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Double Dragon - Felinfoel Brewery Co.

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BA SCORE
78
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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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Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dusty dark pumpkin with cornbread colored accents. The splendid looking crown of frothy foam is the color of sandstone awash in pale orange light. Although it appears to be sticky, very little lace ends up on the glass. In all but glass coverage, the beer looks great.

The nose is odd and doesn't smell like an English pale ale. It smells like a rusty pipe through which beer has been flowing. I guess that I can attribute that aspect of the aroma to hard water, but this is taking Burton-on-Trentism too far. While there's more hoppiness than maltiness, there isn't much of either.

Compared to the nose, the flavor is different, but is no better. I don't believe I've ever tasted beer quite like this before. Let's see... unsweet caramel, sour peat, old apple skins, splintered wood and harshly bitter, earthy hops. Traces of ethanol and Band-Aid phenols don't help. It isn't quite as bad as all that, but it isn't a whole lot better either.

The flavor profile is becoming less obnoxious as I enter the bottom half of the bottle. The harsher aspects are becoming less harsh and I'm beginning to note an orange fruitiness on the finish. Frankly metallic has now become mineral-like. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and feels firm rather than creamy.

Double Dragon is an unqualified disappointment. Felinfoel's Thames Welsh ESB is one of the better versions of that style that I've had, so I was expecting good things from this pale ale. I have no idea if I have an old bottle since there's no date, but it doesn't taste like old beer to me. Just not very good beer.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 ox bottle

A - Poured out an orange/brown color with a foamy, tan, two-finger head. Left very good lace.

S - It smelled of malts, barley and some grasses.

T - It tasted very creamy. It had a mild malt taste and there was a small hint of grassy hops.

M - It was very soft and creamy. Also, very smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This wasn't bad. It seemed more like a cream ale.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +49.7%

Photo of kojevergas
1.63/5  rDev -51.2%
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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

05/18/05- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA

Presentation- 500ml bottle with no dating. Poured into a german pils glass.

Appearance- Copper colored brew with a very creamy 3/4 inch head, but very little lacing if any.

Smell- Not a huge smeller. Maybe a bit of malt and maybe a bit of fruit as in grape skin or the like.

Taste- Kind of a bland brew. Definite malt and maybe a touch of bitter hops. Just a tad of sweetness to make it interesting.

Mouthfeel- Very silky and smooth and easy to drink. Low carbonation. Just a bit watery though.

Drinkability- I'll admit it was refreshing and went down smooth, but it didn't have a bunch of flavor. A tad boring. Not bad, just a bit of a ho-hum brew.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
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 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.

Photo of wl0307
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's the second time for me to taste this beer. The first time was four years ago in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, where this was the only Welsh beer I managed to find back then~~ Now that the micro-brewing business is also taking off in Wales, I'm delighted to see this beer widely available at the Tesco supermarket here in London. The bottle cap says: 'contains Barley and "MAY" contain Wheat, Oats, Rye, Spelt'... don't know what it means, does it really contain more than just Barley malts?
BBE DEC 06, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a beautiful and clear amber hue with strong caramel hints; the off-white head comes thick and frothy with great retention, only very slowly settling and leaving tight sheets of lace~~ gentle, moderately-carbonated body.
S: very grainy-malty upfront, with a semi-sweet note like mixture of root-vegetable (like sweet potato) and sugar-cane juice, against a slightly earthy hoppyness in the background; the two layers of note mingle pretty well,
T&M: pretty floral hoppy with a thin-textured juicy and slightly bready malts upfront, backed by a lightly sour tinge of hays and unidentified grains, maybe spelt (based on my limited experience of spelt beer)? Rather short finish with more floral+wood-barrel (like)+soapy tone. Overall it's balanced b/w subtle hops and soft maltiness, though a bit thin on the overall texture.
D: This beer tastes rather simplistic and straight forward, and not as nice as I could remember from my last bottle in Wales. Perhaps the context mattered in my case. Not to say that it's below average, though.

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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.

Photo of plaid75
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Gusler
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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of stcules
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber, clean, without rising bubbles. The right finger of foam.
Very light smell, with hop and tea leaves.
The taste is light too. Quite well balanced, though, smooth and drinkable.
Pleasant, for its 4.2 ABV.
In the aftertaste notes of musky hop, hints of orange marmelade, and tea.
Not so thin body.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
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 mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 500ml brown glass bottle sealed with a dark green cap. Label is just like that one shown on the bottle picture in the BA Database. No freshness date anywhere on this one, this I find rather annoying and more than likely a stipulation from the US distributor (Thames America Trading) because I know they EU versions so indeed have a Best Before Date.

Appearance: Hazed copper with a burnished sunset orange hue when held to the light. Superb looking tan colored head, deep and rich in its texture, as it collapses it weaves a fine looking lacing. Conditioning is a little lacking

Nose: Bready nose with a bakers yeast aspect to it. Sweet malts with a Devon toffee feel. Chewy nose, the malts are sticky and sweet, I recall an aroma that took me 20 minutes to remember……it was that “funky” smell that you get when cleaning out and changing the water from Goldfish tank. Errr, yeah, it really does smell like old pond water!!!

Taste: Urghhh!! Lots of ButterScotch malts and a sickly toffee caramel middle. Soft buttery feel has a diacteyl twang that lingers in the finish, ala Shipyard, something that I have *never* had in the Cask version.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, low-ish carbonation but the “slick melted butter sliding down your gullet effect” of this beer as it goes down the throat is extremely off-putting after only a quarter Pint.

Drinkability: Strikingly difficult to finish, the diacteyl seems to increase in strength as does the slick buttery texture. Far too sickly.

Overall: This is my actually my second bottle (obtained from different sources I will add 6 months apart). The previous one was far from flattering and I decided against submitting a Review for it. 6 months later I tried it again, with an open mind. But sadly I was let down again and very disappointed by this sample too. From many years experience, I strongly suspect that this is an “older” bottle, and/or it has had a harsh journey West. But without a BBE date it is hard to say for sure. I know this beer extremely well, and I can safely say that what I have here on my desk is not showing this fine malty Premium Welsh Bitter at its best. Difficult to say if this is indeed different in the bottle, or whether I popped for two faded samples, one after another, I thought the condition of this later bottle looked relatively good though, so I am unsure. I do know that this is sublime on Cask, but this bottled version is sadly lacking for some reason.

A real mystery! A great beer, but the second US bottle that I have had still disappoints. I’ll stick to this one from the Beer Engine on its own turf from hereon in, at least until BBE dates are added to the imported bottles.

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.

Photo of mynie
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.

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Deuane
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear copper with a medium white fluffy head that settled into nice lacing.

S-Earhty caramel malt with some sweetness, nothing impressive.

T-Earthy sweet maltiness. Not much to speak of in hops....very smooth and malty. Not bad, but not my ideal session brew.

M-Medium body with CRAZY smoothness.

D-Cetainly a decent beer...just not my cup of tea. I bet this beer on cask or even tap would have session beer written all over it.

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