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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 136 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

drjman, May 30, 2012
Photo of yas
1/5  rDev -72.8%

yas, May 30, 2012
Photo of intensify
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

intensify, May 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

gbrill, May 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

dorf, May 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

sbanacho, May 26, 2012
Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Beer21, May 22, 2012
Photo of raynmoon
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

raynmoon, May 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

HDACBrewer, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

Danny1217, May 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

AlexChillton, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

SickNukes, May 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

BlackIIPAJK, May 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/15/12

Appearance: Clear, copper amber color - small, off-white head, leaves spots of lacing

Smell: Very mild - pale malts, caramel malts, slightly biscuity, slight toffee - some herbal, vaguely English hops

Taste: Caramel and pale malts, toasted grains, lightly toasted biscuits, and toffee - dry, with minimal sweetness - minimal bitterness, too - some English hops - some hard water minerality, but not much

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, very drinkable

Overall: Good, just not very memorable

This is one of the most tame English Pale Ales I have ever tasted. While it should get some recognition for being remarkably clean, it's not remarkably memorable. It doesn't really have any flaws other than it's extreme mellowness.

angrybabboon, May 15, 2012
Photo of Pahn
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA morningthief for giving me this bottle. Bottled on 1/4/12, drank 5/13/12.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving no lacing. Pours an almost translucent brownish orange, leaving a few streaks of lacing.

Smell: Effervescent. Bready malt, very slight East Kent Goldings aroma (we're at about the tail end of the beer's "drink by" time, according to the brewery, so not too surprising that the hops are muted). Nice oaky vanilla note comes out with time, along with a little more grassy hoppiness.

There isn't any one particular soaring note here, but the overall aroma is very pleasant.

Taste: Bready malt, faint oaky vanilla, minerally from the middle through to the finish, with re-emerging white bread notes at the end.

The oak influence is very interesting... it's a few steps above being "possibly placebo," but it's not very assertive. The flavor breakdown is: Fresh white bread malt in the foreground, hard water, then equally mild oily floral hops cutting through the middle of the beer and vanilla oak kind of underpinning the entirety of each sip.

These different elements make for a very quaffable beer (I hate that word 'quaffable', but that's what this beer is). Great, easy-drinking balance, neither bland nor bold.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry, pretty clean finish. Good but unremarkable.

Overall: Very well designed beer, where every element but the mouthfeel is greater than the sum of its parts. It's easy to drink a lot of beers like this. The flavor is unique and complex enough to keep you interested, but never overwhelming in any way.

Pahn, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bbeane, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange copper. Perfectly clear. Head is white, creamy, and drops to a thin, thready cap in short order. A small not of lacing.

Smell: Apples, gummy bears, caramel malts. Pale malts as well. Biscuity with a touch of minerality. Husky sweetness. Mealy pears. Tiny hints of vanilla and caramel candy. Sweetness is nicely countered by a mild citrus component. Very mellow overall.

Taste: Biscuity. Slight mineral edge. Nice job hitting the hard(ish) water profile. Sweetness carries through in the guise of caramel and a touch of vanilla. Bread crust. Hops are delicate and citrusy. Very mellow and subtle.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation (meaning here something on the higher side of moderate), with a medium body. A touch dry. Creamy.

Overall: Insanely drinkable. It's got a good amount of flavor and would work well as a dinner beer. Crazy levels of drinkability.

Goblinmunkey7, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

barbellsNbeers, May 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

brentusaurus, May 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

allstar255, May 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

creez, May 03, 2012
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.