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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,612 Ratings

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Ratings: 1612
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%

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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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty yellow/orange, finger off-white head,
awesome lacing

S: english malt, phenols, grassy, light floral

T: same as nose, biscuit malt smooth

M: med/light body, sem-dry body

O: Nice session brew; glad to see
an American craft brewery take on this
style. Would buy again.


Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:35:11 | More by BeerLover99
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3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

We conducted a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other popular American Pale Ales: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, and Boulder Hazed & Infused.

Check it out: http://youtu.be/DHis2L_OBdg

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 23:16:58 | More by brewbattles
Photo of ChuckHardslab


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. A deep amber color with a two finger off white head. The smell is malt forward with a pleasant, slightly citrus hop aroma. The taste follows suit with a good malty flavor and a slightly bitter clean finish. The whole experience is pleasant if not exactly memorable. It's a good beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:42:03 | More by ChuckHardslab
Photo of TruePerception


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Firestone Double Barrel Ale: 5% ABV; Appearance: very bright, medium brownish-amber with a rosy hue; Smell: very light hop, bit of woody caramel, very light char, faint raisin; Taste/Mouthfeel: fairly strong charcoal (not unpleasant), light raisin at back, long finish, gradual fade; pretty good, serve with steak dinner.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 06:36:49 | More by TruePerception
Photo of ablackard


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale has a nice mild fruit smell but unfortunately also has a mild mouthful and taste. nothing real special about this beer but if you are looking for something light and easy to drink without a lot going on, then maybe this is a good beer for you.
Probably not get it again...

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:05:47 | More by ablackard
Photo of micromaniac129


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty desent English pale here and of course it's more malts then hoppy. Has a rich auburn color but not a very tall head. The head fizzles away to surface bubble with some lacing.
The aroma is malty with only hints of some hops. The taste is malty with some biscuits and grains towards the end. The finish is smooth, soft and clean. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.
Another well made product from firestone.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 11:40:03 | More by micromaniac129
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a bright copper-amber color with a two-finger fizzy white head that reduces to a small layer, leaving a small ring and a bit if lace behind

S- typical grainy and toasty malt with some earth and herbal dry-hop bitterness

T- light malty flavor comes out toasted, fruity flavors emerge mid-palate with dome floral hop notes, semi dry finish with just a bit of a tart bite

M- light-medium body, moderate carbonation with foamy mouthfeel leads to a slightly fizzy finish

O- this is a simple style but they do it well. Easy drinking and well balanced

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 21:57:51 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Dsimenson


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Small head which quickly gives way to lacing. Deep amber color is nice. Aroma is citrus--hops. Flavor is balanced nicely, with a good amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium full, tingly, a bit foamy. I like this one, but it's not one of my two of three favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 19:50:37 | More by Dsimenson
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3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/14/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (3.75)
Pours a handsome crystal clear amber with orange highlights, a two fingers tall, eggshell white head forms fairly quickly. The head quickly recedes to about a finger's height, leaving some spotty lacing along the glass' edges.

Aroma: (4)
Floral, leafy green hops with a distinctly herbal, lemony tone jump out towards your nose immediately. Layered delicately underneath the floral hops are some slight impressions of orange marmalade interwoven with sweet, toffee bready malt notes. The fermentation in oak barrels infuses the aroma with soft, supple tones of vanilla and almonds.

Taste: (3.75)
resinous, herbal hops coat your palate first; notes of lemon zest, orange marmalade. Middle of the taste, a creamy, lush malt presence washes over your tongue, with notes of sweet dough and toffee. The sweetness of the malts is somewhat offset by the off dry, lightly bitter finish, but there is still some residual sweetness left on the corners of your palate. The ale has long, lingering notes of fresh oranges, bread-y malt and a decent amount of vanilla and faint almonds from the oak fermentation.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: (3.75)
A fantastic example of a traditional English Pale Ale; the oak fermentation really sets it apart of other examples of the style. That said, I am not the biggest fan of the style to begin with because of it's residual sweetness. I can't think of another English Pale Ale that is better done than this, so if you haven't had it, definitely check it out!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 22:09:53 | More by flayedandskinned
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New York

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 4/5/13 that's 112 days old. Firestone walker gives it's beer 120 days.

Poured flat and flat looking amber. No real head, thin bubbles. No nose either. I really tried. Had some grass and a touch of light malt. I thought I smelled honey but it disappeared. No hops on the nose at all. Taste was equally non descript. There wasn't much carbonation and even though the beer was thin it tasted thicker than it was. Body had no life at all. Very bland. No finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 15:18:47 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Omnium


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice light amber color, no real head or lacing.
S - There's an odd soapy aroma to this, but there's also some nice pine, dried flowers, toffee malt.
T - The pine from the hops is here, a little dank too, but not a whole lot, the bite from the hops fades to a decent buttery caramel flavor.
M - A tad sticky, but balanced with bitterness.
O - This is one of the better English style pale's I've had in recent times. More good stuff from Firestone Walker.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 21:22:41 | More by Omnium
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West Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a one finger light tan head, dissipated slowly into a thin ring with moderated lacing.

Aroma of citrus, pine and light malts.

Taste follows the nose with grapefruit, hints of pine, balanced by a bready grainy malt.

Mouth Feel was medium body and carbonation, smooth yet slightly crisp with a dry after taste.

Overall this is an average beer for Firestone , they have much better in their family of beer. Not much bang for the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:14:06 | More by dtivp
Photo of Direx


2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Rusty, copper color. Head dissipates rapidly, tiny bubbly foam residue remains on glass after 5 minutes, but it's not much--very little on the surface of the brew itself.

S: Difficult to smell, really have to shove your face in the glass. No distinctive smell.

T: After I take a swig, I inhale very deeply to try to invigorate my taste buds (if that makes sense). I just... there isn't much taste at all, even after 4-5 swigs. Surprised this isn't a red lager. No residual taste after the beer is swallowed. This is a very boring beer.

M: Watery, light, crisp. Even my burps taste bland.

O: This lager (it's really a lager folks) is in dire need of ingredients. Quantity, quality, needs them both. This glass tastes empty and devoid of flavor. Nothing complex, little character.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 04:59:26 | More by Direx
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled on 1/28/13. I'm hoping it's not too old.

A: Pours a deep orange, crystal clear, with 1.5 fingers of off-white (orangeish) head from a vigorous pour. Head quickly dissipates do a thin, bubbly layer with just a little lacing left on the glass, but plenty of stickiness on the side leaving lacing as I drink.

S: I would never guess this an English Pale Ale, but the malts do have that aroma to them now that I look for it. The nose is dominated by sweet, sticky malt character... very little hopping. Definitely fruity. Malt leading into alcohol, and something else clean that I cannot recognize, perhaps from the yeast.

T: The taste follows the nose, hitting strong with lots of malty sweetness. Finish is nice and smooth with bitterness lingering after the sip has finished, but not too evident in the character of the beer. Pretty nice. A little much alcohol shows up for a 5abv beer, but this taste is malt-dominated. Not quite as hoppy as I'd like (not just as a hop-head, but for the style), but otherwise very nice.

M: Interesting, because this beer is very carbonated (maybe a little too much), but still coats the mouth and lingers with its stickiness (again, maybe a little too much). That said, the mouthfeel isn't bad, and the beer drinks quite well. In fact, I find the lingering stickiness making me want another sip pretty much immediately, so I'm probably going to put this pint away fast enough that I'll be opening another brew shortly.

O: A good beer. Not a great beer, but I'm definitely not sad I'm drinking this. While I don't tend to like many English Pale Ales (based on a small sample space), I'm finding this interpretation of the style to be enjoyable. Maybe a little on the sweet side for its own good, and the hop bitterness is left wanting for its style. Perhaps this is just a consequence of the 4-month-old bottle... I may have to revisit this fresher.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 06:46:23 | More by jdhowe
Photo of tzieser


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: crystal clear amber in color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the sides of my pint glass for a long time. good carbonation.

s: sweet and malty aroma with little hop grassyness. standard english pale ale nose.

t: lots of malt flavor. notes of biscuits, toasted bread and vanilla (thanks to the oak barrel system). very complex flavor profile from start to finish.

o: might be the best american made english pale ale on the market. might be the most underrated beer Firestone-Walker puts out. great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 03:26:17 | More by tzieser
Photo of JMad


3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a burnt orange color with a foamy off white head. The smell is light, I detected some toffee and earthy hops with a slight fruitiness. It tastes mostly of earthy hops with some lemon and caramel on the finish. It has a light/ medium body with moderate carbonation and a satisfying finish. This is a pretty solid beer but doesn't stand out too much from other English Pale Ales, I'd like to try some of their other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:14:21 | More by JMad
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3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/burnt orange. A decent half finger head with a bit of lacing. Clear in nature.
S: After some slight agitation, I am met with equally subtle notes of pine, citrus and malt. Perhaps a bit of caramel is present as well. Nothing overwhelming and a tad non-descript. Not off-putting either.
T: Extremely well balanced and follows the nose quite well. Perhaps a tad muted, but I am not sure what this brew is trying to be. It's very straightforward, yet not aggressive. The sweet caramel malts blend well with the hops to produce a flavor that's easily quaffable.
M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body. This is a very smooth brew with a decent aftertaste that is both piney and sweet.
O: This brew has session written all over it due it's low ABV, light body and well balanced flavors. It's remarkably unremarkable, in a great way. Wouldn't mind having a few more.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 20:23:44 | More by Infamous7100
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

"I have two guns: one for each of ya." Classic. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear rusty-bronze topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit, flowers, very light seaweed, and a kiss of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly stronger and breadier malt backbone. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice and easygoing little brew, something I could easily see downing a sixer of every now and again whilst relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 03:09:11 | More by TMoney2591
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2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

650ml brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at a local Vons grocery store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery. Bottled 02/05/13. 5.0% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of okay cream, okay thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Average vibrance. Typical for the style. Nothing unique or special here. Quite average.

Sm: Biscuit malt and floral hops. Grassy character. That's about it. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Boring and simple. A mild strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, amber malts, and some grassy character. Pretty malty for a pale ale, but generally enjoyable. Pleasant, but simple, boring, and bland. There's nothing unique, special, or interesting here. It's balanced if only because there's so little happening.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate carbonation. Decent thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Average execution.

Dr: Meh. A pedestrian pale ale from Firestone Walker. I definitely wouldn't get it again. The price point needs work as well. Mundane and underwhelming. I'll easily finish this bomber, but it's just lacking in quality. Drinkable but forgettable.


Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 00:04:37 | More by kojevergas
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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint

Clear copper/amber color with a crop of beige head bubbled up on top. Fades slowly, leaving ringed lacing on the glass with some filmy retention.

Bready and malty in the nose with hoppy punctuation. Hints of citrus and pine with caramel, grain and toasted bread crust.

Mild bitterness, grapefruit and piny notes up front. Thicker malt backbone with bread crust, toasted grain and soft grassiness. Slightly citric and hoppy, finishing a little dry and crisp.

Medium body, decent carbonation, chewy and refreshing. Many of FW's offerings are on the aggressive, in-your-face side of the barometer, so this milder ale is a nice break, although it's still a bit plain for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 19:11:01 | More by xnicknj
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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 333 ml bottle (bottle on January 24, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-An aggressive pour produces a very thin khaki colored head. The brew is deep amber in color with no visible carbonation. Clear.

S-The smell is sweet and fruity at first with a little whiff of biscuit and cracker. There is some buttery caramel, but nothing huge. No real distinct hop influence here.

T-The taste is like the smell, i.e., mild and vaguely sweet with some fruity notes, but lacking any real defining characteristics. There is a little hoppy twang on the finish.

M-The feel is smooth, with very light carb. The weight is medium to full body.

O-This is a pretty boring beer. From appearance to feel, there is nothing outstanding or noteworthy. I would say this was a decent session type beer, but it is surprisingly full-bodied, which hurts the drinkability factor. Put simply, there are better choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 23:25:32 | More by spoony
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New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:51:52 | More by RattleheadKV2
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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber with lots of rising bubbles and a persistent creamy head. Smell is subtle caramel and toasty malts. Faint hops in there somewhere. I love the caramel flavors and breadiness of this beer. Hops are rather mild in character, but provide a fine bitter balance. I would like a little less toast in the flavor, however. Mouthfeel is excellent. Fluffy with soft bubbles and a not-too-heavy or thick body. This is a very English tasting pale. I really like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 02:06:34 | More by goochpunch
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3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This English IPA is relatively flavorless. It has a nice head and aroma, but it doesn’t possess any qualities that would make me seek it out. The way I understand the English IPA style is that it’s supposed to be very flavorful and pleasantly bitter, able to hold its own against spicy or very flavorful dishes. This beer is not very flavorful or bitter and if paired with food that’s full of flavor, it would politely step into the background.

I’m not saying I dislike this beer. I don’t. It’s okay and not disagreeable in any way but it’s not what I’ve come to expect from this style of beer.

However, their brewery sounds like it would be a fun tour.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 16:32:37 | More by kristenspaintings
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: nice rich amber color.
S: malty with a hint of hops
T: malty with enough hops and complexity to have 2-3 before you look up. Not a session beer though as it has a slightly undesirable aftertaste.
M: moderate to thick with nice carbonation and excellent head.
O:a high quality beer that keeps you coming back for more but not FW's best offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:19:14 | More by MikePags
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,612 ratings.