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Dobbel Dose (Dobbel Dram) - HaandBryggeriet

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 10-17-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aggressive showcase of hops continue to take Europe by storm. This Norweign variety leads the way, but doing so with borrowing a few characteristics from familiar ingredients that lead to oddly compelling, yet complex taste.

A heavy haze casts a rusty shadow over the beer and captures the rusty orange coloration of the ale. Billowing with carbonation, the beer fuels a Belgianesque head of rocky, airy, and withstanding proportions. Firm retention yields intricate patterns of lace as the beer fades. Even with its murky appearance, the beer provides a strong and favorable impression to the eye.

Strong aromas speak "America" with a focused aroma of citrus, tropical, and domestic fruit sharpness. Background notes of fresh grass, tea leaves, and fragrant woods support the aroma of acidic hops. All the hop components seem to drip with light caramel, honey, and yeast.

Equally as tasty, the flavor of hops govern the flavor spread that starts off with grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, muddled herbs, spices, and grasses, and with the blanketed bitterness of dried wood or stems. Malt support is mostly bready with firm starch flavors, but also carry enough caramelized sweetness to keep the hop flavors tasting juicy and vibrant, but without challenging for command of the overall taste of the beer. Minty alcohol flavors give the beer a somewhat lemony, woody, and grassy taste to finish.

Firm malt textures and strong presence of alcohol ensure its imperial nature, but the beer's early creaminess and fullness is quickly shed and favors a dry-malt finish with growing hop resinous, and cutting power of alcohol. The beer drinks surprisingly as crisp as a standard IPA, but with the fortified strength of 9 percent.

Although it veers off of the common path for American imperial IPAs, the complexities that rise from the Belgian-type hops provide the palate with as much intrigue as it does satisfaction.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yam jam orange with a moderate yeasty haziness and coppery tangerine trim. The manilla colored crown filled at least half the glass after the pour and has a good look about it. The foam is both pillowy and sticky, resulting in arching streamers of sea foam lace.

The nose is fine in a general sense, but it isn't anywhere near hoppy enough for the style. Some Scandanavian breweries use American hops *and* use them aggressively. It looks like HaandBryggeriet hasn't gotten around to the second part yet. Fuggles and Goldings were used for flavor (and, presumably, aroma). Too bad they aren't more prominent.

Dobbel Dram is a friendly, approachable DIPA. Whether that's good or bad depends on how one feels about hops. Hopheads won't be satisfied, but those who desire balance in all styles probably will. The alcohol is nicely masked, which helps. Having said that, the beer still drinks every bit of 9.0%.

A 'best by' date of more than two years into the future is laughable. There's no way the hop flavor will last that long. The malt tastes mostly pale (Maris Otter and wheat), with a hint of something more toasted (crystal). The hops definitely taste English and are orange and apricot fruity. Must be the Fuggles.

All things considered, the body/mouthfeel is slightly too light and contains too much finely sizzlicious carbonation. Since there's the suggestion of chewiness and since the bubbles settle down eventually, all is not lost.

HandBryggeriet Dobbel Dram is a better beer than their IPA, but it's still in no shape to compete with the best. If you're looking for hoppy Scandanavian beer, better to swim across the North Sea to Denmark. Mikkeller All Others Pale and Stateside IPA will do you right.

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened a bottle before dinner and let it sit for a little before the first sip. First thing to catch my eye was the incredible amount of sediment in the bottle that was falling into the glass. No big deal just a gave this brew a very cloudy opaque orange brown color. Has a semi sweet floral aroma. There's plenty of hops in this brew. By the time I'm half way done with this the sediment has settled at the bottom of my goblet and what now appears to look like a ocean floor. Not a whole lot of lacing on the glass, still had some head upon the finish. A pretty good attempt from Norway.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.3L pour - $7.00 at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Clouded, essentially opaque, dark orange body with an inch of faintly ecru head. Thick coating of lace on the descent.

Smell: Sweet-scented malts with a hearty dose of breadiness throughout and a thick layer of crisp-cooked sugars ahead of the alcohol and hop scents smelling of street-corner lemonade, spice, and herbs.

Taste: Richly bready malt with a long, leisurely soak in golden syrup as well as peach and pear juices and a splash of liquor. Slight caramel. Spicy, herbaceous, lemony hops with ample bitterness. With a bit of added warmth, the lemon gains some vibrancy in the taste and aroma. Churning yeastiness. Drying, juicy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Well, it wasn't what I was expecting from it, that's for sure. Stern, stiff-necked hopheads wanting ever more hops, bitterness, and less malts most likely won't be pleased with this one.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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 emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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 nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of off-white foam on a hazy, red-copper colored body. The head disappears quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malt with light pine hops. Surprisingly, not much going on here.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with some toasted grain notes and a bit of toffee. Some spicy hops appear in the middle with just a hint of grapefruit. The finish exhibits moderate bitterness and increasing pine hop flavor riding on top of an overwhelming wave of toffee malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Well, this may be my first disappointment from HaandBryggeriet. Not that this is a bad beer, but it is not what I expected in terms of being a DIPA. The malt takes center stage and the hops just can't keep up. There is certainly some hop character here, but I think they underestimated the level of hop-bomb pungency that people (myself included) have come to expect when they think DIPA. If this came from a local brewery I had never heard of before I would consider it a good, if not great, attempt, but I have come to think pretty highly of Haand and expect more from them.

That being said, it is a well made and drinkable beer, it is just more of an Imperial pale ale or even an English barleywine than a douple IPA.

A good but not great beer from a brewery that has otherwise led me to expect great things.

Photo of drabmuh
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ugh, this was a failed attempt at a double IPA. Just make more Odin's Tipple, that was a good beer.

Beer is light amber and mildly hazy with a decent head with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears to be low.

Aroma is all pine hops all the way, smells OK, not great, but OK.

Heavy spruce flavor on the palate, its overwhelming. Beer is medium to light in body, sweet up front, heavy spice hops in the middle and a terribly dry finish that leaves me smacking my mouth and hoping for a glass of water. Not good at all.

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, thick head that recedes quickly but in a chunky way with a limited amount of spotty lace on the glass.

A lighter hop aroma than most DIPA's, but enough that it provides an interesting blend with the round malt.

A rich malty broth on the tongue, but this is a story of a hoppy and bitter beer. It has a lot of the elements of an English IPA, but the potency says American. This is a smooth beer with deceptive levels of alcohol. Lots of prickly bitterness in the aftertaste which lasts in terms of minutes, not seconds.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 153, Brewed April 2008; Sampled February 2009
A solid, but careful pour produces, three-fingers of pale tan colored froth in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an orange tinged, honey color that shows an incredible carbonation and an orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hop focused, but seems to have lots of sweet malt character that accentuates fruity hop aromatics. Notes of candied orange-zest, concentrated tangelo, orange cream candies, essential citrus oil and a touch of herbal character are concentrated at the front of the aroma, while the back end adds notes of toasty, biscuit-like malt and some dusty grain notes.

Not as sweet as I was expecting, though this does have a light sweetness to it. Flavors of alcohol tend to dry this beer out a bit and it has an ample carbonic bite to it as well. The citrus character that was so prominent in the aroma is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor; this is lightly accented by notes of bergamot, a touch of lychee and some orange juice flavors. The bitterness is fairly soft for your Typical double IPA, but does provide a lingering bitterness to this beer. The alcohol also accentuates a grassy, herbal hop character just a bit, with a bit of green, vegetal astringency in the finish. This vegetal note seems to grow as the beer warms up. The body of this brew is definitely on the light side for a 9% abv beer, which is right in line with how I like my Double IPAs.

The flavor is surprisingly un-hoppy considering the aroma of this beer, or perhaps it is better put that the hop character is the most dominant part of the flavor but it comes off as weak and flabby somehow. This is definitely one of those beers that did not live up to the promise of its aroma.

Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear dark orange in color with a 2" head that lasts quite a while. Moderate lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: yeast and some grapefruit tones are soft but pleasant.

Taste: big malt profile here. Caramel, soft grapefruit tones, yeast, and a hint of earthiness is wrapped in a sharply biting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. Very long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers a while.

Drinkability: this was a slow quaffing beer and I found the bitterness to be a bit too sharp. One bottle is enough in a session.

Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a massive 3 finger off-white head with excellent retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap that leaves sheets of soapy lacing behind. This looks great!

Floral citrus hop aroma with hints of grapefruit, orange and lemon peel, mango and dry earthy pine and subtle caramel and biscuit malt.

Chewy resinous body with a huge bitter floral hop presence up front. Lots of sweet citrus balancing out the earthy dry pine presence with hints of grapefruit, mango and orange peel. Caramel malt backbone is a little stronger than I like but provides decent balance. Crisp dry finish. Very good.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from the International Beer Shop in Perth, WA.

Uncaps with a sharp hiss of carbonation, and then soon after delivers on that prophecy, with a ridiculously overcarbonated frothy of off-white foam pouring into the glass. On the first pour, there was almost no body to it, just the foam. After a while, the head crackles its way down to something a little bit more sensible, and the body forms a hazy, slightly murky golden orange colour. Body is surprisingly light and fluid. Despite the head, the carbonation seems quite fine and tempered.

Nose is surprisingly sweet and malty, with big caramel and lightly acidic toffee coming through potently. Some slight resiny, slightly piney hops come through, but they're mingled with an earthy puff at the base of the aroma leaving them subjugate to the malt sweetness. Perhaps there's something I'm missing here to explain it (perhaps the "Norwegian" in their style descriptor means something), but this is a sub-par IPA nose.

Taste is a lot better. A Lot Better, in fact: bright, nutty malt is the only transient sweetness, and this is ceremoniously layered with pleasant crisp hoppy flavours, giving a distinct bitter bite across the palate. Still, there's a touch of that earthiness with the hops giving more flavours of tobacco and tannic tea, but at least the hops are more forward here.

Slight booze on the back lends a bit of heat and astringency, but the feel overall is surprisingly light. With the heat and vapours, and the light feel, it has a texture somewhat like cheap whisky. The carbonation, while perhaps absent in the body, makes its presence felt, leaving the beer bloating and gassy.

Overall, a pretty disappointing drop from Haand, and easily their weakest offering I've had to date. Possibly not their strength as a brewer—I'll stick to your rustic Scandi smoke-and-funk ales, thanks.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with rye malt, which always intigues me as I love rye. Pours a hazy orange with a nice glow to it, and a slightly grainy head that sticks and leaves some scant lacing. Smells quite malty and a bit sweet with some citrusy hops. The taste is still quite malty, a bit bready with a yeasty note, and some bitter pine, citrus, and earth from the hops. A bit chewy in gthe mouth but also relatively smooth. A solid beer.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 153
Brewed: 17.04.08
Best Before: 17.04.11

Poured into a chalice a cloudy dark orange color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, some yeast, slight citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, slightly sweet, with some yeast, some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a Norwegian Double IPA, not American, but we have no listing for it, so I'm trying to not compare it to one. It is a tasty brew non the less.

Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an apricot color with fair at best head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, showcasing light citrus, light pine and white pepper. Fortunately, the beer tastes better than it looks or smells, with some nice tropical fruit along with the hoppy bitterness. The beer has some sweetness to it, but it's not over the top, and the beer dries out on the finish with the hoppy bitterness (and some noticeable licorise). Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is OK, though the alcohol is a bit more noticeable than I'd like on the finish.

While an interesting beer to try, I'm not sure I can see myself drinking this too often.

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Dobbel Dose (Dobbel Dram) from HaandBryggeriet
84 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.