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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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83
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2,019 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 61
Gots: 171 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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Photo of beace
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first encounter with a Firestone Walker brew... excited to taste what other beers they craft.

Appearance, amber color with a brilliant clarity. Head retention is a little weak and so is the lacing.

Notes of baked bread, caramel, toffee, and some dark fruit. Quite pleasant and complex aroma for an amber styled beer. There may even be a bit of oak in the nose or that might be my head telling me that because of the unique brewing system they use.

A very malty brew. Very close to chewing upon malt. There is as described in the aroma, a caramel biscuit character, dark fruits rub the pallet and bitterness takes light jabs at back of the tongue during the finish.

The bread character of this beer would play a factor in its drinkability. A unique and interesting amber. I would prefer a bit more of a hop character and less biscuit.

Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BigBry for this one (and you're a lucky fella for having access to this). Nice amber pour, with a small off-white head which doesn't last too well. The appearance is loses something for the somewhat lackluster head, but its a small quibble, and made up for by the other aspects of this beer. Rich, malty caramel aroma and forest floor earthiness. Fruity, caramel flavours hit first as the malts dominate, before the hops make themselves felt wuth an earthy character. The crisp finish returns to fruitiness and light brown sugar. Just the perfect combination of flavours for a solid drink whenever, wherever brew. Nothing really challenges the palette, yet there's huge kudos for the soothing, drinkable and familiar flavours that this one brings to the table. Medium-light body and carbonation, but very smooth on the tongue. As I've already touched upon, there is huge drinkability here. The crisp finish and relatively light body really helps to make this a session beer that could disappear in a hurry.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Weibull for sending this my way!

Pours a reddish amber tone into a rinsed pint glass. Spotty lacing all around. Aroma of clean malty sweetness.

Flavor is mellow and malty, with light oak notes. Dry hops lend a low, earthy bitterness. Pretty easy drinking, not sure why anyone would have beef with this.

Photo of claytri
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich amber with an off-white head. The beer has a pleasant aroma of balanced malt and hops. The beer has a biscuity malt flavor with a nice floral hop finish. The feel is medium and dry. I found this to be a very pleasant and drinkable beer. It was actually very reminiscent of a British Bitter.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear deep amber hue with a thin eggshell colored head that setles to a thin cap.

Light aromas of brown sugar and not much else.

Soft grain flavors mix with some caramel flavors from the burnt sugars. The hopiness is pretty mild, only enough there for balance. Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. It's not fizzy nor flat. The finish is the lingering sugary grains.

Not very complex but a good sessionable beer. I can definitely see myself drinking this one again.

Photo of errantnight
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm tempted to up the score, because I think this beer is generally under-appreciated... but for me, this is as close as I can get to a session beer out here in SoCal that isn't loaded with hops.

It's beautiful. Crystal copper with a thin head that sticks around with attractive lacing.

Aroma is a ball of malt with just a tinge of pine and hoppy spice with some fruit esters around the corners. Super mild, however.

Flavor is a perfect balance of malt and hops. Smooth, silky textures reveal subtle toasts and mild roast flavors. Nothing here stands out, but those claiming this lacks complexity aren't paying it enough attention.

The mouthfeel on this is refined and truly exceptional. A solid medium body with a pleasant lift from a perfect carbonic level. It's not big, it's not thin... I "blame" some tannins from the barrel aging process, and this is backed up a bit by some dryness in the cheeks.

I can't claim that this gets me excited to sniff and savor like great IPAs, or has the complexity and richness of... well, of the truly great beers. But there's something Perfect here. I was turned off to this beer by a Los Angeles location with infected lines, but now it's a staple. Inexpensive, prevalent, low in alcohol, and tasty. Good stuff.

Photo of Exner83
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm gonna have to agree with brother Jason Alström - It'd be hard to drink more than one of these.

I found it so smokey oaky--like a forest in my mouth! Finish is an acrid, arboreal dryness. I guess I'm a bare-bones malt and hops kinda guy, 'cause I haven't had this much fragrant wood in my mouth since... (insert terribly off-color gay porn reference here.) It's just NOT my thing. I want malt, people!

God forgive me for thinking a beer should taste like malted barley. Anyway, if you feel sucking on raw tree bark has run its course for you, put the branch down, and pick this up!

(And to think I washed this down with a shot of Grand Marnier. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!)

Photo of Redwood21
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks fantastic, you will go "wow what a beer" it has a nice foamy white head that has lacing and tops a gorgeous ruby beer

S: lacking, initial whaff was hoppy but then it became cold steal and sterile

T: this is a good beer, but a bit too caramely, not enough hop backbones. it is however a good beer. it is a bit too sweet, it is however a good beer. i would 100% drink it again. but it is not too earth shattering

Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Transparent amber coloration, decent bit of froth, retention was quite nice and it even left some generous lacing behind.

S - Light sugary aroma with hints of toasted malt. Not very potent, and leaves the desire for something more.

T - Smoke flavored light malt body, sweet caramel backing, with a faint bitterness at the end. Finishes mild and while fairly tasty, it's not very complex.

M - Crisp light body, sharp carbonation which really helps this brew out, and a rather clean feel.

D - Easy drinking, and pretty tasty, this would be a nice session brew. I'd say despite it's simplicity this one is worth trying.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark amber. Nice citric balance on the flavor. Kind of a pine aspect to it, but not a pine tar thing you get from a lot of IPAs. It's more like a fresh bud off a young pine deal. It's vibrant and fairly interesting. Feel is nice. Interesting bite to the carbonation. Overall a good drinker and a nice beer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,019 ratings.