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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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720 Reviews

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Reviews: 720
Hads: 2,330
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 84
Gots: 313 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 laco0043
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into brandy-style glass. Head dissipates quickly. Brilliant clarity with fire orange hue. Fruity nose with some biscuit. Difficulty picking up the vanilla and oak subtleties that describe this beer. Estery up front with clean finish. Decent beer. Could drink a few back to back.

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

I think this is a solid beer... but perhaps not as interesting as other DBA's. The Firestone DBA is a bit of a plain jane but solid nonetheless. In being critical... it lacks any strong characteristics... but its very drinkable... safe... and a good quality ale.

I tasted it along side of the Firestone Union Jack IPA... and preferred the DBA ( I am not a big fan of IPA's).

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-clear copper with an off white head that leaves a slight lacing
S-grassy hops smell, with English malt aroma
T-light caramel sweetness with the hops balancing it out with a slight hop bitterness that stays with you until the end
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-has some good balance that does not hit with just one flavor. Could drink this all night.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled October 15, 2013

A: Pours a clear copper-amber color with lots of carbonation bubbles and a healthy finger of frothy off-white head.

S: A little musty, lots of bready malts, with a hint of sweetness. Hops not too pronounced, but a bit of pine shows through.

T: Biscuit and caramel malts dominate. Light floral flavors show up, and pine strengthens on the finish to provide some nice lasting bitterness. Pretty good, if a little less flavorful than I hoped for. A faint metallic flavor shows up but actually doesn't detract from the beer too much.

M: Just a notch below medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, pretty smooth and creamy. Would be great if it was just a bit thicker and stuck around a little more.

O: A good beer, even if it doesn't have any characteristics that will have me seeking it out. I'll probably give it another try in the future, since I've had it before, and see if my opinion changes.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle - label indicates bottled on 2/11/13.

appears a dark clear copper color, creamy off-white head. good head retention. not much aroma, just a little biscuity malt. taste has a mild bready flavor, crackers, earthy. medium body, soft carbonation.

overall - I wish I had noticed the date before I bought, but it was refrigerated. okay though, appropriate to the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep amber color with a two finger head of off white head. The foamy looking head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel and toffee smells with some lighter notes of a grainy aroma. Along with these smells are some notes of a more bready nature as well as a little bit of a haylike smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit flavor with a light caramel sweetness. These flavors create a base for the taste with them remaining rather constant throughout. After the initial tastes, which are quite smooth, some tea and haylike flavors come to the tongue. These flavors, as well as a little bit of a grassy taste really take away from the smoothness of the flavor and add a somewhat off taste to the flavor profile. In the end, the mix of flavors that is left on the tongue, leaves one with a somewhat unpleasant tea and vegetal, bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thinner body and a higher carbonation would have likely been a bit better for the brew, helping minimize some of the more unpleasant flavors of the brew.

Overall – A bit too hay and grassy like for the style with a slightly off flavor profile that ends up creating a rather harsh taste. Not one I would recommend.

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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.

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Photo of DamienR
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A very beautiful copper color, with lace all the way down, two finger head that had a decent retention, a very pretty beer, the off white head looks very nice alongside the copper.

S: From the bottle, smelled very pleasant. Earthy, bread smells mixed with a slight fruity smell. In the pint glass there was no discernable smell.

T: Very crisp, light malt and bread flavor at first that becomes thin with almost no aftertaste in a glass. After tasting directly from the bottle the taste is greatly improved and has a very pleasant, slight sweetness to it. I wouldn't recommend pouring this one. (Would make a nice session beer)

M: A very watery, thin feel. But with a pleasant silkiness accompanying it.

O: Goes down smooth in a glass, but I prefer it directly from the bottle. It seems to retain more of its flavor that way.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good bar poured head. Leaves rings after every sip. Dark gold and quite clear.

The smell is a combination berry-like sweetness and floral hop. A bit of muted pepper in the background.

This beer has caramelized malt of an English Bitter with the hop bite of an American pale ale. Very easy to drink. Full bodied with a decent carbonation. Not complicated. Bitter swallow with a lengthy aftertaste.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at a Thai restaurant in San Diego. Pours a deep amber color with a small creamy white head. Aroma is light wet dog and some caramel malts. Not a whole lot going on there. Flavor follows with big time malt kicks, caramel, biscuits, with some definite pine bitter to balance alongside. Mostly highlighting the malts but definitely not a super sweet beer. Slick mouthfeel with medium-to-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent beer, and pretty bold for the style.

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Photo of CA_brewster
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, completely transparent with a slightly off-white head. Very malt forward aroma on this brew. It smells like fresh mash with some very apparent yeasty characteristics. I didn’t really pick up on any hops. The taste of this beer is very mellow. It would be a good session ale, not particularly exciting but very refreshing.

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Photo of Radome
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Crystal clear. Deepest copper color, almost chestnut but with more orange. Off-white head is a bit thin, but is made up of beautiful, miniscule, creamy bubbles. Nice lacing with the same bubbles.

S - Warm, bready malt with some dark crystal. Earthy British hops. A hint of spiciness, but not overly complex.

T - Crystal malt and some brown sugar initially. The balance then swings to hops with a bitter, somewhat acrid and metallic finish. The end of the palate reminds me of iced tea, which is not a plus for the beer.

M - Thin to medium body. Sparkling carbonation, moderate hops bitterness. Alcohol not noticeable.

O - Beer is easy to drink, but not as good as I remember when it was first released. My memory is of a creamy, smooth, authentic English-type ale. Today it is nothing special.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear dark copper with a finger of off white head which disappears quickly.

S - The smell is malt-forward. I get bread and biscuit malts with a hint of caramel, and very slight hop aroma.

T - Sweet malt is the dominant flavor here. Bread, biscuit, and caramel sweetness. This is followed by a slight hop bitterness. Slightly watery tasting.

M - This a watery and thin beer. Luckily there's a decent amount of carbonation.

O - It smells and tastes good, but the mouthfeel is severely lacking. A good session beer, but nothing I'd seek out again.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - nice clear copper color, thin head that leaves no real lacing. Bottle is cool :))

S - Smells like an AAL. Getting rice, corn, light bread, etc.

T - Also not that good. Same rice, corn, light bread. I can tell this is a beer some would try to (but hate to) play beer pong with. There's just no flavor, but it's not that smooth.

M - Light, slightly bitter, aftertaste almost non-existent.

O - Yea it pretty much sucks. I was expecting something after DDBA. But whatever, they can't all be winners can they?

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. Was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft toasted malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of soft round caramel, clean grassy hop and light nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a standard sessionable psle ale.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty yellow/orange, finger off-white head,
awesome lacing

S: english malt, phenols, grassy, light floral

T: same as nose, biscuit malt smooth

M: med/light body, sem-dry body

O: Nice session brew; glad to see
an American craft brewery take on this
style. Would buy again.


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Photo of brewbattles
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

We conducted a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other popular American Pale Ales: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, and Boulder Hazed & Infused.

Check it out: http://youtu.be/DHis2L_OBdg

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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.

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

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Firestone Double Barrel Ale: 5% ABV; Appearance: very bright, medium brownish-amber with a rosy hue; Smell: very light hop, bit of woody caramel, very light char, faint raisin; Taste/Mouthfeel: fairly strong charcoal (not unpleasant), light raisin at back, long finish, gradual fade; pretty good, serve with steak dinner.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of ablackard
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale has a nice mild fruit smell but unfortunately also has a mild mouthful and taste. nothing real special about this beer but if you are looking for something light and easy to drink without a lot going on, then maybe this is a good beer for you.
Probably not get it again...

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty desent English pale here and of course it's more malts then hoppy. Has a rich auburn color but not a very tall head. The head fizzles away to surface bubble with some lacing.
The aroma is malty with only hints of some hops. The taste is malty with some biscuits and grains towards the end. The finish is smooth, soft and clean. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.
Another well made product from firestone.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a bright copper-amber color with a two-finger fizzy white head that reduces to a small layer, leaving a small ring and a bit if lace behind

S- typical grainy and toasty malt with some earth and herbal dry-hop bitterness

T- light malty flavor comes out toasted, fruity flavors emerge mid-palate with dome floral hop notes, semi dry finish with just a bit of a tart bite

M- light-medium body, moderate carbonation with foamy mouthfeel leads to a slightly fizzy finish

O- this is a simple style but they do it well. Easy drinking and well balanced

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Small head which quickly gives way to lacing. Deep amber color is nice. Aroma is citrus--hops. Flavor is balanced nicely, with a good amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium full, tingly, a bit foamy. I like this one, but it's not one of my two of three favorites.

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

I had the Firestone Double Barrel on cask at the Old Toad. It was served from a hand pull into a standard pint glass. The beer is bronze with a thick tan head.

It has a nose of biscuits and floral notes. Fresh but faint.

Taste is mild and balanced. It is a session beer for sure. Light caramel, biscuits and some apple. It is a beer that kind of reveals its self slowly. Mouth is decent but thins a bit in the end.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/14/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (3.75)
Pours a handsome crystal clear amber with orange highlights, a two fingers tall, eggshell white head forms fairly quickly. The head quickly recedes to about a finger's height, leaving some spotty lacing along the glass' edges.

Aroma: (4)
Floral, leafy green hops with a distinctly herbal, lemony tone jump out towards your nose immediately. Layered delicately underneath the floral hops are some slight impressions of orange marmalade interwoven with sweet, toffee bready malt notes. The fermentation in oak barrels infuses the aroma with soft, supple tones of vanilla and almonds.

Taste: (3.75)
resinous, herbal hops coat your palate first; notes of lemon zest, orange marmalade. Middle of the taste, a creamy, lush malt presence washes over your tongue, with notes of sweet dough and toffee. The sweetness of the malts is somewhat offset by the off dry, lightly bitter finish, but there is still some residual sweetness left on the corners of your palate. The ale has long, lingering notes of fresh oranges, bread-y malt and a decent amount of vanilla and faint almonds from the oak fermentation.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: (3.75)
A fantastic example of a traditional English Pale Ale; the oak fermentation really sets it apart of other examples of the style. That said, I am not the biggest fan of the style to begin with because of it's residual sweetness. I can't think of another English Pale Ale that is better done than this, so if you haven't had it, definitely check it out!

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.