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Fa La La La La - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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86
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 05:45:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mactrail

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-05-2010 23:35:34 | More by barleywinefiend
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John_M

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 23:03:12 | More by ccrida
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flagmantho

Washington

3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-06-2013 17:44:41 | More by twelveinches
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-25-2012 06:46:13 | More by shelby415
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KTCamm

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

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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CoryR

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-13-2012 03:44:01 | More by CoryR
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GilGarp

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

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.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2011 14:45:38 | More by jdense
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.64/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

Montana

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 02:07:35 | More by Murrhey
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 03:50:16 | More by cswhitehorse
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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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Fa La La La La from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.