Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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Reviews: 696
Hads: 2,234
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 74
Gots: 264 | 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 TastyTaste
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zorro for the 12 ounces.

Appearance: Dark brown copper color, small head settles fast into nothing. A little off-white foam is left behind.

Smell: Sweet carmel malts, also toasted, very nice.

Taste: Also very pleasing. Bready, toasted malts, sweet carmel flavors, tea leaves and a sizable hop finish that is not overdone, but is prominant. Flavors all work well together. I don't get much of a woody flavor, though.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but late prickly carbonation picks it up, saves the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A very pleasing amber ale, one that is not afraid to showcase both malt and hops. Recommended. (640 characters)

Photo of Rezzin
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This this absolutely beautiful to look at. Pours reddish copper with some orange hues that's absolutely crystal clear. The 1" head is a little lacking and it disappears quickly. If the head retention was better I'd score a 5.

S - Somewhat fruity with a sweet and somewhat sour maltiness. Hop aroma seems subdued.

T - Honey malt flavors up front and slight hop bitterness in the back but for the most part, it's really mild. Some breadiness. Just enough hops to balance things out somewhat but it's a tad low for my tastes but seems to be right on as far as style goes.

M - Smooth going in and thin going down with moderate carbonation

D - Perhaps not my favorite style but not bad. My wife liked this a lot more than I did. (739 characters)

Photo of SethB2
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Red Robin in Yuba City.

Beer served in a liter sized mug. Deep transparent redish amber color with a very nice head on the mug. Smell was nothing great. Some hops and a slight amount of sweetness. Taste was similar. It reminded me of what a APA is when it misses the target. Mouthfeel was thin and watery to me. Drinkability isn't bad. It's a fairly non offensive brew, so throwing a few back wouldn't be too difficult. (436 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep amber with some initial haze that clears up. A light tan head is somewhat small but is doing its best to hold a thin cover. Fades to nothing after a minute, leaving thin but noticeable lacing.

Aroma - slightly sweet grain, faint yeast.

Taste - sweet malty/floral start. Good balancing by the hops, gives the beer an English taste. Finish is balanced, tasty.

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation/body. On target.

Drinkability - easily sessionable, a tasty albeit common brew. (498 characters)

Photo of cervecero
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at my local Vons in Southbay San Diego. Got home and poured this into a glass. The pour gave me about an inch of head, and the color was a reddish with a light caramel hue. It also had a sweet nutty aroma and went down very well. This reminds me alot of New Castle when I first had that. More flavor than the one and only, IMO better. Overall a good beer, I recommend it to other ale lovers. (408 characters)

Photo of scottoale
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open a 12oz bottle and poured a reddish amber-copper hued ale with an inch of light tan head, which settled fairly quick. Little lace but looks inviting.

First smell from the bottle was a sweet, malty aroma, nice. From the glass a bit more earthy, caramel and malt, hint of hop and mild yeast.

Flavor is well balanced, not to sweet, not to bitter with a full body and clean finish, tasty.

In the mouth it's smooth and bubbley yet a bit heavy. It doesn't appear to be very carbonated until it hits your palete, kind of reminds me of hydrogen peroxide but not in taste.

Goes down ok but after 2 of these, I'm feeling a little bit full. Worth a try. (667 characters)

Photo of KroMagnon
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

VERY little head - the beer itself, though, is a nice copper color with orange overtones. The aroma is full of malt, and is pleasant, although I expected more hoppy character to it. There is some toastiness as well as a nice full maltiness. The flavor is also dominated by maltiness, and has some of the same characte as the 'regular' pale ale, but this has more toastiness and seems to have a little bit more hop character. (both beers are not as hoppy as I expected but that's not necessarily a knock). The malt character seems both toasty, slightly caramelly, and also full-bodied as well (that kind of German, solid malt character that reminds you of sweet without actually being sweet). This was good, overall, and the malt character is delicious. Very drinkable - although not a hops showcase, that's OK. (810 characters)

Photo of Tupperwolf
2.46/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coppery brown color into my nonic with an off-white head that froths up to a proper size then dies slowly, over many sips, to a thin ring, leaving behind no lacing.

Smells are quick and extremely hard to define - there's just a little malty honey, but there are some seriously metallic scents that I just can't quite figure out. I think they must come from the hops, or the oak barrels, or something related thereto. Maybe a bit grassy - yep, smells like a hay bale or my uncle's barn.

The taste is equally hard to define, but its' very thin, and what's available to taste is somewhat unpleasant. A kind of metallic, brash flavor, almost like asparagus or raw vegetables - very coppery and one-sided. Not very balanced at all.

Mouthfeel has a reasonable amount of carbonation at first, which quickly dissappears and becomes very watery. Very thin for an ale.

This is drinkable in mad gulps, but it's just not living up to my standards. I really wouldn't even want to drink this with a meal. I had it at a friend's recommendation but wouldn't recommend it to another friend. (1,098 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear deep copper color. half inch foamy head leaves little lacing.

aroma is malty sweet with some floral notes. fairly light even after letting it warm.

not much residual sweetness. leaning towards malt, but a nice finishing bitterness. an easy drinker if you dont want to maul your tastebuds. (301 characters)

Photo of ChiSox05
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, pumpkin orange amber color. Thin head 1/2" thick leaves very light lace. Clear.

Nice medium smooth malty smell, some cranberries.

Some oranges in the taste and subtle citrus hop taste. Great jumps from mild malt to balanced hops to a little yeast and biscuit.

Malty mouthcoating, lighter texture. Light carbonation.

Easy to have more than one, could go as a session beer or with a good meal. (410 characters)

Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale pours a clear tawny amber color. Moderate carbonation and low head retention. Fruity, spicy, yeasty aroma wafts from the lip of my glass. Undercurrent of biscuit, bread, toffee, and caramel in nose. Prominent fruity British yeast character at first sip fades into a nice balance of toasted biscuits and earthy English hops. Woody flavor of hops mingled with oak sticks in the finish. Smooth and medium-bodied session brew in the tradition of an English bitter. Thanks to lostbearbrew and BIF 23 for this sample. (520 characters)

Photo of poluti
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at the Westwood Brewing company. It poured a lacy white head with a deep amber color (pretty typical). It smelled like a light ale with a hint of floral noted. I enjoyed the smell. It had a great body of smell with the hint of hops hitting the nose- almost spicy. The taste was malty sweet and the hops were present- I wished I had a little more of the bitter kick- but the goldings were def. present which is a great sign for an english ale. It had a bit of a fruity kick to it. The texture was smooth as it lightly covers the palate. I found this beer highly drinkable and have already recommended it to friends who can kind it on tap. (660 characters)

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

This is an English style amber, not American one bit. well it's made here in pasa robles, CA. But still i really, really liked this one for an English style beer....and I;m not a big fan of the style because i usually get let down. Not here. This beer screams drink at cellar temp...not too cold for this one.
a: amber. but really nice lacing..cool
smell: that English yeast smell...and some good malts backing it up..nice
taste: for once that English yeast taste is in the beer but doesn't overpower. It blends with the English hops and smooth malty taste. Very smooth thought..the yeast provides more flavor than the hops on this one. but like I said there is a good balance.
mouthfeel: nice drinkability: good. this has session beer all over it....
I wish this were cheaper as it would make an excellent fall back sessioner. This compares to Bass but is better. (872 characters)

Photo of Jamie134
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a British Pale Ale despite others believing it is an amber. Amber merely describes the color. Website says all imported malt and hops. The result is apparent in the taste. It is more of a low-key session beer, highly drinkable. The oak fermentation also contributes a smoothness and sweetness to the beer. Very enjoyable. (329 characters)

Photo of mitchfor3
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle purchased at BevMo as part of a sixer for about $7.

Fairly light in color with a fizzy and fast-fading head. Mediocre lacing.

Smell is faint for an amber, with a slight alcohol twang balanced by a mild sweetness.

Tastes like it smells. Noticeable alcohol without much in the way of hops. Sweet malt, but not particularly rich or deep - a little thin.

Overall just an average amber. Definitely drinkable but there are much better options out there. Try Red Tail, Boont, or Red Nectar instead. Or if you really want to be blown away try Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale! (624 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber ale huh? Well, I give it a plus because it doesn't taste cheap. Actually I would compare this to Anchor Steam, without the taste of a Steam. It was better in color, almost like a pale ale more than an amber ale with a good head that stuck around and it smells better than the average amber. Mouth was , well, like any other.

Taste to me, it was better than other ambers I've tried, but considering this is billed as being fermented in toasted oak, I gotta say, it made a slight difference if any. Almost gave this a vernors finish but not enough to set this aside. Good hops and malty flavor, a little subdued compared to reds. I guess that is from the oak barrel too.

Drinkability is average. It was a step above JWD's amber, but still, just another amber. (770 characters)

Photo of rousee
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The marketing/packaging of this beer almost looks big beer co-esque.

It seems maybe there are some amber ales that I like. Good appearance as it throws a major fluff top that settles quickly. Nice lace.

Smell is a very mild and subtle cedar-maltiness. Taste is smooth--quite decent for an amber but it is slightly thin. Very smooth and drinkable but amber ales are not really my thang. Pretty nice mouthfeel too. I'd buy more of this if it was at my local store...if nothing more than to get a better grasp on whether or not I like it a lot. I'd say it is definitely worth trying once or twice... (603 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle (Courtesy of Presario): Poured a deep amber color with a medium head without much retention. Aroma of bitter hops is clearly evident. Taste is a bit one-dimensional with some bitter hops and caramel malt and a thin body. Seems to be lacking character to make it truly interesting. (287 characters)

Photo of danielharper
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Boston Lager, in a good way, I promise.

I poured this beer into a pint glass pretty much straight after bringing it home, but on the fairly long drive it had warmed to about room temperature. Appearance was a nice light amber color with a thick off-white head to top it off; the head dissipated quickly but left a tiny bit of foam clouding the top.

Smell was moderate but pleasant, primarily a medium hoppiness and a tiny hint of oak -- the first beer I can really claim that I smelled the oak presence off of. Pleasant and enjoyable, set the stage for the beer.

The taste was quite nice, a lot like Sam Adams but with a more up-front fruit profile, primarily apples (standard for an American Amber), but with a similar hop profile and still with that oaky goodness that I got from the nose.

This one had a light-bodied mouthfeel with a reasonably low carbonation -- I found it refreshing and enjoyable, if somewhat uncomplex. Didn't really coat the throat or stick around for an aftertaste, but when it was there it was nice.

Overall drinkability is high, at a moderate 5% alcohol, I could probably drink several of these while bullshitting on the computer or watching TV, and they'd be well-enjoyed for that purpose. If the major brewers in America ever produce beers with more flavor, I'm guessing this is pretty much what they'll taste like -- inoffensive and dull to beer geeks, but smooth, easy-drinking, and good-tasting overall.

In my notes I call this a "perfect pizza beer". Take that with what you will. (1,614 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beermaninpa for this...
Appears a deep amber with a 1 finger off white head and ok lacing. Solid amounts of carbonation pumping towards the top.
Smell is of slight oakiness with light creamy maltiness and a touch of hops.
Taste is of a light oak tasting amber ale with a touch of vanilla and mild hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Feels a bit tingly with some bitter & sweetness that mixes well and is fairly decent.
Drinkability is actually that of a nice, strong session brew. Despite nothing spectacular jumping out, this is highly drinkable and enjoyable. (574 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at McCormick & Shmick's in Pasadena.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown color with thin, off-white lacing for a head. The carbonation slowly drifts to the top, almost like it doesn't want to go. The head thins very quickly and swirling doesn't really revive the head. It has no stickiness to it and barely stays together as on clump of bubbles.

Smell: Crisp malt aroma with a light floral hop scent. Not much to smell on this beer besides the malt.

Taste: Lightly sour and roasty malt flavor with a bready sweetness. Some faint diacetyl fruit flavors crop up around the earthy hop ending. They combine to give the beer a nice bitter sweet ending. Crisp malt flavor dominates throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel: Dry on the palate yet very smooth. Light to medium bodied and it got lighter in the last quarter of the beer to give it a watery ending. It surely was refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

Drinkability: I can't say I'd go looking for this beer again, but I probably wouldn't turn it down either. Middle of the road and forgettable, but still tasty. (1,074 characters)

Photo of baiser
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper red, with a small, off white head. Some caramel and fruit in the nose. Medium bodied, crisp carbonation. Decent taste, very well balanced. Bready, caramel, slight fruity sweetness and moderate bitterness. A very drinkable, average ale. (255 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle pours a clear chestnut body with copper accents. Body is alive with small carbonation bubbles. Small beige head is shortlived but laces well.
Aroma: Very assertive bouquet of sweet malts and spicy hops. Toasty malts, with notes of caramel and molasses, struggle to assert against the dominant English style spicy hops. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
Taste: Very well balanced, with spicy hops serving up a lasting bitterness. Malty notes of toffee and caramel with a hint of molasses. Pleasant notes of toasty grain throughout, and a slight vanilla presence from oak aging. Hops gain a pine cone bitterness toward the finish but are balanced by the sweet maltiness for an even finish.
Drinkability: A very well executed American Amber that is on the sweet malty side, yet retains a solid hops bitterness. This is one I would certainly like to keep around. Many thanks to mntlover for bringing this bottle by. (968 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright coppery orange with maize colored accents. Exceedingly fine carbonation slowly rises to a light gold, orangish beige cap. The foam has a solidity about it that promotes a slow, somewhat rocky, descent and results in a decent showing in the lace department. Several concentric rings are seen at midglass when the beer is nearly gone.

The nose is hoppier than expected. I would never confuse it with an IPA, or even a hoppy APA, but it's nice to run across what appears to be a hop-dominant amber ale. There's still a toasted malt background keeping the aroma grounded. The spicy, herbal (probably English) hops are where the action is however.

I like Double Barrel. There's a moderately sweet, whole grain toast-like malt structure that is firm without being unyielding. It's still pretty hoppy, but is more balanced than anticipated after the sniff test. This beer reminds me of an English pale ale or an ESB, and a pretty good one at that. The flavor profile is clean and is anything but shy. I get the sense the brewers hit the flavor target they were shooting for.

The medium length finish manages to keep a fair amount of bitterness in contact with the taste buds after the beer is gone. Dry and bitter is as good a way to finish as any other. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, although I'm sure the active carbonation is somewhat responsible for that impression.

Firestone Double Barrel Ale is a good one. It has no real faults and is as well-constructed as any amber ale that I've had in a while. I could definitely make a session out of a few of these and I'm sure they would go well with a wide variety of foods. This isn't quite a head turner, but it is a delicious, satisfying ale. (1,722 characters)

Photo of beersarang
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, almost gold with a tan head that is creamy but recedes into a thin collar and minimal lace. Frikkin clear.

Slight grains and hop aroma, not too prominent.

Firm slightly roasted malt profile, and a very nice grapefruit hop presence. Overall rather balanced and smooth tasting. Finishes a little sweet, as an amber should, with grains at the exhale. Very solid.

Lighter bodied, quite drinkable. A good standby that is available everywhere, a good crossover beer as well. (498 characters)

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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