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High Five! - Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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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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Photo of Bananaman
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%

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 bark
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%

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 Ljunkan
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%

This is my first beer from Dugges.

Pours a hazy orange colour with a nice white foam.

Smell is great; lots of american style hops with notes of citrus and pine-needle.

Taste is also great; mostly of hops here too - grapefruit, citrus, pine-needle with notes of toffee/caramel. A good, very balanced, bitterness ends this experience.

Mouthfeel is nice. Nearly fulllbodied and creamy.

Drinkability is very high. It's a bit dangerous I would say, because the ABV isn't that low and few of this could easily go down fast.

Ljunkan, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of baggio
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%

Bottle@home

A: Hazy orange with a nice creamy foam that sticks to the glass.

S: Fruit, Pine, Citric notes (grapefruit)

T: Pine, Citric notes (orange and lemon), Caramel, Herbs.

M: Liquid is quite thin and this beer feels balanced. Medium carbonation.

Oh man, this has got to be one of the most balanced ipa's i've ever tried. Very quaffable at 7.5% and definitely a good canidate for an all-night-beer. Brilliant!

baggio, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

Nice take on an IPA, rather approachable and long with a nice softness that does not hinder its US qualities.

Presentation: 500 ml brown, capped bottle. Bright and somewhat psychedelic label with light purple and green tones, image of a big hand… Giving the high five, over a concentric pattern. Side offers a description of intent, profile, and ingredients. Shows notched best by date (Jl 12), and 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale to medium amber pour. Nice creamy head, fair retention and surface memory with good lacing.

S - Not too pungent a nose… But rather nice, with soft hoppy touches, resin, citrus… and a touch of oily, almost olive like stuff… Amarillo?

T - Flavor follows and here those notes shine. Again nothing pungent, and while the bill is very much American, those hops are more flavorful, with a difference, than bitter… The bitterness is there but muted riding under soft pine, resin, and a fruity, oily , and an olive hint. Soft caramel in malt undercurrent…

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, good tingle in the tongue flowing with the final bitter finish.

O - Nice IPA , with a rather muted if rich flow.

Notes: Reminds me a lot of some quality European takes, in particular maybe some De Molen Stuff… That olive-ish touch that does not hinder it but takes front seat might be a predominant Amarillo? Oily goodness in any case. The bitterness, all things considered, is quite approachable, for me the flavor holds it up… Maybe is a good strategy to get more palates accustomed to characterful IPAs in Europe…

Daniellobo, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of cosmic-ray
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

cosmic-ray, May 05, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

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 metter98
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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 cgarviereg
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Bottle at home ... Copper coloured witha big short lived foam head ... pungent sweet pine resin nose ... the flavour is quite sweet and very fruity ... again quite a lot of pine resins ... quite juicy ...low bitterness... Its got a medium body and medium carbonation ...

cgarviereg, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +7%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of timwardjr
4/5  rDev +7%

timwardjr, May 10, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7%

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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7%

Well. It looks like an IPA. It smells like an IPA. And it tastes like one too. Biting bitterness with a salty hop tone and a thick malt backbone that shows up less frequently than the hoppy tones. I guess it's more of an aftertaste ; the malts. Overall, this is a good stab at the style, but I was expecting more from this beer. I hear that they got a new bottling line and recipes seemed to have changed a bit since then. Perhaps it will return to its previous glory one day.

RblWthACoz, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +7%

EasyReader, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of simonjohansson
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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 20, 2008
Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

16.9oz bottle from CBX. Poured into a Duvel tulip...

A: Dark (for an IPA, at least) copper orange / ruby tangerine; off-white, one-finger head leaves no lace.

S: Piney; burnt sugar; a bit of resin and citrus pith.

T: Piney hops; brown sugar / light caramel malt; something here reminds me of pineapple upside down cake; some leathery hop notes, too.

M: Medium-light bodied and high carbonation... a combination that really helps out in the drinkability department; not heavy, at all.

D/O: Not the most complex or bold IPA, but super drinkable and refreshing.

jpro, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

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 BrewerB
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Thanks to kplynch for the hookup on this beer!

As a caveat, the stamp on the side indicates an F(ebruary) and a notch between the 8 and 9. Is this brewed on? Best before? Not sure.

A - Poured into my Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Formed an immensely large , off-white rocky head. A bit too much foam for this style IMO. Pale copper in color, great clarity. Excellent head retention.

S - Rich and malty. Malt is a bit intense for an IPA and is tending to dominate over the milder citrusy hops in the background.

T - Grainy malt character with a fruit like bitterness below. Moderate level of hop bitterness. Medium-dry finish with a lingering biscuit-like malt flavor.

M - Medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Slight astringency.

D - It's great trying beers from all over the world and I'm happy to have my hands on a Swedish interpretation of an American IPA. I have a feeling the beer might be past it's prime with that fresh hop flavor deteriorating over time. I'll finish up this 500ml bottle but would not want a 2nd one if it were going to taste like this.

BrewerB, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of rarbring
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

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 ADZA
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Wow a brew from Sweden nice about time anyway it pours a clear amber hue with a fluffy three finger head and lacing everywhere very nice looking,the smell is abit different to other IPA's with aromas of honey,floral hops,boiled candy,sherbet and a touch of lavender,the mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with tastes of lemon sherbet,floral hops,redgum honey,gooseberries and finished bittersweet with hints of caramel candy and floral bitter hops,overall its a nice different IPA that i could drink alot although the ABV is very well hidden cheers.

ADZA, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

nmann08, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of jondavidsson
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

jondavidsson, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

JAHMUR, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev 0%

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
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High Five! from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
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