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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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2,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,068
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 66
Gots: 197 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Photo of Stevedore
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of Marius
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aj_tuna
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timontheroad
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,068 ratings.