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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,959 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 1,959
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 60
Gots: 152 | FT: 2
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 number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin.

Pours an orange amber color with a bit more than a finger of ivory head. Keeps a thin lace and leaves a good amount of stick on the sides.

Smell has a good amount of caramel malt, some toasted malt aromas and earthy, sort of musty hops.

Taste also has a solid caramel malt base with some toasted malt and earthy hop flavor. A bit of vanilla flavor comes through the finish too. Not terribly flavorful, a bit on the bland side but very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth, adequately carbonated. This is a pretty decent beer but nothing special really.

number1bum, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Copper color, with a bright white head that clings to the glass. Aromas of toasted malt and some citrusy hops. Flavor is grounded by the sweet malt as a candied citrus hoppiness lingers atop it. Medium bodied, well-carbonated, easy to quaff.

illidurit, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of gpogo
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden color with white head. Left a nice lacing on the glass.

S- Slightly yeasty. Toasted Malt smell

T- At first it tasted like a standard american amber, but it seems to have a west coast twist. It's hoppier than any american amber that I've had, though that's not to say it's too hoppy for the style.

M- Medium to Medium light body. Low carbonation.

D- It's better than I expected. Perhaps a decent session beer at 5% abv. In fact I'd consider another bottle.

gpogo, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this along with a good amount of the rest of the FW lineup in a Secret Bunny BIF...and I jumped right into these as soon as I could. This one poured a very nice orange tinted amber with a nice overall reddish hue to it that came off very good. A nice fluffy three finger head of lace then rose up above it before settling down to nothing in the end, with just a clear top and no side glass lace. Initially a bit of carbonation streaming up, however this died down rather quickly to be honest.

The aroma was full of grainy malt characters. Not as sweet as I have seen in others, but it had a nice citric hop presence as well. Some nice grassy tones as well. The flavor followed perfectly, really making this quite the hoppy little red ale. The first notes of grains coming through very clearly, but then melding seemlesly with a strong citrus and pine like hoppy punch. Some light notes of caramel coming through now and blendning it all together. The finsih is strong, nice and drawn out with a good amount of hoppiness and bitter flavors riddled throughout. Nice light bodied ale that stayed very well carbonated and had an excellent dry finish to it.

Overall this was a very quality session ale. It took the amber ale theme and hopped it up a little but overall stayed pretty true to its form. Could have had at least three of these without issue. Defitlnly a must try here.

mikesgroove, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clearish, orange amber color. White head, large bubbles, couple fingers. Lacing is full but doesn't last.

Notes of vanilla, caramel, diacetyl and ethanol, and a slightly sweet grain in the nose. May be power of suggestion but I detect some oakiness as well.

The flavor doesn't seem quite as complex. High carbonation sort of steals the flavor off the tongue and leaves a sparkly stickiness. Bland caramel malt flavor, a hint of hops that don't stand out or add much overall. I suppose it seems a bit like an APA in some respects, but to me it's very characteristic of an amber ale, and not an outrageously good one.

The mouthfeel is thinnish, aided by the carbonation. The malts seem a bit thin, and the hop bill just takes away an chewiness they had. Not bad for style but in my opinion hurts the beer overall and brings it into the range of "every other" amber ale rather than a style-standout.

BretSikkink, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22-oz bomber poured into pint glasses.

A = Clear amber, three finger off white head that dissipated quickly but left medium heavy lacing on glass, light carbonation.

S = Light hops, a slight metallic smell.

T = Some bitterness in the first taste and in the finish, middle has sweeter malted grain tastes of light caramel and maple syrup. Overall good flavors but a little too watered down.

M = Thin bodied, only average mouthcoating, very light carbonation.

D = This was not a bad beer by any stretch, but although I liked the appearance quite a bit, it was just a bit too watery and non-descript.

Traquairlover, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of ojclark
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initial malty, mildly hoppy aroma that diminished very quickly. Clear deep amber color with a frothy tan head that lasted for several minutes and left medium lacing. Flavor was well balanced slightly in favor of bitterness and a mellow spicy "British" hop flavor and slight roasty notes. Slight diacetyl was a nice addition to the flavor. Aftertaste was a good mix of malt, bitterness and hop flavor. Lively carbonation and medium/light body with a fairly dry finish.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a good beer, not great, not like there other beers.

A california version of an amber/red. The best thing about this beer is the look. Looks like a deeply hopped and malted beer.

Tastes warm, lots of malts, not much hops, kinda macro tasting.

I guess its hard to do an amber right, cause this tastes like malted water.

Murchmac, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD.

A- Clear reddish amber body. Poured with little to no head. Minimal carbonation.

S- Sweet taosted malts, toffee and vanilla. Slightly yeasty and hoppy.

T- Malty and bready beginning. A bit of oak. Very light hops in the finish.

M- Medium bodied. Lightly carbonated.

D- An extremely drinkable beer. Nicely balanced. No single overpowering taste. Light enough in body and alcohol to drink several of these in a sitting.

Jerzdevil1116, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Chart House in Monterrey, CA. My first Firestone beer. Tasted closer to a brown ale to me than a Nugget Nectar, Red Rocket, Big Hoppy, etc (not to say they taste all that similar to each other)
A: A clear dark amber color with a very thin white head that leaves a tremendous amount of thick lacing.
S: Malt, caramel, not overly strong and some hops but not much presence from the oak here.
T: Clean and refreshing, but as I said above, taste reminded me more of an english brown (slightly thicker) than other ambers. Up front taste of roast malt, slight caramel, a little nutty and breadiness. Finishes with a slight hop taste. Nothing remarkable from the oak present in this. Very easy drinking pleasant beer, but nothing too exciting
M: Medium body, smooth and creamy with high carbonation, clean aftertaste
D: As it warmed up, this became slightly dry with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste like I felt about Duck Rabbit's Brown. Before that I was enjoying this much more. Glad I tried it, but would probably pass on it in the future.

yourefragile, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark and slightly hazy amber. The head starts off strong but dissipates too quickly.

Smell - Hints of caramel, toast and floral hops. Clean but quite mild; very difficult to pick out any specific aromas.

Taste and mouthfeel - Very bready and caramelly; sort of a bread pudding-like flavor. Notes of roasted nuts and toast. The mild floral hops provide just a touch of dry bitterness in the finish. Full mouthfeel with semi-crisp carbonation.

Notes - Decent stuff. The FW pale ale is much better.

largadeer, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. 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. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that is complex in nature. It goes down with ease and finishes with a slight oakey aftertaste. 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.

WesWes, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear copper to brown color with a huge head and lots of lacing.

S - Metals - zinc, tin and nickel, a pungent grass (allergy invoking?) some earthy/mossy notes as well, but heavily suppressed.

T - Mild, and far more pleasant than the aroma let on. A mild woodsy and grassy hop with an excellently posed nutty grain flavor meshed with a hint of caramel. The aftertaste is a mild bitterness overshadowed by lingering nuttiness.

M - Smooth, thin, pretty refreshing, although after a few seconds it makes my mouth feel dry.

D - Pretty good. It smells awful, but otherwise nice. I'd definitely have on tap if I find it (and the bar doesn't have a bajillion better things.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice amber color with hints of orange and copper. Head is frothy with huge amounts of bubbles clinging to the side in an odd and nice way.

Smell: I was hoping for some oak here, but still, it's a pleasant aroma of mellow malts and hops, with slight raisins, slight breadiness, vanilla, figs and some light fruit aromas.

Taste: The taste is a bit perplexing, going from mellow, to huge yet a bit unbalanced floral hops, finishing with a bit of fruit and another blast of hops. The finish, though, is long and quite interesting. Not sure what throws off the balance, as the potential is there, but in actuality there's something missing.

Mouthfeel: A bit too little carbonation, not that it makes it syrupy or cloying or anything, but it feels watery, then there's a burst of carbonation, and then it goes away. Quite odd, but luckily it doesn't detract too much from the enjoyment.

Drinkability: Again, I get no oak flavors at all from this brew, which I was excited about most. I wonder if the wood's making it more mellow, and if so, what the beer would be like without it. A pretty cheap bomber at around $4 overall, and I did enjoy this, but I'm anxious to see what else this brewery has to offer, as this is my first Firestone Walker brew.

asabreed, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LittleBreeze for this extra.

Pours a dark brown with red tints, see through. Head is ok, but goes quick leaving big bubbly ring around the glass with some lace. The nose is of malt and suprisingly more hops than I expected. Tastes like west coast and european or english hops with a huge malt backbone. This tastes like an amber/english pale hybrid to me. Kind of strange. Creaminess of malts, but clearly some range of hops in here as well. A little spicy, pepper kick on the finish, hop bitterness is there but is not too terribly strong on the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high, but the malt driven taste with the hops still strong makes this one not incredibly drinkable IMO. Good beer, but Ive defenitely had better.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Jedimaster1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: A nice golden-amber color. You can definitely see the oak coloring. Slight carbonation with a head that disappears quickly.

S: Smell of oak and hops can be slightly detected.

T: It tastes of a pale ale, but with a more oaky, malty flavor. It is slightly sweet with hops to balance it out. Oak can be detected in the aftertaste, though not overwhelming at all.

M: Carbonation and smooth ale.

D: This can easily be a good session beer. I drank the bomber in no time. Easy drinker and a good beer selection for a nice night of enjoying a beer.

Overall I was impressed by this brew. After reading the mix reviews here, I wasn't expecting much. But after spending time with it, I enjoyed its rather unique taste. As a result, I look forward to trying other Firestone brews. This beer is definitely worth a try/

Jedimaster1, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of travolta
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A very nice clear amber. Head has barley any retention, but some good spotted remains. Lacing forms in rings and is only decent as well. I gave it a higher score on appearance only because of the color.

Nose:
Interesting oak and wood chips. A slight bite of spicyness and fruit enter at the end.

Taste:
Light and smooth mouthfeel on the palate at first, then the carbonation opens up a bit. A tiny bit of syrup lingers pleasantly behind.

Notes: Drinkablility was rated higher than I feel the beer actually deserves, but only on account that this beer is a great beer to introduce people to quality beer. Hopefully this will do for some what Sam Adams did for me, open the door.

travolta, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of srroos
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear red-amber with a short lived one finger head.

S: Malty and biscuity with some oak.

T: Nice and malty. Not as oaky as I would have hoped. Only slightly bitter with no noticeable hoppiness. I understand where the folks that relate this to Fat Tire come from, but it is certainly not the same.

MF: Good medium body. Not lots of carbonation, but not flat either.

D: Very drinkable and easy to enjoy. Good beer, commonly available, and inexpensive.

srroos, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: More brown than red amber, clear a smooth looking. Small bit of head, just about a finger, but quickly fades leaving some film.

S: Not much in the way of smell. Some roasted malt and maybe a touch of oak comes out. Hard to say what this will taste like.

T: Nice rich roasted malt and plenty of oak. I can taste a bit of Belgian strong dark ale in this, probably because of the aging. The flavor is pretty mild overall. Almost no hops that I can detect.

MF: Thin and smooth. Bit of a sweet aftertaste, not really sure where that's coming from.

D: I've had this on tap a few times, and always feel pretty much the same about it. It's really easy to drink and the flavor is a bit unique because of the barrel aging, but there's so many other good sessionable beers out there that I would probalby only resort to this if there was nothing better on tap. A solid brew, but nothing to jump out of your boots for.

rxdrewthejew, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a well put together ale with the perfect ruby tinged dark brown colour topped with a creamy white head. Nose is hoppy and almost brewery like. I like the complex hop notes in the finish coupled with a slight oakiness. At 5% this is a great drinking beer that is nuanced more than most of the style.

canucklehead, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2007 secret santa – cartdan!! Thanks mucho!

Very nice start to this one – clear cola brown with some whipped topping of egg ivory. Sticky lace rings around the tulip glass.

Spicy notes in the aroma, and the quaff was a gentle pull of a caramel brown ale – not to rich, not to wimpy. Finishes with a woody and bready note.

Tasty and drinkable, this is a easy session brew.

Vancer, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained through liqourama on-line

Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Slight sweet malt, bready notes & that's it

T: Caramel & a bit of dryness up front. As this warms, hops take over; lemons, oranges & a bit of herbal hops as well. Finishes piney with toasted malt, & a bit more caramel sweetness, plus a kiss of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, a solid, not great session ale

russpowell, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served probably a bit too warm... Pours slightly hazy dark orange color, far from red or amber. Plenty of off white head with great tracing forms. Aromas start off quite fruity with esters blending nicely with sprucy hops. Malt notes are the first item to qualify this as an amber as the toasty, caramel like aromas carry through. On the palate it is a rich malty brew with lots of character, very balanced. The finish is slightly drying and medium thin. Overall it is an enjoyable amber, but nothing noteworthy. I'm glad to try since it seems to have a loyal following, but like Fat Tire, sometimes it just doesn't deserve all the praise.

dreadnatty08, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thouroughly enjoyed after loosing a lot of money at Pour 24, New York New York Casino, Las Vegas. The beer seems to be a standard ESB, but with some American hops. The caramel flavors stand out along with slight buttery hints, and a big malt profile. The hops give some bitterness, spiciness, and citrus qualities, but also offer perfumy, pungent, pine character as well. The body seems a bit light for anything called 'double barrel'. I should not have expected a big beer. But the beer is nicely textured if you want a standard amber or ESB. All in all, a nice beer.

BEERchitect, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of hero27
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
5% abv

Clear amber, off-white head frosts the glass pretty well.
Floral hop aroma with some toffee, fruit, and soft touches of oak.
Sweet caramel & toffee malts lead into a light peppery hop finish.
Certainly an easy amber to drink, nothing that jumps out at you, but a solid beer from Firestone.

hero27, Nov 23, 2007
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,959 ratings.