ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught tulip at Sunset Grill on 11/17/07
Funny to see this is a heller doppelbock. I drank this thinking it was a strong IPA. Of course, it dosent quite come off as a strong IPA, but, it sure dosent come off as a doppelbock, heller or otherwise. Dark bronze with a medium off-white head that laces lightly. Clear with moderate carbonation.
Quite assertively bitter in the nose, though with some pleasant fruitiness (strawberries, cherries, nectarines) and somewhat unpleasant fruitiness (green apples). Dry malt courses through the nose, showing off graham crackers, whitebread and upon warming, dollops of medium-sweet caramel. Bitterness eventually overcomes any sweetness and leaves dry, rather limp/weak malts in its wake. No flaws or alcohol noted. Medium strength of aroma.
Hard, dry malts up front show light melanoidins and quickly pass in to a bitter, leafy, peppery hop mess. Bitterness and sharp citrus flavors never soften and bits of caramel and toffee seem to clash with the hop notes. I like how FlacoAlto comments on the garlic-like flavor of the summit hops, and I really see that here. Way too much acidity without soft enough malt sugars. Carbonation is moderate, texture is hard. No alcohol or flaws noted.
Not rating this to any particular style.
nlderricks (15) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Love it! Great IPA, smooth, balanced, not too alcoholic. Perfect day drinker.
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tcane7 (1336) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Prohibition. Pours a clean copper with thin white head and nice soapy lace. Nose of grain, burnt popcorn, caramel, mild citrus. Medium body. Taste dominated by burnt grains. Mild bitterness.
merc7186 (1465) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Amber/Orangish Hue, Passes Most Light, Mild White Head, Minimal Lacing
S: Malty, Bready, Earthy
T: Bitter Malts, Crackers, Bitter Lemon
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Dry, Bitter
Overall, a very malty, mildly hoppy ale. A decent blend but nothing that pops.
jflopsu (276) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper. Has a mix of citrus hop and light cocoa aroma. Taste is very unique with a mix of citrus hops, brown sugar, malt, fruit and caramel. Tastes like a mix of a brown ale and a light IPA.
Bamsen78 (1957) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ The Ginger Man, NYC. Pours clear amber with airy off-white head. Clear aroma of malt, caramel and fruit. Bitter, hoppy flavour with fruity and malty notes. Quite carbonated for its style. Bitter finish. OK.
Westchesterco (662) - mclean, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured clear golden with a slight head aroma of citrus and tastes of citrus and lingers on the palate
Iphonephan (2207) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear reddish copper with an off white head. Malty nose. Flavors of light caramel and grassy hops. Mildly bitter but crisp finish.
jjgmd (1046) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a semi clear copper orange color, with a large head. Nose is sweet, malty and woody. Taste is complex, initially malty, caramel and sweet than abruptly ends on a bitter note. Very drinkable. Nice descent doppel. Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1012) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper with a beige and aroma of hops and caramel. Taste is toasty and sweet, of caramel, earthy malt, and balanced with hops leading to a bitter, dry finish.
bob_w (291) - new york, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
rich malty nose. beautiful mahogany hued dark copper color with a healthy off-white head. solid malty flavor profile, with a bit more hop character than typical doppelbocks. full bodied and chewy. rich and delicious.