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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,781
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 54
Gots: 103 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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Photo of teejay76


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear amber color with small amount of off-white head.

Aroma: Light aroma of biscuit like malts and caramel.

Taste: Toasted smoky malts with a light caramel sweetness. Tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied dry brew with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't call this a "refreshing" beer but it is flavorful and filling. I'd recommend to friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 00:27:40 | More by teejay76
Photo of ojclark


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initial malty, mildly hoppy aroma that diminished very quickly. Clear deep amber color with a frothy tan head that lasted for several minutes and left medium lacing. Flavor was well balanced slightly in favor of bitterness and a mellow spicy "British" hop flavor and slight roasty notes. Slight diacetyl was a nice addition to the flavor. Aftertaste was a good mix of malt, bitterness and hop flavor. Lively carbonation and medium/light body with a fairly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 17:12:15 | More by ojclark
Photo of dbossman


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, tea-colored hue with a quickly dissipating head--after a minute there is no head but the beer still bubbles heavily; lacing is minimal

S: Light lemon hops but a ton of biscuity toffee malts; very sweet and bready--simple but nice

T: A pleasant and balanced sweet malty and bready presence; this has so much biscuity, toasty bread flavors with a subtle toffee and caramel undertone; a touch of lemon and tea leaves shining through as the pleasant bitterness envelopes the flavors

F: Light to medium body; the beer clings to the inside of the cheeks; nice, even carbonation

D: This is a nice, session beer: bready and flavorful; nice, simple session beer, Firestone

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 02:57:08 | More by dbossman
Photo of nickd717


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100% oak fermented version of this beer served on cask during the Firestone-Walker dinner at Monk's Kettle in SF.

Pours a murky amber color with a minimal white head. Low carbonation evident. Guess that's how these cask ales are sometimes.

Aroma is lots of vanilla and oak as well as fruity notes and floral hops.

Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, floral hops, vanilla, oak, and some herbal notes.

Palate is silky smooth with medium-light body and low, soft carbonation - but not flat.

Very drinkable. The oak-fermented cask version of this beer is pretty solid.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2009 00:32:31 | More by nickd717
Photo of fsimcox


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a transparent amber color. White foamy head that dissipates quickly to a very thin white layer. Some lacing.

Smells of woody hops, with hints of citrus.

Taste is bold hops, malt, hints of bitter chocolate, finishes dry with chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy good. A little carbonation.

This beer is everywhere in central Cali. A bold, and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 20:42:32 | More by fsimcox
Photo of beernut7


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a deep dark amber pour with a heavy foamy head. The aroma is thick and buttery with definitive caramel malt properties. The first taste proves buttery with hints of toffee paired with a moderate bitterness that melds with an earthy hoppy essence right through to the finish. Very round and complex with a satisfying architecture.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 20:30:17 | More by beernut7
Photo of claytong


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - copper in color, nice little head. a nice color, enjoy epa's so much more than apa's.

smell - lots of roasted malts, pretty weak, brown sugar. grainy

taste - a lot stronger than the nose, roasted malts, smooth and not too strong. grains and minor hops. citrus and raisins. brown sugar and oak

mouthfeel - creamy, smooth, good body for the style. like it

session beer here. would love to drink this constantly in the summer

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 17:03:16 | More by claytong
Photo of DrJay


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with a dense inch of beige foam. Clumpy and streaky lacing, good head retention. Malty and fruity aroma, earthy and lightly toasted, slightly herbal. Moderate bitterness with a biscuity malt sweetness, a little bready, caramel, earthy and slightly fruity, with a hint of spice in the finish. Low to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture. I enjoyed it. It was nicely balanced between malt and hops presence, making for easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:29:58 | More by DrJay
Photo of arizcards


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine and More for $7.69 in early August.

Beer poured amber with a nice two finger head. Nose is malty sweet with a slight hop flower in the background. Taste is slightly sweet up front, balanced by a decent amount of hopping. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated. Drinkability is quite nice. This is a wonderful session beer that I plan on enjoying again!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 00:57:58 | More by arizcards
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber color with a small white head. Nose was sweet with caramel, toffee. Taste was nice, sweet, malty but it went down like water. Very good taste. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and just right with a wine like texture. A really solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 18:47:02 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of raynmoon


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It looked pretty nice in the glass. A very thin head and some nice lacing kept around, along with a nice copper/ orange color.

It didn't smell and taste all too impressive; some caramel malts, toffee, maybe some burnt sugar and a faint hint of alcohol, which is really strange for a beer with 5.0% abc, but still very nice and enjoyable.

Overall a nice beer from Firestone Walker. I can see many non beer lovers enjoying this one. Not as good as Pale 31, which is much hoppier (hence it being a west coast pale).

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:09:39 | More by raynmoon
Photo of alehopman


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, very fine carbonation, head about 2", compact retention. Amber. Good, balanced aroma, I get some English elements, malty and floral aspects. I wasn't enamored with the initial, Magnum hop flavor but the more traditional hop flavors kicked in. The Goldings flavor was nice. The finish was interesting, started fruity then the very nice oak element. Mouthfeel very smooth. I really like these guys going with a hybrid union system. Traditional is good. This is kind of a west coast/English hybrid. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 02:08:47 | More by alehopman
Photo of HalfFull


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Don't recall trying this in a bottle though not generally impressed in the distant past with tap versions. Pours a clean and clear copper amber in color, and sports a half inch of off white foam with average retention.

Light hops and some toasted, smoky malts on the nose, along with a hint of woodiness. Light caramel notes intermingle with some earthy hops. Notably more delicate than I recall on tap.

Taste is drier than expected and offers a bit of spice in the form of toasted bread with a light dusting of caramel jelly. Finish is somewhat brief yet you are then you are embraced by the bitter woodsy character which takes over and lingers after the swallow. Feel is lightly sweet and bready for the style and the beer offers a reasonable drink. Not overly complex yet not too sweet either. A well balance English Pale.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:09:21 | More by HalfFull
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. Was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft toasted malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of soft round caramel, clean grassy hop and light nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a standard sessionable psle ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 21:57:51 | More by plaid75
Photo of weeare138


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beermaninpa for this...
Appears a deep amber with a 1 finger off white head and ok lacing. Solid amounts of carbonation pumping towards the top.
Smell is of slight oakiness with light creamy maltiness and a touch of hops.
Taste is of a light oak tasting amber ale with a touch of vanilla and mild hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Feels a bit tingly with some bitter & sweetness that mixes well and is fairly decent.
Drinkability is actually that of a nice, strong session brew. Despite nothing spectacular jumping out, this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 17:04:25 | More by weeare138
Photo of darrellzilla

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice easy drinking ale.
Coppery and clear in color, it s an easy pour with little head and makes a great session beer. Overall I call this beer smooth, this ale is lightly hoppy with strong citrus notes though distinctly smooth on the finish. The oaky character comes out from the first and is apparent at the first whiff.

A good beer for any afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 07:59:07 | More by darrellzilla
Photo of vkv822


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip pint

Clear burnt-orange, amber color with a foamy off white head.

Well balanced, toasty biscuit notes, some toffee sweetness, nutty, floral hops, lightly earthy.

Medium body with soft, fizzy carbonation.

Easy drinking, well balanced beer that still offers a pleasant array of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 07:10:16 | More by vkv822
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours with a decent head, light and foamy. The beer itself is a red-copper color, almost brown in the deepest points. Smells of vanilla and earth/nut, and the beer tastes of vanilla as well, with an undertone of hops. The beer is round and bold in mouth, which is a nice change for a pale. They did a good job balancing the carbonation with the flavors. The beer is pretty enjoybale, and drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 23:58:12 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a becker glass. Bottled on 5/14/12

A- Poured a very clear copper color with visible carbonation and a frothy head that left chunky lace

S- Some sweet fruit esters, some biscuit notes, and english malts. Pretty faint aroma

T- Pretty big fruity notes, lots of toasted malt, toffee, big sweet tea taste, floral notes, and biscuit notes

M- Medium body, smooth, finishes dry, prickly carbonation

O- This was a really good easy drinking beer. I have not really tasted a beer like this, actually I don't think I have had many English Pale Ales. Very balanced, crisp drinking, and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:00:31 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Wasatch


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Solomon420 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big on malts/caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet and malty. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice amber ale, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 23:29:03 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Naerhu


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is the color I imagine how blood would look on a bronze sword, although less opaque. Maybe on a rainy day or something.
Aroma: Light, nice malty aroma.
Taste: The beer tastes British. Firm, but approachable maltiness, mild bitterness, very integrated.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body.
This is a great mild session beer, interesting, yet not intrusive.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 05:08:53 | More by Naerhu
Photo of alli4051


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint

Poured a clear tarnished copper with a small off white head. A somewhat aggressive pour gets about a finger and a half of head that recedes quickly with chunky lacing. Nose is earthy, biscuity malts. Taste is also malt forward with a faint, but pleasant, hop finish. Malts are bread and toffee notes rounded out by a nice herbal and tea-like finish. Medium bodied and a bit light on the carbonation. Feels more like and amber than a pale, and English amber? Is that even a style? What ever it may be it is a solid, drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:54:07 | More by alli4051
Photo of beersarang


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, almost gold with a tan head that is creamy but recedes into a thin collar and minimal lace. Frikkin clear.

Slight grains and hop aroma, not too prominent.

Firm slightly roasted malt profile, and a very nice grapefruit hop presence. Overall rather balanced and smooth tasting. Finishes a little sweet, as an amber should, with grains at the exhale. Very solid.

Lighter bodied, quite drinkable. A good standby that is available everywhere, a good crossover beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2005 04:48:02 | More by beersarang
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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.

Appearance: (3.75)
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.

Aroma: (4)
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.

Taste: (3.75)
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.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: (3.75)
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
Photo of MarioM


3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light copper color with an off white head that lingered for no more than a few seconds. High to medium carbonation it seems, very clear but let's smell the damn thing now.

S: Great aroma actually, I get some fruitiness, maybe cherries but really candi like. Must be from its expected great maltiness, like a good English pale should be. A great smelly beer!

T: Great malty sweetness, a lot of sweet caramel and fruitiness with a perfect bitterness to beautifully balance it out. Great flavor and a great exams of the style.

M: Not too carbonate but more than I would expect of an English Pale but regardless a great brew with lingering maltiness with a great balancing hop back bone.

O: A great pale with all the flavor and maltiness I would expect. A bit more bread like maltiness than I like but very balanced, fruity and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:28:44 | More by MarioM
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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