Instigator Doppelbock | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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86
very good
104 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NeroFiddled on 04-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of thgreatrandini
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may have been rebrewed as I had this at a tasting. Very nice Dopplebock. Nice heavy malt that lingers.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really like how Sly Fox brews German beers and this is no exception. The taste is predominantly layers of caramel, toasted malt, and slight dark chocolate. Sweet but not overly sweet and a good American example of the style.

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Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of curlybird
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark burnt caramel color with ruby hues along the edges. There is a rather large tan head with great retention that left loads of lacing as it receded.

Aroms begin with toasted malts, brown sugar and sweet caramel covered apples. As it warms you get notes of smoked wood and red grapes as well.

The tastes begin with apple cider and dark red grape skin. Then it's quite caramel malt forward with hints of smokiness. As it warms you get more and more dark fruits; figs, dates and raisin.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium'high carbonation. Finish is on the sweeter end of the spectrum but the ample carbonation helps to balance the large malt presence.

Overall this is a nice American example of a classic German brew. Nothing worldly or revolutionary here or up to the quality of the authentic examples but a fine showing for a low price point.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On taping Phoenixville. Pours a highly red-tinted amber color. Minimal head without much retention or lacing. Beautiful coloring but the head was pretty suspect. Aroma of caramel, bready malt, banana esters, prominent fruit. Smells a bit more like a dunkel weizen than a doppelbock.

The flavor follows suit. It's quite fruity and again there is a bit more of a banana note than one might reasonably expect for the style. Also lacks the big and profoundly chewy malt breadiness of the best examples of the style. Decent dark fruit and caranel sweetness and a semidry finish. I see past reviews are quite favorable, so perhaps there was something a little.off with this batch? Hard to say.

I also found the body to be a bit thin for a dopplebock and the carbonation a.little fizzy, which cut down on the overall smoothness I was hoping for. Pretty mediocre, but I'd like to try this again sometime I suppose.

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Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the tasting room in Pottstown, PA

A: half finger head on a clear deep amber body. Nice lacing.

S: aroma is light with caramel malts and toffee mostly.

T: spices and herbal throughout. The spiciness is what I want from the style with the malt backbone well represented proving caramel toffee and brown sugar notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the malt profile is excellent. The notes as above don't mesh well though to make this a great bock.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at the Goat races at Sly Fox. Beer is dark brown with a mild haze, thin tan head, low retention, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is malt malt malt. Smells like a doppelbock.

Beer is medium in body and pretty malty sweet throughout. The finish is a little dry, overall a decent doppelbock and I'd probably have it again.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during the goat races.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some sweet malt and light dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though the beer was bit sweeter/maltier than I had expected. Still, it's pretty enjoyable and easy drinking, with some nice cherry and baked apple flavors. There's a hint of bitterness on the finish that helps to buoy the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, quite malty finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, making for an entirely too easy to drink beer.

While nothing extraoridary, I thought this a very enjoyable, easy to take bock beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown color with a smallish off white head. Quick fade left behind a somwhat flat looking brown liquid with no head, lace, or side glass contribution.

Aroma was decidedly smoked with a nice hint of caramel in the back. There was some earth grain present and more of a dark grain tone.The flavor was nice, classic dopplebock with lots of smoked flavors and a great overall malt profile. Thick flavor with a somewhat tangy finish

Very smooth with little in the way of carbonation

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Instigator Doppelbock from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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