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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 699
Hads: 2,253
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 274 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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

No complaints with this beer. Pours medium amber with good clarity, good white head that fades to a thin lace, and leaves Belgian lace on the way down. Nose is somewhat citrusy hoppy, but also sweet malty & caramel. More of that caramel malt on the palate, with a somewhat clean taste, and finishes somewhat sweet. (314 characters)

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

On tap at brew festival.

Appearance: pours an off white head which slowly falls leaving light lacing. Color is a cloudy amber with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: caramel, medium roasted barley, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: light and watery, pleasantly dry finish.

Flavor: Toasted bread crust, nuts, and caramel, pungent earthy hops.

Overall: very well done in the English style. Most enjoyable. (402 characters)

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

This is an English style amber, not American one bit. well it's made here in pasa robles, CA. But still i really, really liked this one for an English style beer....and I;m not a big fan of the style because i usually get let down. Not here. This beer screams drink at cellar temp...not too cold for this one.
a: amber. but really nice lacing..cool
smell: that English yeast smell...and some good malts backing it up..nice
taste: for once that English yeast taste is in the beer but doesn't overpower. It blends with the English hops and smooth malty taste. Very smooth thought..the yeast provides more flavor than the hops on this one. but like I said there is a good balance.
mouthfeel: nice drinkability: good. this has session beer all over it....
I wish this were cheaper as it would make an excellent fall back sessioner. This compares to Bass but is better. (872 characters)

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a clear amber with hints of ruby and a huge four finger creamy white head that falls very slowly and in large pockets leaving very sticky webbed lacing.

S: Fairly muted on the nose, do pick up some faint caramel malt and a hint of grain along with a faint hint of wood. For the style of English pale this is pretty spot on, just wish it were a little more pronounced.

T: The grain is very pronounced here, along with the yeast and a backdrop of wood this is a very earthy beer and yet very clean on the palate. Again a great food beer. These guys really seem to know pale ales.

M: Light, crisp and clean with a dry finish. Perfect food beer!

D: Super drinkable with the abv being only 5% and the mouthfeel being so clean. (774 characters)

Photo of apaltrineri
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very coppery amber/orange color out of the tap, with a small off-white head and some lacing for the first half of the pint. Admirable.

S - Sweet earthy malt aroma, with yeasty sweetness finishing it off nicely. Hint of tart apples.

T - Mmm, this ale is balanced so well it is almost buttery! Not too much sweetness, balanced with hops that assert the ale's complex character. Not a standout, but very solid.

M - Smooth, buttery and the hint of carbonation make this one of the most pleasant red ales had in recent memory.

D - Could polish off these babies all night! Definitely worth the hike out to northern California to find this brew. (648 characters)

Photo of Flashsp2
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firestone DBA into Konigsbacher Pils glass

Perfectly clear gold with straw highlights. The head is two fingers and leaves nice clumps of lace.

Oak, cinnamon, pale malt, evergreen, earth.

Palette is oak barrel presence, pale malt, evergreen needle hop bite, caramel nuttiness, cinnamon sticks.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a medium carbonation.

A very easy drinking beer, one that makes a super session and shows that a beer doesn't have to be a sour or big stout to show improvement from hanging out in oak for a bit. (533 characters)

Photo of poluti
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at the Westwood Brewing company. It poured a lacy white head with a deep amber color (pretty typical). It smelled like a light ale with a hint of floral noted. I enjoyed the smell. It had a great body of smell with the hint of hops hitting the nose- almost spicy. The taste was malty sweet and the hops were present- I wished I had a little more of the bitter kick- but the goldings were def. present which is a great sign for an english ale. It had a bit of a fruity kick to it. The texture was smooth as it lightly covers the palate. I found this beer highly drinkable and have already recommended it to friends who can kind it on tap. (660 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%

Bright copper. Bready nose. Malty with a good hearty body and a nice dry finish.

I’d say that this is more of an ESB than an English Pale Ale. Either way, it is very, very good. (181 characters)

Photo of dcook11
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An aggresive pour provides a thick, white, iceberg head about two and a half fingers deep. The beer itself is a dark honey/bronze color. Some small fine bubbles rise to the top of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S- Pine, citrus, oak, caramal malt, a touch of tropical fruit. More pine/caramel forward as cold, but as it warms oak dominates.

T- More oak than in the smell. Piney/resiney hops.

M- Dry, light bodied.

O- A great sessionable beer for those who enjoy oak and hop character at a lower abv. (513 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Double Barrel has a nice coppery color with good clarity. The head is thick and slow-to-settle. A little bit of lace is left behind.

Aroma is mild, as an English pale usually is but I get a little biscuit malt and earthy British hops.

Flavor is enjoyable with good balance, leaning towards caramel-sweet. A little toasted malt adds to the depth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really good American version of this English style. Served a little warmer from the hand pump would be awesome. (566 characters)

Photo of terrapinchris
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer holds a special place in my memory for me, so I'm going to make it my first review here. In college I'd purchased six-packs of it, but my palate hadn't really developed to where I could say much about it. However, a few months ago, I had the pleasure of tasting it from a keg at my wedding (best man had purchased it for me). It definitely doesn't fit the profile of the many California brews that are overwhelmingly hopped. It pours a very deep amber, with a head that recedes quickly. The carbonation is very nearly what I would consider ideal for this type of beer. This had a hint of bitterness in the sip, but it seemed to warm in the mouth and finish with a chewy sweetness. The taste reminded me of a good Scottish ale, where the malts complement the bitterness in such a way that it avoids the sort of cloying sweetness that so many amber ales seem to fall prey to. All in all, an excellent beer for a session if you can find it on tap, Less so in the bottle. (977 characters)

Photo of californiakulak
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my kegerator into a Firestone pint glass.

a. Dark copper, orange like color. Crystal clear with a small head. Head vanishes quickly.

s. Not much here. Sweett malt and faint hops.

t. Some vanilla, woody flavors. More malt than hops. Some toffee.

M. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Kind of watery.

d. Goes down quite easily. Could, and did, drink several pints per sitting. (390 characters)

Photo of Brewsmith
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma is malty with just a slight hint of wood. Color is a clear amber, very deep orange with a half inch beige head. I get malt then a little oak, followed by earthy hops and then a little chocolate and a touch of roast in the back. A little lingering malt in the finish with out being sweet. There is so much going on in this beer. I really enjoy it. (391 characters)

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Hitching Post (from the movie Sideways).

Brown, burgandy, red all colors present in the pour. At 5% this is incredibly drinkable. Sweet malts, subdued hops here, so not too bitey. Like certain other brewers, Firestone has a certain trademark taste across almost all its beers and this one carried the same delicious taste. They're almost a sweeter, creamier taste for the beers they make.

Anyway, this was delicious, but not quite spectacular. (459 characters)

Photo of mpyle
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Rich golden color, great clarity. Pours a moderate sized white head with good retention.

Aroma - Strong pine tinted hop aroma, but otherwise quite clean.

Flav- a bit biscuity with the malt. Good citrus/pine hop flavors, but not as prominent as aroma. Bitterness quite gentle. Finishes fairly clean with trailing bitterness.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, and a bit creamy.

D'ability - Nice. (403 characters)

Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful toffee red with lovely frothy head and lacing.

Smell is very complex. Yeasty, honeycomb malts, oranges. Definitely get the oak, but it contributes not so much in terms of aromatics but more in terms of a slightly fruity, Belgian, even fusel-like note.

Taste is a carryover of subtle oak, honeycomb, oranges.

Mouthfeel is moderate- goes down creamy and easily with a bitter finish, fairly sharp and yeasty, boozy, Belgian.

Overall a nice, complex beer which drinks like it might as well have come from the Fuller's stable. (543 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

For what it is, this is really good. Surprisingly complex in a subtle way, with wood, nut, hop, and toasty malt in good balance. Generally quite tasty and easy to drink. (169 characters)

Photo of FlyingBull
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer in a 22 oz bomber purchased at a local grocery store that has a pretty good craft selection.

A: Nice medium to dark amber color, clear, with lots of carbonation. ~1" of pale white foam lasted most of the drink.

S: Slight candy and caramel sweetness under the toasted malt, faintly spicy and a little floral from the hops.

T: Nice balanced malt sweetness (which I really liked!), with lots of caramel and bread notes. I also picked up the spicyness of the hops with balanced the sweetness for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation that balances the malt sweetness nicely.

D: I I could lay under a tap and drink it all night.

I thought this beer was very easy to drink, great taste, and one that I enjoyed very much. (757 characters)

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours an amber/ruby color with about 2 fingers of white head, that dissipates to a thin cap that carries on until the glass is empty.

Smell: Smells of sweet caramel and toffee, with a nice underlying biscuity malt toastiness.

Taste: Subtle sweet caramel and toffee tones, with a very nice bready counterpoint, as well as a faint touch of earthy English hops..

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied pale. Very drinkable as well as sessionable.

Overall: Very good high quality English style Pale Ale. (549 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11-27-12

Poured into a pint glass. DBA is a crystal clear amber body with red tones throughout that shows off an abundant amount of carbonation. The peach-colored head starts at about two fingers and slowly recedes to a thin lace on top. Really an attractive beer, and were the head to stick around more, I'd give it a 5.

The aroma isn't bad, but certainly not very exciting. The predominant aroma is crisp and metallic, but there are wafts of vanilla, oak, husky malt, and a whiff of earthy hops. I do wish the aroma hops were a tad stronger.

Letting this beer warm to just below room temperature is a great idea, as the flavors here are too delicate to show through if it is too chilled. When it gets there, expect light flavors that deliver gentle, subtle complexity. Toasted oak and vanilla are undercurrents here, with a smooth bitterness up front that is followed by a sweet caramel maltiness in the finish and exhale. Very well balanced.

Carbonation is a bit much at the start, but settles down through the pint to create a smooth finish. Medium to light in body. Soft mouthfeel and almost a creamy finish. Excellent.

To me, DBA offers something different, and it is an exceptional beer. Very attractive beer with a subtle oak nature that really plays well on this style. However, the hops are taking only a balancing role here, and I personally think that they should dial up the English hops (maybe use Fuggle) at the end of the boil. That would make for a better English Pale. Though I can't argue with what their doing since they have won a ton of awards from this beer. Keep doin what you're doin guys! (1,631 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle pours a clear chestnut body with copper accents. Body is alive with small carbonation bubbles. Small beige head is shortlived but laces well.
Aroma: Very assertive bouquet of sweet malts and spicy hops. Toasty malts, with notes of caramel and molasses, struggle to assert against the dominant English style spicy hops. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
Taste: Very well balanced, with spicy hops serving up a lasting bitterness. Malty notes of toffee and caramel with a hint of molasses. Pleasant notes of toasty grain throughout, and a slight vanilla presence from oak aging. Hops gain a pine cone bitterness toward the finish but are balanced by the sweet maltiness for an even finish.
Drinkability: A very well executed American Amber that is on the sweet malty side, yet retains a solid hops bitterness. This is one I would certainly like to keep around. Many thanks to mntlover for bringing this bottle by. (968 characters)

Photo of mattdavis452
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The key to this beer is its balance - overall, it is very well-balanced (as you shall see, I use this phrase a bit more than normal in this post).

A - Nice amber color.

S - Smells well-balanced, fits well with its appearance

T - A little more on the bitter side, but does not even come close to approaching an IPA. Well done for this style of beer.

M - Not too light or heavy. Again, quite well-balanced.

D - One of my favorite session beers. Easy to drink, goes well with most any food (in my opinion), and relatively affordable. Not too shabby overall. (570 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks wastrinkensie for this one. Large capped bottle.

It is a dark orange brew, with some nice red highlights, topped by a good sized white head that shows above average retention.
Aroma is hoppy, right from the start; not IPA hoppy, but more than your average amber ale hoppy, fruity and lively, along with some sweet malts, caramel and honey.
Medium bodied, refreshing but not light, with a well balanced taste, with sweet caramel tones and interspersing hoppy bitterness.
It is not a "wow" beer, but that is not what amber ales are supposed to be. It is a very weel crafted, tasty amber ale, well above the average and certainly worth a try. Significantly better than the score would lead you to believe, but it is probably because it lacks "wow" - if it had, it would not be an amber ale. (798 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

g: Pint

a: Clear copper color, 1 finger soapy white head. Splashy lacing.

s: Citrus and floral hops up front. Slightly peppery. Caramel malt, light cracker. Lemon.

t: Very well-balanced. Perfect ratio of hops to malts. Consistent flavor throughout. Citrus, floral hops. Lemon up front then met quickly after by caramel malt creating a great blend. Finish is somewhat clean, not too much lingering flavor.

m: medium body and moderate carbonation

d: Great session beer. Lots of flavor, not too bitter. (504 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK, I have to admit that I had to do a re-take about 15% of the way into this glass. While at Belmont Station the bartender told m that the Firestone Double Barrel on cask was amazing and had to be tried. Having recently had a couple bottles of Double JACK… I mentally prepared myself for their great/fresh and bold DPA. When the glass came I was struck by the color of the beer which was at least three shades darker than the Double Jack’s that I enjoyed over the previous month…

After several sips and total confusion I innocently asked why the hops presence would be so muted since it was on cask…. DOH… I was drinking their Double Barrel English Pale Ale and NOT the Double Jack DPA. Oh well. After adjusting my expectations, I did enjoy the glass of beer.

Finger of very creamy light tan head tops a burgundy/amber colored beer with excellent clarity. A touch of lacing.

Aroma was of toffee, stone fruit and even some minerals.

Flavor was very bready with lots of toffee notes. Fruit was fairly prominent as well.

This beer was as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Silky.

Seems spot on for an English Pale Ale. (1,128 characters)

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.