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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 69
Gots: 217 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear light orange amber. Good looking whitish head with excellent retention and some pretty nice lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Lightly fruity hoppiness and and little bit flowery. Slightly malty sweet. Smells good, not fantastic.

Taste: Very lightly fruity hops with mild bitterness. Grainy malt flavors with sweetness in the finish. This is a solid, understated beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth, almost creamy feeling beer. Nice.

Drinkability: Damn good. Could drink a bunch. Not an overly complex or mind blowing beer, but solid and good.

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

Pours a really nice copper color with a pure white head, about a half inch Really rather pretty. Not a lot of scent. What there is is malt, with just a hint of a bitter aftertaste. Maybe a tinge of bread in the flavor. It gets more flavorful as it warms up a bit. I'd let it sit out of the fridge for a few minutes myself if I were you. Enjoyable. Nothing exceptionally special, but a nice beer.

Photo of jwinship83
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle brought back from a trip to san diego. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness

A- this one pours out a clear light copper colored body under a finger of off white colored head. the head lasts for a while and leaves small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- this one doesnt smell very potent. caramel and biscuit like malts up first and then theres a very faint vanilla/oak. slight hoppy finish.

T- im hit right away by bready and biscuity malts. the oak i could smell comes through ever so slightly with a bit of vanilla. herbal and floral hops at the end.

M- light to medium bodied and well carbonated. on the dry side.

D- easy enough to finish, but not the most exciting thing in the world.

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

Had on tap. Served very cold in a chilled mug so it took a awhile before I was really able to taste it. A nice beer but not a lot of intensity or complexity. Flavors blend well together but I was wanting a bit more. The carbonation is was high for my tastes. Wouldn't mind tasting again a some point but wont seek it out.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I probably shouldn't have had this after a Dogfish 90 minute. Pretty typical for an English Pale Ale but it's not my favorite style. Good golden color with very good carbonation. I liked it and would probably like it better on draft. Definitely worth trying if you haven't before.

Photo of kaseydad
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with a caramel colored ale with a beige small foamy head. Malty, bready aroma with some faints hints of citrus fruits. A rather bitter taste with some mild grapefruit coming through after the swallow. Malt backbone smoothes it out to keep it from being overly hoppy. Carbonated feeling stays in the mouth well after the sip is complete. Full bodied mouthfeel, which is nice. At only 5% this is a good session beer for someone trying the PA style. Not overly bitter or malty...right in the middle. Unfortunately there was no "wow" factor for me. I like the Firestone beers but this one just didn't have anything special to set it apart from most other Pale Ale's. Still, a well done Pale Ale from a great brewery.

Photo of colts9016
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A thin ivory half finger head that is foamy and creamy. color is a medium to warm copper color. There are reddish orange hues. the clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is some effervesce from the bottom of the glass.

Nose: A warm malty toasty biscuit with a yeasty aroma. Other scents are oak,floral bouquet, fruity esters, pine, phenols, melanoids, and solvent.

Taste: A woody toasty malty rich biscuit flavor. Other flavors are floral, grapefruit, pine, phenols, some solvent, and some oak.

Overall: the mouth feel is carbonated astringent and dry. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium to medium full. This has got a rich woody flavor that's a little out of balance.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firestone DBA into Konigsbacher Pils glass

Perfectly clear gold with straw highlights. The head is two fingers and leaves nice clumps of lace.

Oak, cinnamon, pale malt, evergreen, earth.

Palette is oak barrel presence, pale malt, evergreen needle hop bite, caramel nuttiness, cinnamon sticks.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a medium carbonation.

A very easy drinking beer, one that makes a super session and shows that a beer doesn't have to be a sour or big stout to show improvement from hanging out in oak for a bit.

Photo of 2ndloveofmylife
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I was in Pismo beach and wanted a beer to go with my BBQ. They had a local brewery's beer on tap, so I gave it a try. Wow, what a great choice I made that day. It yummy from the start and only got better as I drank it.

It's a perfect beer to compliment your BBQ meat. Strong enough not to be over powered, but not to strong to over power your food.

It's a nice amber color, not to much smell, taste is crisp with a sweet maltiness with just a little bitterness at then end. Not much going on in the mouth but definitely very drinkable.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Amber in color, hints of red. Hard pour yields a half finger white head. Quickly reside to a wispy bits of foam on tap and a bubbly ring around the glass. Spotty lacing.

Smell doesn't have much going on. Basically a whiff of hops and vanilla. Not super pungent.

Some light sweet caramel malts. Subtle vanilla and oak. A slight bitter resinous hop presence at the end.

Small, slightly biting bubbles. Fairly well carbonated. Light bodied.

An easy drinker.

Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
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 +7.4%
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 -17.2%
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
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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%
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 +0.5%
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
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +0.5%
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
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
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
2.71/5  rDev -26%
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 -1.6%
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 -17.2%
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
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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