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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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710 Reviews

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Reviews: 710
Hads: 2,291
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 83
Gots: 295 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this ones all over the map. pours a brassy bronzey color with a one inch head quickly fading but leaving nice lace each sip. smells fairly straight forward, a little malty but nothing unique. flavor is not too exciting either, but it is delicious. just a well rounded glass of ale, the definition of a session beer, gorgeous malt profile just the smallest sweetness at the end. doesnt stand up to pickled garlic, jalapenos, and okra, but thats alright. will be buying this one when i plan to sit out back and watch a long slow sunset over the rockies...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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

Appearance - Dark and slightly hazy amber. The head starts off strong but dissipates too quickly.

Smell - Hints of caramel, toast and floral hops. Clean but quite mild; very difficult to pick out any specific aromas.

Taste and mouthfeel - Very bready and caramelly; sort of a bread pudding-like flavor. Notes of roasted nuts and toast. The mild floral hops provide just a touch of dry bitterness in the finish. Full mouthfeel with semi-crisp carbonation.

Notes - Decent stuff. The FW pale ale is much better.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and tasty amber ale. Quite attractive in the chalice with nice head and plenty of carbonation. Amber color, on the darker side. Toasty with long flavors of roasted malt. Bitterness is just right for the style, a pleasant hoppiness with that English watery refreshing quality.

Nice change from the American pale ale style. Very drinkable and interesting. Label says 5.1% ABV.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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.


01.12.15: Brief second impressions.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Beige colour. Creamy, nicely frothy. ~6 minute retention.

BODY: Clear copper of incredible vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

AROMA: Copper malts, floral hop character, cream. Grains. Marmalade. English malts. Crackery malts. Orange rind. A kiss of soapiness. Subtle spice. A hint of zest.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Copper malts. English malts. Cream. Mild floral character. Grains. Marmalade. Has an English character, sure. Some orange rind. For the most part, the taste is just a deeper exploration of the aroma - which would be great if there were more here.

TEXTURE: Buttery (but not in an off diacetyl kind of way), smooth, wet, and medium-bodied.

OVERALL: A downable copper ale with interesting English leanings, this unfortunately never amounts to much. Forgettable, but it'd easily blend in with the vast majority of the pub ales I've had in London. It's fine.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little smoky and contains tea, caramelized malt and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of roasted malts, tea, caramel and a little citrus. The sweetness doesn't jump out at you in the beginning but gets a little stronger as you drink more of it. There's a good hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, this is definitely a quality session beer that you can drink quite a bit of. It's flavorful enough to keep you satisfied in that regard. However, if you want a hard kick, you would want to look elsewhere. Overall, though, it's a good beer.

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

I bought this at Outlet liquors and wines in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled into a half pint.

A - A beautiful sunset hue like whiskey w/ nice clarity. 2 fingers of off white which is part smooth and creamy and craters are scattered about the topography in the head. The lacing is semi-clinging and the beading is small w/ visible carbonation.

S -Mild fruit esters w/ light biscuit, graham cracker, mild spice and hints of acetaldehyde.

M - Honey-like malt shifts to grainy after a mild spicy intial sip w/ mild carbonation apropos to style. The finish is mild w/ a malty semi-dry feel.

T - A flavor which is a bit honey-like w/ fruity sweetness and mild toasted malt flavors. The taste is gentle and unobtrusive in general w/ mild apple-like of yeast and mild malt as it finishes.

D - A pretty tasty beer all in all. I would probably have a few w/out any problem of boredom a tasty session ale.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to UncleJimbo for the sample.

Appearance: A definite pssst when I popped the cap, fast to foam with a light crackle of carbonation. One finger of foam stays intact over the clear mahogany colored brew.

Smell: Slight candy and caramel sweetness under the toasted malt, faintly floral from the hops and quite clean as well.

Taste: Clean malt sweetness, lots of caramel and bread. The hop character melts in the malt and struggles to break its hold. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Hard crispness rolls off the palate with a medium body.

Drinkability: I could only drink one, maybe two of these in a sitting … seems heavy for some reason.

Notes: A tasty brew, pale ale? Amber ale? Does it really matter? Either way it was enjoyable.

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

First had: bottle from ?

Poured a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass (even though I do have a FW pint, but oh well). Burnt amber in color, clear, with an aggressive pour yielding a moderate finger's breadth of white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles pretty quickly. Simple aroma, with a good balance of caramel malts and grassy hops. Sweet malts in the taste, bready, with a good balance of crisp, grassy hops, and some citrus pith. A little bitter in the aftertaste. Nothing amazing, but pretty solid all over. Light-medium body, and quite drinkable.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.