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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Added by PSUDREW on 01-05-2004

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Photo of beckje01
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
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 AleWatcher
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
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...

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Photo of jjanega08
3.02/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to merc7186 for this extra!

Pours what I can only describe a golden with a kiss of orange. A decent head forms but the weight on this one takes over and wins out. Not much to talk about with lacing and the body is DENSE, a very thick and syrupy looking double.

The nose from the second the bottle is capped is sharp citrus goodness. Grape fruit, hints of pine, and well a good bit of alcohol are on display. A bready caramel malt through out. This one is BIG. After the review edit, but the malt is far more toward the bready side than the caramel side.

The hops are sharp with a lot of alcohol here drying out the finish. Certainly citrus and piney with a huge malt back. This beer is intense. It has the weight and body of an east coast IPA, but the dry finish of a west coast beer. Alcohol is extremely present.

Very chewy and thick body here and again a lot of alcohol though I won't call it heat.

My first thought on this one was wow A+ call it a day. Sadly that impression doesn't last. Too much alcohol and the malt doesn't complement the hops instead it just makes the beer feel bigger and thicker. This is darn tasty stuff and as an IPA lover don't get me wrong I'm thrilled to be enjoying this bad boy, but I'm not going to seek this one out. Hopefully this is a reasonable priced bomber (say 6 or less) locally and if so it's a good buy for the locals and might be a great buy on tap. I have a feeling the sharp hops and alcohol presence will be too much for anyone who doesn't enjoy both bold big beers and super hoppy ones.

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Photo of bamadog
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Naugled
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
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.


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Photo of PSUDREW
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice little brew we got here. It pours a dark orange/amber/copper color. It pours with some head, about 1/3 inch, give or take. Has some lace all the way down, with a nice pattern emegring in my last couple of glasses. Smell of hints of a variety of citrus. The hops are, of course, teh dominat taste. To me, it is a much, MUCH lighter variety of DFH 120 IPA, which is a compliment. not as deep and complex, but a nice little combo they got going on. It has a nice, almost-clean finish. You still get the hop/light cittrus/ semi-bitter after-taste, but if just feels right. A good show by otto's, and I am starting to dig this place more and more with every growler my gf brings home. enjoy!

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small white head that fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left behind. Tiny bubbles of CO2 quickly rise to the top.
Smell is of heavy citrus with loads of grapefruit, earth, pine, caramel, and light diacytel.
Taste is of grapefruit, herbs, spicy pepper, and light buttercream.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, yeasty, and very bitter.
It looks like I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the other folks have. I just thought it was a bit off balance and leaning too heavily on the bitters without much of a sugary backbone.

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Photo of dacrza1
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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Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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 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 AgentZero
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber beer with a lot of yellow in it. Nice strings of bubbles floating up to the top. HUGE, thick foamy head with ridiculous retention. Some nice fat splotches and soapy curtains left on my glass.

S - A little malt forward, lot of citrus hops. There is a bit of resinous pine in here.

T - Some grapefruit, and a bit of citrus orange in there as well. There is a slight bit of malt, but mostly it's some fruity, sweet hop tastes that dominate. Slight touch of resin, little bit of alcohol burn. It's not bad, but it's got a slightly chemical taste that keeps it from being a first tier DIPA.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Slight alcohol sensation.

O - It's okay, more than passable, with a couple of slightly objectionable characteristics. Drank it easily enough.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head,nice lacing rings and a burnt orange body.

Malt to a citrus flavor to the bitterness.There citrusy though.Taste really nice

Malty and hoppy.

Nice carbonation with a smooth mouthful.

STRONG! Its a sipper for sure.I would like to have again.God bless Penn State.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a nice amber/copper color with a around a 1/2 inch head which persisted upon pouring.

Smell - Initially hit with citrus hop followed shortly by piney which then overwhelms the nose.

Taste - A little more subtle then would be expected in hop flavor then would be expected for the strength of the brew, but a nice balance of hop and malt makes it easy drinking.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation again lends to easy drinkable. The body is rather medium in demeanor - thick enough to slow you down for the high abv.

Overall - A good brew worth the experience, although a more I would typically choose an IPA with a bit more hoppiness to match the high abv of the beer.

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Photo of joepais
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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

Appearance: When poured, it has a cloudy appearance with a thick foamy head that lingers on top of the beer for the entire length of consumption

Smell: Very hoppy, but lacks much other character. There are slight hints of fruit, but thats about it.

Taste: The taste does not go far from the taste, as very few other tastes can break through the strong piney hops. Hints of fruit get crushed immediately leaving you wanting just a bit more.

Feel: the beer starts you off with a bitter blast of hops and some carbonation that stings the palate, but finishes smooth.

Drinkability: For this being one of my favorite styles of beer, I found that this beer was too filling to enjoy as much as I would have liked.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of uno99
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a few Otto's brews as trade extras. Thought I'd try this one out on a boring Tuesday evening.

Poured at 55 Degrees.

A: This IPA pours remarkably dark amber. A little ruby tint as well. While its not exactly to style, it scores some big points with the huge head, great retention and ample lacing.

S: Nose is kind of weak here. Gets a little stronger as it warms of course, but over-all not a big winner. Strangely malty.

T: Taste however is really quite interesting. Not the most to style offering, but it is really tasty and rather unique. Hops and malts are well balanced. lots of fruity esters from the yeast I'm guessing.

M: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. not too sweet or sticky. Quite good.

Overall, this 12 ounce bottle is not enough. An easy drinker at almost %10. Hops aren't out of whack either. Otto's pub would surely be a stop should I ever visit the area.

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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 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 krisandajt
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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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 Sammy
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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