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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 1618
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%

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.

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Photo of BMMillsy


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at a Thai restaurant in San Diego. Pours a deep amber color with a small creamy white head. Aroma is light wet dog and some caramel malts. Not a whole lot going on there. Flavor follows with big time malt kicks, caramel, biscuits, with some definite pine bitter to balance alongside. Mostly highlighting the malts but definitely not a super sweet beer. Slick mouthfeel with medium-to-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent beer, and pretty bold for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 02:57:37 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of CA_brewster


3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, completely transparent with a slightly off-white head. Very malt forward aroma on this brew. It smells like fresh mash with some very apparent yeasty characteristics. I didn’t really pick up on any hops. The taste of this beer is very mellow. It would be a good session ale, not particularly exciting but very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:35:46 | More by CA_brewster
Photo of BeerKangaroo


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

22 oz bottle:

Into a regular pint glass:

A: hazy copper/amber colored body with a one finger white foamy head that settles within a minute to a lumpy yet somewhat settled looking head, clingy foamy lacing graces the sides of the glass

S: bready, earthy, malty, light spice, light hops

T: sweet yet bitter but also a bit of that earthy breadiness coming back, somewhat dry malty aftertaste, dry finish

M: light to medium, definitely sessionable, carbonation seems smooth for the style and I would say good to me

O: I've been wanting to try this for a long time, all I have to say is: I'm freakin' glad the Juneau AK area finally got fresh stuff of this, I would have this again, though the only thing is in this fresh batch, there's no bottling date, weird as I've always seen them before. Hmmm.... well, I've been watching the shelves and I know this is fresh, so I'll be happy about that

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 22:17:57 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Radome


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Crystal clear. Deepest copper color, almost chestnut but with more orange. Off-white head is a bit thin, but is made up of beautiful, miniscule, creamy bubbles. Nice lacing with the same bubbles.

S - Warm, bready malt with some dark crystal. Earthy British hops. A hint of spiciness, but not overly complex.

T - Crystal malt and some brown sugar initially. The balance then swings to hops with a bitter, somewhat acrid and metallic finish. The end of the palate reminds me of iced tea, which is not a plus for the beer.

M - Thin to medium body. Sparkling carbonation, moderate hops bitterness. Alcohol not noticeable.

O - Beer is easy to drink, but not as good as I remember when it was first released. My memory is of a creamy, smooth, authentic English-type ale. Today it is nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:39:29 | More by Radome
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear dark copper with a finger of off white head which disappears quickly.

S - The smell is malt-forward. I get bread and biscuit malts with a hint of caramel, and very slight hop aroma.

T - Sweet malt is the dominant flavor here. Bread, biscuit, and caramel sweetness. This is followed by a slight hop bitterness. Slightly watery tasting.

M - This a watery and thin beer. Luckily there's a decent amount of carbonation.

O - It smells and tastes good, but the mouthfeel is severely lacking. A good session beer, but nothing I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 17:14:21 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of ISmith87


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - nice clear copper color, thin head that leaves no real lacing. Bottle is cool :))

S - Smells like an AAL. Getting rice, corn, light bread, etc.

T - Also not that good. Same rice, corn, light bread. I can tell this is a beer some would try to (but hate to) play beer pong with. There's just no flavor, but it's not that smooth.

M - Light, slightly bitter, aftertaste almost non-existent.

O - Yea it pretty much sucks. I was expecting something after DDBA. But whatever, they can't all be winners can they?

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 07:24:55 | More by ISmith87
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. Was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft toasted malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of soft round caramel, clean grassy hop and light nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a standard sessionable psle ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 21:57:51 | More by plaid75
Photo of BeerLover99


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty yellow/orange, finger off-white head,
awesome lacing

S: english malt, phenols, grassy, light floral

T: same as nose, biscuit malt smooth

M: med/light body, sem-dry body

O: Nice session brew; glad to see
an American craft brewery take on this
style. Would buy again.


Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:35:11 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of brewbattles


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

We conducted a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other popular American Pale Ales: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, and Boulder Hazed & Infused.

Check it out: http://youtu.be/DHis2L_OBdg

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 23:16:58 | More by brewbattles
Photo of ChuckHardslab


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. A deep amber color with a two finger off white head. The smell is malt forward with a pleasant, slightly citrus hop aroma. The taste follows suit with a good malty flavor and a slightly bitter clean finish. The whole experience is pleasant if not exactly memorable. It's a good beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:42:03 | More by ChuckHardslab
Photo of TruePerception


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Firestone Double Barrel Ale: 5% ABV; Appearance: very bright, medium brownish-amber with a rosy hue; Smell: very light hop, bit of woody caramel, very light char, faint raisin; Taste/Mouthfeel: fairly strong charcoal (not unpleasant), light raisin at back, long finish, gradual fade; pretty good, serve with steak dinner.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 06:36:49 | More by TruePerception
Photo of ablackard


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale has a nice mild fruit smell but unfortunately also has a mild mouthful and taste. nothing real special about this beer but if you are looking for something light and easy to drink without a lot going on, then maybe this is a good beer for you.
Probably not get it again...

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:05:47 | More by ablackard
Photo of micromaniac129


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty desent English pale here and of course it's more malts then hoppy. Has a rich auburn color but not a very tall head. The head fizzles away to surface bubble with some lacing.
The aroma is malty with only hints of some hops. The taste is malty with some biscuits and grains towards the end. The finish is smooth, soft and clean. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.
Another well made product from firestone.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 11:40:03 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a bright copper-amber color with a two-finger fizzy white head that reduces to a small layer, leaving a small ring and a bit if lace behind

S- typical grainy and toasty malt with some earth and herbal dry-hop bitterness

T- light malty flavor comes out toasted, fruity flavors emerge mid-palate with dome floral hop notes, semi dry finish with just a bit of a tart bite

M- light-medium body, moderate carbonation with foamy mouthfeel leads to a slightly fizzy finish

O- this is a simple style but they do it well. Easy drinking and well balanced

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 21:57:51 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Dsimenson


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Small head which quickly gives way to lacing. Deep amber color is nice. Aroma is citrus--hops. Flavor is balanced nicely, with a good amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium full, tingly, a bit foamy. I like this one, but it's not one of my two of three favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 19:50:37 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of Redrover


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

I had the Firestone Double Barrel on cask at the Old Toad. It was served from a hand pull into a standard pint glass. The beer is bronze with a thick tan head.

It has a nose of biscuits and floral notes. Fresh but faint.

Taste is mild and balanced. It is a session beer for sure. Light caramel, biscuits and some apple. It is a beer that kind of reveals its self slowly. Mouth is decent but thins a bit in the end.

Serving type: cask

08-08-2013 17:07:41 | More by Redrover
Photo of flayedandskinned


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

Bottled on 6/14/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (3.75)
Pours a handsome crystal clear amber with orange highlights, a two fingers tall, eggshell white head forms fairly quickly. The head quickly recedes to about a finger's height, leaving some spotty lacing along the glass' edges.

Aroma: (4)
Floral, leafy green hops with a distinctly herbal, lemony tone jump out towards your nose immediately. Layered delicately underneath the floral hops are some slight impressions of orange marmalade interwoven with sweet, toffee bready malt notes. The fermentation in oak barrels infuses the aroma with soft, supple tones of vanilla and almonds.

Taste: (3.75)
resinous, herbal hops coat your palate first; notes of lemon zest, orange marmalade. Middle of the taste, a creamy, lush malt presence washes over your tongue, with notes of sweet dough and toffee. The sweetness of the malts is somewhat offset by the off dry, lightly bitter finish, but there is still some residual sweetness left on the corners of your palate. The ale has long, lingering notes of fresh oranges, bread-y malt and a decent amount of vanilla and faint almonds from the oak fermentation.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: (3.75)
A fantastic example of a traditional English Pale Ale; the oak fermentation really sets it apart of other examples of the style. That said, I am not the biggest fan of the style to begin with because of it's residual sweetness. I can't think of another English Pale Ale that is better done than this, so if you haven't had it, definitely check it out!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 22:09:53 | More by flayedandskinned
Photo of utopiajane

New York

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 4/5/13 that's 112 days old. Firestone walker gives it's beer 120 days.

Poured flat and flat looking amber. No real head, thin bubbles. No nose either. I really tried. Had some grass and a touch of light malt. I thought I smelled honey but it disappeared. No hops on the nose at all. Taste was equally non descript. There wasn't much carbonation and even though the beer was thin it tasted thicker than it was. Body had no life at all. Very bland. No finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 15:18:47 | More by utopiajane
Photo of dar482

New York

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

The beer comes in a copper amber color.

The aroma has bready malts with some floral and citrus English hops.

The flavor follows with lots of malty sweetness and breadiness. Bigger sweetness toffee than one may expect from a smaller beer like this. There are a lot of English hops characteristics with grassiness and floral notse.

The beer finish quite clean with its carbonation.

A good representation of the English ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 02:33:56 | More by dar482
Photo of Omnium


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice light amber color, no real head or lacing.
S - There's an odd soapy aroma to this, but there's also some nice pine, dried flowers, toffee malt.
T - The pine from the hops is here, a little dank too, but not a whole lot, the bite from the hops fades to a decent buttery caramel flavor.
M - A tad sticky, but balanced with bitterness.
O - This is one of the better English style pale's I've had in recent times. More good stuff from Firestone Walker.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 21:22:41 | More by Omnium
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a one finger light tan head, dissipated slowly into a thin ring with moderated lacing.

Aroma of citrus, pine and light malts.

Taste follows the nose with grapefruit, hints of pine, balanced by a bready grainy malt.

Mouth Feel was medium body and carbonation, smooth yet slightly crisp with a dry after taste.

Overall this is an average beer for Firestone , they have much better in their family of beer. Not much bang for the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:14:06 | More by dtivp
Photo of Direx


2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Rusty, copper color. Head dissipates rapidly, tiny bubbly foam residue remains on glass after 5 minutes, but it's not much--very little on the surface of the brew itself.

S: Difficult to smell, really have to shove your face in the glass. No distinctive smell.

T: After I take a swig, I inhale very deeply to try to invigorate my taste buds (if that makes sense). I just... there isn't much taste at all, even after 4-5 swigs. Surprised this isn't a red lager. No residual taste after the beer is swallowed. This is a very boring beer.

M: Watery, light, crisp. Even my burps taste bland.

O: This lager (it's really a lager folks) is in dire need of ingredients. Quantity, quality, needs them both. This glass tastes empty and devoid of flavor. Nothing complex, little character.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 04:59:26 | More by Direx
Photo of jdhowe


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled on 1/28/13. I'm hoping it's not too old.

A: Pours a deep orange, crystal clear, with 1.5 fingers of off-white (orangeish) head from a vigorous pour. Head quickly dissipates do a thin, bubbly layer with just a little lacing left on the glass, but plenty of stickiness on the side leaving lacing as I drink.

S: I would never guess this an English Pale Ale, but the malts do have that aroma to them now that I look for it. The nose is dominated by sweet, sticky malt character... very little hopping. Definitely fruity. Malt leading into alcohol, and something else clean that I cannot recognize, perhaps from the yeast.

T: The taste follows the nose, hitting strong with lots of malty sweetness. Finish is nice and smooth with bitterness lingering after the sip has finished, but not too evident in the character of the beer. Pretty nice. A little much alcohol shows up for a 5abv beer, but this taste is malt-dominated. Not quite as hoppy as I'd like (not just as a hop-head, but for the style), but otherwise very nice.

M: Interesting, because this beer is very carbonated (maybe a little too much), but still coats the mouth and lingers with its stickiness (again, maybe a little too much). That said, the mouthfeel isn't bad, and the beer drinks quite well. In fact, I find the lingering stickiness making me want another sip pretty much immediately, so I'm probably going to put this pint away fast enough that I'll be opening another brew shortly.

O: A good beer. Not a great beer, but I'm definitely not sad I'm drinking this. While I don't tend to like many English Pale Ales (based on a small sample space), I'm finding this interpretation of the style to be enjoyable. Maybe a little on the sweet side for its own good, and the hop bitterness is left wanting for its style. Perhaps this is just a consequence of the 4-month-old bottle... I may have to revisit this fresher.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 06:46:23 | More by jdhowe
Photo of tzieser


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: crystal clear amber in color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the sides of my pint glass for a long time. good carbonation.

s: sweet and malty aroma with little hop grassyness. standard english pale ale nose.

t: lots of malt flavor. notes of biscuits, toasted bread and vanilla (thanks to the oak barrel system). very complex flavor profile from start to finish.

o: might be the best american made english pale ale on the market. might be the most underrated beer Firestone-Walker puts out. great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 03:26:17 | More by tzieser
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Doing tha thang at Lazy Dog in Orange, CA on a Monday.

Ok. Ok like Jennifer Lawrence. On a Saturday night and after a few deep, yeah. But on a Wednesday and right after work? I don't think so. A bit sticky (in a bad way) and a bit syrupy at that.

Once and never again.


Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 04:54:23 | More by RaulMondesi
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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