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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,865 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,865
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 55
Gots: 128 | 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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Photo of wedgie9


2.65/5  rDev -27.8%

Tasted from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a super light and clear amber color with a thin but long lasting off-white head.

Aroma - The primary aromas are of malts. Brown sugar and cereal also come through. As the beer warms, a slight peach smell starts to come through.

Taste - The taste is a little fruitier with the peach coming through. It is a little malty, but overall underwhelming. Not much complexity but a nice bitter finish.

Palate - Very clean and bright. The carbonation average, just as I would expect.

Overall - This is a solid session beer, but not much beyond that. It does not have any of the complexity that I look for in a truly special beer.

01-31-2010 08:24:47 | More by wedgie9
Photo of womencantsail


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

A: The pour is a clear dark amber color with a small white head on top.

S: A nice bite of piney hops up front with some sweet caramel malt filling in the back end of the nose.

T: A surprisingly intense toffee flavor is the first thing I pick up on this beer. This lends the beer a buttery and toasted biscuit character that makes me forget about the lack of hops for a moment. There are some hits of citrus hops, but not much in the way of bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit of a let down, a touch watery on the tongue. The carbonation is low to moderate, but works well with some of the flavors in the beer.

D: Usually my preference is toward the hoppier American interpretation of the pale ale, but this is a nice English pale. And, it's generally one of the better choice at restaurants, so it's one of my more oft-consumed beers.

01-25-2010 03:49:21 | More by womencantsail
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

On tap in Ventura CA. Clear copper color, almost no head. Pale ale or English pale ale, very unassertive representation from the style, very little hops, balanced. More malty sweetness than anything else, but really so balanced that no particular flavor jumps out. Toasted malts, maybe a little bread, that's it. Average mouthfeel, unremarkable in most ways.

01-23-2010 02:40:38 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of dougofthefuture


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

A - Fairly translucent amber with a quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing.

S - More dark fruity malt than the appearance would lead to believe. A very small hop presence for a pale.

T & M - There is the traditional pale malt up front... but what is other toasty malt sweetness doing here? I'm a fan of beers that break style guidelines, but this isn't working for me. The woody caramel does not seem to jive with the light malt.

D - Very sweet. Too sweet. Nothing in the hop characteristics or anything else is able to cut into this.

01-20-2010 03:48:27 | More by dougofthefuture
Photo of tuckevalastin


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Translucent amber with little head and good carbonation.

S: A lighty malty smell with some sweetness

T: The light malty smell comes through in the flavor. It's light and relatively sweet. The floral note starts to come through. A very sweet earthy feel.

M: Very light, no heat, smooth, and nicely carbonated

D: Very drinkable

Overall this is a decent beer with a nice identity of it's own... however I wouldn't call it anything special.

01-19-2010 00:20:53 | More by tuckevalastin
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

A: A tiny froth of head struggles to form and is having an even harder time retaining or forming lace anywhere on the pint. The body is amber with ruby hues.
S: Toasted bread and plum fruit. A tad buttery, but I'm hoping for the best.
T: No bottled on date that I can see, so I can't tell anything about the freshness. There's a heavy malt here, which is fitting for the style. It's toasted, and the presence of figs and plums adds a nice touch. A sourness hits at the back, but nothing too overwhelming.
M: Lighter body with medium carbonation.
D: If I were to go for a Firestone beer, my first choice would be Union Jack. But I'd reach for this one again.

01-18-2010 05:03:45 | More by washburnkid
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a cloudy amberlike brown color with minimal off white head and lacing. The very mellow smell is of dried grains and hops with a faint carmel sweetness. Taste is light carmel, light fresh grains and light bitter floral earthy hops. Body is medium, creamy, almost casklike. An okay english style pale ale... feels like they are going for a cask/draft ale but missing the mark on freshness as a key for that style.

01-11-2010 18:41:32 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Padron4KM


2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Jan 8, 2010
12 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Clear deep amber, thin half inch head that evaporates quickly. Zero retention and no lace.
Aroma is light and one dimensional. Even after heavy agitation the only aromas detected are caramel and bready malts.
Flavor is more complex, but not by much. Caramel sweetness with a clean hop finish.
Thin, watery and boring. While it is not on my buy again list, I wouldn't refuse one if given one

01-10-2010 07:51:23 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of ocelot2500


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a clear amber color with a ragged white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of bready, toasted malts with some caramel. Also has a light floral note on top.

Tastes of the bready malts upfront with a subtle hop character that finishes in a little oak. Toasted, caramel malts dominate with the floral undertone. The oak adds a little wood, vanilla notes on the end.

Mouthfeel is lighter and has a soft amount of carbonation to it.

01-09-2010 02:40:15 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of microbrew52


4.53/5  rDev +23.4%

The beer pours a hazy thick dark brown. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt and burnt toffee aroma that's a bit sweet smelling with just enough roasted character. If you have the cask next to the keg you can really taste the difference. The oak works well with this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is my first FW beer. I like the their use of multiple specialty grains as well as the barrel fermenting. It offers up an interesting tasting experience.

12-31-2009 04:33:30 | More by microbrew52
Photo of dubinsky


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

A - Murky, amber with an off white head.

S - Faint aroma of malt and pear/apple, minimal floral hop presence. Overall the nose is extremely light.

T - Light, malty and sweet. No one flavor really jumps at me, but it tastes good.

M - Good carbonation, smooth, good finish.

D - A refreshing beer. Nothing complex or interesting, but i can and will drink it again. Its a basic ale. Not sure what the Double Barrel is all about.

12-31-2009 03:10:06 | More by dubinsky
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +18%

Bright amber body, excellent clarity, topped by three fingers of fluffy white foam.

Big bakery/bread/yeast aroma, hint of candy sweetness, very inviting.

Big sweet malt beginning. Earthy herbal hops. So English I think I got a whiff of sulfur.

Full mouthfeel, almost chewy. Solidly drinkable.

A fine English pale ale. The lion beats the bear this time. Give it a try.

12-30-2009 05:22:16 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Trappissed


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Pretty straightforward beer in terms of flavors. Toasted grains/malts with caramel and some bitter hops. Some earthiness and bread-like qualities. Mouthfeel is superb, with some creaminess and good amount of carbonation. A very sessionable beer. Not much else to say about this.

12-27-2009 09:05:37 | More by Trappissed
Photo of woodychandler


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Foamy, soapy, finger's worth of off-white head with low retention. Color was a medium to deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a strong malty quality. Mouthfeel was a bit thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a faint, lager-like honey sweetness. The finish had a slight mustiness, possibly yeast-driven. Stick to the Drake's.

12-24-2009 20:36:25 | More by woodychandler
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a light orange amber color with a full finger foamy off white head that fades fairly quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing behind. The smell is timid grassy lemon citrus hop with an equally timid yet balanced earthy caramel malt. While markedly understated the flavor is true to style and matches the nose nicely. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is altogether watery; adding little to the overall experience. Very light ABV, this one is a reasonable drinker.

12-24-2009 18:42:28 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of corby112


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

12oz. bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with EinWeizenbitte. Thanks again man!

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with light olden yellow edges and a one finger light yellowish beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.

Sweet biscuit/caramel malty aroma with subtle grassy earthy english hop notes along with a wooden/oak presnce. The barrel aging gives off some subtle vanilla as well.

Slightly hop forward medium body with some dry earthy pine needle bitterness that lingers throughout over a prominent malt backbone into a subtle dry finish. Sweet caramel, toffe, biscuity malt backbone provides excellent balance to the earthy bitterness. The oak presence from the aging is very subtle, yet there is a prominent smooth vanilla character. Slightly watered down but still very complex. It kind of tastes like abottled agressively hoppy English cask ale.

12-22-2009 09:44:34 | More by corby112
Photo of FrognutUnl


3.23/5  rDev -12%

A - Murky, light copper in color with a scant off white head.

S - Gentle aroma of malt and vanilla, minimal floral hop presence. Overall the nose is very light.

T - Much like the nose the flavors are very light, but definitely leaning toward the malts. Slightly sweet with a hint of earthiness and vanilla. The floral hops barely poke through in the finish

M - Light body, a little thin.

D - A nice light and refreshing drink that I could imagine complimenting a nice hot day. Nothing outstanding, but decent.

12-17-2009 05:09:12 | More by FrognutUnl
Photo of jdense


3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

On tap at Monarch Dunes Golf Course, Nipomo, Ca., poured into chilled ((:) shaker pint glass.

Amber brew, one finger head, medium slow dissipation with some lacing. Sweet malts dominate the nose, minimal hop presence. Very malty and sweet taste, where are the hops? Smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. A nice Central California session ale. Not the most bold of Firestone Walker brews, but a nice substitute for hoppy IPAs. Worth a try.

12-13-2009 14:21:39 | More by jdense
Photo of argock


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass Donegal mug. Born on 6/11/09 on neck. Purchased as 6-pack at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Rusty-amber with frothy 1-2 finger off-white head with decent retention and tons of reticulated fine lace all down the mug.

S: Toasted malt is especially strong giving a sweetbread and light mineral overall aroma. Hops are spicy and floral and play a minority role.

T: Toasted malt and sweet biscuit flavors with a light mineral note are lightly offset by floral, light lemon, and spicy hops. Malt wins easily.

M: Easy, smooth, and with nice even relatively low carbonation gives this a nice, medium body feel. Aftertaste is sweet malt with mineral tones.

D: A really good session beer with an easy-going style and good feel with distinctive toasted malt character. I wish the value was better as it isn't quite on par with upper tier session suspects like Troegs Hopback Amber, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, or even Sam Adams Boston Lager.

12-13-2009 04:04:12 | More by argock
Photo of Kegatron


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

On cask at The Stone Brewing Bistro & World Gardens on 11/13/09 during their Firestone Walker 13th on the 13th event. Unfiltered and racked straight from the fermenter. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a murky coppery amber, with quite the finger of foamy brite-white head on it. Retains with froth around the edges, leaving a strong smattering of lacing behind. The aroma is EXTREMELY fresh and floral, with a tangy smelling backing of citrus and sweet breadiness giving this a nice sharpness. Full flavors here in the nose but this retains a great feeling mellowness to it from the oak and vanilla. This was really fantastic smelling here on cask.

The taste is just so sweet and mellow in the mouth, with notes of bread, vanilla, and slight oaky character. A slight tingle of hop activity leaves a considerable amount of dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a super easy and creamy feel to it. I'm finding that there is a good bit of greenish oaky tannic quality to this but heck, that makes it go down that much easier.

Mellow yet robust and drinking like a glass of water, yeah, I'd say that this being served on cask helped. I could have drank this all night if there weren't bigger and better things ahead.

12-10-2009 17:33:50 | More by Kegatron
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Picked this up at Lee's in Vegas. Thanks for the tip Hoser. Its a deep amber, almost coppery in colour. Half a finger of pale tan head formed on the pour then receded, and is already leaving some sticky webs of lace. Intricate patterns form then succumb to gravity, falling back into the collar from which they formed.

The nose reveals the oak barrel, woodiness and vanilla are very evident, and are drenched with the malty goodness of biscuit and toffee. I think i notice a floral quality, but the hops are definitely taking a backseat to other components here.

Interesting. The biscuit is more pronounced on the taste, with the hints of richer malts and the oak character still pronounced but taking on a secondary role. Not much hops here, the main element balancing the bicuit and toffee is the oak, with its woody character, and notes of vanilla.

Almost medium bodied, and the barrel did a nice job in providing a counterpoint to the malts. This ale is almost two dimensional, malts and barrel, but thanks to the evident craft the simplicity is harmonious, and works to make an interesting ale with some depth.

This is a pretty drinkable ale, almost sessionable, although the oak would start to annoy me after a bottle or two. This is an interesting brew that I am glad to have tried and would enjoy again. It would probably pair well with a mild cigar, something i may have to remember...

12-07-2009 05:14:47 | More by demcorhip
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.45/5  rDev +21.3%

Poured from the bottle a clear amber-gold color with a quick fading light tan head.

Sweet caramel malts dominate the aroma along with vanilla, and grapefruit, orange, and grassy hops.

The taste is much matches the aroma exactly. Sweet caramel malts, vanilla, honey, grapefruit, orange, and grassy hops blend perfectly. Smooth and well-balanced finish.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

This is a very nice English Pale Ale from Firestone Walker. Well-balanced, flavorful and so sessionable. I wish I had another bottle.

12-03-2009 22:47:33 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of chickencoop


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

Picked this up on a roadie back from LA, went out of my way and went up the 101 instead of the 5 and was extremely glad I did, even though it took like 3 more hours. I love the DBA in 12oz. bottles, the perfect balance, but on tap, in a growler it was awesome, kind of finished it in about an hour. This is my favorite FW beer, becoming one of my stand-by's.

11-26-2009 21:02:39 | More by chickencoop
Photo of fsimcox


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a transparent amber color. White foamy head that dissipates quickly to a very thin white layer. Some lacing.

Smells of woody hops, with hints of citrus.

Taste is bold hops, malt, hints of bitter chocolate, finishes dry with chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy good. A little carbonation.

This beer is everywhere in central Cali. A bold, and very drinkable beer.

11-26-2009 20:42:32 | More by fsimcox
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of piney hops upfront then some sweet malt to balance

T - Follows the nose starts with some piney hops then the sweet malt comes through

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit its a little more hoppy than most EPAs but its well balanced making it a good beer to drink worth checking out sometime

11-26-2009 00:24:01 | More by armock
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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