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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PSUDREW on 01-05-2004

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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 97
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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Photo of spycow
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with an off white head. The nose brings a good dose of grapefruit and citrus hops. Maybe a hint of pine. The taste isn't quite as hop forward and shows a bit of malt. A touch of alcohol as well. The feel is really nice and bitter with a really good finish. Drinks well and is a nice DIPA all around.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Kegatron
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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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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a trade a while back and had not gotten around to trying it until today. I had seen it sitting in the fridge and I was in the mood for a little something different so I grabbed this one and went head long into it to see what it was made of. Poured into an Imperial pint glass I served it at slightly above fridge temperature.

Appearance - The pour was rather nice, in actuality it was very nice with a great orange tinted amber hue to it. Some nice haze and cloudiness were to be found inside, but nothing that would cause it to become opaque in anyway at all. Nice carbonation could be scene streaming up from the bottom of the glass to reinforce everything along the way. A three inch high head of white foam then formed on the top and seemed to last for quite a long time before folding n on itself and leaving behind a copious amount of side glass lace that really coated the inside of the glass and made things look just that much better. I though this one had the classic look for a double IPA.

Smell - The aroma was pure, strong, and very bitter hops right out of the gate. There was no messing around here, in fact it was all grapefruit, and pungent lime for me. Not much balance here at all, but sometimes you really don't need it in these big IPA's. Some robust hot alcohol notes coming through on here as well, nothing really extraordinarily big, but enough to let you notice that it was there for sure.

Taste - The flavor was pretty much in the same boat as the aroma, and was totally driven by the hops right out of the gate. Rich and very bitter tones of grapefruit, and tangerine were right on the tongue. Some light lemongrass and coriander as well. Very nice pungent taste. There was a light sweetness way in the back, but you really had to go searching for it to find. The finish was long and drawn out, very dry leaving you with almost nothing left in your mouth but lip puckering tastes of pine. Very nicely done and pretty much your classic big west coast IPA.

Mouthfeel - Not an overly heavy IPA that was for sure, in fact it was a touch on the light to medium side of the body style. Nice and generous carbonation was present, keeping it feeling lively throughout the session and really letting it have a nice all around smooth feeling to it. Strong finish and no let down in flavor.

Drinkability - You could definitely feel every bit of the bigness in this one, which was for sure, still though it was above a sipper and definitely something you were able to put down he bottle of without batting so much as an eye really. Quite nice and a very good overall representation of the style.

Overall I had to say this one was pretty darn good. I was not sure how good it would be, but judging on looks along it was very nice. The flavors were solid and it really had quite a lot going for it. I do not think there is a hophead out there who would really be disappointed by this one at all. Definitely a quality beer here for sure.

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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 orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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 ShanePB
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 1-11-11
On tap at the brewery.

A - Medium amber colour, filtered, very little white head.

S - Citrus, peach, tangerine and floral notes from the hops. Slight caramel nose.

T - Hops are the same as the nose. A big caramel malt backbone. Bitter finish

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation

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Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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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Double D IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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