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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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BA SCORE
84
good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-27-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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 jlindros
3.89/5  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 beernads
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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 corby112
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  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 afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 johnnnniee
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
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 LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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 flagmantho
2.3/5  rDev -38%
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 ccrida
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a nonic, Full Sail's Pale Doppelbock is bronze with a light tan head and light lace.

Smell is snappy herbal hops, some minerality to it, nice brightness.

Taste is solid. I like the chalkiness, echoed from the nose, as well as the hops, in-line with the traditional style, but cranked up a notch in OR style. Smooth, the ABV is dangerously well hidden. The sweetness is nil. Dig it!

Mouthfeel is perhaps a *touch* thick, but, given the style and strength, I'd say it's in the "guidelines". Dry and slippery. Love this chalky note.

Drinkability is high, I'm really liking this beer, one of the best I've ever had from Full Sail. Well done, a fitting salute to their 25th anniversary. Nostrovia!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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