BREWER: Felinfoel Brewery, Carmarthenshire, Wales
STYLE: Red Ale
VESSEL: 44oml tin
DATE OF POST: 5th March 2023
Double Dragon is a fantastic name for a beer. Though I had to go a long way to come back. See, the word double in beer terms nowadays suggests something strong, something dank, something big. So when I first got my mitts on this brew I was fully expecting to turn the tin around and be informed that this is an 8%+ bruiser of a beer from South West Wales. You can imagine my shock when I found out it was only coming in at 4.2%. Bit of a daft name for a beer then, I thought to myself. However I than began to explore the MANY words on this can.
MASTER BREWERS WITH OVER 150 YEARS OF BREWING HERITAGE WELSH CRAFT ALE SINCE 1878
BREWED BY WALES’ OLDEST BREWER FELINFOAL BREWERY
CELEBRATING OVER 80 YEARS OF CANNING CRAFT ALE
And according to the Muse on Booze man on the ground in Wales, Michael P Anther, this brew has been knocking around for quite some time and almost certainly predates anything like a Double IPA that we find in our hipster bottle shops nowadays.
So, though misleading to the drinker initially, Double Dragon is a fantastic name for a beer!
Can’t say I’m much looking forward to it though as the can art is SHIT therefore making this brew unappealing before it’s even cracked.
But do not judge a book by it’s cover Jymi boi… let’s get DD poured…
Ok, sorry, I have to cut to the chase here. This is a terrible beer. It taste’s like flipping blackcurrant squash for crying out loud!! And not a very strong one at that. Now, listen, I don’t mind a blackcurrant squash (though I probably haven’t had one for over 20 years) but do I want it to have a hint of beer in it… no. And do I want my beer tasting like blackcurrant squash… no. And that is that.
Jymi’s Rating: 17%
So, Double Dragon. It’s a beer. Good start.
Everything from this point on is downhill.
For starters, the can looks like something more akin to something you might see from the orient as opposed to Wales. This is backed up by the name. To be fair, I get why the name is Double Dragon, but it all smacks of China rather than Wales.
Anyway, let us not dwell too much on this. Let us move on.
And it’s not about to get better.
The number of statements on the can is ludicrous.
Best beer and brewer twice! When? And from whom?
National ale of Wales. Big claim. Others might have a little something to say about that.
And then let me sum up Double Dragon as a consumption experience: Wet sock smell. Stale beer. Not the most pleasant. In fact, it’s the opposite of pleasant.
If you haven’t guessed, I don’t like this beer. Not one bit.
Steer well clear, my friends.
Sammy’s Rating: 19%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 18%
MOB review next weekend: NORADA by FIFTYTWO NORTH
Sammy & Jymi – Musing on Booze weekly since 2017