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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,799 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,799
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 54
Gots: 112 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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yas

California

1/5  rDev -72.8%

05-30-2012 02:14:02 | More by yas
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

04-19-2013 06:02:24 | More by NOLANDMAN
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DogFood11

California

1.93/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pounder it formed a mediocre head that was eggshell white and left traces of lace. Brown body with medium to light carbonation.

A really odd tasting beer. I'm a category geek sometimes and I have no idea where this would fit in. It's kind of its own style so to speak. Has an odd woody backer that effects every pull. Roasted malts are somewhere between charred and roasted, creating a slightly bitter malt bill that is like drinking freshly cut dried kendling. Hops are a bit zippy although they have a tendancy to take a backseat with everything else going on. There is a sort of candied presence as well towards the beginning and lasts just for a brief second.

Notes: I really couldn't figure this one out. Not to say that complex and confusing can't be good, because it most definately can. This is just to much all over the map and the profiles are rather odd and don't blend well....Not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2006 21:09:47 | More by DogFood11
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -45.5%

01-12-2013 04:34:37 | More by bostonryan
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spamages

Michigan

2/5  rDev -45.5%

12-27-2011 01:05:49 | More by spamages
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HDACBrewer


2/5  rDev -45.5%

05-21-2012 14:36:27 | More by HDACBrewer
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

2/5  rDev -45.5%

05-08-2013 03:10:10 | More by leftoverburrito
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Overlord

California

2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow. What a disappointment. I hear great things about the near mythical Firestone 10 (one of the White Whales here at Beeradvocate.com), and was eager to try this. I actually gave it a whirl in San Luis Obispo, and yipes.

Not much carbonation, perhaps a one inch head. Taste was ... strange. I almost want to say it tasted as though it was flavored with wood chips. Some caramel/malt overtones, but nothing really to balance it out or add complexity. I see that many reviewers note some faint hops ... I detected none. A thin, strange tasting beer that wasn't my cup of tea.

It looked pretty with a nice amber color, though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2007 08:53:44 | More by Overlord
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Padron4KM

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Jan 8, 2010
12 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Clear deep amber, thin half inch head that evaporates quickly. Zero retention and no lace.
Aroma is light and one dimensional. Even after heavy agitation the only aromas detected are caramel and bready malts.
Flavor is more complex, but not by much. Caramel sweetness with a clean hop finish.
Thin, watery and boring. While it is not on my buy again list, I wouldn't refuse one if given one

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 07:51:23 | More by Padron4KM
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Buttermilk

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

03-02-2013 16:23:36 | More by Buttermilk
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fishguyac

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

09-29-2012 01:03:29 | More by fishguyac
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pintnhand

Washington

2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think this beer is way overrated. I have had a few red ales but this one doesnt make my list. I think they took the beer too far on this one. The taste is almost puckering. The taste leaves a very heavy unpleasent feel. At first it starts smooth but as the taste evolves it becomes less enjoyable. An ok appearance. I would term it as harsh.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 01:32:53 | More by pintnhand
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Tupperwolf

Washington

2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coppery brown color into my nonic with an off-white head that froths up to a proper size then dies slowly, over many sips, to a thin ring, leaving behind no lacing.

Smells are quick and extremely hard to define - there's just a little malty honey, but there are some seriously metallic scents that I just can't quite figure out. I think they must come from the hops, or the oak barrels, or something related thereto. Maybe a bit grassy - yep, smells like a hay bale or my uncle's barn.

The taste is equally hard to define, but its' very thin, and what's available to taste is somewhat unpleasant. A kind of metallic, brash flavor, almost like asparagus or raw vegetables - very coppery and one-sided. Not very balanced at all.

Mouthfeel has a reasonable amount of carbonation at first, which quickly dissappears and becomes very watery. Very thin for an ale.

This is drinkable in mad gulps, but it's just not living up to my standards. I really wouldn't even want to drink this with a meal. I had it at a friend's recommendation but wouldn't recommend it to another friend.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 12:06:22 | More by Tupperwolf
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Donated by my most excellent compadre John after a beer tasting that I was out of town for.

Pours ambers with little head & some serious running carbonation. Smells is almost invisible to the nose; the barest hint of wood & malt.

Taste is kind of funky. I get the malty amberishness, just a bit of sawdusty wood, lots of watery thinness.

Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability? Not after this one. I may finish, I may shift to something more appealing.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 01:03:41 | More by maximum12
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Nage37

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-29-2012 06:23:32 | More by Nage37
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henryhampton

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

10-22-2013 23:22:51 | More by henryhampton
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Chiefmanynames

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

06-08-2013 05:08:36 | More by Chiefmanynames
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peteh2112

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

06-17-2013 02:45:06 | More by peteh2112
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Mappies

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-24-2012 21:43:31 | More by Mappies
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ejw127

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

12-03-2011 22:50:27 | More by ejw127
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CityofBals

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

09-12-2013 18:20:52 | More by CityofBals
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-16-2012 15:41:35 | More by gafferjohn
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Patrick777

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

06-22-2014 04:20:37 | More by Patrick777
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od_sf

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

08-30-2013 17:24:14 | More by od_sf
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DCLAguy11

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

06-11-2014 20:07:08 | More by DCLAguy11
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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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