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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 699
Hads: 2,253
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 274 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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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 (557 characters)

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. (301 characters)

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. (416 characters)

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! (1,613 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

*edit . My original review of this beer was on a stale bottle I received in a male order. The review was about a 2.58 I had another one of these fresh and it differed greatly. This is a new review.

Pours orange amber with perfect clarity lots of bubbles and a creamy head of foam. Falls to a slight ring and leaves a film on top. Nose has plenty of vanilla, hop floral and sweet biscuit malt. Taste is grassy, sweet with a bit of caramel and herbal. The vanilla is rich. A bit of dryness takes the creamy soft finish on this one. Malty, earthy subdued hops. Slight bitterness. It's a little too rich for a pale ale imo. But much better than the one I had that was stale. (671 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a copper amber color.

The aroma has bready malts with some floral and citrus English hops.

The flavor follows with lots of malty sweetness and breadiness. Bigger sweetness toffee than one may expect from a smaller beer like this. There are a lot of English hops characteristics with grassiness and floral notse.

The beer finish quite clean with its carbonation.

A good representation of the English ale. (425 characters)

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

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice light amber color, no real head or lacing.
S - There's an odd soapy aroma to this, but there's also some nice pine, dried flowers, toffee malt.
T - The pine from the hops is here, a little dank too, but not a whole lot, the bite from the hops fades to a decent buttery caramel flavor.
M - A tad sticky, but balanced with bitterness.
O - This is one of the better English style pale's I've had in recent times. More good stuff from Firestone Walker. (489 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a one finger light tan head, dissipated slowly into a thin ring with moderated lacing.

Aroma of citrus, pine and light malts.

Taste follows the nose with grapefruit, hints of pine, balanced by a bready grainy malt.

Mouth Feel was medium body and carbonation, smooth yet slightly crisp with a dry after taste.

Overall this is an average beer for Firestone , they have much better in their family of beer. Not much bang for the price. (469 characters)

Photo of Direx
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Rusty, copper color. Head dissipates rapidly, tiny bubbly foam residue remains on glass after 5 minutes, but it's not much--very little on the surface of the brew itself.

S: Difficult to smell, really have to shove your face in the glass. No distinctive smell.

T: After I take a swig, I inhale very deeply to try to invigorate my taste buds (if that makes sense). I just... there isn't much taste at all, even after 4-5 swigs. Surprised this isn't a red lager. No residual taste after the beer is swallowed. This is a very boring beer.

M: Watery, light, crisp. Even my burps taste bland.

O: This lager (it's really a lager folks) is in dire need of ingredients. Quantity, quality, needs them both. This glass tastes empty and devoid of flavor. Nothing complex, little character. (785 characters)

Photo of jdhowe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled on 1/28/13. I'm hoping it's not too old.

A: Pours a deep orange, crystal clear, with 1.5 fingers of off-white (orangeish) head from a vigorous pour. Head quickly dissipates do a thin, bubbly layer with just a little lacing left on the glass, but plenty of stickiness on the side leaving lacing as I drink.

S: I would never guess this an English Pale Ale, but the malts do have that aroma to them now that I look for it. The nose is dominated by sweet, sticky malt character... very little hopping. Definitely fruity. Malt leading into alcohol, and something else clean that I cannot recognize, perhaps from the yeast.

T: The taste follows the nose, hitting strong with lots of malty sweetness. Finish is nice and smooth with bitterness lingering after the sip has finished, but not too evident in the character of the beer. Pretty nice. A little much alcohol shows up for a 5abv beer, but this taste is malt-dominated. Not quite as hoppy as I'd like (not just as a hop-head, but for the style), but otherwise very nice.

M: Interesting, because this beer is very carbonated (maybe a little too much), but still coats the mouth and lingers with its stickiness (again, maybe a little too much). That said, the mouthfeel isn't bad, and the beer drinks quite well. In fact, I find the lingering stickiness making me want another sip pretty much immediately, so I'm probably going to put this pint away fast enough that I'll be opening another brew shortly.

O: A good beer. Not a great beer, but I'm definitely not sad I'm drinking this. While I don't tend to like many English Pale Ales (based on a small sample space), I'm finding this interpretation of the style to be enjoyable. Maybe a little on the sweet side for its own good, and the hop bitterness is left wanting for its style. Perhaps this is just a consequence of the 4-month-old bottle... I may have to revisit this fresher. (1,907 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: crystal clear amber in color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the sides of my pint glass for a long time. good carbonation.

s: sweet and malty aroma with little hop grassyness. standard english pale ale nose.

t: lots of malt flavor. notes of biscuits, toasted bread and vanilla (thanks to the oak barrel system). very complex flavor profile from start to finish.

o: might be the best american made english pale ale on the market. might be the most underrated beer Firestone-Walker puts out. great stuff. (516 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Doing tha thang at Lazy Dog in Orange, CA on a Monday.

Ok. Ok like Jennifer Lawrence. On a Saturday night and after a few deep, yeah. But on a Wednesday and right after work? I don't think so. A bit sticky (in a bad way) and a bit syrupy at that.

Once and never again.

Peace! (280 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear brown, maybe a bit of orange. 1 inch head forms quickly. Little strings of lacing form down the glass.

Smells like grainy and bready with some strong caramel hints.

Tastes pretty similar, with some citrus zest, pine, toasted bread, caramel, light brown sugar, and oak. All flavors are light and non-overpowering, and mixed well. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end of each sip.

Medium to light body, excellent level of carbonation.

A great easy drinking session beer from Firestone Walker. I know some people dog on this beer, but I quite liked it. (618 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a burnt orange color with a foamy off white head. The smell is light, I detected some toffee and earthy hops with a slight fruitiness. It tastes mostly of earthy hops with some lemon and caramel on the finish. It has a light/ medium body with moderate carbonation and a satisfying finish. This is a pretty solid beer but doesn't stand out too much from other English Pale Ales, I'd like to try some of their other offerings. (439 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/burnt orange. A decent half finger head with a bit of lacing. Clear in nature.
S: After some slight agitation, I am met with equally subtle notes of pine, citrus and malt. Perhaps a bit of caramel is present as well. Nothing overwhelming and a tad non-descript. Not off-putting either.
T: Extremely well balanced and follows the nose quite well. Perhaps a tad muted, but I am not sure what this brew is trying to be. It's very straightforward, yet not aggressive. The sweet caramel malts blend well with the hops to produce a flavor that's easily quaffable.
M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body. This is a very smooth brew with a decent aftertaste that is both piney and sweet.
O: This brew has session written all over it due it's low ABV, light body and well balanced flavors. It's remarkably unremarkable, in a great way. Wouldn't mind having a few more. (888 characters)

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. (554 characters)

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.

C

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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 xnicknj
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint

Clear copper/amber color with a crop of beige head bubbled up on top. Fades slowly, leaving ringed lacing on the glass with some filmy retention.

Bready and malty in the nose with hoppy punctuation. Hints of citrus and pine with caramel, grain and toasted bread crust.

Mild bitterness, grapefruit and piny notes up front. Thicker malt backbone with bread crust, toasted grain and soft grassiness. Slightly citric and hoppy, finishing a little dry and crisp.

Medium body, decent carbonation, chewy and refreshing. Many of FW's offerings are on the aggressive, in-your-face side of the barometer, so this milder ale is a nice break, although it's still a bit plain for me. (699 characters)

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

From a 333 ml bottle (bottle on January 24, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-An aggressive pour produces a very thin khaki colored head. The brew is deep amber in color with no visible carbonation. Clear.

S-The smell is sweet and fruity at first with a little whiff of biscuit and cracker. There is some buttery caramel, but nothing huge. No real distinct hop influence here.

T-The taste is like the smell, i.e., mild and vaguely sweet with some fruity notes, but lacking any real defining characteristics. There is a little hoppy twang on the finish.

M-The feel is smooth, with very light carb. The weight is medium to full body.

O-This is a pretty boring beer. From appearance to feel, there is nothing outstanding or noteworthy. I would say this was a decent session type beer, but it is surprisingly full-bodied, which hurts the drinkability factor. Put simply, there are better choices out there. (901 characters)

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours an amber/ruby color with about 2 fingers of white head, that dissipates to a thin cap that carries on until the glass is empty.

Smell: Smells of sweet caramel and toffee, with a nice underlying biscuity malt toastiness.

Taste: Subtle sweet caramel and toffee tones, with a very nice bready counterpoint, as well as a faint touch of earthy English hops..

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied pale. Very drinkable as well as sessionable.

Overall: Very good high quality English style Pale Ale. (549 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber with lots of rising bubbles and a persistent creamy head. Smell is subtle caramel and toasty malts. Faint hops in there somewhere. I love the caramel flavors and breadiness of this beer. Hops are rather mild in character, but provide a fine bitter balance. I would like a little less toast in the flavor, however. Mouthfeel is excellent. Fluffy with soft bubbles and a not-too-heavy or thick body. This is a very English tasting pale. I really like it. (458 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap – pilsner glass at the Dolce Hayes Mansion bar.

Appearance: Deep copper-amber – clear. Off-white head upon pouring died back to a very thin skin. Plenty of lacing though.

Smell: Practically odorless at first. Not getting much of anything other than a hint of some floral hops. Once it fully warmed up some fruity (berry) sweetness would come through with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Crisp hops up front, then quick malt and bitter finish. Some citrus at the end. Rather clean and simple in taste. Some lingering bitterness, but not a lot. Once fully warmed up the bitterness is muted and some of the barrel aging vanilla/woody notes comes through, assuming this beer goes through some barrel aging as per the name of the beer. If it doesn't, could have fooled me. Like a west coast hop take on an English Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, spicy on the tongue. Some stickniness of hop oils on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: It’s allright. Went well with sliders at the bar while I worked, above average, but nothing really deep in flavor. Nice looking beer though. Drinkability is above average - not a lot of selection at the bar so it was easy to have another without noticing. It's more hoppy than a typical English Pale Ale, and it has more citrus bite than I was expecting for an English pale, but as I said in the taste comments above, it's like a West Coat take on an English Pale Ale and it works. Not amazing, but definitely above average and worth a try. (1,495 characters)

Photo of kristenspaintings
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This English IPA is relatively flavorless. It has a nice head and aroma, but it doesn’t possess any qualities that would make me seek it out. The way I understand the English IPA style is that it’s supposed to be very flavorful and pleasantly bitter, able to hold its own against spicy or very flavorful dishes. This beer is not very flavorful or bitter and if paired with food that’s full of flavor, it would politely step into the background.

I’m not saying I dislike this beer. I don’t. It’s okay and not disagreeable in any way but it’s not what I’ve come to expect from this style of beer.

However, their brewery sounds like it would be a fun tour. (672 characters)

Photo of MikePags
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: nice rich amber color.
S: malty with a hint of hops
T: malty with enough hops and complexity to have 2-3 before you look up. Not a session beer though as it has a slightly undesirable aftertaste.
M: moderate to thick with nice carbonation and excellent head.
O:a high quality beer that keeps you coming back for more but not FW's best offering. (350 characters)

Photo of Tchfunkta
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a viscous 1" head and a slightly reddish copper amber color.
S- Very faint floral hops breaks through definite caramel.
T- Caramel, bakery, hops spice
M- moderately thick sweetness.
O- Caramel malts makes this not my cup of tea, however I would not object to being served one by any means. (301 characters)

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