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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,918 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 59
Gots: 144 | FT: 3
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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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(bottling date 08/04/14 - poured into a tulip pint)

L: perfectly-clear, copper-colored liquid with a jewel glow... loose foam builds, but settles rather quickly down into a thin film

S: pine needles, fresh-cut wood, dried and crushed mint leaves... almost a German pils-like mineral and crisp pale malt character... green, outdoorsy aromas - little-to-no fruity hop notes, but perhaps a coat of lightly fruity-caramel esters atop the crusty bready malt foundation a ways below... fairly bold altogether

T: dry, delicately spicy-bitter hops, followed swiftly by a well-sculpted musculature of hearty-bready malt with a bit more of a forward Munich and crystal toasty aftertaste with subtle caramel-sweet and vaguely apple-y highlights

F: just about medium-bodied but quite light in its flow, with a soft, leveled, sudsy lift from the carbonation... the mildly rubbery unfermentables bounce around up front and center on the palate while the back end just disappears, clipped dry... its overall curiously light weight while maintaining lean muscle is quite notable

O: leans a good bit on the toasty malt character and decidedly rigid dryness, with mild touches of sweetness, woody bitterness, and faint fruitiness, giving it just enough dimension and shape to keep it interesting... but all-in-all this is a fantastically easy-drinking-in-high-volume ale

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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Crystal clear and amber, 1 finger head doesn't stay too long but leaves a whisky foam cap which creates good lacing

Smell - Clean and toasty/nutty malts mostly, faint fruity esters and floral hops in the background

Taste - Fits smell to a "T": malts are front and center with semi-sweet toasty bread and nutty complexities followed by a bit of floral hop astringency and fruity yeast esters, finishes just off-dry and malty with slight, drying hop bitterness.

Feel - Crisp and smooth, but feels a bit on the heavy side for a medium body. You'd think that would mean "syrupy/cloying", but it finishes reasonably dry.

Overall - This reminds me an awful lot of a Marzen festbier, toasty and malty but with heavier ale-like yeast qualities instead. It just doesn't have the same lager-like drinkability. Still, a pretty tasty beer if you're feeling like an easy to drink malt-forward brew.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.