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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,798 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 1,798
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 54
Gots: 112 | FT: 6
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.

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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. 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. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that is complex in nature. It goes down with ease and finishes with a slight oakey aftertaste. 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 01:53:19 | More by WesWes
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear copper to brown color with a huge head and lots of lacing.

S - Metals - zinc, tin and nickel, a pungent grass (allergy invoking?) some earthy/mossy notes as well, but heavily suppressed.

T - Mild, and far more pleasant than the aroma let on. A mild woodsy and grassy hop with an excellently posed nutty grain flavor meshed with a hint of caramel. The aftertaste is a mild bitterness overshadowed by lingering nuttiness.

M - Smooth, thin, pretty refreshing, although after a few seconds it makes my mouth feel dry.

D - Pretty good. It smells awful, but otherwise nice. I'd definitely have on tap if I find it (and the bar doesn't have a bajillion better things.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 05:09:19 | More by mrasskicktastic
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asabreed

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice amber color with hints of orange and copper. Head is frothy with huge amounts of bubbles clinging to the side in an odd and nice way.

Smell: I was hoping for some oak here, but still, it's a pleasant aroma of mellow malts and hops, with slight raisins, slight breadiness, vanilla, figs and some light fruit aromas.

Taste: The taste is a bit perplexing, going from mellow, to huge yet a bit unbalanced floral hops, finishing with a bit of fruit and another blast of hops. The finish, though, is long and quite interesting. Not sure what throws off the balance, as the potential is there, but in actuality there's something missing.

Mouthfeel: A bit too little carbonation, not that it makes it syrupy or cloying or anything, but it feels watery, then there's a burst of carbonation, and then it goes away. Quite odd, but luckily it doesn't detract too much from the enjoyment.

Drinkability: Again, I get no oak flavors at all from this brew, which I was excited about most. I wonder if the wood's making it more mellow, and if so, what the beer would be like without it. A pretty cheap bomber at around $4 overall, and I did enjoy this, but I'm anxious to see what else this brewery has to offer, as this is my first Firestone Walker brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 03:45:24 | More by asabreed
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

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

Thanks to LittleBreeze for this extra.

Pours a dark brown with red tints, see through. Head is ok, but goes quick leaving big bubbly ring around the glass with some lace. The nose is of malt and suprisingly more hops than I expected. Tastes like west coast and european or english hops with a huge malt backbone. This tastes like an amber/english pale hybrid to me. Kind of strange. Creaminess of malts, but clearly some range of hops in here as well. A little spicy, pepper kick on the finish, hop bitterness is there but is not too terribly strong on the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high, but the malt driven taste with the hops still strong makes this one not incredibly drinkable IMO. Good beer, but Ive defenitely had better.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 07:57:16 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Jedimaster1

California

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

Serving: 22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: A nice golden-amber color. You can definitely see the oak coloring. Slight carbonation with a head that disappears quickly.

S: Smell of oak and hops can be slightly detected.

T: It tastes of a pale ale, but with a more oaky, malty flavor. It is slightly sweet with hops to balance it out. Oak can be detected in the aftertaste, though not overwhelming at all.

M: Carbonation and smooth ale.

D: This can easily be a good session beer. I drank the bomber in no time. Easy drinker and a good beer selection for a nice night of enjoying a beer.

Overall I was impressed by this brew. After reading the mix reviews here, I wasn't expecting much. But after spending time with it, I enjoyed its rather unique taste. As a result, I look forward to trying other Firestone brews. This beer is definitely worth a try/

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 03:07:44 | More by Jedimaster1
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travolta

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A very nice clear amber. Head has barley any retention, but some good spotted remains. Lacing forms in rings and is only decent as well. I gave it a higher score on appearance only because of the color.

Nose:
Interesting oak and wood chips. A slight bite of spicyness and fruit enter at the end.

Taste:
Light and smooth mouthfeel on the palate at first, then the carbonation opens up a bit. A tiny bit of syrup lingers pleasantly behind.

Notes: Drinkablility was rated higher than I feel the beer actually deserves, but only on account that this beer is a great beer to introduce people to quality beer. Hopefully this will do for some what Sam Adams did for me, open the door.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 00:46:54 | More by travolta
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srroos

California

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear red-amber with a short lived one finger head.

S: Malty and biscuity with some oak.

T: Nice and malty. Not as oaky as I would have hoped. Only slightly bitter with no noticeable hoppiness. I understand where the folks that relate this to Fat Tire come from, but it is certainly not the same.

MF: Good medium body. Not lots of carbonation, but not flat either.

D: Very drinkable and easy to enjoy. Good beer, commonly available, and inexpensive.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 08:31:35 | More by srroos
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rxdrewthejew

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: More brown than red amber, clear a smooth looking. Small bit of head, just about a finger, but quickly fades leaving some film.

S: Not much in the way of smell. Some roasted malt and maybe a touch of oak comes out. Hard to say what this will taste like.

T: Nice rich roasted malt and plenty of oak. I can taste a bit of Belgian strong dark ale in this, probably because of the aging. The flavor is pretty mild overall. Almost no hops that I can detect.

MF: Thin and smooth. Bit of a sweet aftertaste, not really sure where that's coming from.

D: I've had this on tap a few times, and always feel pretty much the same about it. It's really easy to drink and the flavor is a bit unique because of the barrel aging, but there's so many other good sessionable beers out there that I would probalby only resort to this if there was nothing better on tap. A solid brew, but nothing to jump out of your boots for.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 05:32:04 | More by rxdrewthejew
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a well put together ale with the perfect ruby tinged dark brown colour topped with a creamy white head. Nose is hoppy and almost brewery like. I like the complex hop notes in the finish coupled with a slight oakiness. At 5% this is a great drinking beer that is nuanced more than most of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 10:53:12 | More by canucklehead
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Vancer

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2007 secret santa – cartdan!! Thanks mucho!

Very nice start to this one – clear cola brown with some whipped topping of egg ivory. Sticky lace rings around the tulip glass.

Spicy notes in the aroma, and the quaff was a gentle pull of a caramel brown ale – not to rich, not to wimpy. Finishes with a woody and bready note.

Tasty and drinkable, this is a easy session brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 20:59:14 | More by Vancer
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Obtained through liqourama on-line

Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Slight sweet malt, bready notes & that's it

T: Caramel & a bit of dryness up front. As this warms, hops take over; lemons, oranges & a bit of herbal hops as well. Finishes piney with toasted malt, & a bit more caramel sweetness, plus a kiss of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, a solid, not great session ale

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 05:00:55 | More by russpowell
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

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

Served probably a bit too warm... Pours slightly hazy dark orange color, far from red or amber. Plenty of off white head with great tracing forms. Aromas start off quite fruity with esters blending nicely with sprucy hops. Malt notes are the first item to qualify this as an amber as the toasty, caramel like aromas carry through. On the palate it is a rich malty brew with lots of character, very balanced. The finish is slightly drying and medium thin. Overall it is an enjoyable amber, but nothing noteworthy. I'm glad to try since it seems to have a loyal following, but like Fat Tire, sometimes it just doesn't deserve all the praise.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 19:04:57 | More by dreadnatty08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Thouroughly enjoyed after loosing a lot of money at Pour 24, New York New York Casino, Las Vegas. The beer seems to be a standard ESB, but with some American hops. The caramel flavors stand out along with slight buttery hints, and a big malt profile. The hops give some bitterness, spiciness, and citrus qualities, but also offer perfumy, pungent, pine character as well. The body seems a bit light for anything called 'double barrel'. I should not have expected a big beer. But the beer is nicely textured if you want a standard amber or ESB. All in all, a nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2007 20:02:18 | More by BEERchitect
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hero27

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
5% abv

Clear amber, off-white head frosts the glass pretty well.
Floral hop aroma with some toffee, fruit, and soft touches of oak.
Sweet caramel & toffee malts lead into a light peppery hop finish.
Certainly an easy amber to drink, nothing that jumps out at you, but a solid beer from Firestone.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 22:41:49 | More by hero27
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber in colour, half finger white head on opening. It seemed there was ample carbonation on opening but that became subdued rather quickly. Minimal lacing. Nose is slightly hoppy, cantaloupe, peach. Lighlty hopped taste and mouthfeel, a bit thin - less than I expected - but seemed very drinkable. The initial impression was that this is a nicely balanced beer that is gently hopped, the flavour a bit restrained but a clean finish, perhaps a bit nutty, unsalted cashews. The label boasts of having used toasted oak barrels. I found that the barrel aging may have smoothed this brew to an agreeable balance making it an attractive mouthfull; alas, it went quite flat soon after and that took away from my overall scores.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 12:18:42 | More by ThatWineGuy
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Stoneman78

California

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a deep ruby red/tawny brown hue with slight transparency, head is white, soapy, and mostly diminishing, light lacing on the glass
S- Smooth and crisp aroma characterized by a blend of light caramel malts and floral hops, a touch of tea and oak in there too, underwhelming
T- Initial taste is roasted and caramel malts, but entirely too subtle compared to other ambers, followed by some light hops, nuts, and tea, the finish is slightly sweet and dry, no discernible alcohol presence
M- Light-bodied, thin and watery, not much texture going on at all
D- This is easy-to-drink at 5%abv, however there is nothing exciting or bold about the flavor; this definitely tastes more like a brown than an amber ale due to the watery mouthfeel and thinned out caramel malts, the Reserve was markedly better and I will not pick up this version again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 01:39:28 | More by Stoneman78
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JBogan

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown with a light tan one finger head which left quickly.

A slightly malty aroma with a hint of toffee.

Again, malt and toffee come to the fore, with some caramel in there as well.

Very smooth, not much carbonation. Somewhat thick and full bodied.

An easy to drink beer. Not very complex but still quite tasty and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 01:26:35 | More by JBogan
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bradford

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a 12-pack bought at local market for $15
Looks okay, amber hue, brown and red when shifted into light
Can't detect much in the smell, lightly hopped, caramel, toffee
Taste is good, not much oak shows through, but if you really tried, you might find it
Mouthfeel is good, a rich, coating beer that doesn't have too much going on so as to ruin it
Drinkability is very high and it is easy to put several of these down
Like the posters around the Central Coast read, "It's what we drink around here"

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 22:40:02 | More by bradford
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terrapinchris

California

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer holds a special place in my memory for me, so I'm going to make it my first review here. In college I'd purchased six-packs of it, but my palate hadn't really developed to where I could say much about it. However, a few months ago, I had the pleasure of tasting it from a keg at my wedding (best man had purchased it for me). It definitely doesn't fit the profile of the many California brews that are overwhelmingly hopped. It pours a very deep amber, with a head that recedes quickly. The carbonation is very nearly what I would consider ideal for this type of beer. This had a hint of bitterness in the sip, but it seemed to warm in the mouth and finish with a chewy sweetness. The taste reminded me of a good Scottish ale, where the malts complement the bitterness in such a way that it avoids the sort of cloying sweetness that so many amber ales seem to fall prey to. All in all, an excellent beer for a session if you can find it on tap, Less so in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 18:28:05 | More by terrapinchris
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Wasatch

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Solomon420 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big on malts/caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet and malty. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice amber ale, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 23:29:03 | More by Wasatch
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geokills

California

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Always pleased to find a local brew of value and excellence. Found on many store shelves here in California, and from the tap at many central Californian eateries, this is a handsome ale that pours a caramel brown with light carbonation and a similarly light head that will in all odds fade before you are half way into your glass. Nevertheless, this brew aged in oak barrels grants the imbiber a soft mouthfeel, sweet and nutty flavour, with an ever so delicate hint of hops. If I were ever to call a beer well-balanced, this would be a prime candidate. Tasty, relatively light whilst paradoxically rich and extremely drinkable, this Firestone Double Barrel will oft be found in the fridge at my home, readily offered to beer drinkers of taste who seek refreshment above the average.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 21:53:16 | More by geokills
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Overlord

California

2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow. What a disappointment. I hear great things about the near mythical Firestone 10 (one of the White Whales here at Beeradvocate.com), and was eager to try this. I actually gave it a whirl in San Luis Obispo, and yipes.

Not much carbonation, perhaps a one inch head. Taste was ... strange. I almost want to say it tasted as though it was flavored with wood chips. Some caramel/malt overtones, but nothing really to balance it out or add complexity. I see that many reviewers note some faint hops ... I detected none. A thin, strange tasting beer that wasn't my cup of tea.

It looked pretty with a nice amber color, though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2007 08:53:44 | More by Overlord
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

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

Review number 400,got this 22oz bomber from my brother-in-law on a recent visit from San Deigo.

Served into a nonic glass poured a clear,medium copper color with almost a 2'' off white creamy head with fair retention leaving rings of lace down the glass. Wisps of very tiny bubbles stringing to the surface,had to look very closely to see them.

Clean,sweet malty nose with nutty/toasty notes,fruity with lots of earthyness and moderate hop notes of spice with a perfumy touch.

The first taste i just noticed how nice the balance of the beer was.Complex maltiness not overpowering sweet/toasty/nutty/slightly roasty with a nice carmellness. Fruity and earthy with a good crisp moderate,hoppiness to match the maltiness hops were woody/herbal/spicy not as much spice as in the aroma.

Medium body leaning towards the lighter side,creamy,also had some grainyness with some astrigency at the finish. Easily drank the bomber,just don't think I would be able to drink all night. Very good Amber,well made nothing I would seek out,but would buy occasionaly if it was avalible in my area.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 22:45:35 | More by jcdiflorio
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Floydster

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitcher at Baja Sharkeez in El Porto

Poured a much deeper brown than I though it would, had this beer several times previously out of bottle and did not notice this

Good amber and my parent's choice when drinking a beer

Widely available and available in six packs and 22 oz. bottles

Smells more like a brown an ale than a red, but has a smooth taste, not bitter at all

Goes down easy and highly drinkable, also a good summer beer

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2007 00:30:24 | More by Floydster
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little smoky and contains tea, caramelized malt and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of roasted malts, tea, caramel and a little citrus. The sweetness doesn't jump out at you in the beginning but gets a little stronger as you drink more of it. There's a good hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, this is definitely a quality session beer that you can drink quite a bit of. It's flavorful enough to keep you satisfied in that regard. However, if you want a hard kick, you would want to look elsewhere. Overall, though, it's a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 03:09:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,798 ratings.