Double Dragon
Felinfoel Brewery Co.

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #376
Ranked #45,045
3.38 | pDev: 20.12%
Felinfoel Brewery Co.
Wales, United Kingdom
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Notes: Double Dragon has an ABV of 4.2%. It is a full drinking, premium Welsh Ale, which is malty and subtly hopped. Double Dragon has a rich colour and smooth balanced character. This deep copper red ale has a tangy red fruit flavour with nutty, toffee overtones.
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 87
Photo of vinicole
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper/amber. Thin head.
English hops and malt apparent in the aroma.
There is little to excite the palate. Slight fruit, nut and toffee.
Too light and too carbonated for the style.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from 500ml brown bottle into straight pint glass.

L) Clear, red-tinged medium to light brown. Thin film. A few bubbles rising.

S) An apple-toffee odour, quite light.

T) Odd fruity-malt flavour, light bitterness. Unusual, not unpleasant.

F) Easy drinking, light bitterness and no aftertastes.

O) Not keen on this one.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.07/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bottled and part of the Aldi beer festival
Light brown body with spotty white head
Wholemeal toast aroma
Flavour is malt vinegar and a whole lot of water
Tastes and feels like slightly carbonated dishwater

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Photo of TheMirrorOwl
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darn fine bitter!

Appearance: Dark full amber, thick white head, not much lacing. Almost no appreciable carbonation, as should be.

Smell: Biscuit, toasty, delicate flowery hops, modest ripe fruit sub-tones, hint of a slight metallic note I get from some bitters.

Taste: Toasty and nutty, sweet bready malts, delicate tinny bite of hops, nice dry citrus/pineapple spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light but notably creamy. Clean, and the creaminess lends substantiality despite the lighter body profile.

Drinkability/Overall: An extremely nice all-occasion ale. I drank these for hours many nights in a row, sitting in the pub talking, or after a long walk on the windy coast. While this ale (and bitters generally) aren't blow-your-socks-off with anything particularly, this is a great example of the pristine balance you come to expect from the style. If you get the chance, definitely try this tasty and storied Welsh ale.

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Photo of Dave1999
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich red colour with no head.

The smell is sweet, pretty weak.

The taste is sweet, caramel and a bit watery.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodies with medium carbonation.

Overall a very mediocre beer, not terrible but won't buy again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.29/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 275ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Picked up from Morrisons a while back as part of a seasonal 4-pack. Described on the label as a medal-winning premium ale and the national drink of Wales. I like the celtic-themed dragon image on the front.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A coppery-amber colour with faint haze and good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that lasts for a moment or two before subsiding. Aroma of mild caramel malt with hints of grain, biscuits and faint stewed leaves. A stale, almost oxidised cardboard note lurks in the background - not good.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of subtle biscuity grain and stewed leaves, accompanied by a stale cardboard hint that dominates the flavour. A mild, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but insubstantial and overly astringent. Aftertaste of dry, stale malt and stewed leaves.

Pretty crappy beer. The taste is unpleasant, and would be dull even without the obvious flaws. Boring malt with little hop presence, while the staleness is vile. All said, this is rubbish - not worthy to be anyone's national drink. There must be better beer in Wales?! Other reviews seem to suggest that the cask version is a big improvement, so I might revisit it if I have the chance. Based on this experience, however, I would recommend avoiding it completely.

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Photo of SquidProQuo
1.93/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I bought a bottle of Double Dragon at a Welsh themed pub in Wellington, NZ. Forget the name of the pub but that famous Welsh song "Let's do the Time Warp Again" was playing as I walked in.

Besides being, at that time, the most expensive beer I ever bought, it was extremely underwhelming. In fact, with little head and little taste, I could have been excused for thinking it was dishwater. Perhaps that's what the Welsh drink.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from cask into a pint glass in a pub in Cardiff.

Pours with a nice creamy head, a medium dark amber colour, great lacing.

Smells of not much, faintly hoppy and malty.

Tastes lovely and smooth, a nice balance between malts (at first) and hops (great crisp on the finish).

Overall a lovely beer, refreshing and quaffable.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.7/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served from a cask into an English glass mug in Cardiff. Cost was 3.05 GBP. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of soft cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a transparent dark copper-amber colour.

Sm: Cream, lovely slight ester hops I can't identify, and light amber hops. Pretty light in strength.

T: Watery, with cream on the open. Flat barley forms the pathetic foundation. It's simple garbage, a casualty of CAMRA's blind support of cask ale. This is proof they're wrong.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and watery. Undercarbonated. Again, a victim of casking.

Dr: Might be better on draught. As is, it's worthless shite, and expensive at that. I'd have it again out of a better serving type - even a can, but this is just crap.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich red-amber colour. Head is off-white and all big bubbles, hard to form any kind of crown, and lace is lacklustre, just a bit of whispy foam. Standard; not bad, not good.

Smells very malty; too sweet, really with a mass exodus of malt aroma giving milky, creamy caramel with burnt sugar, praline and a touch of artificial vanilla. Slight metallic hop note at the back isn't enough to lend this gravitas.

Taste doesn't have that sweetness. In its place is a fairly bland, dour bitterness. Largely watery, really, with a light cereal grain upfront, develops into very watery mid with whispers of grass and green tea around the edges. Bit of sweet grain pops up again late, which only serves to expose the distinct shortcomings of this beer's bittering plan. There's just nothing to this palate, a real quaff-ten-pints-with-your-mates ale of blah.

Mostly thin and watery, slight drying twist towards the back which suggests more hops than does the palate.

Can't say I expected much from this, so well done for delivering no surprises, beer. National ale of Wales? Is Wales a nation of blonde pigtailed girls who wear pink gingham frocks to work every day?

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New label on my 500ml bottle (to the current one shown on BA), poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard.

The best before date wasn't complete on the cap, but Sept 2011 seems the best bet, the review was carried out on 7 Jan 2011.

Rather red in colour for a 'Pale Ale', clear and clean looking. The white head left before it arrived.

Malts in the smell, with red berries as the beer warms, but nothing very strong. The rear label mentions toffee and nutty flavours within the beer, some toffee maybe, but certainly no nuts for me!

Those red berries appear in the taste too (as do those toffee mentions), the malts are also there, but lack depth within the flavours. Some hop hints, but again nothing powerful and without nuts.

Expected more from 'The National Ale of Wales' and I'm sure the cask version is a whole lot better, if I remember correctly (but it was many moons ago).

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Photo of giblet
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into my 24 oz tower. nice amber color with good head. steady carbonation. nice malt aroma. first taste was good but more watered than i expected.

slightly chewy. this is a rather good beer. one that for its color and style is still light enough that you can have more than one. would be good with a meal as it would not be too filling. good lacing down the glass.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of tencents
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-95% clear orangy amber. Quite orange actually. Lots of bubbles clinging to glass (like ginger ale) Thick large bubbled candlelight head, very lacy.

S- As only a good British beer can smell, Luscious. Caramel-y, a touch of chocolate, some vanilla. Very complex.

T/M- Ok, the taste lets down a bit after the luscious aroma. Starts creamy and smooth but finishes thinner and harsher, a tad tinny. General flavor is nice, but definitely thin and watery. A good beer but disappointed that it isn't a great beer. Bought it especially because I wanted a great beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A recent 'impulse' buy (really couldn't recall trying a beer from this country - turns out I had not - how did Wales make it all the way to review #990?). Poured from a 16.9 oz/500 ml bottle to a standard pint.

A: Light amber and nearly clear, a robust cascade of carbonation fills the glass. What starts as a thick 1+ finger of whitish cream drops to a skimpy cap, but trails good lace. Very good, in fact: a splotchy sheet of cobwebs up and down the glass.

S: Quite 'BISCUITY', a bready/cracker-y aroma that seems to expand the warmer it gets. More fruit (a playful melon and earthy berry medley), with an oddly ashy chalk/mineral twitch.

T: More lightly toasted sweetness, a mild breadcrust that's laden with an ambrosial honey, a little buttery yeast. 'Fruit' is skinless apples and a trace of strawberry. Caramel sweetness blends with a drying finish.

M: 'Crisp' isn't the right word, but has an ampleness that shows off a filling carbonation and a chewiness that transcends what I expected from a 'mere' 4.2% English PA. Medium body and long lasting roast and EKG/Fuggles-type bitterness.

D: Completely 'drinkable', the type of session-worthy ale that begs to be had in 2s and 3s. Thirst-slaking and perfectly pleasant; it's not a beer that's a 'must find', but one could do far worse than choosing this as an everyday drinker. Absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of ETF5000
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this little number at the Pizza Port Bottleshop in Carlsbad, CA.

A- A dark amber hue, slightly transluscent. It pours a nice two finger head with a rather dense white head that disappears after a couple of minutes to just a lacing over top of the beer.

S- Malty notes come very heavy on the top of the nose. I also detect a hint of citrus in there, grapefruit possibly. There is also a slight sour component to the nose, I hope I don't have an off bottle, but it certainly has a Belgian sour kick to it as well.

T- A bit on the watery side, with malts forward and a rather displeasing aftertaste. After a nice gulp it feels a bit astringent even. Not too much hop taste coming through, or much else for that matter. A rather one dimensional beer that left me unimpressed.

M- High carbonation, a bit too high for my liking, but the beer feels good nonetheless.

D- Not a homerun for me, not by a long shot. I believe I'll try this beer again as I'm not convinced Felinfoel put their best foot forward with this batch. However, from what I tasted so far, I'm underwhelmed.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy orange-amber with off-white head. Nice sticky lace.

Smell- Light, earthy hops. Buttery diacetyl. Some pale, biscuitty malt.

Taste- More of that biscuit-flavored malt. Earthy, buttery hops. Light crispness.

Mouthfeel- A little on the light side. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability- Crisp and light flavors make this a pretty good drinker.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

275 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Deep copper/amber color. Lots of foam. It actually started rising out of the bottle, and then almost overflowed the top of the glass (and it was just 275 mL).

Smells nice. Malty and fruity, mainly citrus.

Taste is a bit on the citrusy side as well. Not a lot of hops, more malt. It's actually quite nice. A mild bitterness, but mostly refreshing--especially for a pale ale. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste--perhaps the after-affects of the citrus.

Mouthfeel has a slight soapy (not taste, just feel) consistency to it, but it's not overpowering.

Very drinkable brew. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of sgoodship
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am going to confess a bias right off the bat. There were two breweries where I lived in Wales. One was Buckley's (now closed) and the other Felinfoel. Felinfoel pronounced vale-een-voll is also the name of the village it is situated in. I have had many a can and many a draft at the local pubs - some of them brewery owned. Just an FYI - the Double Dragon is a riff off the Welsh flag which has a red dragon on a green and white background. Another interesting factoid is that Felinfoel was one of the first UK breweries to can beer and they were also known for exporting to soldiers in the 1st World War. Now... let's get on with the opinion:

A: Dark copper and clear. No active carbonation although you would expect it because it is so active on pour. You have to be careful not to end up with a massive head. Mine had a good, uneven finger and a half off-white head. That dissipates quite quickly and then there is some good lacing - really sticks to the glass.

S: The smell is better as the drink progresses. Initially it is subtler but the malt and hops show themselves later. I have been on a number of Felinfoel brewery tours and that stale old hoppy brewery smell (established 1878) is in the beer. There is a subtle fruitiness there too but that comes later in the drink.

T: One thing I always noticed about Double Dragon is that the initial sips are very coppery and metallic. This always inhibited my enjoyment and appreciation of the entire flavor profile. As the drink settles, the metallic is replaced by a more mineral water type flavor that better allows you to get the strong malty taste. The stale hoppy sourness is there too but not as much as you would expect. As the drink came to the end, I started getting more fruit taste emerging.

M: Early sips feel too carbonated. Later, it feels cleaner. It is a light body but has a slight slickness and slight buttery feel to it. It is thinner than expected.

D: In my experience, this is a better beer on tap. It is also good for a few jars but doesn't sit well with me for a good session. I was pleased to have it again. It is a good beer - just more nostalgic for me than a firm favorite. I can't tell you how Welsh it tastes. You have to grow up with Welsh ale to know.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

deep amber, like a fairly dark ipa. good cap and lace.
sweet grain and some light toasting in the aroma. pretty inviting.
pilsner/noble hops at 1st, then a butter sensation, then toastiness and a lingering bitterness, accompanied by a slight citrus twang, mostly lemon.
something is totally roof of mouth coating. diacetyl?
sort of like sa boston ale and a pilsner blended. the wife really disliked. unfortunately, at 4.99 a 16.9 oz bottle it's way overpriced. (pricing did not factor into scores)

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey-amber color with off-white head that is rocky at first and then retreats to a modest layer for the rest of the pint. Nose has a toasty/biscuity quality that is mellow and appetizing. Palate has a flavor that is reminiscent of black tea as well as a suggestion of natural grape, perhaps overripe apple. Throw the stem in there too, as this has a little dirty/earthy flavor component also. Some citrus hops on the finish. Overall, very mild and drinkable, with an atypical range of flavors for the style. I like it.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This one gushed from the bottle as soon as I uncapped it, despite not being a bottle conditioned beer, and then filled my glass nearly to the brim with foam. Pretty annoying. Once it settles, the color is a clear amber with an off-white head.

Smell: Extremely buttery. Ripe fruit (or fruitcake maybe) and caramel. Mineral water.

Taste/mouthfeel: Slick and buttery, mildly sweet with big flavors of toffee/butterscotch. Wow, lots of diacetyl in this one. The mouthfeel is pretty watery, even for a 4.2% brew. Not a lot of change in flavor from start to finish - a touch more hops would lend a necessary balance to this brew.

Notes: Can't rate this one any higher than average. Don't think I'll drink this again.

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Photo of ski271
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zeno's, State College, PA.
Medium-colored amberish-copper with a small but thick, white head that had decent retention but little lacing. Smell is fairly mild. Floral hops, light malt, a slight tea-like spice. Taste follows suit. Fairly mild, with floral hops most notable. It has a medium body, slightly creamy texture turning dry at the end, and low carbonation. Nothing about the beer wows me, but is enjoyable nevertheless.

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Photo of Deuane
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear copper with a medium white fluffy head that settled into nice lacing.

S-Earhty caramel malt with some sweetness, nothing impressive.

T-Earthy sweet maltiness. Not much to speak of in hops....very smooth and malty. Not bad, but not my ideal session brew.

M-Medium body with CRAZY smoothness.

D-Cetainly a decent beer...just not my cup of tea. I bet this beer on cask or even tap would have session beer written all over it.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance : Deep brown in colour with a good foam head.
Smell : Flavour is all malt
Taste and mouthfeel : sweetness coming through, rich in flavour and mouthfeel.
Drinkability : good beer in the style English pale ale, better in cask.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon its release from the 500ml bottle, it sets a clear deep amber to brown with a stupendous creamy light tan head that slips away slowly, leaving the resultant lace to form a fine sheet upon the glass. Nose has an earthy peat like aroma, somewhat sweet with a tartness that is noticeable, caramel and a slight hint of oak. Start is nicely malted; sweet with the sour bite at the back, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a pleasant acidity, hops purposeful in their spiciness, sweet and tart, dry as a desert bone, and quite drinkable this brew.

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Double Dragon from Felinfoel Brewery Co.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 87 ratings