Double Mountain FA LA LA LA LA Winter Ale Review

Double Mountain Brewery’s FA LA LA LA LA is not a winter warmer, it’s a West Coast IPA in a Santa suit. If you can’t get enough hops in your beer, then this one is for you. “We add big bagfuls of Centennial hops,” Double Mountain says, “to give the FA LA LA its deliciously wooly and resiny hop character, which rides over a big malt backbone.” At 85 BU, it is a delicious hoppy Christmas present.

Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River, Oregon began in 2007. They source their ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. The two-row Pilsner malt (malted barley) come from Gambrinus Malting in British Columbia. And the hops are grown in Yakima, Washington and the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

FA LA LA LA LA pours clear amber with nice carbonation and a laced foam on the sides of the glass. It smells clean, with citrus, hops and pine. What strikes me about the taste is how the hops blend with the malts for a balanced, yet bitter (it is 85 BU!) drinking experience. It is 7.5 ABV.

Double Mountain Brewery began bottling in July 2012 using a refillable German 500 ml bottle. The brewery currently distributes to only a few markets: Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles.

Seek out a bottle if you like hop-forward beer.

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    While it's difficult to picture Santa as a young man, he was once. He met the future Mrs. Claus one snowy night when she offered him a winter ale that she brewed herself. It was love at first sight - for both the Mrs. and her winter ales. With Santa's growing fame, his favorite brews became named after his favorite day - Christmas. Santa now travels the world each year to spread the joy that began in a stable in Bethlehem two millennia ago.

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