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

Coppery red, nice color, though it has only a middling head, one finger of foam quickly fading, leaving a bit of suds.

The nose is slow in appearing, but when it does it's a surprise, not pleasant.Only mildly hoppy, no mention of malt, and an overriding aroma of seashore. Perhaps it's sulfurous, which wouldn't be out of character, but it's accompanied by the odor of tidal pools and seaweed. Strange.

The taste is metallic and gently hopped, the malt shows up, but shyly, a hint of limes and a dry, peppery finish. Aftertaste of tealike bitterness, with a reprise of metallic notes.

As it warms some tart fruit emerges, but it's not very interesting.

All in all, pretty unremarkable, even unpleasant.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
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 ybnorml
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of carln26
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
2.13/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchases at Frugal MacDoogels on sheer whimsy becuase I used to LOVE Double Dragon on Nintendo, old school baby!

Pours out much darker than expected, a coppery carmelized honey color with 3 fingers of wheat hued foam. As the head settles, sticky walls of lace encrust my English standard pint glass.

Aromas start with honey and caramel malt sweetness, dried fruit skins, powdery rock minerality, and fragrent honeysuckle floral hops.

Unfortunately very little of the nose is translated into flavors. It tastes like watery Bass Ale. There's a generally cereal-like malt flavor which is offset by a tangy, funky lemon tart astringancy. It's filled with bitter minerality, like old water sitting in a concrete well in the dark for 50 years.

The body is water thin with the absent mouthfeel more commonly associated with macro light lagers. I am extremely disappointed with this beer and will no longer associate it with my beloved nintendo video game. Boo.

Photo of GClarkage
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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 cokes
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
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 karst
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of clvand0
2.44/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cool named beer ... and since I'm a sucker for cool labels and names, I had to pick it up. Reminds me of a video game I played long ago. Anyway. Pours a light brown color with a medium head that doesn't have much retention and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is very odd - I can't place it, but me-no-likey. kmpitz2 said it might be lots of biscuit malt ... that might be it. The taste has the same unfortunate character that I just can't place nor can I enjoy it. I wouldn't recommend this one.

Photo of kmpitz2
2.64/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Courtesy of clvand0. This beer pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a 2 finger head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is not that inticing. I'm not too sure what it is, but it smells slightly sweet, maybe a little peppery hop, some biscuit malt. I just don't like it. The flavor is equally as unappealing to me. There is a flavor that is just off on the finish. The feel is a light moderate, with a slight carb on it. Overall, this beer is something I would not have again, even if it were free. Thanks Chris.

Photo of amicar
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a good, creamy head and copious lace. Smell is malty, hoppy, peaty, grassy, and a smell that nearly drove me insane trying to figure it out. It was somewhat like soy sauce, but kept bringing roasted or smoked turkey to mind. A vinegar-like tangy/tartness that I finally gave up trying to determine. Sadly, that was a prevalent smell, but the rest were fairly well balanced. Taste was pretty much the same with the turkey taste less noticeable than in the smell. The complexity was good and the balance decent. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth with good effervescence all over the mouth and tongue. Drinkability: I wish I could say something really great about this beer, it being Welsh and so am I, but sadly, it's nothing special. Not bad, but doesn't stand out in any way.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of Stimack
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Realale
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
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!).

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