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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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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-27-2012)
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flagmantho

Washington

2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 23:41:44 | More by flagmantho
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ElCommodoro

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 03:52:39 | More by ElCommodoro
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 00:29:56 | More by johnnnniee
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AltBock

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:07:03 | More by AltBock
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philbertk

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 21:06:07 | More by philbertk
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 00:45:18 | More by twiggamortis420
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KeyWestGator

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-15-2013 00:59:16 | More by KeyWestGator
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-19-2012 22:02:34 | More by kjkinsey
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dwtyler

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

01-26-2014 07:53:57 | More by dwtyler
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

03-04-2013 02:45:39 | More by browniewithnuts
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 16:27:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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Murrhey

Montana

3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:46:11 | More by Murrhey
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 00:31:15 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 01:29:17 | More by BeerNinja007
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Brew_42

Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 04:13:25 | More by Brew_42
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-12-2012 17:31:18 | More by jheezee
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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-22-2014 23:04:25 | More by nebula1999
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-26-2013 04:02:15 | More by warpedrevolution
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-19-2013 14:07:31 | More by weeare138
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-20-2013 00:42:41 | More by bumchilly25
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-20-2012 12:44:43 | More by cdwil
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kew

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-26-2012 12:06:34 | More by kew
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GMB

Japan

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-16-2012 22:43:33 | More by GMB
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-02-2014 05:06:37 | More by zestar
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-03-2013 18:46:11 | More by beernads
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"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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