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Ambidextrous Step 2 | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by KickbacksSteve on 01-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 5
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. "Smoked" doppelbock. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, moderate retention on a dark ruby body. Aroma includes caramel malts, bacon like smoke with a touch of liquid campfire. Taste follows suit, really quite and interesting twist to the style. No alcohol noted on taste, very easy to drink and quite tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Friedmanandeggs
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pint glass! Angel's Trumpet Alehouse, Phoenix AZ!

A -- Burgundy or Auburn. Pretty decent head. Settles pretty quickly. Nice cling on top but nothing below.

S -- Not much of a nose. A little smoky, but indirectly. There's some dark fruit, maybe a little berry playing around.

T -- It doesn't have the kind of bold sweetness I'm used to with doppelbocks. Like you can feel it in there and underneath, a very clear chocolate. Maybe a little bread crusts? I don't know. There's smoke around the edges, but it turns into this kind of metallic finish that reminds me of a stainless steel kitchen sink (and tends to dominate towards the end of the glass). It's almost more creosote than straight smoke. There's a little hops maybe 4/5 of the way in but it might just be the smoke. A little apple up front but I had to work for it. The dark chocolate is more pronounced.

M -- Pretty thin. Carbonation mild.

O -- It's an interesting experiment, smoking a doppelbock, I can see the logic behind it, but the execution feels off. I'm looking for fuller body, stronger flavors. The finish is a little bothersome, too. It feels tangled rather than complex. It feels like they tried to pair the styles rather than letting one accentuate the other. The smoke just ruins everything doppelbock for me. Again, interesting idea but not a great beer. The last sip wasn't bad, I kind of softened up towards it, but the finish is really bothersome.

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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Haven't had too many smoked doppelbocks, so I'm always game for another. This one pours a cloudy (nearly murky) brown topped by a finger of lightly-glowing cream foam. The nose holds an immediate wave of smoked ham, which is quickly overtaken by some light sweet bread and some very light and dry maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of chlorine finding its way into the smoke (not unlike a Scotch from the Islands). And that smoke lingers much longer than before, allowing for a much more enjoyable experience if you're a smoke fiend like me. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice smoked d-bock, something we need more of around here.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Here at Union Brewhouse, a bit of confusion over this one. It was listed as Stout but, after researching, I realized it was Step 2 - the Smoked DoobleBock...so...

A - Nice and lager clear was the first clue this was no milk stout Ambidextrous. Served in a tulip, minimal head ala UBH custom.
S - Like my Smoker after a day of low and slow....BBQ I mean. Very smoky.
T - I have reviewed other 'smoked' beers here. My BIGGEST gripe is contrived taste. I love a real Scotch Ale (real scotch too but that's another website) when it is nice an peat-y! Same with a smoked porter, etc. So often I get a 'smoked' beer that I think is just liquid smoke or charred wood chips. You have to get smoke into the malt...Double period.

But, just to be clear, the smoke does not overpower. This is a serious DoobleBock!

Ambidextrous STEP2 does!!! It is a winner for real smoke. Guy next to me says you can taste the bacon. That is smoke!

OA - An award winning offering her from Left Hand. Find it! Drink it!!!

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

German influence is all over Left Hand's new creation, Ambidextrous Step 2- dopplebock and rauchbier carry the momentum for a combination of tastes that are both sweet and savory- a flavor combination that's right up my alley.

Deep crimson in color, a richer nearly purple-ish hue gives the beer a distinct ruby appearance. The beer releases a firm blanket of ivory foam that withstands half the session with light pocketed lace left behind. The beer has an overall steady attitude, but would show more foam structure late.

Smoke is all over the nose. But underneath are savory and sweet aromas that evoke the memory of toffee, bread crust, figs, dates, chocolate, grape, and light coffee. The culmination of scents come together in an almost meaty kind of way.

Toffee sweetness greets the front of the mouth with rich burnt caramel,and savory bread crust flavors. As the smoke seeps in, it brings with it elements of light Kona coffee grounds, toast char, and mild cacao bean. Dark grain-derived fruitiness weaves into the late palate's alcohol notes with light sherry, fig, date, and raisin. All this is buried underneath a heap of smoke flavors that gives the beer an undeniable mesquite-like sweet smokiness.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer leaves an immense amount of residual sweetness that's slow to dissolve. As the carbonation recedes, the sweetness lays weightily on the tongue and limits the beer's attempt at dryness late. Malty-sweet in closure, the beer lingers with smoky sweetness in aftertaste and texture.

The beer's sweet and savory interplay hits a soft spot for my sweet tooth, but the beer's base dopplebock character is limited in its complexity, dryness, and overall depth. The "Americanized" shortcuts in recipe formulation and brewing technique doesn't quite live up to the melanoidin-rich methods of decoction mashing that more authentic German versions do. The smoke overlay is very strong and seems to over-command the balance from start to finish.

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Ambidextrous Step 2 from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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