Double Dragon
Felinfoel Brewery Co.

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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #383
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
78
Ranked #44,789
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 20.12%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
87
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Felinfoel Brewery Co.
 
Wales, United Kingdom
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Year-round
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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
Reviews by Stimack:
Photo of Stimack
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to give this one a try last evening on tap over at Mahars. This brew was poured to copper yellow color with a nice white head that had fair retention and left a little lacing on the upper half off the glass. It has a nice aroma, heavy malt that is very biscuity, earthy and a little hop aroma. The taste of this brew is very nice, heavy malt flavors with a slight roasted flavor, slight pine hop flavor. The end of the taste is a little different as it reminds me of apple cider which grows on you. Over all this is a fantastic brew, great for a whole evening, as it is very mellow but very tasty.

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Photo of Mark
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a shocker that I have I have met a beer from the U.K. I didn't like all that much. Hazy weird reddish brown color, was topped by a very airy head that didn't last. Lacing was a bit better than I expected, leaing delicate rings. Something about the taste that didn't quite do it for me. A strong licorice note was very up front. beer got a bit watery at the end. i have never had a Welsh beers on cask while in the U.K. so I van't compare, but it sure does not measure up to anything available here by Young's or Fullers.

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

Pours a lucid pumpkined brass with an unceding heavy cream pillow of foam.
Malt appears on the nose via toffee, yeast contributes buttered yams, and vapors of orange jam, and cherry skins. Hops mimic black tea.
Begins with a dusty breadiness, sweetened with notions of buterscotch and caramel. A subtled candied fruit appears, most closely associated to peaches or black cherries. Returns to breadiness, now with a buttered biscuit persona. A bit slick with diacetyl, but not out of place here, in fact, it's rather charming. Turns herbal on the close with a tamarron spice hop note and tea.
Moderate in both body and carbonation. Pasty in texture, but with enough gas to slake through it.
A solid bitter, and, as usual, a fine session quaffer.

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Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber, clean, without rising bubbles. The right finger of foam.
Very light smell, with hop and tea leaves.
The taste is light too. Quite well balanced, though, smooth and drinkable.
Pleasant, for its 4.2 ABV.
In the aftertaste notes of musky hop, hints of orange marmelade, and tea.
Not so thin body.

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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 Realale
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful rich copper in color. Nice head settles to a solid 1/3" cap that sticks it out through the pint.

Nose is quite complex, with a very bisquity-malt base. Hops are there as piney, woodsy notes, and there is an appetizing hint of volatility/vinegar. Simply mouth-watering.

On the palate, its a very well-balanced symphony of malt and hop bitterness. There is a nice minerally component as well, which adds length, and helps balance the malt and support the hops. The volatile note adds to the complexity without being a distraction. Very fine and distinctive best bitter. Simply wish I could get it on cask (as always!).

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 500ml brown glass bottle sealed with a dark green cap. Label is just like that one shown on the bottle picture in the BA Database. No freshness date anywhere on this one, this I find rather annoying and more than likely a stipulation from the US distributor (Thames America Trading) because I know they EU versions so indeed have a Best Before Date.

Appearance: Hazed copper with a burnished sunset orange hue when held to the light. Superb looking tan colored head, deep and rich in its texture, as it collapses it weaves a fine looking lacing. Conditioning is a little lacking

Nose: Bready nose with a bakers yeast aspect to it. Sweet malts with a Devon toffee feel. Chewy nose, the malts are sticky and sweet, I recall an aroma that took me 20 minutes to remember……it was that “funky” smell that you get when cleaning out and changing the water from Goldfish tank. Errr, yeah, it really does smell like old pond water!!!

Taste: Urghhh!! Lots of ButterScotch malts and a sickly toffee caramel middle. Soft buttery feel has a diacteyl twang that lingers in the finish, ala Shipyard, something that I have *never* had in the Cask version.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, low-ish carbonation but the “slick melted butter sliding down your gullet effect” of this beer as it goes down the throat is extremely off-putting after only a quarter Pint.

Drinkability: Strikingly difficult to finish, the diacteyl seems to increase in strength as does the slick buttery texture. Far too sickly.

Overall: This is my actually my second bottle (obtained from different sources I will add 6 months apart). The previous one was far from flattering and I decided against submitting a Review for it. 6 months later I tried it again, with an open mind. But sadly I was let down again and very disappointed by this sample too. From many years experience, I strongly suspect that this is an “older” bottle, and/or it has had a harsh journey West. But without a BBE date it is hard to say for sure. I know this beer extremely well, and I can safely say that what I have here on my desk is not showing this fine malty Premium Welsh Bitter at its best. Difficult to say if this is indeed different in the bottle, or whether I popped for two faded samples, one after another, I thought the condition of this later bottle looked relatively good though, so I am unsure. I do know that this is sublime on Cask, but this bottled version is sadly lacking for some reason.

A real mystery! A great beer, but the second US bottle that I have had still disappoints. I’ll stick to this one from the Beer Engine on its own turf from hereon in, at least until BBE dates are added to the imported bottles.

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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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Photo of JISurfer
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one, because I hadn't had a beer from Wales yet. It didn't have a strong alcohol content, which is something I usually favor in my beers, but the taste was delectable, and led you on to believe it would have stronger alcohol %. The smell was hoppy, malty, and fruity, so it was a bit busy. The different smells were all fighting to overpower each other, which did make it interesting. The taste did have the same elements, but the hops won the battle. The warmer it got, the more bitter it was. Even though it was wimpy in the alcohol area, it still was quite filling, thus making it hard to drink the whole bottle. This gave new meaning to "liquid bread".

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Photo of GreenCard
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copperish brown, good clarity, half crescent of white suds

Aroma: robust biscuity malt, angel food cake, cork, woody hops, a hint of sourness

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with an edge of dark malts and roast, surrounding acidity throughout, woody hop flavor, seemingly tannic bitterness, finishes dry with a tangy aftertaste of roast and yeast

Mouthfeel: medium full body, light carbonation, slight minerally/hoppy astringency

Other comments: This beer is at a crossroads of Scottish ale and a typical English Bitter: rich maltiness and an up front hop flavor/bitterness. Does that make it a "traditional Welsh ale"? I don't know, not sure if Welsh ale is fitting of its own style category.

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Photo of clvand0
2.44/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cool named beer ... and since I'm a sucker for cool labels and names, I had to pick it up. Reminds me of a video game I played long ago. Anyway. Pours a light brown color with a medium head that doesn't have much retention and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is very odd - I can't place it, but me-no-likey. kmpitz2 said it might be lots of biscuit malt ... that might be it. The taste has the same unfortunate character that I just can't place nor can I enjoy it. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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

A cloudy dark amber ( that appears a bit brownish because of the cloudiness) beer. Has a small off white head with some lace. There is some sweet malt in the aroma with some earthy notes and a nutlike background. After a quick splash of bitterness the nutty sweetness builds in. Which is followed by a dry earthy character on the finish.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had not seen this beer in some time. It was like running into an old friend again.

The beer pours a a darkish copper color with fair head retention and fair lacing. I confess I just love the nose on this beer. It's sweet and malty, but with an underlying aroma of sherry and walnuts. The beer is complex on the palate, although clearly dominated by sweet malt. Flavors include cherry and walnuts, with a hint of sherry. The beer is medium bodied, and with it's low abv., this is a very quaffable beer indeed. Given the low abv., I think the amount of flavor this beer has is nothing short of amazing.

Granted, I prefer the ESB and Welsh ale from this brewery, but this is still a very nice beer.

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Photo of WetCoaster
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Honestly, just don't have the energy to do the full workup on this one, really not worth the effort. It looks pleasant enough, with a clear copper brown body and nice cresting caramel head. Goes downhill from there. Smell is mildly floral and malty. The taste is very macro brown ale, mildly nutty and sweet, but with an unpleasant metallic bite -- goes a bit beyond the usual hard water mineral dryness. Mouthfeel is marginal, thin and fizzy, very Mexican macro.

Wales has never been known for great beer, and this weak sister is one of the reasons why. At least the label is nice.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a good, creamy head and copious lace. Smell is malty, hoppy, peaty, grassy, and a smell that nearly drove me insane trying to figure it out. It was somewhat like soy sauce, but kept bringing roasted or smoked turkey to mind. A vinegar-like tangy/tartness that I finally gave up trying to determine. Sadly, that was a prevalent smell, but the rest were fairly well balanced. Taste was pretty much the same with the turkey taste less noticeable than in the smell. The complexity was good and the balance decent. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth with good effervescence all over the mouth and tongue. Drinkability: I wish I could say something really great about this beer, it being Welsh and so am I, but sadly, it's nothing special. Not bad, but doesn't stand out in any way.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.79/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dusty dark pumpkin with cornbread colored accents. The splendid looking crown of frothy foam is the color of sandstone awash in pale orange light. Although it appears to be sticky, very little lace ends up on the glass. In all but glass coverage, the beer looks great.

The nose is odd and doesn't smell like an English pale ale. It smells like a rusty pipe through which beer has been flowing. I guess that I can attribute that aspect of the aroma to hard water, but this is taking Burton-on-Trentism too far. While there's more hoppiness than maltiness, there isn't much of either.

Compared to the nose, the flavor is different, but is no better. I don't believe I've ever tasted beer quite like this before. Let's see... unsweet caramel, sour peat, old apple skins, splintered wood and harshly bitter, earthy hops. Traces of ethanol and Band-Aid phenols don't help. It isn't quite as bad as all that, but it isn't a whole lot better either.

The flavor profile is becoming less obnoxious as I enter the bottom half of the bottle. The harsher aspects are becoming less harsh and I'm beginning to note an orange fruitiness on the finish. Frankly metallic has now become mineral-like. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and feels firm rather than creamy.

Double Dragon is an unqualified disappointment. Felinfoel's Thames Welsh ESB is one of the better versions of that style that I've had, so I was expecting good things from this pale ale. I have no idea if I have an old bottle since there's no date, but it doesn't taste like old beer to me. Just not very good beer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 Oz. bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in February 2006 for $3.99.

Pours a slightly murky medium brown, yeast in the bottom says bottle conditioning, but it doesn't help the look of the beer. A thin white head sits atop this brew, slowly supported by a thin stream of carbonation in my Abbey Ales Imperial Pint glass.

Aroma is light sweet chocolate milk, biscuit, slightly yeasty. But the flavor isn't the same. Minimal to no sweetness, harsh hops dominate the first swallow. Balances out a bit after the first blush, and is decent malts, but with a heavy piney (not oily) sharpness. A peat-like undertone. I have a hard time with this one- not a "common" English Pale Ale in flavor, but overall not catchy either.

I can drink this beer, but it does not grab me.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mildly chill hazed weathered copper colored ale with a small head with a large bubble consistency. Carbonation level appears to be low.

Sweet and malty scent with a lot of caramel and peat smoke. Little bit of a molasses scent here and a faint trace of pineapple.

The taste is mildly sweet and fruity and herbal. There is a flavor here something like leather and tobacco. Quite mildly flavored it no one taste stays on the tongue for long. Good mild and herbal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Certainly this is easy to drink and with the low alcohol level this might be considered an English mild ale. Thing is this is on the mild end of the flavor scale, I personally prefer a stronger flavor. An OK beer but I will be buying something stronger in the future.

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Photo of amicar
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap a light copper with a thin- ish head that only briefly sticks around; was poured at a relatively warm temperature that let flavor and aroma say hello. Nice light copper color and a number of hard- to place smells in the aroma; smelled a little fruity a little smoky. Relatively low carbonation. The taste had a tiny vinegar component and I got a trace of apples after a little bit. Almost as if someone got a little hard cider in the glass- but this was clearly intentional and clearly tasty. Mouth was a little thin for me. Easy to knock back a pint of this, but wouldn't make a night of them.

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Photo of carln26
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at Dressel’s. It poured a deep clear copper color with a thick dense off white head with good retention. Nice mildly fruity aroma with apple pineapple, and mild caramel. A little hop citrus in the finish. Sweeter than I expected with apple and nectarine backed my caramel. Just a bit of orange citrus. Nice smooth rich mouth feel, very drinkable.

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

Coppery red, nice color, though it has only a middling head, one finger of foam quickly fading, leaving a bit of suds.

The nose is slow in appearing, but when it does it's a surprise, not pleasant.Only mildly hoppy, no mention of malt, and an overriding aroma of seashore. Perhaps it's sulfurous, which wouldn't be out of character, but it's accompanied by the odor of tidal pools and seaweed. Strange.

The taste is metallic and gently hopped, the malt shows up, but shyly, a hint of limes and a dry, peppery finish. Aftertaste of tealike bitterness, with a reprise of metallic notes.

As it warms some tart fruit emerges, but it's not very interesting.

All in all, pretty unremarkable, even unpleasant.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky medium amber colored body with a compact but long-lasting head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Caramel malt and some mineral tones

Taste: Starts out rather bready, almost like an Irish soda bread with a touch of honey; that sweet flavor is quickly joined by an assertive lemon/orange citrus bitterness that nicely balances the sweet malt through to the finish; there is a mineral tone in the finish, however, that detracts from the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good dose of carbonation

Drinkability: Having read through the reviews, I am surprised that I like this beer as much as I do; a very pleasant English pale ale

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.64/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Courtesy of clvand0. This beer pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a 2 finger head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is not that inticing. I'm not too sure what it is, but it smells slightly sweet, maybe a little peppery hop, some biscuit malt. I just don't like it. The flavor is equally as unappealing to me. There is a flavor that is just off on the finish. The feel is a light moderate, with a slight carb on it. Overall, this beer is something I would not have again, even if it were free. Thanks Chris.

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Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh Wales, a country the size of Fox River Grove, Illinois, whose only exports are Manic Street Preachers albums and whatever the hell Super Furry Animals are, have decided to enter the beer game. Good for them.

Pours a hazy rust color, dark with a small head the dies quickly.

Very deep, harsh caramel. Put some brown sugar on the stove and leave it until it starts to smoke.

Dry beginning. Random fruit and a bit of alcohol zip (strange, with such a low ABV). Moves into the harsh caramel, mixed with a light vinegar. Ends on a light, fruity hop.

Nice, unique, and easy drinking in spite of its complexity. Nothing great, but pretty darn good.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.13/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchases at Frugal MacDoogels on sheer whimsy becuase I used to LOVE Double Dragon on Nintendo, old school baby!

Pours out much darker than expected, a coppery carmelized honey color with 3 fingers of wheat hued foam. As the head settles, sticky walls of lace encrust my English standard pint glass.

Aromas start with honey and caramel malt sweetness, dried fruit skins, powdery rock minerality, and fragrent honeysuckle floral hops.

Unfortunately very little of the nose is translated into flavors. It tastes like watery Bass Ale. There's a generally cereal-like malt flavor which is offset by a tangy, funky lemon tart astringancy. It's filled with bitter minerality, like old water sitting in a concrete well in the dark for 50 years.

The body is water thin with the absent mouthfeel more commonly associated with macro light lagers. I am extremely disappointed with this beer and will no longer associate it with my beloved nintendo video game. Boo.

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