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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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710 Reviews

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Reviews: 710
Hads: 2,290
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 83
Gots: 296 | FT: 6
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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.