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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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83
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2,092 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 680
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 68
Gots: 210 | 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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" tan head over chestnut brown liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Oak and caramel malt.

T: Oak and caramel malt and some nuttiness.

M: Thin viscosity and medium fine carbonation.

O: Good English Pale Ale compared to many, the mouth feel was lacking compared to most American craft beer; but is still head and shoulders above traditional English Ales.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright coppery orange with maize colored accents. Exceedingly fine carbonation slowly rises to a light gold, orangish beige cap. The foam has a solidity about it that promotes a slow, somewhat rocky, descent and results in a decent showing in the lace department. Several concentric rings are seen at midglass when the beer is nearly gone.

The nose is hoppier than expected. I would never confuse it with an IPA, or even a hoppy APA, but it's nice to run across what appears to be a hop-dominant amber ale. There's still a toasted malt background keeping the aroma grounded. The spicy, herbal (probably English) hops are where the action is however.

I like Double Barrel. There's a moderately sweet, whole grain toast-like malt structure that is firm without being unyielding. It's still pretty hoppy, but is more balanced than anticipated after the sniff test. This beer reminds me of an English pale ale or an ESB, and a pretty good one at that. The flavor profile is clean and is anything but shy. I get the sense the brewers hit the flavor target they were shooting for.

The medium length finish manages to keep a fair amount of bitterness in contact with the taste buds after the beer is gone. Dry and bitter is as good a way to finish as any other. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, although I'm sure the active carbonation is somewhat responsible for that impression.

Firestone Double Barrel Ale is a good one. It has no real faults and is as well-constructed as any amber ale that I've had in a while. I could definitely make a session out of a few of these and I'm sure they would go well with a wide variety of foods. This isn't quite a head turner, but it is a delicious, satisfying ale.

Photo of Pahn
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA morningthief for giving me this bottle. Bottled on 1/4/12, drank 5/13/12.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving no lacing. Pours an almost translucent brownish orange, leaving a few streaks of lacing.

Smell: Effervescent. Bready malt, very slight East Kent Goldings aroma (we're at about the tail end of the beer's "drink by" time, according to the brewery, so not too surprising that the hops are muted). Nice oaky vanilla note comes out with time, along with a little more grassy hoppiness.

There isn't any one particular soaring note here, but the overall aroma is very pleasant.

Taste: Bready malt, faint oaky vanilla, minerally from the middle through to the finish, with re-emerging white bread notes at the end.

The oak influence is very interesting... it's a few steps above being "possibly placebo," but it's not very assertive. The flavor breakdown is: Fresh white bread malt in the foreground, hard water, then equally mild oily floral hops cutting through the middle of the beer and vanilla oak kind of underpinning the entirety of each sip.

These different elements make for a very quaffable beer (I hate that word 'quaffable', but that's what this beer is). Great, easy-drinking balance, neither bland nor bold.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry, pretty clean finish. Good but unremarkable.

Overall: Very well designed beer, where every element but the mouthfeel is greater than the sum of its parts. It's easy to drink a lot of beers like this. The flavor is unique and complex enough to keep you interested, but never overwhelming in any way.

Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful firm creamy head with excellent retention and sticky lines of lacing. Brew is a flat copper hue, transparent.

Dry earthy aroma, bitter, floral hint, bit of barrel.

Impressively smooth flavor: light crystal malt and bread, subdued hop flavor, wrapped in oak and vanilla. Bit of grass and earth.

Smoothness applies to the feel, as well, which is creamy with moderate sting.

I didn't know what to expect going into this, but this is s very easy drinking and satisfying beer. Very approachable, and tons of flavor for 5% ABV.

Photo of CraigTravor
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of treehugginslug
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good

S/T - Taste of nice malts and barley. Very similar to Sam Adams Boston Lager. Solid beer with tons of repurchasability.

M - Good mouth, nice balance of carbonation and flavor

D - High

Buy Again? Definitely
Recommend? Yes
Drink at party? Definitely

Overall - This beer is now on my list of solid beers that I will definitely come back to. Nothing that was over the top superperb, but drinkability is very high.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours copper color; looks more like honey. Slightly hazy. Finger width foamy head with nice amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is weak, though. Not much there. Slightly bitter/hoppy smell but can't discern many fruit flavors. Smooth malty taste with mod bitterness at the end. Slightly hoppy. Hoppy aftertaste is very light. Maybe a slight citrus taste, but otherwise just malty. Not a bad beer, but not the best. Would drink again, but would buy the Pale 31 instead.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of the gracious hands of autumnaldave. Pours into my glass a brilliant amber color with hints of red and a small half inch of tight bubbly head. Aromas begin with nicely toasted, bready/biscuity malts with a touch of nutty caramel. Herbal hops lurk underneath with a touch of spiciness. Fairly nice, clean aroma.

First sip brings a smooth toasty, bready caramelized maltiness that has a touch of a nutty quality to it as well. Flows down with a mix of herbal hop notes that impart a nice spiciness midway through each sip. Mellow bitterness at the finish. A tasty amber ale if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy with a nice burst of tight carbonation that races down with each sip. I really do enjoy the mouthfeel on this brew and it lends itself to easy drinking. Overall, a tasty solid amber ale that has a nice spicy kick to it. Quite drinkable and enjoyable at that. My first Firestone brew makes me want to check out more of their stuff.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours very much like an IPA with a nice clear amber brown color and a 1/2 inch of sticky foam.

S - Smells of mild english malts, bread, toffee, and some sweet citrus hops.

T - Taste is very easy and clean with a biscuit hit, some citrus hops, and just a mild touch of herbal twang.

M - Light, refreshing, easy drinking ale.

Overall definitely overpaid at 4 dollars for the single but damn even for a simple English pale ale these guys make a tasty ale. Worth trying.

Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is deep amber. Nice white head, but dissipated quickly. Some limited lacing.

Entry is sweet carmel maltiness. Some bittering midmouth, but a bit muted. Hits the ESB style pretty well. A bit of biscuit malt, rather significant fuitiness. Finish has just a bit too much lingering sweetness for me, but again, to style.

Fruitiness builds as the beer opens up. Perhaps a bit of yeast charachter too.

Mouthfeel is nice, well rounded and cleansed by a bit of bittering hops.

A nice representation of style and a beer I could enjoy a couple pints of with good pub conversation.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: served on tap into a stange, dark orange amber colored with a short off white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: caramel malt, light hops, pine, grapefruit, slightly sweet

T: great malt profile, caramel sweetness, British hop flavors, slightly sulfury hop quality

M: light to medium body with higher carbonation

O: reviewed from notes taken on 3/6/14, beer focused more on malt flavors than depth of hop flavors, still a very good beer

Photo of waltonc
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice looking filtered amber color with white head.
S: Not a very complex beer - I sniff and detect slightly sweet maltiness.
T: Very malty, faint hint of floral hops, maybe a pinch of honey.
M: Light/medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.
D: Very good every day drinking beer. I've had one of these each night for the past three nights and can't complain. A good cheap alternative to all the crazy expensive stuff for sale in California these days.

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light brown and clear with very little head.

Distinct nutty, toasty nose with some cocoa mixed in for good measure. Hop aroma is absent.

Lemon, nutty quality along with some light toast and cocoa; much like the nose. Light bitterness balances the grain sweetness. A very enjoyable session-able beer. Strong enough to stand on its own, and subtle enough to not detract from the tastes of other foods.

Tongue coating and medium bodied. Light carbonation amplifies drink-ability, and makes this beer and very quaff-able one.

Photo of philbertk
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Double Barrel Ale--1999 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Bright amber golden color with hints of red. Rich floral hop nose backed by light fruity biscuity roasted caramel ESB body. Nice rich earthy hop spice finish. Balanced and very flavorful. 6/29/1999.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Double Barrel Ale--2000 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV--34 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) ESB--Clear rich bright copper amber color. Rich floral malty hop front. Toasted ESB body with doughy bisquit flavor and chalky texture. Mild sweet fruit flavors. Mild floral hop ESB bitter finish. Sampled 8/31/2000.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Firestone Double Barrel Ale--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottles. 5.20% ABV--32 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) ESB--Beer of the Month Club Selection April 2005. Mild lace head. Clear thin dark copper red amber color. Mild toasted hop front. Crisp tangy thin dry sweet toasted earthy caramel toffee bisquit body. Mild tangy hop spice citrus end. Mild ESB. Sampled 5/20/2005.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company--DBA--Double Barrel Ale--Passion For The Pale--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV--32 IBU's. (3.85 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Thin mild lace off white head. Clear rich bright amber color. No sediment. Mild floral hop sweet malt fruit ester front. Mild sweet doughy caramel fruit soft vanilla oak British malt body. Easy malty mild hop spice clean stank hint English Pale Ale end. Odd. Sampled 11/14/2009. $4.49 Each.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company--DBA--Double Barrel Ale--Passion For The Pale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. 32 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Malty English Pale Ale. Mild lace off white creamy thin head. Clear bright copper red amber color. Floral toasty ripe doughy hop sweet nose front. Toasted caramel mellow fruit biscuit thin textured malty crisp Pale body. Dry clean crisp balanced mild tangy hop malty NW-SW Pale end. Sampled 8/9/2010. 6- Pack $9.49.

Photo of nomomentwasted
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Harry's Plaza Cafe in a 12oz pour. I've seen this beer around a lot, and having it be the best thing on tap there, decided to finally give it a shot.

Appearance: Very pretty dark brown-orange hue with little white crown of head and good lacing. Seems to look carbonated appropriately.

Smell: Some malty goodness, with some sweet toffee notes and some pale malt, all accentuated by a slight spicy hoppiness. Nothing too grand, but has some aroma for a pale ale.

Taste:A little roasted pale malts come in first with some very light and pleasant sweetness, and some nice bodied and balanced pale malt and spiced hop body. A lot of a flavor for a pale ale. Straight-forward and easy to drink, with a flavor profile that is very similar throughout the drink and tastes just as good the first sip as the last.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin for how good it tastes, and just a tad too tightly carbonated, but still leaves a nice aftertaste.

Drinkability: I was surprised how drinkable this was, I could've had quite a bit more and not flinched at the idea. Glass had to be paced, as I would've drank it much faster had I not made a conscious effor not to simply plow through it. Went excellently with my burnt ends Tri-Tip sandwich, which is also highly recommended if you're in the area. If you're looking for a nice session ale that goes great with some steak or a burger, and can be picked up by the case, DBA is a great little choice.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear light orange amber. Good looking whitish head with excellent retention and some pretty nice lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Lightly fruity hoppiness and and little bit flowery. Slightly malty sweet. Smells good, not fantastic.

Taste: Very lightly fruity hops with mild bitterness. Grainy malt flavors with sweetness in the finish. This is a solid, understated beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth, almost creamy feeling beer. Nice.

Drinkability: Damn good. Could drink a bunch. Not an overly complex or mind blowing beer, but solid and good.

Photo of Bali_hi
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kek of firestone walker drank.

Photo of DavidSomers
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Roarmary's in Vegas. I believe that it was the manager that served me, and it was really nice that he knew quite a bit about the beer. I find out later that he is BJCP certified. Bonus!

Clear amber brown color. Some lacing but the head only lasts for the first minute or so.

A little of the wood, but it comes across as more like a scotch ale in the aroma than an Amber. Some evident sweetness also suggests a scotch ale. A bit more toasty notes noticeable as it warms.

The flavor is also mild with a clean malty profile. The wood is tame and again only reminds me of a scotch ale. Some sweetness to linger with only a mild floral contribution from the hops. As the beer warms a bit the wood is becomming more apparent.

This is a pretty good beer and I would drink it quite a bit if it were available in Texas. I don't think that it would do that great as an Amber in competition, but it drinks good.

Photo of dcmchew
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of danielharper
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Boston Lager, in a good way, I promise.

I poured this beer into a pint glass pretty much straight after bringing it home, but on the fairly long drive it had warmed to about room temperature. Appearance was a nice light amber color with a thick off-white head to top it off; the head dissipated quickly but left a tiny bit of foam clouding the top.

Smell was moderate but pleasant, primarily a medium hoppiness and a tiny hint of oak -- the first beer I can really claim that I smelled the oak presence off of. Pleasant and enjoyable, set the stage for the beer.

The taste was quite nice, a lot like Sam Adams but with a more up-front fruit profile, primarily apples (standard for an American Amber), but with a similar hop profile and still with that oaky goodness that I got from the nose.

This one had a light-bodied mouthfeel with a reasonably low carbonation -- I found it refreshing and enjoyable, if somewhat uncomplex. Didn't really coat the throat or stick around for an aftertaste, but when it was there it was nice.

Overall drinkability is high, at a moderate 5% alcohol, I could probably drink several of these while bullshitting on the computer or watching TV, and they'd be well-enjoyed for that purpose. If the major brewers in America ever produce beers with more flavor, I'm guessing this is pretty much what they'll taste like -- inoffensive and dull to beer geeks, but smooth, easy-drinking, and good-tasting overall.

In my notes I call this a "perfect pizza beer". Take that with what you will.

Photo of foles
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably underrated given the expectation for this beer to be a hop driven american ale. However this is an authentic english style offering from Firestone Walker. Nice malt, tea like hops on the nose and palate - seems like EKG. A rounded english profile, firmly bitter, maybe some esters in there. Maybe a bit too dry? Either way this wouldn't be out of place on cask in England.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper with lots of bubbles and one-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted a minute or two. Okay lacing.

S: Bread, caramel malt, and light citrus.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Biscuit, caramel malt, and light hops. Matches the nose pretty well.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: The head and lacing were disappointing, but this beer was very drinkable. Nice taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of IceAce
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium bronze body topped with two fingers of antique lace colored foam...due largely to my aggressive pour into a .5 litre Euro glass. Lacing is magnificent with the pattern covering approx 80% and clarity of the body is outstanding

Aroma: Heavy malt dominates the nose with a lighter backing from the oak barrel aging system and the yeast

Taste: The malt in the foretaste seems to magnify over the first five seconds, enveloping the tongue with malted goodness. The taste almost completely disappears and there is a second or so pause until the sweetness of the hops take over for the finish

Mouthfeel: Sturdy mouthfeel of a quality amber. The malty goodness belies a heavy presence that is nicely balanced with a zesty dose of CO²

Drinkability: The oak barrel brewing system adds a nice complexity to this amber; not as much as to overtake the taste, but merely to compliment it. This is a fine example of an English-style ale brewed in california

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.