Import Craft Beers – Double Mountain Fa La La La La Winter Ale

Double Mountain Fa La La La La Winter Ale

From Hood River, OR comes Double Mountain Fa La La La La Winter Ale (7.5% alc, from a 500 mL bottle and poured at home).

Aroma & Appearance – aroma of sweet malt, huge floral and citrus hops, pours a amber colour with a think head of foam that leaves a nice lacing as it disappears.

Flavour – Starts with a really nice malt forward and bready sweetness followed by some some citrusy grapefruit, and ends with a sharp bitter aftertaste that hangs on for a while.

Overall Impression: This is pretty good stuff and exactly what I expect from a Winter Ale in that it warms you up nicely and would be perfect to sip while watching the snow fall or by a warm winter fire. Just the right amount of booze, rather bitter, but a wonderful aroma.

Rating: I would rate about 8/10 for a craft beer as in excellent. I get a little tired of the Winter Ales all tasting like gingerbread, so this is a nice change and a real pleasure to drink. It is more of an experience beer, with a bit of complexity but not so much that you have to pay too much attention to enjoy it. I also like that the bottle is a 500 mL bottle, it’s nice not to have to put back a 22oz beer to enjoy something new. I’ll gladly try other offerings from this place and grab a few of these next year.

Food Pairing: Pair with sharp aged cheddar.

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