Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,228
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 74
Gots: 263 | 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 Jacobob10
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Deep amber color and clear. Medium white head with good retention. Toasted malt aroma with earthy hops. Light biscuit and toffee in the flavor. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied but not as smooth as other examples of the style. (255 characters)

Photo of willic
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can I say, Firestone Walker ROCKS! Can they make a bad beer??? This is not my typical beer, but light, fun, complex... I love the crisp oakiness! (150 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 3/2/15

Clear and light amber in color with a 2 finger off white head that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is of toasted malt with spice. From the glass, I get some oak with light vanilla. From the bottle, vanilla is prominent.

Taste is dry/tart with oak and vanilla. Light caramel. A bit of spice here, and a moderate earthiness.

Medium full in body with light carbonation. Leaves a pleasantly sticky film. Slightly drying.

An excellent beer, especially considering that I prefer sweeter beers. Well rounded and rather full bodied. Perhaps better suited for cooler seasons, but impressive, nonetheless. (624 characters)

Photo of Nickholland
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Much like an amber ale, the flavor is dominated by toasted malt with just a little hop for balance. Carmel, toffee and lots of vanilla/oak in the nose/finish. Good mouthfeel, almost creamy, very smooth. Will definitely buy/drink again. (235 characters)

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. (486 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coppery red amber, stiff cumulus head. Aroma of freshly turned earth. Taste of nutty, earthy maltiness with a touch of cocoa like alkaline bitterness. Mouthfeel is frothy and effortless. This beer is superb. (208 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a one finger off white head. Aroma is caramel, toast, and floral, earthy hops. Taste is caramel, biscuit, floral, earthy, and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a very, very good bitter/english pale ale. Every sip leaves me wanting more, although I probably like this beer more than most. Just excellent. (365 characters)

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. (1,190 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sort of an underappreciated brew, IMO, whose nuances are probably easily missed. My favorite part about this -- and I pick it up more in bottled versions than draught -- is the light vanilla note the Firestone Union oak barrels offer. It mixes so well with the toffee malt notes and really makes something unique. Quality brew that, frankly, doesn't have many analogues. (370 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear copper with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like rusty copper and earthy barley, with a little citrus.
T: It tasted like caramel and earthy barley malts, with a little copper hops. It had a clean, mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Thin body.
D: This was far from the modern IPAs. The scent was not very appealing. The taste was more sweet than bitter. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Drinkable, but not recommended. (519 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid English style light ale. Nice roasty notes, sweet caramel balanced by slight hop presence and crispness. Enjoyed this one. Another solid FW offering. (173 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Reviewed on May 29th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Poured a clean copper body. A short light tan head quickly collapsed and left a sparse amount of lacing.

Nose
Sweet, caramel heavy malts. Faint hint of floral hops. Subtle aroma all around.

Mouth
Heavy hit of malts up front... caramel and bread, fairly dense. Floral hops cut through the malts, attempting to lighten things up. Floral hops finished semi-sweet with a nice lingering presence of caramel malts. Medium bodied. Moderate/high carbonation.

Notes
I was surprised with the density of this brew. The overall taste was familiar and underwhelming. Not a bad brew but not my favorite. (678 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I liked this way more than most people. It's definitely a shallower, weaker beer than most of Firestone Walker's others, but still decent in my opinion. It smells like toast, maybe a tiny hint of cantaloupe. I liked the aftertaste - nice balance of fruit, toasty malt, and the alcohol is completely hidden. (306 characters)

Photo of Brevbin
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Received in a trade. Zero head. Smells nonexistent. Color is good. Tastes metallic with a slight oak notes. Mouthful is lacking. I must have gotten a bad/old bottle. (165 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. I'm disappointed in its rough texture and weak retention, and by the fact it doesn't leave behind any lacing. (3)

Smell: It's kind of hard to tell what the aroma is trying to accomplish. There's a definite influence of the cask-conditioned bitter here (I get some light ale esters and a touch - and boy, do I mean just a touch - of oak), to be fair. But I also pick up hints of diacetyl (small touches are not unwanted in the style) and cereal grain at first. The solution: let it open up in the glass. The bad notes go away, and the fruity esters appear a bit more vividly. Caramel and toasted bread notes tie it all together. Unfortunately, the whole aroma seems subdued in the wrong ways. (3)

Taste: The flavor, again, is subtle. I do like how there are actual ale esters next to the bready malt backbone, at least - notes of cherry, apricot, and peach appear initially. I swear I pick up notes of cereal grain lurking around throughout, though their presence doesn't ruin the beer. I'm not picking up any toasted oak or vanilla qualities. All in all, a boring ale. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Cereal grains seem to give a nice lightness, but it also makes the finish a little sweet. The latter is due to the low carbonation. Hey, it goes down easily. (3)

Overall: I've been waiting to try FW's flagship for a while now, and the end result is...meh. There's nothing special about this - I enjoy certain elements (like the presence of fruity esters), but it doesn't tie together to become any sort of world-beater. It's a solid gateway beer, and that's about it. I'll give this one a second chance if I find it on cask. (3)

2.9/5: ...yep, I'm still gonna stick with Pivo Pils (1,788 characters)

Photo of JohnL9013
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Could just be that this isn't my style, but I'm not too keen on this beer. It tastes like a macro brew to me. Slightly skunky, a little bitter, and not much else by way of flavor. The mouthfeel is great, it's surprisingly smooth, but the taste is inexcusable. I won't be getting this again. (290 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This unique beer has a foreboding appearance: a dark copper color body, with a dearth of carb bubbles, lying beneath a wispy cap of foam. There is an initial nose of plum; the palate, meanwhile, has its work cut out as this particular beer seems to have diverted from the expected English Pale Ale. There is a heavy layer of rye supplemented by the aforementioned plum. The balance and mouthfeel excels, however, It is firm, yet smooth on the tongue.
While it does not exceed the Firestone Jacks (Union, Double and Wookey), it does provide the consumer with a wild detour from the expected.

Another wonderful brew from this outstanding brewer. (I understand they also make tires - or something.) (696 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Transferred from old notes - 1/12/2014*
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Aromas of sour fruits - mostly apple and grape come to mind - start this one out with some faint yogurt smells sneaking through underneath. It’s a sparkling golden caramel coloring with a light, puffy white head that retains pretty well and leaves a nice lacing consisting of mostly micro-sized bubbles with some splotches of medium and small bubbles. It is mostly sour and yogurt-tart with moderate resin bitterness and a light, dull, sweet presence as well. The thin body contains a significant, but not overwhelming, amount of carbonation. It has a dry mouthfeel with some light peachy flavors as well as a toasted bread with butter taste. It finishes with a mostly toasty, resin finish, but after that fades, a cherry yogurt aftertaste is what lingers longest. (840 characters)

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

On tap at The Hay Merchant, served in a 16 oz shaker pint. A deep amber brown with dense off white head and lace. What starts toward a straightforward amber ale finds a better balance with earthy hops and barrel wood adding complexity and offsetting much malty sweetness with a crisper, drier finish. (300 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a grainy nose with traces of fruit and treacle. Pours brilliant copper amber under a 1” white finely bubbled foam cap. Very lacy. Big, super creamy lightly toasted malt character, graham cracker, hint of caramel, traces of light fruit, dries on the finish with some grainy astringency. Medium to medium full body and slightly below medium carbonation. Very drinkable. (373 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a copper/amber with a thick fluffy off white head that has great retention.

Floral hops and some sweet caramel and slight toastiness.

Light hop bitterness. Earthy and bready and woody. Caramel, toast.

Light bodied and a litle dry.

Nice session ale. (264 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic Imperial pint glass (it seemed appropriate).

Appearance - Dark copper color. Great clarity. Moderate, off-white head. Big stickage. Nice.

Smell - Malt. Toasty.

Taste - Big malt flavor. Sweet. Toasty. Slightly bitter. Dry hop finish.

Mouth - Slick. Fizzy.

Overall - Why doesn't this beer have a higher BA rating? This beer reminds me, very much, of a quality English ESB. Highly chugable. (434 characters)

Photo of mxchap
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Overall: Solid easy to drink ale. This is American pub beer at its finest [4.25]
Look: Amber in color with a foamy head. Leaves behind chaotic lacing [4]
Smell: Floral and Herbal. Spicy. Toast. [4]
Taste: Follows the smell. Caramel malt asserts itself nicely. [4]
Feel: Spot on for a balanced english ale. Slightly creamy, nothing sticks out. Perfect carbonation. [5] (368 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color. Malt forward nose, a hint of hops. Malty sweet caramel, with a slight floral hop backing that really balances this out. A bready aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. I didn't know what to expect from this one, wasn't really sure what it was, but it's damn good! (278 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
1.68/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looks great, a nice dark amber. Very inviting, but its a trap.
This one smells like vomit.
Pinching my nose, it tastes mostly like sweet malts - caramel, etc., not too interesting. Add the vomit smell, it sucks.

Probably a bad batch, bottled 11/10/14, about 10 weeks ago.
Just reading others ratings and I find that I'm not alone. Maybe many bad batches but more likely just a crappy beer. Avoid. (404 characters)

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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