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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,875 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,875
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 56
Gots: 131 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

First bottle, Average mouthfeel. Easy drinking,
An Amber? Not, an English Pale Ale, smells and tastes like one.
had again 3 1/3 years later and malty sugary taste, malty aroma. Need something hoppier. Good retained head of a quarter inch of white foam.

09-10-2008 03:34:11 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-19-2012 02:08:27 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a crystal clear light orange-brown with a 1 inch off-white head. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of malts and some fruity and floral hops. Taste is of roasty malts up front with some subdued fruity citrus zest hops. Because of this there is really no hop bitterness on the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit flat with a creamy and slightly thick feel. Overall, this is a decent beer but nothing too special. I wouldn't seek this one out again.

04-30-2011 19:50:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

11-21-2011 00:04:30 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +3%

A: Brown-orange with a nice white head and some good lacing.

S: Some malt with bits of caramel and toffee, followed by a slight hoppy aroma. The hops are mostly floral with a bit of citrus.

T: Some earthy malt to go with some sweetness, and some hops in the background. No one flavor dominates, but it melds together fairly well.

M: Well carbonated and light-to-medium bodied.

D: Quite drinkable, and a nice summer session beer.

10-01-2009 15:15:25 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9%

12-05-2011 01:31:12 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Bright coppery orange with maize colored accents. Exceedingly fine carbonation slowly rises to a light gold, orangish beige cap. The foam has a solidity about it that promotes a slow, somewhat rocky, descent and results in a decent showing in the lace department. Several concentric rings are seen at midglass when the beer is nearly gone.

The nose is hoppier than expected. I would never confuse it with an IPA, or even a hoppy APA, but it's nice to run across what appears to be a hop-dominant amber ale. There's still a toasted malt background keeping the aroma grounded. The spicy, herbal (probably English) hops are where the action is however.

I like Double Barrel. There's a moderately sweet, whole grain toast-like malt structure that is firm without being unyielding. It's still pretty hoppy, but is more balanced than anticipated after the sniff test. This beer reminds me of an English pale ale or an ESB, and a pretty good one at that. The flavor profile is clean and is anything but shy. I get the sense the brewers hit the flavor target they were shooting for.

The medium length finish manages to keep a fair amount of bitterness in contact with the taste buds after the beer is gone. Dry and bitter is as good a way to finish as any other. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, although I'm sure the active carbonation is somewhat responsible for that impression.

Firestone Double Barrel Ale is a good one. It has no real faults and is as well-constructed as any amber ale that I've had in a while. I could definitely make a session out of a few of these and I'm sure they would go well with a wide variety of foods. This isn't quite a head turner, but it is a delicious, satisfying ale.

06-01-2005 13:47:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a thick head; excellent retention and it dots the glass

Smell: Biscuity malt aroma with some tea-like hop elements

Taste: Opens with plenty of biscuity malt flavor that is joined by the tea-like earthy hop elements at mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors tend to fade to neutral

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not particularly memorable

03-09-2009 23:41:17 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-17-2013 05:35:56 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -30.5%

Bottle (Courtesy of Presario): Poured a deep amber color with a medium head without much retention. Aroma of bitter hops is clearly evident. Taste is a bit one-dimensional with some bitter hops and caramel malt and a thin body. Seems to be lacking character to make it truly interesting.

08-29-2005 14:56:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Thouroughly enjoyed after loosing a lot of money at Pour 24, New York New York Casino, Las Vegas. The beer seems to be a standard ESB, but with some American hops. The caramel flavors stand out along with slight buttery hints, and a big malt profile. The hops give some bitterness, spiciness, and citrus qualities, but also offer perfumy, pungent, pine character as well. The body seems a bit light for anything called 'double barrel'. I should not have expected a big beer. But the beer is nicely textured if you want a standard amber or ESB. All in all, a nice beer.

12-07-2007 20:02:18 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +15%

Got this along with a good amount of the rest of the FW lineup in a Secret Bunny BIF...and I jumped right into these as soon as I could. This one poured a very nice orange tinted amber with a nice overall reddish hue to it that came off very good. A nice fluffy three finger head of lace then rose up above it before settling down to nothing in the end, with just a clear top and no side glass lace. Initially a bit of carbonation streaming up, however this died down rather quickly to be honest.

The aroma was full of grainy malt characters. Not as sweet as I have seen in others, but it had a nice citric hop presence as well. Some nice grassy tones as well. The flavor followed perfectly, really making this quite the hoppy little red ale. The first notes of grains coming through very clearly, but then melding seemlesly with a strong citrus and pine like hoppy punch. Some light notes of caramel coming through now and blendning it all together. The finsih is strong, nice and drawn out with a good amount of hoppiness and bitter flavors riddled throughout. Nice light bodied ale that stayed very well carbonated and had an excellent dry finish to it.

Overall this was a very quality session ale. It took the amber ale theme and hopped it up a little but overall stayed pretty true to its form. Could have had at least three of these without issue. Defitlnly a must try here.

03-21-2008 01:50:33 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

A: The pour is a clear dark amber color with a small white head on top.

S: A nice bite of piney hops up front with some sweet caramel malt filling in the back end of the nose.

T: A surprisingly intense toffee flavor is the first thing I pick up on this beer. This lends the beer a buttery and toasted biscuit character that makes me forget about the lack of hops for a moment. There are some hits of citrus hops, but not much in the way of bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit of a let down, a touch watery on the tongue. The carbonation is low to moderate, but works well with some of the flavors in the beer.

D: Usually my preference is toward the hoppier American interpretation of the pale ale, but this is a nice English pale. And, it's generally one of the better choice at restaurants, so it's one of my more oft-consumed beers.

01-25-2010 03:49:21 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-23-2013 13:43:16 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-15-2013 23:07:03 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-10-2013 20:33:13 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-09-2014 00:09:37 | More by GRG1313
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-red body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Musty grain scent, with light floral notes and some hints of caramel.

Taste: Light, thin caramel sweetness with a faint chocolate taste. Way off in the distant background is some woodiness and soft vanilla notes and something that makes me think "tin!" A very subdued floral hoppiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One was more than enough, thanks.

06-25-2007 03:12:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured out as a nice looking amber color with a decent looking head on top. The retention and was nice along with lacing. The smell of the beer was malty with a nice hop aroma in there also. The taste of the beer had a solid balance also. Very drinkable mouthfeel, lightly carbonated. Overall this beer was pretty, it's something that is easy going and not too extreme.

01-30-2012 03:45:52 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a nice copper/amber with an ample fluffy head that settles almost into a creaminess leaving a thin sheet of lace,mild aromas of some toasted malt and caramel pretty soft on the nostrils.Caramel taste up front is the first thing I notice with biscuity malt backbone seems to have a little minty spice in the finish wich is nice,a pretty sweet tasting brew with not much hop presence.I think a decent session style ale but it might get a little to sweet after a few.

09-23-2004 22:16:41 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

04-17-2013 03:09:11 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-14-2011 19:09:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to Weibull for sending this my way!

Pours a reddish amber tone into a rinsed pint glass. Spotty lacing all around. Aroma of clean malty sweetness.

Flavor is mellow and malty, with light oak notes. Dry hops lend a low, earthy bitterness. Pretty easy drinking, not sure why anyone would have beef with this.

05-23-2008 02:07:40 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled very grassy with a sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - It has a nice sweetness of caramel and a little fruitiness (citrus). There is a grassy hop kick that provides some bitter balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice english pale ale. It would make a great session ale.

07-29-2009 13:15:48 | More by zeff80
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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,875 ratings.