mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bomber, with thanks to kramer17801! Pours a clear amber with a large creamy tan head that persists, good lacing. Aroma is floral, with supporting citrus, some orange peel and light caramel; very nice on the nose. Flavor also works very well together, with a fleeting bitter hops bite, and the floral, citrus and balancing malts right in there. Well balanced, unique and very enjoyable. Alcohol is undetectable. It’s been quite a while since a DIPA stood out from the crowd, and this one accomplishes that in spades! Shag (3026) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2008
This one poured an orange color with a rather large white head. The aroma contains quite a bit of pine and also some oranges and grapefruit. This one certainly has a good malt presence and the flavor consists of oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and more pine. A well balanced IIPA and not a typical hop bomb. A very good double IPA. I love me some DDs tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
nose is big pine hops and resin,golden amber color not a ton of head.good malt with again pine hops good mouthfeel, wow what a great DIPA! cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Double D pours a delicious looking amber bronze with a big fluffy white head with thick, blanketing lacing. Fruity hop aroma chock full of citrus and pine with a strong caramel and biscuit malt scent to back up the hops. Very adventurous for a strong hoppy beer as the malts are incredibly thick and help carry the heavy hops. Full bodied, bitter and soapy this one drinks real well. Sweet malts with lots of bread and caramel flavor along with a solid nuttiness. Wonderful fresh citrus hops and some mild mixed berry flavor as well. mcberko (18065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours golden orange with a white head. Aroma of tropical fruits (peach, mango, orange), caramel, and citrus. Flavour of spicy hops, tropical fruits (as above), caramel and citrus. Most excellent.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2007
My 100th IPA Rating!!! (including DIPAs) Big thanks to adrian910ss for this growler. Nice hazy-amber color with a medium head. Thick hop aroma with lots of pine, strong citrus, and other sweet hop essence. Flavor was a pleasant hop-blast that really delivers with tons of hop bitterness and citric sweetness. I’m getting lots of grapefruit and some resiny pine plus a nice, yet subtle malt backing that is sweet yet allows the hops to do their thing. I really have to make it up there one of these days. Nice DIPA! Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - DEC 27, 2007
bottle from mj. cloudy tan w/a thin sticky head. strong vanilla nose w/an inviting oak. creamy sweet pine & tea flavor. a nice orange flavor with a bit of the vanilla i got in the nose showing up. i don’t know the abv as i write this, but i’m feeling it. a very sweet ipa. far from a hop bomb & i like it.
3 8 8 5 17 OldMrCrow (2443) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Bottle from DocLock -- thank you!!!
wetherel (1885) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 26, 2008
These days it takes an awful lot to produce a standout American IPA or IIPA. Just about every craft brewery in the country has been trying their hand at this game for the last few years, and the good news is that all this activity has brought the baseline way up. The number of 3.4 -- 3.6 IPAs and IIPAs in the country is just amazing. Everyone one of them is worth drinking and I’m sure I’ve only had only a very tiny fraction of them. The bad news is that given this glut of extremely drinkable IPAs in every corner of the country, it takes something really exceptional to make a standout IPA or IIPA, a beer that leap out from this enormous crowd the way that Two Hearted ale and Diamond Knot PA and Green Flash IPA have. It takes something really special to actually impress me with an (I)IPA.
With their Double D IPA, I think that Ottos have hit this tiny target right on the bullseye. Deep amber pour, lovely brown tones running through the botlte. Grapefruit nose, laced with honey and peaches, flavors balanced with perfection on the knife-edge between citrus hops and caramel richness, avoiding all the while the traps of thick and cloying sticking IIPA sweetness and ruinition-style oily tastebud destruction. Ah, those peaches come through the flavor, lovely, plenty of citrus too, cantelope, light caramels, sweet but never Sweet. The hop oils leave delightful memories - not scars - behind on the tongue. The mouthfeel is refreshing, almost light, despite the big ABV, no heat, no stickiness. I’d have believed 6.0% with ease.
Wow. I’m super-impressed by this beer, and I can’t think of a style where impressing me would be harder. Superb!
22oz bottle from kramer17801 yesterday, March 25th, 2008. With a strong pour a small white microbubble head forms, but quickly fades. Nice mild hoppy aroma and a bit of melanoidin malt aroma. Very nice, I can’t wait to drink it. Sweet, mild bitterness. Crazy easy to drink. Like a toned down very of other great IIPAs. Yum. Could drink regularly. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 9, 2008
Amber of color with a nice longlasting beige head. An aroma of hops, grapefruits, malty bisquit notes and caramel. A flavor of malt, hops, grapefruits, caramel and malty.