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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,175 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,175
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 71
Gots: 244 | 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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Ratings: 2,175 | Reviews: 694
Reviews by treehugginslug:
Photo of treehugginslug
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good

S/T - Taste of nice malts and barley. Very similar to Sam Adams Boston Lager. Solid beer with tons of repurchasability.

M - Good mouth, nice balance of carbonation and flavor

D - High

Buy Again? Definitely
Recommend? Yes
Drink at party? Definitely

Overall - This beer is now on my list of solid beers that I will definitely come back to. Nothing that was over the top superperb, but drinkability is very high.

More User Reviews:
Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of tuckevalastin
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Todd
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of StoutFox
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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

Photo of Duster72
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

app: clear reddish amber, white head, some lacing

Aroma: just a little yeast and malt

Taste: Balanced, bready malts , some snappy, peppery hops

Mouthfeel. nothing special,

Drinkability: yeah its drinkable, nothing too exciting, middle of the road, moderatly decent take on a dull and bland style.

Photo of ElSid
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California

#23

Bottled on Date: 9/26/12

A: Clear copper with a transient head of white foam which leaves behind trace lace on the glass

S: Biscuity and sugary malt with a pinch of pine and herb which adds a nice olfactory kick.

T: Well balanced with buttery biscuit, caramel, and brown sugar maltiness. Wisps of vanilla and wood. The malts are contrasted with earthy bittering hops which also have some notes of herb, pine and a tea-like leafiness.

M: Smooth with a good amount of bubbles and ample linger.

O: The flavors do well together but as a whole this brew is somewhat pedestrian with no real exceptional moments but overall Double Barrel remains a satisfactory representation of the English Pale Ale.

Photo of tigg924
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, tan in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pale malt, caramel, and meadow, tea

Taste: tea, caramel, and pale malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness towards the end, medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

Overall: One of the better English Pale Ales I have had in a while. On the sweeter side, but I can still make out the pale malts. This could be a staple in my fridge.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon for the BA Anny brew. Pours a dark amber in color. Smells faintly of oak. Tastes pretty good: a bit of oak & carmel but there is not much to this beer. It is drinkable and the carbonation is right. OK beer for the style but I am not a big amber fan.

Cheers.

Photo of MikePags
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: nice rich amber color.
S: malty with a hint of hops
T: malty with enough hops and complexity to have 2-3 before you look up. Not a session beer though as it has a slightly undesirable aftertaste.
M: moderate to thick with nice carbonation and excellent head.
O:a high quality beer that keeps you coming back for more but not FW's best offering.

Photo of magictrokini
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber. Pours amber with a medium tan head. Aroma of malts, yeast, and oak. The taste is awful. The only thing I can compare it to is armpit sweat. Yeasty, stinky, armpit sweat. To add insult to injury, this bottle costs over $10. Damn you, Firestone.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review number 400,got this 22oz bomber from my brother-in-law on a recent visit from San Deigo.

Served into a nonic glass poured a clear,medium copper color with almost a 2'' off white creamy head with fair retention leaving rings of lace down the glass. Wisps of very tiny bubbles stringing to the surface,had to look very closely to see them.

Clean,sweet malty nose with nutty/toasty notes,fruity with lots of earthyness and moderate hop notes of spice with a perfumy touch.

The first taste i just noticed how nice the balance of the beer was.Complex maltiness not overpowering sweet/toasty/nutty/slightly roasty with a nice carmellness. Fruity and earthy with a good crisp moderate,hoppiness to match the maltiness hops were woody/herbal/spicy not as much spice as in the aroma.

Medium body leaning towards the lighter side,creamy,also had some grainyness with some astrigency at the finish. Easily drank the bomber,just don't think I would be able to drink all night. Very good Amber,well made nothing I would seek out,but would buy occasionaly if it was avalible in my area.

Photo of BenHesk12
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, I may have a bias towards the Firestone DBA because it was the first craft brew I ever drank, and I lived near the brewery for many years so fresh Firestone was always the choice at restaurants. Appears a classic pale ale coppery brown with a soft creamy head. Smell is average EPA but the oak really stands out. The mouth feel is soft and smooth. The flavor seems to combine a traditional english ale with a cali PA to make something memorable, especially if you like beers aged in oak. The guys at Firestone really created an outstanding beer out of a simple style with this one.

Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a grainy nose with traces of fruit and treacle. Pours brilliant copper amber under a 1” white finely bubbled foam cap. Very lacy. Big, super creamy lightly toasted malt character, graham cracker, hint of caramel, traces of light fruit, dries on the finish with some grainy astringency. Medium to medium full body and slightly below medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Photo of mattffrost
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance - Beer is a clear copper color. Very little carbonation that does not last to long. Head is a off white colr. I would say a nice looking beer but in my opinion needs better lacing.

Smell - Some sweet malt smell. I smell a citrus hops smell as well. Nothing really profound.

Taste - Starts off a little fruity and finishes just a little bitter. A hint of some sort of floral taste.

Mouthfeel - Beer is very smooth on the palete with little carbonation. I would say light body compared to other Red Ale's?

Drinkability - Very easy to drink with its light body and smooth character.

Photo of ehammond1
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

BevMo!
Oceanside, CA

Clear orange and amber. Moderate white head that leaves fairly quickly. Minimal lacing down the glass, though still pretty.

I don't like the way this beer smells. Unfortunately, the main aroma I'm getting is that of an old, wet, somewhat moldy dishrag--otherwise known as "wet towel." I suppose there's some floral hoppy notes somewhere in there, but I wouldn't sign my name to that. As the beer has warmed I'm getting some sweet aroma of honey, so I'll bump it up a touch for that.

Fortunately, the beer tastes significantly better than it smells. Nearly the very definition of average. just a touch better. Floral hops, touch of sweetness, mild bitterness, easily drinkable. I don't mind it, but I don't love it either.

Medium mouthfeel.

A slightly better than average, relatively boring and simple English pale.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,175 ratings.