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Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
100% Barrel Fermented.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 04-11-2004)
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Reviews by Tawnos:
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this when it was on tap at Spike's in downtown San Luis Obispo. Tried it both on their normal taps and during the firkin party.

It looks somewhat cloudy, as is to be expected from an unfiltered beer. Light refracted off the yeast particles, making this one glow in the pub.

Smelled of bread, definitely more yeast smell present than their regular DBA.

The taste is amazing. It's literally liquid bread, hearty and wholesome. A "breadier" version of the regulard DBA, and better for it.

Unfortunately, the yeast leaves a bit of a dry/gritty taste to the beer. This might be because I was towards the bottom of the firkin keg, but the usual smoothness wasn't there. Thinking of it as a an unfiltered though, it's average. Nowhere near as smooth as some of the unfiltered oatmeal stouts I've had.

I could drink this (okay, I did drink this) all night. At 5% ABV, it's not killer to put away a few pints, and the chewy breadiness makes you take them at just the right speed.

Tawnos, Apr 23, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Professor_Yeesh
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

You can taste the difference from the regular DBA. UDBA includes 100% beer coming from the Oak barrels whereas DBA ferments 80% in steel silos and only 20% in the oak barrels for a final mix that goes into DBA.

Professor_Yeesh, Aug 20, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

MrBiscuit, Sep 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Narshwaggle, Jul 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

mverity, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

mctizzz, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

aquazr1, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

sourdog, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

girllovesbier, Nov 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Beer21, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Reappropriated, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

InfernoBoss, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-pump cask at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a 20oz nonic.

Burnt umber liquid with rust highlights. Superlative retention of the thick beige head. Very good lacing.

Nuts, wheat bread dough, and mild hop aromatics.

Brown bread, a touch of banana, slight caramel, earthy hops, and well water on the palate. Light pepper on the finish. Excellent, though the hops could stand up for themselves a little more.

Slightly chalky mouthfeel; not quite medium-bodied...

Overall, just a touch flat tasting (though not flat bodied), almost like it is diluted with mineral water - but an excellent domestic rendition of a British classic...

augustgarage, Oct 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

fthegiants, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Rymish, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Larrydoherty, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on cask at Monk's Kettle for a Firestone Walker event.

Pours a cloudy amber color with minimal head from the cask.

Aroma is really interesting. Caramel malt and citrus along with interesting oak and vanilla notes.

Flavor is very oaky, along with vanilla from the barrel and even some coconut milk. Caramel malt and nuttiness from the malt as well, along with some citrusy and tropical fruit hop notes.

Smooth on the palate with medium body and low carbonation.

Wow, what an improvement this is over regular DBA. Drinking this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and I couldn't help but down it quickly. This is a really killer English Pale Ale.

nickd717, May 09, 2010
Photo of MiScusi
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Firestone Taproom in Buellton.

Came poured as a dark brown-amber, almost not able to see through with much clarity, and with no head at all. I don't think the lack of head was the fault of the bartender pouring it because swirling to regenerate does absolutely nothing.

The smell is pretty subtle but malty, toasty. The taste is malty and balanced with hops. It was pretty similar to the regular Double Barrel but this one was indeed a bit smoother. Drinkability was a little better as well.

MiScusi, May 29, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Glibber, Oct 07, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark orange amber color. Had a nice head with good retention. Tasted sweet and citrusy just like it smelled. Light to medium body; smooth going down. I like the original but this is so much better than the filtered version. I tried some at the end of the brewery tour.

Brewermeister, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Strwrs777, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

LakerLeith, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

AleHunter805, Jul 17, 2014
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Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.