Double Dragon | Felinfoel Brewery Co.

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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.

Added by Realale on 12-04-2002

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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 -22%
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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Photo of Hampton73
2.17/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer looks nice, with a somewhat normal head.

The smell is a little like old pond water, and not good.

The taste is a little smoky, with some wierd hop flavor over sweet malts. It is going to be hard to finish the bottle. Thank goodness I only bought one.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours up a clear attractive light amber ruddy orange, with a thick head of not quite creamy foam, some decent lace on the sides. stays about pinky thick on the beer.
smells pretty good, orange and caramel, but a hint of something musty as well, not terrible, but possibly out of place. somewhat floral, or like wet wood/earth.
not bad, typical mineral water, some decent sweet bread malt, but somewhat thin and slightly watery. little tinge of hoppy bite under the malt.
mouthfeel is thin to medium with very little carbonation. almost has a cask slick feel to it.
drinkability is high, in the session aspect. however, if other english pale ales were available (aside from bass) i might move on. although, i would not be unhappy if this were on tap.


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Photo of mdagnew
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's as part of a Great British Beers Selection 3 pack...

Poured a nice deep rusty orange colour. Creamy head poured thick and foamy with tight bubbles then faded to light layer. Barely any carbonation... fair amount of sticky lacing coats the glass...

Aroma - Nice toasted breadiness, biscuity malts, nice light juicy fruits (oranges, figs and apples), light dusty hints, some honey / caramel sweetness, grassy and dry hay notes, faint peppery hops...

Taste – Light toasted maltiness, light watered down fruits (bitter oranges, some grapefruits, apples), no real sweetness - maybe just the slightest hint of brown sugar, light spicy / peppery hops, breadiness, some nuttiness..

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... Light body. Very refreshing and quaffable and at 4.2% a good session ale...

Overall - A well made and drinkable pale ale.. could maybe do with beefing up the all flavours a touch but certainly worth a try...

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Photo of DogFood11
1.79/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sharp looking beer. Shiney copper body with medium sized carbonation. Eggshell white head that leaves good sized ring lace.

Buttery is the first thing that comes to mind. Malts are breaded and the theme. Malts seem to be in the raw doughy stage of bread. There is a yeast presence as well that I seem to get in alot of beers from the UK. Samuel smiths uses this to perfection but this is just missing the character of a good english pale and granted very few make it here in good shape and some I imagine just aren't good period. This falls under the later statement, its just not good. Nothing spoiled about it, fairly mundane carbonation just can't do much for the mouthfeel, and the hops are non existent.

Notes: Ehhhh....Not terrible. Just not worth dollar bills.

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Photo of plaid75
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was dominated by a strong caramel malt aroma. A smattering of hop present as well.

The taste was upfront sweet with a heavy malty body. Caramel flavors dominated. Sour aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was dry and astringent.

Overall not all that enjoyable.

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Photo of dgallina
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 ounce brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours clear tawny copper with weak carbonation, a finger of thin creamy foam. Smells of caramel malts and gentle leafy hops; overshadowed by hard metallic water. Flavor is extremely poor; very weak caramel malt, a touch of hop bitterness. FAR too little flavor and too much watery metallic tang in the finish. Very thin, watery, body.

This one drinks like weakly carbonated ale-flavored water. Move along. There's nothing to see (or taste) here.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm...not too sure how I feel about this one. Very poor appearance for a pale ale, as the whole point of a pale ale is to be clear. This is a hazy copper colour. Like a fog rolling across the Welsh landscape, this is a beer that is hard to penetrate. Decent head.

Smells malty, musty with a sweet-and-sour tang. Akin to some of the the English PAs I've had, but nothing exciting. At times, I feel I can almost detect faint traces of chlorine or chemical lime.

Taste wise, it seems similar to London Pride, Bombardier or even Black Sheep, but not as exciting or flavourful. This isn't terrible, but its certainly not the best I've had. Malts, no detectable hops and a certain amount of bitterness and sourness. Yeasty and dry, no sweetness to this at all.

At the very least, the carbonation and mouthfeel is decent. Easy to drink once I get past the inital odd taste. I'd really like to try this with a ploughman's lunch or a British cheese plate to see if it helps at all.

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Photo of gnoff
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought over from Leeds, England, by a friend of mine.
Bought in a special beer shop in Leeds.

Dark amber to light brown color, beige lasting head.
Refreshing fruity scent.
Low bitterness, fresh taste.

I like it ok, my first beer ever from Wales, a good first experience.

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Photo of WetCoaster
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
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 Drew966
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a copper color with a small head from a 16.9 ounce brown bottle. Malty, toffee aroma is present. Taste is also malty with some toffee notes, and surprisingly watery mouthfeel which I find disappointing. Worth a try, but I wouldn't go looking for it.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
2.25/5  rDev -33%
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 Dukeofearl
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
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 wl0307
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's the second time for me to taste this beer. The first time was four years ago in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, where this was the only Welsh beer I managed to find back then~~ Now that the micro-brewing business is also taking off in Wales, I'm delighted to see this beer widely available at the Tesco supermarket here in London. The bottle cap says: 'contains Barley and "MAY" contain Wheat, Oats, Rye, Spelt'... don't know what it means, does it really contain more than just Barley malts?
BBE DEC 06, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a beautiful and clear amber hue with strong caramel hints; the off-white head comes thick and frothy with great retention, only very slowly settling and leaving tight sheets of lace~~ gentle, moderately-carbonated body.
S: very grainy-malty upfront, with a semi-sweet note like mixture of root-vegetable (like sweet potato) and sugar-cane juice, against a slightly earthy hoppyness in the background; the two layers of note mingle pretty well,
T&M: pretty floral hoppy with a thin-textured juicy and slightly bready malts upfront, backed by a lightly sour tinge of hays and unidentified grains, maybe spelt (based on my limited experience of spelt beer)? Rather short finish with more floral+wood-barrel (like)+soapy tone. Overall it's balanced b/w subtle hops and soft maltiness, though a bit thin on the overall texture.
D: This beer tastes rather simplistic and straight forward, and not as nice as I could remember from my last bottle in Wales. Perhaps the context mattered in my case. Not to say that it's below average, though.

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Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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 SaCkErZ9
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle with no freshness date. Cloudy sweet tea color with a nice, well lacing head that doesnt mind staying for the party.

Smell is a bit weak. Smells a bit like cigarrette smoke with caramel malts.

Not much flavor. Tobacco and diacetyl. Very metallic(a) as well.

Light bodied with an astringency to it. Not a very good beer in my opinion. Little bit of hops in the aftertaste but not enough to save this beer. I hope this breweries other offerings are better. I bet the dark is better.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
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 JISurfer
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
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 horndecker
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.79/5  rDev -17%
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 ybnorml
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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 carln26
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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 AlexJ
2.13/5  rDev -36.6%
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: 3.36 out of 5 with 86 ratings