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Fa La La La La - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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86
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"T'is the season for a big, malty hop bomb! We load up our holiday brew up with enough Centennials to fill Santa's toy bag. A big malt bill provides a rich counterpoint to all those hops."

Brewed with organic Pilsner and Munich malt, imported crystal malts, and Centennial hops. 7.6% ABV, 83 BU

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-07-2008)
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Reviews by flagmantho:
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flagmantho

Washington

3.34/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue with no haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. Quite attractive indeed!

Smell: sweet and caramelly malt aroma -- indeed, almost too sweet. There's a light spicing of cinnamon and perhaps anise that is good, but overall it's a bit on the over-sweet side.

Taste: sweet, biscuity, bready, caramelly and a little bit spicy. Kind of like a high-ABV amber ale with some wintry spicing. Not objectively bad, I suppose, but far enough out of my wheelhouse that I'm really not too interested.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I don't want to savage this beer, but an over-sweet, biscuity amber, with just a hint of winter spices, really does not do the trick for me.

04-22-2014 03:17:27 | More by flagmantho
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switzer

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-26-2012 22:45:34 | More by switzer
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Pint sized bottle received as a gift today. Served cold into a goblet.

Fa la la la la is a copper-amber color with good clarity and thick white head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice sticky lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy with a subtle spice and malty undertones.

Flavor is strong and fairly hoppy but balanced with a big malty body and tons of fresh northwestern hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good hoppy winter warmer.

12-26-2013 02:23:29 | More by GilGarp
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dirtylou

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

16oz bottle, procured in pdx

appearance: really lovely label design - served in a great dane imperial pint, orange-amber body, thick eggshell foam, sticky ring

smell: double mountain hop profile - grapefruit rind, medicinal, biscuit

taste: not a winter warmer, but rather just a seasonal IPA, and a pretty good one. Orange peel, holiday spice, caramel malt, grapefruit rind, biscuity malt. I'm not a huge double mountain fan, but I think I like this better than their other hop-forward offerings

mouthfeel: nice - lingering bitterness, medium oily body

overall: worth the purchase

12-16-2012 01:24:33 | More by dirtylou
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 1/13

Pours light to dark copper, almost brown, 1/2 inch white foam. Persists. Fruity nose. Woodsy, earthy, caramel malt taste backed by a peppy hop. Nice winter warmer but with a firmer hop. Good pine mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

01-20-2014 13:32:09 | More by KTCamm
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-12-2013 03:08:23 | More by hoppymcgee
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a clear, coppery amber with a finger of off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops and light holiday spicing, particularly cinnamon, sweet. Flavor starts with mild caramel malt and citrus hops, then rapidly builds to an interesting complex piney, citrus, slightly floral hop and spice middle and finish, ending with lingering light estery fruit and herbal hops and grassy hops bitterness. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. I was underwhelmed at first, but then was impressed by the interesting flavor progression and quite nice finish. I looked forward to experiencing the complex flavors each sip. The success seems to be due to a nice malt body that is subtle at first, but supports some reasonably intense hopping. I liked this and will add to my winter rotation. I like this brewery's use of returnable bottles and am glad that their beer is interesting enough to cause me to keep returning to them.

12-11-2013 03:53:59 | More by LiquidAmber
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Ribsandwhiskey

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-30-2013 16:29:50 | More by Ribsandwhiskey
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-30-2013 03:56:13 | More by Birdlegs
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Had this ontap at Concordia in Portland.

Pours a glowing ipa orange. It's incredibly cloudy, looks like an ipaweisen...which i just made up.

This is basically an IPA, inevery respect. maybe the only thing that reminds me of a winter warmer is the decent pine-forward hops.

Great chewy hop sweetness and florals, with some obviously nice pine.

Mouthfeel is plenty full, and really hit the spot. Ended up getting 2 pints of this, despite Concordias impressive beer menu.

12-08-2008 21:04:12 | More by SurlyDuff
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hopsputin

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

a: clear ruby red amber with some hints of light copper. real pretty color. large 3 finger marshmellowy off white thick head

s: strong sweet malts with a little bit of a spice zing to them. figs, candy sugar, brown sugar, honey, caramel syrup, hint of sweet berries, ends with tons of thick caramel

t: caramel and alcohol up front. i'm surprised how strong the alcohol is right away here being 7.5%. there is an earthy bitterness, fresh biscuits and grain, hint of prunes. finishes with the sweet malt - the sweetness is malty, not so much caramel

m: medium, with a syrupy feeling in the mouth and a lower amount of carbonation (surprising given the head)

o: honestly, I've been liking what I've had from Double Mountain so far, but this one is too alcohol-heavy in the flavor. it kills all the sweet and fruity flavors. even that toasty, earthy bitterness is overshadowed by the alcohol.

03-01-2014 05:26:00 | More by hopsputin
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

Double Mtn. Brewery 'Fa La La La La' @ 7.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is gold from the bottle to clear amber in the glass with a big frothey white head which is leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-smells like a lot of pine resin

T-crisp & clean for a big winter beer

MF-ok/good carbonation , nice big full body , slight dryness on the palate

Ov-ok beer

prost LampertLand

07-12-2014 05:30:12 | More by LampertLand
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SMITHAND

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-30-2013 16:27:44 | More by SMITHAND
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-07-2013 03:47:52 | More by bluckbeyes
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-25-2014 20:18:24 | More by Kurmaraja
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

On tap at the Green Dragon for "Christmas in May". It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Hazy copperish orange body. Creamy and cream colored head has decent retention and leaves good lacing.

Powerful hop aromas. Plentiful pine and citrus plus floral notes that all go quite nicely with some caramel malt sweetness plus a touch of toastiness. Mouthwatering.

Bigger and bolder in the mouth than I expected. Generous caramel malt and a bit boozy for the ABV level. Lots of juicy citrus- pineapple, grapefruit, orange, plus pine.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Feels somewhat "fluffy". Finishes pretty dry with lingering pine.

Overall impression: Heckuva winter warmer, even in May!

05-14-2009 23:28:58 | More by PDXHops
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-21-2013 02:44:53 | More by drewone
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spicemustflow


4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-18-2012 18:05:15 | More by spicemustflow
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caseyscarb


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-05-2013 08:11:21 | More by caseyscarb
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John_M

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

On tap at Henry's and Concordia alehouse the other night. Here's a winter warmer a hop head could fall in love with.

The beer pours an almost viscuous looking amber orange color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. On the nose, one is quickly transported to hop heaven, with no detours along the way. This beer is incredibly floral, with a huge, perfumy hop nose of citrus and flowers. There is some underlying spiciness as well in this lovely beer, which only further adds to the attraction. For the most part, the flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though they're not nearly as pronounced (I mean, how could they be?). However, there is still plenty of citrus and spice in this beer, with the malt presence no more then an afterthought, with just enough to keep the hops in balance. The beer has a fairly light mouthfeel, and drinkability is very good. I'm impressed that Double Mountain was able to get this much flavor and richness in this beer, and yet still keep the abv. at a reasonable level.

Another excellent beer from Double Mountain. Maybe the best thing yet I've had from them.

12-30-2008 17:53:58 | More by John_M
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bernat1971

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-15-2014 23:23:31 | More by bernat1971
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-08-2013 14:14:05 | More by tobelerone
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mactrail

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

A hoppy winter brew in the vein of Sierra Nevada Celebration, or maybe an overly bitter version of Lagunitas Sucks.

Lovely dark amber color, somewhat hazy, with a modest foam in the Mort Subite globe. Plenty of carbonation. Tangy, hoppy, and spicy flavors, this is a pleasure to sip. It's a little bitter for quaffing, I say.

Some roasted malt with a hint of butterscotch. Fruity hop notes make me think of grilled pineapple with a dose of rum. Alcohol and carrot juice. Hot cider with leaf mold and grapefruit peel. Good, though. Quite bitter aftertaste. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

12-20-2013 06:15:49 | More by mactrail
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.64/5  rDev -5%

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have really good retention. The head is an off-white/very light tan while the body is a medium amber which looks pale in the light. Considerable lacing has already been left.

Nose- Subtle to practically non-existent. Very small amounts of citrus, mostly orange. A definite clay that is the most dominant and seems to suggest cocoa. A tiny bit of mustiness or very low key dirty sock in the background. Swirling doesn't add anything to the picture.

Taste- Starts off with slight citrus which quickly gives way to clay and cocoa and then more straightforward, bitter hops. Some pine and resin and a whole lot of spice on the finish. Very woody. Citrus extends itself to the middle and meets some caramel. Bitter hops are very well rounded and are fairly accessible. Caramel really goes a long way especially when the matchstick and grapefruit notes of the bittering hops start to make themselves known. Cocoa even suggests a touch of chocolate. More of a strictly hophead beer but I still kind of like it. Some notes of armpit and dirty sock. Above average to good, leaning mostly toward good. No real flaws and I understand the comparisons to Celebration. Should be enjoyable to fans of that brew.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a little too much carbonation. Not that big of distraction though.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. No notion of the heat. The bitterness is only but a tiny obstacle. 3-4 bucks is okay for a one time purchase but I'd rather pick up a six pack of something comparable for cheaper.

Overall- Above average to good, mostly good. Has a few quirks that help distinguish from just another winter IPA and make it worth a try.

01-04-2014 03:29:25 | More by artoolemomo
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bigjoe786

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-22-2014 05:42:27 | More by bigjoe786
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Fa La La La La from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.