"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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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 99
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
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.

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 99
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)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
2.59/5  rDev -28.3%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,716 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (952 characters)

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