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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,986
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 61
Gots: 165 | FT: 4
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%

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
Photo of bbeane
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bbeane, May 12, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
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
Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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

brentusaurus, May 05, 2012
Photo of allstar255
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

creez, May 03, 2012
Photo of magictacosinus
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Based on the description, I'm looking forward to an English bitter style of the pale ale.

Pours a reddish-orange color, complete with a big head and frothy foam. It sticks to the glass upon additional sips to. The carbonation is plentiful, and it definitely looks like an authentic English bitter. Good!

Smells malty, as expected – however, there are additional apricot ethers and some brown sugar in between. No large alcohol smell, but to my surprise there's some gelatin and caramel malts. I'm expecting this to be more astringent than needed.

Upon one sip, even ice cold, this comes off as malty as all hell, filled with a lot of sweetness blended with orange and citrus flavors and slight tartiness. While that may sound appetizing, it doesn't quite work with the thinning body, and large jets of carbonation. While it's overall a pretty flavorful beer, it's not as fun to actually drink.

A very bready, carbonated take on the English bitter. Not exactly as good as others I've had, but still worth your money if you're into very malty, watery beers. As for me, I'll probably pass unless offered one sometime.

magictacosinus, May 02, 2012
Photo of JasonB
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

JasonB, May 02, 2012
Photo of rah1734bones
5/5  rDev +36.2%

rah1734bones, May 01, 2012
Photo of Sicem99
4/5  rDev +9%

Sicem99, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of station815
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

station815, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a Semi-clear, amber orange with a finger width head, dissipates quickly, and leaves behind a sparse lace.

smell - Faint, but malt forward on the nose. Notes of caramel and whole grain. Distant citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Caramel and bread grain flavors. Earthy bitterness mid-taste. There's a citrus hop character that comes through near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation. Smooth from start to finish. Quite quaffable.

Overall - Not a big fan of this beer but it's drinkable, and the balance is there. If you wanted to grab something to watch a game without giving thought to the beer you're drinking, you could do a lot worse.

TheSixthRing, Apr 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Kevlee722, Apr 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Kopfschuss, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of pandatron
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

pandatron, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Served in a Firestone Walker nonic.

A: Brilliant clear gold with good effervescence...decent white head and lacing.

S: Interesting nose...lots of caramelly bready aromas, sweetness and fruitiness...there is a hint of floral, maybe earthy hops, along with faint toasted grains, wood and vanilla.

T: Malt-forward but the hops come through a bit with touches of floral bitterness...lots of caramel, bready notes, hints of the oak & vanilla, with a clean lightly fruity finish.

MF: Light to medium feel, with a moderate body for a sessionable ale, clean finish.

O: Interesting, not sure if this is par-for-the-course for English Pales, but its not bad. Couldn't drink a ton, but to my tastes this is a lot more drinkable and pleasant to me than most authentic ESB's. Recommended.

Scotchboy, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

savagepm, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Soxfanmcgee
4/5  rDev +9%

Soxfanmcgee, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

whartontallboy, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Buster's Beach House in San Diego.
Clear copper color with a fingers worth of frothy, sticky head. The head dissipated fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
Aroma is very malty, with distinct caramel notes, some bready yeast like notes and hints of floral hops.
Taste is similar to the aroma, and is predominantly malty. Right from the front to the finish, the malts were evident with sweet caramel notes and a touch of bitterness towards the finish.
Easy drinking with good mouthfeel.
Paired well with the fish taco's and dessert.
Overall, this is just a good English pale ale. Not a beer I would seek out though.

CaptDavyJones, Apr 12, 2012
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,986 ratings.