Double Dragon | Felinfoel Brewery Co.

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Double DragonDouble Dragon

Brewed by:
Felinfoel Brewery Co.
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
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 +9%
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 +2.7%
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 +9.3%
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 -14.6%
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 -4.5%
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 +17.9%
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 +0.3%
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 -15.5%
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 +23.3%
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 -10.4%
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 +6%
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 +6.3%
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 +14.3%
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 +17%
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 etenbus
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: copper with nice fluffy head that settled into nice pint glass lacing

Aroma: Musty horse blanket with some sweet notes, caramel, some citrus fruit

Taste: Has that classic English ale mustiness with a creamy nature that these ales do not usually have. Creaminess reminds me of what Pilsner Uruquell used to provide. A solid bitter with more sweet roundness than Samuel Smith's Pale Ale. A little bit of sourness follows on the swallow

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than expected but nothing detrimental.

Drinkability: Has Session beer written all over with 4.2% ABV. This beer could see many hours in a dark and comfortable public house

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev 0%
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 Minkybut
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. I guess you can I liked it and thought it was GOOD. The beer was a nice mahogany color with a fine bubbly tan head. It had a nice rich malty smell and a little nutty. The beer was kinds thick tasting honey nutty yummy and it had great lacing. I will certainly buy again.

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Photo of scottakelly
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Medium amber color. Thick head. Very little lacing.

S- Slightly sweet. Not much aroma.

T- Sweet malt. Very thin. Some hop bitterness, but it's pretty light. Good flavor for a low abv beer, but I can't get over how thin it is.

M- Very creamy. Nice mouthfeel.

D- Very high.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +26%
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 stcules
2.88/5  rDev -14%
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 Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored with a big head that settles to a 1/2 inch cap with very good lacing. Smell is coppery with floral hops and dry malt. Taste is similar with that same copper note and floral hops, but the taste is a bit softer than the aromas. Somewhar creamy and quite smooth with a medium body, this beer is quite drinkable. The low abv helps. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Mechphisto
4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep rich amber. Clear, but rich! Beautiful thick tan head. Stays a good couple, few minutes. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass and layer on top.
Almost too pretty to drink.

S- A slightly sour, sweet scent. Some savory fruit, like peach or apricot. Something a little grassy, or woodsy, but not spicy or of any herb per se.

T- Also sweet/sour. Not very bitter, hoppy. A little malty, but mixes well with the sweet for a nice balance.

M- Very nice, medium-bodied. Creamy but doesn't linger too long. Doesn't sour the back of the palate.

D- Rich enough to fill you up. You know you've had a good, solid beer. But quite drinkable, almost refreshing.

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Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 ox bottle

A - Poured out an orange/brown color with a foamy, tan, two-finger head. Left very good lace.

S - It smelled of malts, barley and some grasses.

T - It tasted very creamy. It had a mild malt taste and there was a small hint of grassy hops.

M - It was very soft and creamy. Also, very smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This wasn't bad. It seemed more like a cream ale.

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Photo of psinderson
2.62/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared a bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber, thin off-white head. Nothing to note.

Smell: Strong malt and grain aromas with some noticeable English hops.

Taste: Something seems to be wrong here - primary flavors are pepper, metal and acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, OK carb. Strange flavors affect the finish.

Drinkability: Unfortunatley, the rough flavors remain with a long aftertaste.

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Double Dragon from Felinfoel Brewery Co.
3.35 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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