1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,613 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1613
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%

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)
View: Beers (64) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Double Barrel Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,613 | Reviews: 636 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of TheMarkE


3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice amber color, good foam, decent retention.

Smell: Strong malt aroma with pine and spice in the background. Fairly complex.

Taste: Malty with a touch of caramel and a nice hop bitterness to wash it down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied.

The Verdict: I like it. A solid pale ale to sip with your meal or great to throw back a few after work.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 23:53:00 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of Oakenator


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown to amber - color really looks nice. Some carbonation and just a little lacing. Smell is fairly regular ale, with maybe a hint of smoke coming through. Taste starts with strong ale flavors - some darker malts - but then the oak definitely brings through a very light vanilla but more smoke presence on the back end. Really nice beer for what they did in this ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:03:38 | More by Oakenator
Photo of Moose90


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light amber, 1/2" head with minimal lacing.

S - Bread malt, slight wheat toast coming through. Refreshing.

T - Malt up front with a little bit of bitter hops on the finish. Very well balanced. Nice light-medium malt with an equal hop finish.

M - Light-Medium body, finish disappears rather quickly.

O - Nailed in for the style. Unfortunately I am just not a die hard fan for the style. It's a solid beer, no doubt about it; but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:25:22 | More by Moose90
Photo of Fatehunter


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of head. Clear, copper colored body.
Smells has a nice dose of caramel and pine. Good.
Taste lets the malt come through nicely. Mildly sweet with just a bit of bitterness. A little citrus.
Texture is smooth, short of creamy. Really nice for a pale ale.
Drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 03:12:26 | More by Fatehunter


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale

Appearance: DBA pours a great looking, crystal clear deep amber/copper. Its effervescence is extremely active, with carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass at a rapid pace. There is an off-white, creamy looking finger of head that eventually sinks to a nice crust. There is an impressive amount of lacing for the beer’s low ABV. This is one of the darker pale ales that this reviewer has seen, and is a very nice looking beer.

Aroma: The malt is extremely present in the aroma, but it is an odd, almost adjunct-lager smell to the malt that is not at all pleasing. Along with that comes a bit of a yeasty aroma and some biscuits and crackers. Caramel and toffee are also there. The hops do not come through very much, which is a shame. What is there is floral, but it is extremely hard to sniff out. It is not a bad smelling beer, but the evocation of awful American adjunct lager smells is not a positive association.

Taste: Pretty much follows the nose, without the nasty adjunct lager suggestion. The caramel malts come through really nicely, and there is just barely a bitterness. In fact, the yeast comes through and gives a sort of marmalade quality as well. The only real drawback to the flavor is the fact that the flavor just is not quite flavorful enough. This would do better as a beer with more ABV, so it can be assumed that Double DBA was a great choice for Firestone Walker.

Mouthfeel: Like the taste, there is not much to comment on here. It is a pretty run-of-the-mill beer with a medium to thin mouthfeel, quite active carbonation, and not much else going on. The finish is relatively dry, but is not astringent at all. This would be a refreshing beer on a hot summer day, but as it is, like the rest of the beer, the mouthfeel is just expected and average.

Overall: Having never had a Firestone Walker beer before, I had high hopes. This may not have been the place to start. This is an extremely pedestrian offering that really does not do anything special. I would certainly not turn this down if offered me, but I also would not actively seek it out again. Given that FW does not distribute to Wisconsin, this choice will not even be available to me. I will not judge FW based on this beer alone, as it does not have a great pedigree as it is. 14/20

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:33:24 | More by THANAT0PSIS
Photo of danieelol


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful toffee red with lovely frothy head and lacing.

Smell is very complex. Yeasty, honeycomb malts, oranges. Definitely get the oak, but it contributes not so much in terms of aromatics but more in terms of a slightly fruity, Belgian, even fusel-like note.

Taste is a carryover of subtle oak, honeycomb, oranges.

Mouthfeel is moderate- goes down creamy and easily with a bitter finish, fairly sharp and yeasty, boozy, Belgian.

Overall a nice, complex beer which drinks like it might as well have come from the Fuller's stable.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:51:52 | More by danieelol
Photo of MarioM


3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light copper color with an off white head that lingered for no more than a few seconds. High to medium carbonation it seems, very clear but let's smell the damn thing now.

S: Great aroma actually, I get some fruitiness, maybe cherries but really candi like. Must be from its expected great maltiness, like a good English pale should be. A great smelly beer!

T: Great malty sweetness, a lot of sweet caramel and fruitiness with a perfect bitterness to beautifully balance it out. Great flavor and a great exams of the style.

M: Not too carbonate but more than I would expect of an English Pale but regardless a great brew with lingering maltiness with a great balancing hop back bone.

O: A great pale with all the flavor and maltiness I would expect. A bit more bread like maltiness than I like but very balanced, fruity and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:28:44 | More by MarioM
Photo of phishsihq


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This English-style pale ale pours an intriguing amber-orange, and it is capped with a thin, white head and moderate amounts of lace stick to the glass. Sweet malt aromas, most caramel and toffee, meld into some floral hop aromas. Flavors or toffee, biscuits, caramel, and tea create an interesting sweetness that becomes balanced by some grassy, floral hop flavors and bitterness. Finishing clean and dry, DBA is moderate in both mouthfeel and carbonation. Never a dull beer from these perennial medal winners!


Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:41:59 | More by phishsihq
Photo of ElSid


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California


Bottled on Date: 9/26/12

A: Clear copper with a transient head of white foam which leaves behind trace lace on the glass

S: Biscuity and sugary malt with a pinch of pine and herb which adds a nice olfactory kick.

T: Well balanced with buttery biscuit, caramel, and brown sugar maltiness. Wisps of vanilla and wood. The malts are contrasted with earthy bittering hops which also have some notes of herb, pine and a tea-like leafiness.

M: Smooth with a good amount of bubbles and ample linger.

O: The flavors do well together but as a whole this brew is somewhat pedestrian with no real exceptional moments but overall Double Barrel remains a satisfactory representation of the English Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 04:52:27 | More by ElSid
Photo of smakawhat


4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 21st 2012.

A real nice pour brings a great dark copper red caramel body, crystal clear, hints of chestnut brown edges, a nice smorgasborg of colors. Head is off white, somewhat fluffy making three fingers, with some decent pinhead size consistency. A real classic looking pint.

Nose is filled with lots of wonderment. Toasty crispy malt backbone, with a sweet cinnamon. Hints of fruity esters. Caramel and strawberries. Real nice mix on the bouquet here, quite decent and impressive really digging this, and excited about what might come next.

Palate hits with a large but mellow tea herbal palate. Finishes clean with a light body and bringing the toast aromas found on the nose. Slightly grainy finish. Quenching. Mild sense of cream and a mellow oolong black tea like aftertaste, and lots leafy character.

Overall, from the nose to palate there is a little bit of minor disappointment but it's still a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 18:39:18 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to SatlyMalty for this, my first FW beer. Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white bubbly head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random assortments of surface foam.

S- Biscuity and doughy with a soft herbal hop aroma. Definitely smells like an English ale.

T- Bready malt with a touch of hop bitterness. Toasty, somewhat nutty. Very Easy to drink with a moderate amount of alcohol flavor. Faint caramel sweetness.

M- Very smooth with a moderate body. Medium carbonation.

O- A very good all-around brew that's spot on for the style. Excellent balance makes for easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:07:33 | More by Immortale25
Photo of tlazaroff


2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight vanilla on the nose and not a whole lot else. Somewhat disappointing actually.

Beautiful dark copper color on this beer with a slightly off-white head that just creates the most sticky lacing. Its really something to behold.

Vanilla upfront, it has this kind of bourbonesque approach to it. The vanilla just grows and grows until it overtakes the aftertaste and that is all I can taste. Light in body and a smooth carbonation make this quite quaffable, but overall I don't really care for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:48:19 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a becker glass. Bottled on 5/14/12

A- Poured a very clear copper color with visible carbonation and a frothy head that left chunky lace

S- Some sweet fruit esters, some biscuit notes, and english malts. Pretty faint aroma

T- Pretty big fruity notes, lots of toasted malt, toffee, big sweet tea taste, floral notes, and biscuit notes

M- Medium body, smooth, finishes dry, prickly carbonation

O- This was a really good easy drinking beer. I have not really tasted a beer like this, actually I don't think I have had many English Pale Ales. Very balanced, crisp drinking, and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:00:31 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of BrownNut


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer ordered online that's almost four months old and that tastes faded-out/baked-out. Was it too hot on the long transit route maybe? Is it the age? Both? I don't know but this tasted like nothing, a real disappointment. Giving placeholder scores until I can re-try a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:17:29 | More by BrownNut
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer notes from 7/17/2012; on tap out in San Fran: pours clear amber copper color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left very good foamy lacing and rings as it goes down.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, cracker, herbs, caramel and light yeast funk; nose is pretty
much malty and basic.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, grains, cracker, herbs, caramel, light brown sugar, mild floral hops, tart fruit like pear or sour grape and a light yeast funk; it's a clean ale that seems English in origin.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with fizzy carbonation, a slick feel on the tongue and a malty finish that goes down fast and easy. This is a very basic beer, but man it went down so quick and smooth that it would be a great session beer. Oddly boring from Firestone Walker but still extremely refreshing and easy to quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 03:15:29 | More by CHickman
Photo of tjsdomer2


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

Appearance: Very murky honey-golden. Good foam and excellent lacing.

Smell: Burnt vanilla, sort of like bourbon. Some vague woody notes as well. Very malty in my opinion.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very subdued flavors. Burnt vanilla and oak. Very faint floral hop flavors in this as well. I was not initially in love with the mouthfeel, and I found it a bit thin. However, as this warms, the oaky, resiny traits of this beer come out, and the fiery bourbon sensation grows.

Overall: A very good beer that gets better as you drink. Would make a great session.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 17:43:16 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of portia99


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

12oz bottle (bottled 4/23/12) courtesy of a recent trade with Wasatch...thanks John! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a thick finger plus of fluffy off-white foam that shows decent staying power. Rocky and webby lacing is left on the glass nicely after the head falls to the surface after a minute or so.

S - Malty, sweet, caramelly with almost an iced tea like character too. Touches of lemony, citrusy hops but mostly malt in the nose.

T - Malty, sweet and earthy. Still getting some of the tea-like character of the aroma in the flavor as well. Balanced well towards the malty side, with enough hops to keep it from being too sweet.

M - So smooth on the palate. Carbonation is a bit on the light side, but still gives enough of a tingly bite on the back of the throat on each swallow. Goes down like water...body is light. Perhaps a bit heavy for a summer day, but perfect for a fall afternoon in front of a football game for sure.

O - Well brewed, solid pale ale. Definitely of the English variety showing more balance and malt forwardness than a typical American version of the style. Somewhat light, mild, easy drinking. Good sessionable pale ale. Probably not going to satisfy the hopheads out there, but malty beer lovers will enjoy and it seems to be an approachable beer for the newbie craft drinkers as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:22:15 | More by portia99
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 4/23/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, orange zest, biscuit, herbal, floral, earth, nuttiness, and grass. Nice aromas with good balance, decent strength and complexity; quite pleasant. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, earth, and light orange and grapefruit. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and light citrus on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish. Good flavor balance between toasty flavors and hop flavors; and fairly robust feeling. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really nice English pale ale. Nice flavor balance with a good amount of fairly robust flavor; extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 05:25:43 | More by superspak
Photo of pkalix


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

buttery? that's a description for this type of brew? i can see it. i can also see the sometimes nutty" description also. no head to speak of from my bottle. nothing special regarding any kind of lacing. sweet smell up front, sweet taste up front, some caramel-ly towards the back, and voila! a decent, sessionable brew. at 5% they're playing it safe and able to sell six packs nationwide.... mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, light to mdium body; i little extra "something" thrown in there (a slightly exotic hop, maybe?) to give it a slight foreign twang, and this one's a winner. with some good marketing they ought to be able to stock shelves within a good 1500 mile radius.... not a bad brew, something i could drink maybe 3 of before looking for the chips and dip...

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 00:55:46 | More by pkalix
Photo of AgentMunky


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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Short-lived head tops a clear amber-brown beer.

S: Big, caramel malt. Pleasant, but not what I expected from a pale ale. Sweet-sticky vanilla molasses.

T/M: The taste is similar to the smell, but with a touch of English hops and a splash of citrus. Predominantly sweet, with a carbonated mouthfeel and an aftertaste of molasses. Interesting pale ale. Slightly nutty at times.

O: Solid, interesting, and worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 05:48:42 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of vkv822


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip pint

Clear burnt-orange, amber color with a foamy off white head.

Well balanced, toasty biscuit notes, some toffee sweetness, nutty, floral hops, lightly earthy.

Medium body with soft, fizzy carbonation.

Easy drinking, well balanced beer that still offers a pleasant array of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 07:10:16 | More by vkv822
Photo of PicoPapa


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a semi translucent brownish orange color with almost no head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of bread, malts, nuts, and some booze. Tastes like nutty bread along with a nice malt flavor. Some floral hop flavor. Tastes a bit boozey, which is surprising considering the ABV is 5%, but that most likely comes from the barrel. Either way it works well. Juicy mouthfeel. Extremely easy to drink. Overall, the more I sip this one the more I'm liking it. Worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:39:32 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of chanokokoro


4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

Pours a golden amber with a one and half finger off-white head. A bit of lacing is evident as the head slowly recedes. A pleasant aroma of subtle oak, light notes of vanilla, and hints of caramel. Very unique mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy on the edges that lends to a brew that is fairly medium bodied especially for a pale ale, however the carbonation is crisp and clean. Extremely smooth, coats the mouth. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, charred oak, herbs and flora, and bread crust can all be found in this brew. Subtle, but extremely complex. Frankly much more complex than countless brews with better ratings. This brew is a true triumph.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:19:39 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of jfvarela


4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper amber color

Smell: Very mild - pale malts, caramel malts, slightly biscuity, slight coffee - vaguely English hops

Taste: Caramel and pale malts, toasted grains, lightly toasted biscuits, and coffee - dry, with minimal sweetness - minimal bitterness, too - some English hops
Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, very drinkable

Overall: Very Good

This is a very good English Pale Ale I've had. I enjoyed this beer very well

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 18:44:15 | More by jfvarela
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a frothy head. Bready aroma and flavor. The oak barrel smell and taste is there, but could be stronger. Fairly creamy and easy to drink. Nothing too nuts from the brewery that gave us Parabola, Pale 31 and the Jacks, but no slouch either. It's probably the best EPA brewed in America.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 18:28:51 | More by TheRealBigC
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.