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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,804 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,804
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 54
Gots: 116 | FT: 7
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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sleazo

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-23-2013 00:58:51 | More by sleazo
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Pahn

New York

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA morningthief for giving me this bottle. Bottled on 1/4/12, drank 5/13/12.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving no lacing. Pours an almost translucent brownish orange, leaving a few streaks of lacing.

Smell: Effervescent. Bready malt, very slight East Kent Goldings aroma (we're at about the tail end of the beer's "drink by" time, according to the brewery, so not too surprising that the hops are muted). Nice oaky vanilla note comes out with time, along with a little more grassy hoppiness.

There isn't any one particular soaring note here, but the overall aroma is very pleasant.

Taste: Bready malt, faint oaky vanilla, minerally from the middle through to the finish, with re-emerging white bread notes at the end.

The oak influence is very interesting... it's a few steps above being "possibly placebo," but it's not very assertive. The flavor breakdown is: Fresh white bread malt in the foreground, hard water, then equally mild oily floral hops cutting through the middle of the beer and vanilla oak kind of underpinning the entirety of each sip.

These different elements make for a very quaffable beer (I hate that word 'quaffable', but that's what this beer is). Great, easy-drinking balance, neither bland nor bold.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry, pretty clean finish. Good but unremarkable.

Overall: Very well designed beer, where every element but the mouthfeel is greater than the sum of its parts. It's easy to drink a lot of beers like this. The flavor is unique and complex enough to keep you interested, but never overwhelming in any way.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 01:13:16 | More by Pahn
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a becker glass. Bottled on 5/14/12

A- Poured a very clear copper color with visible carbonation and a frothy head that left chunky lace

S- Some sweet fruit esters, some biscuit notes, and english malts. Pretty faint aroma

T- Pretty big fruity notes, lots of toasted malt, toffee, big sweet tea taste, floral notes, and biscuit notes

M- Medium body, smooth, finishes dry, prickly carbonation

O- This was a really good easy drinking beer. I have not really tasted a beer like this, actually I don't think I have had many English Pale Ales. Very balanced, crisp drinking, and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:00:31 | More by Hoptometrist
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Nunya

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-31-2013 19:48:18 | More by Nunya
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cbl2

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4/23/2005 $6.99 6 pack 5.20% No best by date.

Appearnce:

Pours a startingly clear light brown with mild carbonation that yields a quarter inch white head that settles rapidly.

Aroma:

Has a nice malty character that lends it a sweetness, which when coupled with the mild hoppy spice is very inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Mild nutty character dominates the mouth, which transitions into a sweet finish which then takes a surprisingly hoppy bitter turn at the very last instant. Very well balanced, and easy to quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 16:42:12 | More by cbl2
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scottoale

California

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

Cracked open a 12oz bottle and poured a reddish amber-copper hued ale with an inch of light tan head, which settled fairly quick. Little lace but looks inviting.

First smell from the bottle was a sweet, malty aroma, nice. From the glass a bit more earthy, caramel and malt, hint of hop and mild yeast.

Flavor is well balanced, not to sweet, not to bitter with a full body and clean finish, tasty.

In the mouth it's smooth and bubbley yet a bit heavy. It doesn't appear to be very carbonated until it hits your palete, kind of reminds me of hydrogen peroxide but not in taste.

Goes down ok but after 2 of these, I'm feeling a little bit full. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 03:55:26 | More by scottoale
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Karibourgeois

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

03-08-2014 22:39:18 | More by Karibourgeois
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

01-09-2014 18:16:36 | More by elkinbrown
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hero27

Minnesota

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

12 oz bottle.
5% abv

Clear amber, off-white head frosts the glass pretty well.
Floral hop aroma with some toffee, fruit, and soft touches of oak.
Sweet caramel & toffee malts lead into a light peppery hop finish.
Certainly an easy amber to drink, nothing that jumps out at you, but a solid beer from Firestone.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 22:41:49 | More by hero27
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Chingringo

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-18-2014 18:22:52 | More by Chingringo
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Sweffin

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-28-2014 06:43:38 | More by Sweffin
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LakerLeith

California

4/5  rDev +9%

06-10-2014 11:21:07 | More by LakerLeith
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-05-2013 03:09:26 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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gshackles

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

07-27-2013 04:25:46 | More by gshackles
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deadliest

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-03-2013 18:17:44 | More by deadliest
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-14-2014 06:12:19 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

08-02-2012 04:47:40 | More by patm1986
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-09-2012 17:42:26 | More by rbrefbeerman
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eulerthegrape

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

02-03-2013 20:28:03 | More by eulerthegrape
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Beerbuddy21

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-09-2012 05:47:09 | More by Beerbuddy21
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aquazr1

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-01-2013 04:52:28 | More by aquazr1
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Nightrain87

California

4/5  rDev +9%

11-20-2011 00:59:59 | More by Nightrain87
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OStrungT

California

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

This beer pours a dark golden color with a thight tan head. the thin head fades slowly, leaving sparce lace.

This beer smells mildly of floral hops. I get a slight caramel sweet aroma. The aroma is pretty mild.

This beer tastes like it smells, with one exception. I get a slightly bready flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated. It leaves a flroal aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is mild and low in alcohol.

Overall: This is a good sessionable beer from a solid brewery. I am supprized that it took me so long to review it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:03:59 | More by OStrungT
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

03-29-2012 00:54:05 | More by gleemonger
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-25-2014 18:48:20 | More by sansho
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,804 ratings.