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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

699 Reviews
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Reviews: 699
Hads: 2,252
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 272 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Reviews: 699 | Hads: 2,252
Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into SN Imp Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear copper w/ a thick beige 1 finger head which fades to a thick cap and leaves some thick lace; lots of carb

S - Smells of chocolate and sweet malts, a tinge of metal that fades after the first minute or so, earthy, vanilla and oak, some light fruits, pear maybe, pecans, and white bread crust

T - Tastes much the same as the nose, hints of chocolate, bread, light floral and earthy hops, vanilla, very light biscuit and pecans

M - Light on the tongue, dry finish w/ slight bitterness, lightly tannic

O - Very good beer, much more malt forward than hops, balanced, light oak character, very drinkable. (663 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I’ve been trying more and more of Firestone and they seem to have a pretty decent spread of brews. This next one is 5.0% ABV and is nice Double Barrel Ale (DBA).

Look-It pours a thick head with a crystal clear amber color with orange copper hues and plenty of carbonation. The head billows into thick creamy foam that has the consistency of lemon merengue pie. The lacking is sticky and plentiful.

Smell-This hop-forward beer first gives you an aroma of roasty malts and then vanilla and spices. The smell is light.

Taste-It has a pleasant flavor with vanilla and light caramel. I also get sort of a bread pudding with raisins from this beauty.

Mouthfeel-It feels medium-bodied with a creamy moist center and a sweet but slightly dry finish. It is quite nice.

Overall-I think that this is a relaxing beer that has a lot to offer, but the flavors and aromas are slightly muted. It is easy to pick up on these flavors, but you best pay attention. Cheers! (960 characters)

Photo of ElSid
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California

#23

Bottled on Date: 9/26/12

A: Clear copper with a transient head of white foam which leaves behind trace lace on the glass

S: Biscuity and sugary malt with a pinch of pine and herb which adds a nice olfactory kick.

T: Well balanced with buttery biscuit, caramel, and brown sugar maltiness. Wisps of vanilla and wood. The malts are contrasted with earthy bittering hops which also have some notes of herb, pine and a tea-like leafiness.

M: Smooth with a good amount of bubbles and ample linger.

O: The flavors do well together but as a whole this brew is somewhat pedestrian with no real exceptional moments but overall Double Barrel remains a satisfactory representation of the English Pale Ale. (729 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic Imperial pint glass (it seemed appropriate).

Appearance - Dark copper color. Great clarity. Moderate, off-white head. Big stickage. Nice.

Smell - Malt. Toasty.

Taste - Big malt flavor. Sweet. Toasty. Slightly bitter. Dry hop finish.

Mouth - Slick. Fizzy.

Overall - Why doesn't this beer have a higher BA rating? This beer reminds me, very much, of a quality English ESB. Highly chugable. (434 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
1.68/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looks great, a nice dark amber. Very inviting, but its a trap.
This one smells like vomit.
Pinching my nose, it tastes mostly like sweet malts - caramel, etc., not too interesting. Add the vomit smell, it sucks.

Probably a bad batch, bottled 11/10/14, about 10 weeks ago.
Just reading others ratings and I find that I'm not alone. Maybe many bad batches but more likely just a crappy beer. Avoid. (404 characters)

Photo of ChuckHardslab
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. A deep amber color with a two finger off white head. The smell is malt forward with a pleasant, slightly citrus hop aroma. The taste follows suit with a good malty flavor and a slightly bitter clean finish. The whole experience is pleasant if not exactly memorable. It's a good beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again. (360 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Crystal clear and amber, 1 finger head doesn't stay too long but leaves a whisky foam cap which creates good lacing

Smell - Clean and toasty/nutty malts mostly, faint fruity esters and floral hops in the background

Taste - Fits smell to a "T": malts are front and center with semi-sweet toasty bread and nutty complexities followed by a bit of floral hop astringency and fruity yeast esters, finishes just off-dry and malty with slight, drying hop bitterness.

Feel - Crisp and smooth, but feels a bit on the heavy side for a medium body. You'd think that would mean "syrupy/cloying", but it finishes reasonably dry.

Overall - This reminds me an awful lot of a Marzen festbier, toasty and malty but with heavier ale-like yeast qualities instead. It just doesn't have the same lager-like drinkability. Still, a pretty tasty beer if you're feeling like an easy to drink malt-forward brew. (931 characters)

Photo of MrTopher
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A copper/amber color, with a decent head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is nice and has some retention to the side of the glass.

S: Mostly toffee malts in the nose, some hops that have a citrus smell to them.

T: The carbonation is balanced in this beer making it really creamy and balanced. The balance of the hops and malts are ideal. Almost like fresh baked bread that is great and an easy drink.

M: Medium body but keeps it together and makes it very enjoyable.

O: I have been drinking this for I don’t know how long. Have had draft, cask, growler, bottle, this is just a great offering from FW. Its usually my go to beer when shopping at the market, because they always have it fresh and in stock. (722 characters)

Photo of TheosTheories
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- nice copper color, half finger of off white head, large bubbles, head goes down pretty quick.

S- malty sweetness, not much hops, little caramel in there, really not much going on

T- caramel sweetness, light maltiness, little bit of hops in the end, some breadiness

M- light, goes down easy, a little dry I guess

O- this is just a very simple beer, not much going on, drinkable but very little flavor profile. (416 characters)

Photo of Gasp100
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured your standard amber with off white head. Decent lacing down the glass.
S - I really like the smell of this one. Soft floral with light citrus notes (not grapefruity though).
T - A decent amount of biscuit maltiness, the hop was laid back and this tasted way closer to an ESB than an American Pale Ale.
M - The mouthfeel was smooth, but a little cloying.
D - I could see this as a decent session brew, but I was expecting something more crisp and citrusy than a rounded off bitter style. Still decent brew overall. (532 characters)

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

12 oz bottle from a 12-pack bought at local market for $15
Looks okay, amber hue, brown and red when shifted into light
Can't detect much in the smell, lightly hopped, caramel, toffee
Taste is good, not much oak shows through, but if you really tried, you might find it
Mouthfeel is good, a rich, coating beer that doesn't have too much going on so as to ruin it
Drinkability is very high and it is easy to put several of these down
Like the posters around the Central Coast read, "It's what we drink around here" (513 characters)

Photo of fsimcox
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a transparent amber color. White foamy head that dissipates quickly to a very thin white layer. Some lacing.

Smells of woody hops, with hints of citrus.

Taste is bold hops, malt, hints of bitter chocolate, finishes dry with chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy good. A little carbonation.

This beer is everywhere in central Cali. A bold, and very drinkable beer. (414 characters)

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

Had as part of a NYE party.

A - Copper/light brown, clear, off-white head.
S - Bread, malt, more malt. Faint floral and earthy hop aromas.
T - Caramel/malt sweetness. Some hop bitterness. Nice carbonic bite.
M - Thin with good carbonation.
O - Not every beer has to be a huge in your face DIPA or RIS. This is a good go-to drinking beer. (338 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What can be said about a beer that is average in every sense of the word? Only disappointment when the bottle says "Passion for the Pale".

Poured into a stemware glass, the amber color was not bad. Smell was a little malty, no hops. The taste was mainly caramel malts with just enough bitterness, but no complexity. Carbonation seems low.

Was this bottle past its sell by date? Nothing to indicate that...

Just boring. (421 characters)

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fairly translucent amber with a quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing.

S - More dark fruity malt than the appearance would lead to believe. A very small hop presence for a pale.

T & M - There is the traditional pale malt up front... but what is other toasty malt sweetness doing here? I'm a fan of beers that break style guidelines, but this isn't working for me. The woody caramel does not seem to jive with the light malt.

D - Very sweet. Too sweet. Nothing in the hop characteristics or anything else is able to cut into this. (542 characters)

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD.

A- Clear reddish amber body. Poured with little to no head. Minimal carbonation.

S- Sweet taosted malts, toffee and vanilla. Slightly yeasty and hoppy.

T- Malty and bready beginning. A bit of oak. Very light hops in the finish.

M- Medium bodied. Lightly carbonated.

D- An extremely drinkable beer. Nicely balanced. No single overpowering taste. Light enough in body and alcohol to drink several of these in a sitting. (481 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a one finger off white head. Aroma is caramel, toast, and floral, earthy hops. Taste is caramel, biscuit, floral, earthy, and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a very, very good bitter/english pale ale. Every sip leaves me wanting more, although I probably like this beer more than most. Just excellent. (365 characters)

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

A: Amber body with a decent white head(fast dissipation). Minimal lacing.

S: Not very strong... A bread/biscuit malty smell, caramel, and earthy/floral hop hint.

T: There's some slight chocolate, those earthy hops, some fruit zest, and sweet caramel.

M: Smooth/creamy, low alcohol presence, medium/high carbonation, and dry finish.

O: Good beer.... but nothing more. I don't tend to favor pale ales but this was satisfying. I do believe that it's over hyped. I would tell others to give it a try, but I probably won't buy it very often. (542 characters)

Photo of bgraney
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber color, minimal head, quickly dissolves.
Floral aroma, slight hop background
Highly carbonated, which blocks the flavor. The flavor that does come through is fruity.
Thin mouthfeel, not much lingering flavor.
A little bland for multiple pourings. (261 characters)

Photo of srroos
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear red-amber with a short lived one finger head.

S: Malty and biscuity with some oak.

T: Nice and malty. Not as oaky as I would have hoped. Only slightly bitter with no noticeable hoppiness. I understand where the folks that relate this to Fat Tire come from, but it is certainly not the same.

MF: Good medium body. Not lots of carbonation, but not flat either.

D: Very drinkable and easy to enjoy. Good beer, commonly available, and inexpensive. (510 characters)

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

Pretty straightforward beer in terms of flavors. Toasted grains/malts with caramel and some bitter hops. Some earthiness and bread-like qualities. Mouthfeel is superb, with some creaminess and good amount of carbonation. A very sessionable beer. Not much else to say about this. (278 characters)

Photo of HugePlume
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Tawny copper color, with a light orange hue around the edges. A moderate pour yielded a loose half finger foamy head that was gone before you knew it. No lacing.

S- Not much nose, mostly just toffee malt, maybe a little booze. Could have been some oakiness but thats not what it came across as.

T- No hint of wood in this at all, its a very benign toffee malt with no hint of hop. Carbonation is light, but very effervescent, like a alka-seltzer tab that lifts some of the sweet malt off the tongue. Wet finish, but minimal aftertaste or bitterness,

M- Too watery, and again the fizzyy carbonation,

O- devastatingly average beer, with no hint of wood. I should probably be harder on this beer given the utter lack of woodiness but I'll leave it as-is. Its completely forgettable and lacking in any uniqueness, (854 characters)

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Hitching Post (from the movie Sideways).

Brown, burgandy, red all colors present in the pour. At 5% this is incredibly drinkable. Sweet malts, subdued hops here, so not too bitey. Like certain other brewers, Firestone has a certain trademark taste across almost all its beers and this one carried the same delicious taste. They're almost a sweeter, creamier taste for the beers they make.

Anyway, this was delicious, but not quite spectacular. (459 characters)

Photo of andyfrancis
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color, with a creamy head that settled quickly.

Nice caramel malt and biscuit notes on the nose. Smells tasty.

Takes like it smells with a little wood, a bit lighter than I expected with a pretty clean finish.

Nothing standoutish, but it's a good, sessionable beer. (286 characters)

Photo of Brewsmith
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma is malty with just a slight hint of wood. Color is a clear amber, very deep orange with a half inch beige head. I get malt then a little oak, followed by earthy hops and then a little chocolate and a touch of roast in the back. A little lingering malt in the finish with out being sweet. There is so much going on in this beer. I really enjoy it. (391 characters)

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.