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Fa La La La La - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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86
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
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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2.16/5  rDev -43.2%

KlayWey, Friday at 10:54 PM
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Metaltildeath, Jan 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

piclee, Mar 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

switzer, Dec 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

cbnz, Jan 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

CoryR, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

flagmantho, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass. Winter in July.

Pours a murky copper color with a creamy off-white head that is slow to dissolve and leaves a medium ring with nice lacing down the glass as it is drank. The aroma is fluffy hops, malt, sap/pine and some spices. The flavor is grapefruit bitterness upfront followed by a caramel malt backbone. Its medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Its a good beer with a light aroma and a pretty sweet flavor with a soft bitterness.

DiabolikDUB, Jul 16, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

bernat1971, Jan 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TaborTime, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whatever happened to the Winter Warmer? Does evey style need to be hopped to death these days?

A: Poured a orangish copper color with good carbonationa and a nice white head

S: Citrus, pine some caramel

T: Hops. Pine and citrus mainly, some caramel backing, hints of spice

M: Bitter hops, tingling of pine, warm.

D: Ok. But not a Winter Warmer to me.

barleywinefiend, Dec 05, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BobDole007, Nov 28, 2012
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3.52/5  rDev -7.4%

PotlandOR, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at the COOP for about $5ish... Poured into my Elysian goblet... 2 finger khaki head dies pretty quickly atop a slightly hazed orange brew... big toasty malts punctuated by plenty of pithy citrus hops.. Good bitterness on the finish helps cut through the big toasty/biscuity maltiness... good drinkability.

3.75/3.5/3.5/3.75/3.5

JohnGalt1, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

artoolemomo, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of hopsputin
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

hopsputin, Mar 01, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought the Fa La La La from Zupan's for $4.99 for the perfect pint. The pour was bronzed orange with a small foam head around 1 finger or so. Lacing was at the top but didn't follow the glass down. The smell was more malty then hoppy. I didn't get much in the way of hops but it had a nice grainy early smell with some orange.

The taste was light on the malt and good bitterness from the Centennials. The mouthfeel was soft on the palate and the hops left a tingle on the tongue. Overall it was a pretty good beer I would drink more often if I lived in Hood River during the winter.

cswhitehorse, Mar 18, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, herbal hop, and slight fruity flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

hoppymcgee, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Birdlegs, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bluckbeyes, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Kurmaraja, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

drewone, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

caseyscarb, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tobelerone, Jan 08, 2013
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Fa La La La La from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.