Off the Wall: Red Cock Doppelbock

Red Cock DoppelbockName: Red Cock Dopplebock
Brewery: Maui Brewing Co.
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Napili-Honokowai, Hawaii
Style: Dopplebock
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8.5%
First Brewed: NA
Price: $4 (on happy hour)

Ricky’s Thoughts

We are sitting at Maui Brewing Company and decided to review a beer. As a matter of fact, we are going to review 2 beers. First up is the Red Cock Dopplebock. The first day we were here, we tried everything. Most of their beers are not available on the mainland, so it’s fun trying the beers we can’t get at home. They have several beers that really impressed me including their double IPA.

They also have a new hydroflask that will apparently keep your beer cold for 24 hours. That would be nice, but at $50 for an empty bottle, I think I’ll pass. Plus, I’m in Arizona, it is illegal to fill anything but a glass growler. Dumb!

We have a little bit before our dinner reservations, so we decided to stop by for a pint. Cheers!

In the Glass: It’s red. Hence the name, I suppose. This was served in a small glass because of the ABV. I wonder what they consider a high ABV beer. 8% is my guess. Should I ask? Nah… Let’s drink!

Nose: If I was doing a blind taste test, I would think they used rye in this beer. I don’t think they do, but I have a feeling that is just a characteristic of the style. I haven’t reviewed a lot of these, but I can’t help but think of the double Dopplebock from Anderson Valley. It is SO good. It is even better on tap. Since Maui Brewing Co. doesn’t can this, I guess on tap is the only way I will be able to enjoy it.

Flavor: That is hoppier than I expected it to be. At first, it has an explosion of hops, but the finish is smooth and somewhat sweet. Actually, as this heats up, the sweetness really comes through. If nothing else, the name sold me.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice thick mouthfeel that reminds me of a milk stout. I know… Not the same style whatsoever. But that is what I am getting. I would use the word “pillowy” but I’ve been using that word a lot lately. No more.

Aftertaste: The finish lingers, and the sweetness is gone after a few swallows. But as the finish begins to dry, it leaves my mouth wanting more. I bet this would be a good food beet. Also, the Hugh ABV is well hid.

We have reviewed a few beers from Maui before, but nothing from the actual brewery. I can’t wait to meet the brewer on Friday. I just love this place. Cheers!

Red Cock Dopplebock – The bottle says: NA (served on tap at the Maui Brewing Co. pub right across for our condo!)

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Well, this is another review that we are doing straight from the brewery. And the brewery is Maui Brewing Company, which means… yep, we are in Maui! I have always loved Maui Brewing’s Coconut Porter ever since I first tried it when we went to Hawaii in 2010. It’s basically my favorite beer ever. It’s always good, and even better on tap than in a can. So it’s pretty awesome to be able to visit the brewery while we are here on Maui. What’s even more awesome is that the condo that we are staying in is about a 5 minute walk from their brewpub. We have been here for 3 days now, and so far we have made it to the brewpub every day. We might even make it every day of the whole trip, since we just found out that they are even open on Christmas Day.

Here at the brewpub they have a lot of beers on tap that you won’t find anywhere else. They only beers they can are their Coconut Porter, Big Well IPA, Bikini Blonde, Mana Wheat (which is new since we first visited Hawaii in 2010) and some seasonals, like Lahaina Town Brown, which recently hit Arizona. So we decided to do a couple of “off the wall” reviews of these. We are starting with the Red Cock Dopplebock. Sounds dirty, right? I’m pretty sure it’s actually referring to the roosters that we have seen in several places on the island since we’ve been here. They’re pretty noisy and will not hesitate to “cock a doodle do” at you repeatedly. I actually tried this beer the other night and it was one of my favorites that I tried.

Now, let’s finally describe the beer! It’s kind of a dark reddish brown in color. It smells kind of boozy and spicy. It’s been sitting there for a few minutes since Ricky drank some first. It actually looks very similar to the other beer we are going to review next, the Hawaii 90 Wee Heavy. They are both similar in color, although this one might be slightly lighter. This one is also higher in ABV and was served in a smaller glass.

It tastes a bit like spice and malt to me. It reminds me a little bit of brown sugar, along with some other spice flavors added into it. Maybe almost some cinnamon. Like I said, I like this beer. The mouthfeel is smooth, not too thick or thin. It’s balanced well. This is definitely a beer I would drink again, and I probably will since I’m here for another 9 days. Aloha!

Rating: 4/5

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