Dobbel Dose (Dobbel Dram) | HaandBryggeriet

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Dobbel Dose (Dobbel Dram)Dobbel Dose (Dobbel Dram)

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Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of off-white foam on a hazy, red-copper colored body. The head disappears quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malt with light pine hops. Surprisingly, not much going on here.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with some toasted grain notes and a bit of toffee. Some spicy hops appear in the middle with just a hint of grapefruit. The finish exhibits moderate bitterness and increasing pine hop flavor riding on top of an overwhelming wave of toffee malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Well, this may be my first disappointment from HaandBryggeriet. Not that this is a bad beer, but it is not what I expected in terms of being a DIPA. The malt takes center stage and the hops just can't keep up. There is certainly some hop character here, but I think they underestimated the level of hop-bomb pungency that people (myself included) have come to expect when they think DIPA. If this came from a local brewery I had never heard of before I would consider it a good, if not great, attempt, but I have come to think pretty highly of Haand and expect more from them.

That being said, it is a well made and drinkable beer, it is just more of an Imperial pale ale or even an English barleywine than a douple IPA.

A good but not great beer from a brewery that has otherwise led me to expect great things.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good brew.

The appearance is like a barleywine! Seriously it is dark and cloudy and almost no light makes it through. It is darker orange and the sediment just makes it even that much more hazy. Crazy crazy color for a DIPA.

The smell is good. A orange citrus smell. I am going to say this right away. This is just like a brew I have had recently. I cannot pin point the taste or smell but JUST like a familiar brew. Either way it also has a belgian yeast-malt smell that usually comes from a belgian.

The taste is good, it tastes malty and thick. You can taste the hops in it and you can also taste the yeast and sediment, as well as a malt flavor that i am not used to. I like being thrown around on terms of taste, especially since the DIPA that I try from the West Coast are almost identical. This is more balanced towards the malt side, which is great.

The mouthfeel is great, makes its way across the tongue evenly providing a carbonation all around. Drinkability for an IPA was not as good though. I got really full on this one, and kept looking at the glass to see how much I had left. A great brew, but nothing to write home about.


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Photo of popery
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A malty, sweet IPA, Dobbel Dram is good but doesn't suit my preferences for the style. This DIPA is squarely in the sweet, malty side of the style, the DFH 90 min camp. That doesn't mean it isn't hoppy. There are certainly some delicious hop flavors knocking around the glass. However, it's not nearly as hop-aggressive as I would like. HaandBryggeriet is a very fine brewer and clearly made this beer with the utmost care, like everything that I've tried from them. Whether you consider this beer great or just good will probably come down to your feelings on the style, generally. So, with that long-winded caveat out of the way, let's get to the review.

The beer pours a dusky amber and leaves a fine mesh of bubbles coating the surface. The aroma is rich with caramel malt flavor and hints of fruity hops. The flavor suspends a big hop flavor in a pool of sweetness. It's like they've de-clawed the hops. There's some bitterness around the edges, but many a DIPA would scoff at the lack of palate-stripping bite. The various components are all high quality. Still, for me, it's barely even the same style as beers like Pliny the Elder and Hop Stoopid. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable beverage.

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Photo of mtrentm
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color with lots of bubbles and a pillowy off-white 2 finger head.

S: Hmmmm...was expecting more aroma from a DIPA. Not a lot going on here for me, slight floral nose with some citrus & a faint hint of pine rounding out the finish.

T: Again, not a lot up front some sweet floral & citrus flavors in the middle followed by some pine. Finishes nicely with a bitter spiceness.

M: Medium-bodied mouthfeel with nice prickly carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking for a DIPA didn't detect any alcohol on this one.

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Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting. A successful double IPA using european hops. Great smell, spice as well as fruit but neither is overwhelming. Great taste, dark fruits but not too heavy. A little too much on the alcohol. I'd like to try their IPA as this is a bit strong.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hadn't seen anything from this brewery before yesterday on my trip to Binny's. Served from a 500 ml bottle into a SN Anniversary Ale glass. Label states brewed on May 4, 2008, and best before 5/4/2011. My guess is that it was bottled on 5/4, as I doubt that it could have been brewed, bottled, and shipped in 18 days. Anyway.

Appearance is cloudy/opaque, and hazy. Poured with a thick, rich head. Good mix of large and small bubbles. Disappears after a few minutes to a thin head. Leaves nice belgian lace down the glass as it's sipped.

Smell is wonderful hops, piney and citrusy. No discernable malt in the aroma.

Taste is like the aroma. Piney, citrusy hops. I let this one warm up a bit after the pour and got a good taste of malt backbone, with the hop finish.

Mouthfeel was good, not syrupy, but coats the tongue and mouth and throat as you swallow. Lip smacking good.

Overall drinkability is expectional. I'll have another. But at 9% abv, not tonight.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a minimal white head that rapidly turns to an oily ring of bubbles. No lacing. Aroma of apricots and caramel, candy-like. Good mouthfeel with enough carbonation to make the flavor stand out. Definitely an English-style DIPA, if that makes sense. The label advertises "American" hops, but the fuggles and Goldings are the star of the show. Bitter, spicy, peppery in flavor accompanied by the same strong apricot taste. Sweet finish, but not from the cliche caramel malt. In its stead is a sweet pastry-like taste, not unlike pie crust. As the beer progresses, a nice cedar flavor arises as well. This one grew on me. At first I was skeptical, but I like this Norwegian hop bomber. Just because its not a resiny, grapefruit beast doesn't mean its not a hop bomb, right?

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Photo of WilliamD
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Murky yellow with an amber tint. Thick, craemy white head that remains.
Smell is prominant hops. Pine, citrus, pineapple, and some malts. Moderate bitterness.
Taste is strong hops, pineapple, and malts.
Mouthfeel is crisp and watery.
Good drinkability. Alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Buford. Pours a very murky amber color with a lot of sediment in the glass. Smell is alcoholic and floral. Very interesting taste. Hop foundation is there but is not prominent. Oddly, a prominent underlying taste is dark fruits including plums and raisins. Interesting to say the least. Overall, a good beer that was not what I was expecting at all.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. brewed April 17, '08.

Pours clear copper, very effervescent, with a creamy, dense long-lasting off-white head. Really nice looking.

Nose is floral, with some citrus and tropical fruit coming through, reminiscent of pineapple and mangos. Lots of caramel sweetness. Hops definitely take a bit of a backseat in the nose.

Taste is sweet, caramel malt, a bit bready and toasty, with a dose of spicy hops that gives way later to hints of citrus, pineapple. Very sweet, hops are quite understated. Finish is long and very lightly bitter. I wonder how long this one has aged to have ended up so malt-forward.

Mouthfeel is creamy, a bit syrupy. Full bodied, very light carbonation.

Hard to tell what this beer tasted like fresh, as it's almost a year old now. The hop profile has receded significantly, I would assume. The sweetness and the tropical fruits are.. a bit much at this point, without some beefy bitterness to hold them back.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice combination of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is sweet and malty up front with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus, quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazey amber with dark copper highlights. So hazey, you can hardly see any bubbling. Lack luster head and foam for this DIPA. What a sweet smelling DIPA. Some grapefruit and mandarin peel rock candy aroma. The alcohol pushes some warmth and sweet caramel malts at the finish of each sniff. Orange sap and grapefruit juice make mix with some sweet malts and even a little yeast. The alcohol helps bring the back to the finish of this beer. Makes me thinkof bitter Haribo gummy bears. Oily, bittersweet texture. Actually, a little more on the sweet side. Good sipping beer with a very well integrated 9% abv.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 153
Brewed: 17.04.08
Best Before: 17.04.11

Poured into a chalice a cloudy dark orange color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, some yeast, slight citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, slightly sweet, with some yeast, some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a Norwegian Double IPA, not American, but we have no listing for it, so I'm trying to not compare it to one. It is a tasty brew non the less.

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, thick head that recedes quickly but in a chunky way with a limited amount of spotty lace on the glass.

A lighter hop aroma than most DIPA's, but enough that it provides an interesting blend with the round malt.

A rich malty broth on the tongue, but this is a story of a hoppy and bitter beer. It has a lot of the elements of an English IPA, but the potency says American. This is a smooth beer with deceptive levels of alcohol. Lots of prickly bitterness in the aftertaste which lasts in terms of minutes, not seconds.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yam jam orange with a moderate yeasty haziness and coppery tangerine trim. The manilla colored crown filled at least half the glass after the pour and has a good look about it. The foam is both pillowy and sticky, resulting in arching streamers of sea foam lace.

The nose is fine in a general sense, but it isn't anywhere near hoppy enough for the style. Some Scandanavian breweries use American hops *and* use them aggressively. It looks like HaandBryggeriet hasn't gotten around to the second part yet. Fuggles and Goldings were used for flavor (and, presumably, aroma). Too bad they aren't more prominent.

Dobbel Dram is a friendly, approachable DIPA. Whether that's good or bad depends on how one feels about hops. Hopheads won't be satisfied, but those who desire balance in all styles probably will. The alcohol is nicely masked, which helps. Having said that, the beer still drinks every bit of 9.0%.

A 'best by' date of more than two years into the future is laughable. There's no way the hop flavor will last that long. The malt tastes mostly pale (Maris Otter and wheat), with a hint of something more toasted (crystal). The hops definitely taste English and are orange and apricot fruity. Must be the Fuggles.

All things considered, the body/mouthfeel is slightly too light and contains too much finely sizzlicious carbonation. Since there's the suggestion of chewiness and since the bubbles settle down eventually, all is not lost.

HandBryggeriet Dobbel Dram is a better beer than their IPA, but it's still in no shape to compete with the best. If you're looking for hoppy Scandanavian beer, better to swim across the North Sea to Denmark. Mikkeller All Others Pale and Stateside IPA will do you right.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 153, Brewed April 2008; Sampled February 2009
A solid, but careful pour produces, three-fingers of pale tan colored froth in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an orange tinged, honey color that shows an incredible carbonation and an orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hop focused, but seems to have lots of sweet malt character that accentuates fruity hop aromatics. Notes of candied orange-zest, concentrated tangelo, orange cream candies, essential citrus oil and a touch of herbal character are concentrated at the front of the aroma, while the back end adds notes of toasty, biscuit-like malt and some dusty grain notes.

Not as sweet as I was expecting, though this does have a light sweetness to it. Flavors of alcohol tend to dry this beer out a bit and it has an ample carbonic bite to it as well. The citrus character that was so prominent in the aroma is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor; this is lightly accented by notes of bergamot, a touch of lychee and some orange juice flavors. The bitterness is fairly soft for your Typical double IPA, but does provide a lingering bitterness to this beer. The alcohol also accentuates a grassy, herbal hop character just a bit, with a bit of green, vegetal astringency in the finish. This vegetal note seems to grow as the beer warms up. The body of this brew is definitely on the light side for a 9% abv beer, which is right in line with how I like my Double IPAs.

The flavor is surprisingly un-hoppy considering the aroma of this beer, or perhaps it is better put that the hop character is the most dominant part of the flavor but it comes off as weak and flabby somehow. This is definitely one of those beers that did not live up to the promise of its aroma.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent amount of sediment, topped by a finger's worth of creamy white head. Rich aroma of bready malt, assertive, tangy yeast, and a good dose of hops that are both fruity and spicy. Notes of caramel, clove, and pine pop through at various moments.
Palate is well-balanced up front between lightly sweet malt and tangy hop profile. Citrusy hops assert themselves a bit more before the swallow, and yield a nice, spicy and bitter finish.
The body is on the creamy side, well-carbonated and not at all sticky. While this is not exactly the hop monster I was expecting, it's a very tasty offering nonetheless.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/20/08. Bottle. Pours a rather murky rusty orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and flowery hops. Flavor is super citrusy, like sucking on a sour orange and grapefruit. Some caramel malt comes through as the beer warms. Mostly sweet with a touch of hops. Nice IIPA.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of froghop
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy orange with a large mountainous white head, great lacing.

smell is faint, grass, hops, light grapefruit, and dry leaves.

taste is creamy, hops, some grapefruit, caramel, earthy, some pine in the back, ends a little bitter.

overall a really good brew.

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Photo of Crosling
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unclear light orange color with a full, long lasting foam. Nose is vibrant, with a lush malt character and fruit cocktail-like hops, although it's clearly lacking in hop aromas, probably due to that long boat trip across the Atlantic. Malt character is very nice, revealing a lovely softness, with notes of biscuit, caramel and toffee. Flavor hops balance very nicely, but don't have much character. Not a Double IPA at all, maybe due to the age, but it probably never was. It's a malt accented ale, but a very nice one. Haand rocks.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Batch 153
Brewed 17.04.08
Best bef. 17.04.11

A: Pours a gorgeous looking hazy-peach color with faint snatches of suspended sediment and carbonation trails along the very edge of the glass. Covering this is an impossibly creamy, light-orange, two-finger head that retains for ages and leaves some lovely lace webbing behind.

S: Very pleasant mixture of pine needle and pineapple aromas along with some dirty/earthy yeast, caramel, tart red apple, floral hops, and tangy citrus.

T: Both the pine and pineapple feature prominantly in the taste as well as flavors of red apple, earthy yeast, white pepper, spices, cut grass, dried flowers, and some sweet caramel lurking in the background. There is some alcohol presence, but it's not obtrusive.

M: Starts off bitter and oily. Nicely resinous. The middle brings on some sweetness that carries for awhile and introduces a slightly dry (yet still sweet and sticky) finish. Slight, but interesting, alcohol burn at the tail end.

D: All in all, a very enjoyable DIPA. I swirled and poured all of the yeast sediment into my glass. Maybe that's where I picked up that dirty/earthiness. Who knows? I'm not complaining! I've managed to snap up everything I can find from this brewery, and I've yet to be disappointed.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a 3F pub glass (thanks Jay), the beer pours orange at first, becoming murky and caramel colored with the last pour. Creamy sticky foam puffs above the rim, and falls like a soufflé.

Spicy and floral notes mingle with a pineapple juice aroma. A sweet citrusy fragrance meets you at each sip.

Rich, earthy, resiny hop character, spicy and moderately bitter. Floral and fruity hop notes come out and linger into the aftertaste. Fairly complex and holds interest. Full bodied, almost to syrupy capacity, but it cleans up the palate nicely. Some heady alcohol presence, mellowing in the middle, and soft florals in the finish.

Sort of a refined take on an American DIPA, it has a nice depth and full range of flavor.

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Photo of mjryan
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few years ago I never thought I would be drinking a Norwegian DIPA. I love these Scandinavian versions of American beers! Pours a hazy orange with a fizzy white head. Good retention with poor lace. Aroma is of lemon zest and sour something. Not at all unpleasant though. Flavour is huge, big citrus and hay like hops, nice honeyish malt chracter and a bruising bitterness. Again there is a slight sour note, maybe a weird by product of their yeast, or just the long voyage from Norge to Little Norge aka Minnesota. Has a higher level of carbonation, which lightens the body a bit. Hides its alchohol well. Good beer! Very unique and interesting. Ill buy this agian.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a light and cloudy orange-rust color with a rich white head.

Aroma of fresh citrus and spicy hops, warm biscuit, brown sugar, and malts.

The taste buds are blasted with an abundance of hops. Citrus and spicy sparkle on the tongue and lips. Warm and inviting. Balance is very nice with just the perfect amount of maltiness. The 9% alcohol is suprisingly well hidden.

Medium bodied, rich and chewy, with a sharp sparkle to the carbonation.

I really loved this Norwegian Double IPA. Well balanced and well crafted. A must try.

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