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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,782 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,782
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 54
Gots: 103 | 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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TCJosh

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9%

02-21-2012 01:39:31 | More by TCJosh
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amart79

California

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap

A - Clear golden brown color. A decent head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - nice fresh smell. A little toasty with a fresh citrusy hops.

T - pretty smooth, bready/malty taste with a little bitter bite at the end.

M - just the right amount of carbonation. It was very smooth on the palate.

Overall - Good solid beer. It's got just a little of everything you'd like to be there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 06:29:12 | More by amart79
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sukwonee

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-19-2012 03:59:50 | More by sukwonee
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JimHulley

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-18-2012 22:51:49 | More by JimHulley
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bbadger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-18-2012 20:35:12 | More by bbadger
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Victory tulip/snifter glass. Bottle date is 11/21/11, so nearly 3 months old at this point.

A: Pours a really pretty clear reddish orange color. I got about a half finger of soapy off white head. It's a very clear beer. Good carbonation. You get some sticky lacing bits on the swirl.

S: Biscuity, bready malt sweetness. Basically no hops on the nose.

T: This is just an easy sipping, session beer. Very malt forward as per the style. Only hops used in the boil were probably mild additions. It's very smooth sweet malty goodness.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: It's a nice representation of the style. Nothing mind blowing or anything, but I'd order it again in a bar to see if getting it fresher does anything for the hop nose and taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 14:48:55 | More by inlimbo77
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Telestic

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-16-2012 10:02:07 | More by Telestic
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andyschaps

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-16-2012 02:33:46 | More by andyschaps
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John11486

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-15-2012 21:54:55 | More by John11486
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BenHesk12

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, I may have a bias towards the Firestone DBA because it was the first craft brew I ever drank, and I lived near the brewery for many years so fresh Firestone was always the choice at restaurants. Appears a classic pale ale coppery brown with a soft creamy head. Smell is average EPA but the oak really stands out. The mouth feel is soft and smooth. The flavor seems to combine a traditional english ale with a cali PA to make something memorable, especially if you like beers aged in oak. The guys at Firestone really created an outstanding beer out of a simple style with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 02:21:55 | More by BenHesk12
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TobinMitnick

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-13-2012 15:28:29 | More by TobinMitnick
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-12-2012 08:14:26 | More by strongaf
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mikemoeller112

California

4/5  rDev +9%

02-09-2012 05:52:29 | More by mikemoeller112
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danielp215

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-08-2012 19:59:50 | More by danielp215
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Chopman50

California

4/5  rDev +9%

02-06-2012 00:21:34 | More by Chopman50
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beergoot

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours out of the bottle and presents a nice, very clear copper-colored body with a decent thick, white head.

Mild biscuit-like malt aroma. Faint, grass-like hop presence.

The taste is pretty subdued. A tad bit of light malt flavor, a hint of bitterness at the finish. There is a satisfying smoothness to this beer, crisp and clean on the finish.

Certainly a good beer, a nice representation of the style. Nicely balanced. A good beer to introduce craft beer newbies to, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:07:31 | More by beergoot
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bigred89

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

02-04-2012 14:55:18 | More by bigred89
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ely2000k

California

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't had this in awhile, and decided to pick it up again and see what I thought. Overall it's pretty solid, but I realize now that I prefer a lot of other stuff by Firestone much more. I can see why they call this an English Pale Ale... it certainly has many characteristics of one. The look is spot on for the style. Dark amber hue, good clarity, looks pretty in the glass. The nose has a bit of "medicine" smell to it, mixed with perhaps some herbal tea. I used to find this smell nasty, but I do enjoy it in some beers now. Taste... has a very "tea like" taste, some bready malt, and some slightly bitter hops that come through on the end. I find the taste to be very English. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, but perhaps does feel a bit full for the 5.0% alcohol. I do enjoy this beer a lot, but I don't think it's a regular drinking beer, and I think it works better as an occasional deviation.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:21:42 | More by ely2000k
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MisterKilderkin

California

4/5  rDev +9%

02-02-2012 22:48:32 | More by MisterKilderkin
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EddieG28

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

02-01-2012 07:50:05 | More by EddieG28
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jumbopanda

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-31-2012 04:53:30 | More by jumbopanda
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice looking amber color with a decent looking head on top. The retention and was nice along with lacing. The smell of the beer was malty with a nice hop aroma in there also. The taste of the beer had a solid balance also. Very drinkable mouthfeel, lightly carbonated. Overall this beer was pretty, it's something that is easy going and not too extreme.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:45:52 | More by Knapp85
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r0gueleader

California

4/5  rDev +9%

01-28-2012 08:29:30 | More by r0gueleader
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likeemdark

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-27-2012 15:16:51 | More by likeemdark
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Mappies

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-24-2012 21:43:31 | More by Mappies
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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