Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.81/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottled on 6/14/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours a handsome crystal clear amber with orange highlights, a two fingers tall, eggshell white head forms fairly quickly. The head quickly recedes to about a finger's height, leaving some spotty lacing along the glass' edges.
Floral, leafy green hops with a distinctly herbal, lemony tone jump out towards your nose immediately. Layered delicately underneath the floral hops are some slight impressions of orange marmalade interwoven with sweet, toffee bready malt notes. The fermentation in oak barrels infuses the aroma with soft, supple tones of vanilla and almonds.
resinous, herbal hops coat your palate first; notes of lemon zest, orange marmalade. Middle of the taste, a creamy, lush malt presence washes over your tongue, with notes of sweet dough and toffee. The sweetness of the malts is somewhat offset by the off dry, lightly bitter finish, but there is still some residual sweetness left on the corners of your palate. The ale has long, lingering notes of fresh oranges, bread-y malt and a decent amount of vanilla and faint almonds from the oak fermentation.
Creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation
A fantastic example of a traditional English Pale Ale; the oak fermentation really sets it apart of other examples of the style. That said, I am not the biggest fan of the style to begin with because of it's residual sweetness. I can't think of another English Pale Ale that is better done than this, so if you haven't had it, definitely check it out!
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2013 22:09:53 | More by flayedandskinned
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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
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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