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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 61
Gots: 171 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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Photo of cocogan
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Copper with amber hues. Poured moderately- half finger head.

Nose: Toasted malt, a burst of bubbleicious gum, a touch floral, apple cider, light citrus.

Taste: Earth, pine, citrus rind, lightly buttered and heavily toasted after taste along with a little astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that lightens up through drink finishing mildy wet.

Overall: A refreshing pale ale.

Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into SN Imp Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear copper w/ a thick beige 1 finger head which fades to a thick cap and leaves some thick lace; lots of carb

S - Smells of chocolate and sweet malts, a tinge of metal that fades after the first minute or so, earthy, vanilla and oak, some light fruits, pear maybe, pecans, and white bread crust

T - Tastes much the same as the nose, hints of chocolate, bread, light floral and earthy hops, vanilla, very light biscuit and pecans

M - Light on the tongue, dry finish w/ slight bitterness, lightly tannic

O - Very good beer, much more malt forward than hops, balanced, light oak character, very drinkable.

Photo of ferrari29
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a white, one finger sized, white colored head; dissipates very quickly; well-carbonated; clear brown/orange colored body; thin in appearance; not much lacing formed; copper colored

S - Soapy smell; not much malt notes to this beer; little scent of alcohol; somewhat of a floral or herbal scented beer; really light smell profile, I even kept this out for a while to warm up; slight touch of caramel; hint of whiskey barrel and oak

T - Flavor profile has a few characteristics that stand out, like caramel and some fruit; not very impressed either with this beer; expected more flavor profile from a Firestone ale; bread malt flavor

M - Slightly watery; not very alive with carbonation or body; touch of bitter aftertaste, but has mostly a rinse/soap taste

D - Disappointed in this beer, I expected more out of a Firestone Brew; could have been more flavorful, but left my palate looking for even an ounce of flavor; I would pass if I had the chance to try this again

Photo of JayS2629
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with great clarity, a descent white head that fades quickly, but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is bready, english malts, toast and faint orange hints with some herbal, tea like hops peeking through.

Carmamel, toffee, and toast with citrus tea and grassy hints in the finish. Very well balanced and refreshing.

Crisp, medium bodied, refreshing with a smooth finish.

Overall, a great tasting, great balanced, and well brewed beer.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the International Beer Shop and kudos to bluebetty for coordinating this order. Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip style glass.

Poured a deep copper colour with a beige head of foam that was a finger and a half in depth. Turned into film and laced a touch.

Smell is very faint. Initial whiff of marmalade and bread came through. Nothing much after that, apart from some raspberry jam, even with a fair bit of agitation.

Taste is decently malty, not over the top, a little bit of a bready flavour comes in at the back to balance it out a fair bit.

Mouthfeel is creamy, a body that suits the style and the beer very well. Nice balance and it ensures that the maltines doesn't dominate the finish.

Solid English Pale Ale, well brewed, consistent and balanced. Yet to have a bad beer from Firestone Walker and the trend continues.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber chestnut color with a good sized, foamy, bubbly ecru head. Good retention leaving a thin ring of lace.

S - Caramel, toffee and biscuit malt are overpowering. Some herbal and tea like hop aroma but it is pretty well masked.

T - Similar to the nose. The malty flavors are very strong. Some of the hop flavors with a definite bitter aspect. That bitter and earthy aspect helps balance the sweet maltiness but it just doesn't quite work right.

M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. A touch on the thin side, but just average overall.

D - Easy to drink beer. Even though the malt flavors dominate, it isn't overly sweet. Pretty good sessionable type of beer but not something I'll look for again.

Notes: Meh, it has some typical English flavors but it isn't great. Malty flavors are a little on the strong side. Not overly sweet but the flavors are imbalanced. Ok sessionable beer but there are others I would pick first.

Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with a dense inch of beige foam. Clumpy and streaky lacing, good head retention. Malty and fruity aroma, earthy and lightly toasted, slightly herbal. Moderate bitterness with a biscuity malt sweetness, a little bready, caramel, earthy and slightly fruity, with a hint of spice in the finish. Low to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture. I enjoyed it. It was nicely balanced between malt and hops presence, making for easy drinking.

Photo of bfields4
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber body. Thin white head. Decent lace.

Very bready aroma biscuity. Just a hint of floral hops.

More of the floral noble hops here. A nice english fruity yeast flavor. Finishes with a bready caramel malt.

Creamy medium carbonation. Solid easy drinking beer. Nothing spectacular, but a decent goto.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank alot of this on a recent trip out west. I'm a sucker for English Pale Ales.

Looks good in the glass. Dark Amber color with a decent head.

Rich & toasty taste, very balanced with a hint of caramel. The malt and hops work together perfectly, like a good symphony. Back end has just a slight hop bite. Craftsmanship and expertise in brewing this beer is obvious.

Sessionable at 5% - I couldn't get enough of it.

This would be a regular in my fridge if it were available in my area. A steal at $7.99 per six pack.

Photo of Bfarr
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear red amber with moderate tan foamy head with great retention and nice lacing. Sweet caramel and slight floral aroma. Lightly hoppy and sweet flavors follow the aroma with a fairly clean finish. Smooth, light feel.

Easy drinking house ale with nothing dominating and flavor staying crisp throughout. A great beer to knock a few back with a great feel and smooth tasting.

Photo of denver10
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, robust amber looking with a respectable head.

Smell is subtle but on the sweet, maltier side.

Taste....smooth and well balanced. Roastiness, toffee, bready with some hops present as there there is a little citrus flavor there, but no bitterness. Taste is distinct but low key.

Mouthfeel seems to be hovering betwee full and medium bodied and creamy. Really nice, imo.

Overall, one of my absolute favorite beers. It's a pretty simple beer but with some depth to that simplicity. My session beer of choice these days.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Boatshoes! Bomber into a Perfect Pint. 7/14/11 marked on the neck.

The beer is a perfectly clear, fiery copper. Insane walls of lace are left from the dense, but narrow head.

The aroma isn't exactly forceful but it is well balanced. Fresh bread, hot cross buns and a little bit of raisin come from the malts. Honey, wildflower, and lemon come from the hops.

The taste is very bready up front with a little but of honey and orange zest sprinkled on top. A kick of sweet, juicy hops comes at the end just before a small spike of balancing bitterness.

The carbonation is too high, but the finish is nice and dry and very clean.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this extra! Neck dated 5/23/11. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with thin off-white head. Nose has some biscuit and caramel, classic English pale meets American pale. Palate is medium-light bodied with some thin caramel and that lovely biscuity dry flour thing.

A solid example of the Americanized English Pale Ale.

Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and tasty amber ale. Quite attractive in the chalice with nice head and plenty of carbonation. Amber color, on the darker side. Toasty with long flavors of roasted malt. Bitterness is just right for the style, a pleasant hoppiness with that English watery refreshing quality.

Nice change from the American pale ale style. Very drinkable and interesting. Label says 5.1% ABV.

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Double Barrel has a nice coppery color with good clarity. The head is thick and slow-to-settle. A little bit of lace is left behind.

Aroma is mild, as an English pale usually is but I get a little biscuit malt and earthy British hops.

Flavor is enjoyable with good balance, leaning towards caramel-sweet. A little toasted malt adds to the depth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really good American version of this English style. Served a little warmer from the hand pump would be awesome.

Photo of dcook11
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An aggresive pour provides a thick, white, iceberg head about two and a half fingers deep. The beer itself is a dark honey/bronze color. Some small fine bubbles rise to the top of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S- Pine, citrus, oak, caramal malt, a touch of tropical fruit. More pine/caramel forward as cold, but as it warms oak dominates.

T- More oak than in the smell. Piney/resiney hops.

M- Dry, light bodied.

O- A great sessionable beer for those who enjoy oak and hop character at a lower abv.

Photo of claytong
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - copper in color, nice little head. a nice color, enjoy epa's so much more than apa's.

smell - lots of roasted malts, pretty weak, brown sugar. grainy

taste - a lot stronger than the nose, roasted malts, smooth and not too strong. grains and minor hops. citrus and raisins. brown sugar and oak

mouthfeel - creamy, smooth, good body for the style. like it

session beer here. would love to drink this constantly in the summer

Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap at Lucky Devils on Hollywood Blvd. A 1 finger of proteinaceous beige foam was well retained as the beer sat and warmed. Some traces of lacing decorated the glass as the liquid volume went down. The body was an optically clear dark copper-amber with some slow bubbles rising from the depths.

S- Nose is mild, based on crackerlike toasted malts, laced with aromas of oak and a non-offensive mild metallic note. No real hop aroma. This sets the stage for a very drinkable beer.

T- This beer is bigger on the tongue than in the nose. Big toasted malts establish a canvas painted with toasted oak, hints of low alpha hops (just enough to balance the beer), and a barely perceptible nuance of fruity ester. Starts out malty, but finishes dry.

M- A medium body leveraged with a substantial but soft carbonation. A mild astringency from the oak aging is evident.

O- A very drinkable, nay, sessionable brew. I could drink these all day long!

Photo of Domingo
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color that’s headed toward bronze. Not much of a visual head, but it does leave a lace trail behind.
The nose and up-front flavor profile starts off with a biscuity sweetness, which turns into a bit of a toastiness. Some vanilla, too. Earthy hops appear in the middle and fade into a lingering caramel note. As it warms, the hops tend to come out more and the finish has less sweetness and more of a wood zing. A tiny bit of astringency creeps in here and there, but it’s not really much of a detraction.
Because this is only 5%, it’s easy drinking, and the lower carbonation helps, too.
I find that this can be a solid everyday brew or a meal pairing with equal success.
Plus, it’s fairly unique to have a wood aged brew that’s mild and drinkable.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

During my visit in AZ a Total Wine and more opened. Nice. During a three week visit I get to taste a lot of awesome beers otherwise not available in Europe.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Comes out clear dark golden amber. nice two finger head leaving some nice lacing.

It's light on the nose but still loads of stuff going on. Floral notes, caramel malts and some nice hop aroma.

Flavors on this one are great. Loads of malty goodness, a little sweetness and a nice amount of hop.

More carbonation present than in your average English Pale Ale. A decent full body with a neutral finish.

I loved this one. It was just what I was looking for at the moment I drank it. Having had a ton of aggresive West Coast IPA's this one really presented me the variation I was craving. Low ABV makes this a great session beer.

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel aging hasn't done much to blur the clarity of this caramelly coloured beer. Its highlights look lively as its bronze tint glows brightly against the skin. It appears an entirely healthy beer save for the fact that the only way you'll find a head is by swirling (and even then you'll have to keep at it if you want it to stick around). Hence the lack of lacing.

The nose is a pleasant blend of clean oak, honeyed oats, sweet bready malts and fruity esters. So much for the idea of "terroir" - this Pacific coast beer seems remarkably similar to those from east of the Atlantic. It has a soft floral fragrance that is deepened substantially by notes of bruised dark fruit. Lots of honey, caramel and brown sugar perspire with warmth.

Lower carbonation allows flavours of creamy caramel and dry, clean oak wood to be appreciated. Toffee and brown sugar are also noted often, combining with the malts to make for a coffee cake-like flavoured beer that has the assertive bitterness of a long-steeped English breakfast tea. Fruity apricot, date and fig esters are also appreciated.

There's all kinds of sweet flavours - toffee, caramel, dried fruits - but an assertive hoppiness ensures that little sugar lingers. Instead, a crunchy maltiness endures, complimented by mellow oak and an herbal earthiness courtesy of those (quintessentially British) hops. It may be designed for sophisticated deliberation, but it's perfect for high-gear drinking.

Usually flagship brands equal flagship bland. But Firestone DBA, although much subtler than Firestone's special anniversary offerings, is still every bit as complex and enjoyable as those fantastic barrel-aged beers. And it's far more sessionable - this is the kind of beer most people would love to drink all night long - and I'm certainly one of them!

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a light amber, clean pour the head starts to rock up a bit. the white foam is slow to form solidly, or maybe I'm too quick to drink it.

A calm aroma, fit for the style. From a brewer who has some heavy hitters, this one isn't one of them. But that's not a bad thing.

For me, the thing I look for in an EPA is an herbal hop presence and/or some hard water feel to it. This one has little of the latter and a splattering of the former. An herbal hop character seems to have some florals to it. Bad? Nope, perhaps to style 100%, but what the hell.
Toasted biscuit and very light caramel make up the malt imput.

A very nice, easy drinking beer

Photo of kflorence
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - FEB 23, 2008

Pours a dark amber color with particulates, not much head. Smells of hops and toasted malts, perhaps some nuts and a hint of some type of fruit in there as well. The taste is heavily dominated by the hops, but you can definitely taste the other flavors, especially the toasted malts. It’s pretty carbonated, perhaps overly so, and a bit thin. Overall it has a lot of flavor and depth, but is easily forgettable.

Photo of tdm168
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 6-pack my wife purchased while on vacation in CA.

Pours a light amber with little head, carbonation bubbles evident. The only thing I pick up in the nose is caramel malt. Taste is a little disappointing; malt mostly with a tiny hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden color with a thin off white head.

S: Some floral hops and a bit of caramel malt. The smell isn't as big as I was hoping for.

T: A bit of a letdown. Bready and malty upfront followed by some weak floral hops. It's not a bad beer, but not one I'd rush back for.

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,019 ratings.