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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,060 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 64
Gots: 191 | FT: 4
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 Gyle41386
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks, jyounger30!

Pours a dark amber with reddish highlights. Not too big of a head, but it retains really well. Minutes after pouring, there's still rich foam. Pretty good lacing.

Fairly sweet, almost lightly fruity aroma. I'm smelling a lot of caramel. Herbal English hops.

Caramel is the first flavor I'm noticing. Bready, biscuity malt. Again, the hops are more herbal than citric or piney. Great balance. Maybe a little on the sweet side. I like the flavors I'm tasting, but they don't have much staying power. It could quite possibly be too balanced, and everything is just blending in together. I do enjoy the fairly long, bitter finish.

Body feels like it's on the lighter side of medium. Possibly a little on the thin side. Fairly easy drinker. Would be a very good session beer.

Photo of JamesP123
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A. Pours a lght copper/reddish amber color -very transparenty for the coloration. Small off white head that sissipates quickly leaving a bubbly film on top of the beer.

S. First smell is sweet and malty, followed by a little spicy/sour tang.

T. Tastes a little musty, have had the same experience with certain scotch's. Taste is not very comlex -some caramel malts mixed with asome toasted malts and an ever so slight hoppy finish.

M. Nothing to write home about - mild carbination. Medium light bodied.

D. Decent beer - very sessionable. Not something I'll be picking up in the near futute but far from a drainpour.

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. Freshness date unknown, as the 12-pack didn't have any date stamped in the Freshness box.

A: Poured a copper color with a small off-white head that quickly recedes into some light filming on the brew, and at most a few bubbles of lacing down the glass.

S: Peat and caramel are the strongest aromas. There's some earthiness in there as well.

T: Pretty mild and inoffensive. Mostly caramel sweatness, with a slight peat and smoke undercurrent. The finish is an earthy hop bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Carbonation is low and doesn't give it much crispness.

D: At first I wasn't too impressed, but then I attended a BBQ and brought this along. In comparing this against a couple of ambers (I know this isn't an amber, but it shares some similar flavors), the quality of this one was apparent. I'd go with this over some standard BBQ beers anyday.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this at a local bar, nothing special at all.

The appearance was a lighter orange color that came with a small half finger head. No lacing after a few drinks, pretty boring.

It did not smell like anything specific, had a warm alcohol smell, also strong malts.

The taste was bland, nothing stood out. I had a taste of medium malts, a little hop taste also. The mouthfeel was okay, nothing great either.

This beer was something that I have never tried before, and will never try again.
J

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No complaints with this beer. Pours medium amber with good clarity, good white head that fades to a thin lace, and leaves Belgian lace on the way down. Nose is somewhat citrusy hoppy, but also sweet malty & caramel. More of that caramel malt on the palate, with a somewhat clean taste, and finishes somewhat sweet.

Photo of SykDoc
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a hotel glass. It appears a pleasant copper color with a 1/4 inch dirty white head that quickly reduces to lacing on the edge with some clouds. No sediment/carbonation is noticed.

The aroma is high in the earthy/peat smelling hops with some caramel malt backbone.

It is light in flavor. Some caramel malt sweetness with a primarily hoppy bitterness.

There is good carbonation and this is a light bodied beer. It is crisp but smooth, but not real special.

Overall, this is an easy to drink beer but primarily because it is too light and taste and alcohol, but still providing some enjoyable components.

Photo of teejay76
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear amber color with small amount of off-white head.

Aroma: Light aroma of biscuit like malts and caramel.

Taste: Toasted smoky malts with a light caramel sweetness. Tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied dry brew with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't call this a "refreshing" beer but it is flavorful and filling. I'd recommend to friends.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse off-white head with good retention; eventually to a half-inch cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Citrus and grapefruit hops. Nicely balanced nose.

T: Taste consistent the smell. The crytal malt is very prominent and evolves into a big bready flavor. The bitter finishes barely balance the big malt flavor.

M: Medium body. Light carbonation. Definitely a sweet and bready finish.

D: Flavorful, but the sweet and bready finish diminish its sessionability.

Photo of nelson4
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a- Poured to a nice clear amber/red
s- very heavy malty smell that reminds me of what it smells like when I am homebrewing. Too often, smell gets associated with hops. This has a great aroma.
t- Good malty taste, low on hops/bitterness but not to a fault. Flavor has slight caramel taste.
m- a little heavy on the carbonation, but overall nice feel.
d- This is where this beer stands out. I have had it on multiple occasions and it always seems to taste better on a hot summer day.
Overall a great example of a beer to watch a game with. Not something to cherish, but rather something to share.

Photo of nkersten
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from our long awaited acquiring of Firestone beers in Washington. Appearance is a hazelnut brown with a small head fading to just beer. Smell is malty and sweet, a slight amount of ale yeast. Taste is good malty sweetness with a good hop backbone, but nothing overpowering. Mouth feel is slightly coating but leaves me anticipating the next sip. Overall drinkability is good for a brown ale. If I had bought two of these I would have drank two of these.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops. About equal in portion or so my nose says.

The taste mimics the nose but...the flavours don't quite mesh to my palate. It's as if the malt and hops are battling rather than working in unison. A noticeable amount of bread doesn't seem to help at all.

Good medium to medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation, it finishes decidedly sweet and bready. I know this is an English Pale Ale so it should be malt dominated but it just isn't working for me but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

Photo of Sutardja
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at a sports bar before my dinner. The first thing I noticed about the beer was the subtle fruity aroma coming from it's translucent, amber body. The flavor combined a complementary balance of fruit and malty breadiness that was well balanced by the subtle hop character. The only problem was that these flavors weren't strong enough to keep the beer interesting to drink. Carbonation was medium, but suited the character of the beer. The careful balance of good flavors and the lack of any offensive flavors makes this beer extremely drinkable. I would definitely recommend it for a session beer.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally have Firestone available here. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a clear amber color with around a finger of off white foam. No lacing to speak of. nose and flavor are a tad sweet, malty, earthy hops, a bit of citrus. Just about medium bodied and amply carbonated for an amber ale. Worth a try if it's available in your area.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass. 22 oz. bottle all to myself.

Pours a slightly hazy copper red/brown. Not really dark for a red but certainly on the dark size of an amber. Forced the pour towards the end and only got a 1/2 finger white head. Overall a very attractive beer.

Aroma leans toward sweet and malty with some hop spice.

First couple of sips come across thin. Consistent flavor with a clean finish. A well-done beer that lacks identity.

Updated because I struggled to finish the 22 oz bottle by myself. The lack of character made it less enjoyable during consumption.

Photo of birdypowder
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is highly drinkable yet complex. I kept finding new aromas and flavors every few sips, inviting me back to explore further this tasty well balanced ale.

Aroma:
Caramel greets you first, after which you are introduced to the much more shy personalities of citrus, vanilla and some floral hop notes.

Appearance:
Held to the light, Double Barrel Ale glows a radiant orange copper. When sitting patiently on its coaster away from the light DBA turns to star bright amber. Off-white head doesn't last too long and there is no lacing, however I believe my glass wasn't properly cleaned based on what other reviewers said about the head and lacing.

Taste:
Caramel sweetness, mild bitterness, a slight woody taste and hints of apricots. Aftertaste leaves a very mild bitterness just long enough to detect.

Mouthfeel/Body:
Medium bodied leaning towards fullness.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear amber orange color. This white foamy head. Poor retention but decent lacing.

S - Smells primarily of toasted bread. Hints of an earthy hoppiness as well. Overall somewhat dull malt aroma dominates.

T - Bready sweetness initially. Tastes of fresh baked yeast bread. Rather sweet. A light earthy hoppiness provides some balance. Finishes with a bitter sweet mix.

M/D - On the light side of medium bodied. Very crisp and easy drinking. An excellent sessionable beer. Nothing too extravagant about it.

Photo of DijonKetchup
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A standard here on the Central Coast, now my thoughts.

Poured into a pint glass. Nice head retention, sticks like glue on the glass. Aroma is OK, but I was expecting more - maybe a bit warmer I would get more - this is after out of the fridge and 10 min. wait. Nice toasted grain aroma, maybe a bit of dried fruits. Taste is excellent, malty, buscuity and honey, well carbonated. Very nice session beer and this beer probably is so excellent due to the huge turnover and freshness of being local.

Huge gateway beer, great color and taste. Always a winner, Firestone knows their business.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd heard a lot about Firestone Walker, but this was the first bottle I'd seen in Washington State. It poured out in polished amber yielding a light breadcrust aroma and a simple English design that caught me off guard. It's definitely not the hopped up American amber ale I might have expected. Instead, it would seem to derive most of its flavor from the caramel component of Marris Otter malts. There's also a bit of honey biscuit that's similarly appealing in the English tradition.

It's not difficult to fault this beer for being a bit austere and undramatic. But it's also very clean, sessionable and English traditional.

Photo of 0110x011
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light amber/copper with a full, thick rocky head. Major stying power on the head. Lacing is a bit spotty, but a damn pretty beer.

S - major toasted grain and bread to start. Caramel sweetness and mild herbal hops follow.

T - Sweet caramel first, then the cracker breadyness comes across. Noble hops are faint, but play into the profile well.

M - Medium carbonation & medium-light body. Finish is off-dry & fairly quick.

D - Sessionable for sure. The third is as enjoyable as the first.

One of my new favorite session beers. Firestone never ceases to impress me.

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

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was a bright copper color and clear of sediment. The foamy, khaki head rose to about two fingers.

Smell was clean and malty. Syrup. Metal?

Taste was fruits and malts. Pleasant, non-offensive. I had hoped for more hops, but I always do. Solid but not wow.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium, body and carbonation.

Photo of mempath
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours nice and heady, with good chunky lacing...deep-bright clear amber/orange marmalade. head diminishes pretty quickly, but maintains a good 1/4 inch as the lacing itself gfades out a bit, too.

nice malty character jumps out without being overbearing...some caramel and even light molasses. finally some yeasty bready notes arrive.

wow. better than i expected. no, this isn't amber in a Nugget Nectar way...but it's got a nice balance and delay factor going on...the malts are out front followed by a nice, LOW level but everpresent hoppy-sourness. i almost think this is an english pale swingin' its arms...between that and a traditional IPA (and a little more)...very interesting and glad my brother got me the 6-pack (part of a nice birthday haul).

mouthfeel helps reveal a nice hoppy finish in the back of the mouth and roof...not thin nor thick...very sessionable...sort of a less thin yuengling lager with a little more snap. at 5% ABV you can enjoy quite a few of these in a sitting.

noting that as it warms a bit on this overcast but warming spring day, the hop presence continues to assert. nothing suggesting dry-hopped explosions at all, but nice for an amber ale. recommended!

Photo of waltonc
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice looking filtered amber color with white head.
S: Not a very complex beer - I sniff and detect slightly sweet maltiness.
T: Very malty, faint hint of floral hops, maybe a pinch of honey.
M: Light/medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.
D: Very good every day drinking beer. I've had one of these each night for the past three nights and can't complain. A good cheap alternative to all the crazy expensive stuff for sale in California these days.

Photo of deanhead
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a nice lace to the head. Stayed with the beer for the entire trip down my gullet.
Aroma is slightly buttery and bread-like. Buttery taste I'd bet there are definitely EKG hops in here.
Hint of diacetyl, Light bodied and easy drinking ale.
Nice example of the style.

Photo of Aenema
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear copper with a thick, off-white head.
Smell - Floral hoppy notes dominate.
Taste - Biscuity & caramel malts with a honey sweetness and floral hops. Flavors are not persistent.
Mouthfeel - Rather highly carbonated, light body with a smooth, slick feel. Thin feel.
Drinkability - Sessionable, but not a beer I would want multiples of.

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a thick head; excellent retention and it dots the glass

Smell: Biscuity malt aroma with some tea-like hop elements

Taste: Opens with plenty of biscuity malt flavor that is joined by the tea-like earthy hop elements at mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors tend to fade to neutral

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not particularly memorable

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,060 ratings.