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High Five! - Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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 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
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

nmann08, Aug 18, 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 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 JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

JAHMUR, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 20, 2010
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
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 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 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 Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Evil_Pidde, Oct 19, 2012
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 drpimento
3.03/5  rDev -19%
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.

drpimento, Jul 02, 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 ADZA
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

ADZA, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -19.8%

aztraz, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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…

Daniellobo, Oct 20, 2011
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 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 Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Hopmodium, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Mattias, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Seanibus, Nov 18, 2011
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 durlta
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

durlta, May 15, 2013
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High Five! from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
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