Double Diamond | Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd

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Double DiamondDouble Diamond

Brewed by:
Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 62
Photo of cyrenaica
2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I recently tried this on tap at a local Toronto eatery and found it to be a very boring beer. The colour was a nice golden hue with an off-white head that lingered for a while. The aroma was nothing spectacular, slightly malty but long lasting. The flavour was mild, not strong, not bitter as I had expected. Like other ales I have tried it was slightly thick on the tongue with weak carbonation.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer takes awhile to get set up in both temp and head. There is a sulphur note to the nose with a slight note of hops as well. This is a subtle beer( maybe too soft) and the rounded hops notes are sometimes lost. I like this beer but wish that it had more presence as it seems watered down at times

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Photo of gotweid
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SERVED on tap at a friends English dart club. APPEARANCE was kind of a dull brass with a head of about 1". SMELL was faint, almost disappointing and surprising given the appearance. TASTE was very good, made up for lack of aroma. Kind of creamy and smooth and not bitter. Had a touch of sweetness. MOUTHFEEL was pleasant, not too carbonated and left a pleasant aftertaste. Very DRINKABLE beer where you can find yourself drinking quite a few before you know it. Went well with the English stew we had. Would also go well with a burger and corn on the cob on a hot day. A summer beer if I had to guess. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Shadman
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a four pack of cans at a local store that manages to carry beer other than the macros. Poured a creamy white with lots of cascading which resulted in a very creamy head 1 finger thick that stayed around forever. Smell was of very lacking..maybe due to the thick creamy head? Bitter hops on the front end with some lingering 'mineralness' at the back. Nice and creamy mouthfeel...this is a decent ale.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid beer. Reminded me of a tinner bodied Bass Ale. Appearance was copper with a fair amount of lacing. Smell was sweet and grainy; taste was also a tad sweet. The mouthfeel is very smooth and this would make an excellent session beer as it is very easy to drink. I've seen some reviewers call this a "boring" beer, and I can't argue too much with that call, but if you're looking for something light with a little bit of a kick to go with your burger or sandwich, you could choose worse than this.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Took me a while to review this. Bought a can at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a an orange-red with a huge thick creamy white head, staying for the remainder of the drink.

Aroma: Hard to get a handle on it but pick up mild citrus and biscuit notes.

Taste: Mild tasting with little complexities. Definite sweetness with a low bitterness, finish of mild fresh blueberries.

Mouthfeel: Honestly, the creamiest beer I've had. The mouthfeel is incredible and makes this beer a mainstay in my fridge. Little to no carbonation.

Final Statement: Sure, I've had more flavourful beers, but this is one of the best session beers I've had. It is so light and creamy, with a beautiful body and head that I keep going back for more.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

440ml can poured into a pint glass.

Unimpressive pour, but once poured, it's an odd creamy frothy 1/2 inch nitro head crowning a much paler ale than I thought it was going to be, a very pale copper colour. Lots of lacing. Smell is a bit sweetish, with some banana yeasty notes in there, and some caramel malt. A bit of alcohol and some floral notes as well.

Taste is pretty sweet at first, but there's a fair amout of bittering hops in there too. Caramel malt, some citrus, alcohol, but mostly it's very flavourless. Body is extremely thin, and there's a surprising alcohol burn going down. The thin body makes it slide down easilty, but there's nothing really quality about this beer, it's very boring. I don't think I'd want more than a pint of this before looking for something more adventurous.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.67/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a caramel color with a good inch of head on it, and a bunch of floating crap in it (I probably shouldn't have poured the whole can, but I didn't know it had sediment). Strong caramel & malt aroma with some floral hints. Tastes a lot like all the other nitro-can beers I've had. Very dry and and not much else in the way of flavor. Mouthfeel is very very creamy. I won't be getting it again unless I see it in a bottle.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light copper - much lighter than I expected, with a typical creamy nitro head.

S - Citrusy hops and light grainy notes.

T - Notes of lemon, and a solid up-front bitterness. Aftertaste is somehow less bitter.

M - Creamy, but not as much as some other nitros. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

D - I'm gonna call this an OK beer, certainly not my favorite in-style, and a little lacking in mouthfeel for a nitro can.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber copper forms an off white nice sized creamy textured head leaves behind even lacing. Aroma has a touch of caramel malt some English herbal earthy hops pretty effin' Fugglish if you ask me. I detect a spicy swetness with a doughy bread fruity tone thrown into the mix some ale complexities...nice. Taste is balanced with the low bittering hops and citrus/earthy tones enough sweetness from some caramel specialty malts and bready yeast tones as the one cat from England's band The Verve said "there's a bitter sweet symphony" going on in this one. In the finish the fruity ale characteristics and citrus peels, flowers, and grass mix together nicely. Mouthfeel is medium to light body range smooth evenly carbonated flows nicely on the palate. Drinkabilitiy...well another tasty English session ale...glad I tried this Burton ale.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper with a thick white head that builds to a solid two fingers once the nitro precipitates out. Smell is very faint, with some malty sweetness and nuts in the mix. Tastes malty as well, the sweetness overwhelming the very faint fruity and nutty flavours to a great degree. Mouthfeel is creamy to a rather unpleasant degree, with the carbonation making it feel rather unlike a liquid, but the drinkability is still quite good.

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Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like a lager, easy drink and mouthfeel. Serviceable beer, better than a macro. Pale lagercolour,residual bit of yeast on top, no head to speak of. nothing in aroma, in fact a negative. . Was there a hop? No but metallic rather than a nice bitter finish.

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Photo of IceAce
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper body with superb clarity supports a ½ finger of dense tan foam. The nose is unmistakeably British...sweetly malty with hints of vinegar cider.

The taste is straight up Burton-on-Trent, loaded with earthy malts leading the charge. The finish closes with a very nice floral hop note and a lingering cider undertone that simply begs for fish & chips.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BLB, Bryant & Lake, Minneapolis, poured by the expert, Dan the Man...

a classic bronze color, nice layer of creamy foam capping it...

aroma is malty most of all, herbal, nutty, not too much from hops...

taste is very smooth, clean, but fully flavorful. Medium-bodied, with hops kicking up their presence on the palate at first sip, then falling back a bit, and returning with each renewed engagement on the lips. I didn't know what to think of this one, as it was my first try. I've been long disappointed with Bass lately, though it was the first beer I ever liked, not to mention the first ale I ever had. DD does the Burton Ale well, much better than the watery Bass we get over here.

I enjoyed this pint, though I wouldn't normally choose it, with my preference for American-style IPAs and all. But for what it is, this is nice. Should replace Bass on so many taps throughout the land, if they only knew.

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Photo of walleye
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the tap. poured a amber color with no head, so no lacing. aroma, malts, fruity, some hops, caramel, sweet. flavor. malts, citrus, friuty like grapes, and apple, hints of caramel. creamy mouth feel not to bad of a beer I think I would buy this one again.

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Photo of bark
1.92/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is pale brass; the nitro-foam forms a finger-thick compact off white head. Looks good to me!

The smell is subtle and a bit sweet with notes of nuts and a trace of some faceless hops.

The carbonation is very very very weak, almost stale.

The taste is mild with a chemical/artificial flavour with some sweet malts and a weak bitterness. The aftertaste is mostly sour (like an used dishcloth).

This is probably the worst ale I have encountered, which is sad, as I like this style quite a lot. I used to drink quite a lot of Double Diamond from tap 10 years ago, but I can't remember it being this bad!

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Photo of Barraclou
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 440ml "caskflow" can, 5.0% ABV, Brewed and canned in Northampton, Great Britain.

Appearance: A nice dark golden / orange colour. Nice to pour, but its foam neck dissappears too fast. Only a 1/2 inch head remains.

Smell: Which smell? I didn't smell nothing.

Taste: Watery.The taste itself is hard to describe. I guess it is malt sweatness

Mouthfeel: Its aftertaste is what it makes of this brand a beer, otherwise it would be too plain to be called an ale.

Drinkability: This brew lacks taste. It got some personnality, but it needs more caracter.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brass with a foamy yellowish tightly packed head. Lacing is decent. The aroma is of strong butterscotch with a little bit of hop bitterness and yeast tartness. The taste is malty caramel and dough with an estery fruity yeast note. English Hops provide an adequate balance. The mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with frothy carbonation.

Overall this is a decent ale, though it could use some more hop and malt complexity. The yeast is pretty good.

Just an observation, but it seems that a buttery diacytel is present strongly in all nitro canned ales that arent stouts.

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Photo of DrJay
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber colour and is topped by a very dense head of small white bubbles about 1/4 inch thick. Decent head retention and stickage to the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt aroma with a bit of pear fruitiness, especially as it warms slightly. The hop character is on the herbal side and has a mild sharpness.

Taste: Malt character is mostly caramel-like sweetness with some breadiness. Fruity esters and hop flavours are much more subdued than in the aroma, with the fruit coming out with some of the breadiness towards the finish. The bitterness starts out light, but becomes a little harsh at the end and finishes with a slight metallic quality. This really detracted from the flavour.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is extremely low and the body is a little thin. The texture seems a little off due to the carbonation. There's also a dry graininess that starts to appear after a while.

Drinkability: Not something that I'd go searching for, but I wouldn't turn down a pint if offered. The metallic finish keeps it from being a good session beer though.

500 mL nitro-can with freshness date printed on the bottom.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.77/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spotted in a Moscow grocery store, this 440ml nitro can is black with a gold, red and white label. Ingredients on the Russian import label conform to the purity law. Best before 1/15/05, I opened it on 12/21/04.

Big release of air when the can is popped open. The pour results in a very cloudy liquid throughout the glass, with the impression of foam falling to the bottom before rising to the top. The cloudiness slowly clears to form a thick and creamy one finger white head above clear reddish gold liquid. The head stays forever, and leaves excellent lace. The nose is mild, but what is there is harsh, almost whiskey-like malt. The mouth is very flat, with almost no carbonation at all and a thick body that is not at all sticky. The first flavor impression is, well, not - almost no flavor at all, just thick liquid. Then some stuffy malt comes through, again with a hint of whiskey, followed later by a shade of harsh metallic hops. The aftertaste dissipates quickly, leaving just a faint whiskey burn at the back of the throat. Ultimately a disappointment.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark amber beer. Has a nice creamy off white head that leaves some lace. There is a sweet almost apple/fruit aspect top the aroma. That sweet apple character continues in the flavor. Starting at the tip of the tongue and gently giving way to a light bitter hop finish.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Old Angel Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber color with carmel edges. A sticky white head develops from the pour and leaves chunky lacings down the glass.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt. An understated carmel smell crops up but I think it's more from the malt.

Taste: Malty first. Hints of maple syrup are what dominates first. It finishes with a bitter tea-like hop finish. There is a definite and strong malt backbone throughout the sip with some warming alcohol notes as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium and very complex. Not too heavy or syrupy but heading in that direction.

Drinkability: Very nice...I could easily see myself making a session out of this one but I don't since I have so many more Canadian beers to try.

Notes: I have tasted a few Pale Ales but this is my first English Pale Ale. I'm used to the American hop monsters so I think my expectations are slightly skewed. I expected a hoppier brew but I also understand that this may not be true to form for an EPA. All things conidered, I thought this was a finely crafted and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was without any head whatsoever to speak of. Similarly, there was no lace around the edge of the glass. In color the beer was of pale copper, almost a sickly shade. A strong bitters effect permeates through the hops. The taste is most proximately to that of unripe apples.

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Photo of granger10
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an amber color with orange highlights and a thin but frothy head. Moderate lacing along the glass. Smell of this beer was real bready. The body was somewhat thin but not too thin for the kind of beer this is. Main flavor was a biscuity malt sweetness combination. There might have been some caramel as well. Hops on the end are somewhat bitter and seem to leave me with a bad aftertaste. Flavor is mellow but quite drinkable. Defnitely akin to Bass in my opinion, just not quite as good.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper/gold color with a white, somewhat creamy head. Nice lace on the glass throughout. Smells a little musty. Dry taste combined with a dry, musty aftertaste. This despite the mustyness is drinkable. Not bad, but there are better out there in this style.

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Double Diamond from Carlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd
3.25 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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