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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,903 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,903
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 137 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
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...

StonedTrippin, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

dlepeau, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

bigalsd, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

kiki3drt292, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of tony223366
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.

tony223366, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

keenanite21, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

ralphw56, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

mdillon86, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

brez8791, Jan 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

gafferjohn, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
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.

EricCioe, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

crob3888, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

JacStance, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

jvons, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

Beertracker, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

jackrodgers77, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

JMBSH, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ububru, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
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.

justintcoons, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
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.

Nugganooch, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Firestone DBA, a beer that is not an ESB, not an Amber ale and barely a pale. This beer doesn't know what it is and neither do I. Though this beer may be in a bit of an identity crisis, It wont disappoint.

Pours light brown/red with a whitish head. It smells of some dry hopping but mostly malt... almost entirely malt, smells like a red to me. A good unique caramel malty sweetness and sugary character. This beers taste is mostly malt driven but you can definitely taste the hops, though theyre not strong and the beer seems overly bitter considering the relatively light hop influence. A somewhat numbing character in my mouth is to thank for the bitterness but the beer is rather drinkable.

This is a good beer that just doesn't know what it is, its all over the place and therefore, doesn't really land among the greats.

TwelveOunces, Jan 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Jstark5150, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

Stoffel, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Cinderbike
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of a NYE party.

A - Copper/light brown, clear, off-white head.
S - Bread, malt, more malt. Faint floral and earthy hop aromas.
T - Caramel/malt sweetness. Some hop bitterness. Nice carbonic bite.
M - Thin with good carbonation.
O - Not every beer has to be a huge in your face DIPA or RIS. This is a good go-to drinking beer.

Cinderbike, Jan 03, 2012
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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