The 25th Anniversary Pale Doppelbock from Full Sail brewing Company in Hood River, Oregon pours out a clear amber in color and is topped with a two finger, dense, egg shell colored head that slowly reduces down to a thin film with a small collar. On the nose, toast, biscuit, caramel, lemon, spice and some honey. In the mouth, warming and, while malt driven, there is a significant hop presence. Flavors of biscuit, honey, caramel, lemon, peppery spice and a little orchard fruit. Medium bodied. Fine carbonation. Thin sheets of lacing on the glass. Slight chew to the mouthfeel that has a hint of syrup to it. The finish is pretty dry and quite long with the malt trying to hang on and make it to the end only to be outlasted by the heavy dose of hops.
A very good craft beer. This PNW take on a doppelbock comes with a heavy hand of hops which I really liked. The bitterness cuts through any sweetness but you can still feel the weight of the malt body. The alcohol is slightly warming but well hidden for a 9% brew. A well crafted, 25th Anniversary brew for under $5.00. I liked this a lot! Recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 9.0% ABV, 70 IBU
Beer 333 of 366 for 2012