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Dr. Tongue - Bootlegger's Brewery

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jerz on 04-25-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

02-18-2013 04:07:45 | More by drewone
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2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After going all sweet with the spring ale, I went all bitter with Dr. Tongue. On-tap at the source, on to the beer:

Burnt orange is the color, topped off by a good retaining head that leaves some lacing. Some citrus and tangerine peel in an otherwise aroma, a sign of what to expect in the taste. Not quite....it's hoppy alright, yet something is missing from the whole. I can't find the malt as it is smuthered by very bitter hops, pine, and bitter citrus. Very clean as well. Even the body seems light for a 7.7% ABV beer. All told, the alcohol is masked well.

Not what I was expecting. Dr. Tongue advertised "dark, clean, hoppy, bitter", and the terms clean and bitter were extremely emphasized in this. Those fond of extremely unbalanced, hop forward beer may prefer this, but not I.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 01:47:35 | More by DoubleJ
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-10-2013 00:10:19 | More by Jessenimmo
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-02-2013 18:23:06 | More by mattsander
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-03-2013 05:02:25 | More by jeff1973
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

7.7% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard branded black pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $5.00 USD and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery - which has both surprised me and underwhelmed me in the past.

I'm reviewing this as an imperial amber.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 5 finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good (~6+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a dark amber. Nontransparent but translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light even lacing as the head slowly recedes. Pretty standard for the style, if a bit dark. No overt flaws.

Sm: Floral hops, caramel, toffee, and a bit of roast. A strange build, but I always applaud boldness and experimentation. This just doesn't seem all that promising. A biteen earthy. Slightly herbal. A strange aroma of mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pleasant roast and toffee alongside fairly pedestrian floral hop notes. Some caramel and toffee make things a bit more interesting, but it's still straightforward and simple - though I wouldn't call it bland or boring. Amber malts. A bit bready. Well put together for what it is, if you accept its simplicity. Balanced and enjoyable. I do like it. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch undercarbonated, which I kind of like. Decent presence on the palate. Low depth of flavour. Decent body. Good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. It's pleasant to drink. I wouldn't get it again at this price point, but it's not bad for what it is. A largely forgettable offering from Bootlegger's. Still, it's worth trying if you're huge on imperial reds. I'd take Alesmith's My Bloody Valentine over this in a heartbeat, but it's not a bad offering. Hides its ABV impressively well. I could down more than a pint of this in the same night - and that's saying something.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 06:31:10 | More by kojevergas
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-14-2013 05:07:37 | More by baybassboy
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3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beachwood got a keg, so on-tap there,

A: Pours a dark amber to brown with a solid white head, nice lace, translucent.

S: Definitely has a major malt component, almond brittle/toffee, with a good hop balance (standard citrus, pine).

T: Fairly malt forward, biscuity English style malt. Light hop flavour, some pine/wood, grassy at times. But in the end the flavour is quite light for a strong ale, not explosive, a good flavour, nothing wowing.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, soft carbonation, easy drinking.

D: Nothing too crazy here, an adequate effort from Bootlegger's, but when I see strong ale, I want' something strong, really reminded me of a hopped up ESB to be honest.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 00:18:05 | More by Halcyondays
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep red, coppery, amber in the Ommegang chalice. It just tastes like a Red/Amber Ale that has been amped up a little in alcohol. I can't see anything different from a typical Red, so call it a Double.

A nice foamy cap on the stuff, and it's hoppy and plenty earthy. The resiny hop fragrance is rather nice. Flavors of pine and juniper with an herbal note. The bitterness is way more than ample. It starts to get medicinal, like aspirins chewed with sweet vermouth.

If you set the glass aside for a while, and then pour another dose, the hops again seem rich and it's good for a gulp. But it's not much for sipping away. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:48:11 | More by mactrail
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Dark amber with light ruby throughout and a thin light khaki colored head.

The best aspect of this beer is it's aroma, with a nice combination of caramel and toffee sweetness with piney, citrus hop character. Very nice.

The flavor is muddied, and picking out individual aspects is difficult. There's a lot of simple bread character, caramel, and some piney hop flavor, but it's all incredibly muddled--doesn't come together well at all.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A muddied, though flavorful big amber ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 16:46:13 | More by ehammond1
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft service into a half-pint goblet at Whole Foods in Tustin.

A: Clear, dark amber color with one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and toffee marry well with resinous dark citrus and piney hops to make for a smell that is initially very enticing. As the beer warms it presents some astringent but fruity esters.

T: Begins off-dry, with thin toffee and hop aromatics that are piney as well as earthy. Early flavors do not measure up to the intensity of the smell. Estery fruit is detectable in the middle as malt takes on an unfortunate scorched quality. Bitterness is moderate to heavy in the finish, retaining some of the aromatic hop qualities without as much of the scorched grain.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, more watery than sticky on the palate but with a quality of smoothness that is attractive, and with low carbonation.

D: This beer comes across as an imperial red ale with West Coast hop character and some unfinished business with the mash tun it emerged from. Balance is present, but both sides of the scale--the yin and the yang--are under-represented. That said, the malt suffers more here than the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 06:37:50 | More by beagle75
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hollingshead's. Poured a nice dark copper hue with a small tan head sitting on top. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of caramel and a little bready with a hint of toast and then a citrus and pine hop aroma.

Flavors were a little toasty malt and bitter. Pine and resiny hops were the most of the hop flavors. Was labeled an IPA at the bar and for the most part it was in that range.

Mouthfeel was crisp and dry. Slightly thin at times but a pretty good beer. I enjoyed it and I'll probably order iit again if I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 18:58:16 | More by snpub540
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-23-2013 15:04:23 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-30-2014 04:53:40 | More by GRG1313
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-24-2012 17:16:12 | More by TheCrowsNest
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-20-2013 05:59:20 | More by Azrael
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-26-2013 19:35:56 | More by LoveStout
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-16-2014 20:08:58 | More by Wolberjs
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-25-2013 16:19:06 | More by GraduatedCashew
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Bootlegger's.

A: Dark brown with a reddish tinge. The lighting is bad where I'm standing.

S: Aromatic pine and grapefruit rind blend with bread, biscuit, and a little caramel.

T: Bready malt with a firm and aggressive bitterness. Hops are reminiscent of pine and grapefruit. There's a touch of caramel as well. Finishes bitter and dry with lingering citrus pith.

M: Medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid hoppy American Strong, though the citrus rind leads to palate burnout. Forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 17:34:48 | More by HopHead84
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and some dank herbal hop and alcohol aromas. Taste is the same with some slight vegetal flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very hop forward.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 05:58:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Factory during Pints for Pits

A- murky amber with a finger head that leaves great lacing

S- heavy pine hops with a nice roasted malt

T- hops, hops, and hops! There is enough biscuity malt sweetness to somewhat balance, but it's still very bitter.

M- medium bodied with good carbonation. The dry hopping really leaves a heavy bitterness in your mouth

D- overall quite nice. Would prefer a little more balance to the massive hop assault, but still easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 02:20:15 | More by imagese
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-22-2014 04:44:31 | More by freshflesh
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-11-2013 07:47:24 | More by ste5venla
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-22-2013 17:43:45 | More by Strwrs777
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Dr. Tongue from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.