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Fa La La La La - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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86
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of madtappers
4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For a high ABV winter warmer this is far to drinkable (not a bad thing). Had this on tap at Double Mountian.

Deep haze of copper with a nice white head. Aroma of piney/citrus hops. Sip after sip this beer got better and better.

The great hop flavor mask the high ABV which in my opinion makes this such a drinkable brew.

Got to say this is going to be a favorite winter warmer for years to come!

Photo of 20mmf17
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Henry's, served in a shaker pint, Fa La La La La is a murky burnt orange with a creamy off-white head leaving heavy sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is fantastic, huge hop resin aroma unlike I've ever smelled in a beer, like a bale of freshly cured hops. Very floral, some pine, awesome. I can't believe this only uses Centennials, there's a lot of depth, very perfumy.

Taste is much spicier then the floral nose, a bit of crystal sweetness cut the bitterness, with some bready malt as well, but it's realll all about the hops, which exhibit the citrus notes that are more obviously Centennials to me then they were in the aroma. Tastes like chewing on a fresh hop cone, but not as bitter, whoa!

Mouthfeel is chewy, oily and dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, it really satisfied my hop fix after drinking lots of rich, malt heavy beers this winter. A total palate buster, extreme hops to the max, it's tough to drink anything else but this afterward. Curls the tongue with pungent bitterness, yet each sip begets another, and as my tongue adjusted to the hop onslaught, I really started to enjoy it, bumping the taste score up a 1/2 a point. For sheer chutzpah, it's my favorite winter warmer this season by far, pure Portland!

Photo of RJLarse
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

I bought two bottles of Double Mountain Fa La La La La in a bottle shop, poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a dirty copper/gold color, chill haze, with a one finger creamy white head. Stinky foam clings to the glass.

Smell is a mild citrus aroma with some caramel candy fragrances along side.

Taste is hoppier than I expected for the style, but the pine and citrus flavors are well balanced against a big malt presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying, with a wet and bitter finish.

Overall a very nice brew. The notion of "Winter Ale" can be so subjective, but this is a good one.

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ColdBassHonkey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

This is probably my favorite winter warmer in my area besides Jubleale and Vinter Varmer. I'm a local in Hood River, so I'm biased, but it really is a quality beer. Full bodied, balanced with a great malt profile for a winter seasonal.

Photo of DaveRinn
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler ($12) procured at Double Mountain, the only place you're going to find this during 2011 holiday season, hand carried back to The Big, shared with homeboys at Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting, 12.18.11.

One finger off-white head, medium size bubbles with good retention and nice lacing over medium reddish amber clear body, multiple streams of rising carbonation. Huge citrus hop hit in the nose balanced by dry malt aromas. Taste is hop bomb, some floral but mainly citrus, the dryish malts let the hops really shine. Medium mouthfeel, really good effervescence. Not sure this belongs in the 'catch all' Winter Warmer category, much more of a Winter IPA given the aggressive hopping and dryish malts. Tasty.

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Fa La La La La from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.