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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 699
Hads: 2,253
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 274 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Photo of Odysseyalien
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This wasn't what I was hoping for with this beer. It pours a nice tan with a nice fruity aroma coming from the head. The head -- a nice foamy two inch affair into my pilsner glass. The lacing adorned the glass well as I progressed to completion.

Taste wise, it's a summer session sipper, a taste that generally I don't go for. Didn't have the flavor that I personally look for in a beer. I'm spoiled by Firestone's other offerings such as the Double Jack, which is my favorite overall brew and their barley wine offering, Sucaba. This one is light on the hops and malt but it's a nice balance.

You might like this if you want a beer that's not too hoppy and with relatively low alcohol content. Think session beer and you might have a winner. (744 characters)

Photo of hero27
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
5% abv

Clear amber, off-white head frosts the glass pretty well.
Floral hop aroma with some toffee, fruit, and soft touches of oak.
Sweet caramel & toffee malts lead into a light peppery hop finish.
Certainly an easy amber to drink, nothing that jumps out at you, but a solid beer from Firestone. (311 characters)

3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale

Appearance: DBA pours a great looking, crystal clear deep amber/copper. Its effervescence is extremely active, with carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass at a rapid pace. There is an off-white, creamy looking finger of head that eventually sinks to a nice crust. There is an impressive amount of lacing for the beer’s low ABV. This is one of the darker pale ales that this reviewer has seen, and is a very nice looking beer.

Aroma: The malt is extremely present in the aroma, but it is an odd, almost adjunct-lager smell to the malt that is not at all pleasing. Along with that comes a bit of a yeasty aroma and some biscuits and crackers. Caramel and toffee are also there. The hops do not come through very much, which is a shame. What is there is floral, but it is extremely hard to sniff out. It is not a bad smelling beer, but the evocation of awful American adjunct lager smells is not a positive association.

Taste: Pretty much follows the nose, without the nasty adjunct lager suggestion. The caramel malts come through really nicely, and there is just barely a bitterness. In fact, the yeast comes through and gives a sort of marmalade quality as well. The only real drawback to the flavor is the fact that the flavor just is not quite flavorful enough. This would do better as a beer with more ABV, so it can be assumed that Double DBA was a great choice for Firestone Walker.

Mouthfeel: Like the taste, there is not much to comment on here. It is a pretty run-of-the-mill beer with a medium to thin mouthfeel, quite active carbonation, and not much else going on. The finish is relatively dry, but is not astringent at all. This would be a refreshing beer on a hot summer day, but as it is, like the rest of the beer, the mouthfeel is just expected and average.

Overall: Having never had a Firestone Walker beer before, I had high hopes. This may not have been the place to start. This is an extremely pedestrian offering that really does not do anything special. I would certainly not turn this down if offered me, but I also would not actively seek it out again. Given that FW does not distribute to Wisconsin, this choice will not even be available to me. I will not judge FW based on this beer alone, as it does not have a great pedigree as it is. 14/20 (2,322 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/11/2013 printed on the front label. A new beer to me from Firestone Walker, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. It's been a while since I last had one of their beers, but my expectations are moderate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a brassy orange with good clarity and lots of bubbles rushing topside. Two fingers of thick sudsy off-white head with good staying power.

S - Smell is pretty faint. A bit of English / caramel / amber malts, green apples, yeast must, a hint of citrus, and mild soapiness.

T - Taste is of good clean English / amber / pale maltiness, a bit of graininess / huskiness, light nuttiness, some bitter earthy hop presence, and sticky green apple. Hint of toasted brown bread.

M - Feel is crisp, sticky, and lightly bitter. Earthy herbal hoppiness, and lots of bready malt on the finish. Light-bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, it was okay for what it was, and a decent example of the style. I would be very interested to see what the more amped up versions of this beer are like. A standard, enjoyable offering from Firestone Walker, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale ---3.5/5 (1,231 characters)

Photo of SykDoc
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a hotel glass. It appears a pleasant copper color with a 1/4 inch dirty white head that quickly reduces to lacing on the edge with some clouds. No sediment/carbonation is noticed.

The aroma is high in the earthy/peat smelling hops with some caramel malt backbone.

It is light in flavor. Some caramel malt sweetness with a primarily hoppy bitterness.

There is good carbonation and this is a light bodied beer. It is crisp but smooth, but not real special.

Overall, this is an easy to drink beer but primarily because it is too light and taste and alcohol, but still providing some enjoyable components. (631 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first of many beers received from beerrun13 in a huge trade. Big thanks to him for some great west coast brews I could never get here. Very nice amber color-quite the white head on top. Low aroma-sort of a nutty, sweet malt smell. Toasted malt flavors. Somewhat sweet. Slighly bitter in the finish. Decent enough mouthfeel. Above average drinkability but I dont find this as well done as their pale ale. I have a second bottle so will re-think my review when I have that. (475 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No obvious best before date.

A - moderate head that dissipates within a few minutes leaving some lacing. Light brown in color with moderate carbonation.

S - not overly strong nose on it; slight caramel malt with elements of copper. Nice fresh smell to it.

T - milder flavor than expected; rounded malty flavor with moderate and slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - heavy mouthfeel with mild carbonation; a bit surprising considering the muted flavor and average alcohol.

D - less drinkable than I would have guessed - wouldn't want to have too many in a big session.

Decent beer, but not great. Less satisfying than I was expecting. (680 characters)

Photo of olfolxholme
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip pint glass

A - Bright golden orange. Nice clarity. 1 finger white head. Pretty good lacing. Decent head retention.

S - Doughy. Faint grassy hops. Some pale malt. Nice yeastiness.

T - A nice malt sweetness with some distant grassy hop notes. Enjoyable roastiness sneaks up when warm.

M - Nice full bodied mouthfeel.

O - On the one hand, this didn't wow me. On the other hand, of the English Pale Ales that I've had - this is probably the one I've enjoyed the most. So, take it from an American IPA/DIPA drinker - this was very pleasant and had a strong malt backbone that revealed itself as the beer continued to warm. (665 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04JAN12
Pours a copper ale with a little chill haze that dissipates as it warms. Some off-white soapy foam. Smells of mint, grapefruit and resin. Some smells of malts in there as well. Malty flavor with some bitterness and easy sweetness as a mango-esque flavor, then some vanilla hints follow through. Medium bodied with a moderate on hi carb. Nice beer. 2.5/3.5/3.5/3/3.5 (382 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A: It has a nice golden copper color with a white head.

S: It has a musty malt aroma to it that I am not a fan of. That is really all that is there

T: There is nothing special about this beer. It has heavy lager notes to it with minimal hop character.

M: There is a nice feel to it with great carbonation to it.

O: I would not get this beer again. There is nothing that is great about this beer. (404 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of bugaboo416
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AL clear light amber, nice head

S: lightly flowery but very hard to smell much more

T: nice malty flavor followed by smooth hop bitterness and a hint of caramel at the end.

M: light to medium body

O: very flavorful session beer, well balanced in all respects. (264 characters)

Photo of wesclaypool
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - Pours a dark brown/orange color with a thin layer of head.

s - Has a sweet, malty smell with no real bitterness present.

t - Again, very sweet with only a hint of bitterness.

m - Medium to thick body and very smooth.

d - If you aren't into bitter beers and instead look for something pretty malty, this is a very drinkable beer. (336 characters)

Photo of realmpel
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing stands out for me in this Firestone offering. Very malty, a little fruity. Very little in the way of hops except at the very beginning of the sip.

Pours a clear amber with a quick dying head. The carbonation is a bit light for my taste.

Fine, but not remarkable. (274 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter.

A: Mahogany in color with a 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong caramel and decent hoppy aroma. Hint of malts vanilla are also present here.

T: Caramel taste with a generous sweetness and a slightly malt bitterness. Mild hoppy and vanilla background with a touch of toasted oak flavor.

M: Medium to light body and good carbonation

O: Pretty decent beer – not overly impressive or something I would have on hand all the time – but it was enjoyable and worth drinking. (563 characters)

Photo of Jordan
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dissapointing experience in the least. Firestone "Double Barrel Ale" fails to reach its supposed high standards of artisanship. This brew is aged in 'Toasted Oak Barrels', and there is a definate woody flavor on the palate. However the thin body fails to accentuate the wood notes in a more pleasing way. This is good for change, but there remains much room for improvement. (380 characters)

Photo of ely2000k
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't had this in awhile, and decided to pick it up again and see what I thought. Overall it's pretty solid, but I realize now that I prefer a lot of other stuff by Firestone much more. I can see why they call this an English Pale Ale... it certainly has many characteristics of one. The look is spot on for the style. Dark amber hue, good clarity, looks pretty in the glass. The nose has a bit of "medicine" smell to it, mixed with perhaps some herbal tea. I used to find this smell nasty, but I do enjoy it in some beers now. Taste... has a very "tea like" taste, some bready malt, and some slightly bitter hops that come through on the end. I find the taste to be very English. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, but perhaps does feel a bit full for the 5.0% alcohol. I do enjoy this beer a lot, but I don't think it's a regular drinking beer, and I think it works better as an occasional deviation. (902 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky, amber with an off white head.

S - Faint aroma of malt and pear/apple, minimal floral hop presence. Overall the nose is extremely light.

T - Light, malty and sweet. No one flavor really jumps at me, but it tastes good.

M - Good carbonation, smooth, good finish.

D - A refreshing beer. Nothing complex or interesting, but i can and will drink it again. Its a basic ale. Not sure what the Double Barrel is all about. (428 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber (stamped 10/1/09) poured into my Meantime snifter, Double Barrel Ale is clear pale bronze with a frothy off-white head that leaves bubbly lace

Smell is pretty light, apricot English ale esters, some doughiness. Nice hint of minty, herbal hops come through as it warms from the fridge serving temp.

Taste is pretty good, on the sweeter side of the malt with a bit of citric orange from the hops, herbal tea like, contributing very little bitterness. Not bad, reminds me of a proper English mild.

Mouthfeel is sharp and dry, with a spicy, salty finish, medium bodied, probably from the oak tannins more then anything else.

Drinkability is OK, not really my style of amber. The first time I had this on draught, I was supremely disappointed, as it was my first Firestone Walker, and I knew it was their flagship. This bottle seems tastier then my draft experiences, but still, it doesn't really excite me too much. Something about it seems a bit much for sessioning... (979 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light amber, 1/2" head with minimal lacing.

S - Bread malt, slight wheat toast coming through. Refreshing.

T - Malt up front with a little bit of bitter hops on the finish. Very well balanced. Nice light-medium malt with an equal hop finish.

M - Light-Medium body, finish disappears rather quickly.

O - Nailed in for the style. Unfortunately I am just not a die hard fan for the style. It's a solid beer, no doubt about it; but not my favorite. (452 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a murky, brown orange color with a very small white head that leaves almost immediately.

Aroma is mostly biscuit and bread. Sweet and caramel aromas. Fruity as well.

Caramel malt with plenty of fruitiness and more biscuit and bread. Not a touch of hops but the beer isnt overly sweet; fairly balanced.

Average beer. Nothing really stands out but nothing is glaringly wrong. Ehhh... (439 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

*edit . My original review of this beer was on a stale bottle I received in a male order. The review was about a 2.58 I had another one of these fresh and it differed greatly. This is a new review.

Pours orange amber with perfect clarity lots of bubbles and a creamy head of foam. Falls to a slight ring and leaves a film on top. Nose has plenty of vanilla, hop floral and sweet biscuit malt. Taste is grassy, sweet with a bit of caramel and herbal. The vanilla is rich. A bit of dryness takes the creamy soft finish on this one. Malty, earthy subdued hops. Slight bitterness. It's a little too rich for a pale ale imo. But much better than the one I had that was stale. (671 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light orange-brown with a 1 inch off-white head. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of malts and some fruity and floral hops. Taste is of roasty malts up front with some subdued fruity citrus zest hops. Because of this there is really no hop bitterness on the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit flat with a creamy and slightly thick feel. Overall, this is a decent beer but nothing too special. I wouldn't seek this one out again. (469 characters)

Photo of MattThomas
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale. Poured a great head. Not much nose in to the beer, though. I guess I expected something larger in the flavor of the beer, having five or six malts and double oak barreled. It does have a nice feel to the mouth. Quality medium weight (what I would expect for a Amber Ale). It is absolutely quaffable. There is enough going on, but light enough to enjoy.

Definitely not the best Amber Ale on the market, but quite enjoyable. (461 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle pours a clear dark amber color with an off white foamy head. The head stayed for a little while, and there was a decent amount of lace on the glass. Nice roasty smell combined with a touch of smoke. Taste first of caramel malt that has been toasted, with some slight hop bitterness. The end was slightly smoky and earthy, with a dry finish. Seemed a bit thin, and overcarbonated. Overall, not bad. Certainly a good idea, I could have gone for a bit more of an oak flavor, but I would not pass this one up. (521 characters)

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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