Double Diamond - Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a four pack of cans at a local store that manages to carry beer other than the macros. Poured a creamy white with lots of cascading which resulted in a very creamy head 1 finger thick that stayed around forever. Smell was of very lacking..maybe due to the thick creamy head? Bitter hops on the front end with some lingering 'mineralness' at the back. Nice and creamy mouthfeel...this is a decent ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a nice copper colr with a light to medium head with a slight malty aroma,slightly biscuity.The taste is slightly sweet,almost caramelly,a little watered down but still pretty good.Have had this a few times a pretty much enjoy it most of the time.

Photo of far333
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Carlsberg? I had no idea. Light honey color, with a thin, low, beige head. Aroma is sweet and flowery. Mouthfeel is a little too carbed, it feels tingly on the tongue. Flavor is also flowery, but no malt or hops to be found. The finish produces a flavor that is odd - perhaps a little buttery. Not bad, not good, just strange and unexpected. There is nothing horribly good or horribly bad about this beer. Pretty average, tending to below average.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber copper forms an off white nice sized creamy textured head leaves behind even lacing. Aroma has a touch of caramel malt some English herbal earthy hops pretty effin' Fugglish if you ask me. I detect a spicy swetness with a doughy bread fruity tone thrown into the mix some ale complexities...nice. Taste is balanced with the low bittering hops and citrus/earthy tones enough sweetness from some caramel specialty malts and bready yeast tones as the one cat from England's band The Verve said "there's a bitter sweet symphony" going on in this one. In the finish the fruity ale characteristics and citrus peels, flowers, and grass mix together nicely. Mouthfeel is medium to light body range smooth evenly carbonated flows nicely on the palate. Drinkabilitiy...well another tasty English session ale...glad I tried this Burton ale.

Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like a lager, easy drink and mouthfeel. Serviceable beer, better than a macro. Pale lagercolour,residual bit of yeast on top, no head to speak of. nothing in aroma, in fact a negative. . Was there a hop? No but metallic rather than a nice bitter finish.

Photo of Reverand
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a nice amber brownish color with off white head that seemed to disappear rather quickly. An aroma that was dominated by malts. At first taste a malty sweetish palate that finished off to a hop dry aftertaste. Not too much hops to make you pucker. A nice balanced beer worth trying but certainly not worth raving about.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This version of the famous Ind Coope classic is contract brewed somewhere in the UK but the label doesn't specify. It simply says "Brewed and Bottled in Great Britain for Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Limited, Northampton". It pours a slightly hazy, deep amber body topped by a short, creamy cap of off-white foam. The head holds well and keeps a good collar and whispy surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves some decent lace as well. The aroma expresses a gently sweet caramel malt with a touch of diacetyl and some minor sulphur. It's very nice, and the buttery note is quite welcoming. A medium body and fine, moderate carbonation combine to create a mouthfeel that's smooth and lightly creamy. The flavor is exactly what might be expected based on the aroma with a mildly sweet caramel malt, a soft touch of fruitiness (dried fruit, maybe apricot), a light coating of buttery diacetyl, a bit of hop flavor (Fuggles?) and some minor sulphur. It's very well balanced with firm bitterness, and it finishes dry with short-lingering notes of malt and hops. Very well done, and highly enjoyable with great drinkability.

Photo of gotweid
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SERVED on tap at a friends English dart club. APPEARANCE was kind of a dull brass with a head of about 1". SMELL was faint, almost disappointing and surprising given the appearance. TASTE was very good, made up for lack of aroma. Kind of creamy and smooth and not bitter. Had a touch of sweetness. MOUTHFEEL was pleasant, not too carbonated and left a pleasant aftertaste. Very DRINKABLE beer where you can find yourself drinking quite a few before you know it. Went well with the English stew we had. Would also go well with a burger and corn on the cob on a hot day. A summer beer if I had to guess. Enjoyable.

Photo of Mandrake
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper with a thick white head that builds to a solid two fingers once the nitro precipitates out. Smell is very faint, with some malty sweetness and nuts in the mix. Tastes malty as well, the sweetness overwhelming the very faint fruity and nutty flavours to a great degree. Mouthfeel is creamy to a rather unpleasant degree, with the carbonation making it feel rather unlike a liquid, but the drinkability is still quite good.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper/gold color with a white, somewhat creamy head. Nice lace on the glass throughout. Smells a little musty. Dry taste combined with a dry, musty aftertaste. This despite the mustyness is drinkable. Not bad, but there are better out there in this style.

Photo of Garin
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a coppery gold with a creamy dense head. The beer itself was slightly cloudy with a few bubbles.

A sweet metallic malt aroma blends with a slightly hoppy character.

The flavour is bright, bitter, malty, and sweet. A pleasant floral note comes in as well. Some esters come through, but are a bit hidden underneath a somewhat one-dimensional bitterness..

It feels rich and full, and goes down smooth and easy. Overall, it's pretty good.

Photo of Kulrak
2.67/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a caramel color with a good inch of head on it, and a bunch of floating crap in it (I probably shouldn't have poured the whole can, but I didn't know it had sediment). Strong caramel & malt aroma with some floral hints. Tastes a lot like all the other nitro-can beers I've had. Very dry and and not much else in the way of flavor. Mouthfeel is very very creamy. I won't be getting it again unless I see it in a bottle.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.96/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out of the 500mL bottle with a big frothy white head, nice amber body with an impressive cascade of bubbles. There is an unfortunate presence of preservatives in the nose at first. Flavour of burnt malt capped by a bitter hop aftertaste. Not so much balanced as in working as a tag-team, providing a 1-2 combo on the palate. It doesn't add or detract from an already average ale. An ale going for power, but a bit rough around the edges. I used to drink this a lot in my teens when it was one of the few imports to be found at the local pubs back in the day. The only real motivation to reach for another one nowadays would be nothing but a sense of nostalgia.

Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant to the eye amber color, the head sufficient in size, frothy texture, the lace adequate to coat the glass, both a beige color. Nose is malt dominated, lightly sweet, with the start being malt sweet. Top is skinny and the finish forcefully carbonated; hop spicy, droughty aftertaste, and a beer I remember fondly from my time in England.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.77/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spotted in a Moscow grocery store, this 440ml nitro can is black with a gold, red and white label. Ingredients on the Russian import label conform to the purity law. Best before 1/15/05, I opened it on 12/21/04.

Big release of air when the can is popped open. The pour results in a very cloudy liquid throughout the glass, with the impression of foam falling to the bottom before rising to the top. The cloudiness slowly clears to form a thick and creamy one finger white head above clear reddish gold liquid. The head stays forever, and leaves excellent lace. The nose is mild, but what is there is harsh, almost whiskey-like malt. The mouth is very flat, with almost no carbonation at all and a thick body that is not at all sticky. The first flavor impression is, well, not - almost no flavor at all, just thick liquid. Then some stuffy malt comes through, again with a hint of whiskey, followed later by a shade of harsh metallic hops. The aftertaste dissipates quickly, leaving just a faint whiskey burn at the back of the throat. Ultimately a disappointment.

Photo of Shiloh
2.72/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Every thing about this brew bespeaks of strength....yet I do not care for it........must be an aquired taste as the possabilities are certainly there........full bodied and heavy on the hops with an almost burning quality about it.....almost amber in colour and a tad cloudy.....has a strong bitter after taste.......

Photo of granger10
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an amber color with orange highlights and a thin but frothy head. Moderate lacing along the glass. Smell of this beer was real bready. The body was somewhat thin but not too thin for the kind of beer this is. Main flavor was a biscuity malt sweetness combination. There might have been some caramel as well. Hops on the end are somewhat bitter and seem to leave me with a bad aftertaste. Flavor is mellow but quite drinkable. Defnitely akin to Bass in my opinion, just not quite as good.

Photo of bark
1.92/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is pale brass; the nitro-foam forms a finger-thick compact off white head. Looks good to me!

The smell is subtle and a bit sweet with notes of nuts and a trace of some faceless hops.

The carbonation is very very very weak, almost stale.

The taste is mild with a chemical/artificial flavour with some sweet malts and a weak bitterness. The aftertaste is mostly sour (like an used dishcloth).

This is probably the worst ale I have encountered, which is sad, as I like this style quite a lot. I used to drink quite a lot of Double Diamond from tap 10 years ago, but I can't remember it being this bad!

Photo of Barraclou
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 440ml "caskflow" can, 5.0% ABV, Brewed and canned in Northampton, Great Britain.

Appearance: A nice dark golden / orange colour. Nice to pour, but its foam neck dissappears too fast. Only a 1/2 inch head remains.

Smell: Which smell? I didn't smell nothing.

Taste: Watery.The taste itself is hard to describe. I guess it is malt sweatness

Mouthfeel: Its aftertaste is what it makes of this brand a beer, otherwise it would be too plain to be called an ale.

Drinkability: This brew lacks taste. It got some personnality, but it needs more caracter.

Photo of 86MonteSS
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the beer store, "Burton" caught my eye and immediately had me thinking of Burton-on-trent, home of my personal fave, Bass. That said, Double Diamond did bear a noticeable resemblence to my cherished brew. Almost as if someone took a glass o' bass and threw a little butter and toffee in there. Good pale ale color and a head that lasted just as long as I expected it to. It's something I'll keep my eye on, especially after noticing how few people have reviewed it.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the stronger English ales that tends to be a bit too smooth and sweet for American tastes. To really be appreciated this lovely ale should be tasted against a variety of like brews. Only then does its subtle complexity come to the fore.

This is a superior smooth and creamy ale that has a nice dark amber to bronze look with a tight cream-colored head. Lacing is adequate and forms small tight flecks on the glass.

The aroma is of malt and the taste of bread and a bit bisquity. Mostly subdued, the flavor builds late in the glass due to the strong balance early on. A quality session ale.

Photo of Wildman
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a copper amber color with little head. Left some residual lace. The arom was of malt and carmel. The flavor was of malt and carmel as well. An alright beer of tap, but there are better pale ales to be had for most by a microbrewer.

Photo of MMansfield
3.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Took me a while to review this. Bought a can at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a an orange-red with a huge thick creamy white head, staying for the remainder of the drink.

Aroma: Hard to get a handle on it but pick up mild citrus and biscuit notes.

Taste: Mild tasting with little complexities. Definite sweetness with a low bitterness, finish of mild fresh blueberries.

Mouthfeel: Honestly, the creamiest beer I've had. The mouthfeel is incredible and makes this beer a mainstay in my fridge. Little to no carbonation.

Final Statement: Sure, I've had more flavourful beers, but this is one of the best session beers I've had. It is so light and creamy, with a beautiful body and head that I keep going back for more.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brass with a foamy yellowish tightly packed head. Lacing is decent. The aroma is of strong butterscotch with a little bit of hop bitterness and yeast tartness. The taste is malty caramel and dough with an estery fruity yeast note. English Hops provide an adequate balance. The mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with frothy carbonation.

Overall this is a decent ale, though it could use some more hop and malt complexity. The yeast is pretty good.

Just an observation, but it seems that a buttery diacytel is present strongly in all nitro canned ales that arent stouts.

Photo of DrJay
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber colour and is topped by a very dense head of small white bubbles about 1/4 inch thick. Decent head retention and stickage to the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt aroma with a bit of pear fruitiness, especially as it warms slightly. The hop character is on the herbal side and has a mild sharpness.

Taste: Malt character is mostly caramel-like sweetness with some breadiness. Fruity esters and hop flavours are much more subdued than in the aroma, with the fruit coming out with some of the breadiness towards the finish. The bitterness starts out light, but becomes a little harsh at the end and finishes with a slight metallic quality. This really detracted from the flavour.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is extremely low and the body is a little thin. The texture seems a little off due to the carbonation. There's also a dry graininess that starts to appear after a while.

Drinkability: Not something that I'd go searching for, but I wouldn't turn down a pint if offered. The metallic finish keeps it from being a good session beer though.

500 mL nitro-can with freshness date printed on the bottom.

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Double Diamond from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
76 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.