Double D IPA | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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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): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head.

Smells of citrusy hops, with a sweet and sometimes sour undertone.

Taste is quite subtle for the style and ABV, but satisfying nontheless. Hides alcohol well. Slight bitterness but mostly citrusy malts. Light mouthfeel. Quite drinkable for its style and strength but also quite forgettable.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Despite the plentiful headroom, not much head. The bottle is probably several months old as I don't recall the exact purchase date but it's almost certainly early 2015.

Orange/amber in color, which matches the general aroma and flavor - sweet, citrusy. Hops do not predominate because it's about a year out from packaging, so this is not likely to be representative.

Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Slightly bitter but not over the top as I'd expect from a Double IPA. Some caramel, although not overly present - maybe sort of an apricot flavor? Does make my tongue pucker up in the middle a bit, and tingly on the tip but don't really not anything on the sides. Alcohol present in the aftertaste, a mild bit of burn but not overpowering.

Other beers in this ABV range come across to me as medicinal to some extent, but this one doesn't. A better overall balance thanks to the citrus-y quality of the hops. As a dark beer enthusiast this is a bit outside my general comfort level but I would pick some up again - I think it would be a great companion to a sweet BBQ rack of ribs, suitable for tailgating at Happy Valley.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light Amber color. Aroma is malty and raisiny. Flavor is a little bitter up front with a well balanced smooth finish. Overall a solid IPA but I prefer a stronger hop presence.

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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 EMV
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Imperial IPA, and the hoppy bitterness plays very well with the sweetness of the high alcohol and citrus notes 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 tone77
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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 RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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 sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a 12 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer is a gift from my brother Brian.
The beer pours a bright clear copper color with minimal eggshell white head of about .5 cm. The head fades quickly to a tightly packed edge layer.
Aroma is some light caramel and then rindy and spicy hops. I also get a little black pepper booze mixed in.
First sip reveals an average body with mild spacious carbonation that rolls gently across my palate.
Flavor is similar to what is to be expected from the nose, I get some mildly grainy and sweet caramel this rolls to a very dry finish with some rindy citrus hops and a lingering astringency.
There is just a little booze that gives a slight peppery kick but no warmth or fusol heat.
THe beer is very easy to drink even with the larger ABV.
I find his ABV enjoyable and fun to drink. Could be a little on the dangerous side for drinkability. A nice example of the style that isnt just tons of hops to burn your mouth as you drink.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Omnium
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clear orange gold with a finger of foamy white head with some medium spotty lacing.
S - Dank pine, a little astringent, some ripe tropical notes.
T - Malt sweetness, orange juice, dank pine and hop resin, grassy, alcohol
M - Too much alcohol burn, kinda sticky.
O - Decent double IPA, aroma is the best part, just too much alcohol.

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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 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 rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber orange, well carbonated, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Rather hoppy, more earthy than citrus, caramel.

T-Well balanced, nice bitterness in the finish. Earthy hops, some citrus, caramel and malt as well.

M-Medium bodied, velvety with nice carbonation.

O-Not a hop bomb but well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, did not know it was 9% when drinking it, or I would have slowed down.

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Photo of tviz33
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For my 100th review I've decided it to be most appropriate to have a local brew. (State College, PA). Go Nittany Lions!

A- Pours a deep but translucent amber with a huge rocky tan head that sticks around forever.

S- Quite a hop presence, with not detecting much malt to back it up. Very citrusy and clean smelling.

T- Follows the nose very consistently. Clean and refreshing, but not quite balanced enough; something is just a little off. The finish is quite dry and bitter. The malt reappears here with a more dominating presence.

M- The carbonation is towards the high end of the scale and the body is medium, if not thin for the style.

O- I like this beer, but don't love it. The price is great at $4 though.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. Pours orange with a short lived white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade, pale malt and ripe fruit. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt, and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and very hoppy. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 22-oz bottle while in Williamsport, PA. Cost approx. $3.50. No freshness or bottled on date can be seen on bottle.

Pours a clear copper color with okay head that thins to a lace. Good carbonation evident. Smells American hop citrus & pine upfront with supporting malt sweetness to back it up. Perhaps a little too much sweet caramel malt in the nose. Tastes hoppy upfront with a nice firm bitterness and a lingering resiny hop flavor. Malt is there and supportive, and does not get in the way of the hop notes. Mouthfeel a tad too heavy due to the perceived sweetness. Tastes dry yet sweet.

Overall, a very decent double IPA. Would drink again, especially for the price.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-pine, malt, grapefruit, herbal notes

T-pine, caramel malt, grapefruit, orange, herbal, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, smooth

O-a decent DIPA with good flavor, a little sweet, but not too sweet

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Photo of russwbeck
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from the brewery a week or so ago.

A: The beer pours into my Otto's pint glass golden brown in color with around a finger or so of white head. The retention isn't great, but the beer bubbles really nicely. A crystal clear beer that looks very inviting.

S: Really big citrus aroma with a nice amount of pine underlying. There seems to be a decent amount of malt teasing the nose as well. It smells a bit muted, and certainly much lighter than the style or ABV lead on.

T: The taste is much more in line with an Imperial IPA! Certainly a big caramel maltiness lends some sweet notes to an otherwise citrusy and piney IPA. Really sweet, with a balance that is all East Coast (you West Coast Hop Heads should probably steer clear as the hops are not the key focal point).

MF: Medium body with a below average carbonation. Really drinkable, the ABV is hidden really well and the dry hop finish keeps you coming back for more.

O: Really nice offering from State College's only microbrewery. You can't go wrong at only $4 per 22oz bottle!

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Photo of AdamBear
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-good color of amber. nice stable cream colored head

S-strong scent of quality herbal hops. smells fresh and creamy

T-comes in with a very bitter taste of fainted herbal hops. the flavors seem to be neat muted but maybe they're just hidden by the overpowering bitterness. the bitterness lasts in to a faint matching after-taste.

M-bitterness! medium to low carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-a pretty good and drinkable IPA. its a bit of a kick in the mouth. definitely doesn't have great flavors though.

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Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a dull and hazy, burnt orange body...the head was white in color and stood one finger slowly fell to a thin cap, but a full ring, and left some decent lacing

S - The nose had a lot of citrus notes and some resinous pine mixed in...there was a big, sweet malt bill dripping with caramel

T - First sip brings forward a lot of sweet notes...sweet and juicy citrus along with sweet caramel...the citrus fades quickly but the caramel lasts for a while...the hops do make a come back in the finish...some piney hops cut through the caramel and leave a long lasting bitterness

M - Medium bodied...sweet, bitter, sticky, some alcohol burn

O - As many DIPA's lately, this one was just a touch too sweet for me...the bitterness was there, but I couldn't get over the sticky-sweet malt...I prefer the Slab Cabin IPA

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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 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 Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Bierman9
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 22oz bomber at the Georgetown Deli in Wilkes-Barre on 25JAN12 for $6.99. Time to lax with a DIPA after my tasty steak 'n' cheese wrap... Nothing distinguishing found on the label, such as ingredients or freshness dating.

Poured into a nonic pint, it is a slightly hazy, muted golden color. Carbo is slow and scattered, while the head is a creamy and fine off-white layer of foam. Lacing was on the lighter side, but still decent. The aroma has some toasty malt mingling with a bit of grapefruit and a hint of honey. The mouthfeel was real nice. I got a touch of chewiness in the medium-plus body, and it was gliding easily over the tongue.

The flavor has some nice sweetness right off. There's some toasty malt mixed in with fruitiness, like apricot and tangerine, plus a hint of honey here as well. The sweeter aspect of the taste lasts quite well, and it's only at the very end that some rindy, bitter hopping comes forth. Nothing earth-shattering here, but it's still solid and quite drinkable. I'd get another, next time I'm down in PA... Prosit!!

4/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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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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