Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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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
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 4/16/12.
Pours a nice chestnut copper body. Clear and clean. Tall, two fingers of thick, cushiony, light beige-khaki head. Nice lacing. Light nose, with notes of toasted malts and grains, a little caramel, and a fresh sprig of herbal, grassy hops.
Toasted malts up front. Light butterscotch and apple-y fruit follow. Vague, peppery, herbal bitterness seeps in. Fruit and caramel stay into the finish, along with the moderate bitterness. Slight mineral quality overall, as well as a bit of spiciness. Moderate body with a slightly creamy feel. Not bad!
06-02-2012 21:49:13 | More by alexgash
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
The body consists of amber tones with a copper-like tint. Held a well built head which left retention like its no ones business.
S- Roasted malts, fire-cooked nuts, caramel and orange peel.
T- Biscuit, cracked pepper, passion fruit, caramel and malt. The juicyness of the fruit and the breadyness of the caramel and biscuit balance it well.
M- Medium bodied, dry finish and medium to high carbonation. However, the long lasting taste after a sip is very pleasing.
Another fine product from the boys and girls at Firestone. Add this to the highly sought after beers they produce.
05-29-2012 05:36:07 | More by intensify
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
It looked pretty nice in the glass. A very thin head and some nice lacing kept around, along with a nice copper/ orange color.
It didn't smell and taste all too impressive; some caramel malts, toffee, maybe some burnt sugar and a faint hint of alcohol, which is really strange for a beer with 5.0% abc, but still very nice and enjoyable.
Overall a nice beer from Firestone Walker. I can see many non beer lovers enjoying this one. Not as good as Pale 31, which is much hoppier (hence it being a west coast pale).
05-22-2012 03:09:39 | More by raynmoon
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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