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This medium bodied copper colored strong lager is in a class all by itself. First released in celebration of our 20th Anniversary. Ed Stoudt calls this beer an "American-style Doppelbock" He believes it to be the first high gravity lager brewed with German Malts and American Hops. This brew has a delicate malty palate up front, which is abruptly overshadowed by the dominating ho presence that can be attributed to 1.5lbs/bbl of hops that were added to this brew for aroma & flavor. A hop lover's beer indeed.

Yeast: Bottom Fermenting Lager
Bittering hops: Summit
Aroma hops: Amarillo
Malts: Two-row,Vienna & Others

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2008
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vlan1 (186) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2014
On tap at Black Angus. Pours a hazy tea color with a average fluffy head. Tart Grassy hop aroma with subtle sweet bready notes. Flavor is distinctly hop forward with not much malt backbone to carry their weight. The hops here also have a very astringent aftertaste. IMHO not up to snuff with Stoudts other offerings.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Tea nose, a little vegetal. Clear copper, medium cream colored head. Tea and cabbage. Significant astrigency. Probably an old bottle, did not hold up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Ruddy brown, small white head. Aroma of raisins and coffee, flavor of raisins, grassy hops and burnt coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Draft @ Sunset Grill & Tap. 4 oz. sample, dirty amber color with a ton of carbonation. Caramel, toasted grain, fruitiness with a light earth note as well.

Flavor is light. Malt dominant with dark fruit and a sweet finish caramel leading into a weak earthy hop note. Very light watery body hints of sweetness. Alcohol for 7 % shows up in the finish. With a name like “Smooth Hoperator” I was expecting a much bolder hop profile. Not a bad brew in anyway just a bit of a letdown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjames317 (63) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Medium bodied chestnut brown lager with off white head. Interesting concept of a beer. German malt, booze-soaked raisins, sour dough bread, and floral hop bouquet. Very well balanced. Has a burnt, chewy quality to the mouthfeel. Nice bitterness. Crisp lager carbonation gives way to flavorful hop profile that finishes bitter and dry. Great change of pace from the typical IPA. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (2475) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Dark copper brown body, medium to thin light tan head, spotty lacing. Caramel, fruity hops, bread, light floral and grassy notes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, mild bitterness. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3401) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle: Pours cloudy, copper-amber with a tall, puffy tan head. Strong caramel, breadheel aroma. Tangy caramel and citrus taste... Grassy...herbal hopping. Different sort of Dopplebock...quite tasty, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (1858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2014
Draft at Kloby’s. Pours dark reddish copper with a creamy beige head and lots of lacing. Tastes like dry hops, malt, light raisin and booze. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like malty booze with light hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1830) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Cloudy, amber orange with a 1-finger khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, earthy hops, bread and fruit. Taste of bread, peaches, grapefruit, caramel and apple. Medium/full body and high/medium carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Quite large light tan head of fine and creamy bubbles. Nice hoppy aroma with some light citrus, milkweed buds, light toast and some malts. No where near the typically sickly sweet malts of dopplebocks. Color is a nice dark copper with great clarity and lovely spry carbonation. Malts make a strong appearance her ein the flavor but is balanced nicely by the hops. Some fried dough, bitter greens and a hint of tobacco and leather. PIcking up all kinds of strange flavors in this brew. A tasty and unusual brew.

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