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Navigator Dopplebock - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Navigator Dopplebock
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-26-2002

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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 20
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2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear cola color with a very small rosy whiet head.

Smells phenolic with coffee, hops, and lots of booze.

Doppels are supposed to be much more of a grain heavy beer. This one didn't register as a bock at all. It was way too sweet and lacked all that thick graininess of the German doppels. It was too light bodied for the style. Alcohol isn't covered up a bit.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was able to try Ballast Point's Doppelbock during TJ's infamous Ballast Point vs Bear Republic promo. I just recently found my notes of this beer that were done on the spot at TJ's. TJ's served this beer to me in an English style Imperial pint glass.

I loved the color that this Doppelbock had. This Doppelbock poured a pure dark crimson red with no highlights. It was just a great looking crimson red color. On top of this crimson colored beer was a 1/2 an inch off white colored head of foam. This small head of foam had fast retention that left behind nothing in its tracks. No spots, no lace, not even rings. When that happens, the glass is usually cold, but the glass I had was at room temperature. Well, at least the appearance at the color.

When I first took a whiff of this beer, I was surprised to find out how sweet this Doppelbock was. I was just a shade off from being sweet like candy. The aroma was sweet with sweet roasted malts, molasses, rum raisins, a gentle touch of sugar plums, and a subtle whiff of alcohol. I don't mind a sweet Doppelbock aroma, but this one was too much.

For the taste, you take all the sweetness that was found in the aroma and add a ton of alcohol. The taste was on the sweeter side of things with the taste of rum raisins, sweet roasted malts, a hint of molasses, and then like a boulder falling off a mountain, in comes the alcohol. There was so much alcohol, that it completely covered up all the sweetness. Let's just say that had to be a huge taste of alcohol to completely cover up all the sweet flavors.

Even with all the alcohol, this was a medium bodied Doppelbock with a low level of carbonation and a sweet aftertaste of sweet roasted malts, sugar plums, molasses, and of course, alcohol. Even though I could taste alot of the alcohol, I really couldn't feel it.

Ballast Point had made some of the best beers that I've ever had and unfortunenly, this isn't even close to those beers. I tried so hard to like this beer, but I couldn't. I wasn't able to find many positive aspects of this beer. The color of this beer was great, but the aroma and taste was far too sweet and a little too much alcohol. If I ever saw this on tap, I would only ask for a sample glass of it. At TJ's, I almost had to choke down the last few ounces of this beer so I could get another beer.

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Photo of Natureboy
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of the tap with a nice tan head that dissipates completely within a minute. Dark brown in color. SRM 36. First sip hits you with brandy and alcohol vapor. Notes of dark candi sugar give way to a finish bittered by alcohol. No hop aroma. Really syrupy nose. Way too sweet in a sugary way and not a malty way. Not a good example of a dopplebock. A total dessert beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Tops.

Deep maroon with cherry highlights. A thin, wispy tan head.

The nose: raisins, brown sugar, a touch of tangy teriyaki. Baked bread.

Tastes like bread dipped in brandy. Overripe grapes and fermented cherries, a touch of green apple, some mint. Fairly sweet. An odd little flavor. That tang is here too, mild but noticeably there. A touch of well-baked raisin bread.

Velvet-smooth medium body with nice viscosity. Moderate fizziness with some prickly carbonation. Fairly clean finish, lingering bitterness and teriyaki tang.

Not like many doppelbocks I've had. An odd flavor. Interesting, but can't do it in large quantities.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a snifter, glowing a reddish cola coloring. It held a half finger tall head of tan bubbles, showing weak retention, but leaving spots of lacing. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma gives big syrupy sweetness, with caramel and pale malts, sugary vanilla bean, plum, strawberry, light adjuncty grain, and date puree. To balance are more bittered notes of medicinal phenols, fusel booze, and light citric hops with fresh leafy oiliness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is, at first, bitter, but quickly glosses over with malty dextrins and fat notes of fruit. The flavoring opened with cereal grain, vanilla sweetness, fresh fruity esters, and cooked brown sugars that were quickly overpowered by bitterness via booze and phenolic clove. These latter components enhanced to the peak, where strawberry sugars, sweet ethanolic bite, and more fruity esters pushed passed and effectively cut that initial bitterness. The finish showed more spicy booze, banana esters, strawberry sugars, pale malts to wash, and brush of lightly buttery diacetyls. The aftertaste breathed of browned bananas, plastic phenols, caramel and pale malts, plum syrups, warming booziness, and the spice of black pepper and cinnamon. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium, but did feel flat at times. There was decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with a wet coating left around the mouth. This eventually gave light astringent dryness, tracing down the hard palate and down the throat. The abv was fine, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. This gave nice fruity syrups that sat well against the decently dark malty background. Where we lost points was through the translation to flavoring. The expected sweetness was certainly there, but there was not enough of a deep and roasty grain bill to match. This afforded a lack of substance through the end of the sip. Ultimately this is okay for the style, but would do well with a bit more roast or smoke to the malts to give it that seriousness it needs.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on-tap at Beachwood,

A: Pours brown, with a small white head, not long-lasting, mild lace.

S: Brown sugar and dark bread, it certainly smells like a dopple.

T: Liquid bread for sure, good malt flavours and to style, not overhopped. Not a great intensity of flavours as I've come to expect from a beer like Korbinian or Salvator. The beer reminds me of Optimator a lot.

M: Smooth and sugary sweet, but not cloying. Good amount of residual sugar here. An easy drinker for it's alcohol which doesn't show a trace of itself.

D: A good lager from BP, a nice base beer, barrel aging is where this beer really shines though.

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Navigator Dopplebock from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.