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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 57
Gots: 138 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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Photo of Phelps
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks: Classic. Amber maple color, pellucid, with nary a bubble in sight. A grayish tan head quickly becomes a filmy ring, but leaves nice fat ant trails of lace.

Smells: grainy. Sourdough, apple juice, light oranges, dandelion, white grapes. Very light citrus. Maybe even some lager yeast.

Tastes: grain is more subdued, lending a nice apple sweetness. Subtle hops remind of clementines. Crisp, dry finish, only lightly bitter. Finishes so dry it's hard to tell there were any flavors there at all.

Feels: smooth. Medium carb, medium body. Not bad.

Drinks: middling. I'm not generally a fan of the style, but even if I was, DBA would be a completely skippable English pale.

Phelps, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber color with a finger of ivory head. Body is clear and the effervescence is appealing.

Smell: the aroma isn't enticing me much. It seems very, very mild and what there is of it has an unrefined biscuity quality which I don't happen to like too much. There is a small hint of sweet caramel character, but it's not enough to save this one for me.

Taste: now I can tell what the smell was trying to convey. Big biscuit and caramel malt with some floral hops up front and earthy hops on the backend, followed by a mild but good bitterness. The floral hops and sweet caramel make the first part of the sip notably good; I feel like it goes downhill a bit from there.

Mouthfeel: medium body and relatively big carbonation make this a surprisingly creamy and enjoyable consistency. I like it.

Drinkability: well, parts of the flavor and experience aren't my favorite, but other parts make up: that first sweet sip and the delicious creaminess. Split the difference -- I'd have this again.

flagmantho, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of dtwhite
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went to college in San Luis Obispo, so I pretty much grew up on Firestone beer, but I only learned to like this one recently.

Poured into the Firestone nonic glass. It's got a nice lightly coppery brown color, no haze. Not all that carbonated (mine was very cold, which probably exaggerates that), but still gets some minor lacing.

Not a lot of aroma. A little bit of caramel and smokiness, but doesn't give off a lot when cold.

Tastes very smooth. It's got a good balance of maltiness and light hoppiness. Not boozy tasting at all, and a low enough ABV that you can enjoy a few without going crazy.

Honestly, you can see why this beer is sort of Firestone's bread and butter. It's good, not alienating, and nice for session drinking. People used to the imperial stouts and whatnot will find it bland, most likely. Although I like almost all of Firestone's beers better, this one is still worthwhile.

Side notes: I asked the guy during the brewery tour what the significance of "double barrel" is... apparently it doesn't mean anything specifically; it's probably just supposed to sound cool like a double barrel shotgun or something. They do put it in barrels, though. Also, Firestone beer is supposed to be kept refrigerated at all times by vendors, and they only let that rule slide for Costco. I happened to get this beer from a variety pack at Costco (12 DBA + 6 Pale Ale + 6 Union Jack IPA for $22, buy now).

dtwhite, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date pours a pretty clear, light amber color with a fluffy tan foam. Decent lacing and leaves a nice sheen.

Honey, caramel and toast on the nose. A nice complexity of malts, maybe some biscuit and special B. Wonderful citric and grassy hop notes really keep this a pleasant sniffer throughout the tasting.

This one is like an English malt bill meets American hops. Nice and very tasty. Caramel and toast are well balanced by some citric hoppy goodness. Clean and crisp - super easy to drink. Would make a terrific sessionable six-pack purchase, I really enjoyed it. Quite a nice pub/cask feel to the beer.

twiggamortis420, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, the date is 05/13/10. I hope that is the bottled on date.

It pours a clear amber with a nice fluffy white head that also has a bit of creaminess. It recedes fairly slowly leaving some decent lacing.

Smell is light, but pleasant. There is a good deal of English hop nose and some light caramel scents. There is also a hint of vanilla oak character. It is not bad smelling for a lower abv beer.

The flavor and mouthfeel are ultra smooth. Almost like it is casky. It has a nice oak flavor, a subtleness of hops, mineral water, and a nice bready malt underneath. This is a full-flavored sessionable beer. The English hop weird aftertaste is annoying but not enough to bring the flavor down too much.

This is something I don't always get interested in but this one is done up right and uniquely.

crossovert, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of jfmorey
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What can be said about a beer that is average in every sense of the word? Only disappointment when the bottle says "Passion for the Pale".

Poured into a stemware glass, the amber color was not bad. Smell was a little malty, no hops. The taste was mainly caramel malts with just enough bitterness, but no complexity. Carbonation seems low.

Was this bottle past its sell by date? Nothing to indicate that...

Just boring.

jfmorey, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of treehugginslug
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good

S/T - Taste of nice malts and barley. Very similar to Sam Adams Boston Lager. Solid beer with tons of repurchasability.

M - Good mouth, nice balance of carbonation and flavor

D - High

Buy Again? Definitely
Recommend? Yes
Drink at party? Definitely

Overall - This beer is now on my list of solid beers that I will definitely come back to. Nothing that was over the top superperb, but drinkability is very high.

treehugginslug, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is deep amber. Nice white head, but dissipated quickly. Some limited lacing.

Entry is sweet carmel maltiness. Some bittering midmouth, but a bit muted. Hits the ESB style pretty well. A bit of biscuit malt, rather significant fuitiness. Finish has just a bit too much lingering sweetness for me, but again, to style.

Fruitiness builds as the beer opens up. Perhaps a bit of yeast charachter too.

Mouthfeel is nice, well rounded and cleansed by a bit of bittering hops.

A nice representation of style and a beer I could enjoy a couple pints of with good pub conversation.

sweethome, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks goes out to mrbubbler for this extra!

Pours a very clear, medium shade of amber. Loose head of light tan foam, just over a fingers worth. Retention is fairly good. Lacing is good, but quite slippery.

Light caramel malts and a mild hint of biscuits. Very light trace of honeyed dark fruits.
A very subdued nose, overall.

Extremely bready with a light hint of caramel malts. Mild traces of toffee and dark fruits. Very light hints of oak and spices.
This has good flavor, but it's very mild, which is a small turn-off for me.

This is medium-bodied and has a mild level of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a light touch of crispness to it. No real creaminess.

Very drinkable, especially at only 5.00%abv. I'd more than likely find myself reaching for something with a more bold flavor profile though.

coldmeat23, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - good two finger's worth of foam. Pale rust color, close to red amber. Low carbonation.

Smell - hopy smell, not malty or worty at all.

Taste - Not a very strong taste at all...very mild-mannered and easy going. Gentle bitterness. Hopy taste is on the same level as the smell.

Mouthfeel - very light, but the general taste makes it more pleasant a feeling that it would be for a generic light beer.

Drinkability - a very low key beer, but with great drinkability. I could definitely come back for more of this one.

Nerudamann, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of andyfrancis
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color, with a creamy head that settled quickly.

Nice caramel malt and biscuit notes on the nose. Smells tasty.

Takes like it smells with a little wood, a bit lighter than I expected with a pretty clean finish.

Nothing standoutish, but it's a good, sessionable beer.

andyfrancis, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazelnut color. About two fingers of white fluffy head that actually quickly dissipates leaving spotty lacing.

Smell - Mainly caramel and biscuit. Not a very strong nose - overall relatively bland to be honest.

Taste - Wow, very bready. Biscuit, caramel, malts, slight floral, wood, etc.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Drinkability - Relatively easy to drink, though probably won't pick this up again.

SpdKilz, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of NorthsideFred
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks good. Pours a dark amber with a quarter-inch off-white head, and minimal lacing.

S: The smell is disappointing. Not much here, a lil malty, a lil hoppy but both are rather muted. Smells a bit like rain. There is something here that doesn't appeal to me.

T: Bland. I'm not impressed at all. Tastes watered down.

M: Thin body, with moderate carbonation.

D: I could probably suck this down very quickly, but I wouldn't want to. And I wouldn't reach for a second one anytime soon.

Firestone makes some great beers, so I may have to try this again sometime...after I forget this experience.

NorthsideFred, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz pour, pint glass, Drifters Grill and Marina, Lake Tulloch, CA.

Deep bronze with dirty head and it's a lacer.

Smells of soggy or stale biscuit malt, citric hops, and that wood.

Tastes of herbal and English hops, dough, and salty substantial crackers. A little lemon, lime, and grapefruit rind flavor and bitterness sneak in. A little oak with spice too. The malt seems to be more prevalent on-tap.

The mouthfeel seems to be less creamy and more fizzy on-tap too.

This is still one I like alot, but so far I like it more from the bottle.

brewerburgundy, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a trip to California.

A: Pours a cola-like head that settles to about one finger. The beer has a pretty good haze and decent, but not great active carbonation. The head is pretty quickly gone. The beer is a rich amber brown.

S: Good, mostly English-smelling hops are perhaps a little stronger than I would expect. Good, a nice bitter sharpness.

T: This I'm not crazy about. A very basic sort of malty sort of herbal taste. Nothing outstanding here.

M: I really like the feel though. Lighter, with good carbonation and still a decent body.

D: Pretty good. Nothing I would seek out, but deffinately something I could see myself throwing back quite a few of.

mdwalsh, May 30, 2010
Photo of theghost3
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red/amber with almost no head. There's just a slight white ring, little lacing.

Smell is subtle; some caramel malts, wood, and faint pine hops. Taste is slightly bitter, there are flavors of brown sugar, oak, and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, not real carbonated.

This is a drinkable English Pale, althought it's not the most impressionable in terms of smell and flavor.

theghost3, May 25, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber/copper with a loose white head that sticks here and there.

Toasty with a noticeable biscuit character and plenty of light caramel sweetness all balanced by a snap of earthy hoppiness.
Nuances of vanilla and toast mingle in, but they're so subtle I don't know that I would notice them if I didn't know this was selectively fermented in barrels.

An interesting and quite flavorful amber/pale ale. One I pick up for everyday drinking anytime I'm in California.

bump8628, May 20, 2010
Photo of abrand
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber sent to me by Flexabull. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass.

The Double Barrel Ale pours a hazy copper color with an off white creamy head that slowly fades. Not much retention. Not much going on in the nose other than a little bit of malt and sugar. No hops are noticed. Taste is refreshing with a light bitter finish. Plenty of malts to the quaff along with some fruits and grains. Some buttered bread is also present. Mouthfeel is refreshingly light bodied with a somewhat bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty solid. None of the characteristics are outstanding but overall a well rounded beer from a new brewery to me. Thanks again Flexabull.

abrand, May 18, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had alongside a lot of sushi. Came out in a pint glass, brown clear beer with only the thinnest head.

Picked up the slightest hint of hops on the nose, but mostly clean malt.

The beer tastes exactly as it smells, a smooth maltiness with the smallest turn of hops at the end. All in all, very enjoyable, but not complex in the least. Goes down smoothly, and could easily drink a few of these.

Chizoad, May 15, 2010
Photo of wesclaypool
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - Pours a dark brown/orange color with a thin layer of head.

s - Has a sweet, malty smell with no real bitterness present.

t - Again, very sweet with only a hint of bitterness.

m - Medium to thick body and very smooth.

d - If you aren't into bitter beers and instead look for something pretty malty, this is a very drinkable beer.

wesclaypool, May 15, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear light orange amber. Good looking whitish head with excellent retention and some pretty nice lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Lightly fruity hoppiness and and little bit flowery. Slightly malty sweet. Smells good, not fantastic.

Taste: Very lightly fruity hops with mild bitterness. Grainy malt flavors with sweetness in the finish. This is a solid, understated beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth, almost creamy feeling beer. Nice.

Drinkability: Damn good. Could drink a bunch. Not an overly complex or mind blowing beer, but solid and good.

rapidsequence, May 08, 2010
Photo of showell
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice copper color with a pure white head, about a half inch Really rather pretty. Not a lot of scent. What there is is malt, with just a hint of a bitter aftertaste. Maybe a tinge of bread in the flavor. It gets more flavorful as it warms up a bit. I'd let it sit out of the fridge for a few minutes myself if I were you. Enjoyable. Nothing exceptionally special, but a nice beer.

showell, May 03, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle brought back from a trip to san diego. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness

A- this one pours out a clear light copper colored body under a finger of off white colored head. the head lasts for a while and leaves small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- this one doesnt smell very potent. caramel and biscuit like malts up first and then theres a very faint vanilla/oak. slight hoppy finish.

T- im hit right away by bready and biscuity malts. the oak i could smell comes through ever so slightly with a bit of vanilla. herbal and floral hops at the end.

M- light to medium bodied and well carbonated. on the dry side.

D- easy enough to finish, but not the most exciting thing in the world.

jwinship83, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of HopJ
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Served very cold in a chilled mug so it took a awhile before I was really able to taste it. A nice beer but not a lot of intensity or complexity. Flavors blend well together but I was wanting a bit more. The carbonation is was high for my tastes. Wouldn't mind tasting again a some point but wont seek it out.

HopJ, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I probably shouldn't have had this after a Dogfish 90 minute. Pretty typical for an English Pale Ale but it's not my favorite style. Good golden color with very good carbonation. I liked it and would probably like it better on draft. Definitely worth trying if you haven't before.

david18, Apr 15, 2010
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.