Fa La La La La | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
"T'is the season for a big, malty hop bomb! We load up our holiday brew up with enough Centennials to fill Santa's toy bag. A big malt bill provides a rich counterpoint to all those hops."

Brewed with organic Pilsner and Munich malt, imported crystal malts, and Centennial hops. 7.6% ABV, 83 BU

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-07-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
86
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
18.6%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 86
Reviews by jdense:
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler ($12) procured at Double Mountain, the only place you're going to find this during 2011 holiday season, hand carried back to The Big, shared with homeboys at Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting, 12.18.11.

One finger off-white head, medium size bubbles with good retention and nice lacing over medium reddish amber clear body, multiple streams of rising carbonation. Huge citrus hop hit in the nose balanced by dry malt aromas. Taste is hop bomb, some floral but mainly citrus, the dryish malts let the hops really shine. Medium mouthfeel, really good effervescence. Not sure this belongs in the 'catch all' Winter Warmer category, much more of a Winter IPA given the aggressive hopping and dryish malts. Tasty.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle. Bright amber, 3-finger head, tight, lasting lace. Aroma is full of pine, berries, candy, and faint grain. Full-bodied, viscous, chewy, well-carbonated, and creamy. Malty sweet, rich, toasty, candied fruits, orange marmalade with a piney, resiny, and zesty hop profile that leaves a light oiliness on the palate. Some burnt raisins and ashy clove in the back. Spicy and warming alcohol too. Dry finish.

A tasty PNW take on a Winter Warmer.

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Photo of Easton70
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of switzer
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, with a nicely rendered snow and, um, 'hopcone' flake adorned label - 'don we now our gay apparel', indeed!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some pleasant webbed snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of various green hop bitters, from piney to floral to herbal, straight off, with a nice lemon, blood orange, and white grapefruit citrus rind acerbity, gritty, grainy pale malt, an ethereal sense of the caramel malt that might have been, and a wee booziness. The taste is pungent and resinous piney, floral, and herbal hop bitters, grainy and lightly crackery pale malt, some strange berry fruitiness (almost cranberry-like), muddled citrus pith, and a hovering, but not quite alighting alcohol measure.

The carbonation is nice and tame in its generally fluffy frothiness, the body on the low side of yer typical middleweight, and somewhat smooth, as it does well enough to fight through those bitter, bitter hops. It finishes oddly off-dry, that berry and citrus fruitiness really showing some lasting legs.

Yeah, you wouldn't think that a hop-forward Pacific NW brewer of note would forgo their so-called bread and butter when considering how to best celebrate the holidays, huh? And Double Mountain surely does not, giving us a huge hoppy whack across all our doubting Thomas palates. This isn't the beer that goes with the holiday baking - it's the one that makes you forget all about that stuff.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint sized bottle received as a gift today. Served cold into a goblet.

Fa la la la la is a copper-amber color with good clarity and thick white head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice sticky lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy with a subtle spice and malty undertones.

Flavor is strong and fairly hoppy but balanced with a big malty body and tons of fresh northwestern hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good hoppy winter warmer.

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Photo of hreb
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Half liter bottled on 10/25/14. Served in chalice. Beer pours medium amber in color, and significantly turbid, briefly supporting an off-white head. Aroma is delicious beer candy: spicy, resinous hops, caramely unfermented malts. Flavor corresponds nicely. Bitter and sweet combine in flavors like candied orange peel, with just the right amount of carbonation.

If this passes for a Winter Warmer in the PNW I am totally ok with that.

This year's batch reports 7.5% alc/vol and 85 BU.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, procured in pdx

appearance: really lovely label design - served in a great dane imperial pint, orange-amber body, thick eggshell foam, sticky ring

smell: double mountain hop profile - grapefruit rind, medicinal, biscuit

taste: not a winter warmer, but rather just a seasonal IPA, and a pretty good one. Orange peel, holiday spice, caramel malt, grapefruit rind, biscuity malt. I'm not a huge double mountain fan, but I think I like this better than their other hop-forward offerings

mouthfeel: nice - lingering bitterness, medium oily body

overall: worth the purchase

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy darker straw body.
The aroma is grainy.
The taste is malty yet hoppy. Great balance. Caramel, pine and grapefruit flavors.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GabeBoise
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DOCRW
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 1/13

Pours light to dark copper, almost brown, 1/2 inch white foam. Persists. Fruity nose. Woodsy, earthy, caramel malt taste backed by a peppy hop. Nice winter warmer but with a firmer hop. Good pine mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really like this beer. Advertised as a Winter Warmer but seems more like an IPA; though it does have a certain je ne sais quoi quality that justifies its characterization.

Hop notes with a strong malt backbone. A slighty medicine undertone that contributes to the "quoi".

Have yet to taste a beer from Double Mountain that I didn't like... this is no exception

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at the COOP for about $5ish... Poured into my Elysian goblet... 2 finger khaki head dies pretty quickly atop a slightly hazed orange brew... big toasty malts punctuated by plenty of pithy citrus hops.. Good bitterness on the finish helps cut through the big toasty/biscuity maltiness... good drinkability.

3.75/3.5/3.5/3.75/3.5

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Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a clear, coppery amber with a finger of off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops and light holiday spicing, particularly cinnamon, sweet. Flavor starts with mild caramel malt and citrus hops, then rapidly builds to an interesting complex piney, citrus, slightly floral hop and spice middle and finish, ending with lingering light estery fruit and herbal hops and grassy hops bitterness. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. I was underwhelmed at first, but then was impressed by the interesting flavor progression and quite nice finish. I looked forward to experiencing the complex flavors each sip. The success seems to be due to a nice malt body that is subtle at first, but supports some reasonably intense hopping. I liked this and will add to my winter rotation. I like this brewery's use of returnable bottles and am glad that their beer is interesting enough to cause me to keep returning to them.

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Photo of Ribsandwhiskey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of crhall41
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - slightly turbid amber color with good head retention.
Smell - malty sweet with slight spicy notes.
Flavor - very bitter the initial few sips which seens to be due to the resinous hop addition. Malty biscuit sweet with a medicinal finish. The high alcohol content is hidden well but the bitterness lingers.
Feel - nice on the tongue. Not too crisp with a good malty texture.
Overall - Too bitter for my taste buds. My preference is for a more citrus, piney taste in a winter warmer such as the Pfriem winter ale.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this ontap at Concordia in Portland.

Pours a glowing ipa orange. It's incredibly cloudy, looks like an ipaweisen...which i just made up.

This is basically an IPA, inevery respect. maybe the only thing that reminds me of a winter warmer is the decent pine-forward hops.

Great chewy hop sweetness and florals, with some obviously nice pine.

Mouthfeel is plenty full, and really hit the spot. Ended up getting 2 pints of this, despite Concordias impressive beer menu.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: clear ruby red amber with some hints of light copper. real pretty color. large 3 finger marshmellowy off white thick head

s: strong sweet malts with a little bit of a spice zing to them. figs, candy sugar, brown sugar, honey, caramel syrup, hint of sweet berries, ends with tons of thick caramel

t: caramel and alcohol up front. i'm surprised how strong the alcohol is right away here being 7.5%. there is an earthy bitterness, fresh biscuits and grain, hint of prunes. finishes with the sweet malt - the sweetness is malty, not so much caramel

m: medium, with a syrupy feeling in the mouth and a lower amount of carbonation (surprising given the head)

o: honestly, I've been liking what I've had from Double Mountain so far, but this one is too alcohol-heavy in the flavor. it kills all the sweet and fruity flavors. even that toasty, earthy bitterness is overshadowed by the alcohol.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double Mtn. Brewery 'Fa La La La La' @ 7.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is gold from the bottle to clear amber in the glass with a big frothey white head which is leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-smells like a lot of pine resin

T-crisp & clean for a big winter beer

MF-ok/good carbonation , nice big full body , slight dryness on the palate

Ov-ok beer

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Reidrover
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR $4.99 Pours a burnt darker orange colour with an impressive thick and creamy off white head. Spicy,resinous hop aromas mainly backed up by thick toffee malts. Taste is way more spicy hoppy goodness than the aroma suggested. Crystal malts come a clear second. Very hoppy beer. Nice mouth feel and excellent after taste of spicy/resinous hops, Very nice winter beer but maybe really an IPA..new style Winter IPA!

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Fa La La La La from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
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