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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,919 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 59
Gots: 145 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled very grassy with a sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - It has a nice sweetness of caramel and a little fruitiness (citrus). There is a grassy hop kick that provides some bitter balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice english pale ale. It would make a great session ale.

zeff80, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Thanks to dgb3 for trading this one to me!

A= This ale poured a very clear copper orange color with an initial 1/2" white head that dropped to a thin but solid skim and left decent lacing behind on my glass.

S= When first poured I found some pretty interesting aromas of malt sweetness, earthy and spicy hops, and some faint oaky vanilla. Unfortunately after the initial head dissipated, so did 90% of the aroma...

T= An ecclectic but excellent mix of flavors here. The caramel and toasted malts lead into the noble English hops (which tasted both herbal and leafy). Some floral esters in there too. This seemed very traditional but then the oak kicked in and brought a wonderful dryness filled with nuances of vanilla, leather, and well...wood. Finished fairly dry with the hops making themselves known.

MF= Fully a medium body with a decent carbonation that in a thinner beer would seem too spritzy. Nice tongue coating action without feeling heavy.

D= I really liked this one and could easily session a few. Recommended!

spointon, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into imperial nonic.

A - Pours a mirky brown with a very thin off-white head.

S - Malty, very light hops, honey, semi-sweetness.

T - Light honey/sweetness, malty, no real citrus of hops.

M - Light bodied, very smooth, good carbonation.

D - Super easy to drink.

Sean9689, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of berkey
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip-pint hybrid.

Body is a very clean and clear light amber-brown. Forms an above average head with fairly good retention and great lacing.

Aroma is fairly fruity, the first thing that comes to mind is over ripe yellow apples. Yeast makes an appearance here as well along with some leafy hops.

Flavors also brings on more fruit. Yellow apples are joined by some mild pear flavors and even deeper there are very faint hints of apricot. Something akin to an herbal tea comes through along with some bitter hops in the background.

Nothing special about the mouthfeel, a little watery but not so much that it's distracting. Medium carbonation typical on an EPA keeps it clean and helps it go down pretty smoothly. Drinkabilty is very high. Great by the six pack or on tap.

berkey, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sampling goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a mostly clear amber with a somewhat flimsy head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Lite carbonation can be seen, and it leaves very broken, spotted lacing. Smells of a semi rich & sweet caramel, chocolate, honey, molasses, biscuit aroma. Big malt profile with traces of earthy hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Taste of chocolate, caramel, wafer, and biscuits, it finishes sweet, with hints of nuttiness and mild earthy hop flavors that's very balancing. Very delicious! Mouthfeel is smooth with lite creaminess, it's lite-medium bodied with soft crispness.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I really enjoyed this brew, I wouldn't mind drinking this beer all night long, which is to say that it's highly drinkable. It's sweet like Fat Tire, with a bit more hops that round it out well. I pretty much liked everything about this beer, from the semi rich chocolaty flavor profile, to the outstanding drinkability! This is a beer that I could, and will enjoy frequently. Cheers!

UPDATE 2010 - A quaffable brew with mild leafy hop flavors & a mild malt base. Decent.

PintOHops, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown amber color with a pretty standard foamy head, rises and falls quick.

Deep caramel in the malt, gentle and smokey scented herbs in the hops, slightly peppery with a slight peat aroma.

yummy malt! smokey wood with brown sugar, good complexity for a simple style. Only a gentle mixed-bag of herbs and green peppers comes from the hops with subtle dry feel. Dry herbs, smokey malt and a crisp medium body and smooth finish makes this one really pleasant.

I got a big Scottish-ale feeling from this one due to it's smokey-malt charecter.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at The Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a spot on amber with pretty good clarity. About 2 fingers worth of lightly tinted head that holds decently and leaves a fair bit of lacing.

S: Some toasty cereal grains, maybe a bit nutty. Pistachios? A bit of grassy and floral Euro hops. Pretty clean.

T/M: More of the lightly toasted cereal grains with that slight nutty edge. Bitterness is right on for the style and the hops lend more of the grassy, fieldy hop flavors. Body is medium light with crisp carbonation and a nice clean finish.

D: Right on for the style. Low ABV, drinks easy with a crisp clean finish.

pwoods, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at Outlet liquors and wines in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled into a half pint.

A - A beautiful sunset hue like whiskey w/ nice clarity. 2 fingers of off white which is part smooth and creamy and craters are scattered about the topography in the head. The lacing is semi-clinging and the beading is small w/ visible carbonation.

S -Mild fruit esters w/ light biscuit, graham cracker, mild spice and hints of acetaldehyde.

M - Honey-like malt shifts to grainy after a mild spicy intial sip w/ mild carbonation apropos to style. The finish is mild w/ a malty semi-dry feel.

T - A flavor which is a bit honey-like w/ fruity sweetness and mild toasted malt flavors. The taste is gentle and unobtrusive in general w/ mild apple-like of yeast and mild malt as it finishes.

D - A pretty tasty beer all in all. I would probably have a few w/out any problem of boredom a tasty session ale.

Slatetank, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been enjoying this brew for years. It was the first case I picked up upon returning to California (albeit a beer desert section of Cali, does such a thing exist? yes, yes it does).

Appearance is clear orange with copper depths and lemon edges. A few fingers of head forms but falls rather quickly. No lace to speak of. Aroma is very forward: lemon, black tea, and moist earth. An undercurrent of sweet malt gives a bit of body to the experience. No butter notes. Taste starts with a slightly bready, slightly caramel sweetness. Earthy character more prominent in the taste. A moderate bitterness that's well-balanced with the whole. Good body for the style, not too heavy with a surprising crispness. Carbonation is low for my American palette, but is probably over-boisterous by English standards.

An exceptionally drinkable session ale. It has enough complexity to warrant extended consideration but is friendly enough to share with macro-drinkers. I never get tired of this beer.

goatgoat, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks, jyounger30!

Pours a dark amber with reddish highlights. Not too big of a head, but it retains really well. Minutes after pouring, there's still rich foam. Pretty good lacing.

Fairly sweet, almost lightly fruity aroma. I'm smelling a lot of caramel. Herbal English hops.

Caramel is the first flavor I'm noticing. Bready, biscuity malt. Again, the hops are more herbal than citric or piney. Great balance. Maybe a little on the sweet side. I like the flavors I'm tasting, but they don't have much staying power. It could quite possibly be too balanced, and everything is just blending in together. I do enjoy the fairly long, bitter finish.

Body feels like it's on the lighter side of medium. Possibly a little on the thin side. Fairly easy drinker. Would be a very good session beer.

Gyle41386, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of JamesP123
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A. Pours a lght copper/reddish amber color -very transparenty for the coloration. Small off white head that sissipates quickly leaving a bubbly film on top of the beer.

S. First smell is sweet and malty, followed by a little spicy/sour tang.

T. Tastes a little musty, have had the same experience with certain scotch's. Taste is not very comlex -some caramel malts mixed with asome toasted malts and an ever so slight hoppy finish.

M. Nothing to write home about - mild carbination. Medium light bodied.

D. Decent beer - very sessionable. Not something I'll be picking up in the near futute but far from a drainpour.

JamesP123, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Freshness date unknown, as the 12-pack didn't have any date stamped in the Freshness box.

A: Poured a copper color with a small off-white head that quickly recedes into some light filming on the brew, and at most a few bubbles of lacing down the glass.

S: Peat and caramel are the strongest aromas. There's some earthiness in there as well.

T: Pretty mild and inoffensive. Mostly caramel sweatness, with a slight peat and smoke undercurrent. The finish is an earthy hop bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Carbonation is low and doesn't give it much crispness.

D: At first I wasn't too impressed, but then I attended a BBQ and brought this along. In comparing this against a couple of ambers (I know this isn't an amber, but it shares some similar flavors), the quality of this one was apparent. I'd go with this over some standard BBQ beers anyday.

Arbitrator, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this at a local bar, nothing special at all.

The appearance was a lighter orange color that came with a small half finger head. No lacing after a few drinks, pretty boring.

It did not smell like anything specific, had a warm alcohol smell, also strong malts.

The taste was bland, nothing stood out. I had a taste of medium malts, a little hop taste also. The mouthfeel was okay, nothing great either.

This beer was something that I have never tried before, and will never try again.
J

Jmoore50, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No complaints with this beer. Pours medium amber with good clarity, good white head that fades to a thin lace, and leaves Belgian lace on the way down. Nose is somewhat citrusy hoppy, but also sweet malty & caramel. More of that caramel malt on the palate, with a somewhat clean taste, and finishes somewhat sweet.

yemenmocha, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a hotel glass. It appears a pleasant copper color with a 1/4 inch dirty white head that quickly reduces to lacing on the edge with some clouds. No sediment/carbonation is noticed.

The aroma is high in the earthy/peat smelling hops with some caramel malt backbone.

It is light in flavor. Some caramel malt sweetness with a primarily hoppy bitterness.

There is good carbonation and this is a light bodied beer. It is crisp but smooth, but not real special.

Overall, this is an easy to drink beer but primarily because it is too light and taste and alcohol, but still providing some enjoyable components.

SykDoc, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of teejay76
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear amber color with small amount of off-white head.

Aroma: Light aroma of biscuit like malts and caramel.

Taste: Toasted smoky malts with a light caramel sweetness. Tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied dry brew with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't call this a "refreshing" beer but it is flavorful and filling. I'd recommend to friends.

teejay76, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse off-white head with good retention; eventually to a half-inch cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Citrus and grapefruit hops. Nicely balanced nose.

T: Taste consistent the smell. The crytal malt is very prominent and evolves into a big bready flavor. The bitter finishes barely balance the big malt flavor.

M: Medium body. Light carbonation. Definitely a sweet and bready finish.

D: Flavorful, but the sweet and bready finish diminish its sessionability.

Haybeerman, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of nelson4
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a- Poured to a nice clear amber/red
s- very heavy malty smell that reminds me of what it smells like when I am homebrewing. Too often, smell gets associated with hops. This has a great aroma.
t- Good malty taste, low on hops/bitterness but not to a fault. Flavor has slight caramel taste.
m- a little heavy on the carbonation, but overall nice feel.
d- This is where this beer stands out. I have had it on multiple occasions and it always seems to taste better on a hot summer day.
Overall a great example of a beer to watch a game with. Not something to cherish, but rather something to share.

nelson4, May 30, 2009
Photo of nkersten
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from our long awaited acquiring of Firestone beers in Washington. Appearance is a hazelnut brown with a small head fading to just beer. Smell is malty and sweet, a slight amount of ale yeast. Taste is good malty sweetness with a good hop backbone, but nothing overpowering. Mouth feel is slightly coating but leaves me anticipating the next sip. Overall drinkability is good for a brown ale. If I had bought two of these I would have drank two of these.

nkersten, May 25, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops. About equal in portion or so my nose says.

The taste mimics the nose but...the flavours don't quite mesh to my palate. It's as if the malt and hops are battling rather than working in unison. A noticeable amount of bread doesn't seem to help at all.

Good medium to medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation, it finishes decidedly sweet and bready. I know this is an English Pale Ale so it should be malt dominated but it just isn't working for me but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

Bitterbill, May 23, 2009
Photo of Sutardja
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at a sports bar before my dinner. The first thing I noticed about the beer was the subtle fruity aroma coming from it's translucent, amber body. The flavor combined a complementary balance of fruit and malty breadiness that was well balanced by the subtle hop character. The only problem was that these flavors weren't strong enough to keep the beer interesting to drink. Carbonation was medium, but suited the character of the beer. The careful balance of good flavors and the lack of any offensive flavors makes this beer extremely drinkable. I would definitely recommend it for a session beer.

Sutardja, May 16, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally have Firestone available here. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a clear amber color with around a finger of off white foam. No lacing to speak of. nose and flavor are a tad sweet, malty, earthy hops, a bit of citrus. Just about medium bodied and amply carbonated for an amber ale. Worth a try if it's available in your area.

ClockworkOrange, May 15, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass. 22 oz. bottle all to myself.

Pours a slightly hazy copper red/brown. Not really dark for a red but certainly on the dark size of an amber. Forced the pour towards the end and only got a 1/2 finger white head. Overall a very attractive beer.

Aroma leans toward sweet and malty with some hop spice.

First couple of sips come across thin. Consistent flavor with a clean finish. A well-done beer that lacks identity.

Updated because I struggled to finish the 22 oz bottle by myself. The lack of character made it less enjoyable during consumption.

Yetiman420, May 06, 2009
Photo of birdypowder
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is highly drinkable yet complex. I kept finding new aromas and flavors every few sips, inviting me back to explore further this tasty well balanced ale.

Aroma:
Caramel greets you first, after which you are introduced to the much more shy personalities of citrus, vanilla and some floral hop notes.

Appearance:
Held to the light, Double Barrel Ale glows a radiant orange copper. When sitting patiently on its coaster away from the light DBA turns to star bright amber. Off-white head doesn't last too long and there is no lacing, however I believe my glass wasn't properly cleaned based on what other reviewers said about the head and lacing.

Taste:
Caramel sweetness, mild bitterness, a slight woody taste and hints of apricots. Aftertaste leaves a very mild bitterness just long enough to detect.

Mouthfeel/Body:
Medium bodied leaning towards fullness.

birdypowder, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear amber orange color. This white foamy head. Poor retention but decent lacing.

S - Smells primarily of toasted bread. Hints of an earthy hoppiness as well. Overall somewhat dull malt aroma dominates.

T - Bready sweetness initially. Tastes of fresh baked yeast bread. Rather sweet. A light earthy hoppiness provides some balance. Finishes with a bitter sweet mix.

M/D - On the light side of medium bodied. Very crisp and easy drinking. An excellent sessionable beer. Nothing too extravagant about it.

ckeegan04, Apr 19, 2009
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,919 ratings.