Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jdhowe:
3.78/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle, bottled on 1/28/13. I'm hoping it's not too old.
A: Pours a deep orange, crystal clear, with 1.5 fingers of off-white (orangeish) head from a vigorous pour. Head quickly dissipates do a thin, bubbly layer with just a little lacing left on the glass, but plenty of stickiness on the side leaving lacing as I drink.
S: I would never guess this an English Pale Ale, but the malts do have that aroma to them now that I look for it. The nose is dominated by sweet, sticky malt character... very little hopping. Definitely fruity. Malt leading into alcohol, and something else clean that I cannot recognize, perhaps from the yeast.
T: The taste follows the nose, hitting strong with lots of malty sweetness. Finish is nice and smooth with bitterness lingering after the sip has finished, but not too evident in the character of the beer. Pretty nice. A little much alcohol shows up for a 5abv beer, but this taste is malt-dominated. Not quite as hoppy as I'd like (not just as a hop-head, but for the style), but otherwise very nice.
M: Interesting, because this beer is very carbonated (maybe a little too much), but still coats the mouth and lingers with its stickiness (again, maybe a little too much). That said, the mouthfeel isn't bad, and the beer drinks quite well. In fact, I find the lingering stickiness making me want another sip pretty much immediately, so I'm probably going to put this pint away fast enough that I'll be opening another brew shortly.
O: A good beer. Not a great beer, but I'm definitely not sad I'm drinking this. While I don't tend to like many English Pale Ales (based on a small sample space), I'm finding this interpretation of the style to be enjoyable. Maybe a little on the sweet side for its own good, and the hop bitterness is left wanting for its style. Perhaps this is just a consequence of the 4-month-old bottle... I may have to revisit this fresher.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2013 06:46:23 | More by jdhowe
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3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
L: classic clear amber with big tan head of foam; head's about 1.5 inches and thick-looking but dissipates quickly; decent stick off head; not much lacing
S: musty grain; oak ... wet wood ... grain but the musty, dusty woodiness is the keynote; really sweetens at times and is fantastic but usually it's just musty wood/earth
T: toasted malt that never really sweetens; corn; grain ... there's some of the English pale ale fruitiness, too, but it's overcome by a woodiness that's both nice and not so nice because it seems to be blocking the sweet finish. yep, as it warms, more wood -- no doubt about the Firestone Walker barrel system; this thing is woody.
F: standard all around, decent
O: like a train struggling uphill and never quite making it to the top -- it's trying ... trying hard but just not quite...
DBA has some good taste and smell notes in a super-drinkable form with a nice woodiness. the barrel system is cool and different, but it's creating an English pale ale here that isn't accentuating what I love most about the EPA: sweet bread malt. there really seems to be a roadblock where everything is moving in the right direction but then suddenly it all stops ... the taste is fantastic but then just stops, no sweet finish, and it leaves you with a very dirt/earth hops taste that isn't great.
good beer. not a great beer. but Firestone Walker gets all due credit for giving us something just a bit different.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 18:34:10 | More by Premo88
3.33/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours dark copper with an inch of head and slight lacing.Has an odd smell to me but is floral and maybe dandelion.Taste off the bat id hoppy with a light bite.This does leave an aftertaste in the mouth.Not terrible but nothing really special.I expected a bit more but bought this in a mix 12 pack of their others also.Average rating for an average ale.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 00:12:02 | More by Rob23
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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