Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev +3%
Appearance: little to no head. It does pour a beautiful translucent copper color.
Aroma: malty and a little sweet for a pale ale. Not very strong but pleasant.
Palate: starts with a caramel or honey taste. A little citrus and a mild but pleasant finish. Solid pale ale, I would drink again
06-27-2012 05:12:12 | More by kcinlober
4.4/5 rDev +19.9%
This beer is really interesting because they take the pale ale and throw it through 60 gallon oak barrels to ferment--and are the only American brewery to do so. It's an English Pale Ale, or the Old World Pale to Pale 31's New World.
I asked about the difference in fermenting this in oak barrels and aging big beers in Bourbon. This process is so delicate it takes a lot of science to vet the barrels, it's a very intensive process because of the low ABV. When you're talking about big beers, like Parabola, there's much less of a process because the high ABV kills any possible pathogens. They get the barrels from Coopers in Missouri, and retire them after 4 months.
A: The beer looks a lot like Pale 31, but it's more brown. Head lacing and retention are very similar 4.5
S: Very malty aroma. The oak is present, but not dominant. Light hop qualities. 4
T: Really nice malty beer with definite hop quality. It's piney, but oaky. The taste is so clean it's very impressive. Not a lot going on, but what is happening is great 4.5
MF: Low carbonation, which is right along with the English style. Very drinkable. 4.5
Pairing: This was paired with buckwheat cavatelli, saffron-braised chicken with English peas. The buttery, salty food paired wonderfully with the subtle, malty beer. It really was like a deconstructed chicken pot pie with a really drinkable pale ale. 4.5
O: I much preferred this to the Pale 31. It was very drinkable and the amount of attention they pay to the beer shows. It's wonderful. 4.5
06-05-2012 01:18:24 | More by russwbeck
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.