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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,067 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,067
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 66
Gots: 196 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Photo of JosiahS
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

g: Pint

a: Clear copper color, 1 finger soapy white head. Splashy lacing.

s: Citrus and floral hops up front. Slightly peppery. Caramel malt, light cracker. Lemon.

t: Very well-balanced. Perfect ratio of hops to malts. Consistent flavor throughout. Citrus, floral hops. Lemon up front then met quickly after by caramel malt creating a great blend. Finish is somewhat clean, not too much lingering flavor.

m: medium body and moderate carbonation

d: Great session beer. Lots of flavor, not too bitter.

Photo of levifunk
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - light golden color, very clear, off-white head

s - malts and a bit of pine hops.

t - full flavor, vanilla and malts balanced by a light hops. leaves a light bitter finish. getting some, but not much of the wood flavor. I would have expected more with the "double barrel" name.

m - lighter body. good carbonation.

overall - pretty decent pale. surprising to see a 5% pale with that much flavor. very drinkable.

Photo of livewire78
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange crossed with brown. Sounds ugly but I think it's pretty. Minimal head but there is some lacing left on the glass.

Smells of what?- hops? How am I smelling hops? They're faint but in there. Other smells of caramel and vanilla.

Starts out with the caramel malts followed by the toffee and ends up with a vanilla hoppiness.

Feels a little thin. I wish there was more carbonation in here. It feels a little flat for me.

This is one of those beers that you could drink a whole bunch of. Eventually, though you'd want something with a little more kick.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear deep orange with minimal head that fades to a few bubbles on the surface. Good amount of carbonation visible.

S - Smells mostly of light malts, some light fruits as well.

T - Very rich malt flavor, mostly caramel malts, slightly biscuity, same light fruits are there from the smell.

M - Very smooth, medium body, slightly grainy mouthfeel towards the end. Finish is still mostly rich malts with a hint of bittering hops.

D - Very good drinkability, very smooth in mouthfeel and flavor. Just have to keep going back for another sip. There wasn't anything overly complex about this beer.

Photo of klikger
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Medium to dark amber, with a little white head, and quality lacing

S - Essentially the smell of a good brewery right after brewing a batch. Malty - not complex, but smells really good

T - Fresh barley, lightly roasted, with a touch of yeast. A touch of caramel as it warms. The finish is some mildly bitter hops.

M - Heavier than it needs to be, i.e., it should have more taste. Adequate carbonation.

D - A couple is easy enough, but there's no compelling reason to session this.

A nicely crafted ale, this is not distinctive enough to buy on a regular basis. There are far more beers at this price point with far more flavor.

Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rounded and malty aroma with a shot of citrus to give it an edge.

Somewhat hazy copper colour with a small off-white head. Decent head retention.

Smooth and malty with notes of toffee, citrus and earthy hops. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky and smooth.

A tasty beer with just enough going on to keep me interested but a silky, smooth feel and flavour that would have me happy to drink this for a while.

Photo of Nhoddus
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about a two finger head, with nice clear copper color, Nestles into an off white cap that lasts till the end. Very little visible carbonation. Just a bubble every once in a while. Smells of malt and slight caramel sweetness, a little bit of light fruit. Similar to smell, nice slightly sweet malty flavor with flowery tones and a slight smokey wood taste, maybe some wheat cracker with a little hop bitter finish at the end. Can tell the carbonation much better in the mouthfeel, light small silky bubbles that dance on the tongue, which is nice, with the body of it being a little heavier, you can feel it coat your mouth with it's flavor, but not too much so. I could go through quite a few of these throughout the night comfortably, with enough taste to enjoy it slowly, and not so heavy that you'd feel bloated or too bubbly.

I like this beer, it's not my favorite, but for the price at my local stores and what it brings to the table for it, I stock this regularly along with their Pale Ale and Union Jack for a pocket forgiving good beer that delivers.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks peacebone116!

A: Pours an orange/amber color, two finger white head, good retention. Dissipating into a white cap.

S: Very grainy malt presence, a little hop bite. It almost smells smoked, but not quite. Faint hints of apples and spice.

T: Grain returns, giving way to biscuity sweetness. Hop presence remains faint and hints at a bit of citrus here and there. Woody, almost smoked similar to the aroma.

M: Low end of medium, maybe a little thin. Well carbed. Not bad.

D: Good! A tasty and easy going beer. I would probably buy this again if it were local.

Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at numerous venues across SoCal last week.

A: This beer pours a clear copper color with a one finger of pristine white bubbly head. Head retains nicely and leaves minor spider web lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is predominantly caramel malts, minor biscuits notes, and hints of oak.

T: Taste starts rather sweet with the caramel malts. A woody, oak biscuit flavor fills out the middle. The finish is a oak, piney hop flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp clean body.

D: Goes down easily, mild kick, not too filling, not an over the top beer but a solid offering to sit with for a while.

Photo of spoons
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an Amber orange, perfectly clear with a thin white head.

Smells of grilled meats, teriyaki, and northern Wisconsin. Indeed, that is what this beer smells like.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost a bit watery. Tastes like a strange tea. This is not is not so great. Probably wont go searching for it.

Photo of californiakulak
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my kegerator into a Firestone pint glass.

a. Dark copper, orange like color. Crystal clear with a small head. Head vanishes quickly.

s. Not much here. Sweett malt and faint hops.

t. Some vanilla, woody flavors. More malt than hops. Some toffee.

M. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Kind of watery.

d. Goes down quite easily. Could, and did, drink several pints per sitting.

Photo of Phelps
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks: Classic. Amber maple color, pellucid, with nary a bubble in sight. A grayish tan head quickly becomes a filmy ring, but leaves nice fat ant trails of lace.

Smells: grainy. Sourdough, apple juice, light oranges, dandelion, white grapes. Very light citrus. Maybe even some lager yeast.

Tastes: grain is more subdued, lending a nice apple sweetness. Subtle hops remind of clementines. Crisp, dry finish, only lightly bitter. Finishes so dry it's hard to tell there were any flavors there at all.

Feels: smooth. Medium carb, medium body. Not bad.

Drinks: middling. I'm not generally a fan of the style, but even if I was, DBA would be a completely skippable English pale.

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber color with a finger of ivory head. Body is clear and the effervescence is appealing.

Smell: the aroma isn't enticing me much. It seems very, very mild and what there is of it has an unrefined biscuity quality which I don't happen to like too much. There is a small hint of sweet caramel character, but it's not enough to save this one for me.

Taste: now I can tell what the smell was trying to convey. Big biscuit and caramel malt with some floral hops up front and earthy hops on the backend, followed by a mild but good bitterness. The floral hops and sweet caramel make the first part of the sip notably good; I feel like it goes downhill a bit from there.

Mouthfeel: medium body and relatively big carbonation make this a surprisingly creamy and enjoyable consistency. I like it.

Drinkability: well, parts of the flavor and experience aren't my favorite, but other parts make up: that first sweet sip and the delicious creaminess. Split the difference -- I'd have this again.

Photo of dtwhite
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went to college in San Luis Obispo, so I pretty much grew up on Firestone beer, but I only learned to like this one recently.

Poured into the Firestone nonic glass. It's got a nice lightly coppery brown color, no haze. Not all that carbonated (mine was very cold, which probably exaggerates that), but still gets some minor lacing.

Not a lot of aroma. A little bit of caramel and smokiness, but doesn't give off a lot when cold.

Tastes very smooth. It's got a good balance of maltiness and light hoppiness. Not boozy tasting at all, and a low enough ABV that you can enjoy a few without going crazy.

Honestly, you can see why this beer is sort of Firestone's bread and butter. It's good, not alienating, and nice for session drinking. People used to the imperial stouts and whatnot will find it bland, most likely. Although I like almost all of Firestone's beers better, this one is still worthwhile.

Side notes: I asked the guy during the brewery tour what the significance of "double barrel" is... apparently it doesn't mean anything specifically; it's probably just supposed to sound cool like a double barrel shotgun or something. They do put it in barrels, though. Also, Firestone beer is supposed to be kept refrigerated at all times by vendors, and they only let that rule slide for Costco. I happened to get this beer from a variety pack at Costco (12 DBA + 6 Pale Ale + 6 Union Jack IPA for $22, buy now).

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date pours a pretty clear, light amber color with a fluffy tan foam. Decent lacing and leaves a nice sheen.

Honey, caramel and toast on the nose. A nice complexity of malts, maybe some biscuit and special B. Wonderful citric and grassy hop notes really keep this a pleasant sniffer throughout the tasting.

This one is like an English malt bill meets American hops. Nice and very tasty. Caramel and toast are well balanced by some citric hoppy goodness. Clean and crisp - super easy to drink. Would make a terrific sessionable six-pack purchase, I really enjoyed it. Quite a nice pub/cask feel to the beer.

Photo of crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, the date is 05/13/10. I hope that is the bottled on date.

It pours a clear amber with a nice fluffy white head that also has a bit of creaminess. It recedes fairly slowly leaving some decent lacing.

Smell is light, but pleasant. There is a good deal of English hop nose and some light caramel scents. There is also a hint of vanilla oak character. It is not bad smelling for a lower abv beer.

The flavor and mouthfeel are ultra smooth. Almost like it is casky. It has a nice oak flavor, a subtleness of hops, mineral water, and a nice bready malt underneath. This is a full-flavored sessionable beer. The English hop weird aftertaste is annoying but not enough to bring the flavor down too much.

This is something I don't always get interested in but this one is done up right and uniquely.

Photo of jfmorey
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What can be said about a beer that is average in every sense of the word? Only disappointment when the bottle says "Passion for the Pale".

Poured into a stemware glass, the amber color was not bad. Smell was a little malty, no hops. The taste was mainly caramel malts with just enough bitterness, but no complexity. Carbonation seems low.

Was this bottle past its sell by date? Nothing to indicate that...

Just boring.

Photo of treehugginslug
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good

S/T - Taste of nice malts and barley. Very similar to Sam Adams Boston Lager. Solid beer with tons of repurchasability.

M - Good mouth, nice balance of carbonation and flavor

D - High

Buy Again? Definitely
Recommend? Yes
Drink at party? Definitely

Overall - This beer is now on my list of solid beers that I will definitely come back to. Nothing that was over the top superperb, but drinkability is very high.

Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is deep amber. Nice white head, but dissipated quickly. Some limited lacing.

Entry is sweet carmel maltiness. Some bittering midmouth, but a bit muted. Hits the ESB style pretty well. A bit of biscuit malt, rather significant fuitiness. Finish has just a bit too much lingering sweetness for me, but again, to style.

Fruitiness builds as the beer opens up. Perhaps a bit of yeast charachter too.

Mouthfeel is nice, well rounded and cleansed by a bit of bittering hops.

A nice representation of style and a beer I could enjoy a couple pints of with good pub conversation.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks goes out to mrbubbler for this extra!

Pours a very clear, medium shade of amber. Loose head of light tan foam, just over a fingers worth. Retention is fairly good. Lacing is good, but quite slippery.

Light caramel malts and a mild hint of biscuits. Very light trace of honeyed dark fruits.
A very subdued nose, overall.

Extremely bready with a light hint of caramel malts. Mild traces of toffee and dark fruits. Very light hints of oak and spices.
This has good flavor, but it's very mild, which is a small turn-off for me.

This is medium-bodied and has a mild level of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a light touch of crispness to it. No real creaminess.

Very drinkable, especially at only 5.00%abv. I'd more than likely find myself reaching for something with a more bold flavor profile though.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - good two finger's worth of foam. Pale rust color, close to red amber. Low carbonation.

Smell - hopy smell, not malty or worty at all.

Taste - Not a very strong taste at all...very mild-mannered and easy going. Gentle bitterness. Hopy taste is on the same level as the smell.

Mouthfeel - very light, but the general taste makes it more pleasant a feeling that it would be for a generic light beer.

Drinkability - a very low key beer, but with great drinkability. I could definitely come back for more of this one.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color, with a creamy head that settled quickly.

Nice caramel malt and biscuit notes on the nose. Smells tasty.

Takes like it smells with a little wood, a bit lighter than I expected with a pretty clean finish.

Nothing standoutish, but it's a good, sessionable beer.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazelnut color. About two fingers of white fluffy head that actually quickly dissipates leaving spotty lacing.

Smell - Mainly caramel and biscuit. Not a very strong nose - overall relatively bland to be honest.

Taste - Wow, very bready. Biscuit, caramel, malts, slight floral, wood, etc.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Drinkability - Relatively easy to drink, though probably won't pick this up again.

Photo of NorthsideFred
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks good. Pours a dark amber with a quarter-inch off-white head, and minimal lacing.

S: The smell is disappointing. Not much here, a lil malty, a lil hoppy but both are rather muted. Smells a bit like rain. There is something here that doesn't appeal to me.

T: Bland. I'm not impressed at all. Tastes watered down.

M: Thin body, with moderate carbonation.

D: I could probably suck this down very quickly, but I wouldn't want to. And I wouldn't reach for a second one anytime soon.

Firestone makes some great beers, so I may have to try this again sometime...after I forget this experience.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz pour, pint glass, Drifters Grill and Marina, Lake Tulloch, CA.

Deep bronze with dirty head and it's a lacer.

Smells of soggy or stale biscuit malt, citric hops, and that wood.

Tastes of herbal and English hops, dough, and salty substantial crackers. A little lemon, lime, and grapefruit rind flavor and bitterness sneak in. A little oak with spice too. The malt seems to be more prevalent on-tap.

The mouthfeel seems to be less creamy and more fizzy on-tap too.

This is still one I like alot, but so far I like it more from the bottle.

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,067 ratings.