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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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Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of slvrmon82
4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
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 OrangeCharlie
4.82/5  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.

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Photo of jimmerz
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not big on the technicalities of reviews, but this beer is delicious. Outstanding DIPA, could not taste the alcohol, look out! And to top it off you can buy a case of this directly for about $40!!! Not only is it one of the best DIPAs I've had, the price vaults it way up my list. If anywhere near State College you would do yourself a favor by stopping at Otto's.


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Photo of ski271
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has changed quite a bit since Otto's opening it's doors in 2002. For their 100th batch, the brewmaster upped the hops kick and consequently the ABV as well (now a whopping 9.2%), and they've kept it up there since. This used to be one of my standbys, my beverage of choice during my weekly post-work pilgrimage to the brewpub, but I've gone away from for quite some time, enjoying their seasonal brews while they're around (between their Winter Warmer, Duffinator and Elderberry Stout, I'm in heaven now). So this was the first Double D I've had in a while.

The color is a vibrant but cloudy dark-orange with a small, white, mostly diminishing head and good lacing most of the way down. One word hit me when I smelled it, and it was confirmed by my first sip. Grapefruit! I remembered the beer having strong citrus characteristics, but not this extreme. Initially, I felt that it was way too much, but it grew rather pleasant after a few more tastes. I was able to get past the strong grapefruit to uncover the nice floral characteristic of a good IPA. There is a moderate alcohol taste, and the finish is lingering, bitter and astringent. I has a medium body, good texture, and low carbonation.

Although it threw me off at first, I think it still is something I would like to drink from time to time. It's a must-try for hopheads.


Looking back at some of my older reviews, I HAD to update this one. This beer has come a long way since my review 2 years ago. so much so that I have to change my ratings. The old ratings were:
A: 3.5, S: 3.0, T: 4.0, M: 4.0, D: 3.5
As you can see my rating of this beer have gone way up. Appearance-wise, it's the thick tenacious head that is the main reason for upping that score. And as far as the smell goes... he nailed it! I just sat there with my nose in the mug for several minutes enjoying the wonderful hops aromas. So big and bold, yet the malts weren't completely overpowered. The taste and mouthfeel are still quite good, a little improvement , but always room for more there. And the drinkiability shot up, too, as this beer when down dangerously easy for as strong as it is. This is my new standard beer my favorite local watering hole, and I now understand why they can't make it fast enough. This one is great!


FYI. The name of this beer originates from one of the original managers of the brewpub, Derek Duffy. He left a couple years later, and beers like the Duffinator changed their name to honor other managers, like Varco's Varconator, until settling with the Ottonator. But they couldn't change the name of the wildy popular Double D, even if Double D had split town. I just love how the label took the Double D into a different and humorous direction. After all, to grow enough hops for this one you need "HUGE... tracks of land!"

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Photo of troeglodyte
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Atricapilla
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 ajbogs
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed this beer in both draught and bottled form.

Deep amber in color.

Beautiful bouquet and strong cascade hop smell, a great example of the double IPA style.

Taste reflects the smells, with strong flavors up front, shows all the familiar symptoms of a good IPA with strong roasted malts to complement the hop acids. It finishes a well as it started, and you're left thinking about your next sip.

This is not only perhaps the best beer brewed at Otto's, it is in my opinion one of the best examples of the Double IPA that you can find. Don't turn down the chance to taste it or have a pint for yourself.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark copper with a big white head. Layers of lacing.

Citrus dominates nose with juicy grapefruit coming on strong among other juicy tropical fruits..pineapple..Some earthy pine complements citrus and finishes with caramel sweetness.

Similar to nose, lots of citrus backed by sticky caramel malt sweetness. Green apple and some tropical fruits in there. Similar amounts of pine wash around until a tidal wave of bitterness comes through. Bitterness sticks around...alcohol is hidden.

Well bodied DIPA. Good carbonation very tasty.

One of my favorites from Otto's!

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Photo of BrewMenace
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--Amber colored, showing off orange highlights. Sizeable off white fluffy head

S--Citrus and pine notes, big but not overwhelming.

T--Hops dominate this brew from start to finish. The grapefruit/ citrus flavors are strong, but in a pleasant way. Nice malty backbone to provide balance.

M--Full sized and big bodied. A very pleasing mouthful of hops and malt.

D--A wonderfully drinkable DIPA/strong IPA. I have, on more than one ocassion, drank a few too many of these at once....like finishing an entire growler on my own....not recommended for amateurs!

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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 HopDerek
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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 EMV
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Otto's Brewery in State College, PA - tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep golden color, semi-transluscent, and with a nice layer of creamy white head that laces the glass.

S: Hoppy resin, just like you'd expect from an Imperial IPA. Piney notes and citrus... also freshly baked bread. If you like hops then this beer smells delicious.

T/F: This is a beautifully balanced Imprerial IPA, and the hoppy bitterness plays very well with the sweetness of the high alcohol content making this one dangerous beer with its 9.6% ABV. The beer is nicely carbonated and smooth, with no significant aftertaste.

O: Easily one of my favorite beers at Otto's and one of my go-to brews when I visit. This is a great example of a double IPA, and goes down way too easy for its high ABV. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of BeerHo
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great amber appearance!

Taste is clean & refreshing with vibrant citrus flavors and lingering passion fruit on the finish!

Great bouquet of kiwi, apricot, mango and passion fruit!

Great all year round beer! I personall think this beer is much better than how it's rated! I had it on tap at Canal Street in Reading, PA. What a treat!

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Photo of treyrab
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Derek
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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 CraftBeerTastic
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #146
Served On: 03/23/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

I grabbed this one while passing through State College, PA last Sunday.

Look: Poured 2 fingers of rocky off-white foam. Color was a very clear copper with barley any carbonation bubbles detected.

Smell: High level of citrus and sweet tropical fruits. A nice astringency contributed to the very complex hop aroma along with a faint malt in the background.

Taste: First on the palate was a mix of a strong pine and grapefruit. A quick bitterness hit right in the middle. Then a real nice pineapple set in to make up a pleasant finish. The mouth feel was smooth and not too heavy – given the high ABV and complexity. Lacing was amazing with large patched clinging to the sides of the glass.

I absolutely love this Imperial IPA from Otto’s. It’s nicely balanced but still has a sophisticated complexity that makes the beer so interesting.

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Photo of nhindian
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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Photo of Bendurgin
4.24/5  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.

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Photo of Billolick
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 justintcoons
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Thanks to my buddy John for this one.

Reddish amber with a short off-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low-moderate carbonation.

Navel orange, tangerine, lemon and pink grapefruit.

Lemon pith, pink grapefruit and perfumey florals. Lighter notes of orange citrus and pineapple juice. Well balanced honey sweet backbone. Finishes with grapefruit rind, lemon zest and pine needles.

Medium-plus bodied, juicy, oily and smooth.

Well, I'll be...9.6%? Wow. Nicely balanced and hides the alcohol extremely well.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 UncleJimbo
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a growler.

This Double IPA poured a cloudy, orange-brown color with light tan, sudsy foam that settled but clung a bit. When I initially opened the growler I got a very strong, medicinal, phenolic odor, but luckily this smell did not come from the beer once it was poured into a glass. The smell from the beer was a pungent cascade hops aroma (fruity and grassy hops) with a bit of floral hops character. Eventually the smell faded to more like a tranditional English Pale Ale. Interesting. The taste was sweet and malty with a strong, grassy hoppy flavor. The hops prevailed over the malt. There was a hint of alcohol in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel was creamy and sweet up front with full body and low carbonation. It was a bit warming from the alcohol content, and the finish was bitter. This I2PA grew on me as I drank it. Rather nice overall.

Thanks to pabobcat for this growler.

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Photo of Morey
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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