Never Mind The Bollox! | Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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Never Mind The Bollox!Never Mind The Bollox!

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Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We asked you what beer of ours you’d bring back if you could. You chose this hop driven ground breaker that now packs even more punch than it did back in the days. From our archives with love. Victory!

Mainly hopped with Centennial.

NB: This is not the same beer as the IPA "Bollox!",

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2008

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by PicoPapa:
Photo of PicoPapa
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle. Best before date of Nov 2011 on the side. Pours a murky dark chestnuty color with very little head. Aroma is bready and sweet along with some floral and citrus. Somewhat earthy. Taste is very sweet and earthy. Flavors of dark fruits and bread. Very little bitterness and hop flavor to this. This beer seems to be masquerading as an Imperial IPA. It does not have many of the normal characteristics I normally find in IPAs. Overall this is an alright beer but this one will be my last one. Not impressed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Popping the cap releases some ripe fruit aromas, traces of caramel, spice and dark sugars, very faint chocolate and a suspicion of wet cardboard. It pours cloudy amber brown under a 1” foam cap that quickly collapses that produces light lace. It enters with fruit, prunes, sherry notes and an assertive bitter finish. The carbonation thins the beer out a bit and is not particularly malty. The body is medium to a little less and the carbonation is a little above average.

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Photo of bubbigunz
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of PumaSaysRawrr
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I only got this because of the name and it was on clearance for $5 down from $16. The bottle is marked 11/11 so I'm not sure how that factors in....I am drinking it from the bottle and a Samuel Smith pint glass.

I am quite happy this beer. I would say it is much more of an American barleywine than a DIPA. Sweet and malty with just enough hops. The smell is almost too mild-(Please note I dumped a bottle of perfume on my hand a few hours ago so maybe that is the issue)

I liked this a little more on the too cold side. After it warmed a bit the syrupyness was a little hard to over come. The flavor of the hops did become much more noticeable as it warmed.
I wish this came in 8 oz cans/bottle. The 16.9oz bottle is just too much for one person.

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4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500mL bottle to oversized snifter. November 2011 notched on the side of the label. Real time review.

A: Darker than...possibly any other DIPA I've ever seen. The body is deep chestnut in color with a 20% transparency. When the glass is backlit the clarity improves significantly. A modest light brown head one finger high is composed of large bubbles which are quick to burst and allow mediocre retention at best. No lacing but nice legs.

S: Never mind the bollox? Never mind the style! This beer is 100% American Barleywine. If it weren't for the label, I wouldn't have known this beer was hopped almost exclusively with Centennial. The enormous malt backdrop makes it especially hard to tell. Rich and sweet. Heavily rendered caramel with big bready notes and light toffee in tow. The hop bill leans heavily toward pine resin, brings in some floral notes and also light hints of orange and grapefruit.

T: Hop flavor is more than adequate but the hop bitterness can't quite compete with the intense malt sweetness. Molasses comes through as well as fruity esters that lend impressions of plum and currants.

M: Not quite a full body but thick and excessively smooth. Warm but not hot, the alcohol is well incorporated. Little to no carbonation produces a slick mouthfeel. There seems to be plenty of residual sugars leading me to believe that perhaps this beer is slightly under attenuated.

D: This may have been a DIPA at one time. It's hard to tell given that the date doesn't indicate whether its 'Bottled On, 'Best Before' or Best After.' In any case, I'm enjoying this beer right now as it is. And as it is, its an American [style] Barleywine.

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Photo of Faroveryonder
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Immortale25
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Notches on label indicate it was bottled in November of 2011.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/4 inch tan head bearing decent retention time before slinking down to an 1/8 inch head. Fluffy residual lacing.

S- I could sense the pungent, boozy aroma when my face was a foot away from the glass. Has that earthy hop scent common in European craft brews but with a caramel sweetness to back it up.

T- Sharp bitterness accompanied by a moderate alcohol twang. The malt plays its part by bringing a bit of balance but doesn't play off the earthy hops as well as expected. Faint glassy taste.

M- The only redeeming quality of the beer. Quite creamy and frothy with medium-high carbonation and a middle-of-the-road body.

O- Good, but not great. Just lacking complexity.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

This brew pours a very hazy red-amber color crested with two fingers of head. The head quickly drops down, not too much lacing to speak of. The smell is a nice hoppiness, balanced out with a fairly substantial malt presence. The taste is very interesting, at first this feels more like a barleywine with the huge up-front sweet malts with a decent amount of hoppiness, but more hop character along with some nice citrus and yeast aspects come in for the finish. Either way, I'd still consider this closer to a barleywine than a DIPA. Still good tasting though. It's got a thick mouthfeel with a fairly light level of carbonation. The drinkability is alright. This was a good beer, but nothing outstanding. Not worth the premium price.

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Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ale is clouded brown with orange hues, the head is firm off-white yellow, some lacing.

The smell has some toffee, then squashed grape-fruit, but also hay and some musky cellar aroma.

Starting sweet , toffee and nut cereal nuances, grape-fruit juice and peel, nuances of pine soap.

Medium carbonation, soft texture, a complex and good body.

A good complex interesting DIPA interpretation.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy dark amber color, quarter finger fast dissipating head, messy lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops.

T: Sweet, tropical fruits, hops, malts. Nice.

F: Medium bodied, good flavored.

O: Nice DIPA without the usual bitterness associated with the style. Not a bad thing in this case, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy dark tea color with two fingers of quickly fading beige head.

Aroma is quite sweet with caramel malts, tropical fruits, light fig and brown sugar. Not much if any hop presence.

The taste is also quite sweet and malty with caramel malts, candy sugar, pear, fig and boozy notes. The 9% alcohol gives a warm tickle to the palate.

Medium bodied and chewy with a moderate carbonation.

I miss the hoppiness present in many American IIPAs.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark amber with a small white head that leaves lacing. Smells of deep hops with earthy tones, very inviting. Tastes of sweet hops with syrupy aftertaste. Light bodied beer has a bit of a heavy overtone, but still goes down easy for a DIPA. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber, nearly brown, and produces less than a finger of light tan head. This fades, leaving just a bit of lacing.

The smell is very light for a DIPA. I pick up some citrus and floral hops, and just a bit of caramel sweetness.

The taste is not quite what I expect. There doesn't seem to be much there when it first hits the tongue, but then it opens up with a subtle mixture of bread, caramel sweetness, and hop bitterness. Unlike any DIPA I have had before.

Medium bodied, with relatively low carbonation. This is pretty smooth, and a bit sticky at the end.

Very interesting overall, I'm not sure I would have identified it as a DIPA had I tasted it blind.

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Photo of crossovert
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle best before nov 11.

It pours a deep, clear reddish-bronw with a frothy off-white head.

The smell has some torpical, citrus, pine, malt, and caramel.

The flavor is unique. It has some bananas, caramel, and fruity hops. There is a lingering hop bitterness in the finish, but not overpowering or even medium. It is a very yeasty DIPA.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a big orange citrus rind. In the taste, a small bitterness to smooth, but all about the orange citrus rind flavor of hop. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange juice citrus rind in the aftertaste. Hides the alcohol with a big orange citrus rind all throughout.

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Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight roasted malt, alcohol, hint of pale malt, slight dry hop, and hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, earthy malt, citrus hops, alcohol, and hint of roasted malt. Overall, weak in appearance, but good/complex aroma, and good body.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brownish, darker then a normal ipa

Aroma: I think the malts and yeast come through more then the hops. you get a hop aroma too tho but not as pronounced as it should be

Taste: starts with the hops and malty sweetness then fades into the yeast. Somewhat reminds of a Belgian Ipa but with a stronger malt backbone.

Mouth feel: carbonation seems a little weak medium body

this is not a bad beer but for the price I would not buy it again. maybe if I was in Sweden and could try it on tap

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never Mind The Bollox!
Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

LOOK: Deep copper bordering into amber. Fluffy light tan foam, little lace. Active carbonation rising to the surface. Fine clarity.

SMELL: Fruity ale yeast aroma upfront with some citrus, pine and honey. Smells a tad sweet with a presence of alcohol.

TASTE: Mildly sweet malt flavor with a helping of piney herbal hops. Bitterness is moderate. Hop flavor has a mild citrus note, but there is a substantial sugary malt body with notes of caramel and toffee taking away from the hops. There is a presence of alcohol and kind of malty for a double IPA.

FEEL: Full bodied, medium-low carbonation. Small hop bite with a hint of alcohol and sweetness in the finish.

OVERALL: An interesting take on the IPA style. Interesting and fruity nose, which may be the best aspect of this beer. A nice strong import IPA with a barleywinesque edge.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A strange musty smell, combined with some hops and malt.

T: The mustiness of the smell is evident in the taste along with a sugary quality, hops, and a malty finish. Not the most interesting or dynamic of flavors, but alright.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers that has some decent qualities, and is drinkable, but isn't spectacular.

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Photo of joechandler
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of mactrail
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So sweet and strange I have to imagine this is what ant poison would taste like. The dark amber color is clear and attractive with a big coarse head. The flavor is sugar; sorghum syrup with some aspartame sweetener. The aromatic flavor in the nose is quite intriguing-- some kind of English hard candy with menthol and fermented prunes (footnote: "Gravity's Rainbow"). The carbonation dissipates so that after a few sips from half a glass, it tastes nearly flat. There is a modest burn of bitterness, but whether it's hops or some unusual chemical process I couldn't say.

This stuff is almost drinkable if you can wrap your mind around it-- pretend it's a date liqueur from South Yemen. I hate to pour half a buzz down the drain.

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