Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured light orangey-golden with a short, but well-retained off-white head. The aroma picked up toasted bread and honey malts with brighter accents of peppery rye and orange zest.. a touch of detergent toward the back.. this really shouldn’t have worked, but I enjoyed it. The flavor found honey and peppered-up, lighter fruits at the core with spicy rye, slick orange zest bitterness, and some raw alcohol around.. finished tart and spicy, with a bit of odd, funky fruit character. Medium-bodied and slick through most of the palate.. lower carbonation.. this didn’t quite come together, but it had some good elements.
jmohno (1075) - Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2012 Med gold orange fairly clear with yeast floaties,almost no head, low carbonation.
Aroma is minerally,light grain,floral and some herbal hops. Hay.
Taste has a good hop/malt balance. Kinda spicey tang up front with the sweet malt with breadiness finishing spicy/citrusy(orange like) a bit of alcohol in the finish. Lingering sweetness and bittering.Good taste and drinkability. Somewhat chewy and bready sweet.
nuplastikk (4396) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz shorty bottle. Hazy orange-tan. Thin, oily head. Wow. This is quite nice. Lemons, clove, caramel. Pungent yeast tones. Has a tart thing going on, before finishing with luscious malt tones. They really nail it, I’d love to have this fresh at the brewery. Spicy noble hops up front, a little boozy. Not perfect, but still, I would love to see more beers like this.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy medium orange color. The head was a few fingers high and off white with decent retention. Smelled of cereal grain, hay, a dash of brown sugar and subdued grassy hop. Light to medium bodied and sweet. I tasted cereal grain, raisin, toffee, and grassy hop. There was also an odd splash of orange Tang.
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: yeast, dough, sugar, and alcohol in that order; Appearance: mostly clear, just slightly darker than yellow, thin head that quickly dissipates, very little lace; Taste: lots of alcohol and banana, not too flowery at all, which is a great thing, Palate: mellows to a bready taste after the swallow, perfectly enjoyable for drinking even if its warmer than you’d usually prefer, pleasant sugary taste lingers; Overall: I’ve had some dopplebocks that just have too much going on, they’re hard to drink without making you pay attention to them, if you just want a doppelbock that you can drink and ignore, I would highly recommend this, and, for this reason alone, I give it a definate thumbs up
CanIHave4Beers (3264) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden color with a medium head. The aroma is a little bit of stinky wet grain with a little spiciness and some floral soapiness. It doesn’t sound like it smells very good but everything comes together nicely. The flavor is spicy with some mild fruitiness and a little bit of soapy almost astringent bitterness. The level of sweetness here is nice and pleasant without being cloying and the kick from the rye balances things out pretty well.
Not too bad
wlajwl (3876) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rather hazy for a lager, even a heller bock. Complex pale malt aroma, the flavor has the typical doppelbock with pale malt fire to it, although it does have some fruit notes similar to a wheat beer. A different kind of doppelbock for sure.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight hazy orange gold colored body. The nose is sweet with dough and the rye spice. There is a little black pepper and sweet red bell peppers. The taste is rye dough and apple skin. There is a spicy finish with a note of bell pepper. Sweet and doughy, the soft mouthfeel helps this one go down.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Yellowish copper color with a small, creamy, smooth, white head. Decent retention that diminishes into a decent lace.
S - Sweet and alcoholic aroma. Very sweet honey like malt aroma. On top of that is a strong alcohol aroma along with a slight tart fruitiness. Slight citrus and slight orchard fruit (mostly pear).
T - Sweet grainy and bready malt provide a lot of the flavor. Very sweet flavor. A touch of fruitiness, banana and pear for the most part. Alcohol and a slight spiciness come out toward the finish. Sweetness sticks around after the sip.
M - Medium body and a nice amount of carbonation. It is sticky on the finish with the sweetness lasting a long time. Warming alcohol feel as well.
D - A little too sweet and alcoholic for me to really reach for another right now. Not horrible, but a little out of balance.
Notes: Quite sweet and alcoholic with it causing a bit of an imbalance for me. Not horrible but nothing I would want again.
pepsican (1445) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh off the truck for a sample yesterday. Yellow pour with a very small white head. Aroma is sugary alcohol with biscuits drizzled in honey as well as a bit of metallic/minerally notes. Flavor is on the sweet side, I get cotton candy and just a bit of banana runts. The metallic mineral notes remain, similar to blood. Alcohol comes through as it warms, as well as some cereal grains. Very soft carbonation and some of the alcohol coming through in the finish. The sweetness of this one becomes distracting after a few samples, but I could see people enjoying it for that. Definitely better than what I’ve seen coming out of Millstream lately.