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Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale
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89
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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%


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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Samuel906

California

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This was the second time I've had this, and the first time and the only time I've seen it outside of the Firestone brewery. Looks very similar to the normal DBA, but slightly lighter in color, with some mild sediment and lots of head. Smell is slightly more bready and yeasty than DBA, but disappointingly mellow. Taste is sweet, slight oak, a touch bitter, but very similar to the normal DBA. Very smooth. Overall, underwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 05:26:20 | More by Samuel906
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washburnkid

New York

3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Just barely hazy light copper/dark amber hues. Not much head retention and minimal lacing at best. Very fruity on the nose, with a huge aroma reminding me of apples. The flavors really fell flat for me here. There is apple and then a lightly toasted malt, but nothing is very prominent and I'm having a really difficult time discerning more flavors. The mouthfeel is thin, and the carbonation is lightly slacking. The brew leaves behind a nondescript film over my palate. I'm a little disappointed with this one. What I tried at the brewery tastes very little like what others have described. It was my first beer of the day, so I know my palate was fresh and ready to discern flavors. I would easily try this again, but that'll have to wait until I can get to the brewery again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 18:55:26 | More by washburnkid
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spicelab

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint from FW brewery taproom@Paso Robles. Reviewed from notes.

Deep amber. Little to no head. Steady bead.

Strong toffee and dark fruit malt character gives good aromas of plums and prunes, while a pronounced grainy element and a sweet floral edge round out a suitably English nose.

Melange of maltiness, with ginger nut biscuits in spades, alongside nutty and mild caramel notes. Faint floral hops. Nicely balanced.

Moderate but spot on carbonation provides a nice lifted vibrancy.

Quaffable session beer. Clean, crisp and hits the spot. An able exposition of English styles.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 11:38:29 | More by spicelab
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kojevergas

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught at Firestone Walker's new taproom (not the tasting room) in Paso Robles on its grand opening day. They ran out by the time I returned on the night of its second day of operation. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a hazy semitransparent copper-gold. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Very fresh orange peel, clove, citrusy notes, and clean malts. A mild strength aroma - but also a pleasant and fresh one.

T: Orange citrus fruit esters - very fresh and brilliant. Quite enjoyable and pleasant. Simple but very balanced. Some floral hops. Very well built for what they're going for. The orange peel is really incredible. There's a note here that's almost cidery. Refreshing.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp, and fresh. Adequately carbonated. Very pleasant. Near perfect thickness. Complements the flavours well by not intruding on them. No oak comes through.

Dr: Very drinkable. I'd definitely have it again. Refreshing and enjoyable. Great for what it's trying to do, but it fails to be great due to its relative lack of both complexity and subtlety. There's nothing unique here, but it's one of Firestone Walker's better beers.

High B-

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 03:58:06 | More by kojevergas
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with plenty of head.

S: Lots of bread from the malt with a decent amount of hops.

T: Lots of caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt, and a bit of hoppiness.

M: Nearly full bodied with lots of malt and a good amount of carbonation.

D: A good brew, but not something I'd like to have too many of.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 15:21:53 | More by Thorpe429
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photomike

California

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up from the taproom at the Paso Robles brewery.

Pours a surprisingly mostly clear brown with a very nice tall fluffy beige head. Decent retention, a great looking beer.

The smell was pretty underwhelming. Light vanilla, oak and malt, but not very aromatic.

Taste is really surprising. Oak and caramel, toasty malts, but nowhere near as biscuity as its filtered brother. There isn't anywhere near as much flavor as I had hoped from this...not as full as I expected, I suppose. It was a bit watery, but outrageously smooth going down.

So smooth. Two days in the growler left this very lightly carbonated, but the taster I had in the taproom wasn't super carbonated either. Very crisp, not much of a mouthfeel left after it goes down your throat.

A good craft brew to share with those new to the scene (my dad and siblings loved it), but there wasn't enough complexity here to keep me super satisfied. Going down like water, I could have drunk this all day if I wanted to.

Certainly better than the filtered version, and I suppose it has its time or place, but I didn't really care for this one too much.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2009 06:07:05 | More by photomike
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beertunes

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in bubble pint glass at a FW brewers night. I just went and looked at my review for DBA and found that it doesn't reflect how I now view the brew.

This is a very clean, fresh, tasty version of the regular DBA. If you can tell the difference between the regular and cask versions of one your regular brews, that's what this is.

Well balanced between hops and malt, greatly drinkable and just all-around tasty. The cask/firkin version is a must try if you see it.

Serving type: cask

07-08-2011 08:19:53 | More by beertunes
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film. No lacing on this one. Smell is very malty and fruity. Taste is of malt, fruit, and some woody flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and I enjoyed this one much more than the regular Double Barrel Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 04:17:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BucannonXC5

California

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into an imperial pint glass (20 oz.) at Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, Calif., on Aug. 9, 2012 for $5.50. One finger of head when I got it. Beer color was caramel honey. Good retention on top, a bit foamier on the sides.

Smelled slight hops, dark fruits, light fig, wheat and toffee. Pretty light altogether.

Tasted much better than the smell. Oaky, smooth, toffee, caramel, dark fruits. Lots of other tastes as well, but all come together nicely.

Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long and smooth finish, which kept wanting me to have more.

Just so much better than the regular DBA. I had another one of these later. Really enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 09:15:03 | More by BucannonXC5
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jethrodium

California

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Firkin at Beer Revolution. Pours a cloudy bronze amber with a small fluffy, white head that has very good retention and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. The aroma is caramel malt, some earthiness, a decent amount of oak as well as some breadiness. The taste is biscuit, caramel, some earthiness, and a decent amount of oak. It has a bready finish with a light bitterness. Relatively dry. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Quite enjoyable. I liked this significantly better than the regular double barrel ale.

Serving type: cask

09-26-2011 07:23:05 | More by jethrodium
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Norse Bar. Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, and splotchy lacework. Hazed orange body.

S - Sharp oak, toasted grains, very low sweetness, fruity English yeast. There's some nebulous earthy hop character too. A bit rough - I can see why they blend this, as the oak really takes over.

T - The taste is much sweeter, with toffee, sugar cookie, oaky vanilla, fruity yeast, toasted grains. Better balance here between malts and oak. Fairly low hop bitterness, but enough to keep things from being cloying.

M - Medium body, zesty carbonation, oaky and tannic texture, no alcohol, and a dry finish.

D - Solid brew, albeit a bit too okay for my tastes, particularly in the aroma. I had no problem putting down a glass, but I wouldn't actively seek this out. Still, it's always neat to get more insight into Firestone Walker's blending process.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 02:25:20 | More by MasterSki
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MiScusi

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2007 01:41:25 | More by MiScusi
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bulletrain76

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at the brewery tasting room. A touch lighter amber than the regular double barrel, smooth malty aroma with some oak and spicy hops. The flavor has way more oak and some vanilla. Smooth and balanced feel in the mouth. The bartender said that this version is 100% the oak fermented portion that is blended into the normal version, and I think that the extra character and smoothness that this brings sets it above. It's too bad that they don't have the capacity to bottle this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2009 19:57:14 | More by bulletrain76
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augustgarage

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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...

Serving type: cask

10-22-2009 05:29:33 | More by augustgarage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark copper color with amber edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with a touch of grassy hops and a subtle oak barrel presence. Hints of caramel, toffee, rye and biscuit followed by floral line notes and toasted oak.

Medium bodied and surprisingly hop forward with spicy, earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and oak barrel into a slightly dry finish. Decent amount of dry bitterness with grassy pine flavor that's coutered by caramel malt, toffee and hazelnut. Sutle toasted oak presence that isn't as strong as the nose suggests.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 20:54:31 | More by corby112
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AgentMunky

California

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a half-pint at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 24 February 2013.

A: Very clear gold

S: Toffee malts and earthy dull hops. Very English.

T: Full, robust, and lightly creamy-sweet. Caramel malt and fresh, balancing hops.

M: Very sparkly/carbonated; prickly.

O: Great beer! Better than DBA or DDBA. Gentle, soft, and eminently drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 05:59:16 | More by AgentMunky
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ThirdLap

California

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Sacramento Brewing February 16th 2009.

Pours a deep amber with a creamy off-white head. Tons of chunky lacing leaves a thick film covering the glass.

I get vanilla, breadiness, and a slight amount of hops on the nose. Seems to have a distinct vegetable-like characteristic to it.

Taste is mainly caramel, brown sugar, a slight and well-balanced hop and malt presence, and a bit of woodsy oakiness. Finish is smooth and clean.

As to be expected with a cask beer, carbonation is minimal. Body is light to medium. Very smooth on the tongue.

A solid offering from Firestone, although not as good on-cask as I had hoped.

Serving type: cask

03-19-2009 08:52:56 | More by ThirdLap
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Krevee

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 05/01/10
Poured from 2L Growler into a Bruery tulip

A - Poured a darker orange/amber color with quite a large head that lingered for quite a bit of time. And it also had lacing that lingered for quite a bit of time.

S - The smell was mostly caramel malts with some hops and a little bit of citrus.

T - The beer had a sweet taste to it with some caramel malt notes. It had a hoppy/bitter finish with notes of oak.

M - The mouthfeel was on the light/medium side of things with a good middle amount of carbonation. And the beer had a smooth feel as it went down my throat.

D - At 5% Abv this beer is sessionable and you can drink a few pints without feeling to buzzed which is nice. IMO it is a beer you sip, but is good and I prefer it over the standard double barrel ale.

Serving type: growler

05-03-2010 00:47:56 | More by Krevee
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FosterJM

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1538th Review on BA
Draft to 6oz Snifter

@Firestone Walker, Paso Robles

App- A very pretty amber with some lively carbonation and a tame 1/2 in head that was not inclined to stick around for long. This when the head faded really looked like a spirit or a whiskey.

Smell- A bit of earthly english malt, a faint citrus. I get most of the toffee and oak on the aromas. It was quite pleasant and aromatic. The regular DBA seems a bit lost and more leaning towards a small DDBA.

Taste- I enjoyed this one better than the base and less than DDBA. This was a very good addition of the oak. The base malts sing a little bit more and there is more definition of the hops and a bit of vanilla as the last flavors to come up. A bit creamy and smooth.

Mouth- It was a bit bitter on the finish but it was a nice feeling especially with the oak residual flavors. A bit of a medium solid body with a good low/medium carbonation feel to it..

Drink- Like I said. DDBA>UDBA>DBA. Its the middle brother of the family. The silver medal if you will.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2012 02:28:03 | More by FosterJM
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RidiculedDisplay

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From memory, on-tap at the Buellton Tap Room.

Appearance: A copper-colored beer if I ever have seen one. Very very slight head. Lacing is fizzy and transient but there.

Smell: Picked up the oak a lot more easily than I can in the filtered version. Caramel malts, sweet and slightly citric hops.

Taste: Has much more umph than the filtered version. Oak flavor remains. Caramel, bready yeast malt flavors. Hop bitterness on the back end which is predominately pine-y, but included some citric.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, but smooth. A little astringent in that "I've been sitting in an oak barrel" sort of way.

Drinkability: Could drink them all day. As I said in my review of the taproom, the experience just left me wondering why they feel the need to filter Double Barrel Ale in the first place - this was not some remarkably strong or heavy duty beer. zorro's review below seems to indicate that this can't be bottled, which I don't understand at all, but maybe there's a reason for it. Still, nice to try, definitely.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2007 13:56:32 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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elNopalero

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a roasty amber color. There’s a pleasant biscuit-malt aroma and a light toasty biscuit flavor rounded out by a gentle honey finish. I didn't pick up a major contrast between this and the regular DBA on tap, but in terms of nuances I felt this was very smooth, very drinkable, well-rounded and one of the treats from visiting their tasting room.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 20:42:15 | More by elNopalero
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DocJitsu

California

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark cider color with a perfectly formed white head. Head retention is better than any other FW brew I've had. The beer is extremely cloudy. I like how home brewy the appearance is. The nose is so reminiscent of Christmas pull candy from back home. The flavors are very smooth with oak and vanilla. I like this beer a lot. I'll be having a lot of it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 03:43:26 | More by DocJitsu
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JBogan

Nevada

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Firestone brewery. A hazy orangeish brown with a small head which quickly receded and left minimal lacing.

Caramel malt aroma, with a hint of citrus.

Taste was also mainly caramel, with a hint of vanilla and citrus. Not especially complex but it was enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was slightly thinner than I remember their "regular" version of this being. Still it was very smooth and somewhat creamy.

Overall this wasn't a huge departure from their "standard" DBA. It was nicely drinkable and worth a try if you ever happen to come across it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 03:33:29 | More by JBogan
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Halcyondays

California

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Blue Palms,

A: Pours a cloduy amber-orange, with a finger of white head, good lace.

S: Sweet malt, oak, sugar.

T: Tasty sugary, oaky malt upfront which was really inviting. Complex malt character with a light hop in the finish.

M: On the lighter-bodied side, very low carbonation.

D: A real nice beer from Firestone Walker, certainly better than the DBA, a fascinating beverage.

Serving type: cask

10-18-2009 20:07:19 | More by Halcyondays
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denver10

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy translucent yellow with an amber hue, a nice thickish off white head, and solid retention. Aroma offers some sweet bread and toffee, the oak from the barrels are present, and just a touch of some grass. Flavor is similar; malt is very influential with some sweet breadiness and some toffee, there is a nice dose of the oak barrels (much more so than in the regular DBA, that is for sure), a hint of a little sweet fruits, and slight hints of grass. A creamy, medium bodied. Overall, FW with another winner. Tons of great flavor packed into 5%...consider me impressed. Would happily drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 21:41:48 | More by denver10
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Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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