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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,863 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 1,863
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 55
Gots: 125 | FT: 3
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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agaloco9

California

4/5  rDev +9%

06-16-2012 06:37:47 | More by agaloco9
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jnoelani

Washington

4/5  rDev +9%

06-16-2012 06:03:11 | More by jnoelani
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-15-2012 04:55:40 | More by standardcherry
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kyager2000

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-14-2012 06:01:33 | More by kyager2000
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-13-2012 01:48:41 | More by stampfler07
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doggball

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9%

06-11-2012 05:23:21 | More by doggball
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WhiskeeTango

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-05-2012 14:59:37 | More by WhiskeeTango
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russwbeck

Virginia

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
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beerMeh

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-04-2012 03:23:48 | More by beerMeh
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CP20

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-03-2012 04:48:32 | More by CP20
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TireMan


4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-03-2012 00:09:58 | More by TireMan
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alexgash

Connecticut

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
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-01-2012 14:25:55 | More by OriolesFan1008
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drjman


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-30-2012 15:43:26 | More by drjman
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yas

California

1/5  rDev -72.8%

05-30-2012 02:14:02 | More by yas
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intensify

Colorado

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
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gbrill

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-29-2012 01:30:26 | More by gbrill
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Ozzy2004Ironman

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9%

05-28-2012 05:21:21 | More by Ozzy2004Ironman
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dorf

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-27-2012 22:16:58 | More by dorf
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sbanacho

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-26-2012 02:24:47 | More by sbanacho
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Beer21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-22-2012 22:42:35 | More by Beer21
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raynmoon

California

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
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HDACBrewer


2/5  rDev -45.5%

05-21-2012 14:36:27 | More by HDACBrewer
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Danny1217

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%

05-21-2012 07:23:35 | More by Danny1217
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AlexChillton

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-19-2012 10:24:31 | More by AlexChillton
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.