I know this is a double IPA, I'm comparing this to the many other DIPA's I've drunk.

The mouth feel was a bit thick and coating as well.

Not a terribly drinkable beer.

That said, I did enjoy the pint I had on tap much better than the bottle. Not sure why, there was no date on the bottle so it was hard to tell if it was an age thing, which is critical for DIPA's.

As a brewer who designs his own beers, I have some unsolicited comments. I would try to dry the beer out a bit more, move some of the bittering hops to the flavor charge. This is a well made beer, but could use some design tweeks IMO.


Naugled, May 12, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the brewpub on a recent trip back to PA. The review is from notes taken on 7/17/2010 and poured from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Comes out a nice coppery/apricot color and starts with a 1/2 finger white head that fades quickly to a chewy looking island in the center of the surface; body is very clear and shows a lot of carbonation; a few spots and washes of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not as potent as I would like or hope, but there is a piney hop presence and a smooth mango-like citric presence as well. Not bad, but could definitely be stronger.

Taste: More hop forward than I expected with less malt balance for a DIPA; hops are piney and bitter up front with the smoother, fruitier and sweeter mango-like flavors following; very faint malt and toasty grain presence and a bit of warm alcohol; aftertaste is more of the bitter piney hops.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than medium bodied and just a tad watery; carbonation is lively, but not as strong as I expected based upon the appearance; a light and moist stickiness is left behind, but it's not as thick as I woudl like.

Drinkability: Meh, doesn't really compete with many of the other DIPAs on the market, even some of the more average ones. Certainly an alright drink, but at 9.2% ABV for the overall experience, not something I would likely seek out again, but would certainly drink if offered to me.

bamadog, Jul 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

IPAchris, Oct 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

themind, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

rxthree, Jul 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

jagada, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Brown120, Dec 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Prosser17, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

dfhhead25, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

bacher468, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

weeare138, Jan 24, 2008
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Double D IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.