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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
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1,879 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 132 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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SageO

California

4/5  rDev +9%

06-28-2012 04:25:33 | More by SageO
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g_jenkins

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-28-2012 03:22:22 | More by g_jenkins
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kylefurlong


4/5  rDev +9%

06-27-2012 22:31:38 | More by kylefurlong
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kcinlober

Oregon

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
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gpinto


4/5  rDev +9%

06-27-2012 02:39:43 | More by gpinto
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-26-2012 04:20:23 | More by chocosushi
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Naterobsnyk4

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-24-2012 05:35:56 | More by Naterobsnyk4
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rkarimi

Colorado

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

06-24-2012 03:08:56 | More by rkarimi
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djaeon

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-24-2012 00:41:13 | More by djaeon
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tziggy

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-23-2012 08:05:03 | More by tziggy
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oldvines

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-23-2012 06:40:32 | More by oldvines
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KingStephenR

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-23-2012 03:42:19 | More by KingStephenR
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

06-19-2012 21:31:01 | More by carteravebrew
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Vevoda478


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-19-2012 20:06:50 | More by Vevoda478
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busterthecat

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-18-2012 22:58:25 | More by busterthecat
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nevery


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-17-2012 01:57:29 | More by nevery
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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
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.