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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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2,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 680
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 68
Gots: 210 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of EricCioe
3.55/5  rDev -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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of justintcoons
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Cinderbike
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-01-01 in Columbia, PA

A - Beautiful, clear orange-caramel with a 2-finger off-white head that unfortunately disappears quickly. Little lace.

S - Floral, light sweet malt. Not very strong.

T - Light pale and caramel malt sweetness, citrus flesh and rind, mild oak,pretty good amount of hop bitterness. Dries quickly and leaves a light coating of oak, caramel and citrus zest.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. On the watery side.

O - Certainly sessionable but not one of my favorites from this brewer. I found the flavors insipid, perhaps because of the style, but there are many other sessionable beers I'd pick before this. My wife liked this brew quite a bit more than me.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Coppery amber in color, there is not much head or activity within the body of the beer. Fairly still throughout, though a wisp of bubbles does appear on the surface.

The aroma has some fruity esters, much like those of an APWA...mainly apricots. There is a malty sweetness that comes through as well. On the palate, it permeates all aspects of the beer. Balanced well with the fruity esters of the British yeast, this beer tastes really darn good. Some piney and grassy hop flavors round it out.

Fairly still on the palate, seems about spot on for an English style. Overall, I would definitely grab some of this for everyday drinking.

Been a long while since I have had an English Pale that I have enjoyed like this one..

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz snubby into a dark horse pint glass

A- DBA casts a bronze going towards light brown with a dark cream colored inch of foam that dies. Just a ring around the collar over time. No lace.

S- Smell is very malt driven. The english influence in the malts chosen is evident. Apple skins come up with a deep sense of caramel. A slight candy vibe after some warming. Some cereal comes into play and kills the scent for me.

T- This is pretty much your standard English Pale, except it's a bit darker in color, bolder in the nose and the taste is evidently more malt driven than any of the style that I have had. Maybe the style should be changed. A very deep amber ale if there was one. Fruit juice, malty caramel sweetness. Is there any barrel in this?

MD- The feel was pretty dim, not very lively, yet it is English driven so It might be adaquate. Taking time with this beer, I felt that the mouthfeel fit whatever firestone was going for here. While this is not all that jazzed up, it remains a simple beer, that has some taste. Drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.