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Ding Ding Double IPA | Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gusler on 12-08-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by beerguy101:
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4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange gold color. Medium tan foamy head. Aroma is piney and floral. A medium bodied double IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are very piney, grapefruity with a touch of citrus and floral. The hops really dominate in this beer, Balanced toward the bitter, but not in any overly aggressive way. Smooth and juicy. No noticeable alcohol bite at 10.5%. Very nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Gusler
4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Draught @ Strong Ale Fest, San Diego 2003
I’m going to tell you “Beer Fan’s” this was the hit of the “Fest” for me, while I sampled a ton of new beers over the two and a half days I was there, this beer I sampled at least ten times, maybe more, I bought sixty extra tickets plus the ten they gave me when I paid my dues. So when someone ask me what’s your favorite IPA, I can say Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Companies “Ding Ding Double IPA”, a place I’ve never seen but bet your last dollar I will make sure and stop in on my next visit to San Diego.

The beer on the pour a translucent golden amber with the head modest in size and bright white with a creamy texture and a fine sealing sheet of lace. Massive hop floral nose, sweet malt, lemon-lime crisp, what a treat for the schnozzle, start is rich in malt, ambrosial with a light to middling feel at the top. Finish is stern in it’s acidity, but the hops steal the show, massive but not in a hateful way, refreshingly spicy, robust but pleasing to the palate, very dry aftertaste that lingers longingly on the palate, what a “Masterpiece” of the brewing art, I’d buy a tanker truck full of this beer if it were available here. Amazing but you would never know it was 10.5 ABV, until you sampled a few and you fell off your barstool.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Are you kidding me? This is a hop lover's absolute dream. I had an extremely hopped beer at the Tugboat Brewery in Portland last summer during the Oregon Brew Festival. I said to myself (being the hophead that I am), all this beer is lacking is a good malt balance to perfect it. Well, that's what I found in Ding Ding Double IPA. I purchased a growler and shared it with some friends. The consensus of my hophead friends is that this is a dynamite, hard biting, in-your-face, boldly hopped Double IPA. There is a complex hop blend at work here that is unlike any other brew that appeals to the IPA fans. I can't wait to get back to Oggi's and renew the experience. Thank you, Jeff.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a sample cup at the Lupulin Slam.

Appearance: Hazy brown topped by a smallish offwhite head that dissipated to a film and a ring in a short period of time. No real lacing was left.

Smell: Fruity hop goodness. Centennial in da hizouse!!. Caramel malt aromas provide some nice depths.

Taste: Boozy, medicinal hop goodness with some excellent caramel malt backing. Piney and sprucy with some interesting woody flavors. Damn this is good.

Mouthfeel: Thick and oily from all the hops. Hooyah.

Drinkability: Sheer hop madness. Gawdamn. Again, another one that I wish I could have had more than a sample of.

Other: The second beer offered by Oggi's at the Lupulin Slam. It was introed by Tom Nickel reciting a "Top things heard about Jeff's Ding Ding" in his best Ah-nold the Governator voice. My fav's were:

Jeff's Ding Ding is so big, it comes by the pitcher.
Jeff's Ding Ding is so big, I can't swallow it all.
Sam Calagione said, "The last thing I remember is the taste of Jeff's Ding Ding in my mouth!"

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival which was hosted at the Pizza Port in Carlsbad this weekend.

Listed as 10.5% ABV on the Beer List that was handed out.

The name “Ding Ding Double IPA” made it sound like a cross between a Chinese Panda Bear and a Liquor Order, more than a Beer. Indeed, it caused much mirth and amusement, and I heard it called “Ding DONG” on at least two occasions. Maybe “Ding Dong” is the Collective Noun for “Ding Ding’s”?!

Appearance: Exceptionally clear golden color, like a light Cider almost. Perfect white head that was very smooth and had good retention which, combined with the solid carbonation level’s, presented the Strong Ale Festival Imbiber with a fine looking IPA.

Nose: I would have to say that the nose on this IPA was just perfect, everything you expect from a fine IPA. The hops were Floral, as opposed to the raw grassy kind so often experienced. Hints of grapefruit. A fresh, hoppy, fruity little number.

Taste: Strangely enough, I got the sensation of Pilsner like Malts at the start for a short duration, which then transitioned into a more of a toasted Malt, but again only for a short period. Grapefruit middle, light spicy hop feel with some citric acidity and “bite”. The hops come through in the end. Determined but never ‘Over The Top’, they are Strong but never Bully. This had a lovely astringent finish with a mild Dry Cider like acidity on the tongue after the swallow. Superb!

Mouthfeel: Not that big actually – this was the surprise. It was pleasing enough, and had no faults, but it certainly did not feel like a 10.5% Double IPA. No oily sensations often found at this strength meant that this was a real quaffer, so whilst it gets a 4.0 for mouthfeel, it ensures the Taste and Drinkability are both straight 5.0’s.

Drinkability: I had a couple of the Ding Ding’s on Saturday morning and had to restrain myself because neither of them lasted long at all, and I was trying to pace myself. Later in the Evening, I had a couple more – damn, I could easily have drunk this one all night given half the chance and no other beers to sample. As it was, this beer was the one I drank the most of, by far.

Overall: Without Doubt – this was THE Beer of the 2003 Strong Ale Festival for me. Simply awesome, an incredibly well-crafted and balanced Double IPA that really Kicks Butt.

But to call it “Ding Ding”? I mean, come on……..LOL

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Photo of IceAce
4.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy with an orange core and amber edges. The nose is ridiculous sweet, complimented by piney and citrusy hops.

Initial taste puts the tongue into alpha-acid shock, only to be briefly replaced with an outstanding malt midtaste with a spicy orangepeel tang.

The slight midtaste pause by the hops is used to gather momentum for a spectacular floral hoppy finish with a wee bit of grapefruit peeking through. The hop fade begins at the back of the tongue and lasts more than halfway down the trachea...

Balance not only exists in this double IPA...it thrives and is observed in the full, chewy mouthfeel and golden colors of the body. Pair it with any offering containing jalapenos and / or tabasco.

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Ding Ding Double IPA from Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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