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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,809 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,809
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 54
Gots: 117 | FT: 7
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 cervecero


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at my local Vons in Southbay San Diego. Got home and poured this into a glass. The pour gave me about an inch of head, and the color was a reddish with a light caramel hue. It also had a sweet nutty aroma and went down very well. This reminds me alot of New Castle when I first had that. More flavor than the one and only, IMO better. Overall a good beer, I recommend it to other ale lovers.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 00:33:21 | More by cervecero
Photo of jcalabre


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 18 May 2003. Clear reddish brown color w/ a medium foamy head, nicely balanced between hoppiness & sweetness, this is a very enjoyable, drinkable beer. If this is a good example of an English Pale Ale, I'll have a few more, thank you.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 18:58:23 | More by jcalabre
Photo of PicoPapa


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a semi translucent brownish orange color with almost no head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of bread, malts, nuts, and some booze. Tastes like nutty bread along with a nice malt flavor. Some floral hop flavor. Tastes a bit boozey, which is surprising considering the ABV is 5%, but that most likely comes from the barrel. Either way it works well. Juicy mouthfeel. Extremely easy to drink. Overall, the more I sip this one the more I'm liking it. Worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:39:32 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of Rifugium


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from ?

Poured a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass (even though I do have a FW pint, but oh well). Burnt amber in color, clear, with an aggressive pour yielding a moderate finger's breadth of white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles pretty quickly. Simple aroma, with a good balance of caramel malts and grassy hops. Sweet malts in the taste, bready, with a good balance of crisp, grassy hops, and some citrus pith. A little bitter in the aftertaste. Nothing amazing, but pretty solid all over. Light-medium body, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 00:28:15 | More by Rifugium
Photo of smcolw


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good bar poured head. Leaves rings after every sip. Dark gold and quite clear.

The smell is a combination berry-like sweetness and floral hop. A bit of muted pepper in the background.

This beer has caramelized malt of an English Bitter with the hop bite of an American pale ale. Very easy to drink. Full bodied with a decent carbonation. Not complicated. Bitter swallow with a lengthy aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 20:19:48 | More by smcolw
Photo of DefenCorps


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Nugget Nectar glass

A: Deep amber with a thin tan head that recedes quickly. Fair amount of suspended particles in this one

S: Sweet, almost a jaggery sweetness with a faint hop presence. A combination of date, honey and palm sweetness is present in this one

T: Full, rich and complex flavors while remaining fairly light and easy to drink. Jaggery and dates dominate the flavor profile. There's a pleasant, mild woody bitterness before a lightly sweet and flavorful finish takes over

M: Full yet light and a pleasantly drying finish

D: I'd drink more!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 04:31:08 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled very grassy with a sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - It has a nice sweetness of caramel and a little fruitiness (citrus). There is a grassy hop kick that provides some bitter balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice english pale ale. It would make a great session ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 13:15:48 | More by zeff80
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel aging hasn't done much to blur the clarity of this caramelly coloured beer. Its highlights look lively as its bronze tint glows brightly against the skin. It appears an entirely healthy beer save for the fact that the only way you'll find a head is by swirling (and even then you'll have to keep at it if you want it to stick around). Hence the lack of lacing.

The nose is a pleasant blend of clean oak, honeyed oats, sweet bready malts and fruity esters. So much for the idea of "terroir" - this Pacific coast beer seems remarkably similar to those from east of the Atlantic. It has a soft floral fragrance that is deepened substantially by notes of bruised dark fruit. Lots of honey, caramel and brown sugar perspire with warmth.

Lower carbonation allows flavours of creamy caramel and dry, clean oak wood to be appreciated. Toffee and brown sugar are also noted often, combining with the malts to make for a coffee cake-like flavoured beer that has the assertive bitterness of a long-steeped English breakfast tea. Fruity apricot, date and fig esters are also appreciated.

There's all kinds of sweet flavours - toffee, caramel, dried fruits - but an assertive hoppiness ensures that little sugar lingers. Instead, a crunchy maltiness endures, complimented by mellow oak and an herbal earthiness courtesy of those (quintessentially British) hops. It may be designed for sophisticated deliberation, but it's perfect for high-gear drinking.

Usually flagship brands equal flagship bland. But Firestone DBA, although much subtler than Firestone's special anniversary offerings, is still every bit as complex and enjoyable as those fantastic barrel-aged beers. And it's far more sessionable - this is the kind of beer most people would love to drink all night long - and I'm certainly one of them!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:33:05 | More by biegaman
Photo of argock


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass Donegal mug. Born on 6/11/09 on neck. Purchased as 6-pack at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Rusty-amber with frothy 1-2 finger off-white head with decent retention and tons of reticulated fine lace all down the mug.

S: Toasted malt is especially strong giving a sweetbread and light mineral overall aroma. Hops are spicy and floral and play a minority role.

T: Toasted malt and sweet biscuit flavors with a light mineral note are lightly offset by floral, light lemon, and spicy hops. Malt wins easily.

M: Easy, smooth, and with nice even relatively low carbonation gives this a nice, medium body feel. Aftertaste is sweet malt with mineral tones.

D: A really good session beer with an easy-going style and good feel with distinctive toasted malt character. I wish the value was better as it isn't quite on par with upper tier session suspects like Troegs Hopback Amber, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, or even Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 04:04:12 | More by argock
Photo of nelson4


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a- Poured to a nice clear amber/red
s- very heavy malty smell that reminds me of what it smells like when I am homebrewing. Too often, smell gets associated with hops. This has a great aroma.
t- Good malty taste, low on hops/bitterness but not to a fault. Flavor has slight caramel taste.
m- a little heavy on the carbonation, but overall nice feel.
d- This is where this beer stands out. I have had it on multiple occasions and it always seems to taste better on a hot summer day.
Overall a great example of a beer to watch a game with. Not something to cherish, but rather something to share.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 03:59:27 | More by nelson4
Photo of jampics2


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into an open-mouthed pint glass. This beer was sent to me as an extra in a trade.

The beer looks nice enough in the glass. Its got an amber color with some copper and orange highlights. The beer is clear, not cloudy, and the head quickly recedes to become just a film and a ring. Not the best appearance, but not just average due to the great color.

The beer smells like toffee and slightly toasted biscuits. The hoppiness that is present is very floral, adding just a touch of depth to the nose. There's just a touch of citrus there too, but it's pretty much sweet and toasted malt defining the boquet. No hint of the barrel - I'd love just a touch of oak and vanillin.

The taste is also very malt-forward with a nice toasted, biscuit quality and some toffee and caramel. There's a nice sweet fruit element as well, adding some notes of berries and perhaps a touch of grape. Some toast finishes things and makes the beer dry - Marris Otter and Munich make a nice malt base here. The hops just contribute a touch of depth and earthiness, plus a slight bitter edge that makes this a better English Pale Ale. I'd like a touch more hop presence, but this is pretty close to the upper eschelon of the style. It just falls short due to the lack of hops and overall complexity, but is pleasant and very drinkable.

Speaking of drinking Double Barrel Ale, the beer feels nice in my mouth. There's a medium body with nice carbonation. The beer finishes with some toast and a touch of bitterness. The finish is dry and makes me want more. It's very drinkable and inviting, but is just short of being a world-class. Certainly worth a try if you're into complex, sweet and toasty malt bills.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 19:29:38 | More by jampics2
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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