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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 69
Gots: 217 | FT: 5
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy thick dark brown. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt and burnt toffee aroma that's a bit sweet smelling with just enough roasted character. If you have the cask next to the keg you can really taste the difference. The oak works well with this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is my first FW beer. I like the their use of multiple specialty grains as well as the barrel fermenting. It offers up an interesting tasting experience.

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look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a British Pale Ale despite others believing it is an amber. Amber merely describes the color. Website says all imported malt and hops. The result is apparent in the taste. It is more of a low-key session beer, highly drinkable. The oak fermentation also contributes a smoothness and sweetness to the beer. Very enjoyable.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear amber-gold color with a quick fading light tan head.

Sweet caramel malts dominate the aroma along with vanilla, and grapefruit, orange, and grassy hops.

The taste is much matches the aroma exactly. Sweet caramel malts, vanilla, honey, grapefruit, orange, and grassy hops blend perfectly. Smooth and well-balanced finish.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

This is a very nice English Pale Ale from Firestone Walker. Well-balanced, flavorful and so sessionable. I wish I had another bottle.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bright gold colored, with a low but dense head atop it. Delightful aroma: good toasty malt mixed with floral hops--very British strong-pale-ale. The taste gives a nice bitterness upfront, giving way to solid malt and flowery, grassy hop taste. A little bit of yeasty fruitiness sneaks in as well. The body is substantial though not really very heavy--a beer than be quaffed in certain circumstances, but not one after the other. One of the best Firestones I've had. They've got the English ESB style down pat in this beer.

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Smell: Sweet carmel malts, also toasted, very nice.

Taste: Also very pleasing. Bready, toasted malts, sweet carmel flavors, tea leaves and a sizable hop finish that is not overdone, but is prominant. Flavors all work well together. I don't get much of a woody flavor, though.

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Appearance: Reddish-brown. No head. Light bodied. Rim of lacing on sides of the glass.

Smell: Malts dominate. Caramel, biscuit, and cocoa hit my nose. This is somewhat reminiscent of a porter. It really smells delicious. The hops hint of apple peel.

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Mouthfeel: Light and taste good when swished.

Drinkability: It's a really fine unique ale with a lot of character. If you like malts and beers that harken back to a more English flavor profile buy a six pack of this. You won't regret it. It's definitely a good night cap.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.