Dobbel Dose (Dobbel Dram) - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 10-17-2008

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Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle (batch 434) into a globe glass.

A-A normal pour produces a one-finger head of dense, off-white foam. There is poor retention and very little lacing, unfortunately. The brew is murky and dark apricot in color.

S-There is a lot of caramel here, also some earthy spice, orange marmalade, a bit of mint, and some soapy notes. I also smell biscuity malt underneath and a bit of warming, herbal alcohol.

T-The taste, like the smell, has a lot of caramel, as well as spicy, soapy, bitter orange hops that assert themselves at the finish. The herbal alcohol is potent and a touch warming. It is a pretty strong mix of flavors, as it should be at 9% ABV.

M-The carbonation is relatively soft and, despite the lack of lacing or stickiness of the head, the brew feels pretty dank and oily on the palate. Heft is moderate to heavy.

O-This is a decent IIPA, but not my favorite. The flavor profile is an interesting mix of caramel and spicy, earthy citrus, and while I don't mind a little caramel in my IIPA, this one had a bit too much and the citrusy/spicy hops were overwhelmed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a minimal white head that rapidly turns to an oily ring of bubbles. No lacing. Aroma of apricots and caramel, candy-like. Good mouthfeel with enough carbonation to make the flavor stand out. Definitely an English-style DIPA, if that makes sense. The label advertises "American" hops, but the fuggles and Goldings are the star of the show. Bitter, spicy, peppery in flavor accompanied by the same strong apricot taste. Sweet finish, but not from the cliche caramel malt. In its stead is a sweet pastry-like taste, not unlike pie crust. As the beer progresses, a nice cedar flavor arises as well. This one grew on me. At first I was skeptical, but I like this Norwegian hop bomber. Just because its not a resiny, grapefruit beast doesn't mean its not a hop bomb, right?

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - "Norwegian double IPA", eh? I like their attempt to employ southern US vernacular on the label, i.e. "we recon it will stand...". Cute - cue the Turbonegro!

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot amber hue, with a teeming amount of billowy, finely foamy, and duly bubbly eggshell white head, which settles just a tad on the impatient side of slowly, leaving some random spatterings of puffy, sudsy, and loosely cobwebbed lace around the glass. Nice bottle-refermentation effects, I suppose.

It smells of rather middling piney, leafy, and earthy hops, a bit of generic citrus rind, biscuity, doughy caramel malt, minty soap, and a strong whiff of booze acridity. The taste is moderately zingy pine and various grocery-aisle citrus hop bitters, which are quickly overshadowed by an earthy, herbal nature, with the grainy, somewhat bready and caramelized malt limping along in the same manner. Decent alcohol integration, though, as in "9% - WTF?".

The bubbles, they be restrained, yet still allow for a tiny bit of prickliness, the body a so-so medium weight, but with an airy, ethereal subtext, that actually lends itself well to unabashed smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, the hops weirdly reasserting themselves, pine branch and musty earth now the order of the day.

A fair bit disappointing, as Euro-clone DIPAs go. It starts off well, but, aside from concealing the 9 points of booze with the best of 'em, doesn't carry off the big malt/hops showdown that we, spoiled on the West Coast Beer Wars (TV rights pending), find lacking. On par with the aforementioned underdeveloped English on the label - I 'reckon' that this here beer just didn't suffer well the lost in translation journey to North America.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A different take of a DIPA, with stated American hops as well as Fuggles and Styrian Goldings. Up front a big body of caramel, with the bitterness felt in the finish. Hoppy aroma. Average looks. Drinkable, but not an amazing hop experience, more of a minty citrus.

Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent amount of sediment, topped by a finger's worth of creamy white head. Rich aroma of bready malt, assertive, tangy yeast, and a good dose of hops that are both fruity and spicy. Notes of caramel, clove, and pine pop through at various moments.
Palate is well-balanced up front between lightly sweet malt and tangy hop profile. Citrusy hops assert themselves a bit more before the swallow, and yield a nice, spicy and bitter finish.
The body is on the creamy side, well-carbonated and not at all sticky. While this is not exactly the hop monster I was expecting, it's a very tasty offering nonetheless.

Photo of WOTO97
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber sits beneath a dense soapy off-white head, decent web-like lacing

S: fresh spruce, faint vanilla bean, big clove notes, some nutmeg, some faint clean coriander

T: cream soda flavors in the back, coriander, some pepper (possibly from the alcohol), some medicinal notes, very earthy with pleasant lingering malt character--slightly sweet, some wildflower notes

M: slightly clean up front that quickly gives way to a nice dense and slightly sticky mouthfeel, extremely round for a dbl. IPA, docking it some points for the density that works against style

D: extremely interesting for the style, big hop component but the malt is definitely given equal attention, too dense for a back-to-back pour like other solid IPAs but really nice/different take on the style, probably inaccurate to label this an Am. IPA

Photo of beerthulhu
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed 20.01.09. BB 20.01.12. Consumed 15.03.11. Batch 206.

A: A glass consuming head evolves almost instantaneously giving me suspicion to believe a wild Belgian yeast strain was used. Soapy and porous was the head, initially 3 plus fingers high but lapses rather quickly per size sliding cleanly down the glass void of lace. A dense murky orange obstructs most, if not all light from passing through, revealing a strong effervesce.

S: Musky damp yeastiness is evident on the nose confirming my suspicion of a wild yeast strain. Cellar like, sour dough and slight hints of barnyard notes. Overall more yeasty then hoppy with a bit of sour musky fruit.

T: Musky barnyard flavor, damp grains with cellar like attributes. Again it is the dominant yeastiness that leads the drink rather then its hoppiness. Sour oranges, horse blanket, sweaty saddle, hospital like phenolics and mildewy fruit, its all here in a yeasty package. The hops are mostly limited, sour fruit, more so then bitter, well restrained, but mostly overshadowed by the heavily handed yeastiness of the drink.

M: full bodied, viscose and bubbly from the active carbonation. A warming of musky citrus and sour fruit is left behind.

D: Have to be honest, I usually like the musky wild Belgian beers, this was very much so, but I had my heart set on a good double ipa helping of hops, which ended a bit in disappointment. Not a quick downer nor of multiple quality, though the 9.0% was as well hidden as the hoppiness. Slow to moderate rate of consumption, best served slightly chilled.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a 3F pub glass (thanks Jay), the beer pours orange at first, becoming murky and caramel colored with the last pour. Creamy sticky foam puffs above the rim, and falls like a soufflé.

Spicy and floral notes mingle with a pineapple juice aroma. A sweet citrusy fragrance meets you at each sip.

Rich, earthy, resiny hop character, spicy and moderately bitter. Floral and fruity hop notes come out and linger into the aftertaste. Fairly complex and holds interest. Full bodied, almost to syrupy capacity, but it cleans up the palate nicely. Some heady alcohol presence, mellowing in the middle, and soft florals in the finish.

Sort of a refined take on an American DIPA, it has a nice depth and full range of flavor.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.51/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy and murky dirty beige color ale with a medium foamy head with limited retention and some light lacing. Aroma of earthy hops with light citrus notes are dominant though feels a bit flat. Taste is also dominated by tired earthy hops with limited floral or bitter characteristics. Body is full with medium carbonation. Too bad the brewer is ending out of IIPA across the pond as even fresh ones sometimes don’t travel all that well.

Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into nonic. Note: Brewed 5.05.08. Best before 5.05.11. Batch 50.

Murky amber hue, bordering on copper. A one finger off-white head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Mild hops, hidden behind a strong coating of vanilla. A little bit of walnut, one of the characteristics found in beers over a year old.

The hops at this point are pretty broken down, giving a bit of an herbal flavor, more than a bitter flavor. The malts offer a little toastiness, along with some caramel. Full bodied, and the carbonation is still there.

According to the website this one is aged, and hopped during that period as well. I'm not sure if the brewer intended for the drinker to enjoy a year after brewing, but I haven't found many reviews that reviewed the beer at less than six months old. Either way, this one holds up pretty well, and I would love to try it as fresh as possible.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Bier Thirty... Seems pretty pricey for a DIPA... but, "What will I do for a new to me brew?" Poured into my slim tulip... Nice white head... maybe a bit off-white.... nice lacing and retention... the brew is slightly hazed on first pouring and hazy with subsequent pours.

Bready pale malts.. hops show in the nose with pretty traditional spicy English hoppiness.. Some EtOH for sure, but it doesn't seem to be out of line...

Flavor shows the same "English bitterness" that sorta mashes into the flavor with some spicy and odd floral notes.... Floral hoppiness lingers on the late palate... plenty of pale malts carry the palate, but never gets too heavy. I like that the hops can speak without any real caramel maltiness.

Body seems too thick... carbonation is too low... Says Batch #434... Not sure how "old" it is, but it doesn't exactly seem "fresh"... Still though, it is a lot better than many of the American DIPA's I get in trade... Interesting.. and I appreciate the continental hops.

Photo of spicelab
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mr Kennedy for kindly donating. Brewed on 24 March 2010. Interesting to see how it fares.

Orange amber with a huge pillowy just off-white head. Leaves a spotty lace pattern and a die-hard cluster of bubbles.

Unsurprisingly, malt forward with baked toffee and caramel in spades. Hop character is odd and hard to separate from the malt, resulting in loads of candied and sherbety citrus notes, especially orange and lemon. Some pineapple also. The booze presence is a little offputting.

More like a Barleywine. Malt character becomes more fortified, producing brandy snap and raisin notes. Also some very tangy malt character. Hop flavour is barely there, but there's still some candied orange.

Thick and rich, which, together with the moderate carbonation presence, just accentuates the lack of hop character and wears you down. A mouthfeel this big needs a lot more to do.

Seems unbalanced and wide of the mark stylistically. Given the age on this I'm probably being unkind and would be keen to do a re-review with a fresh sample.

Photo of bismarksays
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a dark orange color. Nice finger of head on there that struck around. Lacing was present.

S- Sweet, citrusy (a bit of grapefruit, perhaps lemon), floral

T/M- Sweet with a large hop presence that is alarmingly balanced by the malt. It never felt muted nor tame, but it didn't bite at you either. I worry that some hopheads are going to say it was too malty for a DIPA, but imho, there is nothing wrong with having a more balanaced approach.

D- While it was a mouthful and certainly it slowed me down a bit, I never felt like I was not going to finish and certainly never wanted to stop.

Note: It was hard for me to judge how "true to style" this beer was because of its exceptional balance, but I high recommend it regardless of style.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hadn't seen anything from this brewery before yesterday on my trip to Binny's. Served from a 500 ml bottle into a SN Anniversary Ale glass. Label states brewed on May 4, 2008, and best before 5/4/2011. My guess is that it was bottled on 5/4, as I doubt that it could have been brewed, bottled, and shipped in 18 days. Anyway.

Appearance is cloudy/opaque, and hazy. Poured with a thick, rich head. Good mix of large and small bubbles. Disappears after a few minutes to a thin head. Leaves nice belgian lace down the glass as it's sipped.

Smell is wonderful hops, piney and citrusy. No discernable malt in the aroma.

Taste is like the aroma. Piney, citrusy hops. I let this one warm up a bit after the pour and got a good taste of malt backbone, with the hop finish.

Mouthfeel was good, not syrupy, but coats the tongue and mouth and throat as you swallow. Lip smacking good.

Overall drinkability is expectional. I'll have another. But at 9% abv, not tonight.

Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting. A successful double IPA using european hops. Great smell, spice as well as fruit but neither is overwhelming. Great taste, dark fruits but not too heavy. A little too much on the alcohol. I'd like to try their IPA as this is a bit strong.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Batch 153
Brewed 17.04.08
Best bef. 17.04.11

A: Pours a gorgeous looking hazy-peach color with faint snatches of suspended sediment and carbonation trails along the very edge of the glass. Covering this is an impossibly creamy, light-orange, two-finger head that retains for ages and leaves some lovely lace webbing behind.

S: Very pleasant mixture of pine needle and pineapple aromas along with some dirty/earthy yeast, caramel, tart red apple, floral hops, and tangy citrus.

T: Both the pine and pineapple feature prominantly in the taste as well as flavors of red apple, earthy yeast, white pepper, spices, cut grass, dried flowers, and some sweet caramel lurking in the background. There is some alcohol presence, but it's not obtrusive.

M: Starts off bitter and oily. Nicely resinous. The middle brings on some sweetness that carries for awhile and introduces a slightly dry (yet still sweet and sticky) finish. Slight, but interesting, alcohol burn at the tail end.

D: All in all, a very enjoyable DIPA. I swirled and poured all of the yeast sediment into my glass. Maybe that's where I picked up that dirty/earthiness. Who knows? I'm not complaining! I've managed to snap up everything I can find from this brewery, and I've yet to be disappointed.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice combination of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is sweet and malty up front with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus, quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to drink for a whole evening.

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber, small white head, gone quickly. Scent is dominated by notes of orange blossom - quite floral, light citurs. malts akin to honey roasted nuts provide the backbone. First taste again is quite floral, llight notes of orange cream - since ive never eaten an orange blossom, im hesitant to declare it as such, but thats what i have going on in my head. Malt backbone is quite muddy and earthy, lightly sweet and nutty. Bitterness is at a minimum. Medium bodied, slightly grainy feel, dry. Not what i was expecting out of a dIPA, unique notes that dont necessairly work great together.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a light and cloudy orange-rust color with a rich white head.

Aroma of fresh citrus and spicy hops, warm biscuit, brown sugar, and malts.

The taste buds are blasted with an abundance of hops. Citrus and spicy sparkle on the tongue and lips. Warm and inviting. Balance is very nice with just the perfect amount of maltiness. The 9% alcohol is suprisingly well hidden.

Medium bodied, rich and chewy, with a sharp sparkle to the carbonation.

I really loved this Norwegian Double IPA. Well balanced and well crafted. A must try.

Photo of csiewert
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer bottled on 6/24/11 and labeled "Dobbel Dose" brought back and enjoyed at a beer tasting. The beer pours a hazy amber color with a finger of foamy white head that lingers and laces well. The aroma has some notes of citrus and piney hops, but not nearly as strong as I would expect for a double IPA. The taste also falls short on the hoppy side, with just a fraction of the bitterness remaining. Other flavor notes included caramel, and bready malts. The mouthfeel was smooth and finished relatively clean. Overall an ok beer, but I would have preferred to have this one when it was a little fresher.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle marked Batch 206 into a tulip glass. Pours dusty amber with golden highlights and a medium tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Floral and citrus hops, roasted malt, brown sugar.

T - As other reviewers have noted, the biting citrus hops note so everpresent in American DIPAs is not really a factor here. Much more of a resiny sour-like bitter with lots of malty mellow flavor and sweetness to even things out. Lingering bitterness on the tongue is quite pleasant.

M - Nice body, just a slight bit sticky.

Photo of jdhilt
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is flowery and slightly sweet. Flavor is sweet and sour citrus. Nice mellow DIPA without hops in your face. Pricey at $9.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops and a small pine hop. In the taste, semi dry pine, orange citrus and a small alcohol presence. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to sweet orange citrus and a small alcohol like aftertaste. Dry alcohol balanced with sweet orange citrus.

Photo of mulder1010
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ML poured into a Great Divide globe

A-- Almost a gusher on opening. Poured a hazy, dark orange honey amber color. Lots of active carbonation in the pour and a pretty large off white head. Two fingers that slowly died down. No lacing left but noticeable alcohol legs to this. Very active on swirling as get a three finger head. Once again slow fading head.

S-- Orange and Carmel mostly. Bits of ethanol in the nose. Very malty nose to this.

T-- Rye stood out off the bat. Lots of bread in the taste. Hops are quite reserved in this. Lots of orange and citrus in the taste.

M-- A malty orange cream soda is what I thought. Lots of orange and bits of cream from the malt. Some orange or mandarin bitterness in the mid and also quite gritty, or earthy, with touches of creamyness as well. Alcohol is obvious in the back with an ethanol finish. Very chewy DIPA. Pine does make a showing when it warms up more. More mid and back palate.

O-- I think the malts make this interesting. Good in some ways and in other ways not. A little too chewy at times and the alcohol does become a nuisance at times. Lively but thick and chewy and like the cream aspect of this but it does get a bit erratic at times.

Photo of WilliamD
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Murky yellow with an amber tint. Thick, craemy white head that remains.
Smell is prominant hops. Pine, citrus, pineapple, and some malts. Moderate bitterness.
Taste is strong hops, pineapple, and malts.
Mouthfeel is crisp and watery.
Good drinkability. Alcohol is hidden well.

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Dobbel Dose (Dobbel Dram) from HaandBryggeriet
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