Double Dragon - Felinfoel Brewery Co.
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Reviews by Gusler:
3.93/5 rDev +17.7%
Upon its release from the 500ml bottle, it sets a clear deep amber to brown with a stupendous creamy light tan head that slips away slowly, leaving the resultant lace to form a fine sheet upon the glass. Nose has an earthy peat like aroma, somewhat sweet with a tartness that is noticeable, caramel and a slight hint of oak. Start is nicely malted; sweet with the sour bite at the back, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a pleasant acidity, hops purposeful in their spiciness, sweet and tart, dry as a desert bone, and quite drinkable this brew.
11-29-2007 21:45:43 | More by Gusler
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3.38/5 rDev +1.2%
I am going to confess a bias right off the bat. There were two breweries where I lived in Wales. One was Buckley's (now closed) and the other Felinfoel. Felinfoel pronounced vale-een-voll is also the name of the village it is situated in. I have had many a can and many a draft at the local pubs - some of them brewery owned. Just an FYI - the Double Dragon is a riff off the Welsh flag which has a red dragon on a green and white background. Another interesting factoid is that Felinfoel was one of the first UK breweries to can beer and they were also known for exporting to soldiers in the 1st World War. Now... let's get on with the opinion:
A: Dark copper and clear. No active carbonation although you would expect it because it is so active on pour. You have to be careful not to end up with a massive head. Mine had a good, uneven finger and a half off-white head. That dissipates quite quickly and then there is some good lacing - really sticks to the glass.
S: The smell is better as the drink progresses. Initially it is subtler but the malt and hops show themselves later. I have been on a number of Felinfoel brewery tours and that stale old hoppy brewery smell (established 1878) is in the beer. There is a subtle fruitiness there too but that comes later in the drink.
T: One thing I always noticed about Double Dragon is that the initial sips are very coppery and metallic. This always inhibited my enjoyment and appreciation of the entire flavor profile. As the drink settles, the metallic is replaced by a more mineral water type flavor that better allows you to get the strong malty taste. The stale hoppy sourness is there too but not as much as you would expect. As the drink came to the end, I started getting more fruit taste emerging.
M: Early sips feel too carbonated. Later, it feels cleaner. It is a light body but has a slight slickness and slight buttery feel to it. It is thinner than expected.
D: In my experience, this is a better beer on tap. It is also good for a few jars but doesn't sit well with me for a good session. I was pleased to have it again. It is a good beer - just more nostalgic for me than a firm favorite. I can't tell you how Welsh it tastes. You have to grow up with Welsh ale to know.
10-06-2008 02:00:55 | More by sgoodship
United Kingdom (England)
2.28/5 rDev -31.7%
A 275ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Picked up from Morrisons a while back as part of a seasonal 4-pack. Described on the label as a medal-winning premium ale and the national drink of Wales. I like the celtic-themed dragon image on the front.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A coppery-amber colour with faint haze and good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that lasts for a moment or two before subsiding. Aroma of mild caramel malt with hints of grain, biscuits and faint stewed leaves. A stale, almost oxidised cardboard note lurks in the background - not good.
Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of subtle biscuity grain and stewed leaves, accompanied by a stale cardboard hint that dominates the flavour. A mild, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but insubstantial and overly astringent. Aftertaste of dry, stale malt and stewed leaves.
Pretty crappy beer. The taste is unpleasant, and would be dull even without the obvious flaws. Boring malt with little hop presence, while the staleness is vile. All said, this is rubbish - not worthy to be anyone's national drink. There must be better beer in Wales?! Other reviews seem to suggest that the cask version is a big improvement, so I might revisit it if I have the chance. Based on this experience, however, I would recommend avoiding it completely.
09-06-2012 22:13:45 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.13/5 rDev +23.7%
Pours a lucid pumpkined brass with an unceding heavy cream pillow of foam.
Malt appears on the nose via toffee, yeast contributes buttered yams, and vapors of orange jam, and cherry skins. Hops mimic black tea.
Begins with a dusty breadiness, sweetened with notions of buterscotch and caramel. A subtled candied fruit appears, most closely associated to peaches or black cherries. Returns to breadiness, now with a buttered biscuit persona. A bit slick with diacetyl, but not out of place here, in fact, it's rather charming. Turns herbal on the close with a tamarron spice hop note and tea.
Moderate in both body and carbonation. Pasty in texture, but with enough gas to slake through it.
A solid bitter, and, as usual, a fine session quaffer.
03-30-2005 17:51:02 | More by cokes
2.42/5 rDev -27.5%
16.9 ounce brown bottle without freshness dating.
Pours clear tawny copper with weak carbonation, a finger of thin creamy foam. Smells of caramel malts and gentle leafy hops; overshadowed by hard metallic water. Flavor is extremely poor; very weak caramel malt, a touch of hop bitterness. FAR too little flavor and too much watery metallic tang in the finish. Very thin, watery, body.
This one drinks like weakly carbonated ale-flavored water. Move along. There's nothing to see (or taste) here.
07-18-2006 23:10:37 | More by dgallina
3.86/5 rDev +15.6%
Darn fine bitter!
Appearance: Dark full amber, thick white head, not much lacing. Almost no appreciable carbonation, as should be.
Smell: Biscuit, toasty, delicate flowery hops, modest ripe fruit sub-tones, hint of a slight metallic note I get from some bitters.
Taste: Toasty and nutty, sweet bready malts, delicate tinny bite of hops, nice dry citrus/pineapple spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light but notably creamy. Clean, and the creaminess lends substantiality despite the lighter body profile.
Drinkability/Overall: An extremely nice all-occasion ale. I drank these for hours many nights in a row, sitting in the pub talking, or after a long walk on the windy coast. While this ale (and bitters generally) aren't blow-your-socks-off with anything particularly, this is a great example of the pristine balance you come to expect from the style. If you get the chance, definitely try this tasty and storied Welsh ale.
02-13-2014 02:00:52 | More by TheMirrorOwl
3.65/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured on tap a light copper with a thin- ish head that only briefly sticks around; was poured at a relatively warm temperature that let flavor and aroma say hello. Nice light copper color and a number of hard- to place smells in the aroma; smelled a little fruity a little smoky. Relatively low carbonation. The taste had a tiny vinegar component and I got a trace of apples after a little bit. Almost as if someone got a little hard cider in the glass- but this was clearly intentional and clearly tasty. Mouth was a little thin for me. Easy to knock back a pint of this, but wouldn't make a night of them.
01-17-2005 17:34:35 | More by amicar
3.5/5 rDev +4.8%
16.9 Oz. bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in February 2006 for $3.99.
Pours a slightly murky medium brown, yeast in the bottom says bottle conditioning, but it doesn't help the look of the beer. A thin white head sits atop this brew, slowly supported by a thin stream of carbonation in my Abbey Ales Imperial Pint glass.
Aroma is light sweet chocolate milk, biscuit, slightly yeasty. But the flavor isn't the same. Minimal to no sweetness, harsh hops dominate the first swallow. Balances out a bit after the first blush, and is decent malts, but with a heavy piney (not oily) sharpness. A peat-like undertone. I have a hard time with this one- not a "common" English Pale Ale in flavor, but overall not catchy either.
I can drink this beer, but it does not grab me.
02-23-2006 03:26:35 | More by Dukeofearl
3/5 rDev -10.2%
Appearance: This one gushed from the bottle as soon as I uncapped it, despite not being a bottle conditioned beer, and then filled my glass nearly to the brim with foam. Pretty annoying. Once it settles, the color is a clear amber with an off-white head.
Smell: Extremely buttery. Ripe fruit (or fruitcake maybe) and caramel. Mineral water.
Taste/mouthfeel: Slick and buttery, mildly sweet with big flavors of toffee/butterscotch. Wow, lots of diacetyl in this one. The mouthfeel is pretty watery, even for a 4.2% brew. Not a lot of change in flavor from start to finish - a touch more hops would lend a necessary balance to this brew.
Notes: Can't rate this one any higher than average. Don't think I'll drink this again.
06-03-2008 00:34:49 | More by largadeer
3.2/5 rDev -4.2%
Appearance- Hazy orange-amber with off-white head. Nice sticky lace.
Smell- Light, earthy hops. Buttery diacetyl. Some pale, biscuitty malt.
Taste- More of that biscuit-flavored malt. Earthy, buttery hops. Light crispness.
Mouthfeel- A little on the light side. Decent carbonation.
Drinkability- Crisp and light flavors make this a pretty good drinker.
05-14-2009 22:55:42 | More by endincolorado
United Kingdom (England)
2.95/5 rDev -11.7%
New label on my 500ml bottle (to the current one shown on BA), poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard.
The best before date wasn't complete on the cap, but Sept 2011 seems the best bet, the review was carried out on 7 Jan 2011.
Rather red in colour for a 'Pale Ale', clear and clean looking. The white head left before it arrived.
Malts in the smell, with red berries as the beer warms, but nothing very strong. The rear label mentions toffee and nutty flavours within the beer, some toffee maybe, but certainly no nuts for me!
Those red berries appear in the taste too (as do those toffee mentions), the malts are also there, but lack depth within the flavours. Some hop hints, but again nothing powerful and without nuts.
Expected more from 'The National Ale of Wales' and I'm sure the cask version is a whole lot better, if I remember correctly (but it was many moons ago).
01-07-2011 22:47:38 | More by BlackHaddock
3.9/5 rDev +16.8%
I had this beer on tap at Dressels. It poured a deep clear copper color with a thick dense off white head with good retention. Nice mildly fruity aroma with apple pineapple, and mild caramel. A little hop citrus in the finish. Sweeter than I expected with apple and nectarine backed my caramel. Just a bit of orange citrus. Nice smooth rich mouth feel, very drinkable.
07-10-2005 00:08:22 | More by carln26
2.48/5 rDev -25.7%
Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell was dominated by a strong caramel malt aroma. A smattering of hop present as well.
The taste was upfront sweet with a heavy malty body. Caramel flavors dominated. Sour aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was dry and astringent.
Overall not all that enjoyable.
10-06-2006 04:34:10 | More by plaid75
3.35/5 rDev +0.3%
Mildly chill hazed weathered copper colored ale with a small head with a large bubble consistency. Carbonation level appears to be low.
Sweet and malty scent with a lot of caramel and peat smoke. Little bit of a molasses scent here and a faint trace of pineapple.
The taste is mildly sweet and fruity and herbal. There is a flavor here something like leather and tobacco. Quite mildly flavored it no one taste stays on the tongue for long. Good mild and herbal bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Certainly this is easy to drink and with the low alcohol level this might be considered an English mild ale. Thing is this is on the mild end of the flavor scale, I personally prefer a stronger flavor. An OK beer but I will be buying something stronger in the future.
10-05-2007 05:26:33 | More by Zorro
3.33/5 rDev -0.3%
This is a shocker that I have I have met a beer from the U.K. I didn't like all that much. Hazy weird reddish brown color, was topped by a very airy head that didn't last. Lacing was a bit better than I expected, leaing delicate rings. Something about the taste that didn't quite do it for me. A strong licorice note was very up front. beer got a bit watery at the end. i have never had a Welsh beers on cask while in the U.K. so I van't compare, but it sure does not measure up to anything available here by Young's or Fullers.
03-19-2006 03:19:36 | More by Mark
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.5/5 rDev +4.8%
500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's as part of a Great British Beers Selection 3 pack...
Poured a nice deep rusty orange colour. Creamy head poured thick and foamy with tight bubbles then faded to light layer. Barely any carbonation... fair amount of sticky lacing coats the glass...
Aroma - Nice toasted breadiness, biscuity malts, nice light juicy fruits (oranges, figs and apples), light dusty hints, some honey / caramel sweetness, grassy and dry hay notes, faint peppery hops...
Taste Light toasted maltiness, light watered down fruits (bitter oranges, some grapefruits, apples), no real sweetness - maybe just the slightest hint of brown sugar, light spicy / peppery hops, breadiness, some nuttiness..
Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... Light body. Very refreshing and quaffable and at 4.2% a good session ale...
Overall - A well made and drinkable pale ale.. could maybe do with beefing up the all flavours a touch but certainly worth a try...
10-24-2006 12:58:06 | More by mdagnew
3.35/5 rDev +0.3%
A-95% clear orangy amber. Quite orange actually. Lots of bubbles clinging to glass (like ginger ale) Thick large bubbled candlelight head, very lacy.
S- As only a good British beer can smell, Luscious. Caramel-y, a touch of chocolate, some vanilla. Very complex.
T/M- Ok, the taste lets down a bit after the luscious aroma. Starts creamy and smooth but finishes thinner and harsher, a tad tinny. General flavor is nice, but definitely thin and watery. A good beer but disappointed that it isn't a great beer. Bought it especially because I wanted a great beer.
03-06-2010 02:31:10 | More by tencents
3.68/5 rDev +10.2%
Poured half of the 16.9 oz into a stout glass and watched it raise two finger of head atop it beer bottle brown clear body. Nice malt aroma Taste was also malt with a little sweetness. A medium mouthfeel that was helped with a good carbon dioxide level that showed good beading. Finished with light hops.
Not bad - very drinkable and a good choice for a session.
Left me wanting more complexity that I found in a Rogue tasted previously.
03-15-2005 05:10:59 | More by karst
4.03/5 rDev +20.7%
Beautiful rich copper in color. Nice head settles to a solid 1/3" cap that sticks it out through the pint.
Nose is quite complex, with a very bisquity-malt base. Hops are there as piney, woodsy notes, and there is an appetizing hint of volatility/vinegar. Simply mouth-watering.
On the palate, its a very well-balanced symphony of malt and hop bitterness. There is a nice minerally component as well, which adds length, and helps balance the malt and support the hops. The volatile note adds to the complexity without being a distraction. Very fine and distinctive best bitter. Simply wish I could get it on cask (as always!).
12-04-2002 09:00:57 | More by Realale
2.8/5 rDev -16.2%
deep amber, like a fairly dark ipa. good cap and lace.
sweet grain and some light toasting in the aroma. pretty inviting.
pilsner/noble hops at 1st, then a butter sensation, then toastiness and a lingering bitterness, accompanied by a slight citrus twang, mostly lemon.
something is totally roof of mouth coating. diacetyl?
sort of like sa boston ale and a pilsner blended. the wife really disliked. unfortunately, at 4.99 a 16.9 oz bottle it's way overpriced. (pricing did not factor into scores)
08-27-2008 02:14:08 | More by brewmudgeon
3.88/5 rDev +16.2%
Appearance: copperish brown, good clarity, half crescent of white suds
Aroma: robust biscuity malt, angel food cake, cork, woody hops, a hint of sourness
Flavor: dryish malt backbone with an edge of dark malts and roast, surrounding acidity throughout, woody hop flavor, seemingly tannic bitterness, finishes dry with a tangy aftertaste of roast and yeast
Mouthfeel: medium full body, light carbonation, slight minerally/hoppy astringency
Other comments: This beer is at a crossroads of Scottish ale and a typical English Bitter: rich maltiness and an up front hop flavor/bitterness. Does that make it a "traditional Welsh ale"? I don't know, not sure if Welsh ale is fitting of its own style category.
09-30-2004 18:27:06 | More by GreenCard
4.18/5 rDev +25.1%
Color: copper with nice fluffy head that settled into nice pint glass lacing
Aroma: Musty horse blanket with some sweet notes, caramel, some citrus fruit
Taste: Has that classic English ale mustiness with a creamy nature that these ales do not usually have. Creaminess reminds me of what Pilsner Uruquell used to provide. A solid bitter with more sweet roundness than Samuel Smith's Pale Ale. A little bit of sourness follows on the swallow
Mouthfeel: A little thinner than expected but nothing detrimental.
Drinkability: Has Session beer written all over with 4.2% ABV. This beer could see many hours in a dark and comfortable public house
10-07-2007 04:23:08 | More by etenbus
Double Dragon from Felinfoel Brewery Co.
77 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.