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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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83
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1,616 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1616
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at B&B Burger & Beer in Las Vegas.

Amber copper body with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with sweet breads and a touch of fruit. More malt than hop character. A bit too sweet for my liking. A tad syrupy. Fairly light in body with light bitterness in the finish. Mediocre.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 01:25:13 | More by Huhzubendah
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Loco_Joe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

clear, amber color beer served in a pint glass from a 12oz brown bottle.
sweet and slightly buttery aroma, very English smelling.
sweet caramel and toffee with some subtle bittering on the finish.
crisp, light and refeshing beer that's easy to drink.
reminds me of something Fullers would brew and is a very fine example of an American brewery's take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 21:31:23 | More by Loco_Joe
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear, deep copper color. Minimal head. Head is off-white but it barely even forms. The outer ring of foam leaves stringy lacing.

S-Fruity esters and sweet bread with some very light toffee and a caramel presence. Light floral hoppiness.

T-A mellow, malty flavor that kicks into an extra gear during the finish with a (still mellow) crescendo. Toffee, caramel and fruity yeast. Then the second wave of flavor brings some hoppiness that I find to be floral. Also some cereal and honey.

M-Medium bodied, leaning towards the lighter side. Almost zero bitterness. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-A very easy going beer. It's relaxed and sessionable. I feel as though I wouldn't have appreciated it earlier in my beer drinking experience. I enjoy the subtle nuances of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 21:04:33 | More by VelvetExtract
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours copper color; looks more like honey. Slightly hazy. Finger width foamy head with nice amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is weak, though. Not much there. Slightly bitter/hoppy smell but can't discern many fruit flavors. Smooth malty taste with mod bitterness at the end. Slightly hoppy. Hoppy aftertaste is very light. Maybe a slight citrus taste, but otherwise just malty. Not a bad beer, but not the best. Would drink again, but would buy the Pale 31 instead.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:39:33 | More by jngrizzaffi
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Daddyrich

Georgia

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper color with medium foam and little retention.

S-Has a bit of a smokey smell. Smells like most Mexican beers.

T-Sweet initial taste with a slight bite at the finish.

M-Carbonation is well balanced throughout.

O-Decent beer but won't knock your socks off. Simple and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 20:27:51 | More by Daddyrich
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FitnessForBeer

California

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From variety pack

A: very dark caramel color, clear unclouded. Very little head that disappeared quickly
S: smells of malts, . Has almost kind of bitter smell
T: malty I think is the best descripter, Tastes like an English bitter. Bitter taste but not any hop taste.
M: pretty easy drinking, carbonation is evident but not seen in the beer
O: not sure of I've had too many of this style, it's fairly good. I'd say try it at least once

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:50:52 | More by FitnessForBeer
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metter98

New York

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pale and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has added notes of buttery malts and hints of fruity yeast and toffee. A slight amount of bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is a very good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 01:49:14 | More by metter98
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a caramel color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, bread, oak, vanilla, and a little fruitiness.

Taste: Light citrus and grassy hops with a little bitterness followed by bready toasted malts and pale malts. A little oak and vanilla in there too.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little smooth, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A very enjoyable pale ale. Barrel aging has rounded out and mellowed the hops, but this is pretty delicious and solid. Very traditional with other EPA's.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 05:23:51 | More by Flounder57
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: served on tap into a stange, dark orange amber colored with a short off white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: caramel malt, light hops, pine, grapefruit, slightly sweet

T: great malt profile, caramel sweetness, British hop flavors, slightly sulfury hop quality

M: light to medium body with higher carbonation

O: reviewed from notes taken on 3/6/14, beer focused more on malt flavors than depth of hop flavors, still a very good beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2014 00:40:13 | More by M_C_Hampton
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/9/14.

Poured from the 12 oz., bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint

a: Clear copper with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild citrus or other fruit.

t: Slightly fruity malt with some hop balance. Dry finish.

m: Medium with good body.

o: A good English Pale. I would have rather the malt was more caramellow and prominent, so as such this would not be a top choice for me. But it is a fine representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 23:45:00 | More by scotorum
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Double Barrel Ale in a pint glass.

Has some murky translucency in a shade of dark amber. Not much settled on top.

Musty malts with an oxidized apple aroma. Some wilted hop and slight cardboard. Not a whole lot good going on.

This may be a little old. Oxidation has occured and tainted what might be a delicate hop/malt combo for an English ale. I taste some generic toastiness, caramelized malts, leftovers for hops, a touch of estery orange candy, and a flair of florality.

Drinks okay. I like the body. It has middle ground and drinkability. Carbonation is on the soft side.

I wish there had been a date listed after the words "Bottled On". Hard to say where we're at here.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 16:34:27 | More by thecheapies
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up recently at Top Hops in New York. I never had this before and was hoping it would be as good as the Double Jack and the Union Jack. Unfortunately, this didn't quite measure up to those and almost didn't even seem like an English Pale Ale to me. Not a lot of hops to be found here and the malt profile was relatively recessed as well. There was enough carbonation to keep this light at least, as the flavors in this beer didn't last long between sips.

The pour to this was a light copper hue with enough head to be seen, although it didn't last long. Not a lot of lacing here either and the little that remained after each sip slid down the side of my pint glass before I got a chance to really appreciate it. Lots of floral and oak notes in the nose but no vanilla to be found there or in the taste. A hint of bourbon-like stickiness and booze was present here but never did this feel strong or aggressive. The hops were quite English in feel and the aftertaste had just a bit of metallic astringency to it. Since there was enough carbonation present from the pour onward, everything was scrubbed clean relatively quickly.

Sure, this qualified as a session beer but I couldn't see myself drinking more than one or two of these at a time. While not on the level or Fuller's, this beer was pretty easygoing and wouldn't offend anyone who would enjoy this style. Not oily, overly bitter, strong, cloying, or sticky, there was just enough bitterness here to remind me of what kind of beer this was, even if there wasn't anything particularly noteworthy or memorable about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 09:54:02 | More by JerzDevl2000
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/11/2013 printed on the front label. A new beer to me from Firestone Walker, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. It's been a while since I last had one of their beers, but my expectations are moderate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a brassy orange with good clarity and lots of bubbles rushing topside. Two fingers of thick sudsy off-white head with good staying power.

S - Smell is pretty faint. A bit of English / caramel / amber malts, green apples, yeast must, a hint of citrus, and mild soapiness.

T - Taste is of good clean English / amber / pale maltiness, a bit of graininess / huskiness, light nuttiness, some bitter earthy hop presence, and sticky green apple. Hint of toasted brown bread.

M - Feel is crisp, sticky, and lightly bitter. Earthy herbal hoppiness, and lots of bready malt on the finish. Light-bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, it was okay for what it was, and a decent example of the style. I would be very interested to see what the more amped up versions of this beer are like. A standard, enjoyable offering from Firestone Walker, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:38:38 | More by mfnmbvp
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SvenHayden

Texas

3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly smooth, laid back beer.

Starts off with a decent foam head. Dissipates relatively quick.

Pretty color. Although lighter than I was expecting for an oaked english style ale. Light brown, copper. Almost matches the bottle. A little more red in hue.

Mostly malt aroma. Just a touch of hop citrus & oak.

Very drinkable, easy malt experience on the palate. Definitely used a good malt profile for an English Ale. A little bit of vanilla oak, slightly tart at the end (probably from the interplay of the hops & oak).

Im gonna guess they used a lightly-toasted hungarian oak. I could be totally wrong.

It wasnt as oaky as i was hoping for, considering it is labeled a Double Barrel Ale.

Overall a good experience though. Ill keep this option in my pocket when im looking for an English Ale experience, which is fairly often.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 19:23:57 | More by SvenHayden
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (12/11/13) to tulip
2 finger head settled at decent pace a bit of lacing, color is a dark copper
aroma - malty/biscuity , caramel malts
taste - some malty sweetness balanced with a bit of hop bitterness
mouthfeel - medium light body, good carbonation, dry finish
overall - easy drinking beer, nothing special

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:40:34 | More by maxcoinage
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laco0043

Minnesota

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into brandy-style glass. Head dissipates quickly. Brilliant clarity with fire orange hue. Fruity nose with some biscuit. Difficulty picking up the vanilla and oak subtleties that describe this beer. Estery up front with clean finish. Decent beer. Could drink a few back to back.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 04:51:16 | More by laco0043
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JimiO

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is a solid beer... but perhaps not as interesting as other DBA's. The Firestone DBA is a bit of a plain jane but solid nonetheless. In being critical... it lacks any strong characteristics... but its very drinkable... safe... and a good quality ale.

I tasted it along side of the Firestone Union Jack IPA... and preferred the DBA ( I am not a big fan of IPA's).

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:36:26 | More by JimiO
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-clear copper with an off white head that leaves a slight lacing
S-grassy hops smell, with English malt aroma
T-light caramel sweetness with the hops balancing it out with a slight hop bitterness that stays with you until the end
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-has some good balance that does not hit with just one flavor. Could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 00:53:29 | More by a0lbudman
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled October 15, 2013

A: Pours a clear copper-amber color with lots of carbonation bubbles and a healthy finger of frothy off-white head.

S: A little musty, lots of bready malts, with a hint of sweetness. Hops not too pronounced, but a bit of pine shows through.

T: Biscuit and caramel malts dominate. Light floral flavors show up, and pine strengthens on the finish to provide some nice lasting bitterness. Pretty good, if a little less flavorful than I hoped for. A faint metallic flavor shows up but actually doesn't detract from the beer too much.

M: Just a notch below medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, pretty smooth and creamy. Would be great if it was just a bit thicker and stuck around a little more.

O: A good beer, even if it doesn't have any characteristics that will have me seeking it out. I'll probably give it another try in the future, since I've had it before, and see if my opinion changes.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 07:42:39 | More by AwYeh
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle - label indicates bottled on 2/11/13.

appears a dark clear copper color, creamy off-white head. good head retention. not much aroma, just a little biscuity malt. taste has a mild bready flavor, crackers, earthy. medium body, soft carbonation.

overall - I wish I had noticed the date before I bought, but it was refrigerated. okay though, appropriate to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 05:22:12 | More by jmdrpi
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep amber color with a two finger head of off white head. The foamy looking head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel and toffee smells with some lighter notes of a grainy aroma. Along with these smells are some notes of a more bready nature as well as a little bit of a haylike smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit flavor with a light caramel sweetness. These flavors create a base for the taste with them remaining rather constant throughout. After the initial tastes, which are quite smooth, some tea and haylike flavors come to the tongue. These flavors, as well as a little bit of a grassy taste really take away from the smoothness of the flavor and add a somewhat off taste to the flavor profile. In the end, the mix of flavors that is left on the tongue, leaves one with a somewhat unpleasant tea and vegetal, bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thinner body and a higher carbonation would have likely been a bit better for the brew, helping minimize some of the more unpleasant flavors of the brew.

Overall – A bit too hay and grassy like for the style with a slightly off flavor profile that ends up creating a rather harsh taste. Not one I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:34:12 | More by Darkmagus82
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TheosTheories

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- nice copper color, half finger of off white head, large bubbles, head goes down pretty quick.

S- malty sweetness, not much hops, little caramel in there, really not much going on

T- caramel sweetness, light maltiness, little bit of hops in the end, some breadiness

M- light, goes down easy, a little dry I guess

O- this is just a very simple beer, not much going on, drinkable but very little flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 22:59:29 | More by TheosTheories
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DamienR

California

3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A very beautiful copper color, with lace all the way down, two finger head that had a decent retention, a very pretty beer, the off white head looks very nice alongside the copper.

S: From the bottle, smelled very pleasant. Earthy, bread smells mixed with a slight fruity smell. In the pint glass there was no discernable smell.

T: Very crisp, light malt and bread flavor at first that becomes thin with almost no aftertaste in a glass. After tasting directly from the bottle the taste is greatly improved and has a very pleasant, slight sweetness to it. I wouldn't recommend pouring this one. (Would make a nice session beer)

M: A very watery, thin feel. But with a pleasant silkiness accompanying it.

O: Goes down smooth in a glass, but I prefer it directly from the bottle. It seems to retain more of its flavor that way.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 07:31:51 | More by DamienR
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good bar poured head. Leaves rings after every sip. Dark gold and quite clear.

The smell is a combination berry-like sweetness and floral hop. A bit of muted pepper in the background.

This beer has caramelized malt of an English Bitter with the hop bite of an American pale ale. Very easy to drink. Full bodied with a decent carbonation. Not complicated. Bitter swallow with a lengthy aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 20:19:48 | More by smcolw
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at a Thai restaurant in San Diego. Pours a deep amber color with a small creamy white head. Aroma is light wet dog and some caramel malts. Not a whole lot going on there. Flavor follows with big time malt kicks, caramel, biscuits, with some definite pine bitter to balance alongside. Mostly highlighting the malts but definitely not a super sweet beer. Slick mouthfeel with medium-to-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent beer, and pretty bold for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 02:57:37 | More by BMMillsy
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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.