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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 1618
Reviews: 637
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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Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at B&B Burger & Beer in Las Vegas.

Amber copper body with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with sweet breads and a touch of fruit. More malt than hop character. A bit too sweet for my liking. A tad syrupy. Fairly light in body with light bitterness in the finish. Mediocre.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 01:25:13 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Daddyrich


3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper color with medium foam and little retention.

S-Has a bit of a smokey smell. Smells like most Mexican beers.

T-Sweet initial taste with a slight bite at the finish.

M-Carbonation is well balanced throughout.

O-Decent beer but won't knock your socks off. Simple and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 20:27:51 | More by Daddyrich
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: served on tap into a stange, dark orange amber colored with a short off white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: caramel malt, light hops, pine, grapefruit, slightly sweet

T: great malt profile, caramel sweetness, British hop flavors, slightly sulfury hop quality

M: light to medium body with higher carbonation

O: reviewed from notes taken on 3/6/14, beer focused more on malt flavors than depth of hop flavors, still a very good beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2014 00:40:13 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of smcolw


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good bar poured head. Leaves rings after every sip. Dark gold and quite clear.

The smell is a combination berry-like sweetness and floral hop. A bit of muted pepper in the background.

This beer has caramelized malt of an English Bitter with the hop bite of an American pale ale. Very easy to drink. Full bodied with a decent carbonation. Not complicated. Bitter swallow with a lengthy aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 20:19:48 | More by smcolw
Photo of BMMillsy


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at a Thai restaurant in San Diego. Pours a deep amber color with a small creamy white head. Aroma is light wet dog and some caramel malts. Not a whole lot going on there. Flavor follows with big time malt kicks, caramel, biscuits, with some definite pine bitter to balance alongside. Mostly highlighting the malts but definitely not a super sweet beer. Slick mouthfeel with medium-to-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent beer, and pretty bold for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 02:57:37 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. Was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft toasted malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of soft round caramel, clean grassy hop and light nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a standard sessionable psle ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 21:57:51 | More by plaid75
Photo of dar482

New York

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

The beer comes in a copper amber color.

The aroma has bready malts with some floral and citrus English hops.

The flavor follows with lots of malty sweetness and breadiness. Bigger sweetness toffee than one may expect from a smaller beer like this. There are a lot of English hops characteristics with grassiness and floral notse.

The beer finish quite clean with its carbonation.

A good representation of the English ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 02:33:56 | More by dar482
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Doing tha thang at Lazy Dog in Orange, CA on a Monday.

Ok. Ok like Jennifer Lawrence. On a Saturday night and after a few deep, yeah. But on a Wednesday and right after work? I don't think so. A bit sticky (in a bad way) and a bit syrupy at that.

Once and never again.


Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 04:54:23 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear brown, maybe a bit of orange. 1 inch head forms quickly. Little strings of lacing form down the glass.

Smells like grainy and bready with some strong caramel hints.

Tastes pretty similar, with some citrus zest, pine, toasted bread, caramel, light brown sugar, and oak. All flavors are light and non-overpowering, and mixed well. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end of each sip.

Medium to light body, excellent level of carbonation.

A great easy drinking session beer from Firestone Walker. I know some people dog on this beer, but I quite liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 01:03:15 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of damndirtyape


3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap – pilsner glass at the Dolce Hayes Mansion bar.

Appearance: Deep copper-amber – clear. Off-white head upon pouring died back to a very thin skin. Plenty of lacing though.

Smell: Practically odorless at first. Not getting much of anything other than a hint of some floral hops. Once it fully warmed up some fruity (berry) sweetness would come through with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Crisp hops up front, then quick malt and bitter finish. Some citrus at the end. Rather clean and simple in taste. Some lingering bitterness, but not a lot. Once fully warmed up the bitterness is muted and some of the barrel aging vanilla/woody notes comes through, assuming this beer goes through some barrel aging as per the name of the beer. If it doesn't, could have fooled me. Like a west coast hop take on an English Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, spicy on the tongue. Some stickniness of hop oils on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: It’s allright. Went well with sliders at the bar while I worked, above average, but nothing really deep in flavor. Nice looking beer though. Drinkability is above average - not a lot of selection at the bar so it was easy to have another without noticing. It's more hoppy than a typical English Pale Ale, and it has more citrus bite than I was expecting for an English pale, but as I said in the taste comments above, it's like a West Coat take on an English Pale Ale and it works. Not amazing, but definitely above average and worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 00:34:38 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of jvillefan


3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A: It has a nice golden copper color with a white head.

S: It has a musty malt aroma to it that I am not a fan of. That is really all that is there

T: There is nothing special about this beer. It has heavy lager notes to it with minimal hop character.

M: There is a nice feel to it with great carbonation to it.

O: I would not get this beer again. There is nothing that is great about this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 01:33:30 | More by jvillefan
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer notes from 7/17/2012; on tap out in San Fran: pours clear amber copper color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left very good foamy lacing and rings as it goes down.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, cracker, herbs, caramel and light yeast funk; nose is pretty
much malty and basic.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, grains, cracker, herbs, caramel, light brown sugar, mild floral hops, tart fruit like pear or sour grape and a light yeast funk; it's a clean ale that seems English in origin.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with fizzy carbonation, a slick feel on the tongue and a malty finish that goes down fast and easy. This is a very basic beer, but man it went down so quick and smooth that it would be a great session beer. Oddly boring from Firestone Walker but still extremely refreshing and easy to quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 03:15:29 | More by CHickman
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 17:43:16 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a frothy head. Bready aroma and flavor. The oak barrel smell and taste is there, but could be stronger. Fairly creamy and easy to drink. Nothing too nuts from the brewery that gave us Parabola, Pale 31 and the Jacks, but no slouch either. It's probably the best EPA brewed in America.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 18:28:51 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of russwbeck


4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really interesting because they take the pale ale and throw it through 60 gallon oak barrels to ferment--and are the only American brewery to do so. It's an English Pale Ale, or the Old World Pale to Pale 31's New World.

I asked about the difference in fermenting this in oak barrels and aging big beers in Bourbon. This process is so delicate it takes a lot of science to vet the barrels, it's a very intensive process because of the low ABV. When you're talking about big beers, like Parabola, there's much less of a process because the high ABV kills any possible pathogens. They get the barrels from Coopers in Missouri, and retire them after 4 months.

A: The beer looks a lot like Pale 31, but it's more brown. Head lacing and retention are very similar 4.5

S: Very malty aroma. The oak is present, but not dominant. Light hop qualities. 4

T: Really nice malty beer with definite hop quality. It's piney, but oaky. The taste is so clean it's very impressive. Not a lot going on, but what is happening is great 4.5

MF: Low carbonation, which is right along with the English style. Very drinkable. 4.5

Pairing: This was paired with buckwheat cavatelli, saffron-braised chicken with English peas. The buttery, salty food paired wonderfully with the subtle, malty beer. It really was like a deconstructed chicken pot pie with a really drinkable pale ale. 4.5

O: I much preferred this to the Pale 31. It was very drinkable and the amount of attention they pay to the beer shows. It's wonderful. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 01:18:24 | More by russwbeck
Photo of Scotchboy


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Served in a Firestone Walker nonic.

A: Brilliant clear gold with good effervescence...decent white head and lacing.

S: Interesting nose...lots of caramelly bready aromas, sweetness and fruitiness...there is a hint of floral, maybe earthy hops, along with faint toasted grains, wood and vanilla.

T: Malt-forward but the hops come through a bit with touches of floral bitterness...lots of caramel, bready notes, hints of the oak & vanilla, with a clean lightly fruity finish.

MF: Light to medium feel, with a moderate body for a sessionable ale, clean finish.

O: Interesting, not sure if this is par-for-the-course for English Pales, but its not bad. Couldn't drink a ton, but to my tastes this is a lot more drinkable and pleasant to me than most authentic ESB's. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 18:19:34 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Buster's Beach House in San Diego.
Clear copper color with a fingers worth of frothy, sticky head. The head dissipated fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
Aroma is very malty, with distinct caramel notes, some bready yeast like notes and hints of floral hops.
Taste is similar to the aroma, and is predominantly malty. Right from the front to the finish, the malts were evident with sweet caramel notes and a touch of bitterness towards the finish.
Easy drinking with good mouthfeel.
Paired well with the fish taco's and dessert.
Overall, this is just a good English pale ale. Not a beer I would seek out though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 02:04:59 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint at Yardhouse Scottsdale.
Brown amber caramel color. Little head but good lacing.
No smell at all - other than just a "beer" aroma.
Flavor is of biscuity malts and a bit of pale hops. Smooth and easy.
Not a great beer but I imagine this brew is flying under the radar so to speak. Its not really jumping out but just sneaking by and riding the FW name to beer menus and store shelves. Don't seek out but deff the most un-english english pale ale I ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 01:08:06 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of DM1293


4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste - The hops are the first thing to hit you and then they immediately dissipate, leaving a lingering finish on the palate. There's no bitter aftertaste, so this Ale is all Bite and no Bark. Interestingly, as I got halfway through, the ale seemed to ease up on the sweet hoppy taste and pulled back into more of a malt taste.

Overall - Its a crisp refreshing brew thats strong, but very smooth and easy drinking. I wish there was a little more flavor to it, but its otherwise solid.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 02:25:47 | More by DM1293
Photo of amart79


3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap

A - Clear golden brown color. A decent head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - nice fresh smell. A little toasty with a fresh citrusy hops.

T - pretty smooth, bready/malty taste with a little bitter bite at the end.

M - just the right amount of carbonation. It was very smooth on the palate.

Overall - Good solid beer. It's got just a little of everything you'd like to be there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 06:29:12 | More by amart79
Photo of BenHesk12


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, I may have a bias towards the Firestone DBA because it was the first craft brew I ever drank, and I lived near the brewery for many years so fresh Firestone was always the choice at restaurants. Appears a classic pale ale coppery brown with a soft creamy head. Smell is average EPA but the oak really stands out. The mouth feel is soft and smooth. The flavor seems to combine a traditional english ale with a cali PA to make something memorable, especially if you like beers aged in oak. The guys at Firestone really created an outstanding beer out of a simple style with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 02:21:55 | More by BenHesk12
Photo of elNopalero


4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this from the bottle and on tap at the brewery.

The filtered (regular) DBA has a crisper flavor than the unfiltered version. There’s a nice and toasty malt flavor to this honey-blonde looking beer, with some sweet nutty flavor and a touch of honey on the finish. Simply put, it’s a delight to drink.

(9/2011) One of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries. Of course, I could say that about any number of their beers.

Gave this one a vigorous pour into a tall Moonlight Ale pint glass. I immediately get an inch of foam. Big, billowy bubbles topping a wonderful caramel brown colored beverage.

Looks great, smells great too. I get a mellow caramel roast on the nose and full flavors from first taste. Warm, pleasant mouthfeel. Muted hints of oak/barrel-aging—but ever-so slightly, which should be expected since this beer isn’t aged, merely resting for a brief nap. Very mild, pleasant, some well-worn leather and light malts. Overall just a well-rounded, smooth, incredibly balanced beer. Not big, hoppy, or otherwise extreme—just excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 06:08:24 | More by elNopalero
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a nice reddish brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head and great retention and great circular lacing

Smell: Upfront is a bit of earthy hops and to be honest I don't get much else

Taste: Very sweet forward character. The combination of the hops and malt create a unique fruit sweetness that I am not a fan of. The beer also has a brandy character maybe from the barrel again..Not sure if they used brandy barrels or not and the beer finishes with some caramel and toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium to low body and and medium carbonation

Overall: I am confused by what this beer is trying to be actually. I found it overly sweet and not all that enjoyable

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 01:41:00 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of Murrhey


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

Had a 32 oz schooner at Islands.

A: Light brown, thick head, sticky lacing. Clear but with good carbonation.

S: Hoppy, but not too bitter a smell, nice aroma.

T: Started bitter, finished crisp. Good flavor, but not tremendously complex.

M: Good consistency. My only complaint is that the bar served it too cold. The head actually froze in places. It was bizarre.

O: Good beer. I enjoyed it as a choice on tap. Not cheap though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 03:12:44 | More by Murrhey
Photo of JayS2629


4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with great clarity, a descent white head that fades quickly, but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is bready, english malts, toast and faint orange hints with some herbal, tea like hops peeking through.

Carmamel, toffee, and toast with citrus tea and grassy hints in the finish. Very well balanced and refreshing.

Crisp, medium bodied, refreshing with a smooth finish.

Overall, a great tasting, great balanced, and well brewed beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 13:51:39 | More by JayS2629
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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.