"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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Reviews by kagent777:
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
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
12-17-2012 02:27:45 | More by MadScientist
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
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%
01-29-2013 23:51:28 | More by Billolick
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-21-2012 03:40:54 | More by GilGarp
3.86/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
01-27-2013 03:53:13 | More by Sammy
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
4.65/5 rDev +24.7%
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
12-21-2012 02:11:46 | More by jtierney89
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
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
09-27-2012 07:35:28 | More by Docer
3.83/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
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.
09-27-2012 04:00:00 | More by JohnGalt1
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
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
12-11-2012 21:56:28 | More by Greywulfken
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-22-2012 03:34:01 | More by LiquidAmber
3.2/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
10-11-2012 00:45:18 | More by twiggamortis420
"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.