Double D IPA | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Double D IPADouble D IPA
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Double D IPADouble D IPA

Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PSUDREW on 01-05-2004

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Reviews by nhindian:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From my friend Ryan out in State College as payoff for besting his fantasy baseball team this summer...murky brownish red body with a healthy whitish inch head...thick tracings of lace...pine/spruce leap from the hops...the aroma offers no suggestion of balance in the ingerdients, but I’m patient...medium, oily body with a lively feel on the tongue....NO sense of alcohol---indeed a pleasant experience...lightly bitter with hints of fruit...lightly (?) hoppy....seems to retreat as swallowed...smooth and respectful, as the malt flattens out the hops--ideal in an IPA...moral of the story: my team finished first, and this beer suits that finish.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Otto's Pub and Brewery "Double D India Pale Ale"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$3.30 @ Pletcher's Beer Distributor, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: This beer has been through a few different incarnations. It's currently listed at 9.6% ABV here on BA but just 9.2% at the pub. "A big Imperial IPA packed with Columbus and Simcoe hops". Nice color, kind of a golden-orange and clear. The finger-plus thick head of creamy off white seems to he holding quite well, and there's lacing where it's already dropped. The aroma is pungent, a touch earthy/spicy, and gently fruity with some apricot and citrus. It's not bold and you have to look for it but it's there. The hops are much clearer in the flavor though: earthy, spicy, herbal, with apricot, passionfruit, and some citrus. The malt is sweetish, lightly toasty, and softly grainy and the bitterness is stiff, cutting straight through it and bringing it to a dry finish without leaving too much bitterness lingering. Perhaps I'm finding some red berry in there as well? Ahh, and looking back the lacing is pretty nice. Medium to medium-light in body and delicately crisp and then smooth across the palate. Overall I'd say it's very nicely done. I could use a little more hops in the nose but the flavor is really well-done, nicely balanced and rounded, and remarkably drinkable. The alcohol has a presence, but no more than it should have, and it never specifically sticks out anywhere.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to nhindian for sending this as part of the 2011 Stanley Cup BIF.

Pours a lighter shade of amber with a huge, wonderfully creamy head. The lacing lingers all the way to the bottom.

The smell is a bit weak, but hints of sweet citrus and pine can be found.

Malt up front with tangerine and grapefrui following. There is a huge blast of pine resin and pineapple at the end and continues to the finish. This is a very long finish. Pine needles linger for quite some time, making me thirsty for more.

The feel is full bodied and velvety. I love beers with some substance and this certainly delivers. Nearly perfect carbonation.

This was a very drinkable brew. A bomber was perfect for me, but I wish I had a few more for future enjoyment.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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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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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Double D IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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