Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-23-2004 22:16:41 | More by oberon
3/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
02-28-2010 02:06:54 | More by RoyalT
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-19-2010 00:20:53 | More by tuckevalastin
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
01-26-2007 02:53:53 | More by orbitalr0x
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
09-25-2010 20:44:48 | More by NWer
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
06-09-2010 00:26:39 | More by andyfrancis
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-27-2004 04:45:22 | More by Todd
4.28/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
08-18-2011 12:26:22 | More by SunDevilBeer
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
06-25-2007 11:01:09 | More by Duster72
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to UncleJimbo for the sample.
Appearance: A definite pssst when I popped the cap, fast to foam with a light crackle of carbonation. One finger of foam stays intact over the clear mahogany colored brew.
Smell: Slight candy and caramel sweetness under the toasted malt, faintly floral from the hops and quite clean as well.
Taste: Clean malt sweetness, lots of caramel and bread. The hop character melts in the malt and struggles to break its hold. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Hard crispness rolls off the palate with a medium body.
Drinkability: I could only drink one, maybe two of these in a sitting seems heavy for some reason.
Notes: A tasty brew, pale ale? Amber ale? Does it really matter? Either way it was enjoyable.
05-12-2004 02:17:26 | More by Jason
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
Appearance: 12 oz bottle pours a clear chestnut body with copper accents. Body is alive with small carbonation bubbles. Small beige head is shortlived but laces well.
Aroma: Very assertive bouquet of sweet malts and spicy hops. Toasty malts, with notes of caramel and molasses, struggle to assert against the dominant English style spicy hops. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
Taste: Very well balanced, with spicy hops serving up a lasting bitterness. Malty notes of toffee and caramel with a hint of molasses. Pleasant notes of toasty grain throughout, and a slight vanilla presence from oak aging. Hops gain a pine cone bitterness toward the finish but are balanced by the sweet maltiness for an even finish.
Drinkability: A very well executed American Amber that is on the sweet malty side, yet retains a solid hops bitterness. This is one I would certainly like to keep around. Many thanks to mntlover for bringing this bottle by.
06-17-2005 11:03:38 | More by merlin48
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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