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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 62
Gots: 173 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper with lots of bubbles and one-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted a minute or two. Okay lacing.

S: Bread, caramel malt, and light citrus.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Biscuit, caramel malt, and light hops. Matches the nose pretty well.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: The head and lacing were disappointing, but this beer was very drinkable. Nice taste and mouthfeel.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/27/12, poured into a snifter for review. Super light tan, nearly white, head tops out at about 2 fingers, but rather quickly recedes to a thin layer of white lace which sits as a top layer on the surface of the beer. There is some lacing on glass. The color of the beer is wood brown, with lots of red as well, nice and clear too. I have to say DBA looks fantastic.

Mostly bitter aromas up front, not much oak or wood or anything like that. I do get very light notes of vanilla, maybe some toffee or caramel and malt. It's pretty complex, but overall the aroma is not terribly enticing or energizing. Not bad, just not great.

The flavors in DBA are similar to the aromas, but much more complex, which results in a sweet blend of light vanilla, toffee, caramel and wood flavors of oak. It's nicely balanced, and certainly opens up as it warms up.

Feels smooth, but carbonated and textured. Very unique I'd say.

Overall, this beer is well-balanced but not forceful in aroma or flavor. It's a nice alternative, and like I said above, unique. Worth a try, for sure. Wonder how this compared to other Barrel Aged varieties by Firestone Walker. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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

Beer pours an perfectly transparent but extremely carbonated amber color with nearly no head. Aroma is slightly sweet and rich. Toffee, but neither hops nor barrels. Flavor brings out classic English bitter/ale flavors and a really nicely rounded touch of oak. Definitely crisp in the finish. Overall this is a superbly balanced ale and if you've got any affinity for English style ale this is a great choice -- if you can forgive the carbonation, which in the case of this 22 is too high for the style. I bet it would be something on cask though.

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look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. purchase from MSCM. All 12 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on February 8th, 2013.

A -Fantastically clear, deep ruby amber coloring. Frothy soft white head. Good lacing. I could drink this one through a camera, that's for damn sure.

S - Bready, light oak, crystal sugar, stone fruit, very soft banana-like yeast.

T - White bread galore. Surprisingly unclean, almost danky hop notes. Light almond and honey.

M - Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, lightly dry finish. Very clean overall.

D - Not as good as I'd hoped. I wish there was a stronger pine or grapefruit note to offset the dominant bready malt character. I'm a bit surprised that the oak doesn't shine through so strongly.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a deep amber color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention and good lacing left behind.

(S)- Quite the spicy array of piney hop and very very bitter smelling rye/carraway. Almost smells like sawdust too.

(T)- Similar to the smell in that combo of pine needle and spicy rye. Some subtle citrus behind a rather large caramel-like malt sweetness.

(M)- A solid carbonation level. A good balance, but perhaps too bold in how spicy it is showing with the rye. This only increases as it warms.

(O)- Its ok. In the sea of hoppy themed beers, this one gets lost in the tide for me.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a brilliantly clear amber caramel color which highlights some moderate carbonation. Smallish off-white head fades fairly quickly. Lacing is mild.

S: The aroma is equal parts biscuity malt and some mild herbal hops.

T: The biscuit malt flavor is a little more forward than in the aroma, but still a very balance flavor. Light caramel complements the breadiness, while some noble hop flavors provide their mild bitterness. Finish is very clean and crisp.

M: Smooth and easy drinking. Carbonation is low but it really works for this beer.

O: Actually a stunning beer. One of the easiest drinking beers I have ever had. Actually had to open another one while writing this because the first one disappeared so fast! Easier to throw back than BMC-lite, but with great flavor nonetheless. Love it.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,019 ratings.