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Fa La La La La - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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86
very good

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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Photo of madtappers
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
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!

madtappers, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of 20mmf17
4.75/5  rDev +24%

20mmf17, May 01, 2014
Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

ccrida, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of BradMacMullin
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

BradMacMullin, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

John_M, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

SurlyDuff, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of SMITHAND
4.25/5  rDev +11%

SMITHAND, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

DJMonroe, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Hoppy_McMalt
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Hoppy_McMalt, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

GilGarp, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Ribsandwhiskey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Ribsandwhiskey, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

PDXHops, May 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

spicemustflow, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bigjoe786, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +4.4%

twelveinches, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

jdense, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

KTCamm, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

LiquidAmber, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

dirtylou, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half off-white head. Sticky, fluffy lacing. Medium brown color with middling clarity. Above average appeal.

S- Some woody sort of scent. Earthy hops and a complex yeast body. Malts are bitter and roasted. Maybe some cherry or cognac? Hard to tell, but complex and pretty nice.

T- Very bitter. Maybe some barrel aged sort of flavors. Oaky and some semblance of sourness. Very acrid flavor, bites without being tremendously overwhelming. Has sweetness in the finish.

M- Thick and wet feel that finishes high and dry. Cottony feel at the end.

O- Not the best Warmer I've had, but tasty and drinkable. A fine example of the style.

Murrhey, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

mactrail, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

LampertLand, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

hoppymcgee, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Birdlegs, Dec 30, 2013
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Fa La La La La from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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