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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
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2,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 69
Gots: 217 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 2,111 | Reviews: 682
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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very clear and glimmering golden amber. A finger of soft off-white head devolves in no time to nebulous froth. Strings of lacing twine the inside of the glass.

The aroma is mellow with toasted malt, caramel, and a distant fruit note. A muted hops presence is gently spicy and displays just a touch of citrus.

Upon tasting, the malt is lightly toasty and mildly sweet with caramel and earthy berry. The hops are slightly spicy and credibly citrus, not to mention very crisp in nature. Some residual grain and a dollop of peach are dried by a lingering but mitigated bitter finish. It's subtle, and subtly good.

Light bodied, the flow and ebb are ably leveled and the mellow presence is very homey.

It's mild, subtle, balanced, and crafted. Everything about it simply screams, or rather whispers, session, but in a low-key, well-behaved manner. It's the potato chip of beers- you can't have just one, unless that's all you have on hand, of course. Nicely drinkable and eminently refreshing, it's a fresh, clean experience. Thank you sir, may I have another?

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color that’s headed toward bronze. Not much of a visual head, but it does leave a lace trail behind.
The nose and up-front flavor profile starts off with a biscuity sweetness, which turns into a bit of a toastiness. Some vanilla, too. Earthy hops appear in the middle and fade into a lingering caramel note. As it warms, the hops tend to come out more and the finish has less sweetness and more of a wood zing. A tiny bit of astringency creeps in here and there, but it’s not really much of a detraction.
Because this is only 5%, it’s easy drinking, and the lower carbonation helps, too.
I find that this can be a solid everyday brew or a meal pairing with equal success.
Plus, it’s fairly unique to have a wood aged brew that’s mild and drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this in San Luis Obispo at Sandy's Deli. The little dude that was working there was hilarious. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a reddish orange with a decent sized one finger bright white head. The head recedes fairly slowly leaving a spotty cap, fairly thin collar and pretty much no lacing.
Smell- Some soft malty sweetness upfront gives way to just a kiss of soft floral hops. A bit of toffee shows a bit more as it warms and the lilac like hops really shine. Fairly soft nose but pleasant none-the-less.
Taste- Much like the nose this thing is just soft and flavorful and delicious! Nice malty backbone that is somewhat biscuity and doughy. A small amount of sweetness is present but just enough to add a soft toffee aspect. The hops are fairly aggressive as well for a Red Ale. Some ripe juicy pineapple is present towards the end with a light lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Nice big body with a full feel and light carbonation.
Drinkability- Very easy drinking, nice flavorful brew. The malt and hop are in very nice balance and I thoroughly enjoyed this. I wish I could find a nice mild red around here that is as easy drinking as this brew.

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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber with a small light beige head, and good lacing.

smells of caramel, roasted nuts, a touch of citrus, and malt in the back.

taste is creamy, caramel, a roastiness, nuts, and malt, ends a little dry and a little bitter.

a very nice english pale ale.

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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a hazy copper color with medium off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was a faint, hoppy fruit smell, but it was difficult to get anything much. The flavor waqs mnore of the hoppy, apple-citrus fruit, but I could not pick up any of the oak barrel taste or aroma. Not a bad beer though, and I’m glad I tried one.

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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks goes out to mrbubbler for this extra!

Pours a very clear, medium shade of amber. Loose head of light tan foam, just over a fingers worth. Retention is fairly good. Lacing is good, but quite slippery.

Light caramel malts and a mild hint of biscuits. Very light trace of honeyed dark fruits.
A very subdued nose, overall.

Extremely bready with a light hint of caramel malts. Mild traces of toffee and dark fruits. Very light hints of oak and spices.
This has good flavor, but it's very mild, which is a small turn-off for me.

This is medium-bodied and has a mild level of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a light touch of crispness to it. No real creaminess.

Very drinkable, especially at only 5.00%abv. I'd more than likely find myself reaching for something with a more bold flavor profile though.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a ragged white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of bready, toasted malts with some caramel. Also has a light floral note on top.

Tastes of the bready malts upfront with a subtle hop character that finishes in a little oak. Toasted, caramel malts dominate with the floral undertone. The oak adds a little wood, vanilla notes on the end.

Mouthfeel is lighter and has a soft amount of carbonation to it.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.