Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 696
Hads: 2,231
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 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)

Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful firm creamy head with excellent retention and sticky lines of lacing. Brew is a flat copper hue, transparent.

Dry earthy aroma, bitter, floral hint, bit of barrel.

Impressively smooth flavor: light crystal malt and bread, subdued hop flavor, wrapped in oak and vanilla. Bit of grass and earth.

Smoothness applies to the feel, as well, which is creamy with moderate sting.

I didn't know what to expect going into this, but this is s very easy drinking and satisfying beer. Very approachable, and tons of flavor for 5% ABV. (535 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, brown, weak carbonation.
S: Light earth, mild caramel, that's about it.
T: Similar to aroma, earth, caramel, fruity esters but not unpleasant. A bit watery. Maybe the slightest hint of oak, which I may not have picked up had I not known the name. This is a fine, but fairly uninteresting ale.
M: The carbonation is medium, medium/medium-light body. Good for style.
O: A solid English pale ale, contains the minimum necessary components, but a bit thin and low on most characteristics. Drinkable, but not at all interesting. (536 characters)

Photo of beermemarge
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a glass. Not a strong head of foam. Dark copper in color. Low carbonation. Tasted vanilla and oak flavors. Flavor over hops not terribly strong. Dry finish, not a strong after taste. First time with this brewer and really enjoyed it. (257 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, tan in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pale malt, caramel, and meadow, tea

Taste: tea, caramel, and pale malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness towards the end, medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

Overall: One of the better English Pale Ales I have had in a while. On the sweeter side, but I can still make out the pale malts. This could be a staple in my fridge. (415 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a solid 2 fingers of rocky off-white light golden foam, body is a translucent brilliant light amber,

Smell - Freshly baked bread, light pear and minerals, lightly sweet malt.

Taste - More fresh baked bread, nutty, slightly sweet malt, prominent minerals and light grassy hops. Finishes with slight sourdough breadcrust, light minerals and pearskins.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is very light side of medium, carb is smooth with crisp edges on the sides of the tongue, smooth almost creamy mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

Overall - A good and thirst quenching pale ale, light mouthfeel but flavors are still prominent, with a nicely bitter and slightly dry finish. A decent and sessionable ale. (715 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 03/17/14. Sampled on May 3, 2014.

Copper-amber pour with nice clarity. A cream colored head that builds up quickly and simmers down just as quick but retains some texture all the way to the end.

The nose is sweet caramel malts all the way. There is a the mildest, low profile hop bite, which is the way it should be for this style.

The body falls into the light to medium range but there is a nice creaminess to it.

The taste really echoes the aroma and that aroma announces itself with every sip. Sweet roasted caramel malts are the key thing with a short-lived bitterness on the backside. A decent rendition of the style. (664 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange with burnt Siena hues. Clarity is good. Creamy off-white head quickly settles into a thin slip. A patchwork of thin sticky lacing remains in its wake.

S: Malty scents of shortbread and some toffee. Light whiffs of marmalade and some jammy berry fruits. Subtle wafts of dry dusty oak. A very understated nose that requires concentration to really sniff out what it has to offer. However, the complexity is rewarding once you do.

T: Very fruit forward. Strong pull of orange marmalade. Raspberry jam. Nutty malt picks up the pace on the mid palate. Toffee and treacle. Light hop bitterness and floral flavor. Dry woody oak brings a dry woody vanilla flavor with it. Quick dry finish leaves ghostly fruit, nutty malt, and dusty oak on the palate for just a bit.

M: Medium-thin body. Light malt creaminess is cut by drying oak astringency. Moderate carbonation is very soft on the tongue.

O: It speaks softly, but has a lot to offer. Very light and drinkable. It just lacks the seamless flow that would take it to the next level. (1,083 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Translucent amber with magical disappearing head.

S - Big english malt presence with a some piny hops.

T - Buttery caramel malt with some citrus hops but not bitter. Toffee.

M - Crisp carbonation and easy going on the way down. It's really refreshing for an amber ale.

O - It's a very solid easy drinking ale that packs a nice clean flavour. (349 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Aroma of pine, caramels, biscuit malt, condiments, charred oak and licorice.
Taste follows nose. Pleasant flavor with notes of toasted malt, peppery yeast, caramel, charred oak, pine, licorice, mild herbal and tangy citrusy, English hops and green apples. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Nice American take on English bitter, tasty but still mellow. Malty but well balanced with a relatively decent amount of hops. (505 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at B&B Burger & Beer in Las Vegas.

Amber copper body with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with sweet breads and a touch of fruit. More malt than hop character. A bit too sweet for my liking. A tad syrupy. Fairly light in body with light bitterness in the finish. Mediocre. (286 characters)

Photo of Loco_Joe
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

clear, amber color beer served in a pint glass from a 12oz brown bottle.
sweet and slightly buttery aroma, very English smelling.
sweet caramel and toffee with some subtle bittering on the finish.
crisp, light and refeshing beer that's easy to drink.
reminds me of something Fullers would brew and is a very fine example of an American brewery's take on the style. (364 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear, deep copper color. Minimal head. Head is off-white but it barely even forms. The outer ring of foam leaves stringy lacing.

S-Fruity esters and sweet bread with some very light toffee and a caramel presence. Light floral hoppiness.

T-A mellow, malty flavor that kicks into an extra gear during the finish with a (still mellow) crescendo. Toffee, caramel and fruity yeast. Then the second wave of flavor brings some hoppiness that I find to be floral. Also some cereal and honey.

M-Medium bodied, leaning towards the lighter side. Almost zero bitterness. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-A very easy going beer. It's relaxed and sessionable. I feel as though I wouldn't have appreciated it earlier in my beer drinking experience. I enjoy the subtle nuances of this beer. (782 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours copper color; looks more like honey. Slightly hazy. Finger width foamy head with nice amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is weak, though. Not much there. Slightly bitter/hoppy smell but can't discern many fruit flavors. Smooth malty taste with mod bitterness at the end. Slightly hoppy. Hoppy aftertaste is very light. Maybe a slight citrus taste, but otherwise just malty. Not a bad beer, but not the best. Would drink again, but would buy the Pale 31 instead. (485 characters)

Photo of Daddyrich
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper color with medium foam and little retention.

S-Has a bit of a smokey smell. Smells like most Mexican beers.

T-Sweet initial taste with a slight bite at the finish.

M-Carbonation is well balanced throughout.

O-Decent beer but won't knock your socks off. Simple and easy to drink. (295 characters)

Photo of FitnessForBeer
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From variety pack

A: very dark caramel color, clear unclouded. Very little head that disappeared quickly
S: smells of malts, . Has almost kind of bitter smell
T: malty I think is the best descripter, Tastes like an English bitter. Bitter taste but not any hop taste.
M: pretty easy drinking, carbonation is evident but not seen in the beer
O: not sure of I've had too many of this style, it's fairly good. I'd say try it at least once (436 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pale and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has added notes of buttery malts and hints of fruity yeast and toffee. A slight amount of bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is a very good representation of the style. (639 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap (review from 5/2015):
Pours copper with thick off-white head. Head cover surface thinly but completely decently into the pour. Light haziness, if any.

Nose is pretty much on point with British ales, noble type hops, herbal to lightly floral, and a copper hint I get with English Pale Ales. Average strength.

Taste is bitter from the get-go, earthy and actually a little spicy (hops bite, not "heat"). Caramel notes behind this, mainly acting as an accent. I don't really get that metallic/copper taste too strongly, which is nice. Carbonation is lively, lifting the feel of the beer so it is still refreshing despite the bittering agents. Ending is a tad woody, even a hint of pine, but only mildly drying.

I originally rated this a straight 3.75, and is not a style I appreciate often. I appreciate them more now, and this one hit me right today because of its feel and somewhat balanced taste. (912 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a caramel color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, bread, oak, vanilla, and a little fruitiness.

Taste: Light citrus and grassy hops with a little bitterness followed by bready toasted malts and pale malts. A little oak and vanilla in there too.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little smooth, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A very enjoyable pale ale. Barrel aging has rounded out and mellowed the hops, but this is pretty delicious and solid. Very traditional with other EPA's. (710 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: served on tap into a stange, dark orange amber colored with a short off white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: caramel malt, light hops, pine, grapefruit, slightly sweet

T: great malt profile, caramel sweetness, British hop flavors, slightly sulfury hop quality

M: light to medium body with higher carbonation

O: reviewed from notes taken on 3/6/14, beer focused more on malt flavors than depth of hop flavors, still a very good beer (455 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/9/14.

Poured from the 12 oz., bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint

a: Clear copper with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild citrus or other fruit.

t: Slightly fruity malt with some hop balance. Dry finish.

m: Medium with good body.

o: A good English Pale. I would have rather the malt was more caramellow and prominent, so as such this would not be a top choice for me. But it is a fine representation of the style. (485 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Double Barrel Ale in a pint glass.

Has some murky translucency in a shade of dark amber. Not much settled on top.

Musty malts with an oxidized apple aroma. Some wilted hop and slight cardboard. Not a whole lot good going on.

This may be a little old. Oxidation has occured and tainted what might be a delicate hop/malt combo for an English ale. I taste some generic toastiness, caramelized malts, leftovers for hops, a touch of estery orange candy, and a flair of florality.

Drinks okay. I like the body. It has middle ground and drinkability. Carbonation is on the soft side.

I wish there had been a date listed after the words "Bottled On". Hard to say where we're at here. (680 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up recently at Top Hops in New York. I never had this before and was hoping it would be as good as the Double Jack and the Union Jack. Unfortunately, this didn't quite measure up to those and almost didn't even seem like an English Pale Ale to me. Not a lot of hops to be found here and the malt profile was relatively recessed as well. There was enough carbonation to keep this light at least, as the flavors in this beer didn't last long between sips.

The pour to this was a light copper hue with enough head to be seen, although it didn't last long. Not a lot of lacing here either and the little that remained after each sip slid down the side of my pint glass before I got a chance to really appreciate it. Lots of floral and oak notes in the nose but no vanilla to be found there or in the taste. A hint of bourbon-like stickiness and booze was present here but never did this feel strong or aggressive. The hops were quite English in feel and the aftertaste had just a bit of metallic astringency to it. Since there was enough carbonation present from the pour onward, everything was scrubbed clean relatively quickly.

Sure, this qualified as a session beer but I couldn't see myself drinking more than one or two of these at a time. While not on the level or Fuller's, this beer was pretty easygoing and wouldn't offend anyone who would enjoy this style. Not oily, overly bitter, strong, cloying, or sticky, there was just enough bitterness here to remind me of what kind of beer this was, even if there wasn't anything particularly noteworthy or memorable about it. (1,589 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/11/2013 printed on the front label. A new beer to me from Firestone Walker, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. It's been a while since I last had one of their beers, but my expectations are moderate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a brassy orange with good clarity and lots of bubbles rushing topside. Two fingers of thick sudsy off-white head with good staying power.

S - Smell is pretty faint. A bit of English / caramel / amber malts, green apples, yeast must, a hint of citrus, and mild soapiness.

T - Taste is of good clean English / amber / pale maltiness, a bit of graininess / huskiness, light nuttiness, some bitter earthy hop presence, and sticky green apple. Hint of toasted brown bread.

M - Feel is crisp, sticky, and lightly bitter. Earthy herbal hoppiness, and lots of bready malt on the finish. Light-bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, it was okay for what it was, and a decent example of the style. I would be very interested to see what the more amped up versions of this beer are like. A standard, enjoyable offering from Firestone Walker, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale ---3.5/5 (1,231 characters)

Photo of SvenHayden
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly smooth, laid back beer.

Starts off with a decent foam head. Dissipates relatively quick.

Pretty color. Although lighter than I was expecting for an oaked english style ale. Light brown, copper. Almost matches the bottle. A little more red in hue.

Mostly malt aroma. Just a touch of hop citrus & oak.

Very drinkable, easy malt experience on the palate. Definitely used a good malt profile for an English Ale. A little bit of vanilla oak, slightly tart at the end (probably from the interplay of the hops & oak).

Im gonna guess they used a lightly-toasted hungarian oak. I could be totally wrong.

It wasnt as oaky as i was hoping for, considering it is labeled a Double Barrel Ale.

Overall a good experience though. Ill keep this option in my pocket when im looking for an English Ale experience, which is fairly often. (837 characters)

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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