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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
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2,089 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,089
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 68
Gots: 210 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Photo of noknife83
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer was just kind of bland for me... nothing really stood out, it didn't smell that great, the taste didn't pop out at me. There was too much malt for my palate. I wouldn't say it was a bad beer, but it was nothing special. I'm sure on tap it tastes a lot better, but out of the bottle it didn't really do much for me. This is a beer I'll skip buying next time.

Photo of bamadog
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a standard orange/coppery color; starts with a one finger head that fades quickly to a thick, yet uneven skim; body is mostly clear and shows soft carbonation; washes of spotty lacing cling to the sides.

Smell: Sweet malts, slight citrusy hop presence; not especially strong overall.

Taste: Better than I thought it would be based up the weaker smell; nice and caramel-like sweet malts with a mild support from the citric hop presence; slight woodiness and even a hint of vanilla; slight grainy straw-like flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty refreshing overall; body is of decent thickness and offers a bit of a chewy aspect and there is a slight stickiness, but overall the finish is largely clean; carbonation is soft yet present enough to let you know it's not flat.

Drinkability: Quite high. Nice robust flavors and a nice blend of them as well; very moderate ABV makes this a potential session beer.

Photo of nickd717
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100% oak fermented version of this beer served on cask during the Firestone-Walker dinner at Monk's Kettle in SF.

Pours a murky amber color with a minimal white head. Low carbonation evident. Guess that's how these cask ales are sometimes.

Aroma is lots of vanilla and oak as well as fruity notes and floral hops.

Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, floral hops, vanilla, oak, and some herbal notes.

Palate is silky smooth with medium-light body and low, soft carbonation - but not flat.

Very drinkable. The oak-fermented cask version of this beer is pretty solid.

Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a orange golden color that produced a nice, fluffy tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a blend of caramel malts and light, spicy hops

T - The taste of this beer had a sweet, toasted malty beginning and finished with spicy hops, not Sierra Nevada Celebration caliber, but more along the English Pale Ales

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - Double Barrel Ale was a well crafted, very delicious beer, I do not know why this beer does not rate higher, maybe because it is an English Pale Ale, and not an American one, but this was very good

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Double Barrel Ale (DBA) poured from a 22 oz bomber. Ruby/Amber in color with a minimal head and lacing. Fine clarity.

Aroma is of floral and citrus hops. Sweet maltiness is also apparant.

Biscuity malt in the forefront with a nice hoppyness. Spicy hops are there adding a zing to the palate. Caramel and roasted malt flavors. Faint piney, grapefruity hops chime in at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering spice note from the hops.

Well balanced and fairly complex. I would definately enjoy this again if it was sold in this area.

Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine and More for $7.69 in early August.

Beer poured amber with a nice two finger head. Nose is malty sweet with a slight hop flower in the background. Taste is slightly sweet up front, balanced by a decent amount of hopping. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated. Drinkability is quite nice. This is a wonderful session beer that I plan on enjoying again!

Photo of srandycarter
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear caramel. Not much head. Not much lace.

S - Not much of anything really. Slight malt and maybe some hops.

T - Medium middle malt core, slight hops shoring it up. Tasty.

M - Light bodied, good carb, decent coating.

D - Very easy to drink.

Photo of callmescraps
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always an easy drinker.

Appearance - Light amber in color. Two inches of soapy white head that laces somewhat.

Smell - Nice maltiness. Sweet and earthy with only a little of that burnt caramel smell.

Taste - Malty up front. Almost too sweet, especially on that caramel, but then followed by a nice bitterness to balance things out. Sweetness lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice and smooth. A little creamy.

Drinkability - Pretty solid. This is a nice beverage, but the sweetness makes it something I'll have two of, but maybe not three.

I'm always happy to have this one around. Reminds me of a Sam Adams Boston Lager, in that it's always solid, and would keep it around generally.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown-orange with a nice white head and some good lacing.

S: Some malt with bits of caramel and toffee, followed by a slight hoppy aroma. The hops are mostly floral with a bit of citrus.

T: Some earthy malt to go with some sweetness, and some hops in the background. No one flavor dominates, but it melds together fairly well.

M: Well carbonated and light-to-medium bodied.

D: Quite drinkable, and a nice summer session beer.

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

pours amber and copper with little to no head. very light retention.

a mixture of caramel, pineapple, and sweet malts.

a light floral presence wthat mixes well with a light malty biscuit flavor. the floral hops last through out with a light lingering bitter aftertaste.

medium carbonation that has some bite to it. body is on the thin side and the carbonation helps to fill it out a bit.

got this as an extra and ive been wanting to try it for some time so HUGE thanks to dgb3 for this.

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug

Pours a nice amber color with impressive light tan head and a little lacing. Smell is sweet and musty and mellow.

Taste is similarly mellow and sweet -- maybe a little vanilla, maybe a tiny bit of citric sour.

Mouthfeel is light, almost flat. Very drinkable. Hits the spot tonight.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had thisd in SLC at the bayou and I have never heard of it. As I was drinking t I was thinking a hoppy red ale. Suprised to see it was an English Pale.

appearance: nice beutiful red-amberish color

smell: strong hop aroma and citrus notes

taste: liek a solid IPA, but good pine/grapefruit flavor, very solid IPA along with all of their others. decent carmael sweetness.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, more balanced than torpedo and copeletey different flavor

drinkability: overall a decent PA, and I would recommend.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber color with a small white head. Nose was sweet with caramel, toffee. Taste was nice, sweet, malty but it went down like water. Very good taste. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and just right with a wine like texture. A really solid brew.

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

Had this on tap at Harry's Plaza Cafe in a 12oz pour. I've seen this beer around a lot, and having it be the best thing on tap there, decided to finally give it a shot.

Appearance: Very pretty dark brown-orange hue with little white crown of head and good lacing. Seems to look carbonated appropriately.

Smell: Some malty goodness, with some sweet toffee notes and some pale malt, all accentuated by a slight spicy hoppiness. Nothing too grand, but has some aroma for a pale ale.

Taste:A little roasted pale malts come in first with some very light and pleasant sweetness, and some nice bodied and balanced pale malt and spiced hop body. A lot of a flavor for a pale ale. Straight-forward and easy to drink, with a flavor profile that is very similar throughout the drink and tastes just as good the first sip as the last.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin for how good it tastes, and just a tad too tightly carbonated, but still leaves a nice aftertaste.

Drinkability: I was surprised how drinkable this was, I could've had quite a bit more and not flinched at the idea. Glass had to be paced, as I would've drank it much faster had I not made a conscious effor not to simply plow through it. Went excellently with my burnt ends Tri-Tip sandwich, which is also highly recommended if you're in the area. If you're looking for a nice session ale that goes great with some steak or a burger, and can be picked up by the case, DBA is a great little choice.

Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium to dark amber color with a distinctive orange hue... A half finger of of dark tan head rapidly recedes leaving a splotchy uneven lacing... A little bit of quick paced carbonation throughout...

S - Rich malty base dominated by a terrific mix of caramel and toffee... Ripened sweet fruit... Some very minor hints of cedar... No real hop presence to speak of, but that's okay by me...

T - Loaded with diacytel... Caramel... Toffee... Moderate nuttiness... Cracker... A very minor hop kick on the finish...

M - Simple, but quite enjoyable... Clean... Smooth... Crisp... Refreshing... A lite carbonation bite on the tongue to start and in the back of the throat to finish...

D - A wonderful session brew... A Pale Ale with wonderful balance where the malt really shines through... I wish we loved in a world where malt was sacrificed for overloading beers with hops... If we did, this would be much more widely respected in the BA universe...

Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber with a small light beige head, and good lacing.

smells of caramel, roasted nuts, a touch of citrus, and malt in the back.

taste is creamy, caramel, a roastiness, nuts, and malt, ends a little dry and a little bitter.

a very nice english pale ale.

Photo of noeldundas
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

beautiful copper gold. like liquid pennies. light head with good lacing, english.

i get orange on the nose, with malt and brown sugar, reminds me of fruit cake, or some other pudding. oak is subtle from this large pint glass.

unexpectedly light and drinkable mouthfeel, malty with vanilla, and again, subtle oak, not what I thought. clean and crisp finish. though todd alstrom nailed the sodium bicarbonate edge that it has.

The drinkability is perfect for me. I was worried and thought it would be big and sweet and oaky. Nope. It's wonderful. Built with purpose. I would not hesitate to drink this all night... unless I had to drive.

Photo of realmpel
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing stands out for me in this Firestone offering. Very malty, a little fruity. Very little in the way of hops except at the very beginning of the sip.

Pours a clear amber with a quick dying head. The carbonation is a bit light for my taste.

Fine, but not remarkable.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared by RoyMunson.
Pours a light amber in color with a nice inch of head forming on the pour.
Smell is very light hops and a good amount of gentle spice and malt.
Flavor is more malty, just enough crispness from the hops to keep it refreshing and enjoyable. Very smooth and easy drinking. Very good session beer, but nothing memorable flavor wise. Solid beer and enjoyable.

Photo of popery
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very pleasant pale ale. This beer pours a nice golden amber color with a pretty good head. The aroma is sweetly malty with some mild floral hops. There's a dry yeast note. The malt has a pleasant caramel flavor. The flavor is similar; it's a sweet, mild pale ale. There isn't a ton of English character to it, in my opinion, but it's still a good beer. The mouthfeel seems right for the style and drinkability is good but it's not quite pulling me back for a second bottle.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled very grassy with a sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - It has a nice sweetness of caramel and a little fruitiness (citrus). There is a grassy hop kick that provides some bitter balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice english pale ale. It would make a great session ale.

Photo of spointon
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Thanks to dgb3 for trading this one to me!

A= This ale poured a very clear copper orange color with an initial 1/2" white head that dropped to a thin but solid skim and left decent lacing behind on my glass.

S= When first poured I found some pretty interesting aromas of malt sweetness, earthy and spicy hops, and some faint oaky vanilla. Unfortunately after the initial head dissipated, so did 90% of the aroma...

T= An ecclectic but excellent mix of flavors here. The caramel and toasted malts lead into the noble English hops (which tasted both herbal and leafy). Some floral esters in there too. This seemed very traditional but then the oak kicked in and brought a wonderful dryness filled with nuances of vanilla, leather, and well...wood. Finished fairly dry with the hops making themselves known.

MF= Fully a medium body with a decent carbonation that in a thinner beer would seem too spritzy. Nice tongue coating action without feeling heavy.

D= I really liked this one and could easily session a few. Recommended!

Photo of Sean9689
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into imperial nonic.

A - Pours a mirky brown with a very thin off-white head.

S - Malty, very light hops, honey, semi-sweetness.

T - Light honey/sweetness, malty, no real citrus of hops.

M - Light bodied, very smooth, good carbonation.

D - Super easy to drink.

Photo of berkey
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip-pint hybrid.

Body is a very clean and clear light amber-brown. Forms an above average head with fairly good retention and great lacing.

Aroma is fairly fruity, the first thing that comes to mind is over ripe yellow apples. Yeast makes an appearance here as well along with some leafy hops.

Flavors also brings on more fruit. Yellow apples are joined by some mild pear flavors and even deeper there are very faint hints of apricot. Something akin to an herbal tea comes through along with some bitter hops in the background.

Nothing special about the mouthfeel, a little watery but not so much that it's distracting. Medium carbonation typical on an EPA keeps it clean and helps it go down pretty smoothly. Drinkabilty is very high. Great by the six pack or on tap.

Photo of PintOHops
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sampling goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a mostly clear amber with a somewhat flimsy head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Lite carbonation can be seen, and it leaves very broken, spotted lacing. Smells of a semi rich & sweet caramel, chocolate, honey, molasses, biscuit aroma. Big malt profile with traces of earthy hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Taste of chocolate, caramel, wafer, and biscuits, it finishes sweet, with hints of nuttiness and mild earthy hop flavors that's very balancing. Very delicious! Mouthfeel is smooth with lite creaminess, it's lite-medium bodied with soft crispness.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I really enjoyed this brew, I wouldn't mind drinking this beer all night long, which is to say that it's highly drinkable. It's sweet like Fat Tire, with a bit more hops that round it out well. I pretty much liked everything about this beer, from the semi rich chocolaty flavor profile, to the outstanding drinkability! This is a beer that I could, and will enjoy frequently. Cheers!

UPDATE 2010 - A quaffable brew with mild leafy hop flavors & a mild malt base. Decent.

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,089 ratings.