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High Five! - Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 05:25:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 18:32:19 | More by BEERchitect
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danieelol

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber with good head/lacing.

Smell is malty-marmalade. Bready.

Mouthfeel is tea-like. Hoppy, malty, ESB-like.

Taste is malty marmalade, ESB-like.

Nice beer, akin to an ESB. Nice to have a decent beer from these guys. I've been waiting a long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 11:42:54 | More by danieelol
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 09:03:49 | More by lacqueredmouse
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stewart124

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 02:27:53 | More by stewart124
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 01:37:29 | More by CrazyDavros
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ADZA

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 12:28:37 | More by ADZA
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know, it seems like the Dugges beers have a similar flavor profile that I'm just not that into. Poured this one at a good temperature with an average size, cream-colored, foamy head that soon settles to a light cover and some lace. Color is a clear orange amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is caramel, malt, hop, wet carboard. Flavor's similar to nose, sweet, wet cardboard on top with the bitter and some carbonic tang below and after along with some medicinal and woody flavors. Body and carbonation might be good, but there's a lingering heavy sweetness that distracts. Finish is like flavor, too sweet, long and not that pleasant. I'll finish this beer and that's it. Too bad; nice label, for what that's worth.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 04:46:32 | More by drpimento
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -16%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 19:22:11 | More by OWSLEY069
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jpro

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 17:32:42 | More by jpro
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Seanibus

California

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Syrupy and unsatisfying to my way of tasting.

Pours a hazy copper with a limited head. The aroma is malty and carmelly, with a little toast top note. The flavor is thin and malty, with light caramel and toast and a nondescript musty grassy hop finish, like fresh hay. The mouthfeel is heavy and rather syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:58:56 | More by Seanibus
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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…

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 03:25:12 | More by Daniellobo
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:54:01 | More by PDXHops
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metter98

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:05:20 | More by metter98
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 12:11:22 | More by avalon07
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 00:16:32 | More by smakawhat
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rarbring

Sweden

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 16:59:18 | More by rarbring
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dqrull

Sweden

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 17:09:08 | More by dqrull
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:52:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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BrewerB

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 02:40:29 | More by BrewerB
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cgarviereg

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 ...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 18:05:25 | More by cgarviereg
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simonjohansson

Sweden

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 23:34:23 | More by simonjohansson
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Ljunkan

Sweden

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 18:51:21 | More by Ljunkan
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baggio

Sweden

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 20:50:42 | More by baggio
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Bananaman

Sweden

4.8/5  rDev +28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 10:15:55 | More by Bananaman
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