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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,090 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,090
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 mempath
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
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
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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 -3.6%
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

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

Special thanks goes out to Wasatch for this one in a trade. 12 oz single.

A: Slightly hazy, brown/amber, really honey colored, about a 1/4 of white head showed up, but but quickly disappeared into nothing. No lacing to speak of.

S: Honey, musty malt/wet smell, quite malty smelling. Can't really pull much out of it other than that.

T: Honey and caramel, big time on the honey flavors, they really linger on this one, faint hop bitterness at the end, too faint to really place it, slightly sulfur taste to it. Really a flavorful beer, much more so than the nose leads one to think.

M: Medium thickness, nice carbonation, dry finish for the most part. Honey flavor really lingers in the mouth.

D: I'd drink quite a few of these in a sitting. I'd really like to try it on tap. Tasty beer. I'm starting to like and appreciate ambers again, I've really neglected the style for a while. There are some pretty tasty ones out there. Thanks John!

Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received courtesy of breity in a recent trade. Thanks much!

Pours a translucent orange with a decent inch-think head on top. Recedes pretty quickly and leaves little spotty lacing. Weak. Smell is a little on the weak side as well. Some biscuity malt scent, some faint hops, and some vegetable scent in there as well. Not sure if my slightly stuffed up nose is hindering this, but oh well. Unimpressive.

Packs a bit of flavor in here though. Is this really supposed to be an Amber Ale? Tastes more like a Pale Ale. Some mild hop kick backed up by decent balancing sweet malt. Aftertaste is a little like corn. Good mouthfeel. Crisp, yet smooth. I could drink a few of these. Let's correct the style though, shall we? The bottle itself even says Pale Ale.

Photo of bbothen
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a small 1 finger deep off white head.

Light caramel aroma and some faint citrus hops.

Sweet, but light, caramel maltiness, faint citrus & floral hoppiness, some nutiness. All flavors quite subdued.

Smooth, light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet.

User friendly easy drinking middle of the road amber. Better than lots examples of an American Amber. Your friend that thinks Fat Tire is high end will like this. Nothing wrong with that.

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

Here is a solid pale ale from the folks down the road from me at Firestone Walker. I've had in both bottles and on tap. It's actually a little fizzy, but it pours a deep mahogany color, with a little lacing on the glass. Slight aroma of malt and a woody, smokey note. The taste is a straightforward combination of caramel malt with a oak note, and maybe a little smokey earthiness in there. It's more malty than hoppy, with a little grassy hop bitterness at the finish. Some heft in the mouthfeel, and while it looks fizzy, the carbonation level is A-OK. Really went well with my burger, and I expect this to pair well with a lot of foods.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - light amber with a thin head that stayed on top of the beer for the entire duration. Nice lacing for the style.

S - C hop aromas with toasted malt and some sweetness.

T - Very flavorful! A little bit of C hops with toasted and carmel malts.

M - A little thin. I wish this beer had just a touch more body.

D - I love Session beers and this is definately one of them to keep.

Photo of JoeySchlitz
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Overall a great session beer with a Belgian quality to it - there is a slight floral aroma and flavor to it. Looks great with a dark amber color and good head retention. Smell is light, again with floral undertones and the taste follows. I could drink many of these if it were more my style of beer, but seems a bit light so pretty much 'one and done' for me. Now the 'Double' DBA... that's a whole different story.

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

The label is different than the picture here, should be the same thing 5.0% Firestone DBA (bomber).

Pours a lively light brownish copper color with a minimal off white head and lacing.

A bready caramel malt smell

Sweet caramel malt taste with a hint of oak flavor.

Medium to light bodied and slightly resiny with a tea finish.

The hint of oak or tea finish slows down the session.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a murky, brown orange color with a very small white head that leaves almost immediately.

Aroma is mostly biscuit and bread. Sweet and caramel aromas. Fruity as well.

Caramel malt with plenty of fruitiness and more biscuit and bread. Not a touch of hops but the beer isnt overly sweet; fairly balanced.

Average beer. Nothing really stands out but nothing is glaringly wrong. Ehhh...

Photo of mikereaser
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a murky nut brown with no foam to speak of

S - a bit of fruit aromas, grapefruit maybe, and some sweet malt too

T - mild tasting, slight orange or grapefruit and corriander and some smooth malts

M/D - nicely balanced and carbonated beer, easy to drink and would be a nice summer beer

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey apricot colored with an inch high head of thick and dimpled light beige foam.

Aroma of bready malt, sweet and nutty, a hint of caramel.

Initial flavor of light malt, strong tea flavor, woody but not overly oaky. Some caramel malt sweetness, with a delicate hop bitterness. Mild oak flavor lingers.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, very sessionable.

Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber (stamped 10/1/09) poured into my Meantime snifter, Double Barrel Ale is clear pale bronze with a frothy off-white head that leaves bubbly lace

Smell is pretty light, apricot English ale esters, some doughiness. Nice hint of minty, herbal hops come through as it warms from the fridge serving temp.

Taste is pretty good, on the sweeter side of the malt with a bit of citric orange from the hops, herbal tea like, contributing very little bitterness. Not bad, reminds me of a proper English mild.

Mouthfeel is sharp and dry, with a spicy, salty finish, medium bodied, probably from the oak tannins more then anything else.

Drinkability is OK, not really my style of amber. The first time I had this on draught, I was supremely disappointed, as it was my first Firestone Walker, and I knew it was their flagship. This bottle seems tastier then my draft experiences, but still, it doesn't really excite me too much. Something about it seems a bit much for sessioning...

Photo of seanbhudson
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear amber color with a relatively small off white with average retention. There is a little bit of lacing.
AROMA:
Light aroma of biscuit like malts and caramel.
TASTE:
Lightly toasted malts with a light caramel sweetness that is balanced with a little woody bitterness that must come from the barrels. There is also a hint of smokiness.
MOUTHFEEL
Light to medium body with a relatively dry texture. Light fizzy carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Very drinkable but needs a little more flavor to make it interesting. The dry finish also means it is not thirst quenching.
NOTES: BBCSD-0812

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Orange amber color. Very clear. After a ultra aggressive pour, one and a half fingers of off-white head. Head is really dense with average retention. Lots of lacing.

4.0 S: A bit of citrus and a lot of some really nice smelling, unidentifiable fruit. Fresh and clean, awesome.

4.5 T: WOW! This is the best amber ale I've ever had. The wood barrel comes through in the taste, but isn't overwhelming like in OAB. The taste isn't all that unique, but it's perfectly balanced. The hop profile is very good. Just a bit of bitterness, but a lot of herbal and slightly citrusy flavor. The malts are very smooth with no unwanted flavors. A little more bitterness would have pushed this beer to perfect.

3.5 M: Medium body. Creamy, but undercarbonated.

4.5 D: I could drink this all night.

Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from a whole sixer (just so i know i've gotten it right!) Pours a nice clear amber with good strong redness and a nice white puffy head. Smells of sweet biscuity malt and light green hops. Flavor is very smooth, with just a bit of bitterness on the finish. Mild caramel sweetness and hop flavor mix well together. Extremely smooth drinker, medium bodied for the style. Drinks very easily and tasty to boot.

Photo of mcallister
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahagony color with a white head that leaves a very thick lace that coats the entire glass. Great lace retention.

Sweet toffee malts at the forefront. Hints of herbal tea, and a slight hopping. Not much else I can smell.

More tea flavors and just malt driven. Some woodsy notes and a light date character. Hops are floral and nature and not very driven. RS is around 2% I'd say and could use a little more balance. Otherwise very drinkable with light carbonation.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the brews sent to me by Wasatch in our recent trade, thanks John.

American Amber/red ale? I would have guessed an English or American Pale Ale.

Copper colored body with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles moving around. About a finger and a half of off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice rings and sheets of lacing on the side of my glass.

There is not a huge aroma on this one. Mostly biscuity malt coupled with just a touch of hop aroma.

The taste of this beer is considerably hoppier than the aroma. The main hop characteristic is fruity, english hops. Fruity without a lot of bitterness. The standard bitter, grapefruit flavors comes through also though. The biscuity malt of the aroma is present here too. Finishes with an earthy flavor.

Medium bodied and carbonation, maybe a little thicker or heavier than I would have expected Rather oily mouthfeel, espcially after swallowing.

A pretty decent beer overall, something that is ok in the drinkability category.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

trade via barleywinefiend

I've never had Firestone Walker before and I can't help wonder who would win in a fight: the lion or the bear? Normally I'd take a bear but the lion seems to be a giant lion and I think a giant lion would beat a regular bear. Discuss.

See-through amber color with a medium white head. Good retention and some lace. Smells like fall fruit and bready malt.

Tastes very clean. Mainly tastes of toasty biscuit malt hints on oakiness. Low carbonation and very subtle flavors typical of English inspired ales. That said it's subtle almost to the point of boring. Though I'd like to see more flavor, the sublety and cleanliness of this brew give it high drinkability.

Photo of HopDerek
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EinWeizenbitte for this extra.

Pours a clear amber color with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing for the most part. Smells of caramel, bready malts, fruit, and floral hops. Tastes of caramel and bread with a touch of vanilla. Light earthy hops kick perk up in the end along with a fruity finish of grapes. Medium/medium-light in body with average carbonation. Sweet and bready with a semi-dry crisp finish. An all right amber ale but could use a little more hop presence, seemed very overshadowed by the malt.

Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured with minimal head that disappeared almost immediately. What lacing there was, was very nice and sticky. No big upfront aromas. Just a twinge of hop bite at the finish. Good full body. Very drinkable. This would be an excellent session beer. If you were stuck inside all day, this would be a wonderful companion.

Photo of Brewsmith
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma is malty with just a slight hint of wood. Color is a clear amber, very deep orange with a half inch beige head. I get malt then a little oak, followed by earthy hops and then a little chocolate and a touch of roast in the back. A little lingering malt in the finish with out being sweet. There is so much going on in this beer. I really enjoy it.

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,090 ratings.