For some reason, I am enamored of the random releases and random styles of the Conflux series of collaborations from Deschutes. # 2, a white IPA brewed with Boulevard came out before # 1 which was still being aged with Hair of the Dog. Fast forward and now # 3 has slowly come out and it is a bock with Distelhauser which is on the Tauber River in Germany.
That being said. How does DoppDink taste? (OK, that is a horrible short name). This is like a mixture of pie and an amped up hefeweizen. It pours an almost reddish color and the nose has a bit of sawdust to it. Very pleasant woody-ness with a bit of pepper. But then you get a hit of clove mixed with bubblegum and a small dose of banana. But it has a bigger malt profile and sticks around. Very hearty this drink is.
It is such a change of pace from the lighter beers of summer and will probably leave Session IPA fans in the dust. As it warms up in the glass, notes of cola and caramel start to expand and add to the flavor profile. I could easily picture this beer with a beef stew or maybe a non-BBQ presentation of pork. This is a big beer but also one with delicate flavors that you don’t want to stun with a spicy meal.