"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
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 99
Photo of Brew_42
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a .5l cylinder.

A: Lovely pour, bronze color, creamy, tight, lasting head. Great color and islands of foam, modest lacing.

S: caramel malts, toffee, walnuts, toasty copper malts,plus grassy and herbal hops. Very attractive, better as it warms, goes well with food.

Food: (in this case lightly sauteed radish, spinach, arugula just cut from garden combined with walnuts, pine nuts, lemon juice and a bit of this beer)

Taste:Beefy malts, nuts, toffee and caramel, with hint of darker malts. Fresh bread and wheat, then also hoppy, grassy with esters and alcohol 'power', at 9%.
touch Some fruity lager character Finish gets a little bitter, tingly, but more estery, syrupy. Still a nice finish and a solid, strong, ie DOUBLE beer.

Mouth - fuller bodied, little syrupy, with warming booze, plus upbeat carbonation. Appropriately weighty in mouth feel balance by carbonation, tingle, alcohol. A good meditation beer.

Overall - Definitely would come back to this one. Would love to share with a friend. Great with food. Great deep double alcohol experience. Feels good after. Warming. Good winter beer.

Very solid and makes me want to try more Full Sail, employee owned. (1,204 characters)

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,866 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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). (383 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (414 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
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! (718 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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). (449 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
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 (380 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper body, big 2 finger head, excellent lacing

S: lemon, sweet biscuit bread

T: lemon, bready malt, mild bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, thick/smooth mouth

O: Very nice beer. Congrats to Full Sail.
Great to see another pale dopplebock.
ABV sneaks up on you, well done.

VERY GOOD, GIVE IT A TRY! (306 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.36/5  rDev -34.6%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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 (318 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (332 characters)

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