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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 | website

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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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 240
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 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 ngeunit1
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades slowly down and leaves behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Strongest aroma is from the citrus hops. There are also some piney hops and some sweet malt in the background. Overall, not that aromatic.

T - Starts off with some strong citrus flavors with a mix of grapefruit and pineapple flavor. Through the middle, some sweet malts and pine hops and bitterness come through. The finish is a mix of piney hop bitterness and just a bit of sweet malt that lingers.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and lively. The pine hops leave a bit of a resiny feeling behind.

D - Very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden for a fairly strong 9.6% abv. The nose is a bit weak but the flavors do not disappoint.

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Photo of Siegmund
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter. No bottled date, but it was purchased at the brewery on 6/26, so It can't be more than 2 or 3 weeks old.

It pours a beautiful deep copper but with a very slight hint of pink. Decent head that died quickly but left good lacing on the glass. The smell has some great fruit notes in the hops, but its just not as pronounced as I would expect from a DIPA. The taste breaks from the aroma, it was certainly pronounced. Not as fruity as the smell would let me believe. A little grapefruit on the back end, but on the tongue its all bitterness.

Overall, this is a great beer to just sit and drink, not over analyze. Even at 9%+, it goes down really smooth. Not the best DIPA I've had; but its fairly cheap, local, and very well made. I'd buy it again

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
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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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 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 bs870621345
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for this one!

Pours a hazy orange color with an inch of white head and nice lacing all the way.

Smells like citrus and pine, with a slight caramel and bread backbone.

Opens up with a beautiful battle between pine and citrus hops and the caramel, and after a moment, hops take over and dominate the malt and moves into a resin hop finish. Has a strange taste on the end. Mouth watering for sure, up to that unusual finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, too much so, but nicely carbonated.

Overall, its a good beer and I appreciate the try at it.

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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 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 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 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 blackie
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: piraat snifter, light but persistent layer of carbonation, roused with each sip, the beer a deep, murky amber in color

s: lots of grainy caramel, sweet with fruity esters and an almost banana note, hops give both tropical and pine notes - full but well balanced with the malt sugars, avoiding the knockout punch that some versions go for, alcohol comes out sweet and spicy

m: carbonation light, medium body with a slick finish

t: caramel malt body, starts with mostly malt while the hop flavors come late into the middle, lots of piney hop flavor but more muddled and rustic than fresh and resionous, tealike, candied grain, yeasty fruit esters, bitterness starts low but grows with each sip, lingering well into the finish

d: a tasty, malty dipa, drinks just fine for the abv, a good example of the style if a bit unrefined, worth the 3.99 price tag any day

bomber from Wegmans, Williamsport, PA

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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 jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium amber orange color. Nice creamy, off white head that leaves an even layer on top without going away.

S - Could have a stronger aroma. Sweet caramel malt, some orange, and very light grapefruit. Overall, not very aromatic.

T - Taste if FAR BETTER than the nose suggests. Caramel lies below to support everything else. Has a small amount of sweetness up front with a little bit of buttery flavor. Has a little bit of pine bitterness and a whole lot of grapefruit. The ABV is not hidden and after the sip the back of the throat experiences a lingering warm sensation.

M - Leaves the mouth dry with an orange/grapefruit/metallic combo that lingers. Is creamy on the tongue with slight pricklies, and a heavy side of medium body. Finishes very, very well.

D - Wish I would have bought more than one bottle.

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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 mvanaskie13
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer my brother brought down from The central pa breweries

Poured from the bottle to a standard pint glass, with a nice golden amber color with head that dissipates quickly but laces nicely.

Smell is suprisingly underwhelming, but there are hints of raising caramely sweetness with piney hoppiness, and mild fruitiness. But just not that strong of scents that I'd expect from this style.

Taste is a piney hoppiness up front followed by a malt sweetness, of caramely flavors. Good , just enough punch in the flavors.

Mouthfeel is so smooth, flavors hit well and carbonation is just enough.

One of the most drinkable dipas I've ever had.

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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 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 number1bum
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed orange amber color with a creamy two fingers of ivory head. Keeps a full, but thin lace, although it does coat the sides nicely as it recedes after each sip.

Smells of zesty and juicy citrus, some lemon and grapefruit primarily. There is some bready malt and a bit of caramel sweetness too. A hint of alcohol is apparent on occasion.

Taste also has a good amount of citrus, with some pithy and bittersweet grapefruit in particular. Not as juicy as the nose, but there's some pine too and that plus the pithy grapefruit makes for a pleasant, bitter hoppiness. There's not a whole lot of malt character, with a bready quality and just a touch of caramel sweetness. The hops are showcased well, and finish quite bitter. I don't get any alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, pretty creamy with good carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry. Not terribly smooth owing to the big bitterness but that doesn't bother me much.

This is a really nice DIPA. It leans toward the bitter end for sure, but I wouldn't call it an unabated hop bomb. There's enough hop flavor to keep it interesting, and I'm a big fan of grapefruit hops to begin with. Not much malt balance, but it all comes together pretty nicely. Good stuff.

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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 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 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 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 JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a BIF shipment from Kegatron. Thanks Heath!

Pours a hazy copper with an offwhite head that thins to a wisp after a few minutes.

Aromas of piny and citrusy hops. Some malt in the backbone.

First taste is sweet with a hop explosion that fades into a bitter aftertaste that lingers long after the sip. On the verge of being mouth puckering bitter. Malt presence is still there as well.

Mouthfeel is full, sticky, bitter. The hop bitterness coats your mouth, then settles in for a long winter's nap. I could not session this beer. It is meant for a nightcap. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Drinkability is good for a beer that you would finish your night with, definitely not start off with. While I am looking forward to finishing this bottle tonight, I would not try more than one in a sitting.

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Double D IPA from Otto's Pub and Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.
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