wavelength reviews: big al’s Local Hero (doppelbock)
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I debated calling short beer reviews “quick hits,” but that phrase seemed so overused. I decided that since “wavelength” is one of the basic measures in electromagnetism (and, yes, processor voltage changes), it was an adequate moniker for a section that purports to review one-off brews that we’ve tried. I also debated calling it “brew wavelength” or “brew cycle” (think “hertz”) or “brewcicle” or even “bravelength,” which all appeal to my inner linguist geek, but I settled on wavelength for simplicity. Odds are, I’ll come up with something better tomorrow.
In any case, on Friday I had the chance to sample the latest Local Hero from Big Al’s Brewing. I mentioned these guys on podcast #2. When I ordered the beer, I didn’t know what it was.
It came in a pint glass with no head. It was dark brown, nearly black in the dim restaurant lights, but not cloudy. I tasted it, again without knowing what it was, and immediately knew it was a Bock. It had a heavier mouthfeel than standard bocks, and a faint citrus flavor that made me think it might be some kind of wheat bock. I stated as much to my wife, who doesn’t really care about such things, and then noted that it probably wasn’t a wheat bock, since it wasn’t cloudy at all.
I had to look up on my phone to find out that it was a doppelbock, but after I found out, it made perfect sense. It’s a good example of the style: heavier mouthfeel than a standard bock, high alcohol content, bigger maltiness, heavier bitter malts, darker in color, and that odd, ever-so-slightly bitter-sour flavor (which I mistook for citrus) that accompanies bocks.
It was a solid doppelbock, made all the better because I don’t think I’ve ever had such a fresh one — all the other DB’s I’ve had have been imported bottles. It was great to have on tap.