4 Pines has been enjoying plundering its hop supplies for most of the recent Keller Door releases. And it seems they have little intention of stopping. That said, while this one comes with "Hoppy" in the title, it's not loaded up to the same degree as recent IPAs or the Cascadian Dark Ale. But, given doppelbocks [German strong, malty lagers] traditionally put malts front and centre (check out Stone & Wood and Willie Simpson's recent Forefathers release for a fine local example), it certainly warrants the prefix (and makes it fun to say).
The hops that decorate what is a quite beautiful beer to look at – bright toffee chestnut in colour with an ochre head – are El Dorado out of the States and local variety Enigma and they contribute some juicy Jaffa orange aromas, hints of something tropical and a slowly building, spicy resinous bite. But, mainly, it's still all about the specialty malts that combine to deliver mouthfuls of creamy toffee, caramel and biscuit.