Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by benjathelion:
3.33/5 rDev -11.2%
Pours a hazy copper-blonde with light head that soon dissipates to gentle, lingering swirling. Light but noticeable lacing.
Aroma is fresh, piquant grapefruit and grassy bellpepper that subtly, deftly shifts to citrusy hops and back again.
Mouthfeel is satisfyingly full but surprisingly light with gentle carbonation; very refreshing and juicy.
Taste is very unusual and corresponds to the aroma- the advertised black peppercorn shows up on the palate as sassy sweet/sour bell-pepper much more so than spicy/hot pepper. Lots of grapefruit and citrus zest notes that blend well with the hops but have a dissonant sort of harmony with the pepper which many will find off-putting (but which I enjoyed thoroughly). Hops also complement notes of tea-like grassyness in the pepper. Bready-sweet, faintly caramel-ish malts are the backbone for it all.
One major caveat with this beer is it's lack of easy drinkability- the intense, unorthodox and competing flavors make for a taste that is somewhat difficult to acquire and most people will dislike, probably strongly so. This is a wild beer for the adventurous or the slightly daft. However, it should be noted that the label advertises it as "extreme or unusual", so don't say you weren't warned.
03-14-2009 00:22:32 | More by benjathelion
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4/5 rDev +6.7%
22oz bomber with a fire breathing goat on the label. Pours from the bottle a clear red tinted amber with an off white head that leaves some specks of lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet malts with a touch of honey and fruit. Toasty caramel with a light floral/grassy hop presence. I get a real subtle hint of the black pepper as well. Pretty nice.
First sip brings smooth sweet malts with a bit of a toasted aspect. Light caramel works in with a nice fruity profile. A hint of hops on the way down round out this malty brew. I was expecting this brew to be more peppery, but it ended up being extremely subtle. An interesting, enjoyable brew.
Mouthfeel has a sturdy medium body with plenty of carbonation..goes down smoothly. A tasty lager overall from Two Brothers, I've been impressed with the Artisan brews that they've been putting out lately and I can't wait for the next installment. A malty lager that's worth trying!
07-15-2006 06:37:38 | More by orbitalr0x
3.05/5 rDev -18.7%
22oz bomber. Pours a hazy orangey golden with one finger of off white head. Aroma is sweet with some butteryness and green apple/pear. Taste is sweet malts with ripe apples and pears. Very fruity. Slightly sour and slightly alcoholy. I did not find the combination to be pleasant. Not one I would buy again.
07-05-2007 17:01:42 | More by Duster72
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date.
A- Crystal clear orangey amber color, thin white lace holds together for the most part.
S- Hint of honey-like malt sweetness, a tad earthy with a spicy black pepper and alcohol heat.
T&M- Solid malt backbone, crisp with a full body. Good blend of sweet malt and toasted grain with a spicy mix of hops, black pepper and spicy alcohol to bring the beer to a perfect balance. Finishes spicy sweet.
D- Wow, this is an awesome beer to pair spicy food with. It went well with Peruvian style roasted chicken with a horseradish cilantro sauce. If you like bocks this is certainly worth a try.
07-24-2006 02:11:59 | More by Jason
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
22 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed dark golden orange body with a meager offwhite head that quickly collapses. A few wispy patches of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma opens with buttery toffee and caramel notes. A few hints of floral and fruity hops quickly jump into the picture, joined by a waft of the cracked black pepper.
Mouthfeel is rich and coating with a soft alcohol warming atop a full medium body.
Taste is buttery toffee and sweetish malts leading into some caramel and overripe red apples. Bittering hops and warming alcohol are also prominent. Ingredients play off each other well. The black pepper adds a pleasant bite.
Difficult to say whether this is a true doppelbock or an imperial maibock but the distinction is meaningless. This is another skillfully crafted brew from Two Brothers that is tasty and enjoyable to drink.
06-14-2007 12:54:56 | More by merlin48
3.35/5 rDev -10.7%
(Served in an Imperial strange)
A- This beer has a clear deep golden amber body with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles. The creamy off-white head soon fades to a thin film floating in the middle of the beer.
S- The aroma is very light and clean with notes of pale malt that have been caramelized in the pot.
T- The faint sweetness starts the fresh crisp pale malt flavor with a pot caramelized not to it. The finish has a smooth soft hop bitterness. There is a very subtle sulfur note but also some fruitiness to the caramel note. The finish has a very faint pepper note but I don't think I could have detected it without reading the description on the bottle.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery texture. There is no alcohol finish until the beer warms quite a bit.
D- There is nothing really exciting about this beer. The flavors are soft and one-dimensional with the caramelized taste standing out. The addition of black pepper intrigued me enough to buy the beer but the fact that they had to add the pepper in an attempt to salvage a bad beer was set my expectations low.
04-20-2006 01:56:25 | More by rhoadsrage
3.75/5 rDev 0%
22oz. brown bomber, purchased way back at Belmont Party Supply, poured into a SA pint.
A: Deep amber pour with some copper hues. Short head with short retention. No lacing.
S: Big big sweet malts. Some baking spices and light molasses. Alcohol is present and smells like it's probably mellowed with age.
T/M: Nice, rich alcohol throughout. Not abrasive, just tasty and warming. Rich malts that don't get too thick. Dark spiced breads with light toasty nuts. Body is medium full without a heavy feel. Carbonation lends a nice smoothness.
D: Pretty tasty but not terribly drinkable.
07-28-2008 01:39:11 | More by pwoods
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
They may not be brewing it anymore, but for now this beer is still being distributed...
Interestingly, it really is blonde, along with some slightly darker highlights. It develops a foamy sort of near-white head that, while it doesn't grow particularly large, holds itself well. There's some substance, as it leaves behind a reasonable amount of lacing with moderate cling to it.
Honey and sugared fruits are on the nose, surprisingly sweet. Something about it reminds me a little of DFH 120, minus the alcohol and sheer intensity. Black pepper does add a touch of spiciness.
The flavor actually is more akin to a doppelbock, and it's understandable what they were going for in blending two radically different styles. It's not as sweet as the smell, does have that peppery kick, and even has a nice little smokiness in it. Grains do come out a bit as an underlying but consistent taste.
Well, seince it's not going for straight doppelbock and is belnding a lighter beer, points shouldn't be docked for having a lighter (barely, and I means just barely, medium) body. It has a solid crispness into a fairly, but not completely, clean finish.
06-15-2013 21:15:17 | More by Brenden
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
Light to medium amber in color with a fair white head. Smells generally sweet with little hops. Taste is somewhat light, a little fruity and sweet malts, and a bareley noticable hop charecter. Mouthfeel is medium, not to syrupy or overcarbonated. Overall this brew to be a little bland, though without any noticable flaws. Glad I tried it, probalby wont go here again though.
06-27-2006 23:15:47 | More by zjungleist
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
Shimmery copper with a fleeting ochre head.
Kero syrup and candied caramel nose.
Washes in sweet with caramel nougat and Dole heavy peach syrup. Ebbs grainier, along with ripples of nuts. It goes still at this point, with a misty, lingering honey essense, and it rides out much the same. There is no real semblence of discernable hops or peppercorns.
Medium heavy in body, and generally on point for a bock.
Even by dbock standards, it teeters on opressive sweetness.
08-03-2006 00:02:53 | More by cokes
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
Bomber shared with expatsteve while watching the dying moments of a Ukraine-Switzerland game destined for PKs.
Not exactly a blonde on the eye, more of a light amber, and with a smallish khaki head that struggles to last a few seconds. Nose is light, with a subdued maibock character of light hops, citrus, and caramel/grassy malt. Taste starts off with a short, succinct cracked pepper bite taking the place of hops, followed by citrus-caramel-grassy malt with a lingering malty-sweetness. Mouthfeel is spot-on for a dopplebock, right there with Capital's blonde with a nice viscosity. Drinkability is fantastic, again, comparable to Capital's but the cracked pepper adds a fun and interesting take on a blonde doppelbock. Highly impressed.
06-26-2006 22:05:23 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
Aroma: Toffee malt sweetness, light spicy hop character. Clean lager characteristics. Peppery and spicy.
Appearance: Very clear beautiful golden with a slight reddish hue. Slight off white head that falls quickly in the beer. Head rings the glass a bit.
Flavor: Toffee character probably from the use of vienna or munich malts. Spicy and peppery. A delicate earthy bitterness that is actually refreshing. Does have some fruity alcohol flavors of plums.
Mouthfeel: Medium to medium high body. Medium low carbonation, creamy and slick and has some alcohol warming.
Overall Impression: This is a big beer (high in alcohol) that is actually pretty refreshing. Great flavors of toffee, clean lager fermentation and alcohol fruitiness that goes well with the hints of pepper and spice. After sitting for a bit the carbonation released from solution and the beer seemed to become more like a wine. VERY TASTEY!!! I would be very proud of this beer if I brewed it. This beer was originally supposed to be a maibock, oops!
Bock means Billy Goat in German and a billy goat is often used in advertisements and labels.
07-10-2007 01:42:57 | More by sullysbeer
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
The Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock is back for a limited time. This is #8 of 15 of the retro releases. The bottles were all sold out within hours (as I was told) of its release. The beer is still on tap at teh roundhouse for those interested. It poured a nice clear golden color with white head that laced. The smell was slightly fruity with the typical Euro malt. The taste was very even and good....for an 8%+ it was very smooth. The body was full with mild carbonation. Overall it was very nice to see the incinerator again.
07-31-2012 00:49:58 | More by WoodBrew
3.75/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Had a nice, light, yellowish head, that dispersed pretty quickly. The beer was an orange-amber with some cloudiness.
Smell: A bready smell with some sweet fruit mixed in.
Taste: Had a great malt taste to it. A sweet (but not overly so) bread taste permeated through the drink. At the end of the swallow there was some slight peppercorn taste, but not much.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that had a smooth mouthfeel to it.
Drinkability: I was personally expecting some more peppercorn taste in this beer (because of its prominent listing on the label), which I think would have made it stand out a bit more. I might just need more peppercorn then other people though. None the less, a very enjoyable beer to drink and would pick it up again.
12-10-2006 21:06:14 | More by screws
3.23/5 rDev -13.9%
A: Caramel hints in ruby red wine. No head with absolutely no lace. Shaken it builds a little foam and then disappears quicker than it a toilet being flushed.
edit: second pour gave me a 1/4" creamy head which laced around the rim. Hmm?
S: WOW, this one really brings it! Caramel, fruity goodness, and malt. Pear and apples tint the background.
T: Just as the smell, fruit is overwhelming. I have a hard time distinguishing between this and a Barleywine. Sweet and fruity with a small bittery finish. Slight warming effect as it travels the esophogus. Minute peppery finish.
D: Not so much. It's ok but defintely not preferred.
01-18-2007 02:05:01 | More by stouty1
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from a from a big 22 oz. Bomber it my EKU 12oz steamed glass. This label kicks butt BTW. The liquid is a quite elegant reddish amber mildly cloudy with decent carbonation. The head is a luscious looking 2 finger think creamy mass that seems to be repelled from the side of the glass, floating like a dome, some lace does cling as you Drink.
The Smell is like an alcohol covered fruit salad. A nice layer of hops emanating from the Apples, Oranges, Pears and Plumes.
The taste is not of your fathers Doppelbock, but it is billed as a blond. The fruit and malt Drinks much more like a big Maibock. As they say good things come from good people and if I went in to this blind and was told this is a DFH Imp Miabock I would say, WOW it sure is. This brew would be killer on tap. The alcohol covered or socked fruit taste is different but nice. A great break from my usual. The malt is also very big and thick quite a statement. Hopiness is also well done, not perfectly balances but not out of line, some times this is what we want. The hopy finish is accented also with a little pepper in the bite. If this were local I would seek it out from time to time.
The mouthfeel is fair to midland not bad but lack the personality to the taste of this brew.
The drinkability is good, not great one this size is plenty, a 12 oz version might be better. Special thanks To Shbobdb for allowing me this treat. Good call! MK
09-19-2006 16:14:50 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
Another cool label on a bomber from Two Brothers (considering the somewhat more staid designs on the 12 ouncers); though the fire-breathing goat-thing and the name 'Incinerator' probably sets up unreasonable expectations. Pours a deep gold color, with a thin lacing of head trailing the glass. Slightly malty scent with a touch of grassiness to it.
It's a little hard to evaluate the flavor of this beer against the style; from what I understand, this brew was something of a happy accident. There are certainly not many other peppercorn-accented blonde doppelbocks out there. This is a rich, deceptively chewy lager for its relatively light color, and its flavor is quite unusual. Pale malt in large quantities seems to have grown sweeter, mingled with some herbal or grassy flavors. The pepper flavors have either blended into obscurity or mellowed out entirely; they were not evident in my bottle. The high alcohol content is surprisingly well-masked by the balanced flavor; it's quite smooth and quite drinkable.
I'd like to see Two Brothers work on the peppercorn aspect of this next time around, as it could be an intriguing addition to the taste. I really liked this beer and will be purchasing it again.
06-24-2006 17:58:55 | More by krantul
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
I am typically not one to buy a dopplebock, but the peppercorn addition intrigued me enough to give it a try. Good dark amber hue, thin head. The pepper did a nice job of playing off both the alocohol and the carmely malty quality of the beer. The body was lightto medium with next to no carbonation. If I were to get another dobblebock, I would go with this one.
03-27-2006 03:15:44 | More by schenked
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured a maroon body with a small tan head that leaves the brew quickly. The aroma is malty sweet caramel, lime citrus, hop presence and nice fruity esters in the nose. The taste is sweet syrupy upfront, followed by a bitter hop balance of grapefruit and caramel. The finish is weak somewhat watery in the body leaving you wanting more. Decent brew but nothing spectacular.
05-10-2006 14:33:09 | More by Franchise
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
Aroma is very rich with malt and a light spiciness. Body is a lustrous dark amber and supports a quickly diminishing pinky thin tan head. Fore is sweet with apple and pear and delightfully malty through the middle then finishes with a mild spicy note that balances the beer quite well. Aftertaste is lush and fruity which gives it the feel of a soft white wine. Very nice brew.
08-24-2006 10:36:31 | More by Jredner
4.55/5 rDev +21.3%
22 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date on the bottle which is unlike Two Brothers.
A - The color isn't quite a helles as the "blonde" would suggest, but rather a medium amber that's just slightly cloudy. Almost no head. Off-white ring and some lacing down the glass. Appearance is slightly lacking.
S - This beer is bursting at the seams with rich malty aromas. Caramel and Vienna malts perhaps? Lots of caramel aromas that bring a large sweetness to it. A small yeast touch upon agitation as well as a spicy alcohol aroma.
T - Sweet malts flourish on the tongue and linger quite a while. Very caramel-rich with a raw honey aspect to it. An indescribably spice that's delicate is all over the place. Must be the black pepper. I can't say I've ever experienced that before.
M - Mellow and smooth, the Incinerator slides down like a dream. Medium-full bodied and rich, it's soft in the mouth.
D - The 8.2% hides well in this beauty. It certainly is a joy to drink and rather upsetting it's a limited release that's gone at this point. I'd love more!
06-26-2009 01:56:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
Incinerator Blonde Doppelbock from Two Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.