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Double Dragon - Felinfoel Brewery Co.

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 19.7%
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:
Beer added by: Realale on 12-04-2002

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.
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 66
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of TheMirrorOwl
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Dave1999
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich red colour with no head.

The smell is sweet, pretty weak.

The taste is sweet, caramel and a bit watery.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodies with medium carbonation.

Overall a very mediocre beer, not terrible but won't buy again.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of kvnstfrd
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.29/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of SquidProQuo
1.93/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I bought a bottle of Double Dragon at a Welsh themed pub in Wellington, NZ. Forget the name of the pub but that famous Welsh song "Let's do the Time Warp Again" was playing as I walked in.

Besides being, at that time, the most expensive beer I ever bought, it was extremely underwhelming. In fact, with little head and little taste, I could have been excused for thinking it was dishwater. Perhaps that's what the Welsh drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of sim0n17
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of kojevergas
1.7/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served from a cask into an English glass mug in Cardiff. Cost was 3.05 GBP. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of soft cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a transparent dark copper-amber colour.

Sm: Cream, lovely slight ester hops I can't identify, and light amber hops. Pretty light in strength.

T: Watery, with cream on the open. Flat barley forms the pathetic foundation. It's simple garbage, a casualty of CAMRA's blind support of cask ale. This is proof they're wrong.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and watery. Undercarbonated. Again, a victim of casking.

Dr: Might be better on draught. As is, it's worthless shite, and expensive at that. I'd have it again out of a better serving type - even a can, but this is just crap.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich red-amber colour. Head is off-white and all big bubbles, hard to form any kind of crown, and lace is lacklustre, just a bit of whispy foam. Standard; not bad, not good.

Smells very malty; too sweet, really with a mass exodus of malt aroma giving milky, creamy caramel with burnt sugar, praline and a touch of artificial vanilla. Slight metallic hop note at the back isn't enough to lend this gravitas.

Taste doesn't have that sweetness. In its place is a fairly bland, dour bitterness. Largely watery, really, with a light cereal grain upfront, develops into very watery mid with whispers of grass and green tea around the edges. Bit of sweet grain pops up again late, which only serves to expose the distinct shortcomings of this beer's bittering plan. There's just nothing to this palate, a real quaff-ten-pints-with-your-mates ale of blah.

Mostly thin and watery, slight drying twist towards the back which suggests more hops than does the palate.

Can't say I expected much from this, so well done for delivering no surprises, beer. National ale of Wales? Is Wales a nation of blonde pigtailed girls who wear pink gingham frocks to work every day?

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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).

Photo of giblet
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into my 24 oz tower. nice amber color with good head. steady carbonation. nice malt aroma. first taste was good but more watered than i expected.

slightly chewy. this is a rather good beer. one that for its color and style is still light enough that you can have more than one. would be good with a meal as it would not be too filling. good lacing down the glass.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of tencents
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A recent 'impulse' buy (really couldn't recall trying a beer from this country - turns out I had not - how did Wales make it all the way to review #990?). Poured from a 16.9 oz/500 ml bottle to a standard pint.

A: Light amber and nearly clear, a robust cascade of carbonation fills the glass. What starts as a thick 1+ finger of whitish cream drops to a skimpy cap, but trails good lace. Very good, in fact: a splotchy sheet of cobwebs up and down the glass.

S: Quite 'BISCUITY', a bready/cracker-y aroma that seems to expand the warmer it gets. More fruit (a playful melon and earthy berry medley), with an oddly ashy chalk/mineral twitch.

T: More lightly toasted sweetness, a mild breadcrust that's laden with an ambrosial honey, a little buttery yeast. 'Fruit' is skinless apples and a trace of strawberry. Caramel sweetness blends with a drying finish.

M: 'Crisp' isn't the right word, but has an ampleness that shows off a filling carbonation and a chewiness that transcends what I expected from a 'mere' 4.2% English PA. Medium body and long lasting roast and EKG/Fuggles-type bitterness.

D: Completely 'drinkable', the type of session-worthy ale that begs to be had in 2s and 3s. Thirst-slaking and perfectly pleasant; it's not a beer that's a 'must find', but one could do far worse than choosing this as an everyday drinker. Absolutely worth a try.

Photo of ETF5000
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this little number at the Pizza Port Bottleshop in Carlsbad, CA.

A- A dark amber hue, slightly transluscent. It pours a nice two finger head with a rather dense white head that disappears after a couple of minutes to just a lacing over top of the beer.

S- Malty notes come very heavy on the top of the nose. I also detect a hint of citrus in there, grapefruit possibly. There is also a slight sour component to the nose, I hope I don't have an off bottle, but it certainly has a Belgian sour kick to it as well.

T- A bit on the watery side, with malts forward and a rather displeasing aftertaste. After a nice gulp it feels a bit astringent even. Not too much hop taste coming through, or much else for that matter. A rather one dimensional beer that left me unimpressed.

M- High carbonation, a bit too high for my liking, but the beer feels good nonetheless.

D- Not a homerun for me, not by a long shot. I believe I'll try this beer again as I'm not convinced Felinfoel put their best foot forward with this batch. However, from what I tasted so far, I'm underwhelmed.

Photo of endincolorado
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Double Dragon from Felinfoel Brewery Co.
77 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.