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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,633 Ratings

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Ratings: 1633
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%

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 Yetiman420


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass. 22 oz. bottle all to myself.

Pours a slightly hazy copper red/brown. Not really dark for a red but certainly on the dark size of an amber. Forced the pour towards the end and only got a 1/2 finger white head. Overall a very attractive beer.

Aroma leans toward sweet and malty with some hop spice.

First couple of sips come across thin. Consistent flavor with a clean finish. A well-done beer that lacks identity.

Updated because I struggled to finish the 22 oz bottle by myself. The lack of character made it less enjoyable during consumption.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 00:18:24 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange amber color with a full finger foamy off white head that fades fairly quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing behind. The smell is timid grassy lemon citrus hop with an equally timid yet balanced earthy caramel malt. While markedly understated the flavor is true to style and matches the nose nicely. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is altogether watery; adding little to the overall experience. Very light ABV, this one is a reasonable drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 18:42:28 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Bookseeb


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark amber in color with an off white head and good lace. Smell of lightly sweet apples, malt and hop. Taste has a light sweet and sour apple flavor with light malt and hop leaving a light bitterness on the roof of the mouth. Mouthfeel is a medium thats viscous and good carbonation. Nothing complex, but still a good easy drinking brew

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 03:49:00 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of gopens44


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single at Wine and Beer Westpark for $2.10. Bottle dated 1/14/11

A - Thin layer of foam on top of a clear amber beer.

S - Smell reminds me a lot of Boston LAger. Mostly bitter with a maltyness to it as well.

T - More of what the nose bringeth. Malty and pleasantly bitter with a slight hint of cherries near the end

M - highly carbonated, thin bodied and plenty of bitter after taste.

This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it's not over the top with a ton of complex flavors. At 5.1%, these could be a good every day, few a day drinker. With the lack of complexity - I'd lean on something else if adventure is what you are seeking.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 21:58:21 | More by gopens44
Photo of notchucknorris


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden color with a thin off white head.

S: Some floral hops and a bit of caramel malt. The smell isn't as big as I was hoping for.

T: A bit of a letdown. Bready and malty upfront followed by some weak floral hops. It's not a bad beer, but not one I'd rush back for.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 21:47:50 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Boatshoes! Bomber into a Perfect Pint. 7/14/11 marked on the neck.

The beer is a perfectly clear, fiery copper. Insane walls of lace are left from the dense, but narrow head.

The aroma isn't exactly forceful but it is well balanced. Fresh bread, hot cross buns and a little bit of raisin come from the malts. Honey, wildflower, and lemon come from the hops.

The taste is very bready up front with a little but of honey and orange zest sprinkled on top. A kick of sweet, juicy hops comes at the end just before a small spike of balancing bitterness.

The carbonation is too high, but the finish is nice and dry and very clean.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:58:50 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a nice reddish brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head and great retention and great circular lacing

Smell: Upfront is a bit of earthy hops and to be honest I don't get much else

Taste: Very sweet forward character. The combination of the hops and malt create a unique fruit sweetness that I am not a fan of. The beer also has a brandy character maybe from the barrel again..Not sure if they used brandy barrels or not and the beer finishes with some caramel and toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium to low body and and medium carbonation

Overall: I am confused by what this beer is trying to be actually. I found it overly sweet and not all that enjoyable

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 01:41:00 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of BARFLYB


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz snubby into a dark horse pint glass

A- DBA casts a bronze going towards light brown with a dark cream colored inch of foam that dies. Just a ring around the collar over time. No lace.

S- Smell is very malt driven. The english influence in the malts chosen is evident. Apple skins come up with a deep sense of caramel. A slight candy vibe after some warming. Some cereal comes into play and kills the scent for me.

T- This is pretty much your standard English Pale, except it's a bit darker in color, bolder in the nose and the taste is evidently more malt driven than any of the style that I have had. Maybe the style should be changed. A very deep amber ale if there was one. Fruit juice, malty caramel sweetness. Is there any barrel in this?

MD- The feel was pretty dim, not very lively, yet it is English driven so It might be adaquate. Taking time with this beer, I felt that the mouthfeel fit whatever firestone was going for here. While this is not all that jazzed up, it remains a simple beer, that has some taste. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:27:29 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Dsimenson


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Small head which quickly gives way to lacing. Deep amber color is nice. Aroma is citrus--hops. Flavor is balanced nicely, with a good amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium full, tingly, a bit foamy. I like this one, but it's not one of my two of three favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 19:50:37 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of BrewMaster


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at McCormick & Shmick's in Pasadena.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown color with thin, off-white lacing for a head. The carbonation slowly drifts to the top, almost like it doesn't want to go. The head thins very quickly and swirling doesn't really revive the head. It has no stickiness to it and barely stays together as on clump of bubbles.

Smell: Crisp malt aroma with a light floral hop scent. Not much to smell on this beer besides the malt.

Taste: Lightly sour and roasty malt flavor with a bready sweetness. Some faint diacetyl fruit flavors crop up around the earthy hop ending. They combine to give the beer a nice bitter sweet ending. Crisp malt flavor dominates throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel: Dry on the palate yet very smooth. Light to medium bodied and it got lighter in the last quarter of the beer to give it a watery ending. It surely was refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

Drinkability: I can't say I'd go looking for this beer again, but I probably wouldn't turn it down either. Middle of the road and forgettable, but still tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2005 18:39:12 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of Floydster


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitcher at Baja Sharkeez in El Porto

Poured a much deeper brown than I though it would, had this beer several times previously out of bottle and did not notice this

Good amber and my parent's choice when drinking a beer

Widely available and available in six packs and 22 oz. bottles

Smells more like a brown an ale than a red, but has a smooth taste, not bitter at all

Goes down easy and highly drinkable, also a good summer beer

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2007 00:30:24 | More by Floydster
Photo of Nerudamann


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - good two finger's worth of foam. Pale rust color, close to red amber. Low carbonation.

Smell - hopy smell, not malty or worty at all.

Taste - Not a very strong taste at all...very mild-mannered and easy going. Gentle bitterness. Hopy taste is on the same level as the smell.

Mouthfeel - very light, but the general taste makes it more pleasant a feeling that it would be for a generic light beer.

Drinkability - a very low key beer, but with great drinkability. I could definitely come back for more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 05:04:43 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a redish brown with a nice puffy white head, which goes down to about 1/2 an inch but leaves pretty lacing. A little clearer and this would be perfect. Nice.

S- a nice citrus and grassy/woody hops nose, but a lot of yeasty notes (like pouring your Wyeast in when homebrewing. Odd, but made up for by the hops and a nice carmel/malty finish.

T- nice malt carmel and flavors balanced by light woody hop flavors, but tastes a bit oxidized too, date is 5/24/10 so that should still hold up well.

M- Finishes easy on the pallet with a little heaviness which I like in my english style Pales.

D- overall it had some great qualities. I think it might just be a bit old and doesn't quite stand the test of time. Will probably have to come back and review a freshie at some point.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 00:39:27 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
Photo of TheosTheories


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- nice copper color, half finger of off white head, large bubbles, head goes down pretty quick.

S- malty sweetness, not much hops, little caramel in there, really not much going on

T- caramel sweetness, light maltiness, little bit of hops in the end, some breadiness

M- light, goes down easy, a little dry I guess

O- this is just a very simple beer, not much going on, drinkable but very little flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 22:59:29 | More by TheosTheories
Photo of laco0043


3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into brandy-style glass. Head dissipates quickly. Brilliant clarity with fire orange hue. Fruity nose with some biscuit. Difficulty picking up the vanilla and oak subtleties that describe this beer. Estery up front with clean finish. Decent beer. Could drink a few back to back.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 04:51:16 | More by laco0043
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. borrle

Pours a clear copper color with a ruby hue. Has a small eggshell head that fades. No real lacing to mention.

Mild herbal hop aroma over a light malt scent. A slight oak smell is also present as it warms.

Light caramel malt taste upfront followed by a light herbal hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes rather clean and dry with just a hint of malt.

Light body, plenty of carbonation.

Quite drinkable, but overall a rather plain jane amber. I had hoped to taste some oak flavor, which never really came through even as it approached room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 03:40:06 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Stoneman78


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a deep ruby red/tawny brown hue with slight transparency, head is white, soapy, and mostly diminishing, light lacing on the glass
S- Smooth and crisp aroma characterized by a blend of light caramel malts and floral hops, a touch of tea and oak in there too, underwhelming
T- Initial taste is roasted and caramel malts, but entirely too subtle compared to other ambers, followed by some light hops, nuts, and tea, the finish is slightly sweet and dry, no discernible alcohol presence
M- Light-bodied, thin and watery, not much texture going on at all
D- This is easy-to-drink at 5%abv, however there is nothing exciting or bold about the flavor; this definitely tastes more like a brown than an amber ale due to the watery mouthfeel and thinned out caramel malts, the Reserve was markedly better and I will not pick up this version again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 01:39:28 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of Oxymoron


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to pkeigs for sharing this one. Pours a mostly amber color with some slight haze. Off white head with ok retention that hid to the side of the glass. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is limited overall. Some grainy notes with a light kettle caramel backing. Some melanodian aromas. Some noticeable esters with more tropical fruits, plums, figs and pineapples. The yeast is surprisingly light with all the esters going on. Some astringency but I wonder if that is the woody aroma that others are getting.

The taste comes out more than the nose indicates. The malt comes out with a stronger caramel flavor with a light toasty flavor. A bit wispy, would have liked more depth. The esters back off a little compared to the nose, but still have some detectable fruity qualities. Some cherries, plums, figs and pineapple again. Also the yeast is smooth, helps with the drinkability. There is a boarder line peat notes on the backend. Some earthy hops are just barely detectable.

The body is moderate to light moderate. A bit wispy could use more body for sure. Interesting with the esters and the clean yeast flavors. To me this is closer to a Scottish than a US Red. The malt and hops just don't support.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 15:22:29 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of noknife83


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer was just kind of bland for me... nothing really stood out, it didn't smell that great, the taste didn't pop out at me. There was too much malt for my palate. I wouldn't say it was a bad beer, but it was nothing special. I'm sure on tap it tastes a lot better, but out of the bottle it didn't really do much for me. This is a beer I'll skip buying next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 06:29:08 | More by noknife83
Photo of FrognutUnl


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Murky, light copper in color with a scant off white head.

S - Gentle aroma of malt and vanilla, minimal floral hop presence. Overall the nose is very light.

T - Much like the nose the flavors are very light, but definitely leaning toward the malts. Slightly sweet with a hint of earthiness and vanilla. The floral hops barely poke through in the finish

M - Light body, a little thin.

D - A nice light and refreshing drink that I could imagine complimenting a nice hot day. Nothing outstanding, but decent.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 05:09:12 | More by FrognutUnl
Photo of trappistlover


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours a clear copper color with off-white head. Low carbonation. Aroma has grass, herbs, a little bit of bubblegum and toasted bread. Taste is sweet malts with some caramel notes. Light bittering hops on the end. Medium bodied with and watery texture. Finish is bitter. An ok beer, but not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:18:18 | More by trappistlover
Photo of Murrhey


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a 32 oz schooner at Islands.

A: Light brown, thick head, sticky lacing. Clear but with good carbonation.

S: Hoppy, but not too bitter a smell, nice aroma.

T: Started bitter, finished crisp. Good flavor, but not tremendously complex.

M: Good consistency. My only complaint is that the bar served it too cold. The head actually froze in places. It was bizarre.

O: Good beer. I enjoyed it as a choice on tap. Not cheap though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 03:12:44 | More by Murrhey
Photo of jwinship83


3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle brought back from a trip to san diego. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness

A- this one pours out a clear light copper colored body under a finger of off white colored head. the head lasts for a while and leaves small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- this one doesnt smell very potent. caramel and biscuit like malts up first and then theres a very faint vanilla/oak. slight hoppy finish.

T- im hit right away by bready and biscuity malts. the oak i could smell comes through ever so slightly with a bit of vanilla. herbal and floral hops at the end.

M- light to medium bodied and well carbonated. on the dry side.

D- easy enough to finish, but not the most exciting thing in the world.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 22:48:51 | More by jwinship83
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 6-pack my wife purchased while on vacation in CA.

Pours a light amber with little head, carbonation bubbles evident. The only thing I pick up in the nose is caramel malt. Taste is a little disappointing; malt mostly with a tiny hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 12:53:39 | More by tdm168
Photo of SethB2


3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Red Robin in Yuba City.

Beer served in a liter sized mug. Deep transparent redish amber color with a very nice head on the mug. Smell was nothing great. Some hops and a slight amount of sweetness. Taste was similar. It reminded me of what a APA is when it misses the target. Mouthfeel was thin and watery to me. Drinkability isn't bad. It's a fairly non offensive brew, so throwing a few back wouldn't be too difficult.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2006 02:19:16 | More by SethB2
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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