puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
My first sample of the day at CL RB gathering. Hand-bottled 22oz provided by Dickinsonbeer. Really fresh aroma, juicy and ripe. Good body and balance to this one, hops were big without being in your face. I liked this better than both Hop 15 and Pliny the Younger. thebaldwizard (1365) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
I had this right after the Pizza Port Hop 15 (both courtesy of the very generous Dickinsonbeer). They tasted so much alike, I couldn’t believe it. The big difference was in mouthfeel. The Double D is more carbonated--and thus a little weaker feeling. Great hop flavor, tons of pine mixed with generous doses of caramel malt. My first beer from Ottos, and certainly won’t be my last. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
Big piney hops in the aroma.Pours a medium copper with a medium white head.Lots of malt with a good mix of piney hops in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a piney hop/malt finish. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2007
Super tropical, yet not fatiguingly sweet - instead a good hefty dose of back-of-the-tongue bitterness of the grapefruit and citrus rind variety. A little sweet sugar in the flavor. Smells floral. Gorgeous bronze, great head. Handbottled via dickinsonbeer. Great example, alcohol in perfect range and not too apparent. Near PP Frank territory for me (and, I think it a similar beer). jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2007
Mjames left this growler for the tasting...that he didn’t attend; nice guy. Classic medium amber with a white head. Citrusy, piney tropical fruit nose (amarillo perhaps?) really nice. Big pine, grapefruit, vanilla, tropical fruity, juicy hops with plenty of caramel malt backing. For the amount of hopping, this was very smooth. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Very good IIPA!
JAXSON (611) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
Glass from brewub before feats of stregth and valor with Dave and TJ. Good, big nose with piney hops, apricots. Flavor good, big at the start and full. Malts balance hops well. Good beer, would be a session if not so strong. JoeMcPhee (10137) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Very dark, hazy brown brew with an off-white head. Hoppy aroma with moderate spice and resiny aroma. Some fantastic fresh pineapple and other tropical fruits over a soft toast, caramel and light chocolate maltiness. Very soft wheaty texture. Low to moderate carbonation accentuates the hops brilliantly. As it warms, even more sweet tropical hops, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple come out. Moderate bitterness and a long dry hoppy finish. Awesome stuff. cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007
For a double IPA, I wasn’t too thrilled with the seeminly lack of complexity with this one. It had a good hop profile and a nice bitiness too the ABV; however there was a lack of malt backbone that other Doubles exhibit. 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. scraff (2125) - 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...