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Double Dragon - Felinfoel Brewery Co.

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 20.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Felinfoel Brewery Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Double Dragon has an ABV of 4.2%. It is a full drinking, premium Welsh Ale, which is malty and subtly hopped. Double Dragon has a rich colour and smooth balanced character. This deep copper red ale has a tangy red fruit flavour with nutty, toffee overtones.

(Beer added by: Realale on 12-04-2002)
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5/5  rDev +49.7%

sim0n17, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +49.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had not seen this beer in some time. It was like running into an old friend again.

The beer pours a a darkish copper color with fair head retention and fair lacing. I confess I just love the nose on this beer. It's sweet and malty, but with an underlying aroma of sherry and walnuts. The beer is complex on the palate, although clearly dominated by sweet malt. Flavors include cherry and walnuts, with a hint of sherry. The beer is medium bodied, and with it's low abv., this is a very quaffable beer indeed. Given the low abv., I think the amount of flavor this beer has is nothing short of amazing.

Granted, I prefer the ESB and Welsh ale from this brewery, but this is still a very nice beer.

John_M, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of etenbus
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

etenbus, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cokes, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey-amber color with off-white head that is rocky at first and then retreats to a modest layer for the rest of the pint. Nose has a toasty/biscuity quality that is mellow and appetizing. Palate has a flavor that is reminiscent of black tea as well as a suggestion of natural grape, perhaps overripe apple. Throw the stem in there too, as this has a little dirty/earthy flavor component also. Some citrus hops on the finish. Overall, very mild and drinkable, with an atypical range of flavors for the style. I like it.

yemenmocha, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Stimack
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to give this one a try last evening on tap over at Mahars. This brew was poured to copper yellow color with a nice white head that had fair retention and left a little lacing on the upper half off the glass. It has a nice aroma, heavy malt that is very biscuity, earthy and a little hop aroma. The taste of this brew is very nice, heavy malt flavors with a slight roasted flavor, slight pine hop flavor. The end of the taste is a little different as it reminds me of apple cider which grows on you. Over all this is a fantastic brew, great for a whole evening, as it is very mellow but very tasty.

Stimack, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of Realale
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!).

Realale, Dec 04, 2002
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

wrightst, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. I guess you can I liked it and thought it was GOOD. The beer was a nice mahogany color with a fine bubbly tan head. It had a nice rich malty smell and a little nutty. The beer was kinds thick tasting honey nutty yummy and it had great lacing. I will certainly buy again.

Minkybut, Sep 21, 2007
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4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from cask into a pint glass in a pub in Cardiff.

Pours with a nice creamy head, a medium dark amber colour, great lacing.

Smells of not much, faintly hoppy and malty.

Tastes lovely and smooth, a nice balance between malts (at first) and hops (great crisp on the finish).

Overall a lovely beer, refreshing and quaffable.

CwrwAmByth, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep rich amber. Clear, but rich! Beautiful thick tan head. Stays a good couple, few minutes. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass and layer on top.
Almost too pretty to drink.

S- A slightly sour, sweet scent. Some savory fruit, like peach or apricot. Something a little grassy, or woodsy, but not spicy or of any herb per se.

T- Also sweet/sour. Not very bitter, hoppy. A little malty, but mixes well with the sweet for a nice balance.

M- Very nice, medium-bodied. Creamy but doesn't linger too long. Doesn't sour the back of the palate.

D- Rich enough to fill you up. You know you've had a good, solid beer. But quite drinkable, almost refreshing.

Mechphisto, Jul 24, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark amber ( that appears a bit brownish because of the cloudiness) beer. Has a small off white head with some lace. There is some sweet malt in the aroma with some earthy notes and a nutlike background. After a quick splash of bitterness the nutty sweetness builds in. Which is followed by a dry earthy character on the finish.

ybnorml, Aug 29, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

275 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Deep copper/amber color. Lots of foam. It actually started rising out of the bottle, and then almost overflowed the top of the glass (and it was just 275 mL).

Smells nice. Malty and fruity, mainly citrus.

Taste is a bit on the citrusy side as well. Not a lot of hops, more malt. It's actually quite nice. A mild bitterness, but mostly refreshing--especially for a pale ale. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste--perhaps the after-affects of the citrus.

Mouthfeel has a slight soapy (not taste, just feel) consistency to it, but it's not overpowering.

Very drinkable brew. Would definitely try again.

fullsweep, Dec 15, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gusler, Nov 29, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at DresselÂ’s. 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.

carln26, Jul 10, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my glass in a cascade of earthy orange and brown. Half inch of dense cream colored head. I smell sweet caramel and mild fruit tones. With the first taste the tongue is awash in caramel and fleeting hop fruit. Moments later I ask myself ... do I taste a hint of butterscotch. Mmm Good. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. I could stand to have a couple of these.

TheBungyo, Jan 02, 2005
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3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

GreenCard, Sep 30, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh Wales, a country the size of Fox River Grove, Illinois, whose only exports are Manic Street Preachers albums and whatever the hell Super Furry Animals are, have decided to enter the beer game. Good for them.

Pours a hazy rust color, dark with a small head the dies quickly.

Very deep, harsh caramel. Put some brown sugar on the stove and leave it until it starts to smoke.

Dry beginning. Random fruit and a bit of alcohol zip (strange, with such a low ABV). Moves into the harsh caramel, mixed with a light vinegar. Ends on a light, fruity hop.

Nice, unique, and easy drinking in spite of its complexity. Nothing great, but pretty darn good.

mynie, Feb 04, 2006
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3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheMirrorOwl, Feb 13, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance : Deep brown in colour with a good foam head.
Smell : Flavour is all malt
Taste and mouthfeel : sweetness coming through, rich in flavour and mouthfeel.
Drinkability : good beer in the style English pale ale, better in cask.

thierrynantes, Mar 16, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

JDEdwards21, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored with a big head that settles to a 1/2 inch cap with very good lacing. Smell is coppery with floral hops and dry malt. Taste is similar with that same copper note and floral hops, but the taste is a bit softer than the aromas. Somewhar creamy and quite smooth with a medium body, this beer is quite drinkable. The low abv helps. Not bad at all.

Georgiabeer, Aug 12, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky medium amber colored body with a compact but long-lasting head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Caramel malt and some mineral tones

Taste: Starts out rather bready, almost like an Irish soda bread with a touch of honey; that sweet flavor is quickly joined by an assertive lemon/orange citrus bitterness that nicely balances the sweet malt through to the finish; there is a mineral tone in the finish, however, that detracts from the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good dose of carbonation

Drinkability: Having read through the reviews, I am surprised that I like this beer as much as I do; a very pleasant English pale ale

brentk56, Dec 31, 2005
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Double Dragon from Felinfoel Brewery Co.
78 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.