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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,026 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 62
Gots: 182 | FT: 5
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 gford217
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of EinWeizenbitte.

Pours deep amber with the slightest haze to it underneath a thick white head that recedes to a soapy swirl fairly quickly.

The aroma is sweet with pale malts, hints of caramel and some earthy hops.

Initial taste is sweet caramel malts followed quickly by some toasted bread. There is an herbal hop bitterness in the finish which keeps the sweetness of the malts from dominating completely.

The mouthfeel is extremely crisp with a dry herbal finish.

This is an extremely drinkable, hopped up English pale. Not the most complex beer in the world but very tasty for the style.

Photo of climax
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one poured an amber hue with a good sized head and tons of bubbles racing up from the depths of the glass.

Bright aroma, mostly made up of lemon zest, grass, a tinny twang and alcohol. Not as robust or balanced as I would have wished.

The taste has better flavor qualities than the nose, which was welcomed. Juicy orange, and a toasty backbone was really about it though. None too heavyweight.

The body is a a bit lacking. The feel was watery and there's wasn't much else in the feel to distract from that. Carbonation is low, and only a slight dryness keeps me wanting more.

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

Light brown and clear with very little head.

Distinct nutty, toasty nose with some cocoa mixed in for good measure. Hop aroma is absent.

Lemon, nutty quality along with some light toast and cocoa; much like the nose. Light bitterness balances the grain sweetness. A very enjoyable session-able beer. Strong enough to stand on its own, and subtle enough to not detract from the tastes of other foods.

Tongue coating and medium bodied. Light carbonation amplifies drink-ability, and makes this beer and very quaff-able one.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks a little hefty, good appearance, darker than yellow, good head retention, decent lacing, no appreciable aroma.

Taste, wood and malt. English style fo' sho'. Minimal hops, especially when comparing their pale w/ ipa. Remains consistent, decently drinkable, but not my thing, a little pricey for what tastes like a stronger Sam Adams style beer. Definitely not an American or West Coast Pale ale.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a short 12oz bottle into my Corsedonk glass. Pours a caramel color with little to no head...with what head it has, it's slightly frothy. No lacing besides a couple little fizzy spots.

Aroma is very light and faint. Slight sweet and caramel...a little rye, and lemon?

Flavor is pretty good. Nothing special though. Very high carbonation, with a light crisp body. A nice malty mouthfeel with a faint caramel and dry aftertaste. A decent beer, nothing special though.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a clear amber with hints of ruby and a huge four finger creamy white head that falls very slowly and in large pockets leaving very sticky webbed lacing.

S: Fairly muted on the nose, do pick up some faint caramel malt and a hint of grain along with a faint hint of wood. For the style of English pale this is pretty spot on, just wish it were a little more pronounced.

T: The grain is very pronounced here, along with the yeast and a backdrop of wood this is a very earthy beer and yet very clean on the palate. Again a great food beer. These guys really seem to know pale ales.

M: Light, crisp and clean with a dry finish. Perfect food beer!

D: Super drinkable with the abv being only 5% and the mouthfeel being so clean.

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a dingy copper orange in color with a decent head.

Smell - The baseline American grain is mixed rather clumsily with some light English hopping with strong floral notes.

Taste - The American grain runs away with this flavor profile. I can pick up some of the hops from the nose and a light orange fruity taste, but I can't seem to find the woody notes promised on the label.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than light-bodied in the mouth but a far cry from medium. This is actually a quenching brew but the flavors aren't mated well.

Drinkability - This will be good on a hot SFV 100+ degree day. It's definitely a lawn mower beer, for those in SoCal unfortunate enough to have a lawn to mow.

Photo of koopa
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in the winter of 08' from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Pours an attractive transparent light copper with a 1 finger off white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Toasted lightly caramelized malt, english hops, a hint of chocolate which surprises me.

Taste: Same as nose but less pungent. I don't know if my bottle is a bit more malty than a fresh one would be, but the hops are still present. I'd give it a 3.7 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Thin and unsatisfying.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable but I wish I enjoyed the flavor more.

Not memorable.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/16/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a clear light red color body, small white head, diminishing. English malty aroma, dry hoppiness. Some sweetness. Some citrus, lost of dryness. English taste, pale and dry. Nice light taste, some sweetness. Some biscuitiness, light breadiness. Tasty, sessionable. Not really headache-inducing.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a nice dark copper color with a foamy white head. The head fades quickly to a tight white ring around the edges of the glass.

The smell is a light pine hop, some floral hops and a healthy amount of caramel and toffee sweetness.

The taste mirrors the smell, but the malt and sweetness is more dominant than the hops. The floral and pine hops come first, but are fleeting. The caramel and toffee take over and dominate the flavors, and the finish is a nice dry fresh cut grass hop. Pretty straight forward.

The beer is well carbonated and the flavors are well balanced. This is a light-to-medium bodied beer and the alcohol is not present in the flavor or the nose at all. This is a beer that is designed to be drinkable, and it is just that, but it's a bit boring.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark amber in color with an off white head and good lace. Smell of lightly sweet apples, malt and hop. Taste has a light sweet and sour apple flavor with light malt and hop leaving a light bitterness on the roof of the mouth. Mouthfeel is a medium thats viscous and good carbonation. Nothing complex, but still a good easy drinking brew

Photo of wedgie9
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tuckevalastin
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of washburnkid
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Photo of ocelot2500
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of microbrew52
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,026 ratings.