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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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Reviews: 712 | Hads: 2,293
Photo of onewetpaw
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep malty nose with some slight vanilla, that I assume is from oak. Very slight citrus note.

A- Brilliant deep amber. Scant head.

F- Rich malty flavor with some biscuit and cracker flavors. Light bitterness.

M- Full mouthfeel, especially given the modest ABV, Tannic drying after.

O- This is a very nice sessionable beer. The oak is there, but subtle. The maltiness is upfront, but the beer seems pretty dry overall and seems nice and drinkable.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

VERY little head - the beer itself, though, is a nice copper color with orange overtones. The aroma is full of malt, and is pleasant, although I expected more hoppy character to it. There is some toastiness as well as a nice full maltiness. The flavor is also dominated by maltiness, and has some of the same characte as the 'regular' pale ale, but this has more toastiness and seems to have a little bit more hop character. (both beers are not as hoppy as I expected but that's not necessarily a knock). The malt character seems both toasty, slightly caramelly, and also full-bodied as well (that kind of German, solid malt character that reminds you of sweet without actually being sweet). This was good, overall, and the malt character is delicious. Very drinkable - although not a hops showcase, that's OK.

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Photo of pwoods
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at The Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a spot on amber with pretty good clarity. About 2 fingers worth of lightly tinted head that holds decently and leaves a fair bit of lacing.

S: Some toasty cereal grains, maybe a bit nutty. Pistachios? A bit of grassy and floral Euro hops. Pretty clean.

T/M: More of the lightly toasted cereal grains with that slight nutty edge. Bitterness is right on for the style and the hops lend more of the grassy, fieldy hop flavors. Body is medium light with crisp carbonation and a nice clean finish.

D: Right on for the style. Low ABV, drinks easy with a crisp clean finish.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish brown with a decent off white head. Malty smell and taste to this one. More so than expected. It's kinda caramel/vanilla like. Fairly full body. Nice and smooth. Goes down easy. This is a good stand alone session beer or I could definitely drink this one with a snack or even a meal.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper / amber color with a 1.5" head. Some light lacing developed. The aroma was of caramel and lighlty roasted malts. The flavor was strong on the caramel tones and was very light on the bitterness. There was a mild roasted character to this.

The mouthfeel smooth with a light crispness at the start, and had a smooth short caramel finish. I found this to be nicely drinkable and quite an enjoyable session beer.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap at Lucky Devils on Hollywood Blvd. A 1 finger of proteinaceous beige foam was well retained as the beer sat and warmed. Some traces of lacing decorated the glass as the liquid volume went down. The body was an optically clear dark copper-amber with some slow bubbles rising from the depths.

S- Nose is mild, based on crackerlike toasted malts, laced with aromas of oak and a non-offensive mild metallic note. No real hop aroma. This sets the stage for a very drinkable beer.

T- This beer is bigger on the tongue than in the nose. Big toasted malts establish a canvas painted with toasted oak, hints of low alpha hops (just enough to balance the beer), and a barely perceptible nuance of fruity ester. Starts out malty, but finishes dry.

M- A medium body leveraged with a substantial but soft carbonation. A mild astringency from the oak aging is evident.

O- A very drinkable, nay, sessionable brew. I could drink these all day long!

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Photo of Jedimaster1
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: A nice golden-amber color. You can definitely see the oak coloring. Slight carbonation with a head that disappears quickly.

S: Smell of oak and hops can be slightly detected.

T: It tastes of a pale ale, but with a more oaky, malty flavor. It is slightly sweet with hops to balance it out. Oak can be detected in the aftertaste, though not overwhelming at all.

M: Carbonation and smooth ale.

D: This can easily be a good session beer. I drank the bomber in no time. Easy drinker and a good beer selection for a nice night of enjoying a beer.

Overall I was impressed by this brew. After reading the mix reviews here, I wasn't expecting much. But after spending time with it, I enjoyed its rather unique taste. As a result, I look forward to trying other Firestone brews. This beer is definitely worth a try/

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark amber. Nice citric balance on the flavor. Kind of a pine aspect to it, but not a pine tar thing you get from a lot of IPAs. It's more like a fresh bud off a young pine deal. It's vibrant and fairly interesting. Feel is nice. Interesting bite to the carbonation. Overall a good drinker and a nice beer.

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Photo of bump8628
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber/copper with a loose white head that sticks here and there.

Toasty with a noticeable biscuit character and plenty of light caramel sweetness all balanced by a snap of earthy hoppiness.
Nuances of vanilla and toast mingle in, but they're so subtle I don't know that I would notice them if I didn't know this was selectively fermented in barrels.

An interesting and quite flavorful amber/pale ale. One I pick up for everyday drinking anytime I'm in California.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of FW Double Barrel Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper color. There is a moderate foamy off-white head on the beer and very few bubbles in the glass.

Smell is a mild caramel grain aroma.

Taste is also a light caramel and sweet bread flavor. There are some citrus notes but very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth.

Over all a drinkable pale ale and a good representation of the style. Much more malt flavor than the American counterpart.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice medium amber color. Very clear. 1 finger cream colored head. Leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing behind.

Smooth caramel aroma. Toffee, leather, and a hint of flowers. Fresh bread.

Caramel and toffee on the tongue. Light, chewy malt. Hints of black pepper. Some sweetness, maybe brown sugar.

Nice medium body and mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Easy drinking. Smooth and well balanced.

Very nicely done beer of a style than is not as widely available as some.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap (review from 5/2015):
Pours copper with thick off-white head. Head cover surface thinly but completely decently into the pour. Light haziness, if any.

Nose is pretty much on point with British ales, noble type hops, herbal to lightly floral, and a copper hint I get with English Pale Ales. Average strength.

Taste is bitter from the get-go, earthy and actually a little spicy (hops bite, not "heat"). Caramel notes behind this, mainly acting as an accent. I don't really get that metallic/copper taste too strongly, which is nice. Carbonation is lively, lifting the feel of the beer so it is still refreshing despite the bittering agents. Ending is a tad woody, even a hint of pine, but only mildly drying.

I originally rated this a straight 3.75, and is not a style I appreciate often. I appreciate them more now, and this one hit me right today because of its feel and somewhat balanced taste.

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Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold pour into a pint glass.

Very nice clear bronze appearance. Head retained well, nice lace.
After my first taste I was ready to write this beer off. No way did it deserve its very respectable rating.
Then as it warmed, the flavors developed and it became a completely different beer.
Cold - bitter unpleasant orange peel. Warmed - complex malt hops balance worthy of the style.
In my opinion, drinking this beer cold is an injustice and I won't make that mistake again.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review number 400,got this 22oz bomber from my brother-in-law on a recent visit from San Deigo.

Served into a nonic glass poured a clear,medium copper color with almost a 2'' off white creamy head with fair retention leaving rings of lace down the glass. Wisps of very tiny bubbles stringing to the surface,had to look very closely to see them.

Clean,sweet malty nose with nutty/toasty notes,fruity with lots of earthyness and moderate hop notes of spice with a perfumy touch.

The first taste i just noticed how nice the balance of the beer was.Complex maltiness not overpowering sweet/toasty/nutty/slightly roasty with a nice carmellness. Fruity and earthy with a good crisp moderate,hoppiness to match the maltiness hops were woody/herbal/spicy not as much spice as in the aroma.

Medium body leaning towards the lighter side,creamy,also had some grainyness with some astrigency at the finish. Easily drank the bomber,just don't think I would be able to drink all night. Very good Amber,well made nothing I would seek out,but would buy occasionaly if it was avalible in my area.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very murky honey-golden. Good foam and excellent lacing.

Smell: Burnt vanilla, sort of like bourbon. Some vague woody notes as well. Very malty in my opinion.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very subdued flavors. Burnt vanilla and oak. Very faint floral hop flavors in this as well. I was not initially in love with the mouthfeel, and I found it a bit thin. However, as this warms, the oaky, resiny traits of this beer come out, and the fiery bourbon sensation grows.

Overall: A very good beer that gets better as you drink. Would make a great session.

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Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label is different than the picture here, should be the same thing 5.0% Firestone DBA (bomber).

Pours a lively light brownish copper color with a minimal off white head and lacing.

A bready caramel malt smell

Sweet caramel malt taste with a hint of oak flavor.

Medium to light bodied and slightly resiny with a tea finish.

The hint of oak or tea finish slows down the session.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Citrusy hops, nice bouquet, orange, grapefruite, caramel sweetness.

L: Crystal clear orange-amber. Off-white head that dissipates.

T: Caramel sweetness with an underlying mild bitterness with just a touch of minerals. Finishes earthy and fairly clean.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Decent english pale ale, sounds strange but could have used a touch more hops.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Weibull for sending this my way!

Pours a reddish amber tone into a rinsed pint glass. Spotty lacing all around. Aroma of clean malty sweetness.

Flavor is mellow and malty, with light oak notes. Dry hops lend a low, earthy bitterness. Pretty easy drinking, not sure why anyone would have beef with this.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice tannish head that takes a while to dissipate but still leaves a film on the top of the beer and in the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a clear copper color that is fairly close to a deep amber. The beer looks really nice but bordering closer to an amber ale than an English pale ale, but it still looks pretty solid and nice.

The beer smell is pretty nice but is a little spicy. The beer smell has strong malt smells with a leafy hop note. The smell has various malt notes ranging from caramel, lightly toasted, and a little bit bready.

The taste is somewhat the same in regards to notes. The beer has lightly toasted and caramel malt flavor balanced by a light and crispy hop presence. The hop presence is a bit flowery, which gives the beer a pretty nice earthy note.

The mouthfeel is good. The beer is a little heavy and probably medium bodied because of the malt presence. The beer is smooth with a little carbonation to it but not much. Overall, the feel is pretty nice and refreshing.

Overall, a pretty good English Pale Ale and worth getting. It's said to see this beer getting dinged for being malty and meeting the criteria for the beer type.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours slightly hazed copperish amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a wide patch mid-way though, with some lacing sliding down the glass.

The smell is of citrus/grapefruit with light roasted caramel.

The taste is of lightly roasted caramel, some nuttiness with a citric/leafy/herbal, slightly piney hop presence. Pretty evenly balanced, though leaning malty sweet with a bitterish touch and dry-ish finish.

It has a pretty chewy, medium body.

It has a nice amber-style maltiness with a hop presence more noticeable in taste than in bitterness. Not necessarily "complex", but an enjoyable, "sessionable" amber.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a Beers of the World mix box that I got for Christmas from an acquaintance. Thanks Scott!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the clear, burnished copper brew. Head fades but never quite disappears, and lacing is average to good. Aroma is lightly of grain husks, with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is hearty medium malts, with a citrusy close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, with the latter possibly even more so. This seems quite sessionable, and a nice brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mellow fruitiness and oaky presence. In the taste, fruity, small oak, and a caramel like presence. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry fruit and caramel like aftertaste. Very English, nice oak and fruit presence.

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Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into SN Imp Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear copper w/ a thick beige 1 finger head which fades to a thick cap and leaves some thick lace; lots of carb

S - Smells of chocolate and sweet malts, a tinge of metal that fades after the first minute or so, earthy, vanilla and oak, some light fruits, pear maybe, pecans, and white bread crust

T - Tastes much the same as the nose, hints of chocolate, bread, light floral and earthy hops, vanilla, very light biscuit and pecans

M - Light on the tongue, dry finish w/ slight bitterness, lightly tannic

O - Very good beer, much more malt forward than hops, balanced, light oak character, very drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt and burnt toffee aroma that's a bit sweet smelling with just enough roasted character. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that is complex in nature. It goes down with ease and finishes with a slight oakey aftertaste. The oak works well with this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is my first FW beer. I like the their use of multiple specialty grains as well as the barrel fermenting. It offers up an interesting tasting experience.

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into imperial pint. Bottled 11/5/14.

A: Pours a clear medium amber with a huge, billowing, greasy and thick off-white head that took forever to slowly fade into a dense and oily film. Patches of chunky lace were left down the glass.
S: The nose is a pleasant mixture of bready biscuit scented malt mixed with spicy and earthy hops. There’s a touch of caramel and a touch of roast, and the hops impart a noble, earthy, and spicy quality. There’s a faint herbal quality as well.
T: Crisp grainy malt backbone with just a kiss of caramel sweetness up front, followed by balancing spicy and earthy hops. The finish has a lightly sticky sweetness, and the aftertaste is herbal, slightly leafy, and just barely bitter.
M: Medium-light body with soft and fluffy carbonation that creates a smooth and easy drinking mouthfeel.
O: Flavors are light overall, clean, and very easy to drink. As far as EPA's go, this is pretty solid.

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