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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

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of nhindian
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle pouring into a globe.

A - Immediately after pouring, there is a rush of bubbles that race to the surface, but this calms down as it sits. The head is composed of a finger's worth of eggshell-colored foam made up of big, soapy bubbles. Retention is decent and lacing is moderate as well. Not a ton of lace sticking but there is some residual foam clinging to the glass.

S - The smell warns of impending hops as it is jam-packed of juicy citrus, especially grapefruit and tangerine. There is also a good nose of resiny pine sap. For the most part it is almost all hops, but there is some faint caramel and break notes at the back-end. A little piece of the Midwest in the heart of Pennsylvania.

T - The taste begins surprisingly bitter before the malts kick in and add some sweetness to it. The caramel begins earlier here and sort of prepares the taste buds for the onslaught of hops that they are about to receive. As in the nose, the first hops that reach the nose are full of citrus. The grapefruit comes across the strongest, with the pine playing a supporting role. Very resiny but luckily the bitterness that was present in the nose and beginning of flavor mellows by the time the sip is finished. Finish is slightly astringent and hot.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium to low carbonation. Feels creamy and slightly dry as it finishes. The hop resin does a number on the palate and tongue, and you can certainly feel the tongue tingle and numb after taking a big sip.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. While this is the first time I'm reviewing this beer, I've had it multiple times in the past. Every time me and my friends would go to the local Pittsburgh bar in State College to watch the Penguin games, I'd probably drink 3 or 4 of these over the course of the night. Tasty and you can certainly feel it!

nhindian, May 15, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for this one!

Pours a hazy orange color with an inch of white head and nice lacing all the way.

Smells like citrus and pine, with a slight caramel and bread backbone.

Opens up with a beautiful battle between pine and citrus hops and the caramel, and after a moment, hops take over and dominate the malt and moves into a resin hop finish. Has a strange taste on the end. Mouth watering for sure, up to that unusual finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, too much so, but nicely carbonated.

Overall, its a good beer and I appreciate the try at it.

bs870621345, May 06, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Anthony! Poured this into a pint glass. The body is amber with about a fingers worth of frothy white head and thin runny lacing. The smell is kind of kind of fruity; pineapple comes to mind mostly with a nice bitter pine hop finish and hints of caramel. The taste is following the smell. Bitter through and through with piney hops and a bit of caramel and tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is kind of prickly. I think the body is a bit heavy and the carbonation could be toned down a bit. Overall drinkability this certainly doesn't drink like a 9.6 beer. I'd love this one again.

Bendurgin, Nov 24, 2010
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 Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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

blackie, Sep 27, 2010
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
Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium amber orange color. Nice creamy, off white head that leaves an even layer on top without going away.

S - Could have a stronger aroma. Sweet caramel malt, some orange, and very light grapefruit. Overall, not very aromatic.

T - Taste if FAR BETTER than the nose suggests. Caramel lies below to support everything else. Has a small amount of sweetness up front with a little bit of buttery flavor. Has a little bit of pine bitterness and a whole lot of grapefruit. The ABV is not hidden and after the sip the back of the throat experiences a lingering warm sensation.

M - Leaves the mouth dry with an orange/grapefruit/metallic combo that lingers. Is creamy on the tongue with slight pricklies, and a heavy side of medium body. Finishes very, very well.

D - Wish I would have bought more than one bottle.

jzeilinger, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of troeglodyte
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

troeglodyte, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer my brother brought down from The central pa breweries

Poured from the bottle to a standard pint glass, with a nice golden amber color with head that dissipates quickly but laces nicely.

Smell is suprisingly underwhelming, but there are hints of raising caramely sweetness with piney hoppiness, and mild fruitiness. But just not that strong of scents that I'd expect from this style.

Taste is a piney hoppiness up front followed by a malt sweetness, of caramely flavors. Good , just enough punch in the flavors.

Mouthfeel is so smooth, flavors hit well and carbonation is just enough.

One of the most drinkable dipas I've ever had.

mvanaskie13, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of bamadog
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
Photo of krisandajt
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bottle courtesy of mymrnngjckt. I enjoyed this one last week, but I'm just getting around to entering my review now.

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass, the beer is cloudy and has a somewhat dull amber color. There's about a half inch of head that does hang around for a fair bit. It does eventually fade, leaving virtually no remnants behind except some sticky rings of lacing.

Smell: Smell is a balanced blend of sweetness and bitter, citrusy hops. It is a bit mild, however, especially given the style.

Taste: There's much less sweetness in the taste than the smell hinted at. Plenty of bitter hops, but not so much as to really overpower. Not a bad tasting DIPA.

Mouthfeel: A little light in body for the style, methinks. Carbonation is a bit light too.

Drinkability: Not a bad DIPA. It has some decent flavor, and aside from the average mouthfeel this beer is fairly solid. There are some better DIPA's out there, but this is a tasty beer that I could see myself drinking again.

krisandajt, May 24, 2010
Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed orange amber color with a creamy two fingers of ivory head. Keeps a full, but thin lace, although it does coat the sides nicely as it recedes after each sip.

Smells of zesty and juicy citrus, some lemon and grapefruit primarily. There is some bready malt and a bit of caramel sweetness too. A hint of alcohol is apparent on occasion.

Taste also has a good amount of citrus, with some pithy and bittersweet grapefruit in particular. Not as juicy as the nose, but there's some pine too and that plus the pithy grapefruit makes for a pleasant, bitter hoppiness. There's not a whole lot of malt character, with a bready quality and just a touch of caramel sweetness. The hops are showcased well, and finish quite bitter. I don't get any alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, pretty creamy with good carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry. Not terribly smooth owing to the big bitterness but that doesn't bother me much.

This is a really nice DIPA. It leans toward the bitter end for sure, but I wouldn't call it an unabated hop bomb. There's enough hop flavor to keep it interesting, and I'm a big fan of grapefruit hops to begin with. Not much malt balance, but it all comes together pretty nicely. Good stuff.

number1bum, May 13, 2010
Photo of Naugled
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
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.

BARFLYB, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of BrewMenace
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

BrewMenace, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of joepais
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tiklmelmo for sending this one along. Poured into a pint glass it produced a finger worth of white head that lasted.
The body of the brew was a cloudy burned orange in color.

The aroma was a little sweet for a DIPA the malts were a little dominant. The hops did show up in there as well but a little subdued for the style. The flavor is following the nose starting off sweet and finishing dry with hop bitterness. It had a medium feel to it in my mouth and good carbonation.

Not a bad DIPA but not my favorite. I did finish the bomber by myself with no problem. I looked for a date on the bottle; I think it might be a bit old but no way to tell for sure with out a date

joepais, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

JamnesCameron, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Mora2000, Jan 03, 2010
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...

John_M, Dec 11, 2009
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.

gford217, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Morey
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper/light amber in color with a nice fluffy cream colored head that has some pretty good stick.

Aroma is a nice blend of hops, sweet malts, and alcohol fumes.

Taste is hoppy, sweet, and earthy all at the same time. The hops are most dominent, but they don't linger too much on the back end.

Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy.

Drinkability....this bomber will be plenty enough for me, but it's fantastic none the less.

Morey's Bottom Line: What a pleasant surprise! I wasn't expecting this beer to be this good, but it is. Very similar to Unearthly in my opinion.

Morey, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of OrangeCharlie
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

OrangeCharlie, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome back! A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The DIPA appears a quite cloudy rich amber color with at least an inch of fluffy off white foam. The head leaves a sticky lace on the inside of my glass with each sip. Nose and flavor consist of a big dose of white and ruby red grapefruit, perfectly toasted and caramelized bread and grain, more citrus such as orange and lemon peel, some resinous pine. Alcohol is hidden rather well here. Finish is bitter and a tad oily. A welcoming medium to full body with adequate carbonation for a DIPA. Tasty stuff from Centre county.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 25, 2009
Double D IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.