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Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
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743 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
743
Ratings:
2,422
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
20.71%
 
 
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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Reviews: 743 | Ratings: 2,422
Photo of Nickholland
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you like bourbon then you will love this beer. I'm impressed. This is a really unique beer. For the amount of complexity it's relatively light. (5%alc) Beautiful copper color, good malty aroma, this is not a hop heads beer. Flavor is toffee/vanilla and bourbon. You really can taste the oak aging. Well done and will be buying again. Beer Adv really missed on this one in my opinion.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice medium amber color. Very clear. 1 finger cream colored head. Leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing behind.

Smooth caramel aroma. Toffee, leather, and a hint of flowers. Fresh bread.

Caramel and toffee on the tongue. Light, chewy malt. Hints of black pepper. Some sweetness, maybe brown sugar.

Nice medium body and mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Easy drinking. Smooth and well balanced.

Very nicely done beer of a style than is not as widely available as some.

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Photo of fx20736
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coppery red amber, stiff cumulus head. Aroma of freshly turned earth. Taste of nutty, earthy maltiness with a touch of cocoa like alkaline bitterness. Mouthfeel is frothy and effortless. This beer is superb.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a one finger off white head. Aroma is caramel, toast, and floral, earthy hops. Taste is caramel, biscuit, floral, earthy, and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a very, very good bitter/english pale ale. Every sip leaves me wanting more, although I probably like this beer more than most. Just excellent.

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

The beer pours a very nice tannish head that takes a while to dissipate but still leaves a film on the top of the beer and in the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a clear copper color that is fairly close to a deep amber. The beer looks really nice but bordering closer to an amber ale than an English pale ale, but it still looks pretty solid and nice.

The beer smell is pretty nice but is a little spicy. The beer smell has strong malt smells with a leafy hop note. The smell has various malt notes ranging from caramel, lightly toasted, and a little bit bready.

The taste is somewhat the same in regards to notes. The beer has lightly toasted and caramel malt flavor balanced by a light and crispy hop presence. The hop presence is a bit flowery, which gives the beer a pretty nice earthy note.

The mouthfeel is good. The beer is a little heavy and probably medium bodied because of the malt presence. The beer is smooth with a little carbonation to it but not much. Overall, the feel is pretty nice and refreshing.

Overall, a pretty good English Pale Ale and worth getting. It's said to see this beer getting dinged for being malty and meeting the criteria for the beer type.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sort of an underappreciated brew, IMO, whose nuances are probably easily missed. My favorite part about this -- and I pick it up more in bottled versions than draught -- is the light vanilla note the Firestone Union oak barrels offer. It mixes so well with the toffee malt notes and really makes something unique. Nice noble hop contributions too, and really overall just a super clean beer that well reflects what English ale is all about.

(Bumping this up across the board, as I've come to especially appreciate this brew, the likes of which are almost non-existent these days. Great noble hop notes, captures the English ale yeast contribution to a tee, and the malt profile is delightful, toasty, lightly sweet, and just a bit of that intrigue from the Union barrels. Trying to start giving smaller beers their due -- may as well start here!)

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Photo of Pencible
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear copper with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like rusty copper and earthy barley, with a little citrus.
T: It tasted like caramel and earthy barley malts, with a little copper hops. It had a clean, mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Thin body.
D: This was far from the modern IPAs. The scent was not very appealing. The taste was more sweet than bitter. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Drinkable, but not recommended.

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

This is a very solid English style light ale. Nice roasty notes, sweet caramel balanced by slight hop presence and crispness. Enjoyed this one. Another solid FW offering.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Reviewed on May 29th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Poured a clean copper body. A short light tan head quickly collapsed and left a sparse amount of lacing.

Nose
Sweet, caramel heavy malts. Faint hint of floral hops. Subtle aroma all around.

Mouth
Heavy hit of malts up front... caramel and bread, fairly dense. Floral hops cut through the malts, attempting to lighten things up. Floral hops finished semi-sweet with a nice lingering presence of caramel malts. Medium bodied. Moderate/high carbonation.

Notes
I was surprised with the density of this brew. The overall taste was familiar and underwhelming. Not a bad brew but not my favorite.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I liked this way more than most people. It's definitely a shallower, weaker beer than most of Firestone Walker's others, but still decent in my opinion. It smells like toast, maybe a tiny hint of cantaloupe. I liked the aftertaste - nice balance of fruit, toasty malt, and the alcohol is completely hidden.

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Photo of Brevbin
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Received in a trade. Zero head. Smells nonexistent. Color is good. Tastes metallic with a slight oak notes. Mouthful is lacking. I must have gotten a bad/old bottle.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. I'm disappointed in its rough texture and weak retention, and by the fact it doesn't leave behind any lacing. (3)

Smell: It's kind of hard to tell what the aroma is trying to accomplish. There's a definite influence of the cask-conditioned bitter here (I get some light ale esters and a touch - and boy, do I mean just a touch - of oak), to be fair. But I also pick up hints of diacetyl (small touches are not unwanted in the style) and cereal grain at first. The solution: let it open up in the glass. The bad notes go away, and the fruity esters appear a bit more vividly. Caramel and toasted bread notes tie it all together. Unfortunately, the whole aroma seems subdued in the wrong ways. (3)

Taste: The flavor, again, is subtle. I do like how there are actual ale esters next to the bready malt backbone, at least - notes of cherry, apricot, and peach appear initially. I swear I pick up notes of cereal grain lurking around throughout, though its presence doesn't ruin the beer. I'm not picking up any toasted oak or vanilla qualities. All in all, a boring ale. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Cereal grains seem to give a nice lightness, but it also makes the finish a little sweet. The latter is due to the low carbonation. Hey, it goes down easily. (3)

Overall: I've been waiting to try FW's flagship for a while now, and the end result is...meh. There's nothing special about this - I enjoy certain elements (like the presence of fruity esters), but it doesn't tie together to become any sort of world-beater. It's a solid gateway beer, and that's about it. I'll give this one a second chance if I find it on cask. (3)

2.9/5: ...yep, I'm still gonna stick with Pivo Pils

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Photo of JohnL9013
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Could just be that this isn't my style, but I'm not too keen on this beer. It tastes like a macro brew to me. Slightly skunky, a little bitter, and not much else by way of flavor. The mouthfeel is great, it's surprisingly smooth, but the taste is inexcusable. I won't be getting this again.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This unique beer has a foreboding appearance: a dark copper color body, with a dearth of carb bubbles, lying beneath a wispy cap of foam. There is an initial nose of plum; the palate, meanwhile, has its work cut out as this particular beer seems to have diverted from the expected English Pale Ale. There is a heavy layer of rye supplemented by the aforementioned plum. The balance and mouthfeel excels, however, It is firm, yet smooth on the tongue. Really more of a sessional IMHO.
While it does not exceed the Firestone Jacks (Union, Double and Wookey), it does provide the consumer with a wild detour from the expected.

Another wonderful brew from this outstanding brewer. (I understand they also make tires - or something.)

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Photo of ARoman
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Transferred from old notes - 1/12/2014*
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Aromas of sour fruits - mostly apple and grape come to mind - start this one out with some faint yogurt smells sneaking through underneath. It’s a sparkling golden caramel coloring with a light, puffy white head that retains pretty well and leaves a nice lacing consisting of mostly micro-sized bubbles with some splotches of medium and small bubbles. It is mostly sour and yogurt-tart with moderate resin bitterness and a light, dull, sweet presence as well. The thin body contains a significant, but not overwhelming, amount of carbonation. It has a dry mouthfeel with some light peachy flavors as well as a toasted bread with butter taste. It finishes with a mostly toasty, resin finish, but after that fades, a cherry yogurt aftertaste is what lingers longest.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Hay Merchant, served in a 16 oz shaker pint. A deep amber brown with dense off white head and lace. What starts toward a straightforward amber ale finds a better balance with earthy hops and barrel wood adding complexity and offsetting much malty sweetness with a crisper, drier finish.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a grainy nose with traces of fruit and treacle. Pours brilliant copper amber under a 1” white finely bubbled foam cap. Very lacy. Big, super creamy lightly toasted malt character, graham cracker, hint of caramel, traces of light fruit, dries on the finish with some grainy astringency. Medium to medium full body and slightly below medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

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

Pours out a copper/amber with a thick fluffy off white head that has great retention.

Floral hops and some sweet caramel and slight toastiness.

Light hop bitterness. Earthy and bready and woody. Caramel, toast.

Light bodied and a litle dry.

Nice session ale.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic Imperial pint glass (it seemed appropriate).

Appearance - Dark copper color. Great clarity. Moderate, off-white head. Big stickage. Nice.

Smell - Malt. Toasty.

Taste - Big malt flavor. Sweet. Toasty. Slightly bitter. Dry hop finish.

Mouth - Slick. Fizzy.

Overall - Why doesn't this beer have a higher BA rating? This beer reminds me, very much, of a quality English ESB. Highly chugable.

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

Overall: Solid easy to drink ale. This is American pub beer at its finest [4.25]
Look: Amber in color with a foamy head. Leaves behind chaotic lacing [4]
Smell: Floral and Herbal. Spicy. Toast. [4]
Taste: Follows the smell. Caramel malt asserts itself nicely. [4]
Feel: Spot on for a balanced english ale. Slightly creamy, nothing sticks out. Perfect carbonation. [5]

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color. Malt forward nose, a hint of hops. Malty sweet caramel, with a slight floral hop backing that really balances this out. A bready aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. I didn't know what to expect from this one, wasn't really sure what it was, but it's damn good!

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Photo of snilsen13
1.68/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looks great, a nice dark amber. Very inviting, but its a trap.
This one smells like vomit.
Pinching my nose, it tastes mostly like sweet malts - caramel, etc., not too interesting. Add the vomit smell, it sucks.

Probably a bad batch, bottled 11/10/14, about 10 weeks ago.
Just reading others ratings and I find that I'm not alone. Maybe many bad batches but more likely just a crappy beer. Avoid.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.