Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

695 Reviews
THE BROS
82
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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,229
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 74
Gots: 263 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11-27-12

Poured into a pint glass. DBA is a crystal clear amber body with red tones throughout that shows off an abundant amount of carbonation. The peach-colored head starts at about two fingers and slowly recedes to a thin lace on top. Really an attractive beer, and were the head to stick around more, I'd give it a 5.

The aroma isn't bad, but certainly not very exciting. The predominant aroma is crisp and metallic, but there are wafts of vanilla, oak, husky malt, and a whiff of earthy hops. I do wish the aroma hops were a tad stronger.

Letting this beer warm to just below room temperature is a great idea, as the flavors here are too delicate to show through if it is too chilled. When it gets there, expect light flavors that deliver gentle, subtle complexity. Toasted oak and vanilla are undercurrents here, with a smooth bitterness up front that is followed by a sweet caramel maltiness in the finish and exhale. Very well balanced.

Carbonation is a bit much at the start, but settles down through the pint to create a smooth finish. Medium to light in body. Soft mouthfeel and almost a creamy finish. Excellent.

To me, DBA offers something different, and it is an exceptional beer. Very attractive beer with a subtle oak nature that really plays well on this style. However, the hops are taking only a balancing role here, and I personally think that they should dial up the English hops (maybe use Fuggle) at the end of the boil. That would make for a better English Pale. Though I can't argue with what their doing since they have won a ton of awards from this beer. Keep doin what you're doin guys! (1,631 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%

Bright copper. Bready nose. Malty with a good hearty body and a nice dry finish.

I’d say that this is more of an ESB than an English Pale Ale. Either way, it is very, very good. (181 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper/amber with an ample fluffy head that settles almost into a creaminess leaving a thin sheet of lace,mild aromas of some toasted malt and caramel pretty soft on the nostrils.Caramel taste up front is the first thing I notice with biscuity malt backbone seems to have a little minty spice in the finish wich is nice,a pretty sweet tasting brew with not much hop presence.I think a decent session style ale but it might get a little to sweet after a few. (470 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a dingy copper orange in color with a decent head.

Smell - The baseline American grain is mixed rather clumsily with some light English hopping with strong floral notes.

Taste - The American grain runs away with this flavor profile. I can pick up some of the hops from the nose and a light orange fruity taste, but I can't seem to find the woody notes promised on the label.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than light-bodied in the mouth but a far cry from medium. This is actually a quenching brew but the flavors aren't mated well.

Drinkability - This will be good on a hot SFV 100+ degree day. It's definitely a lawn mower beer, for those in SoCal unfortunate enough to have a lawn to mow. (718 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Runs4Beer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tuckevalastin
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent amber with little head and good carbonation.

S: A lighty malty smell with some sweetness

T: The light malty smell comes through in the flavor. It's light and relatively sweet. The floral note starts to come through. A very sweet earthy feel.

M: Very light, no heat, smooth, and nicely carbonated

D: Very drinkable

Overall this is a decent beer with a nice identity of it's own... however I wouldn't call it anything special. (445 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of the gracious hands of autumnaldave. Pours into my glass a brilliant amber color with hints of red and a small half inch of tight bubbly head. Aromas begin with nicely toasted, bready/biscuity malts with a touch of nutty caramel. Herbal hops lurk underneath with a touch of spiciness. Fairly nice, clean aroma.

First sip brings a smooth toasty, bready caramelized maltiness that has a touch of a nutty quality to it as well. Flows down with a mix of herbal hop notes that impart a nice spiciness midway through each sip. Mellow bitterness at the finish. A tasty amber ale if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy with a nice burst of tight carbonation that races down with each sip. I really do enjoy the mouthfeel on this brew and it lends itself to easy drinking. Overall, a tasty solid amber ale that has a nice spicy kick to it. Quite drinkable and enjoyable at that. My first Firestone brew makes me want to check out more of their stuff. (994 characters)

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold pour into a pint glass.

Very nice clear bronze appearance. Head retained well, nice lace.
After my first taste I was ready to write this beer off. No way did it deserve its very respectable rating.
Then as it warmed, the flavors developed and it became a completely different beer.
Cold - bitter unpleasant orange peel. Warmed - complex malt hops balance worthy of the style.
In my opinion, drinking this beer cold is an injustice and I won't make that mistake again. (473 characters)

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of andyfrancis
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color, with a creamy head that settled quickly.

Nice caramel malt and biscuit notes on the nose. Smells tasty.

Takes like it smells with a little wood, a bit lighter than I expected with a pretty clean finish.

Nothing standoutish, but it's a good, sessionable beer. (286 characters)

Photo of Chlsyhawkins
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Todd
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a rich amber colored beer, bright with a thin wispy lace. Appealing notes of caramel in the nose, with a very faint vanilla. Thick-ish, even mouthfeel that slowly coats the palate, slight sodium bicarbonate edge, crisp carbonation and a dominant malty profile of rustic bread crust, caramel, vanilla and a light, tea-like citric hop character that provides a nice balance. Notes of wood and earthy herbal flavors. Hint of berries and light sourness. Finish is a bit leafy and rough with a dry cracker flavor and touch of smoke.

The oak barrel system isn't overpowering, making this a very decent and complex offering with some interesting subtleties. Thanks to UnlceJimbo for the sample. (709 characters)

Photo of Ravenz98
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank alot of this on a recent trip out west. I'm a sucker for English Pale Ales.

Looks good in the glass. Dark Amber color with a decent head.

Rich & toasty taste, very balanced with a hint of caramel. The malt and hops work together perfectly, like a good symphony. Back end has just a slight hop bite. Craftsmanship and expertise in brewing this beer is obvious.

Sessionable at 5% - I couldn't get enough of it.

This would be a regular in my fridge if it were available in my area. A steal at $7.99 per six pack. (519 characters)

Photo of StoutFox
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

When you read something along the lines of Double Barrel anything you really are expecting some level complexity and I found this to be a bit watery and didn't do it for me.

Aroma: dry hops, bit malty, sour
Taste: malty, but generally hoppy and a bit thin (257 characters)

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Guden
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Duster72
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with lots of ruby. One finger off-white head. Aroma is primarily malts with some carmel, fruits, and herbal hops. Taste is a relatively interesting blend of malts with some sweetness coming from fruits and carmel. Some oakiness and mild floral/herbal hops. Mouthfeel is on the light side which works well with the beer. Fine beer, nothing spectacular. (378 characters)

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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