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"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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Reviews: 39
Hads: 99
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.59/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a lot more on the pale lager side and not so much on the doppelbock side, sadly. It tasted like a fairly typical high-alcohol lager to me. Which is great except for the excessively high hop flavour. I thought if any pale lager would go easy on the hops it'd be one that calls itself a pale doppelbock. The only thing "doppelbock" about it was an oily consistency on the finish. I mean, there's maltiness for sure, but it's more of a "bock hiding under too many hops." There's nothing doppel about it. Well, high alcohol, I suppose. I can kind of see where they're coming from, but people who like bocks and doppelbocks are generally not fans of this kind of flamboyant hop use. I know I'm not.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of AltBock
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

70 IBU's. 22 oz. Bottle purchased for$6.99 + Tax at Ballard, Seattle Fred Meyer. Fizzy mild lace quarter inch off white head. Clear bright rich amber color. Mildly floral caramel malt mild Saaz hop front. Medium bodied rich caramel malt mid fruit ester rich smooth lager body. Subtle sweetness and hint of peppery hop resin. No sediment, but somewhat odd fruity mildly bitter mild EtOH heat end. Rich odd brew. Not a Full Sail Classic. (2.75 / 5.0).

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pils-style glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger cream-colored head with decent retention for the ABV. Brown-orange coloration in the body with robust carbonation and semi-opaque. Not a bad looking beer. A bit odd to be honest.

S- Slight touch of brandy and dark fruits. Has elements of a quad in it. Earthy notes, rich malts, and a sweetness. Complex and enjoyable.

T- Very hoppy, aggressively so. It pairs up with the high alcohol content for a punch in the mouth. Hop oil, brandy, citrus, grapefruit, some sugar in the end. Not much. Oofah.

M- Thick bodied, finishes wet.

O- Taste was crazy. Not a bad brew, but I don't think I'll be having it again. 22 ounces might be tough to get through.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brownish-orange with a decent sized off white head.

Smells citrusy and slightly sweet.

Tastes- Hoppier than I was expecting. I saw doppelbock and my mind went to Korbinian but this beer is much more bitter. More hops and citrus than anything else. That being said, once I got over my expectations I enjoyed this beer. The bitterness is not over whelming by any means and the citrus notes are pleasant.

MF-Medium body and slightly carbonated.

Overall- Not what I think of when I think doppelbock but a pleasant beer nonetheless.

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Photo of jellikit
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of vkv822
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent amber-orange body with a one-finger head (white and creamy on top, fizzy and bubbly down below). Citrus-like aroma, lemon-orange like with a subtle spice background. Very malty taste with a strong alcohol component quickly overtaking things. Medium body, slightly fizzy, dry finish.

A nice try at a distinctive doppelbock, but a bit too much alcohol presence pounding the senses overall and taking away from a nice malt flavor. I saw another reviewer mentioned dropping the ABV down to about 7% to improve the overall brew: sounds reasonable to me. That, and smooth out the carbonation a bit and this would have been a more desirable beer. A bit of a disappointment, but still fair enough to give it a shot.

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Photo of corby112
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden copper color with apricot colored edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly toasted sweet malt aroma with a delicate floral hop presence for balance. Hints of caramel, toffee, rye and biscuit countered by a grassy hop character and subtle dark fruit notes.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a surprisingly hop forward flavor that's countered by sweet malt, bready yeast and dark fruit. Floral, grassy hops provide some dry bitterness that lingers but this is nicely countered by caramel malt, biscuit, toffee, hazelnut and toast. Well balanced with a well masked high ABV, making this beer very easy to drink. Pretty flavorful but a bit too hoppy for this style in my opinion.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Expected a lot more of a malt backbone here & fewer hops. Not a hop overkill case, though; they balance the slight biscuity leaning of the malts with herbal tartness.

It does taste like there's major alcohol here, but it's not bracing. Probably a good introduction to doppelbocks for folks intimidated by the German tradition.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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).

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Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.


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.

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Photo of Docer
3.87/5  rDev +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.

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"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.