Navigator Dopplebock | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beernut7 on 08-26-2002

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 22
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Irrationalist
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Dark ruddy brown, almost opaque; the edges have a crimson hue.

Smells pretty fantastic, heavy on rich toasted malt, raisin and a bit of chocolate. Roasted nuts, brown sugar, quite decadent and definitely American.

The palate is lightly vinous and fruity up front, which transitions into sweet raisin and brown sugar, toasted bread, a little molasses and chocolate. Medium-full in body, though it's surprisingly refreshing. It opens sweet, but ends vinous, roasted, mildly hoppy.

I'm usually wary of American doppelbocks, but this is great stuff.

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Photo of beernut7
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This powerful dark lager is the first lager brewed by Ballast Point. Aged for nine months before its release, this sweet medium bodied high alcohol bock is quite a mellow enjoyable beer. Many American made bocks are fairly harsh in their malt character, but aging this brew for several months really allowed the melding of the flavors and mellowing of the malts.

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4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Well-brewed dopplebock are hard to come by outside of Germany and with Ballast Point's outstanding job with Abandon Ship, I had to give this a try.

The beer poured a dark garnet with a small off-white head. In the light the beer was brilliantly clear.

The aroma of the beer was full of Munich and melanoidin-rich malts. Mild notes of lager yeast were mixed in. No hops or diacetyl in the aroma, which is exactly how it should be.

The flavor of the beer was rich with melanoidins and clean pilsner malt. A mild dose of noble hop flavor helped balance out the sweetness although this beer did have a reasonably dry finish for a dopplebock. The flavors were very clean, but there was a faint chocolate malt note in the finish, which was slightly inappropriate for the style, but that's a very minor criticism.

The beer was full-bodied with a medium mouthfeel. The carbonation was medium and appropriate to the style. The finish was relatively dry for a dopplebock which made it incredibly drinkable.

Cheers to BP for pulling off an often misunderstood and under-appreciated style with aplomb. When I have a beer like this I am both thrilled and disappointed. I'm thrilled to have such a great example of the style, but disappointed since well-brewed German-style lagers are often unsung, even by beer enthusiasts.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of SDtastentune
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker brown with not much head or lacing.

S - Smells of deep malty raisin and kinda sweet alcohol.

T - Kinda raisin like with some sweet alcohol maltyness.

M - Good carbonation an good aftertaste.

O - Overall I think its a great presentation of its style, I usually need a more bitter hopped up brew though.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice chestnut to mahogany brown, decent cap of dense kahki head, good lacing. Scent is dominated by the rich, roasty, carmely and nutty malts, solid profile of dark fruits and leafy and earthy hops. Taste beings with a handful of honey roasted nuts, malt dominates the beer as it should, earthy hops and light dark fruits, notes of bread, spice and chocolate peek through. A nice, solid dopple that doesnt overdo the sweetness like many do. Good for fans of Troegenator.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


2010 batch on tap at Home Brew Mart.

A: Dark brown with a mahogany tinge and a small creamy beige cap.

S: Toasted bread with pronounced melanoidins. Toffee and caramel waft from the glass. Fruit notes are pervasive, redolent of raisin, date, and plum.

T: Rich caramel blends with toffee and toasted bread. Dried date and prune suffuse the palate. The malt profile is rich and complex. There's a low earthy bitterness and a touch of chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with warming.

Overall: I haven't had this beer in a while, so I'm unsure if the age has improved it or if it's always like this. Regardless, it's very good.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Craft Ale House...
Appears a murky dark rust with a small off white cap thY quickly fades into a mild cap. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, cocoa, caramel, and raisins.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a doughy yeast that stands out.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, syrupy, and sweet.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Fat Head's Pittsburgh.

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with some deep reddish hues on the edges. Provides a thick tan head with nice retention. Some lacing but not much.

S: Lots of toasted biscuits, buttered toast, caramel, brown sugar, dark dry fruit like raisins. There is a slight whiff of alcohol as well.

T: Starts off with a big amount of malt. Caramel, buttered bread and toasted biscuits. In the middle the sweet dry plums and raisins come through blending nicely with the sweet malt. Finishes with more malt character and some brown sugar.

M: A nice full bodied beer that leaves a thick rich creamy taste on the palate.

O: This is a really tasty Doppelback. Goes really well on a cold winter night. Very warming, the smell is inviting and the taste is fairly balanced. Certainly worth seeking out.

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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 3/18/09. Served in an 8 oz glass.

Pours an extremely dark clear amber/almost brown with a thin tan creamy head. Retains mostly around the edges, flaring up nicely, and leaving a solid looking cascade of lacing back. The aroma is a bready bomb of roasted notes, cocoa powder, and caramel. A touch of darker fruits lies in the foreground, as does some light warmth. Quite robust smelling.

The taste is similar but brings it even more, with a big doughy feeling base of bread, chocolate, and caramel sweetness up front. A flush of roast and hop bitterness then pulls in, as does some dark fruit character, mixing with the present sweetness, and imparting a deep tangy feel. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with a prickly feel at times but I'm picking up a bit more alcohol beef in this than I would have liked. It fits in with the heavier flavors but does inhibit the drinkibility a bit for me.

I know that Ballast Point doesn't tackle Lagers much but this was a solid take on a Dopplebock. Lots of big chewy flavors but this was maybe just a tad too warm for me. I wouldn't hesitate to revisit it again though.

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4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, coffee, dark fruit, lager yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit maple and caramel. Then some bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hop spresence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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