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"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock"25" Anniversary Pale Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings:
100
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3.66
pDev:
21.58%
 
 
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange color with a tiny white head. The head fades very fast leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a tangerine and orange aroma with a decent showing of a yeasty smell as well as a moderately strong showing of some caramel and grain. Along with these aromas comes some lighter hints of bread and a little bit of lemon.

Taste –The taste begins with a rather strong showing of a bready taste mixed with some sweetness of a citrus fruit and caramel nature. Along with these tastes comes some flavors of a yeastiness as well as a little bit of a more boozy taste. Toward the end, the sweet increases even more with some grassy and more grainy tastes coming to the tongue, leaving one with a rather sweet and slightly boozy fruit and grain taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average to thin for a doppelbock of 9 % abv., with a carbonation level that is low. The feel is OK overall, but a little thicker body may have been nice for the big abv. of the brew and a little more carbonation may have helped in accentuating the fruit flavors of the brew. Overall however the feel was decent.

Overall – A rather tasty brew overall. Nice blend of fruit, wheat, grain and booze. A quite tasty, yet drinkable brew at 9% abv.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the bomber, poured a medium yellow amber with a huge head that lingers in a pint glass. Nose of fresh bread, heavy caramel malts, and herbal hops. Flavors follow the nose with hop bitterness on the back and sweetness to the front and sides. Lingering bitter and herbal hops on the back and aftertaste. Decent. More of a hop lovers dopplebock.

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Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Had this out of a chalice. First smell was of an alcohol infused V8 infusion and port wine mix. Taste up front was similar to the smell, V8 Infusion and port. Malty middle with hops making its lingering presence known toward the end. Not sure I appreciate this rendition of the dopplebock. Glad I tried it, good for experience but sure this one won't be visited again.

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Photo of jellikit
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange. Medium-white head. Clear.
S: slight malt and small sweet tones.
T: malty. Alcohol. Medium bitterness. Citrus notes.
M: medium-low carbonation. Medium-high body. Buttery. pretty good. Too hoppy for a doppelbock.
O: meh. Not bad. Not great.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this today at jaspers for $4.99. Intrigued by a "pale doppelbock". Here goes...

Poured some into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass... This is a clear bier with a deep copper hue. The carbo is plentiful and aggressive, rapidly heading topside. The head is light tan, creamy and fine, but somewhat thin, though it still covers the bier throughout. Lacing is decent as well. The aroma has some caramel malt, but also a healthy amount of floral hopping, reminding me more of a Maibock than a Doppel. Has a very nice mouthfeel; medium-plus for body and it is quite smooth and creamy on the tongue.

The flavor, unlike the aroma, has lots more malt than hops. There's some toasty caramel and a bit of breadyness, plus some cookie dough sweetness. Hoppyness is lighter here than in the nose, but is still present in floral form, also contributing some green apple/pear notes. A slight touch of bitterness does linger, mixed in with some mild alcohol-derived heat. I'd term this more of an imperial Maibock than a pale Doppelbock, but regardless of what it's called, I rather like it. And $4.99 is a reasonable price. Prosit!!

3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of AltBock
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22oz bomber bottle with a large sky blue and cream label. Simple label with the brewery and the name of the beer in the middle with a large "25" in the background. Above the name is a large print paragraph that mentions they have been in business for 25 years.

When poured into a simple Pilsner glass, the Pale Doppelbock was a semi hazy amber with some faint honey yellow highlights along the side. Minimal off white colored head of foam on top of this amber colored brew. It wasn't anything special. It did however have good retention that left behind a small but solid string of rings along the side. I'm not a fan of the color of beer, but at least it's not a horrible color.

I thought the aroma was going to be mostly toasted malt, but that wasn't the case. Instead it was lightly malty with toasted malt and a huge whiff a banana and alcohol. Following the alcohol soaked banana was a hint of lemon. I wish I could say that there was more than just malt, banana, alcohol, and a little lemon in the aroma, but I can't. This beer wasn't going to offer my nose anymore aromas. On a positive note, when the beer really warmed up, the alcohol subsided a little bit, but it didn't let through any more aromas.

I was hoping that the taste wasn't going to take the alcohol course than the aroma did. Long story short, the taste followed in the same footsteps as the aroma. That's sad. Kicking off the taste was a short lived sweet toasted malt bite. Quickly following the malt was a huge taste of alcohol. Intermingled with the alcohol was some more banana and lemon. That's all folks! The taste was all about the alcohol. If you're relying on one flavor to get the beer through a taste, make sure you don't rely on the alcohol.

This was a medium bodied Pale Doppelbock that had decent carbonation and big ass alcohol bite. This beer is 9% ABV and Full Sail wanted you to feel every drop of it. The aftertaste was that off sweet toasted malts, banana, and more alcohol. This aftertaste doesn't linger. The only thing that lingers in this beer is the alcohol.

I'm not a fan a Pale Doppelbocks and I was hoping that this beer would change that. It in fact did the opposite. I still dislike Pale Doppelbocks. This beer relied to heavily on the alcohol to get it though. Would I buy it again? Hell no! Unless I want another boozy Doppelbock. If you're celebrating your 25th year in business, please don't brew a Pale Doppelbock. Brew something else.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

nothing special here, but it may have sat too long. hazy and thick as anything, this paler colored caramel liquid is very dense, and minimally heady. its sweet smelling, like toffee and stale german malts. lager yeast is not detectable, but a high residual sugar content will define this brew. the first sip is astonishingly thick in texture, certainly all of 9%, and definitely an overshoot on the grain bill, given the final gravity of this. sweet and sticky, mouth coating, and stale, it lacks refinement and nuance. not sure it fits very well into the bock family either. a heavy beer from the outset, even though it has solid carbonation it drinks slowly at best. pale malt doesnt lighten anything. possibly a good winter drink for those who like these sugar bombs, but it was a tough bomber for me. definitely underwhelming in all capacities.

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Photo of kagent777
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bottle piqued my interest while we were traveling in Jackson, Wyoming. 22 oz poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Slight haze to this inviting golden beer. It has a one finger wide solid egg shell colored head. The lacing is quite good.

Smell: Some delicious smells from this beer. A nice spicy yeast aroma mixes with some rich crystal malt. There is a bit of booziness to this beer, it is 9.0 ABV.

Taste: This is an interesting beer. It has the strength and "flavor" of a dark doppel, but it does not have the dark color. The flavor is only missing a bit of the roastiness of a standard doppelbock. There is a touch of caramel sweetness in the middle and the finish. The spiciness from the scent carries over to the taste. I think this should be a lager yeast, contributing little to the taste; but did they use an ale yeast to add some more flavor?

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky, the body is potent. The carbonation is a bit lower.

Overall: An interesting experiment. I congratulate Full Sail on something new (at least to me) and well done.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber obtained last night for $6.99 at Koozie's in Dover, NH. Served cold in a tulip.

A: Cloudy copper tan brew. Gentle pour generates a thin beige head with decent retention.

S: Moderately thick aroma of raw starchy grain. Faint hints of light caramel.

T: Taste is same as the smell, plus some lemony herbal hops. Lemon herb lingers in the finish. Relatively simple brew. Very mild hint of alcohol spice, but mostly controlled/ hidden.

M: On the thinner side of moderately thick. Carbo is appropriately light.

O: "Pale Doppelbock" is a very appropriate name. Well-balanced and very simple brew. Light, semi-thick, starchy, smooth. The malt is detected much more in the body and smell than it is in the taste. Moderate hop level is about the only thing there is to the taste, nearly unchecked and a bit unbalanced in that regard. Stronger maltiness in the flavor would be a welcome balancing force.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma has a rich caramel malt aroma mixed with lemon and pine.
The taste starts with caramel sweetness, then some moderate pine and lemon bitterness comes through, finishes with the caramel sweet again.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a hoppier and less sweet doppelbock. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - amber cloudy, minimal head and lacing

S - toffee/caramel/malt/sugar, booze

T - malts dominate, as with the nose, toffee/caramel/brown sugar, booze and peppery hops on the back end

M - rich and syrupy

O - a different take on the style, more hops than I expected, certainly big and bold, but in the end rather average

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Photo of Brew_42
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brownish-orange with a decent sized off white head.

Smells citrusy and slightly sweet.

Tastes- Hoppier than I was expecting. I saw doppelbock and my mind went to Korbinian but this beer is much more bitter. More hops and citrus than anything else. That being said, once I got over my expectations I enjoyed this beer. The bitterness is not over whelming by any means and the citrus notes are pleasant.

MF-Medium body and slightly carbonated.

Overall- Not what I think of when I think doppelbock but a pleasant beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pils-style glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger cream-colored head with decent retention for the ABV. Brown-orange coloration in the body with robust carbonation and semi-opaque. Not a bad looking beer. A bit odd to be honest.

S- Slight touch of brandy and dark fruits. Has elements of a quad in it. Earthy notes, rich malts, and a sweetness. Complex and enjoyable.

T- Very hoppy, aggressively so. It pairs up with the high alcohol content for a punch in the mouth. Hop oil, brandy, citrus, grapefruit, some sugar in the end. Not much. Oofah.

M- Thick bodied, finishes wet.

O- Taste was crazy. Not a bad brew, but I don't think I'll be having it again. 22 ounces might be tough to get through.

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Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a .5l cylinder.

A: Lovely pour, bronze color, creamy, tight, lasting head. Great color and islands of foam, modest lacing.

S: caramel malts, toffee, walnuts, toasty copper malts,plus grassy and herbal hops. Very attractive, better as it warms, goes well with food.

Food: (in this case lightly sauteed radish, spinach, arugula just cut from garden combined with walnuts, pine nuts, lemon juice and a bit of this beer)

Taste:Beefy malts, nuts, toffee and caramel, with hint of darker malts. Fresh bread and wheat, then also hoppy, grassy with esters and alcohol 'power', at 9%.
touch Some fruity lager character Finish gets a little bitter, tingly, but more estery, syrupy. Still a nice finish and a solid, strong, ie DOUBLE beer.

Mouth - fuller bodied, little syrupy, with warming booze, plus upbeat carbonation. Appropriately weighty in mouth feel balance by carbonation, tingle, alcohol. A good meditation beer.

Overall - Definitely would come back to this one. Would love to share with a friend. Great with food. Great deep double alcohol experience. Feels good after. Warming. Good winter beer.

Very solid and makes me want to try more Full Sail, employee owned.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Expected a lot more of a malt backbone here & fewer hops. Not a hop overkill case, though; they balance the slight biscuity leaning of the malts with herbal tartness.

It does taste like there's major alcohol here, but it's not bracing. Probably a good introduction to doppelbocks for folks intimidated by the German tradition.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Time for a nice doppelbock, haven't had one in a while.

Pours a big creamy 2 finger head that sticks around for quite some time, never seeming to want to fade, nice lacing notching the glass when it eventually goes down, tons of bubbles floating around, some up but some just seem to dance around the inside of the clear auburn pale tan colored beer.

Nose brings plenty of caramel malts at first, lots of toffee, a little nutty like, toasty reddish copper malts, little grainy and toasty, with a light fruity lager like base somewhere in there. Light grassy hops come through, grassy and slightly herbal leafy like hops.

Taste comes with chewy malts, plenty of toffee and caramel again, even nutty as well, with a faint hint of darker malts under that even. Chewy bready slight grainy malts in there, with lots of toasty reddish copper malts, It has some light wheat characters, but more like caramelized wheat characters, fluffy and grassy. Then hops, a decent bitterness but not overly, light grassy a little earthy herbal hop character, faint esters and hint of booze, as well as light fruity lager characters, touch of apple pear like fruity flavors. Finish gets quite bitter as it attempts to dry, never really drying as it sticks to the mouth, earthy spicy chewy and grassy leafy hops mostly, with more nutty toffee and caramel coppery malts lingering too, bit syrupy.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, little syrupy, a bit of warming booze, tons of fluffy carbonation, maybe too much.

Overall not bad, nice copper malts, plenty of toffee caramel flavors which are nice, even nice lager flavors, the hops start decent but get a little too bitter overall for what i would expect for a doppelbock, and the thick syrupy feel starts OK but gets a bit too syrupy and too much carbonation at the same time. Overall still a nice beer, and booze goes down smoothly.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep golden orange color with a decent off white head that persists for a bit. Smells of sweet honey like pilsner malt with a twinge of spicy hops and a bit of syrupy orange and a solid shot of ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma with lots of bready sweet malt and plenty of ethanol burn. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I'm not sure how you can consider this a dopplebock with no caramelized sugars or dark fruits in the mix. I continue to be unimpressed with full sail, this one reminds me of a malt liquor and should be poured out of a forty.

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Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Copper brown, beige head with light retention. Sugary malts on the nose, brown sugar,spicy and citrus zest evoking hops. Taste has some sweetish bready malt, herbal and bitter hopping, some citrus, charred/toasted grains. Sweeter medium feel, no alcohol. A pretty well hopped imperial amber lager (or at least that's what I'm calling it).

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, a bargain at under $5 from Cable Bev. in Bardonia, NY

Pours almond amber, hazed, under a medium tan head, that stays at the 1/4 inch level. Collar develops, along with a blotchy film and then leaves low sheeting and respectable lacing.

Malty nose with some clementine flourishes.

Sweet and malty, then some fruit and finally a dry and moderatly hopped up finish.

Nice heady brew at 9%

Cheers!

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Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What is a pale doppleback? This is a pale winterwarmer? Bottle from Champane's Cellars. A good bitterness and spicy. Good maltiness, toffee, and some malt liquor aftertaste. Wasn't the style but nice and good drinkability. Nice bubbly head. Worth a try.

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Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a nonic, Full Sail's Pale Doppelbock is bronze with a light tan head and light lace.

Smell is snappy herbal hops, some minerality to it, nice brightness.

Taste is solid. I like the chalkiness, echoed from the nose, as well as the hops, in-line with the traditional style, but cranked up a notch in OR style. Smooth, the ABV is dangerously well hidden. The sweetness is nil. Dig it!

Mouthfeel is perhaps a *touch* thick, but, given the style and strength, I'd say it's in the "guidelines". Dry and slippery. Love this chalky note.

Drinkability is high, I'm really liking this beer, one of the best I've ever had from Full Sail. Well done, a fitting salute to their 25th anniversary. Nostrovia!

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on X-Mas Eve.

A - Poured out a clear copper color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and toffee. Some floral notes and booziness.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, toffee and some roasted malt. A slight bitter bite with some mild spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good brew and a great idea for a style for an anniversary beer.

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Photo of vkv822
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Clear, burnt-orange/copper red color with a sudsy off white head.

Pale and caramel malt notes, with spicy hop notes.

Taste follows the nose, with a crisp, crackery and caramel malt base followed by peppery, grassy hop notes.

Medium body, smooth, low carbonation.

A pleasant beer, flavor profile was a bit mild overall.

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Photo of philbertk
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

70 IBU's. 22 oz. Bottle purchased for$6.99 + Tax at Ballard, Seattle Fred Meyer. Fizzy mild lace quarter inch off white head. Clear bright rich amber color. Mildly floral caramel malt mild Saaz hop front. Medium bodied rich caramel malt mid fruit ester rich smooth lager body. Subtle sweetness and hint of peppery hop resin. No sediment, but somewhat odd fruity mildly bitter mild EtOH heat end. Rich odd brew. Not a Full Sail Classic. (2.75 / 5.0).

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome doppelbock. Clear brassy hue with off white head. Very hop forward. Earthy woody hops through, big body with just enough carbonation. Nice solid malt foundation for the hops to rest on over your tongue. Lagered perfectly with no Fruity eaters. So clean with a snappy dry finish. And for the price? 4.99 awesome

One of the most bitter doppelbocks I've ever head

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