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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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712 Reviews

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Reviews: 712
Hads: 2,293
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 83
Gots: 295 | FT: 6
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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep amber with some initial haze that clears up. A light tan head is somewhat small but is doing its best to hold a thin cover. Fades to nothing after a minute, leaving thin but noticeable lacing.

Aroma - slightly sweet grain, faint yeast.

Taste - sweet malty/floral start. Good balancing by the hops, gives the beer an English taste. Finish is balanced, tasty.

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation/body. On target.

Drinkability - easily sessionable, a tasty albeit common brew.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (12/11/13) to tulip
2 finger head settled at decent pace a bit of lacing, color is a dark copper
aroma - malty/biscuity , caramel malts
taste - some malty sweetness balanced with a bit of hop bitterness
mouthfeel - medium light body, good carbonation, dry finish
overall - easy drinking beer, nothing special

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

Pours a darker amber color with a lot of fizzyness clinging to the sides of the glass. Initial one finger off white colored fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. A lot of bubbles. Sweet caramel notes with slight fruity flavors. Slight floral hop notes, but the fruity sweet notes of the malt take over.

Sweet caramel notes with a hint of molasses. Prunes and figs make up the dark fruit notes and add to the sweetness. Sugar laden figs last well into the aftertaste. Residual sweetness sticks to the lips. Malts dominate the brew leaving the hops gasping for a chance to show themselves. Medium bodied ale. Sticky thick on the palate. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but not a bad brew.

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Photo of tbern007
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, bright, copper orange. Medium head, stays around for a little while. Little lace.
S - very light floral, earth.
T - reminds me of an ESB or English Pale Ale. Malty and lightly hoppy. A little floral, mildly citrus.
M & D - decent. Good balance. Very drinkable. Nothing out of this world. Less than $1.80 per bottle in singles at Khoury's or Lee's.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first time seeing this, in Denver or otherwise. Thought I'd give it a try.
Deep amber color, on the brownish side, with a big poof of large bubbled, ivory head. Good head retention, laces nicely, with good clarity.
Smells mainly of mellowed, toasty malt. Some darker roasting in there, a hint of vanilla, with a good bit of apple-like ester. Mild hops, just a bit of a woody, floral scent. English feeling, and overall welcoming and familiar.
The flavor opens with a distinct maris otter malt flavor. Earthy and a bit grainy. Definitely some heavily kilned malt flavors, lending a slight bittersweetness. A touch of apple. This is almost a brown ale. Hops are light in both flavor and bitterness. Very woody and earthy. Finishes a little dry, with a wooden bitterness lingers long in the aftertaste. Very clean overall, but the woody flavors make me feel like I'm chewing on a twig after the second bottle. On the lighter side of medium bodied, with a satisfying level of carbonation. Not too soft, not too spritzy. Well made, and surprisingly authentic for a Burton ale copy (Marston's Pedigree would be my guess) , but nothing that stands out as exceptionally good.

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

Amber ale huh? Well, I give it a plus because it doesn't taste cheap. Actually I would compare this to Anchor Steam, without the taste of a Steam. It was better in color, almost like a pale ale more than an amber ale with a good head that stuck around and it smells better than the average amber. Mouth was , well, like any other.

Taste to me, it was better than other ambers I've tried, but considering this is billed as being fermented in toasted oak, I gotta say, it made a slight difference if any. Almost gave this a vernors finish but not enough to set this aside. Good hops and malty flavor, a little subdued compared to reds. I guess that is from the oak barrel too.

Drinkability is average. It was a step above JWD's amber, but still, just another amber.

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

Whenever I am out for dinner and there is no beer selection, DBA is always my default; because for some reason it's always on the menu. For what it is, it is much more satisfying, flavorful, and goes better with food than your typical domestic piss beer (bud or miller).

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops. About equal in portion or so my nose says.

The taste mimics the nose but...the flavours don't quite mesh to my palate. It's as if the malt and hops are battling rather than working in unison. A noticeable amount of bread doesn't seem to help at all.

Good medium to medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation, it finishes decidedly sweet and bready. I know this is an English Pale Ale so it should be malt dominated but it just isn't working for me but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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

An English Style Pale Ale from the west coast. Crystal Malt with ample hops to offset and a nice dry finish.

Probably better on tap as it is pretty average from the bottle here on the east coast. Amber to copper in color, little head and not much body. More dry than complex, but not a bad beer. Just not distinguished in any way.

A nice pale ale, enjoy.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear copper to brown color with a huge head and lots of lacing.

S - Metals - zinc, tin and nickel, a pungent grass (allergy invoking?) some earthy/mossy notes as well, but heavily suppressed.

T - Mild, and far more pleasant than the aroma let on. A mild woodsy and grassy hop with an excellently posed nutty grain flavor meshed with a hint of caramel. The aftertaste is a mild bitterness overshadowed by lingering nuttiness.

M - Smooth, thin, pretty refreshing, although after a few seconds it makes my mouth feel dry.

D - Pretty good. It smells awful, but otherwise nice. I'd definitely have on tap if I find it (and the bar doesn't have a bajillion better things.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 03/17/14. Sampled on May 3, 2014.

Copper-amber pour with nice clarity. A cream colored head that builds up quickly and simmers down just as quick but retains some texture all the way to the end.

The nose is sweet caramel malts all the way. There is a the mildest, low profile hop bite, which is the way it should be for this style.

The body falls into the light to medium range but there is a nice creaminess to it.

The taste really echoes the aroma and that aroma announces itself with every sip. Sweet roasted caramel malts are the key thing with a short-lived bitterness on the backside. A decent rendition of the style.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured a fairly dark brown with a slight hint of red. The head was just slightly off white and very thin. There was a good amount of lacing considering that the head was so thin. The smell was a toasted malt aroma with a slight hint of hops. There was a slight wood smell, but very very faint.

The taste was a sharp malt flavor with a hint of toasted malt essence. There was a nice hop bitterness at the end, but nothing too strong. The mouthfeel was ok, but the CO2 was too strong. The beer's thickness was fine.

A really nice beer to have on tap at a restaurant that does not have craft beers. A good standard in any book.

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Photo of draheim
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled 02/23/11 13:45) poured into a Duvel tulip.

Amber, 2-finger head.

Faint floral aroma, not much else.

Nice clean water taste. Hops & malt in subtle balance, neither dominant.

Reminds me vaguely of ESBs I've been drinking for years. Sessionable but never the main event. No real need to come back to this one again.

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Photo of malcontent
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber body sporting a thin layer of head with adequate lacing.

Slighty sugary malt nose with an unremarkable hop scent. Average in every way.

The standard flavor with justa little grainy mash aftertaste on the finish to sully an otherwise solid if unspectacular amber ale.

Mouthfeel is A-OK with a full body tempered by a crisp level of carbonation. Totally drinkable; a well-made, if safe, American amber ale.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.