Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,025
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 62
Gots: 179 | FT: 5
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.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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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.

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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.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,025 ratings.