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 chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of PuFtonLyfe
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Converge
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a 22oz snifter.

A - Within about 2 seconds of pouring this brew yields a monstrous head of frothing off-white foam. Murky burnt copper color, with tons of sediment and yeast floating in the body. Sort of an ugly looking beer to be completely honest. The head retains as a chunky, rocky head of foam that leaves lots of spotty lacing.

S - Huge pine character with a spicy citrus in the background. Orange presence is strong, but the malty side is really subdued. Some woody caramel malt comes through, but it's light. Alcohol is clearly pronounced. There's also a fair bit of somewhat herbal spiciness. After warming up the alcohol totally dominates the aroma, with only a faint trace of herbal hops in the background.

T - An odd combination of piney and herbal hops, sugary sweet malts, spices and alcohol. The finish is spicy, herbal and very alcoholic, with a lingering bitterness form the hops. The malty sweetness and herbal hops are balanced well, although the hop presence is a little muted for a DIPA. I'm not really a fan of herbal/medicinal hop profiles, but the alcoholic burn and firm spiciness only add to the problem. The only redeeming quality is the powerful yeast character in the finish, which helps balance the more abrasive flavors here. After a while, some nutty malt notes begin to come into play as well.

M - Easily the strongest asset of this DIPA. The body is exceptionally smooth, with a full and thick feel to it. The heavy yeast presence just makes this DIPA impossibly smooth, and a far-cry from some West Coast DIPAs that feel syrupy and prickly. However, this still feels way too hot and spicy in the finish, which is a real shame. Gets pretty sticky on the lips towards the finish.

D - In the end this DIPAs flavor profile just doesn't boast enough to cover up the 9.0% ABV, leaving it feeling hot and overly spicy. The hop profile is also far from what I prefer when it comes to DIPAs, as I enjoy the citrusy, West Coast feel in them, as opposed to a more herbal and spicy feel in the finish. Overall this is a decent brew from Norway worth trying once, but I'll be passing on this one next time. My last experience with Haand (Dark Force) went much, much better than this; and my next (Odin's Tipple) will likely be a home-run as well. However, this one was unfortunately not.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops and a small pine hop. In the taste, semi dry pine, orange citrus and a small alcohol presence. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to sweet orange citrus and a small alcohol like aftertaste. Dry alcohol balanced with sweet orange citrus.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from the International Beer Shop in Perth, WA.

Uncaps with a sharp hiss of carbonation, and then soon after delivers on that prophecy, with a ridiculously overcarbonated frothy of off-white foam pouring into the glass. On the first pour, there was almost no body to it, just the foam. After a while, the head crackles its way down to something a little bit more sensible, and the body forms a hazy, slightly murky golden orange colour. Body is surprisingly light and fluid. Despite the head, the carbonation seems quite fine and tempered.

Nose is surprisingly sweet and malty, with big caramel and lightly acidic toffee coming through potently. Some slight resiny, slightly piney hops come through, but they're mingled with an earthy puff at the base of the aroma leaving them subjugate to the malt sweetness. Perhaps there's something I'm missing here to explain it (perhaps the "Norwegian" in their style descriptor means something), but this is a sub-par IPA nose.

Taste is a lot better. A Lot Better, in fact: bright, nutty malt is the only transient sweetness, and this is ceremoniously layered with pleasant crisp hoppy flavours, giving a distinct bitter bite across the palate. Still, there's a touch of that earthiness with the hops giving more flavours of tobacco and tannic tea, but at least the hops are more forward here.

Slight booze on the back lends a bit of heat and astringency, but the feel overall is surprisingly light. With the heat and vapours, and the light feel, it has a texture somewhat like cheap whisky. The carbonation, while perhaps absent in the body, makes its presence felt, leaving the beer bloating and gassy.

Overall, a pretty disappointing drop from Haand, and easily their weakest offering I've had to date. Possibly not their strength as a brewer—I'll stick to your rustic Scandi smoke-and-funk ales, thanks.

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Photo of MoFro
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of polishkaz
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

500ml bottle - "Norwegian double IPA", eh? I like their attempt to employ southern US vernacular on the label, i.e. "we recon it will stand...". Cute - cue the Turbonegro!

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot amber hue, with a teeming amount of billowy, finely foamy, and duly bubbly eggshell white head, which settles just a tad on the impatient side of slowly, leaving some random spatterings of puffy, sudsy, and loosely cobwebbed lace around the glass. Nice bottle-refermentation effects, I suppose.

It smells of rather middling piney, leafy, and earthy hops, a bit of generic citrus rind, biscuity, doughy caramel malt, minty soap, and a strong whiff of booze acridity. The taste is moderately zingy pine and various grocery-aisle citrus hop bitters, which are quickly overshadowed by an earthy, herbal nature, with the grainy, somewhat bready and caramelized malt limping along in the same manner. Decent alcohol integration, though, as in "9% - WTF?".

The bubbles, they be restrained, yet still allow for a tiny bit of prickliness, the body a so-so medium weight, but with an airy, ethereal subtext, that actually lends itself well to unabashed smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, the hops weirdly reasserting themselves, pine branch and musty earth now the order of the day.

A fair bit disappointing, as Euro-clone DIPAs go. It starts off well, but, aside from concealing the 9 points of booze with the best of 'em, doesn't carry off the big malt/hops showdown that we, spoiled on the West Coast Beer Wars (TV rights pending), find lacking. On par with the aforementioned underdeveloped English on the label - I 'reckon' that this here beer just didn't suffer well the lost in translation journey to North America.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 19/12/11

A murky dark orange without enough clarity too see bubbles but I'm sure there's lots because there's a massive soapy cream colored head that has great retention and leaves a few thick rings of lace, the foam ever so slowly falls to an island leaving thick lacing well down the glass, beautiful

S floral pine with loads of grapefruit rind, there's some toffee in there with a little grass and faint booze, pineapple with some other tropical fruits, smells sexy and very strong

T some peppery spicy hops to go with what I smell, more rind then the nose but not as intense in other areas, booze is well concealed and just a little cereal

M fairly heavy and quite creamy from carbonation, creams up upon entry and leaves some grit behind on the gums leaving a long lasting rind aftertaste

O very solid brew with an interesting and complex hop profile, booze is well hidden and it leaves me craving another

I'm thinking this one will hit my glass again in the near future the price is reasonable and it went down a little too quick.

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Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of NilsFrisk
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.3L pour - $7.00 at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Clouded, essentially opaque, dark orange body with an inch of faintly ecru head. Thick coating of lace on the descent.

Smell: Sweet-scented malts with a hearty dose of breadiness throughout and a thick layer of crisp-cooked sugars ahead of the alcohol and hop scents smelling of street-corner lemonade, spice, and herbs.

Taste: Richly bready malt with a long, leisurely soak in golden syrup as well as peach and pear juices and a splash of liquor. Slight caramel. Spicy, herbaceous, lemony hops with ample bitterness. With a bit of added warmth, the lemon gains some vibrancy in the taste and aroma. Churning yeastiness. Drying, juicy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Well, it wasn't what I was expecting from it, that's for sure. Stern, stiff-necked hopheads wanting ever more hops, bitterness, and less malts most likely won't be pleased with this one.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very interesting take on the double IPA, I realize now what previous reviews mentioned, but really liked it.

Med thin bodied, frothy mouthfeel, good carbonation.
Notes of bubblegum, citrus and floral hops and a touch of funk.
Clean bitterness in the finish with a nice floral hop presence. Alcohol is non existent, you could have said it was 4% for all I knew based on the taste!

Pretty simple but interesting, worth a try on tap for sure!

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. $8. 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. No date (hurts my overall score).

Pours a darker than average amber with thick fluffy off-white head that expands and fills the glass after pouring has stopped. A pleasant mixed citrus aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary for a DIPA.

Palate is wide and sticky with hop resin flavors, but then caramel malt and a hint of biscuit comes through. A little smokey note too.

Notes: Not my fav. Decent Euro DIPA though. They're catching up.

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Photo of csiewert
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer bottled on 6/24/11 and labeled "Dobbel Dose" brought back and enjoyed at a beer tasting. The beer pours a hazy amber color with a finger of foamy white head that lingers and laces well. The aroma has some notes of citrus and piney hops, but not nearly as strong as I would expect for a double IPA. The taste also falls short on the hoppy side, with just a fraction of the bitterness remaining. Other flavor notes included caramel, and bready malts. The mouthfeel was smooth and finished relatively clean. Overall an ok beer, but I would have preferred to have this one when it was a little fresher.

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Photo of spicelab
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mr Kennedy for kindly donating. Brewed on 24 March 2010. Interesting to see how it fares.

Orange amber with a huge pillowy just off-white head. Leaves a spotty lace pattern and a die-hard cluster of bubbles.

Unsurprisingly, malt forward with baked toffee and caramel in spades. Hop character is odd and hard to separate from the malt, resulting in loads of candied and sherbety citrus notes, especially orange and lemon. Some pineapple also. The booze presence is a little offputting.

More like a Barleywine. Malt character becomes more fortified, producing brandy snap and raisin notes. Also some very tangy malt character. Hop flavour is barely there, but there's still some candied orange.

Thick and rich, which, together with the moderate carbonation presence, just accentuates the lack of hop character and wears you down. A mouthfeel this big needs a lot more to do.

Seems unbalanced and wide of the mark stylistically. Given the age on this I'm probably being unkind and would be keen to do a re-review with a fresh sample.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ML poured into a Great Divide globe

A-- Almost a gusher on opening. Poured a hazy, dark orange honey amber color. Lots of active carbonation in the pour and a pretty large off white head. Two fingers that slowly died down. No lacing left but noticeable alcohol legs to this. Very active on swirling as get a three finger head. Once again slow fading head.

S-- Orange and Carmel mostly. Bits of ethanol in the nose. Very malty nose to this.

T-- Rye stood out off the bat. Lots of bread in the taste. Hops are quite reserved in this. Lots of orange and citrus in the taste.

M-- A malty orange cream soda is what I thought. Lots of orange and bits of cream from the malt. Some orange or mandarin bitterness in the mid and also quite gritty, or earthy, with touches of creamyness as well. Alcohol is obvious in the back with an ethanol finish. Very chewy DIPA. Pine does make a showing when it warms up more. More mid and back palate.

O-- I think the malts make this interesting. Good in some ways and in other ways not. A little too chewy at times and the alcohol does become a nuisance at times. Lively but thick and chewy and like the cream aspect of this but it does get a bit erratic at times.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with rye malt, which always intigues me as I love rye. Pours a hazy orange with a nice glow to it, and a slightly grainy head that sticks and leaves some scant lacing. Smells quite malty and a bit sweet with some citrusy hops. The taste is still quite malty, a bit bready with a yeasty note, and some bitter pine, citrus, and earth from the hops. A bit chewy in gthe mouth but also relatively smooth. A solid beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber, small white head, gone quickly. Scent is dominated by notes of orange blossom - quite floral, light citurs. malts akin to honey roasted nuts provide the backbone. First taste again is quite floral, llight notes of orange cream - since ive never eaten an orange blossom, im hesitant to declare it as such, but thats what i have going on in my head. Malt backbone is quite muddy and earthy, lightly sweet and nutty. Bitterness is at a minimum. Medium bodied, slightly grainy feel, dry. Not what i was expecting out of a dIPA, unique notes that dont necessairly work great together.

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Photo of pburland23
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours a very hazy dark burnt orange with about a finger and a half of slightly off-white head.

The aroma is very different than your average DIPA. It's much maltier than your run of the mill DIPA. The hops are more herbaceous and floral as well. It's different, but still quite nice.

The hops are overwhelmed by the malt. The sweetness dominates the taste. The hops are but ancillary players in this drama.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and, in my opinion, slightly over carbonated.

Overall, the concept is interesting, but the execution is just okay. Not a terrible DIPA, but not a great one either.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark honey-golden, barely transparent, with a fairly thick and fluffy pale orangy-tan head. Aroma is not strong, but it does have decent hops and citrus components, the latter largely sour orange. Flavor is hoppy yet scarcely bitter, with a citrus undertone that is equal parts orange and grapefruit. It is a bit wan but still pleases. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, leaving a subtle but pleasant tingle. Overall, not great but still worthy!

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Called "Dobbel dose" on the bottle I purchased in Norway. 50cl bottle, batch 336, best before 04.01.13, brewed 04.01.11. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange-gold with about one finger of head and some lively carbonation.

The smell this beer kicks off is mouth-watering. Simply awesome nose here. Grapefruits and more grapefruits. Citrus, pine, lemon, everything to create a hop lover's dream aroma. I don't see how you can improve on this. You will dream about this smell for days after drinking this.

The taste by no means disappoints. Lip-smacking citrusy bitterness. Grapefruits bursting with juice, fresh pine wood (at least what I imagine that would taste like), tangerine, some orange. Wow, this hits the spot. 9% ABV?? No hint of alcohol whatsoever. Has a bit of a minty finish. And some caramel from the malt thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel is remarkably smooth. Not at all overly carbonated. This double IPA is a true winner. Perhaps the best IPA style beer in Norway, in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened a bottle before dinner and let it sit for a little before the first sip. First thing to catch my eye was the incredible amount of sediment in the bottle that was falling into the glass. No big deal just a gave this brew a very cloudy opaque orange brown color. Has a semi sweet floral aroma. There's plenty of hops in this brew. By the time I'm half way done with this the sediment has settled at the bottom of my goblet and what now appears to look like a ocean floor. Not a whole lot of lacing on the glass, still had some head upon the finish. A pretty good attempt from Norway.

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Dobbel Dose (Dobbel Dram) from HaandBryggeriet
3.75 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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