Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,229
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 74
Gots: 263 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into imperial pint. Bottled 11/5/14.

A: Pours a clear medium amber with a huge, billowing, greasy and thick off-white head that took forever to slowly fade into a dense and oily film. Patches of chunky lace were left down the glass.
S: The nose is a pleasant mixture of bready biscuit scented malt mixed with spicy and earthy hops. There’s a touch of caramel and a touch of roast, and the hops impart a noble, earthy, and spicy quality. There’s a faint herbal quality as well.
T: Crisp grainy malt backbone with just a kiss of caramel sweetness up front, followed by balancing spicy and earthy hops. The finish has a lightly sticky sweetness, and the aftertaste is herbal, slightly leafy, and just barely bitter.
M: Medium-light body with soft and fluffy carbonation that creates a smooth and easy drinking mouthfeel.
O: Flavors are light overall, clean, and very easy to drink. As far as EPA's go, this is pretty solid. (941 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Cloudy and dark brown with a bit of a yellow tint to it. One finger head.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt, grainy.

Taste- Has a bready biscuit flavor followed by caramel malt sweetness, similar to the malt of an Oktoberfest. The finish is dry and bitter, yet still retains a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body, smooth with ample carbonation.

Overall- A good easy drinking beer that is on the sweet side. Very smooth and refreshing as well. Balance is also on point. (526 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle dated 10/8/2014. Stemless glass 12/19/2014.

A- Dark but clear brown-caramel body with a two finger offwhite head, nice retention and head longevity. Good lacing that is splotchy and uneven.

S- Crisp crackers, grains, a bit of orange marmalade, toffee, earth. As expected given the English-influenced style.

F- Crackers, orange marmalade, earth, caramel, grainy sweetness and a bit of toasted malt. I could very well be convinced that oak is present, but it's subtle enough that I don't feel strongly about it. Overall flavour is toasted, sweet grains with earth and orange marmalade. Fairly solid although it's quite a bit sweeter than its English ancestors. Mild-moderate orange zest bitterness on the backend.

M- Medium-thin bodied, not watery, nice depth for a 5.00% ABV brew. Finish is orange zest bitterness in the setting of a fairly sweet grainy toasted malt-hued finish. Certainly quite drinkable.

O- Fairly average take on the English bitter/pale ale style. The name implies there is some contact with barrels, but I don't get a lot of the barrel influence here- nothing I would stake my palate on. Despite this, this is a decent English-style bitter although it is a bit on the sweeter side.

Final score: 3.61 (1,239 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a orangish-amber color, nice fluffy off-white one finger head that settled to a nice film after about five minutes. Very nice retention and lacing. Aroma is pretty muted, with just a touch of sweet malt notes, and some light wood tones. Taste was biscuity malt, just a touch of sweetness, and the same wood flavor as the smell. Mouthfeel was medium to kinda thick, pretty easy drinker. Overall, this one is ok, not great, just OK. (436 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cherry amber with loose off white froth. 3.5
Toffee nose with earthy hops, some soap and a thread of orange rind - very English. 3.5
Big caramel backbone with some cardamom, pine sap, and dried leaf hops.
Waxy citrus finish and sherbet fizz linger. 3.5
Medium, round, clean. 3.75

-- An English premium bitter, and not a good one at that. This uses oaks barrels, and I can find an austere, vanilla thread if I look for it, but it’s not saving the beer. This maybe made sense in 1996, but it’s kinda dull and aimless now. 3.5 (529 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottle.
Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thick, foamy head.
Smell: not much there.
Taste: light malt. Citrus hops that are mellow. Light earthy/woody notes followed by a pleasant citrus finish ending with a very light oak.
Mouthfeel: medium light carbonation. Medium body. Slightly on the sweet side. Thin.
Overall: good beer. Nothing over the top, but good. (370 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours deep amber with a creamy light tan head that fades and laces well.

S: Caramel malt sweetness up front followed with a little light citrus and some earthiness.

T: Caramel toffee malt sweetness up front, some earthy woodsy notes, a little pine and citrus, orange and grapefruit, maybe even a bit floral on the finish, with a moderate bitterness throughout.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one is from right in my backyard, but I can't say it's one of my favorites. Not bad by any means though. (551 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: its a clear rich caramel amber color with a 2 finger off-white rocky head

s: clean crisp caramel malts, lemongrass, berries, wet cardboard, strawberries, and a fait earthy bitterness

t: sweet smooth caramel, some of those sweet berries i picked up in the nose, big big biscuity bready flavors. there is a very faint tea-leaf & pine bitterness in here at the very end. very very slight bitterness - very slight. finishes with more of the caramel sweetness

m: lighter side of medium. nice amount of carbonation

o: its a super easy drinker. sweet and crisp - maybe a bit too sweet though, almost tastes like corn. but as mentioned, its very easy to drink. i'd prefer a little more of the biscuity flavors in here to balance out the sweetness, but its ok. supremely average, and easy to drink (803 characters)

Photo of StoutFox
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

When you read something along the lines of Double Barrel anything you really are expecting some level complexity and I found this to be a bit watery and didn't do it for me.

Aroma: dry hops, bit malty, sour
Taste: malty, but generally hoppy and a bit thin (257 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%

Bright copper. Bready nose. Malty with a good hearty body and a nice dry finish.

I’d say that this is more of an ESB than an English Pale Ale. Either way, it is very, very good. (181 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

For what it is, this is really good. Surprisingly complex in a subtle way, with wood, nut, hop, and toasty malt in good balance. Generally quite tasty and easy to drink. (169 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: Crystal clear amber with a short off white head that fades to a ring around the edge, leaving no lacing. It's so pretty!

Smell: Prominent yeast and malt

Taste: Spicy yeast and bready, slightly sweet malts, ending with mild hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick body with tons of fine carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty. Plenty of different flavors pop up, without any one of them overpowering. (438 characters)

Photo of Zach41
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance- copper. Weak head retention, more aggro pour recommended

Smell- malty but not overly so, wood, warm

Taste- very smooth, malty, with a very lightly hoppy finish. Clean aftertaste with subtle complexities if you really concentrate

Feel- medium bodied, great feel for drinking easily

Overall- what I will remember: very drinkable, malty but clean aftertaste is nice, very subtle complexities. It's the opposite of a drain pour if that makes sense.
3.7 (469 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color.

Doesn't give off much smell, but I can smell some barley and bready malts.

Tastes like bready malts with a mild hop presence. Nothing is particularly overpowering or offensive here, and the overall flavor isn't too strong.

It goes down fairly smooth.

Overall a decent beer, but far from my favorite pale ale as well. That said, it still is a solid session beer. (395 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(bottling date 08/04/14 - poured into a tulip pint)

L: perfectly-clear, copper-colored liquid with a jewel glow... loose foam builds, but settles rather quickly down into a thin film

S: pine needles, fresh-cut wood, dried and crushed mint leaves... almost a German pils-like mineral and crisp pale malt character... green, outdoorsy aromas - little-to-no fruity hop notes, but perhaps a coat of lightly fruity-caramel esters atop the crusty bready malt foundation a ways below... fairly bold altogether

T: dry, delicately spicy-bitter hops, followed swiftly by a well-sculpted musculature of hearty-bready malt with a bit more of a forward Munich and crystal toasty aftertaste with subtle caramel-sweet and vaguely apple-y highlights

F: just about medium-bodied but quite light in its flow, with a soft, leveled, sudsy lift from the carbonation... the mildly rubbery unfermentables bounce around up front and center on the palate while the back end just disappears, clipped dry... its overall curiously light weight while maintaining lean muscle is quite notable

O: leans a good bit on the toasty malt character and decidedly rigid dryness, with mild touches of sweetness, woody bitterness, and faint fruitiness, giving it just enough dimension and shape to keep it interesting... but all-in-all this is a fantastically easy-drinking-in-high-volume ale (1,360 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Crystal clear and amber, 1 finger head doesn't stay too long but leaves a whisky foam cap which creates good lacing

Smell - Clean and toasty/nutty malts mostly, faint fruity esters and floral hops in the background

Taste - Fits smell to a "T": malts are front and center with semi-sweet toasty bread and nutty complexities followed by a bit of floral hop astringency and fruity yeast esters, finishes just off-dry and malty with slight, drying hop bitterness.

Feel - Crisp and smooth, but feels a bit on the heavy side for a medium body. You'd think that would mean "syrupy/cloying", but it finishes reasonably dry.

Overall - This reminds me an awful lot of a Marzen festbier, toasty and malty but with heavier ale-like yeast qualities instead. It just doesn't have the same lager-like drinkability. Still, a pretty tasty beer if you're feeling like an easy to drink malt-forward brew. (931 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +9%

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap bottled on 06/10/2014. Poured into Saint Arnold "Barrel" glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper amber with 1 finger of head

Smell: A mix of floral hop and biscuity malt with a slight caramel

Taste: Hop bitterness up front with some pale, biscuit malt in the middle and the barrel character doesn't come into play until the finish giving a little complexity.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and finishes quite clean with a slight sweetness

Overall: The barrel characteristics make this interesting and deters it from being another run-of-the-mill English pale ale. There is a nice balance of flavors between the malt and bitterness. I'd really like to try this cask-conditioned. (710 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. Beautiful clear brownish red color with a 2 finger head on the pour. The head dissipates but remains in a thin layer across the top. The carbonation never stops.

s. Malt on malt. Some grape notes and alcohol.

t. Malt shines with a bit of fruit on the back end. Very good taste but a bit watery.

m. Goes down very easy.

o. Very very good beer. More body would have put it over the top for me, but this is a good beer for a summer day. Drinks very easy for an ale. (469 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.84/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

05/14/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This has to be one of the best beers I've ever had. It exudes confidence. Nothing showy but everything to write home about. If you're not familiar with bitters/ESBs, this would be great starting point. Mind you, it may just set the bar too high for the next one you try, so why bother? I'll take this all day long. I'm thinking about moving to the house next to where this is made.

Aug 2013. On cask at Rattle n Hum, NYC. What a wonderful surprise walking into my favorite place & seeing this. Only recently tried it for the first time on tap & we became fast friends. This time, it's like meeting that gal you flirted with last week & seeing her anew, but now, she's wearing her favorite dress & it's become yours too. You want to think it's just for you, but in reality, that's just the away she is...& just when you thought you'd found a near perfect match. At moments like this I wonder if I'm just easy to please...or if my karma for the week is paying off. All that know me will say it's neither, so I guess this is just one damn good beer, pure & simple.

Apr 2014 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Again & again. Nice to know some things don't change. Thank you Firestone Walker guys. (1,226 characters)

Photo of goofyguy6782
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorite beers. If I'm having a hard time making up my mind on what I want to get, this is one beer that I can always rely on for all around good times. The first time I tried it was on tap at a Ducks game in Anaheim and I was first taken in by it's sweet smell. Then I took a sip and have been hooked ever since

This beer goes down smoothly and in a very welcome way, likes to linger on your tongue. I'd gladly recommend this beer to anyone looking to try craft beer. (496 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: classic clear amber with big tan head of foam; head's about 1.5 inches and thick-looking but dissipates quickly; decent stick off head; not much lacing

S: musty grain; oak ... wet wood ... grain but the musty, dusty woodiness is the keynote; really sweetens at times and is fantastic but usually it's just musty wood/earth

T: toasted malt that never really sweetens; corn; grain ... there's some of the English pale ale fruitiness, too, but it's overcome by a woodiness that's both nice and not so nice because it seems to be blocking the sweet finish. yep, as it warms, more wood -- no doubt about the Firestone Walker barrel system; this thing is woody.

F: standard all around, decent

O: like a train struggling uphill and never quite making it to the top -- it's trying ... trying hard but just not quite...

DBA has some good taste and smell notes in a super-drinkable form with a nice woodiness. the barrel system is cool and different, but it's creating an English pale ale here that isn't accentuating what I love most about the EPA: sweet bread malt. there really seems to be a roadblock where everything is moving in the right direction but then suddenly it all stops ... the taste is fantastic but then just stops, no sweet finish, and it leaves you with a very dirt/earth hops taste that isn't great.

good beer. not a great beer. but Firestone Walker gets all due credit for giving us something just a bit different. (1,469 characters)

Photo of Rob23
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with an inch of head and slight lacing.Has an odd smell to me but is floral and maybe dandelion.Taste off the bat id hoppy with a light bite.This does leave an aftertaste in the mouth.Not terrible but nothing really special.I expected a bit more but bought this in a mix 12 pack of their others also.Average rating for an average ale. (352 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice nose on this one. Quite sweet, with a good amount of caramel coming out....perhaps a hint of that vanilla from the barrels. Good stuff.

The taste has an initial hop bite to it, giving way to a sweet chorus of caramel malts intermingling with just a hint of oak and biscuit and just a little vanilla as well too on the finish. It's all perceptible, and makes for a pretty interesting and well rounded EPA. (410 characters)

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

On tap at brew festival.

Appearance: pours an off white head which slowly falls leaving light lacing. Color is a cloudy amber with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: caramel, medium roasted barley, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: light and watery, pleasantly dry finish.

Flavor: Toasted bread crust, nuts, and caramel, pungent earthy hops.

Overall: very well done in the English style. Most enjoyable. (402 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bright gold colored, with a low but dense head atop it. Delightful aroma: good toasty malt mixed with floral hops--very British strong-pale-ale. The taste gives a nice bitterness upfront, giving way to solid malt and flowery, grassy hop taste. A little bit of yeasty fruitiness sneaks in as well. The body is substantial though not really very heavy--a beer than be quaffed in certain circumstances, but not one after the other. One of the best Firestones I've had. They've got the English ESB style down pat in this beer. (522 characters)

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.