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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,879 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 132 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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Reviews by dwilson01:
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dwilson01

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

poured from a 12 oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass. The body is a nice caramel coppery color, perfectly clear with little carbonation bubbles rising through it. The head is a thin finger of just off white yellow sand in it, dissipates quickly leaving thick lacing and a thin film to top it.

The scent is well balanced between malty parts and hops tones. I detect the sweetness right off the bat, a caramel honey combination which invites you in. The hops are there to provide a floral scent, no fruit but some fresh plants definitely.

The flavor picks up on the malt more in my opinion. I get a nice toasted flavor in there, like wood chips thrown over a fire just until they turn a nice brown on the bottom. Biscuit also comes to mind, a sweet chewy one with some caramel spread on it. The hops are almost nonexistent in this profile, very background and again the floral plantlike impartation hits me.

The mouthfeel is good for a 5%-er, creamy and a nice drinkable not too thick and not too soft feel. Goes down smooth while still giving you a full flavor and full body

10-07-2010 03:11:09 | More by dwilson01
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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RoyalT

Ohio

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
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-08-2012 21:55:11 | More by aszatk01
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tectactoe

Michigan

3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-07-2014 03:36:23 | More by tectactoe
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Runs4Beer

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-22-2012 03:56:59 | More by Runs4Beer
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-09-2013 02:59:03 | More by Tiernan
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tuckevalastin

Delaware

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
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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
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NWer

Washington

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
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freshflesh

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-07-2014 08:07:36 | More by freshflesh
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andyfrancis

California

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
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Chlsyhawkins


4/5  rDev +9%

08-22-2014 19:54:08 | More by Chlsyhawkins
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Todd

Colorado

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
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

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
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-13-2013 04:03:58 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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mverity

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-28-2013 17:58:53 | More by mverity
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

03-07-2014 07:55:27 | More by Fcip78
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-07-2014 23:33:37 | More by Doomcifer
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Guden

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-05-2014 19:49:49 | More by Guden
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Duster72

Indiana

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
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-07-2013 00:21:20 | More by Beerswag
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megamass

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-18-2013 04:15:36 | More by megamass
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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merlin48

Kentucky

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
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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.