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 beerthulhu
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed 20.01.09. BB 20.01.12. Consumed 15.03.11. Batch 206.

A: A glass consuming head evolves almost instantaneously giving me suspicion to believe a wild Belgian yeast strain was used. Soapy and porous was the head, initially 3 plus fingers high but lapses rather quickly per size sliding cleanly down the glass void of lace. A dense murky orange obstructs most, if not all light from passing through, revealing a strong effervesce.

S: Musky damp yeastiness is evident on the nose confirming my suspicion of a wild yeast strain. Cellar like, sour dough and slight hints of barnyard notes. Overall more yeasty then hoppy with a bit of sour musky fruit.

T: Musky barnyard flavor, damp grains with cellar like attributes. Again it is the dominant yeastiness that leads the drink rather then its hoppiness. Sour oranges, horse blanket, sweaty saddle, hospital like phenolics and mildewy fruit, its all here in a yeasty package. The hops are mostly limited, sour fruit, more so then bitter, well restrained, but mostly overshadowed by the heavily handed yeastiness of the drink.

M: full bodied, viscose and bubbly from the active carbonation. A warming of musky citrus and sour fruit is left behind.

D: Have to be honest, I usually like the musky wild Belgian beers, this was very much so, but I had my heart set on a good double ipa helping of hops, which ended a bit in disappointment. Not a quick downer nor of multiple quality, though the 9.0% was as well hidden as the hoppiness. Slow to moderate rate of consumption, best served slightly chilled.

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

Haanbrygeriet Dobbel Dram served in 4oz tasting glass @ The Brick Store at the Hop Harvest party this year. Poured a very hazed golden hue, with a decent sized off white head. Smells very fruity with piney hop resins, floral hops, beautiful Belgian yeast esters, slightly sweet malt character, absolutely fantastic. Taste matches the nose fairly well, floral hops smack you first, followed by the awesome yeast flavors, and a tad of sweet malts. I don't recall much other than what my brief notes describe, BUT this is one superb DIPA. One that i would drive many miles to seek out. If you see this beer and you are a fan of Belgian IPA's, BUY THIS, you wont be disappointed!

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

This pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a thick white head. Okay head retention.

Sweet, piney and mandarin aroma with spicy notes. Cool. There's some malt as well but it all works.

Silky malt with spicy hops and nice bitterness. There's a bit of citrus too.

Soft, silky malt with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid beer with lots of flavour and a really cool flavour profile.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A different take of a DIPA, with stated American hops as well as Fuggles and Styrian Goldings. Up front a big body of caramel, with the bitterness felt in the finish. Hoppy aroma. Average looks. Drinkable, but not an amazing hop experience, more of a minty citrus.

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Photo of bismarksays
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a dark orange color. Nice finger of head on there that struck around. Lacing was present.

S- Sweet, citrusy (a bit of grapefruit, perhaps lemon), floral

T/M- Sweet with a large hop presence that is alarmingly balanced by the malt. It never felt muted nor tame, but it didn't bite at you either. I worry that some hopheads are going to say it was too malty for a DIPA, but imho, there is nothing wrong with having a more balanaced approach.

D- While it was a mouthful and certainly it slowed me down a bit, I never felt like I was not going to finish and certainly never wanted to stop.

Note: It was hard for me to judge how "true to style" this beer was because of its exceptional balance, but I high recommend it regardless of style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ugh, this was a failed attempt at a double IPA. Just make more Odin's Tipple, that was a good beer.

Beer is light amber and mildly hazy with a decent head with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears to be low.

Aroma is all pine hops all the way, smells OK, not great, but OK.

Heavy spruce flavor on the palate, its overwhelming. Beer is medium to light in body, sweet up front, heavy spice hops in the middle and a terribly dry finish that leaves me smacking my mouth and hoping for a glass of water. Not good at all.

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Photo of John_M
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an apricot color with fair at best head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, showcasing light citrus, light pine and white pepper. Fortunately, the beer tastes better than it looks or smells, with some nice tropical fruit along with the hoppy bitterness. The beer has some sweetness to it, but it's not over the top, and the beer dries out on the finish with the hoppy bitterness (and some noticeable licorise). Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is OK, though the alcohol is a bit more noticeable than I'd like on the finish.

While an interesting beer to try, I'm not sure I can see myself drinking this too often.

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

Getting a nice fruityness, sitrus aroma on the nose. Clean tones of malt with hints of herbs.

It´s very consentrated with pleasent bitternes. A loong aftetastet that last´s, with malt and hops as the main flavours. Also picking up an aroma of... Well, I don´t know, almost like gingerbread. At least very close. After a few minutes in the glas, it really opens up and the bitternes is more present.

This is a complex IPA, high on the alcohol and nice fruitynes from the yeast. This is heavier than an the common American IPA, with alot of flavours.
It´s not a bad beer, but it seems to lack the little extra to be an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear dark orange in color with a 2" head that lasts quite a while. Moderate lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: yeast and some grapefruit tones are soft but pleasant.

Taste: big malt profile here. Caramel, soft grapefruit tones, yeast, and a hint of earthiness is wrapped in a sharply biting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. Very long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers a while.

Drinkability: this was a slow quaffing beer and I found the bitterness to be a bit too sharp. One bottle is enough in a session.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is flowery and slightly sweet. Flavor is sweet and sour citrus. Nice mellow DIPA without hops in your face. Pricey at $9.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of Spica66
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I opened the bottle, the foam acted like it had a widget inside forcing it out. I found that strange as it was plenty cold from the fridge.

A: Medium gold color. After a careful pour, very nice light colored head and pretty lacing leftover while drinking. Very nice beer to look at.

S: Flowery, slight citrus, sweet malty sugar smell.

T: Very balanced DIPA. The hops are there, but not overpowered in any way. The malt and sweetness hangs on even to the point of not having the "normal" stingy after bite of hops from a DIPA.

M: Very creamy and smooth.

D: Overall, very complex flavor/hops profile and easy to drink.

At $9 for 300ml, I would rather have a Dreadnaught or a Squall.

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Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very well made beer even if it's a bit fruity for me. Poured with a nice foamy frothy thick light tan head and no lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber. Aroma is hops malt yeast must. Flavor is similar but the hop fruitiness really comes out. Some caramel in there too. body is very good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor over medium length and tapering to malt sweet.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber sits beneath a dense soapy off-white head, decent web-like lacing

S: fresh spruce, faint vanilla bean, big clove notes, some nutmeg, some faint clean coriander

T: cream soda flavors in the back, coriander, some pepper (possibly from the alcohol), some medicinal notes, very earthy with pleasant lingering malt character--slightly sweet, some wildflower notes

M: slightly clean up front that quickly gives way to a nice dense and slightly sticky mouthfeel, extremely round for a dbl. IPA, docking it some points for the density that works against style

D: extremely interesting for the style, big hop component but the malt is definitely given equal attention, too dense for a back-to-back pour like other solid IPAs but really nice/different take on the style, probably inaccurate to label this an Am. IPA

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

A - Poured from a bottle marked Batch 206 into a tulip glass. Pours dusty amber with golden highlights and a medium tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Floral and citrus hops, roasted malt, brown sugar.

T - As other reviewers have noted, the biting citrus hops note so everpresent in American DIPAs is not really a factor here. Much more of a resiny sour-like bitter with lots of malty mellow flavor and sweetness to even things out. Lingering bitterness on the tongue is quite pleasant.

M - Nice body, just a slight bit sticky.

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Photo of tpd975
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kiefdog for this one.

A: Pours a dark orange with a creamy white head.

S: Aromas of pine, candy sugar, and citrus.

T: Lots of honey and sweet candy like malt. Light pine and citrus hops. Malt dominates this one though.

M: Medium in body, smooth, creamy.

D: Just okay.

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

The bottle of this double IPA was 2 years old when I purchased it - with a year left to go on its "best if consumed by" date. I am used to tasting much fresher IPA's and I expect a great deal of slap and smack. This double IPA was considerably subdued - more like an aged single IPA. It has promise; I'd like to compare a fresh one. Being Norwegian myself (thankfully only in part) I didn't expect anything from this beer but chintzy weakness - so it excelled above that low bar.

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Photo of illidurit
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle dated 5/4/2008 poured into a tulip glass. Dark opaque gold color with a frothy beige head. Not expecting much due to the age but it's not bad really. Aroma is still fruity, but instead of American hops at the fore as I would expect fresh, this is all about the Fuggles at this point. A little earthy and a little appley, with cidery notes and even apple skin. Bready toffee and caramel sweetness, some marmalade. Slightly dirty yeasty finish. Light astringency and a solid bitterness. Still has some nice flavors and doesn't taste as old as it is.

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Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a thick, murky texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Very little lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops (a lot of hops, it seems), a little citrus and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of hops, a small amount of citrus (less than most American Imperial IPAs) and a malty backbone. Decently well-balanced and not overly harsh.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice interesting beer from Norway. It is one of their attempts at an American style IPA.

It poured a rusty copper clear color with nice head. Nose is oily citrus and spice.

Taste was hints of citrus rind and hops. Not much malt but it was there.

The mouth feel was exceptional with beautiful body. This along with the distinctive taste made it very enjoyable and one of the best IPA I have had in some time.

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Photo of corby112
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a massive 3 finger off-white head with excellent retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap that leaves sheets of soapy lacing behind. This looks great!

Floral citrus hop aroma with hints of grapefruit, orange and lemon peel, mango and dry earthy pine and subtle caramel and biscuit malt.

Chewy resinous body with a huge bitter floral hop presence up front. Lots of sweet citrus balancing out the earthy dry pine presence with hints of grapefruit, mango and orange peel. Caramel malt backbone is a little stronger than I like but provides decent balance. Crisp dry finish. Very good.

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

500ml bottle into nonic. Note: Brewed 5.05.08. Best before 5.05.11. Batch 50.

Murky amber hue, bordering on copper. A one finger off-white head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Mild hops, hidden behind a strong coating of vanilla. A little bit of walnut, one of the characteristics found in beers over a year old.

The hops at this point are pretty broken down, giving a bit of an herbal flavor, more than a bitter flavor. The malts offer a little toastiness, along with some caramel. Full bodied, and the carbonation is still there.

According to the website this one is aged, and hopped during that period as well. I'm not sure if the brewer intended for the drinker to enjoy a year after brewing, but I haven't found many reviews that reviewed the beer at less than six months old. Either way, this one holds up pretty well, and I would love to try it as fresh as possible.

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