Fa La La La La | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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86
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87 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States
doublemountainbrewery.com

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
Ratings:
87
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out beautifully, burnt orange and huge fluffy head. Aroma hints at the spiciness that follows in the taste. Not overwhelming, but complementary to the malt and hop profiles. Lingering savory flavors, slick and creamy body.

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Photo of crhall41
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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 DOCRW
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Epicfail97081
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chadski
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of EXScotT
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ANIMOUL
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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 biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Easton70
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rarigney
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really nice winter warmer. Purchased a few days ago at Total Wine in Spokane. Very pleased with this beer. Initially maybe a bit more bitter than I was expecting, but after a few sips, I'm sold!

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of claybob43
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2015 edition and three days old. An uninvited bitterness creeps in upon first taste, to much lemon pith and not enough lemon zest. The malt is subdued and not what I was expecting in a winter warmer. Although the alcohol was well hidden, I find this beer not enjoyable. Don't let that discourage you give it a try.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of G_Z_a
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite local winter brews. Nice and hoppy.

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Photo of Todd
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 SierraFlight
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoelClark
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PretzelCity
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Derek
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a good head, good retention, great lace!

Aroma of Pine, citrus and sponge toffee.

Very bitter, lots of piny resin, citrus rind, sponge toffee, light alcohol warmth.

Moderate body has a light hop acidity and a slightly drying alcohol finish.

Well balanced (though certainly bitter) and drinkable for a bigger brew.

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Photo of SuperMario
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilley4
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One kick ass Winter Warmer! Huge malt bill with hints of cocoa and dark bread counter balanced by those Centennial hops in a big way... Absolutely delicious beer... Neither element dominates here, they just meld together beautifully... Would love to have this on tap.... Amazing brew...

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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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