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Dobbel Dose (Dobbel Dram) - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 10-17-2008)
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

OGkushington, Nov 20, 2012
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Jman_01
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Jman_01, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +7.5%

zonker17, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

t0rin0, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Florya, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Calculat0r
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Calculat0r, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark red jarrah under a finger of creamy head with good retention. Decent sticky lacing.

S - Citrusy hops, mandarin, grapefruit, bitter orange peel, some malt and yeast for balance.

T - The malts play a bigger role here, with caramel and bread outduelling the grapefruit heavy hop profile. Solid bitterness.

M - Medium in body and carbonation. Dry bitter finish.

O - A couple of grades below the top DIPAs.

dansmcd, Aug 29, 2012
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of durlta
1/5  rDev -73.1%

durlta, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  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.

JohnGalt1, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Edgerrin32
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Edgerrin32, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of rutgersjpm
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

rutgersjpm, May 10, 2012
Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of jhtipton
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Madrid at Cervezorama on a whim. Was trying to get all of their non American IPAs for a testing. Half liter bottle with a best by date of June 2013. Pours a very frothy off white head and leaves nice funky lacing in my wine glass. Murky orange color. Actually improves on the second glass as the carbonation escapes and it breathes. Smell is malty with mild pine. Taste was very balanced and somewhat mild on hops at first and they built up on the second pour of 4 oz. mouthfeel is very nice. Medium bodied and bold. Overall one of the better craft beers I have found in the IPA arena. Would try again despite the $9 price tag.

jhtipton, Mar 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

chickenm, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of PuFtonLyfe
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

PuFtonLyfe, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Converge
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a 22oz snifter.

A - Within about 2 seconds of pouring this brew yields a monstrous head of frothing off-white foam. Murky burnt copper color, with tons of sediment and yeast floating in the body. Sort of an ugly looking beer to be completely honest. The head retains as a chunky, rocky head of foam that leaves lots of spotty lacing.

S - Huge pine character with a spicy citrus in the background. Orange presence is strong, but the malty side is really subdued. Some woody caramel malt comes through, but it's light. Alcohol is clearly pronounced. There's also a fair bit of somewhat herbal spiciness. After warming up the alcohol totally dominates the aroma, with only a faint trace of herbal hops in the background.

T - An odd combination of piney and herbal hops, sugary sweet malts, spices and alcohol. The finish is spicy, herbal and very alcoholic, with a lingering bitterness form the hops. The malty sweetness and herbal hops are balanced well, although the hop presence is a little muted for a DIPA. I'm not really a fan of herbal/medicinal hop profiles, but the alcoholic burn and firm spiciness only add to the problem. The only redeeming quality is the powerful yeast character in the finish, which helps balance the more abrasive flavors here. After a while, some nutty malt notes begin to come into play as well.

M - Easily the strongest asset of this DIPA. The body is exceptionally smooth, with a full and thick feel to it. The heavy yeast presence just makes this DIPA impossibly smooth, and a far-cry from some West Coast DIPAs that feel syrupy and prickly. However, this still feels way too hot and spicy in the finish, which is a real shame. Gets pretty sticky on the lips towards the finish.

D - In the end this DIPAs flavor profile just doesn't boast enough to cover up the 9.0% ABV, leaving it feeling hot and overly spicy. The hop profile is also far from what I prefer when it comes to DIPAs, as I enjoy the citrusy, West Coast feel in them, as opposed to a more herbal and spicy feel in the finish. Overall this is a decent brew from Norway worth trying once, but I'll be passing on this one next time. My last experience with Haand (Dark Force) went much, much better than this; and my next (Odin's Tipple) will likely be a home-run as well. However, this one was unfortunately not.

Converge, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

OWSLEY069, Feb 06, 2012
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of MoFro
4/5  rDev +7.5%

MoFro, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

polishkaz, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +7.5%

HoistinBrews, Jan 09, 2012
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.

biboergosum, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 19/12/11

A murky dark orange without enough clarity too see bubbles but I'm sure there's lots because there's a massive soapy cream colored head that has great retention and leaves a few thick rings of lace, the foam ever so slowly falls to an island leaving thick lacing well down the glass, beautiful

S floral pine with loads of grapefruit rind, there's some toffee in there with a little grass and faint booze, pineapple with some other tropical fruits, smells sexy and very strong

T some peppery spicy hops to go with what I smell, more rind then the nose but not as intense in other areas, booze is well concealed and just a little cereal

M fairly heavy and quite creamy from carbonation, creams up upon entry and leaves some grit behind on the gums leaving a long lasting rind aftertaste

O very solid brew with an interesting and complex hop profile, booze is well hidden and it leaves me craving another

I'm thinking this one will hit my glass again in the near future the price is reasonable and it went down a little too quick.

wordemupg, Dec 20, 2011
Dobbel Dose (Dobbel Dram) from HaandBryggeriet
84 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.