"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
84
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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a light copper lager with excellent clarity. The head is creamy,light tan and about a half a finger high.

S: Moderate noble hops having an earth and spice aroma with a moderate malt aroma. There is a nice toasty aroma from the malts otherwise a clean lagering without any esters or phenols. The alcohol is light and flowery.

T: Some malt sweetness with a moderately-strong malt flavor having some toast and light melanoidins. The hops bring a moderate bitterness and just let the malt dominate giving a balance that is slightly towards the malt. There is a light, earthy noble hops flavor. Even though this is a malt driven beer the sweetness is restrained and the finish is off-dry. There is a malty and toast aftertaste.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a moderate creaminess that works well with the malt. The alcohol give some warming.

O: An outstanding beer that is malt driven with a good amount hops bitterness.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, a bargain at under $5 from Cable Bev. in Bardonia, NY

Pours almond amber, hazed, under a medium tan head, that stays at the 1/4 inch level. Collar develops, along with a blotchy film and then leaves low sheeting and respectable lacing.

Malty nose with some clementine flourishes.

Sweet and malty, then some fruit and finally a dry and moderatly hopped up finish.

Nice heady brew at 9%

Cheers!

Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served cold in an imperial pint.

Redish amber color with good clarity and thick head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with orchard fruits.

Flavor is full and balanced, leaning towards the sweet end of the spectrum. Spicy and fruity.

Medium-full bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall it's ok but not something I would buy again.

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What is a pale doppleback? This is a pale winterwarmer? Bottle from Champane's Cellars. A good bitterness and spicy. Good maltiness, toffee, and some malt liquor aftertaste. Wasn't the style but nice and good drinkability. Nice bubbly head. Worth a try.

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome doppelbock. Clear brassy hue with off white head. Very hop forward. Earthy woody hops through, big body with just enough carbonation. Nice solid malt foundation for the hops to rest on over your tongue. Lagered perfectly with no Fruity eaters. So clean with a snappy dry finish. And for the price? 4.99 awesome

One of the most bitter doppelbocks I've ever head

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the bomber, poured a medium yellow amber with a huge head that lingers in a pint glass. Nose of fresh bread, heavy caramel malts, and herbal hops. Flavors follow the nose with hop bitterness on the back and sweetness to the front and sides. Lingering bitter and herbal hops on the back and aftertaste. Decent. More of a hop lovers dopplebock.

Photo of jellikit
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Docer
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.0)

- Looks like a lightly carbonated Full Sail Amber Ale. Clear, clear ring of off-white foam in my Full Sail Pint Glass, and trace dusted foam which seems to sit, undisturbed. Overall not a bad look, but nothing pops. No thick rich head or creaminess in the look.

Smell: (3.5)

- Very light aromas.. not much in it, but I get the sense this is hiding its glory. Nice sweet malts, bready notes, and a crisp backing. Simple, yet smooth in aroma. Light brown sugars, caramel, and esters from the malt. Not bad.

Taste: (4.0)

- There it is. The flavor and profile shines through in the taste. I was kind of expecting that. Low alcohol flavors in a super smooth tasting sweet malt lager. Really nice esters, caramel, brown sugar, and an overall bready and grainy malt. This tastes super good, and dangerously smooth.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)

- This is a nicely carbonated brew, which seems to possibly be brewed with their house lager yeast? It's lightly creamy on the palate, and drinks extremely well. It's a touch chewy and cloying, but there is not any big dryness to it at all. The bitterness balances it and makes it a super drinkable beer.

Overall: (4.0)

- Doesn't look special, and really doesn't smell special. But when you drink this puppy, you know it is one to start with, and finish with because it is a super good work of art. Spot on style? Maybe not. Taste like a Full Sail beer? Bet many wouldn't guess it in a blind taste. Good beer? Really good, smooth, and tasty. I could down many of these, and if I downed more, I would get into a little trouble. Though price doesn't affect my score, this is a real treat for a really great price. Grab them up. Not one to age, but one to drink.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up tonight at the COOP ... Poured into my slim tulip... Decent enough light tan head... The brew is a clear polished deep orange... very pretty.

Nose is clean malt... little else... maybe some spicy hoppiness.. toasty malts... light caramel.. honey... a bit of a peppery hoppiness jumps out.

Too bitter for a doppelbock, but it is a "PNW" brew :-) nice smooth malt profile.. toasty ... biscuity... nicely done with the malts... It seems like the hops though were given a heavy hand.... still Continental in style, but heavy. Never sweet, just malty.

Body is about perfect for the style.. Carbonation is a lower side of medium... velvety with just the right amount of bubbles.

Pretty well done... I will buy it again... very clean albeit still too hoppy.

4/4/3.5/4.5/4

P.S. I thought about putting this one in the Maibock category, but judging the BA style guidelines and the BJCP website... this one should be under doppelbock.

Photo of Vec2267
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium-to-deep amber body, slight finger of tan head; some lace motes. Never had a "pale" doppelbock before, but this is certainly a paler color than the typical doppelbock.

S: sweet, fruity, chewy malt aromas and hoppier hints of pines and citrus

T: the malt flavors were close to some American Strong Ales I've had (like Stone's Bastard series) merged with American IPA hop flavors (take any DIPA for example), whereas the admittedly few Doppelbocks I've had (Kuhnhenn's Heathen, Sam Adams' Imperial series Double Bock, and Samichlaus) presented a different flavor and feel. Crisp hops and hearty malts.

M: closer to American strong ales and DIPAs - hoppier, more bitter; medium weight, more carbonation than other dopplebocks (based on my experience). Chewy maltiness. Not slick like a Samichlaus (for example).

O: I'd wager that this is a "take" on the style rather than a representative of the style, and perhaps purists will not get what they're looking for in this beer? That said, I thought it a very satisfying drink - and not-for-nothing, at $5 for a bomber, a great value.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium red-orange amber with a fine half finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Mild aroma of bready and biscuit malt with a hint of toasted malt. Flavor is caramel malt and somewhat astringent hops, finishing with bittering hops and an alcohol kick. The flavor is sweet and fairly intense, but unbalanced towards bitterness and booze. It seems odd, because there is clearly a nice malt backbone to this beer. Body is great, medium to heavy and creamy. An interesting take on a doppelbock that leans towards th boozy side. It has some nice characteristics and is obviously well made, but did not really come together for me.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber at a great price of $3.99. Pours a clear copper color with an ample tan head. Decent retention and thin lace.

Nose is biscuity malt with a green grape fruitiness, lots of alcohol notes unfortunately. The hops are pretty big (for a bock) in the typical maibock style, but the alcohol notes are a little too fusel and harsh for me.

The taste is better...the malts are full and sweet, biscuity with toffee. The hops are prevalent but not overboard. Mouthfeel is viscous, but does not feel like a heavy beer. I dont dislike it, but think surely Full Sail could have come up with something better than this for the big Two-Five! I think this is more akin to a maibock than a doppel, but could easily be placed in either category. I cant help but think this would be better at a couple ABV percentage points lower. Not bad, nice price tag and as such I might consider a re-purchase.

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Copper brown, beige head with light retention. Sugary malts on the nose, brown sugar,spicy and citrus zest evoking hops. Taste has some sweetish bready malt, herbal and bitter hopping, some citrus, charred/toasted grains. Sweeter medium feel, no alcohol. A pretty well hopped imperial amber lager (or at least that's what I'm calling it).

Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Had this out of a chalice. First smell was of an alcohol infused V8 infusion and port wine mix. Taste up front was similar to the smell, V8 Infusion and port. Malty middle with hops making its lingering presence known toward the end. Not sure I appreciate this rendition of the dopplebock. Glad I tried it, good for experience but sure this one won't be visited again.

Photo of Reidrover
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from "Habits" in S. Salem. $3.99 Amber coloured body with a large bubbly light tan head. Fine chocolaty,creamy, biscuity aromas very pleasant. Taste is similar to the aroma.milk chocolate and wheat..not much hop..nice stuff Nice smooth velvety palate. Very nice drink not sure what category but i liked it

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Time for a nice doppelbock, haven't had one in a while.

Pours a big creamy 2 finger head that sticks around for quite some time, never seeming to want to fade, nice lacing notching the glass when it eventually goes down, tons of bubbles floating around, some up but some just seem to dance around the inside of the clear auburn pale tan colored beer.

Nose brings plenty of caramel malts at first, lots of toffee, a little nutty like, toasty reddish copper malts, little grainy and toasty, with a light fruity lager like base somewhere in there. Light grassy hops come through, grassy and slightly herbal leafy like hops.

Taste comes with chewy malts, plenty of toffee and caramel again, even nutty as well, with a faint hint of darker malts under that even. Chewy bready slight grainy malts in there, with lots of toasty reddish copper malts, It has some light wheat characters, but more like caramelized wheat characters, fluffy and grassy. Then hops, a decent bitterness but not overly, light grassy a little earthy herbal hop character, faint esters and hint of booze, as well as light fruity lager characters, touch of apple pear like fruity flavors. Finish gets quite bitter as it attempts to dry, never really drying as it sticks to the mouth, earthy spicy chewy and grassy leafy hops mostly, with more nutty toffee and caramel coppery malts lingering too, bit syrupy.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, little syrupy, a bit of warming booze, tons of fluffy carbonation, maybe too much.

Overall not bad, nice copper malts, plenty of toffee caramel flavors which are nice, even nice lager flavors, the hops start decent but get a little too bitter overall for what i would expect for a doppelbock, and the thick syrupy feel starts OK but gets a bit too syrupy and too much carbonation at the same time. Overall still a nice beer, and booze goes down smoothly.

Photo of vkv822
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Clear, burnt-orange/copper red color with a sudsy off white head.

Pale and caramel malt notes, with spicy hop notes.

Taste follows the nose, with a crisp, crackery and caramel malt base followed by peppery, grassy hop notes.

Medium body, smooth, low carbonation.

A pleasant beer, flavor profile was a bit mild overall.

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange amber color with a 2" head that falls to a nice surface foam that lasts. Moderate lace develops on the glass.

Smell: malt, bread, and caramel comes through to the nose.

Taste: big bready presence here. Caramel and some malt sweetness dominate. Some fruit sweetness and a mild bitterness arrives late. Alcohol is noticeable and provides some warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting as the sweetness sticks to the tongue.

Overall: I think this beer was pretty good for a pale doppelbock, as the malt, caramel, and overall sweetness dominated as expected. Very enjoyable.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep golden orange color with a decent off white head that persists for a bit. Smells of sweet honey like pilsner malt with a twinge of spicy hops and a bit of syrupy orange and a solid shot of ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma with lots of bready sweet malt and plenty of ethanol burn. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I'm not sure how you can consider this a dopplebock with no caramelized sugars or dark fruits in the mix. I continue to be unimpressed with full sail, this one reminds me of a malt liquor and should be poured out of a forty.

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on X-Mas Eve.

A - Poured out a clear copper color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and toffee. Some floral notes and booziness.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, toffee and some roasted malt. A slight bitter bite with some mild spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good brew and a great idea for a style for an anniversary beer.

Photo of flagmantho
2.36/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: dark orange hue with a bit of haze to the body. Head is a thick finger of frothy light-tan foam with a hint of an orange cast. Actually, quite attractive.

Smell: kind of a sickly-sweet malt aroma with some caramel character and a general dankness. Not exactly my favorite, but possibly within style guidelines.

Taste: very biscuity malt flavor which is very sweet. There's some hop bitterness here as well, but the overall effect is, as in the aroma, sickly. I'm having kind of a hard time drinking it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. Mouthfeel is quite good, but the beer itself is just ... ugh.

Overall: this was a drain pour for me. This beer may not be bad for everyone, but it was at odds with my palate so dramatically that I could not stand more than a couple sips. Full Sail usually makes good stuff, but this beer is just too -- something. Uff da.

Photo of kagent777
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze, and leaves very little head or lacing. The smell is intensely stringent, the ABV won't be a surprise to you if you give this one a whiff before drinking it. The taste is definitely a step up from the smell. It's bready, boozy, and citrusy and it leaves a bitter aftertaste. Not dissimilar to the aftertaste of an IPA. The mouthfeel is medium-high carbonation. The taste hides the ABV pretty well actually. It's reasonably smooth, but definitely not a beer to session with.

Overall, I thought this was an interesting take on a doppelbock although I doubt I'd drink it again. I can't see myself choosing this one instead of a Spaten Optimator or a Ayinger Celebrator if I'm looking for a doppelbock.

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"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.