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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1608
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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Redrover

Illinois

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

I had the Firestone Double Barrel on cask at the Old Toad. It was served from a hand pull into a standard pint glass. The beer is bronze with a thick tan head.

It has a nose of biscuits and floral notes. Fresh but faint.

Taste is mild and balanced. It is a session beer for sure. Light caramel, biscuits and some apple. It is a beer that kind of reveals its self slowly. Mouth is decent but thins a bit in the end.

Serving type: cask

08-08-2013 17:07:41 | More by Redrover
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: cask

05-11-2011 09:21:57 | More by Reagan1984
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microbrew52

California

4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy thick dark brown. 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. If you have the cask next to the keg you can really taste the difference. 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.

Serving type: cask

12-31-2009 04:33:30 | More by microbrew52
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy, soapy, finger's worth of off-white head with low retention. Color was a medium to deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a strong malty quality. Mouthfeel was a bit thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a faint, lager-like honey sweetness. The finish had a slight mustiness, possibly yeast-driven. Stick to the Drake's.

Serving type: cask

12-24-2009 20:36:25 | More by woodychandler
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Stone Brewing Bistro & World Gardens on 11/13/09 during their Firestone Walker 13th on the 13th event. Unfiltered and racked straight from the fermenter. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a murky coppery amber, with quite the finger of foamy brite-white head on it. Retains with froth around the edges, leaving a strong smattering of lacing behind. The aroma is EXTREMELY fresh and floral, with a tangy smelling backing of citrus and sweet breadiness giving this a nice sharpness. Full flavors here in the nose but this retains a great feeling mellowness to it from the oak and vanilla. This was really fantastic smelling here on cask.

The taste is just so sweet and mellow in the mouth, with notes of bread, vanilla, and slight oaky character. A slight tingle of hop activity leaves a considerable amount of dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a super easy and creamy feel to it. I'm finding that there is a good bit of greenish oaky tannic quality to this but heck, that makes it go down that much easier.

Mellow yet robust and drinking like a glass of water, yeah, I'd say that this being served on cask helped. I could have drank this all night if there weren't bigger and better things ahead.

Serving type: cask

12-10-2009 17:33:50 | More by Kegatron
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nickd717

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100% oak fermented version of this beer served on cask during the Firestone-Walker dinner at Monk's Kettle in SF.

Pours a murky amber color with a minimal white head. Low carbonation evident. Guess that's how these cask ales are sometimes.

Aroma is lots of vanilla and oak as well as fruity notes and floral hops.

Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, floral hops, vanilla, oak, and some herbal notes.

Palate is silky smooth with medium-light body and low, soft carbonation - but not flat.

Very drinkable. The oak-fermented cask version of this beer is pretty solid.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2009 00:32:31 | More by nickd717
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charlzm

California

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 06/06/08 on cask at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica CA.

Slight hazy medium amber hue with an outrageously smooth and creamy two fingered tan head.

Aroma is juicy and full of toffee, caramel and butterscotch.

Flavor is likewise juicy and refreshing. Some hop flavors, but mainly a toffee and caramel malt character. A bit of hop bitterness at the end.

Being on cask does wonders for this beer, which is already perfectly fine bottled or on a standard tap already. I could have done another pint or two fo this one, but with so many other taps to explore...

Serving type: cask

06-07-2008 17:20:23 | More by charlzm
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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
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Loco_Joe

New York

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

clear, amber color beer served in a pint glass from a 12oz brown bottle.
sweet and slightly buttery aroma, very English smelling.
sweet caramel and toffee with some subtle bittering on the finish.
crisp, light and refeshing beer that's easy to drink.
reminds me of something Fullers would brew and is a very fine example of an American brewery's take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 21:31:23 | More by Loco_Joe
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear, deep copper color. Minimal head. Head is off-white but it barely even forms. The outer ring of foam leaves stringy lacing.

S-Fruity esters and sweet bread with some very light toffee and a caramel presence. Light floral hoppiness.

T-A mellow, malty flavor that kicks into an extra gear during the finish with a (still mellow) crescendo. Toffee, caramel and fruity yeast. Then the second wave of flavor brings some hoppiness that I find to be floral. Also some cereal and honey.

M-Medium bodied, leaning towards the lighter side. Almost zero bitterness. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-A very easy going beer. It's relaxed and sessionable. I feel as though I wouldn't have appreciated it earlier in my beer drinking experience. I enjoy the subtle nuances of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 21:04:33 | More by VelvetExtract
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours copper color; looks more like honey. Slightly hazy. Finger width foamy head with nice amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is weak, though. Not much there. Slightly bitter/hoppy smell but can't discern many fruit flavors. Smooth malty taste with mod bitterness at the end. Slightly hoppy. Hoppy aftertaste is very light. Maybe a slight citrus taste, but otherwise just malty. Not a bad beer, but not the best. Would drink again, but would buy the Pale 31 instead.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:39:33 | More by jngrizzaffi
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Daddyrich

Georgia

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
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FitnessForBeer

California

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From variety pack

A: very dark caramel color, clear unclouded. Very little head that disappeared quickly
S: smells of malts, . Has almost kind of bitter smell
T: malty I think is the best descripter, Tastes like an English bitter. Bitter taste but not any hop taste.
M: pretty easy drinking, carbonation is evident but not seen in the beer
O: not sure of I've had too many of this style, it's fairly good. I'd say try it at least once

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:50:52 | More by FitnessForBeer
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pale and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has added notes of buttery malts and hints of fruity yeast and toffee. A slight amount of bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is a very good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 01:49:14 | More by metter98
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a caramel color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, bread, oak, vanilla, and a little fruitiness.

Taste: Light citrus and grassy hops with a little bitterness followed by bready toasted malts and pale malts. A little oak and vanilla in there too.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little smooth, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A very enjoyable pale ale. Barrel aging has rounded out and mellowed the hops, but this is pretty delicious and solid. Very traditional with other EPA's.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 05:23:51 | More by Flounder57
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

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
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/9/14.

Poured from the 12 oz., bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint

a: Clear copper with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild citrus or other fruit.

t: Slightly fruity malt with some hop balance. Dry finish.

m: Medium with good body.

o: A good English Pale. I would have rather the malt was more caramellow and prominent, so as such this would not be a top choice for me. But it is a fine representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 23:45:00 | More by scotorum
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Double Barrel Ale in a pint glass.

Has some murky translucency in a shade of dark amber. Not much settled on top.

Musty malts with an oxidized apple aroma. Some wilted hop and slight cardboard. Not a whole lot good going on.

This may be a little old. Oxidation has occured and tainted what might be a delicate hop/malt combo for an English ale. I taste some generic toastiness, caramelized malts, leftovers for hops, a touch of estery orange candy, and a flair of florality.

Drinks okay. I like the body. It has middle ground and drinkability. Carbonation is on the soft side.

I wish there had been a date listed after the words "Bottled On". Hard to say where we're at here.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 16:34:27 | More by thecheapies
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up recently at Top Hops in New York. I never had this before and was hoping it would be as good as the Double Jack and the Union Jack. Unfortunately, this didn't quite measure up to those and almost didn't even seem like an English Pale Ale to me. Not a lot of hops to be found here and the malt profile was relatively recessed as well. There was enough carbonation to keep this light at least, as the flavors in this beer didn't last long between sips.

The pour to this was a light copper hue with enough head to be seen, although it didn't last long. Not a lot of lacing here either and the little that remained after each sip slid down the side of my pint glass before I got a chance to really appreciate it. Lots of floral and oak notes in the nose but no vanilla to be found there or in the taste. A hint of bourbon-like stickiness and booze was present here but never did this feel strong or aggressive. The hops were quite English in feel and the aftertaste had just a bit of metallic astringency to it. Since there was enough carbonation present from the pour onward, everything was scrubbed clean relatively quickly.

Sure, this qualified as a session beer but I couldn't see myself drinking more than one or two of these at a time. While not on the level or Fuller's, this beer was pretty easygoing and wouldn't offend anyone who would enjoy this style. Not oily, overly bitter, strong, cloying, or sticky, there was just enough bitterness here to remind me of what kind of beer this was, even if there wasn't anything particularly noteworthy or memorable about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 09:54:02 | More by JerzDevl2000
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/11/2013 printed on the front label. A new beer to me from Firestone Walker, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. It's been a while since I last had one of their beers, but my expectations are moderate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a brassy orange with good clarity and lots of bubbles rushing topside. Two fingers of thick sudsy off-white head with good staying power.

S - Smell is pretty faint. A bit of English / caramel / amber malts, green apples, yeast must, a hint of citrus, and mild soapiness.

T - Taste is of good clean English / amber / pale maltiness, a bit of graininess / huskiness, light nuttiness, some bitter earthy hop presence, and sticky green apple. Hint of toasted brown bread.

M - Feel is crisp, sticky, and lightly bitter. Earthy herbal hoppiness, and lots of bready malt on the finish. Light-bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, it was okay for what it was, and a decent example of the style. I would be very interested to see what the more amped up versions of this beer are like. A standard, enjoyable offering from Firestone Walker, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:38:38 | More by mfnmbvp
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SvenHayden

Texas

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

Surprisingly smooth, laid back beer.

Starts off with a decent foam head. Dissipates relatively quick.

Pretty color. Although lighter than I was expecting for an oaked english style ale. Light brown, copper. Almost matches the bottle. A little more red in hue.

Mostly malt aroma. Just a touch of hop citrus & oak.

Very drinkable, easy malt experience on the palate. Definitely used a good malt profile for an English Ale. A little bit of vanilla oak, slightly tart at the end (probably from the interplay of the hops & oak).

Im gonna guess they used a lightly-toasted hungarian oak. I could be totally wrong.

It wasnt as oaky as i was hoping for, considering it is labeled a Double Barrel Ale.

Overall a good experience though. Ill keep this option in my pocket when im looking for an English Ale experience, which is fairly often.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 19:23:57 | More by SvenHayden
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (12/11/13) to tulip
2 finger head settled at decent pace a bit of lacing, color is a dark copper
aroma - malty/biscuity , caramel malts
taste - some malty sweetness balanced with a bit of hop bitterness
mouthfeel - medium light body, good carbonation, dry finish
overall - easy drinking beer, nothing special

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:40:34 | More by maxcoinage
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laco0043

Minnesota

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into brandy-style glass. Head dissipates quickly. Brilliant clarity with fire orange hue. Fruity nose with some biscuit. Difficulty picking up the vanilla and oak subtleties that describe this beer. Estery up front with clean finish. Decent beer. Could drink a few back to back.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 04:51:16 | More by laco0043
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JimiO

Nevada

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

I think this is a solid beer... but perhaps not as interesting as other DBA's. The Firestone DBA is a bit of a plain jane but solid nonetheless. In being critical... it lacks any strong characteristics... but its very drinkable... safe... and a good quality ale.

I tasted it along side of the Firestone Union Jack IPA... and preferred the DBA ( I am not a big fan of IPA's).

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:36:26 | More by JimiO
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a0lbudman

Alabama

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

A-clear copper with an off white head that leaves a slight lacing
S-grassy hops smell, with English malt aroma
T-light caramel sweetness with the hops balancing it out with a slight hop bitterness that stays with you until the end
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-has some good balance that does not hit with just one flavor. Could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 00:53:29 | More by a0lbudman
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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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