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Hopheads rejoice! This strong IPA takes the style to a new level. It’s a big Imperial IPA packed with Nugget, Palisade, and Amarillo hops. Previously 8.2%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RealAle (12) - USA - MAR 15, 2007
Had this beer on tap @ Hopdevil. Great appearance, luscious balanced of sweetness/hops. Very drinkable, the low carbonation helped extremely. The beer had the head and volume of a Nitro beer. One of the best Imp. IPA’s you are going to find.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Tap @ Hop Devil Grill - Dark hazy orange, creamy light tan head. Front loaded fresh hop nose of pine, peach, and hints of grapefruit and apricot. As it warms, wafts of brown sugar are well noted too. Flavor is supper hopped without major bitterness. Sweet caramel notes work their way in to actually bring this close to balance. Not quite, but very close. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. A very well made D-IPA in my book...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (4341) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Decent, hoppy IPA at State College’s only brewpub. When you aren’t sure, choose this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Growler. Pours a hazy, orange-rust appearance; fluffy, light tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Lots of chewy grapefruit and citrus hops in the aroma; sweet, maple syrup backdrop. Full, chewy mouthfeel: plenty of orange and grapefruit hops, nice dank quality; well-balanced, maple syrup and candy sugar maltiness; tasty, satisfying double IPA. Medium, citrus and brown sugar finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wild4mild (38) - USA - OCT 11, 2006
Now where did I put that Christmas tree car air freshener? Oh here it is, in my beer glass. Yum. But seriously. Intense hops, some fruit. Not bad once you get use to the intensity of it all. Don’t forget to wear your seatbelt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Growler. Pours a deep almost brownish orange with a thin head. Nose is piney and floral. Ever drink a Christmas tree adorned with grapefruits. Well, this one is it. This was very delicious once you were used to the extreme pineyness, but it all made perfect sense in the end, A flatline of bitterness throughout. Nice balance of the hops and malts. This was a VERY drinkable 2IPA, but be careful of the alcohol, it’ll get ya.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Rerate: bottles, Mar 09 - they freakin’ suck. Higher abv, fusel, iced tea bombs, messy. ugh. Why did Otto’s have to change the recipe?

Rerate: bottles, Sep 07 - they freakin’ rock. That is all.

This beer changes from batch to batch. It sucks because the August/2006 batch was STELLAR, I gave it a 4.5. The newest batch (Jan/2007) is not as good at the last one, but still plenty tasty... and of course the nose is what kills for this beer. The Jan/07 batch has a big nut and cedar flavor, almost metallic, and it takes away from the juicy dank leafy quality that makes this beer great. This current batch is more in the 4-4.2 range, while the best Double D batch will be in the 4.4-4.6 range.

"Old" draught sample - near the end of the keg. This rating is from the first time I had this beer. Murky dark orange, almost red in color, rusty looking. Spicy nose, with some Belgian-like yeast esters, and some cannibus tinny hops, and a sweaty BO-like nose of chewy malts. Brash bitterness, fruity and tinny. Overall quite good, but not outstanding. Reminds me of the Whoop Pass IPA actually, and is in the vein of DIPA that I do not enjoy: tinny, chewy caramelized hops.

"New" draught sample... had this right around when a new keg was tapped... this... beer... is... phenomenal. I was disappointed the first time I got a pint of this, but the next day the keg was blown. Trying this new keg... holy crap, the nose is downright perfect, so full of such juicy, dank, fruity and sugary cannibus buds, hop cones and sugary candy... the nose is one of the best I’ve experienced on a double IPA. Flavorwise it’s spot on, sweet, hoppy, properly bitter, even a little too bitter, but just full of flavor... tastes like sugar-coated hop and cannibus buds.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Growler from JasonMech77 (that I had to drink myself...sweet) Poured a hazy amber color with a meidum sized off-white head. Big dry hop aroma of citrus, pine, tangerines, and some earthy notes. The hops pretty much covers up the malt. There was even a light hint of chocolate. The flavor was hop foward with citrus and pine. Some caramel maltiness showed itself at the finish. Nice amount of bittness back bone that gives this beer a great balance. Some warmth from the beer but the alcohol is hidden very well. Other than the fact that it is starting to kick my ass. Very nicely done and very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Orange-amber body with a faint haze and a receding off-white head. Wonderful fresh hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, mango, cedar, and sweet crystal malt with a quality almost like maple. Great malt character for a DIPA; comes across like an imperial red. Nice fresh hop flavors and aggressive, scouring bitterness. Terrific beer that reminds me that very few beers beat a fresh DIPA from a high quality brewpub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 The best beer I’ve had at ottos had a sample and had to buy a pint. Nose is a bouquet of floral hops and grapefruit with some spiceness. Dark copper color. Its a hop bomb. great oily texture that goes down smooth. grapefruit notes in the taste nice malt balance. really good impy ipa

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