Thursday, 2 February 2012

Marble Beers Dobber

Good evening all. Tonight's beer is Dobber, an IPA from Marble Beers. Marble is a brewery I've heard a lot about over the last year or so, but it wasn't until very recently that I decided to seek out one of their beers to try. This does seem a bit crazy, but for some reason I always hesitated when given the opportunity to purchase one of their offerings, despite the positive feedback and their seemingly ubiquitous presence at my favourite London haunts (particularly Craft Beer Co.). My expectations are already pretty high for this beer, so let's get tasting! Review after the pic....

Dobber (5.9% ABV) pours an amber colour with a decent white head that dissipates to a thin coating over the surface of the beer. The aroma consists of resinous and citrus fruit hops with a caramel sweetness in the background. The taste is full of piney hops, biscuit malt, citrus fruits and a slight hint of blackcurrants, with a puckering yet pleasing bitterness to the finish. Sometimes the beer tasted green or "young", with the flavours appearing unbalanced and the overall mouthfeel coming across as watery, but I only got this impression early on in the beer and it soon diminished. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and moderately carbonated. Overall, this is a very impressive beer, with the hoppy bitterness and ABV percentage to warrant the IPA title (one thing that consistently angers me about English breweries is the seemingly never ending stream of 4% IPAs with virtually no hop profile at all) and a decent helping of malt to add a different dimension to the experience. Along with Lovibonds' 69 IPA, this is one of the best examples of a beer balancing English and American IPA flavours that I've had for a long time. Definitely recommended, I'll no doubt be reviewing more offerings from Marble Beers in the future!

Until next time....

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