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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
So here we are 25 years later. Very humbled, grateful, and amazed that we got here in one piece. Still a mix of beer geeks and boardheads. Still independent. Still trying to find that perfect balance between art and commerce, work and play, inspiration and perspiration. Thanks for supporting us for all these years, and next time you’re in Hood River, stop by for a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7526) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Hazy copper pour with a thin-ish foamy head. Lovely imperial lager aroma of buttered biscuit, pale sweet cereal grains, some honey, and lightly golden toast. Great full flavor with a big palate. Toast and honey mix with booze-yeasty esters alongside some doughy biscuit and a certain light fruitiness like pear or something perhaps more tropical.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timjbaer (24) - pahrump, Nevada, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Dark copper color with a nice toast smell and malty notes. White foam with nice lacing and fair retention. Light carbonation and smooth mouth feel. Tastes of baked crackers and light bitterness in the back. The bitterness sits in the after taste for about 3 to 4 minutes and on the toung for longer. Some hopps balanced by sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (2275) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2012
The pour is a clear, pale copper with an average, off-white, pillowy head which is mostly lasting and leaves minimal lace. The nose is pleasant but subdued with golden raisins, toasty caramel, very bready, and an earthy/spicy note (almost rye-like). The flavor is nice with the rye note, very toasty, some light caramel, very earthy, slightly peppery, and just a touch if the golden raisins. The palate is more than medium, nearly lively, crisp and velvety. The finish is fairly long, crisp and dry with caramel, rye, and earth. Actually a pretty decent light doppel with nice fruit and drying toast and bready notes. The rye and earthy tones were a nice change from the normal doppel style and the increased alcohol kept the usual lager flaws at bay. Better than I expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2338) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2012
22 oz bottle from "Habits" in S. Salem. $3.99 Amber coloured body with a large bubbly light tan head. Fine chocolaty,creamy, biscuity aromas very pleasant. Taste is similar to the aroma.milk chocolate and wheat..not much hop..nice stuff Nice smooth velvety palate. Very nice drink not sure what category but i liked it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bomber bought at Super 1 in CDA, ID. Pours hazy orange with a medium beige head with decent retention; leaves a little lace. It is pale for a doppelbock, but not as pale as I was expecting. I was expecting a blonde or copper color, which would have been a little more interesting. Aroma is caramelly, biscuity, pretty faint, though. Taste starts out sweet before a lingering bitterness sets in; it’s also savory throughout. Has a nice toasted flavor. There’s noticeable alcohol but it doesn’t taste 9%. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation average, body full. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (1681) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Very orange pour. small head good retention. Smells of spices; nutmeg, clove and malt. Tastes both sweet and bitter, resembling an esb. well defined citrus pine hops and caramel malts. Also orange flavors. Odd legume/bean flavor halfway through. Well hidden alcohol under the intense hops and malt. Sorta like beer concentrate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4029) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pours amber with thin creamy head. Sharp malty aroma with some hops bitterness in the Taste. Big malt finish. Very well done, one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2273) - - DEC 5, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (4692) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
This beer is really good. Its a full dark pale color with a pure white head. The aroma is full and balanced trending a little on the malty side but not sweet. That’s the key. Its very full flavored and balanced with a long bitterness being dominant. Its like a strong Bock that’s got decent bitterness. Awesome.

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