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Fa La La La La - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
87
very good

30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 5.85%
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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-07-2008

"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
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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 73
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
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 (346 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Bottled 10/23/14. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with 1/2inch of light tan head that dissipated quickly to a cap, which then hung around for a while, and left very good lacing.

The aroma was a bit juxtaposed, yeast and hops up front, with malts and spice in the back. It worked the same on the palate, a hit of bright hops upfront, along with some tangy yeast, then some malts through the middle, with a kick of spiciness at the back. There was a slight bit of an alcohol bite at the finish as well.

The body was just a bit fuller than medium, but the combination of spice and alcohol on the finish grew a bit harsh as I drank my way through the bottle. Overall, a pretty good beer, reminiscent of a slightly bolder Celebration. Certainly worth trying if you see it, and, if you're setting up a trade with some one in DMs territory, worth asking for as a throw in. (909 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a good head, good retention, great lace!

Aroma of Pine, citrus and sponge toffee.

Very bitter, lots of piny resin, citrus rind, sponge toffee, light alcohol warmth.

Moderate body has a light hop acidity and a slightly drying alcohol finish.

Well balanced (though certainly bitter) and drinkable for a bigger brew. (323 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (585 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
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! (1,259 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR $4.99 Pours a burnt darker orange colour with an impressive thick and creamy off white head. Spicy,resinous hop aromas mainly backed up by thick toffee malts. Taste is way more spicy hoppy goodness than the aroma suggested. Crystal malts come a clear second. Very hoppy beer. Nice mouth feel and excellent after taste of spicy/resinous hops, Very nice winter beer but maybe really an IPA..new style Winter IPA! (460 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy darker straw body.
The aroma is grainy.
The taste is malty yet hoppy. Great balance. Caramel, pine and grapefruit flavors.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
Quite enjoyable. (218 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle. Bright amber, 3-finger head, tight, lasting lace. Aroma is full of pine, berries, candy, and faint grain. Full-bodied, viscous, chewy, well-carbonated, and creamy. Malty sweet, rich, toasty, candied fruits, orange marmalade with a piney, resiny, and zesty hop profile that leaves a light oiliness on the palate. Some burnt raisins and ashy clove in the back. Spicy and warming alcohol too. Dry finish.

A tasty PNW take on a Winter Warmer. (461 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One kick ass Winter Warmer! Huge malt bill with hints of cocoa and dark bread counter balanced by those Centennial hops in a big way... Absolutely delicious beer... Neither element dominates here, they just meld together beautifully... Would love to have this on tap.... Amazing brew... (293 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (1,729 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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. (599 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (409 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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! (692 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Half liter bottled on 10/25/14. Served in chalice. Beer pours medium amber in color, and significantly turbid, briefly supporting an off-white head. Aroma is delicious beer candy: spicy, resinous hops, caramely unfermented malts. Flavor corresponds nicely. Bitter and sweet combine in flavors like candied orange peel, with just the right amount of carbonation.

If this passes for a Winter Warmer in the PNW I am totally ok with that.

This year's batch reports 7.5% alc/vol and 85 BU. (491 characters)

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Fa La La La La from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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