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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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2,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 69
Gots: 216 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to SatlyMalty for this, my first FW beer. Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white bubbly head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random assortments of surface foam.

S- Biscuity and doughy with a soft herbal hop aroma. Definitely smells like an English ale.

T- Bready malt with a touch of hop bitterness. Toasty, somewhat nutty. Very Easy to drink with a moderate amount of alcohol flavor. Faint caramel sweetness.

M- Very smooth with a moderate body. Medium carbonation.

O- A very good all-around brew that's spot on for the style. Excellent balance makes for easy drinking.

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2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight vanilla on the nose and not a whole lot else. Somewhat disappointing actually.

Beautiful dark copper color on this beer with a slightly off-white head that just creates the most sticky lacing. Its really something to behold.

Vanilla upfront, it has this kind of bourbonesque approach to it. The vanilla just grows and grows until it overtakes the aftertaste and that is all I can taste. Light in body and a smooth carbonation make this quite quaffable, but overall I don't really care for it.

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3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a becker glass. Bottled on 5/14/12

A- Poured a very clear copper color with visible carbonation and a frothy head that left chunky lace

S- Some sweet fruit esters, some biscuit notes, and english malts. Pretty faint aroma

T- Pretty big fruity notes, lots of toasted malt, toffee, big sweet tea taste, floral notes, and biscuit notes

M- Medium body, smooth, finishes dry, prickly carbonation

O- This was a really good easy drinking beer. I have not really tasted a beer like this, actually I don't think I have had many English Pale Ales. Very balanced, crisp drinking, and sessionable.

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Another beer ordered online that's almost four months old and that tastes faded-out/baked-out. Was it too hot on the long transit route maybe? Is it the age? Both? I don't know but this tasted like nothing, a real disappointment. Giving placeholder scores until I can re-try a fresher bottle.

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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer notes from 7/17/2012; on tap out in San Fran: pours clear amber copper color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left very good foamy lacing and rings as it goes down.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, cracker, herbs, caramel and light yeast funk; nose is pretty
much malty and basic.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, grains, cracker, herbs, caramel, light brown sugar, mild floral hops, tart fruit like pear or sour grape and a light yeast funk; it's a clean ale that seems English in origin.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with fizzy carbonation, a slick feel on the tongue and a malty finish that goes down fast and easy. This is a very basic beer, but man it went down so quick and smooth that it would be a great session beer. Oddly boring from Firestone Walker but still extremely refreshing and easy to quaff.

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Appearance: Very murky honey-golden. Good foam and excellent lacing.

Smell: Burnt vanilla, sort of like bourbon. Some vague woody notes as well. Very malty in my opinion.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very subdued flavors. Burnt vanilla and oak. Very faint floral hop flavors in this as well. I was not initially in love with the mouthfeel, and I found it a bit thin. However, as this warms, the oaky, resiny traits of this beer come out, and the fiery bourbon sensation grows.

Overall: A very good beer that gets better as you drink. Would make a great session.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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