Navigator Dopplebock | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beernut7 on 08-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange-red with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not enough bocks of all shapes and sizes out there, so this is a welcomed treat. its as much an english barleywine to me as a german dopplebock though, with a ton of caramely even candy sweetness coming from the grain, and a pretty low key yeast strain. copper in color, light hazy, short lazy of white head. smells like apples and breakfast cake and toffee and slight alcohol. almost smells like it has a little vanilla oakiness to it, but i dont believe this has seen wood. the flavor is a lot like the nose, complex malt layers folding together, becoming quite sweet in the finish, but masking the strength well, and building a real long finish. this is sort of the other side of malt driven beer, and although i cant drink a ton of it, i really like it, and i definitely think it takes the style to a place it doesnt often get to go. not as dry in feel as i usually like, and the lower carbonation again makes it seem more like a barleywine, but this is a very cool style fusion, nice in mid february.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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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Photo of Kegatron
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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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on-tap at Beachwood,

A: Pours brown, with a small white head, not long-lasting, mild lace.

S: Brown sugar and dark bread, it certainly smells like a dopple.

T: Liquid bread for sure, good malt flavours and to style, not overhopped. Not a great intensity of flavours as I've come to expect from a beer like Korbinian or Salvator. The beer reminds me of Optimator a lot.

M: Smooth and sugary sweet, but not cloying. Good amount of residual sugar here. An easy drinker for it's alcohol which doesn't show a trace of itself.

D: A good lager from BP, a nice base beer, barrel aging is where this beer really shines though.

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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

9/21/2011

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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Photo of weeare138
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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Photo of epyon396
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Zach136
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearace: Crystal clear amber

Aroma: Cereal and caramel malts

Flavor: Touch of melanoidin, some sweetness, that for whatever reason feels artificial. Caramel.

Mouthfeel: Not quite crisp enough.

More of an imperial Oktoberfest than a dopplebock IMO.

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Photo of jera1350
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Navigator Dopplebock from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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