Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 62
Gots: 175 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful toffee red with lovely frothy head and lacing.

Smell is very complex. Yeasty, honeycomb malts, oranges. Definitely get the oak, but it contributes not so much in terms of aromatics but more in terms of a slightly fruity, Belgian, even fusel-like note.

Taste is a carryover of subtle oak, honeycomb, oranges.

Mouthfeel is moderate- goes down creamy and easily with a bitter finish, fairly sharp and yeasty, boozy, Belgian.

Overall a nice, complex beer which drinks like it might as well have come from the Fuller's stable.

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3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light copper color with an off white head that lingered for no more than a few seconds. High to medium carbonation it seems, very clear but let's smell the damn thing now.

S: Great aroma actually, I get some fruitiness, maybe cherries but really candi like. Must be from its expected great maltiness, like a good English pale should be. A great smelly beer!

T: Great malty sweetness, a lot of sweet caramel and fruitiness with a perfect bitterness to beautifully balance it out. Great flavor and a great exams of the style.

M: Not too carbonate but more than I would expect of an English Pale but regardless a great brew with lingering maltiness with a great balancing hop back bone.

O: A great pale with all the flavor and maltiness I would expect. A bit more bread like maltiness than I like but very balanced, fruity and pleasant.

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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This English-style pale ale pours an intriguing amber-orange, and it is capped with a thin, white head and moderate amounts of lace stick to the glass. Sweet malt aromas, most caramel and toffee, meld into some floral hop aromas. Flavors or toffee, biscuits, caramel, and tea create an interesting sweetness that becomes balanced by some grassy, floral hop flavors and bitterness. Finishing clean and dry, DBA is moderate in both mouthfeel and carbonation. Never a dull beer from these perennial medal winners!


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Bottled on Date: 9/26/12

A: Clear copper with a transient head of white foam which leaves behind trace lace on the glass

S: Biscuity and sugary malt with a pinch of pine and herb which adds a nice olfactory kick.

T: Well balanced with buttery biscuit, caramel, and brown sugar maltiness. Wisps of vanilla and wood. The malts are contrasted with earthy bittering hops which also have some notes of herb, pine and a tea-like leafiness.

M: Smooth with a good amount of bubbles and ample linger.

O: The flavors do well together but as a whole this brew is somewhat pedestrian with no real exceptional moments but overall Double Barrel remains a satisfactory representation of the English Pale Ale.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 21st 2012.

A real nice pour brings a great dark copper red caramel body, crystal clear, hints of chestnut brown edges, a nice smorgasborg of colors. Head is off white, somewhat fluffy making three fingers, with some decent pinhead size consistency. A real classic looking pint.

Nose is filled with lots of wonderment. Toasty crispy malt backbone, with a sweet cinnamon. Hints of fruity esters. Caramel and strawberries. Real nice mix on the bouquet here, quite decent and impressive really digging this, and excited about what might come next.

Palate hits with a large but mellow tea herbal palate. Finishes clean with a light body and bringing the toast aromas found on the nose. Slightly grainy finish. Quenching. Mild sense of cream and a mellow oolong black tea like aftertaste, and lots leafy character.

Overall, from the nose to palate there is a little bit of minor disappointment but it's still a very solid beer.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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