"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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3.51/5 rDev -5.9%
A: orange. Medium-white head. Clear.
S: slight malt and small sweet tones.
T: malty. Alcohol. Medium bitterness. Citrus notes.
M: medium-low carbonation. Medium-high body. Buttery. pretty good. Too hoppy for a doppelbock.
O: meh. Not bad. Not great.
05-22-2014 03:19:46 | More by jellikit
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
Bought this today at jaspers for $4.99. Intrigued by a "pale doppelbock". Here goes...
Poured some into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass... This is a clear bier with a deep copper hue. The carbo is plentiful and aggressive, rapidly heading topside. The head is light tan, creamy and fine, but somewhat thin, though it still covers the bier throughout. Lacing is decent as well. The aroma has some caramel malt, but also a healthy amount of floral hopping, reminding me more of a Maibock than a Doppel. Has a very nice mouthfeel; medium-plus for body and it is quite smooth and creamy on the tongue.
The flavor, unlike the aroma, has lots more malt than hops. There's some toasty caramel and a bit of breadyness, plus some cookie dough sweetness. Hoppyness is lighter here than in the nose, but is still present in floral form, also contributing some green apple/pear notes. A slight touch of bitterness does linger, mixed in with some mild alcohol-derived heat. I'd term this more of an imperial Maibock than a pale Doppelbock, but regardless of what it's called, I rather like it. And $4.99 is a reasonable price. Prosit!!
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
03-29-2014 19:08:13 | More by Bierman9
2.83/5 rDev -24.1%
22oz bomber bottle with a large sky blue and cream label. Simple label with the brewery and the name of the beer in the middle with a large "25" in the background. Above the name is a large print paragraph that mentions they have been in business for 25 years.
When poured into a simple Pilsner glass, the Pale Doppelbock was a semi hazy amber with some faint honey yellow highlights along the side. Minimal off white colored head of foam on top of this amber colored brew. It wasn't anything special. It did however have good retention that left behind a small but solid string of rings along the side. I'm not a fan of the color of beer, but at least it's not a horrible color.
I thought the aroma was going to be mostly toasted malt, but that wasn't the case. Instead it was lightly malty with toasted malt and a huge whiff a banana and alcohol. Following the alcohol soaked banana was a hint of lemon. I wish I could say that there was more than just malt, banana, alcohol, and a little lemon in the aroma, but I can't. This beer wasn't going to offer my nose anymore aromas. On a positive note, when the beer really warmed up, the alcohol subsided a little bit, but it didn't let through any more aromas.
I was hoping that the taste wasn't going to take the alcohol course than the aroma did. Long story short, the taste followed in the same footsteps as the aroma. That's sad. Kicking off the taste was a short lived sweet toasted malt bite. Quickly following the malt was a huge taste of alcohol. Intermingled with the alcohol was some more banana and lemon. That's all folks! The taste was all about the alcohol. If you're relying on one flavor to get the beer through a taste, make sure you don't rely on the alcohol.
This was a medium bodied Pale Doppelbock that had decent carbonation and big ass alcohol bite. This beer is 9% ABV and Full Sail wanted you to feel every drop of it. The aftertaste was that off sweet toasted malts, banana, and more alcohol. This aftertaste doesn't linger. The only thing that lingers in this beer is the alcohol.
I'm not a fan a Pale Doppelbocks and I was hoping that this beer would change that. It in fact did the opposite. I still dislike Pale Doppelbocks. This beer relied to heavily on the alcohol to get it though. Would I buy it again? Hell no! Unless I want another boozy Doppelbock. If you're celebrating your 25th year in business, please don't brew a Pale Doppelbock. Brew something else.
01-16-2014 03:07:03 | More by AltBock
3.26/5 rDev -12.6%
nothing special here, but it may have sat too long. hazy and thick as anything, this paler colored caramel liquid is very dense, and minimally heady. its sweet smelling, like toffee and stale german malts. lager yeast is not detectable, but a high residual sugar content will define this brew. the first sip is astonishingly thick in texture, certainly all of 9%, and definitely an overshoot on the grain bill, given the final gravity of this. sweet and sticky, mouth coating, and stale, it lacks refinement and nuance. not sure it fits very well into the bock family either. a heavy beer from the outset, even though it has solid carbonation it drinks slowly at best. pale malt doesnt lighten anything. possibly a good winter drink for those who like these sugar bombs, but it was a tough bomber for me. definitely underwhelming in all capacities.
01-08-2014 16:27:11 | More by StonedTrippin
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
This bottle piqued my interest while we were traveling in Jackson, Wyoming. 22 oz poured into my beer goblet.
Appearance: Slight haze to this inviting golden beer. It has a one finger wide solid egg shell colored head. The lacing is quite good.
Smell: Some delicious smells from this beer. A nice spicy yeast aroma mixes with some rich crystal malt. There is a bit of booziness to this beer, it is 9.0 ABV.
Taste: This is an interesting beer. It has the strength and "flavor" of a dark doppel, but it does not have the dark color. The flavor is only missing a bit of the roastiness of a standard doppelbock. There is a touch of caramel sweetness in the middle and the finish. The spiciness from the scent carries over to the taste. I think this should be a lager yeast, contributing little to the taste; but did they use an ale yeast to add some more flavor?
Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky, the body is potent. The carbonation is a bit lower.
Overall: An interesting experiment. I congratulate Full Sail on something new (at least to me) and well done.
12-27-2013 02:03:41 | More by kagent777
3.34/5 rDev -10.5%
22oz bomber obtained last night for $6.99 at Koozie's in Dover, NH. Served cold in a tulip.
A: Cloudy copper tan brew. Gentle pour generates a thin beige head with decent retention.
S: Moderately thick aroma of raw starchy grain. Faint hints of light caramel.
T: Taste is same as the smell, plus some lemony herbal hops. Lemon herb lingers in the finish. Relatively simple brew. Very mild hint of alcohol spice, but mostly controlled/ hidden.
M: On the thinner side of moderately thick. Carbo is appropriately light.
O: "Pale Doppelbock" is a very appropriate name. Well-balanced and very simple brew. Light, semi-thick, starchy, smooth. The malt is detected much more in the body and smell than it is in the taste. Moderate hop level is about the only thing there is to the taste, nearly unchecked and a bit unbalanced in that regard. Stronger maltiness in the flavor would be a welcome balancing force.
11-16-2013 01:29:17 | More by BeerNinja007
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours a finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma has a rich caramel malt aroma mixed with lemon and pine.
The taste starts with caramel sweetness, then some moderate pine and lemon bitterness comes through, finishes with the caramel sweet again.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a hoppier and less sweet doppelbock. I enjoyed it.
11-03-2013 23:03:31 | More by Fatehunter
3.61/5 rDev -3.2%
A - amber cloudy, minimal head and lacing
S - toffee/caramel/malt/sugar, booze
T - malts dominate, as with the nose, toffee/caramel/brown sugar, booze and peppery hops on the back end
M - rich and syrupy
O - a different take on the style, more hops than I expected, certainly big and bold, but in the end rather average
09-08-2013 21:06:41 | More by Vec2267
"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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