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Navigator Dopplebock - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Navigator Dopplebock
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-26-2002)
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

arfenhouse, Jan 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

cornucopia, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Phelps, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jlieber17, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

WDJersey, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ShakaShakaShaka, Oct 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, coffee, dark fruit, lager yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit maple and caramel. Then some bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hop spresence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Ralphs66, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Googs, Aug 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

baybum, Aug 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

HStoilkov, Jul 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

standardcherry, Jun 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

SocalKicks, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

George2744, Mar 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

tomgossert, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

msarver16, Feb 09, 2012
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2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

musicman575, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

quantumcipher, Jan 07, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Fat Head's Pittsburgh.

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with some deep reddish hues on the edges. Provides a thick tan head with nice retention. Some lacing but not much.

S: Lots of toasted biscuits, buttered toast, caramel, brown sugar, dark dry fruit like raisins. There is a slight whiff of alcohol as well.

T: Starts off with a big amount of malt. Caramel, buttered bread and toasted biscuits. In the middle the sweet dry plums and raisins come through blending nicely with the sweet malt. Finishes with more malt character and some brown sugar.

M: A nice full bodied beer that leaves a thick rich creamy taste on the palate.

O: This is a really tasty Doppelback. Goes really well on a cold winter night. Very warming, the smell is inviting and the taste is fairly balanced. Certainly worth seeking out.

IronCitySteve, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

imyourhero21, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


2010 batch on tap at Home Brew Mart.

A: Dark brown with a mahogany tinge and a small creamy beige cap.

S: Toasted bread with pronounced melanoidins. Toffee and caramel waft from the glass. Fruit notes are pervasive, redolent of raisin, date, and plum.

T: Rich caramel blends with toffee and toasted bread. Dried date and prune suffuse the palate. The malt profile is rich and complex. There's a low earthy bitterness and a touch of chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with warming.

Overall: I haven't had this beer in a while, so I'm unsure if the age has improved it or if it's always like this. Regardless, it's very good.

HopHead84, Sep 21, 2011
Navigator Dopplebock from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.