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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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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-24-2012 10:39:32 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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Drinkerofales

California

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear amber with a large off white head that would have spilled over the SA Perfect Pint glass if I hadn't stopped pouring the beer about 65% of the way. Not much lacing.

Smell is bready, that's the first thing I noticed, then slightly roasty with a hint of hop fruitiness and yeast.

Taste follows closely, bready malt body, with a flash of bitter hops at the end, and a strange toast aftertaste.

Feel is smooth and light, without being fizzy. Great carbonation makes this feel almost creamy.

Overall, not a bad beer, especially if you don't want get too crazy. Easy for me to drink, except the toast aftertaste might be unappealing to some, but it's enjoyable for me.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 09:54:13 | More by Drinkerofales
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jhb138

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-22-2012 20:44:43 | More by jhb138
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InfernoBoss

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-22-2012 08:04:21 | More by InfernoBoss
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this ones all over the map. pours a brassy bronzey color with a one inch head quickly fading but leaving nice lace each sip. smells fairly straight forward, a little malty but nothing unique. flavor is not too exciting either, but it is delicious. just a well rounded glass of ale, the definition of a session beer, gorgeous malt profile just the smallest sweetness at the end. doesnt stand up to pickled garlic, jalapenos, and okra, but thats alright. will be buying this one when i plan to sit out back and watch a long slow sunset over the rockies...

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:14:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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dlepeau

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9%

01-20-2012 21:02:55 | More by dlepeau
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bigalsd

California

4/5  rDev +9%

01-20-2012 15:29:06 | More by bigalsd
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TrojanWheels

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

01-19-2012 18:15:49 | More by TrojanWheels
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kiki3drt292

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-19-2012 18:00:35 | More by kiki3drt292
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tony223366

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good looking beer! Excellent clarity with a rich copper color. Two fingers of white fluffy head. Small bubbles interspersed with large ones. Fantastic lacing is immediately present. Some action from the carbonation lingers for a while.

S: Rich caramel and a dark fruitiness is present in the beer. A small amount of breadiness. Hard to come across much by way of hops. Smells like it could be sweet.

T: Taste follows the nose. Rich caramel hits me first. Followed by a mild hop citrus. That quickly gives way to the dark fruit. Maybe even some brown sugar. A breadiness exists throughout as well. The finish is a little bitter but mostly clean.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy.

O: Very drinkable but almost a little cloying. It's interesting how much this feels like a dessert beer. Unfortunately this falls into the category of very average for an English Pale Ale. Not quite sessionable enough to be truly great.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 08:20:14 | More by tony223366
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keenanite21

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-19-2012 06:38:51 | More by keenanite21
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ralphw56

Nevada

4/5  rDev +9%

01-19-2012 04:04:38 | More by ralphw56
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

01-18-2012 04:17:08 | More by mdillon86
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

01-16-2012 16:38:07 | More by brez8791
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-16-2012 15:41:35 | More by gafferjohn
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EricCioe

Montana

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my neighbor Andrew for picking this up on a swing through CA.

This pours a medium copper with a frothy head that dies down to a little ring and island that leaves decent lace. On the nose there is caramel, esters, toasted malt, and earthy hops. It's well-balanced almost to a fault. In the mouth the toast and earthiness of the hops are the central players. The finish is medium and there is very good drinkability with this one, as the low abv and lack of super-assertive flavors make it easy to consume in quantity.

Overall, this is a decent beer, not a favorite, but not bad. I like my sessions brews a little more assertive and a little less balanced, but that's just me. The quality here is undeniable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:08:18 | More by EricCioe
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crob3888

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

01-14-2012 18:03:12 | More by crob3888
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JacStance

California

4/5  rDev +9%

01-14-2012 10:59:38 | More by JacStance
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jvons

California

4/5  rDev +9%

01-10-2012 03:11:05 | More by jvons
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +9%

01-09-2012 05:45:06 | More by Beertracker
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jackrodgers77

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

01-09-2012 01:08:47 | More by jackrodgers77
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-09-2012 00:39:44 | More by JMBSH
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ububru

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-08-2012 23:25:10 | More by ububru
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving behind spotty lacing. Low carbonation and excellent clarity.

N: Bread and caramel primarily. There's really no hop aromas coming off of this at all save for hints of grapefruit.

T: Bread and grapefruit upfront followed with some caramel and toasted grains. Finishes with bread and grapefruit. Meh.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and clean.

O: I'm not impressed. This is a very mediocre EPA. The only good thing about this beer is how easy drinking it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 17:08:10 | More by justintcoons
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Nugganooch

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker's flagship Double Barrel Ale. A brew I probably take for granted and grow tired of often becuase it in every restaurant nowadays. Having attended college on the Central Coast of Cali lets just say DBA has been around and I have been around DBA. Each time I revisit brings thoughts of an English Style Pub. With a Passion for the Pale.

12oz Bottle Dated 10/04/11
*Pint glass

A: DBA Pours a clear copper like amber color with a perfect khaki two fingers of cakey foam. Head slips away slowly leaving a maze of lacing.

S: Smell is malty with a sweet carmelized sugar aroma and a dry leaf tobacco component. The combination of spice, earth, and wood notes. Some light pines as well.

T: Has a caramel toffee malt sweetness overall. Although served up nice and light with a distinct moderate hop bitterness. Oak breezes through with some pine and earth notes. Drinks more like an English Bitter with the woodsy flavors really well incorporated. Incredible in balance.

M: Light to medium body with a frothy mouthfeel and dry crisp finish. Perfect carbonation levels.

D: Simple yet complex. Great caramel flavors and nice hop bitterness yet sessionable at the lower ABV range. Barrell treatment provides another intricate layer of flavors. Still tastes fresh and delicous after 2 months.

As I sit back and reflect to break down this old friend it all makes perfect sense as to why this is so flagship. Everything just comes together to make perfect sense.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 23:11:17 | More by Nugganooch
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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