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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

2,058 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,058
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 64
Gots: 190 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thin off-white head. Smells primarily of rich English toffee and malts. Taste is up front a toasty biscuity malt, followed by the herbal, earthy and tart flavor of Goldings hops. Mouthfeel is full, nice low carbonation. Overall quite good, a pretty accurate example of a English Pale Ale.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" tan head over chestnut brown liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Oak and caramel malt.

T: Oak and caramel malt and some nuttiness.

M: Thin viscosity and medium fine carbonation.

O: Good English Pale Ale compared to many, the mouth feel was lacking compared to most American craft beer; but is still head and shoulders above traditional English Ales.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from ?

Poured a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass (even though I do have a FW pint, but oh well). Burnt amber in color, clear, with an aggressive pour yielding a moderate finger's breadth of white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles pretty quickly. Simple aroma, with a good balance of caramel malts and grassy hops. Sweet malts in the taste, bready, with a good balance of crisp, grassy hops, and some citrus pith. A little bitter in the aftertaste. Nothing amazing, but pretty solid all over. Light-medium body, and quite drinkable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, dark amber in color with fluffy white head. A thin cover remains throughout my session. Carbonation is fairly low. Aroma includes some toffee sweetness with some piney hops notes. There is slight hop bite as you first taste the ale, but it's the sweetness that stays with you on the lips. Medium-light body. I find it smooth and very drinkable (but then I rarely drink more than 2-3 beers at home).

On my most recent week-long Los Angeles visit, I was looking for a local six pack, so that I can have a bottle or two after work back in the hotel. I then recalled reading about Firestone Walker's Union system, and I was curious to try it. Nice pick. I thoroughly enjoyed it. One bottle made it back to NYC with me for this review. Now I am curious to try 100% barrel-aged DBA at their tasting room (as opposed to 20/80 mix of barrel- and stainless-aged ales that goes into the bottles). Maybe my next visit to California.

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,058 ratings.