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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

95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 233
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 15.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: PSUDREW on 01-05-2004

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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 233
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Relatively clear light amber color with a modest cap that leaves some lace

Smell: Fruity, with a nice grapefruit edge and a bready malt base

Taste: A bit of malt up front, and then the grapefruity bitter flavors take over; not the most powerful DIPA out there, but a nicely balanced profile after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; alcohol well hidden

Drinkability: Refreshing and crisp; a well-made example of the style

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with an off white head. The nose brings a good dose of grapefruit and citrus hops. Maybe a hint of pine. The taste isn't quite as hop forward and shows a bit of malt. A touch of alcohol as well. The feel is really nice and bitter with a really good finish. Drinks well and is a nice DIPA all around.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body capped by a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Hoppy notes of citrus and wood set against pale and caramel maltiness.

Taste: Subtle biscuity, caramel maltiness, as is the sweetness that accompanies it. Light flavor of wood and apricots. Taste of lemony citrus oils. Medium hop bitterness. Dry, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While it's not exactly what I'd call a hop-bomb, it's still pretty good.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at Kclinger's -served chilled in a pint.

The color is a deep amber with excellent clarity and thick cap of creamy tan with tight bead. The retention is good and lace sticks well with lots of fast moving carbonation bubbles present. The smell is very floral at first with a sweet malt ester and slight citrus attributes which augment the fruity hop and alcohol esters. The feel is good with a sufficient tanginess and light acidity up front but gets increasingly bitter and seems sweeter from mid taste to finish too, the feel is mostly dry with high carbonation adding levity and generally a medium bodied brew with some alcohol presence and spicy warming in the belly.

The taste is very pleasant with some grapefruit flavor up front which has a pithy rind like tanginess and there is a gentle malt sweet flavor which verges on caramel but stays light as the grapefruit acidity becomes stronger in the taste with some subtle tangelo and pine from the hops. The taste of alcohol is noticeable, but not high in the flavor, very bitter near the end with lots of American hop acidity giving a little sharpness as it finishes dry and warming. This is a pretty decent Imperial IPA, not too heavy on alcohol for the 9%, yet it could use more balanced bitterness perhaps, I only wanted 1 based on the harshness of the bitterness on a fresh palate.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber. Nice nose on it. Pine and resin. Nice flavor with hearty tones of pine and mild spiced edges, but not overly done. The thing I like best about this beer is the feel. Thick and slick; that's the best way to describe it. Another good one from Otto's.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. THe aroma is outstanding. It has your standard IPA malt bill of mostly pale and Carapils malts along with a boat load of hops. It has a wonderful citrus hop nose. The taste is great! It has a solid malt taste as previously mentioned, but the hops really make this beer. It hits you up front and carries through to the finish leaving some residual bitterness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is great DIPA. It's malty, but better yet, the hop character is really something.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tulip at union jacks on the manatawny. Dd is a golden copper penny like look with a soapy bubbled off white foam on top, no lacing. Smells consists of bittering hops a bit of cat piss and some alcohol. Taste is pretty much the same but the buisquit like malts really come out more. A nice medium citrus throughout. The feel is medium with bubbly carbonation, yet it's not sharp. A bit of alcohol seeping in. I don't think I'll go for this one again. While it was nice it left me wanting more.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a white head. A bit of lace is left behind. Aroma of citrus and herbs. Citrusy and malty. In the taste, quite bitter and citrusy with some pineapple and tropical pine. Nicely balanced between fruity, bitter and sweet. Medium to full bodied. Overall, this is a delicious imperial
pale ale.

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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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to brentk56 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice hazy dark golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, with a bunch of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, citru, slightly fruity. The taste is malty, hoppy, slightly bitter, sweet, a touch of fruityness. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, hopefully I can get the Jolly Roger coming my way, thanks Brent.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Dyan's place the other day.

The beer pours golden peach color with OK head retention and lacing. Nose is a bit sweeter and maltier then expected, with a hint of bitterness in the finish. This beer is quite sweet for an IPA, but with just enough bitterness to counter and balance the sweet malt. Still, I get cotton candy and candy apple flavors, but it's not too sweet due to the hoppy bitterness in the finish. The beer is medium bodied to light on the palate, with the alcohol surprisingly well disguised for the sweetness and alcohol.

Not my style of IPA, but certainly not a bad beer. The beer is surprisingly drinkable for the sweetness and alcohol, which is impressive. Not bad...

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this brew.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, good lacing.

S: Huge grapefruit, pine & candied pineapple.

T: Pine & grapefruit, candied fruit, jube-jubes, underlying bready malt, plenty of bitterness. I love the fruitiness in this one!

M: Moderate body & carbonation, dry alcohol finish.

D: The alcohol is a little warm, but I like it.

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Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
Hazy orange/peach colour with a dense cap of off-white foam. Spotty lacing, decent retention. Hoppy aroma, lots of grapefruit and pine, earthy notes, a bit powdery, with caramel malt character. Quite sweet, sugary and fruity with mild caramel, but with a hop depth too - citrusy grapefruit and earthy, mild pine throughout. Bitterness was a little weak compared to the sweetness up front. Alcohol appeared in the finish, along with lingering bitterness. Medium to full bodied with moderate, fine carbonation. Creamy texture with some hop dryness. The hop flavour was a bit muddled, no really clean punch. Still enjoyable though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a nice amber/copper color with a around a 1/2 inch head which persisted upon pouring.

Smell - Initially hit with citrus hop followed shortly by piney which then overwhelms the nose.

Taste - A little more subtle then would be expected in hop flavor then would be expected for the strength of the brew, but a nice balance of hop and malt makes it easy drinking.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation again lends to easy drinkable. The body is rather medium in demeanor - thick enough to slow you down for the high abv.

Overall - A good brew worth the experience, although a more I would typically choose an IPA with a bit more hoppiness to match the high abv of the beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber beer with a lot of yellow in it. Nice strings of bubbles floating up to the top. HUGE, thick foamy head with ridiculous retention. Some nice fat splotches and soapy curtains left on my glass.

S - A little malt forward, lot of citrus hops. There is a bit of resinous pine in here.

T - Some grapefruit, and a bit of citrus orange in there as well. There is a slight bit of malt, but mostly it's some fruity, sweet hop tastes that dominate. Slight touch of resin, little bit of alcohol burn. It's not bad, but it's got a slightly chemical taste that keeps it from being a first tier DIPA.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Slight alcohol sensation.

O - It's okay, more than passable, with a couple of slightly objectionable characteristics. Drank it easily enough.

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of CoolJosh poured into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with lots of bubbles streaming to the top feeding a big creamy head that recedes pretty quickly, leaving a soapy cap and some decent lacing.

The aroma is full of sweet, juicy citrus, with oranges and tangerines dominating. There is also a more perfumy floral aroma and a hint of toasted caramel in the background.

There is a big astringent bitterness up front that seems more floral than citrus with the perfume coming out. There is a light caramel malt backbone and the finish is bitter with pine and hints of citrus. The sweetness is not nearly as prevalent in the taste as in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and fairly dry, especially in the finish. Great mouthfeel for me.

This is a very hop-forward DIPA that is heavy on the floral hops, with a resinous presence in the taste that lingers after each sip. Good stuff.

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Double D IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.