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High Five! - Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB visit their website
Sweden

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hopped with five American hop varieties.

(Beer added by: bark on 06-05-2008)
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a pleasantly clear orange hue, with a pretty solid yellow-white head of frothy foam. Some patchy suds of lacing stick around. Body is fluid but with some weight behind it that allows very fine carbonation to form. It looks good.

Nose is mild and slightly herbal. Some peppery spice, perhaps a slightly English overtone to it. Slight sawdust character, and a bit of dust. Slightly sweet malt comes through, with a little phenolic banana aroma. Overall, it's ok, but nothing really special.

Taste is similar. Smooth, slightly nutty malt with a dusty, earthy hop character, and a bit of herbal, leafy bite. Some pith comes through, but there's really not much true citrus character. Mild, tannic bitterness sits on the finish. Feel is pretty flat and a bit thin.

Overall, it's another disappointing IPA from Dugges, following on from the Holy Cow! There's something about it that seems a bit pedestrian about it anyway, and the fact that it seems old doesn't do it any favours.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 23, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +7%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -19.8%

aztraz, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small, white head.
Nose shows grapefruit and floral hops along with a hint of honey.
Flavours focus on the same floral and spicy hops, followed by a bit of bready and biscuit-like malt.
Body seems a bit undercarbonated.
Pretty easy-drinking stuff.

CrazyDavros, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 12, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled is good till July 2012.

Appearance is much like the hiphiphooray! only lighter. Glowing orange and cherry red, dulling outside the light and appearing brown and dull bodied. Head is off white and a mix of creamy and off white. Not much lacing while drinking.

Nose is subte sweet juicy orange citrus. Mild hop presence not a big hop bomb here. Softy graham cracker feeling as well.

Taste.. never mind that its the texture that wins. When have I ever had an IPA that was creamy? Gee let me think oh yeah never until now! What a creamy dense palate, with a juicy creamsicle popsicle orange juicy, lingering with a soft mushy graham cracker malt. Not piny, not bitter, hints of sweetness and the orange like sprinkled sugar, mild zest. Dry feeling bringing a little hop just ever so slightly.

This is not your regular American hop beer blast. This is a juicy frontier to just dive in to. Really dug this.

smakawhat, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Hopmodium, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY as part of a flight in the back garden.

Pours out a golden copper orange, with a 1.5 inch head, and really good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite grassy, with some additional grapefruit.

This is a pretty earthy IPA. Slightly dirty tasting, but still quite nice. Lots of grass and pine, but not particularly bitter or astringent. Some citrus flavors, mostly grapefruit.

Medium bodied, almost creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

Only at The Blue Monk could I try an IPA from Sweden. This one was pretty good.

GreesyFizeek, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy reddish copper in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but never quite completely faded away, leaving swirls of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring round the edge of the glass..
S: There are aromas of citrusy, floral and grassy hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but has a bit more maltiness. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink because there is a very good balance between the hops and malt and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Bananaman
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice beer from Dugges, I had it at Bishop's Arms in Karlstad!

Pours a orange hazy color with a nice white foam.

Very easy-to-drink with a very well balanced bitterness. I find som grapefruit in both taste and smell. Gotta' love the Cascade-hops.

I hope that I get to lay my hands on a few more bottles of this one.

A great IPA from Dugges.

Bananaman, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from Dugges, a somewhat hyped brewery here in Sweden. Oh well, lets see...

Smell: very american, as expected, with citrus, grape, resin, orange, but also some darker fruits, like plums, raisins; and roasted malt. Promising.

Taste: fruity, malty and pretty sweet. Very balanced. Lots of grape, black currants, resin, roasted malt, biscuit, caramell and butter. I think I found some notes of smoked, burnt meat as well. Perhaps a little bit too much carbonation, but it was ok.

A fine IPA from Dugges. Well worth a try.

simonjohansson, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of rarbring
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clouded orange, has an off.white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is expected citric, grape-fruit, but also pine resin and needles.

The taste has balanced sweet initial notes, toffee and raisins besides the expected grape-fruit juice. Finish with bitter pine resin notes.

Medium high carbonation, a fresh texture, rather thin body, a dry feeling.

On the first review (110420) this beer was a bit off, with sour notes that was no find on this re-review.

rarbring, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mellow citrus to pine hops. In the taste, a dry pine hop, a bit malty, and a small alcohol presence. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt and a small alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Nice hops, but a bit too malty and alcoholic for an IPA, eh!

OWSLEY069, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Hazy caramel amber with a finger or so of off-white head that reduces rather quickly to a skim, but that skim sticks around for a good while. Not a whole lot in the way of lacing.

Curiosities on the label include:
* A date chart indicating July 2012. (No idea what this means. It just hit my local bottle shop, so I'll assume it's fresh.)
* "Friendly bitterness" promised.
* Sugar listed as one of the ingredients. (Huh?)

Five American hop varieties are apparenty part of the mix here, but the nose reveals a hearty dose of bready malts that's at least as strong as the grassy, pine and floral hops. They're not exactly faded; it almost smells like one of those aged hop beers. Grassiness takes prominence over all other hop flavors, but it's not particularly potent. Decent punch of bitterness obscured by a thickish feel and somewhat doughy sweetness. A touch of aspirin in that bitterenss. Straw and bready malt. A little boozy. Maybe this is an older bottle, or maybe it just doesn't speak to me. Regardless, I'm more inclined to give the other Dugges beers a try than to revisit this one.

PDXHops, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of dqrull
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a amberish brown liquid with a pale, weak and dish watery head, some yeast floating.

Smell is full of woody pine, ripe strawberries and blood grapefruit and blood orange, pretty nice.

Taste is initially sweet with pine wood and light red fruits, followed by some citrus, orange, grapefruit and a little lemon zest, finishes with a sturdy and fruity bitterness.

Mouthfeel is alright with a medium body and small soft bubbles, almost too softly carbonated. Lightly astringent.

dqrull, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Ant4711
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Ant4711, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of timwardjr
4/5  rDev +7%

timwardjr, May 10, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

nmann08, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: Smelled of hops more than anything, with some citrus as well.

T: Tasted primarily of hops, though they were somewhat milder than I would have expected. A little citrus hidden in there, too. This beer seemed to be on the thin side when I started drinking it, but got better as I went along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, drinkable IPA.

avalon07, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The influence of American craft beer in Scandinavian countries continue to take hold. Citrusy hops pile upon a near balance of malt for something that's inspired by, but not completely American.

Bright copper in color, High Five! pours with zesty carbonation that nearly overtakes the glass. High rates of carbonation ensures that the hop aromatics will spring to the nose. Its slowly receding ivory foam coats the glass with lace all along the way. Mildly hazy in color, the beer simply looks like IPA, just with Belgian-esque foam.

Hop forward aromas leap from the glass in the forms of tangerine, orange peel, and red grapefruit. But not all is citrusy, as more tropical mango and papaya scents take a more mellow turn. A moderate malt presence gives the fruits a vibrant "candied" type of scent, along with bready/biscuity notes.

More balanced than most IPA, the beer doesn't allow the hops to dominate completely. Early on the palate, a caramel sweet taste projects with mild flavors of honey, biscuit, and fresh baking bread crust. Hop flavor starts fruity with the blend of tropical and citrus flavors that turn lightly resinous and then sharply bitter in finish. The culmination of hops and malt give the beer a light jammy quality.

Medium bodied, the access malts weigh in on the beer's texture as well. Creamy and rich to start, the beer's long sweet draw keeps the mouthfeel prolonged before a late finish of resinous dryness, mild alcohol warmth, and fading sweetness gives a semi-dry close.

There's the immense citrus hop character that's American, but a malt balance that seems of English pale ales. It does both with good levels of success- but those looking for drier, more hop dominant examples might look elsewhere.

BEERchitect, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of bark
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The name comes from the five high alpha hop varieties used...

The liquid is a little hazy; the colour deep amber/brown. The high head is warm beige; it ends in a fine crater. Minimal lacing.

The smell is fresh with bitter-fruity notes, some wood and blue cheese. Tart hints, some grape fruits and lemon peels. Over all very American flavours.

In the beginning, the taste is fresh and bitter. Some sweet notes and a hint of white bread. Pine-needles and grapefruit jam. No traces of the alcohol at all. The aftertaste is bitter with a mild dough-like sweetness: Broth and grilled meat, kiwi fruits and gooseberries. Some cask matured flavours of dried fruits in the finish as well as a tart touch of vinegar.

The carbonation is soft with small fresh bubbles; the liquid is smooth end pleasant.

I have waited over a month for my case of this beer, and it was expensive, too. Worth it? Hell yeah!

bark, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Mattias, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of fluidmotion
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

fluidmotion, May 19, 2014
Photo of stewart124
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with orange highlights. Some white head at first but this didn't linger.

Pleasant grapefruit and pine in the nose with some floral notes.

Caramel sweetness up front with medium mouthfeel and an assertive hop background. Some cloying characters and just enough hops to keep it honest without going over the top. Bits of caramel, vanilla and bread throughout.

This was a little sweeter than I anticipated. The hops were there but lacking in the finish. Little bit of pine in the aftertaste but nothing over the top. Missing that punch. A valiant effort from the Swedes.

stewart124, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Niklas for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus forward hop presence.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 30, 2013
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High Five! from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
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