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Echolocator Hoppelbock - Freetail Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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16 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 05-15-2009)
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by goatgoat:
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a month-old growler kept in the back of the fridge. It kept itself pretty good...

A sturdy pour into a pint glass brings forth a couple fingers of foamy tan head with moderate retention. Perfectly clear ruby brown. A few straggling lines of lace. Aroma is sweet malts, doughy bread and dark brown sugar, quickly overtaken with a spicy hop kick. Flavor brings the malt forward, with less hops flavor but still a big bitter kick. As the pint goes on, the bitterness lingers long enough to undermine the malt body in the next sip. At first the carbonation was a bit much, but it's calmed down.

Looking for a classic doppelbock, keep looking. This is an aggressively hopped version which works well in the aroma but gets too off-track in the flavor.

goatgoat, Jun 14, 2009
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a very nice head (a feature of every Freetail beer I have sampled) that leaves several strands of lacing

Smell: There is a base of toffee malts lingering underneath but the pithy floral hops hijack the aromatics

Taste: Even moreso than with the aroma, the toffee malts really get pushed to the rear; while there is a malty sweetness from start to finish, the pithy grapefruit takes over throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: WIth all the hops, it is hard to think of this as a doppelbock, though the Munich and Vienna malts are appropriate for the style; I am really enjoying this and think this is every bit the equivalent of some of the hoppy lagers that are being brewed by Jack's Abby

Thanks, jl28r1, for the opportunity

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Thanks to channels321 for this extra in a recent trade of ours.

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange with an aggressive 3 inch billowy white head. Good lacing left as I drank my way through this dopplebock.

S: Some malt but dominated by a rich toffee aromas and just toward the end some booziness.

T: Sweet Breadiness, some Toffee as in the nose, a gentle sweetness from front to back with just a bit of alcohol bite in the end that was very nice. Other reviews talk about a hoppiness taking over in the back-end but I did not find this nor was it missed.

M: Nice medium mouth feel that coated the tongue with sweetness and was very drinkable.

O: Really enjoyed this beer and would certainly like to drink it again when I am in the mood for that style.

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Echolocator Hoppelbock from Freetail Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.