ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Summit’s in Woodstock, Georgia.
Appearance: Dark copper body with a thin, white head.
Smell: Pale malts, grains, and a muted citrus component. Wait just a damn minute, are you telling me Sierra Nevada slipped me yet another IPA?
Taste: Pale malts, a touch grainy, and having a light sweetness. Lightly citrusy hops deliver a punch of moderate bitterness. Pepper-packed booziness throughout. Tiresome, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very light stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Waiter! Oh, waiter! Yeah, I ordered a doppelbock and got this ho-hum IPA instead. What gives?
PilsnerPeter (3031) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Barcade: Pours a copper color with lots of clarity and a vanishing head. The aroma is sweet with toasted caramel and soft maple. The body is slick with an unbalanced flavor. Starts with stale malt notes (cardboard-like), underneath a diacetyl character, and other buttery sweet notes of maple and vanilla. Pretty boring with little depth.
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Hops in Humboldt in Fortuna, CA this came a deep dark yellow with a decent white head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose of citrus hops and caramel malts, Mouthfeel is rich. Strong hops in the flavor. You can taste the alcohol in the dry bitter finish. I like this a lot and hope it hits the stores in bottles.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at Barcade. Amber pour with almost no head at all. The aroma is lightly sweet and malty with lots of pale malt character and loads of alcoholic peppery aroma as well. The flavour is really terrible. Initially a thin bodied peppery booziness that is followed by a really harsh sort of herbal bitterness. It’s very hoppy, but using some sort of high-alpha, low flavour hops. I can’t believe that SN released this crap. It’s just a high-octane booze-fest.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught - BrickStore Pub - Decatur.
A dead ringer for an IIPA. Not what I would expect from a doppelbock. Hoppy, citrusy, resiny, substantial, with a great malt backbone. This one is what would happen if an IIPA had kids with a a great tippel...
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Summits - Woodstock
Appearance: clear amber, wispy beige head, bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with soft floral hops,
Flavor: sweet caramel candy malt flavor, lots of floral hops, light balancing bitterness with a light bitter finish,
Overall: the swetness of a bock with the hops of an ESB
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft at Taco Mac, Crabapple location. nice deep golden color with a very thin white head. the aroma is a bit faint... some sweet malts and hops. excellent on the palate... very soft body with apricot, peach and caramel on the tip and a good punch of bitterness on the back. really soft on the sides... I really could drink this all night. So smooth. Nice bitter finish... definitely a "healthy dose of hops." I thought I was drinking a IIPA there for a minute... didn’t really feel like other doppelbocks I’ve had in the past.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Taco Mac. Pours a very clear copper with brown/amber/orange highlights and a very thin off-white head (awfully light in color for a doppelbock). The aroma is malty and bready - not particularly strong. The flavor is quite crisp and refreshing. The beer certainly starts malty and bready with some residual sweetness (not much for a doppelbock). The roasty notes mentioned in the commercial deScription are pretty much absent (is this the right beer?). At mid-palate - the hops hit. They are pretty serious: very firm bitterness with a slightly citrus touch. The light residual sweetness and light citrus note of the hops give subtle impressions of orange candy on the back of the tongue. Aftertaste is fairly balanced - malty, but also surprisingly hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a crisp bite of carbonation, but not spritzy. Overall - I liked this beer a lot, but I really fear that the server screwed up entering my order. This doesn’t look or taste like a doppelbock. The commercial deScription does mention the "Sierra Nevada fashion" of using a lot of hops though. And, aside from the deScription’s mention of roasty flavors, it tastes a lot like the deScription says... So here’s to hoping that this rating is in the right bucket. (I was hoping to read other reviews to see if others had a similar experience or if I really was sent the wrong beer, but I see a message that instead reads "No ratings yet, use the form to the right and be the first!" - someone else entered the beer w/out rating it...)