RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 (6958) - Boston, 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.

beern (237) - Alabama, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Pours translucent, ruby red-amber with a one-finger off-white head. Tastes of ample malt & hops with mild to moderate bitterness. It’s slightly sweet upfront with a medium body.

oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a reddish brown. Sweet caramel/roasty aroma. Roast malt/chocolate flavor with a touch of fruit and great hops.

dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Very much like this beer. You don’t get the feeling of a true doppelbock, but you get a nice combination of a good doppelbock and some good hops. I approve.

joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass, pours hazy mahogany-red. Two plus finger billowy tan head. Nice lacing and awesome retention. Aroma of roast and nuts. Taste is very sweet but generous hops balances this beer nicely. Full bodied, lively carbonation, slick mouth feel. Finishes bittersweet. Tasting note of caramel, biscuit, roast, pine, tree nuts, herbs and sour cherry. This is pretty good!

jrodooo5 (1748) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Smooth is correct. Fairly tasty & a good pour. It’s decent & goes down easy at 7%. Good.

Travlr (26406) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Draft. Deep clear mahogany color, creamy tan head. Aroma is nutty, malty, earthy. Taste is rich malty brown bread, lightly toasted. Nice mouthfeel. Delicious.

klk343 (163) - - JUN 10, 2015
Dark, clear brown. Thick and creamy. Little scent. Coffee, toffee flavors. Some hop in the background. Thick, white head that sticks around.

Lizardking3 (203) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Probably my favorite doppelbock. Has all the great characteristics, but with a sharp ipa profile that works really well. This one opens my eyes.

pinkzambia (2111) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle: If every doppelbock tasted like this, I would be all over them all the time. Clear brown color with a frothy off-white head. Sweet aroma of malts mixed with hops - interesting. Love the aroma. Flavor is hoppy grains with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Thin body.

williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Impeccably cloudy, the color of prune juice. Layer of slush on top. Looks like a chunky barleywine. Glows only slightly in front of the light. Aroma is supremely sugary malts: definitely closer to a barleywine aroma than a doppelbock even. The piney hops are definitely there, floating above the malts as an accent. Finished wood and resins. Light oak. Flavor is sugary malts, more resinous hops. Spicy finished wood. Basically everything in the aroma matches in the flavor. Has a taste of powdered Lipton iced tea. Feels rough and grainy; not quite a choker but a slow sipper. This is a very good beer. Although the prices I’ve seen them charging for a six pack is outrageous, it’s a damned fine beer.

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