3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
adrian910ss (2541) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewpub. Pours a dark amber coppery color with a thin white head. Aroma is of fresh wet east coast pine needles and plenty of hops. Flavor is piney with a slight malty aftertaste, Excellent overall.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An Ottos staple, this is fantastic. The ABV is high, but the actual hop bitterness isn’t quite where I expected. Still, the flavor is a mix of citrus and greens, and it’s delicious. A must-have.
jason (1814) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 Draft. Smooth Imperial! Great aroma, perfect color. Flavor is fantastic but lite. Same great taste almost each sip and a nice head to it. The alcohol level is well hidden. One of Otto’s best. Cheers!
Update: Same great grapefruit tones. Very smooth IPA with alcohol still well hidden.
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Marijuana all over this one. In the aroma and it tasted like I had a super skunky nugget in my mouth. More over, the pine and resin is what dominated the aroma, giving it that herbal quality. Taste was piney, with also lots of citrus and bitterness as well.
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent IPA by Otto’s. Since I’m a Hop Head, this was right up my alley. Beautiful color and flavor. Strong shot of alcohol involved here. Don’t drink this and drive.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 Update: Had again when dry-hopped with amarillo and it makes it even better. This is an outstanding DIPA.
My first beer at HBF, so I can remember it pretty well. The brewers said that it is made mostly with centennial cascade and chinook, which give it an excellent american citrus/piney flavor and aroma. The alcohol was very well hidden. Great IIPA.