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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

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Beer added by: PSUDREW on 01-05-2004

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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 233
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 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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Photo of Morey
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of OrangeCharlie
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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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.

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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 OneDropSoup
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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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 joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

This Otto's brew is another 'want' killed thanks to the kindly Kegatron, thanks Heath! This IPA s hazy and orange, so hazy in fact it's impossible to see through the body. The body has the appearance of tarnished copper until some light brightens it up with orange highlights throughout. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise easily to the two finger white head that formed on the pour. That head quickly settled to a thick cap and even thicker collar. Patchy lacing clings along the glass after each drink.

The nose is slightly sugary with a pale maltiness that's all at once a little catty, caramelly, and slightly bready. The hop profile leans heavily toward the side of citrus with orange, lightly sweetened grapefruit, and a few drops of lemon juice. As this IPA warms the doughiness really manages to step forward. A clean booziness tickles my nose toward the back.

The flavor opens up a lot more than the nose ever hinted. Most aspects of the nose are full on in the flavor but there's some nice additions of tropical fruit that I had no idea were coming from each whiff. Grapefruit and lemon interchange for the head hop position while tangerine and orange come through in the mildest sort of ways. The maltiness is what makes this beer so unique. It's pale tasting upfront with a mild breadiness and soft sweetness but then caramel makes its way through with a big doughiness bringing up the rear.

The mouthfeel is very nice for a big IPA such as this. The body has a medium feel thanks to an airy carbonation that creates a frothy feel that seems to fit this beer perfectly. The bitterness lingers on the back of my throat after each drink.

The drinkability on this beer is something that shines. I worked my way through this bomber with quickness. It's one of those oh so cliché, dangerously drinkable brews.

This beer had been on my "wants" for awhile. I'm glad I got to give it a go. Otto's makes some good brew if Double D and Jolly Roger are any indication. Thanks for the IPA Heath!

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

Thanks to Kegatron to sharing this bomber with me.

Poured a clear dark amber orange color with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice retention and solid lacing with solid clumping. Smells big of grapefruit right off the bat, with some other citrus fruits, peppery hops, a touch of bread, caramel, and some warmth. Tastes of citrus fruits with lots of grapefruit juice and rind as well as tangerine and a bit of pineapple. A sweetness of caramel follows with some breadiness. The finish is of spicy and peppery hops, grass, and some alcohol warmth. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Smooth with lots of citrus sweetness. A darn enjoyable DIPA that does have some heat but is low enough to enjoy often. I'll defninitely be enjoying this on tap and in bottle form whenever I can find it.

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Photo of treyrab
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The long awaited Double D IPA has returned and it is bigger than ever at 10%. Poured on tap last night into a 10oz pint style glass.

A: Pours a radiant orange copper with a sticky, frothy bone white head. This beer is nice and opaque with some yeast/hop floaties and minor carbonation. Looks stunning.

S: Completely in-you-face with Nugget and Amarillo hops. Smells like a pumped up version of Nugget Nectar. Tons and tons of orange peel, some lemon zest, fresh bittering hops, and sweet caramel. This is one of the best smelling DIPA's I have ever had.

T: Two words: Hop Heaven. This beer is immaculate. Reminds me, again, of a Double Nugget Nectar with vast amounts of citrus, Nugget hops, lemon, Amarillo hops, semi-sweet caramel, pineapple, and peach. Very minor alcohol warmth comes through, but it is not distracting and actually adds to the flavor.

Overall, this is one of the best DIPA's in my book. Writing this is making me want to drive down and get another pint. I'm glad I picked up a few bombers!

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Photo of Atricapilla
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of beckje01
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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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 sholland119
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin white head. Head dissipates to a thin ring rather quickly.

S-Serious citrus hops with a nice caramel malt background. Excellent!

T-Very nicely balanced. More on the malty side than I expected from the nose, not a bad thing. Citrus hops come through strong in the finish but this is malt dominated until then.

M-Nicely oily with a solid bitterness that lingers andmedium carbonation,

D-A terrific drinkable brew. I was lucky enough to grab another one for a trade that did not work out as they are apparently not brewing this again for a while due to the hop shortage.


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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 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 CharlesDarwin
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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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 slvrmon82
4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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

22oz. bomber into Troegs Hopback specialty glass on 6/27/08

A - Clear amber/orange body with some caramel tones and diminutive bubbly white head that quickly receded but left behind some decorative and sticky lace. There is an ample amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles present. Excellent clarity and very good head retention.

S - Pungent blend of citrus and spicy, peppery hops are first apparent, followed by a predominantly sweet caramel malt base with some breadiness. There is also a decent amount of alcohol in the nose.

T - Like the aroma, the hop profile is primarily spicy and peppery with a splash of citrus fruit and some fresh grass. Finishes with a nice helping of sweet caramel malt to balance out the aggressive hop bite.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Plenty of residual heat from the alcohol content. There's a bit of a slickness to the mouthfeel as well. Finish is quite bitter and lingers on the palate for a while.

D - Solid DIPA from Otto's with a spicy hop kick that I wasn't anticipating. Maybe just a little too much booze in this, especially as the liquid warmed up. Still, there are some nice flavors that come out in this brew, giving it a zesty character with plenty of hop bitterness. I'd like to try this on cask.

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Photo of bosco7
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with tasteful artwork. Pours a pale copper with voluminous head. Lacing is apparent.

Strawberry, pine, orange candy, grapefruit, and some floral aromas tickle the nose. Pleasant.

Starts with a little malt and caramel flavors. Some sweet orange in there and then the grapefruit and cedar dominate the rest of the sip. Bitterness is high and aggressive.

Mouthfeel is soft and the carbonation light. Pretty damn drinkable. Not a whole lot different from a lot of DIPAs, but it is still very well made and tasty. Recommended.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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