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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 135 | 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 garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%

On the website it noted one of it's awards was for an "ordinary bitter" category, which I'm sure lends further confusion as to what this should be. But considering it uses both english hops and yeast it may be a closer bid.
Nonetheless...here goes.
Aroma is a really nice blend of hop and malt. Slightly toasty and grassy too. Sweet and somewhat earthy. Real pleasant.
Good looking beer too. Firm and somewhat dense head capping a classic amber of orange/brown. Clear with visible bubbles rising.
Flavor continues the trend of well blended ingredients. Nothing overpowers the other flavors and it's a rounded around a present yet soft bitterness. Toasty malt, grassy hops, mild dryness, touch of fruit, little sweetness up front, tasty bitter finish.
Quite soft in feel of both liquid and carbonation. Smooth drinking. On the richer side, but not too much.
I'm impressed. This is a well rounded ale that can be used for a variety of situations including food. Well done.
Thanks John.

garymuchow, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of BrewDrinkRepeat
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

12 oz. bottle, purchased on the East Coast. (Unfortunately I have no idea how long this bottle sat on the shelf, or how long it took to get to Maryland before that.) Consumed from a Sam Adams beer glass.

Pours a medium copper color, brilliant clarity. Thin bright head that dissipates quickly, leaving a minimum amount of lacing.

Some caramel notes on the nose, also some stale wet-paper oxidized aromas. Zero hop aroma. I'm not put off by this, especially knowing that this might be an old bottle, but at the same time there is little here to entice me to drink. If I knew for certain that this was relatively fresh I would be disappointed.

Nice malty flavor, some toffee and biscuit as well. Not caramelly enough for the style, could use more crystal malt. Gentle hop bitterness, not enough for an American Amber style but not completely lacking, either. Enough to keep this from being a malty beer, but that's about it. I was expecting a bigger hop presence.

Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is nice and adds a bit of zing to make up for the missing hop bite.

A very drinkable beer, but a bit disappointing compared to what I've heard. I hope to find a known-fresh sample at some point to compare to this one.

BrewDrinkRepeat, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of eberkman
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

In a bottle at the Cheesecake Factory in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Poured a copper-amber with a thin white head that left little lacing. Smelled primarily of caramel and spice notes with some fruitiness. Taste was also a blend of toasty caramel notes with a nice hopy finish. Mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated. Very sessionable -- drinkability was definitely this beer's strongest point.

eberkman, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured a clear amber color with lots of ruby. One finger off-white head. Aroma is primarily malts with some carmel, fruits, and herbal hops. Taste is a relatively interesting blend of malts with some sweetness coming from fruits and carmel. Some oakiness and mild floral/herbal hops. Mouthfeel is on the light side which works well with the beer. Fine beer, nothing spectacular.

Duster72, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-red body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Musty grain scent, with light floral notes and some hints of caramel.

Taste: Light, thin caramel sweetness with a faint chocolate taste. Way off in the distant background is some woodiness and soft vanilla notes and something that makes me think "tin!" A very subdued floral hoppiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One was more than enough, thanks.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

I have a tough decision to make. I'm at Angel Stadium and I want a beer to go with my hot dog. What should I get? Get Budweiser Select on draft, or part an extra 50 cents for Firestone Walker? Or I could part $12 for a bomber of Corona Light. I'll have a Firestone, please. And it was granted. Time to try it out:

Dark amber in color with a creamy head, it's first impression was better that the watery light beers other fans were guzzling. It has a pleasant flavor of apricot, caramel, and some pine. A quick brush of hops ended each sip. The feel seemed a bit watery, but I'll take this beer over many of the other options available at the ballpark.

DoubleJ, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to Solomon for the BA Anny brew. Pours a dark amber in color. Smells faintly of oak. Tastes pretty good: a bit of oak & carmel but there is not much to this beer. It is drinkable and the carbonation is right. OK beer for the style but I am not a big amber fan.


SkinnyElvis, May 23, 2007
Photo of SwillBilly
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a very clear light amber with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. Very thick merague like head last for long time. Nice lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Amber fruit and caramel with a hint of earthy English Hops, possibly EKG. Faint oakiness in the aroma profile.

Taste: Very mild to start with a light malty sweetness with hints of caramel, with a semi sweet chocolate like astringency. Could be the oak. Very clean bittering hops lends for a nice mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: Definitely a nice session beer that weighs in at 5% abv. Has enough character to keep things interesting. Mild maltiness with just enought hop bitterness to balance the beer. Easy to drink. Definitely worth checking out but nothing too special. A decent every day drinker.

SwillBilly, May 20, 2007
Photo of bradybeer
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

This beer is copper-red and pours a thin head with little carbonation. There isn't much of a smell-hops nor malt. Taste is mild with no hops to speak of and with little malt. Because the hops and the malt don't overwhelm you the mouthfeel is light to medium while drinkability is exceptional. This is an excellent beer to have around the house and sip while flipping burgers on the grill.

bradybeer, May 17, 2007
Photo of alehopman
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Amber color, very fine carbonation, head about 2", compact retention. Amber. Good, balanced aroma, I get some English elements, malty and floral aspects. I wasn't enamored with the initial, Magnum hop flavor but the more traditional hop flavors kicked in. The Goldings flavor was nice. The finish was interesting, started fruity then the very nice oak element. Mouthfeel very smooth. I really like these guys going with a hybrid union system. Traditional is good. This is kind of a west coast/English hybrid. Interesting.

alehopman, May 06, 2007
Photo of techdiver
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours a clear amber with minimal head that dissipates quickly.

Nose of malt, caramel, hops and oak.

Taste is sweet with a mild hop background and oaky notes.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with minimal carbonation.

Average drinkability, the low alcohol content would contribute, if only it were more appealing.

techdiver, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a darker amber color with a lot of fizzyness clinging to the sides of the glass. Initial one finger off white colored fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. A lot of bubbles. Sweet caramel notes with slight fruity flavors. Slight floral hop notes, but the fruity sweet notes of the malt take over.

Sweet caramel notes with a hint of molasses. Prunes and figs make up the dark fruit notes and add to the sweetness. Sugar laden figs last well into the aftertaste. Residual sweetness sticks to the lips. Malts dominate the brew leaving the hops gasping for a chance to show themselves. Medium bodied ale. Sticky thick on the palate. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but not a bad brew.

bjohnson, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: Pours a copper orange brown with a translucent body and a creamy off-white head. The head fades to a frothy cap that lasts the duration of the beer. Little lacing.

Smell: It has a musty floral caramel aroma, malt and a indistinct fruitiness in the nose.

Taste: It has an odd fruity candy flavor, soft cracker like malts and a woodiness attribute. The flavors are pleasant but seem to lack a bit of depth. A few swishes around the tongue bring out more tart berry and hop flavors and residual candy sweetness. The aftertaste has hints of vanilla and jolly rancher.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tart light body with prickly berry and hops on the cheeks.

Drinkability: As excited as I was to try this beer it left me less than blown away though it is quite easy drinking. After two the aftertaste gets a bit annoying. I'm done now.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

Appearance - Dark amber color with an off-white head. Minimal retention but some lacing.

Aroma - Sweet caramel with a touch of molasses. Some mild hops present as well. There are light citrus notes present but they are hard to distinguish.

Taste - The sweet malts, are balanced nicely with the mild hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light with very little carbonation.

Drinkability - This goes down nice and smooth.

stereosforgeeks, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Medium amber body sporting a thin layer of head with adequate lacing.

Slighty sugary malt nose with an unremarkable hop scent. Average in every way.

The standard flavor with justa little grainy mash aftertaste on the finish to sully an otherwise solid if unspectacular amber ale.

Mouthfeel is A-OK with a full body tempered by a crisp level of carbonation. Totally drinkable; a well-made, if safe, American amber ale.

malcontent, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +9%

Bright but dark copper hue with a frothy finger of white head. Decent retention and appealing lacing around the glass.

Aroma is hoppier than expected for an amber. Nice bouquet of floral hops and a hint of grapefruit as well. Nicely balanced with a touch of dry roasted malts.

As with the aroma, the taste is excellently balanced. Strong hops for the style but balanced perfectly with a sweet maltiness, in particular brown sugar and caramel.

Very carbonated and crisp mouthfeel. Expertly balanced so it sits smoothly. If you're looking for a taste of hops but not quite ready for a PA, this is the perfect beer. Solid 4 all around, I'd definitely recommend this one.

Phocion, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep reddish amber colored body and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is quite light, in fact at first it seems indistinct except for a soft berry-like fruitiness and a touch of grassy hop notes. Upon closer inspection the aroma opens up with a touch more fruitiness; notes of berries as well as sweet plums, golden raisins, and even a light aromatic apple note. In addition a soft citrus-like hop character, becomes more prominent after I first recognizable it. A very nicely balanced aroma, that is perhaps a touch too light even for a nice session brew.

Up front the taste is sharp with hop notes and dry malt character. It moves to a soft fruitiness that lingers on in the finish. The fruitiness is lead by that berry note, perhaps even a touch of strawberry. This beer has a fairly light body, though it does have some heft to it, especially towards the finish where a touch of malt sweetness and the fruit notes are found. The note that lingers the longest after swallowing a sip is that of biscuits or soda crackers. In fact this note helps to dry things out and prepare you for another sip. This beer is nicely hoppy with notes that are at times herbal, a touch citrus-like (leaning towards sweet citrus fruit notes), definitely with a nice bitterness, and maybe, just maybe with a touch of grass-like character. A touch of tannic astringency might be what is left of the barrel character, but this is soft and barely perceptible. I can't help thinking that this is at the right level though.

This beer is very soft overall, it is really quite tasty and well balanced, but I do wish there was more to it. I have a feeling that this would be a killer beer if served in an unfiltered straight from the hand pump form. I will have to seek out such a beast at some point as I am intrigued at what heights this beer might be able to achieve.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz bottle.

Poured a crystal clear, lively amber color. Showed a medium sized ivory head.

Aroma was citrus and grass. Next up were caramel and wheat bread.

Taste was initially citrus. Then a biscuity flavor with just a bit of caramel. Very well balanced with a tilt towards hoppy. Very small hint of sweet fruit. Grassy at finish.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing, didn't seem at all drying. Just a bit grainy, texture-wise.

A very good everyday/session beer. Rich and full flavored. A little short on hops, but everything seems that way to me now. I will be having more of this, and at 5 ABV that is easy to do.

, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

12oz bottle courtesy of the gracious hands of autumnaldave. Pours into my glass a brilliant amber color with hints of red and a small half inch of tight bubbly head. Aromas begin with nicely toasted, bready/biscuity malts with a touch of nutty caramel. Herbal hops lurk underneath with a touch of spiciness. Fairly nice, clean aroma.

First sip brings a smooth toasty, bready caramelized maltiness that has a touch of a nutty quality to it as well. Flows down with a mix of herbal hop notes that impart a nice spiciness midway through each sip. Mellow bitterness at the finish. A tasty amber ale if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy with a nice burst of tight carbonation that races down with each sip. I really do enjoy the mouthfeel on this brew and it lends itself to easy drinking. Overall, a tasty solid amber ale that has a nice spicy kick to it. Quite drinkable and enjoyable at that. My first Firestone brew makes me want to check out more of their stuff.

orbitalr0x, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of BradBLR
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

This beer was poured a fairly dark brown with a slight hint of red. The head was just slightly off white and very thin. There was a good amount of lacing considering that the head was so thin. The smell was a toasted malt aroma with a slight hint of hops. There was a slight wood smell, but very very faint.

The taste was a sharp malt flavor with a hint of toasted malt essence. There was a nice hop bitterness at the end, but nothing too strong. The mouthfeel was ok, but the CO2 was too strong. The beer's thickness was fine.

A really nice beer to have on tap at a restaurant that does not have craft beers. A good standard in any book.

BradBLR, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

A- Thin whitish head on a clear orange/amber body.
S- Light caramel malts. Hint of wood to it and maybe a bit smokey also. Very light hops in it also.
T- Pretty much follows the smell. Not so much wood in it but is kind of smokey. Light bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Kind of lighter flavors. Bit of a dry aftertaste.
M- Thin body with medium to high carbonation.
D- It is alright. Easy to drink. Nothing amazing. Just a good session beer.

BlindPig, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

Appearance- crystal clear amber/reddish color. Head is an almost white, 3-finger foamy,very loose head with little staying power. Decent lacing.

Aroma-A sweet, malty aroma with hints of molassas. Maybe a hint of raisins? No hop aroma at all. I'm picking up something rather disagreeble to. Smells kind of grainy and slightly astringint.

Taste-Nice malt profile, with hints of toffee and caramel. A nice woody background. Good balance of bittering and floral hops (for the style), but not enough of either.

Mouthfeel-Kind of light bodied for an American red. Good carbonation, with a nice CO2 bite on the lips and tip of toungue.

Drinkability-Overall, it's not bad. I don't care for the thinnness, graininess and lack of hop character, but I wouldn't steer people away from this beer either.

theopholis, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of gonzo138
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

A- pours a nice deep amber color with a thin white head that retains a little less well than was expected but did lace ok.

S- somewhat light, a sweet toasty malty smell with a very light hop aroma

T- nice clean malty sweetness at first then a nice citrusy hoppy bitterness that was mch more pronounced in taste as opposed to the smell

M- clean, crisp, nice carboantion, medium/light body

D- a nice and drinkable brew, goes down esily, low abv, smooth body, not too highly priced either as I recall, pretty good beer

gonzo138, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +18%

Pretty clear golden amber with a small head that unfortunately melts away to nothing.
Aromas of sweet toasted amber malts.
Flavor is sweet toasted amber malts balanced very well with citrus hops....finally giving way to the citrus malts to leave a clean and drying taste in the mouth.
Aftertaste is sweet and drying...
Makes a nice thirst quencher.
It's May, 2007 and I have to re-evaluate my review of this beer.
There is a tremendous amount of depth and flavor in it along with the barrel smokiness they are famous for that elluded me when I originally tried it. I'm finding it an excellent summer brew that is very sessionable and feel fortunate I have a store that sells all Firestone 6'r's at $5.99. This and their pale ale will probably be my go to beers this summer.

IntriqKen, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.23/5  rDev -12%

12oz. borrle

Pours a clear copper color with a ruby hue. Has a small eggshell head that fades. No real lacing to mention.

Mild herbal hop aroma over a light malt scent. A slight oak smell is also present as it warms.

Light caramel malt taste upfront followed by a light herbal hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes rather clean and dry with just a hint of malt.

Light body, plenty of carbonation.

Quite drinkable, but overall a rather plain jane amber. I had hoped to taste some oak flavor, which never really came through even as it approached room temperature.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 19, 2006
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.