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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,897 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 135 | FT: 3
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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Photo of WankelEngine
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a brilliantly clear amber caramel color which highlights some moderate carbonation. Smallish off-white head fades fairly quickly. Lacing is mild.

S: The aroma is equal parts biscuity malt and some mild herbal hops.

T: The biscuit malt flavor is a little more forward than in the aroma, but still a very balance flavor. Light caramel complements the breadiness, while some noble hop flavors provide their mild bitterness. Finish is very clean and crisp.

M: Smooth and easy drinking. Carbonation is low but it really works for this beer.

O: Actually a stunning beer. One of the easiest drinking beers I have ever had. Actually had to open another one while writing this because the first one disappeared so fast! Easier to throw back than BMC-lite, but with great flavor nonetheless. Love it.

WankelEngine, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of tsco7
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

tsco7, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

whatname, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

Bottled on 11-27-12

Poured into a pint glass. DBA is a crystal clear amber body with red tones throughout that shows off an abundant amount of carbonation. The peach-colored head starts at about two fingers and slowly recedes to a thin lace on top. Really an attractive beer, and were the head to stick around more, I'd give it a 5.

The aroma isn't bad, but certainly not very exciting. The predominant aroma is crisp and metallic, but there are wafts of vanilla, oak, husky malt, and a whiff of earthy hops. I do wish the aroma hops were a tad stronger.

Letting this beer warm to just below room temperature is a great idea, as the flavors here are too delicate to show through if it is too chilled. When it gets there, expect light flavors that deliver gentle, subtle complexity. Toasted oak and vanilla are undercurrents here, with a smooth bitterness up front that is followed by a sweet caramel maltiness in the finish and exhale. Very well balanced.

Carbonation is a bit much at the start, but settles down through the pint to create a smooth finish. Medium to light in body. Soft mouthfeel and almost a creamy finish. Excellent.

To me, DBA offers something different, and it is an exceptional beer. Very attractive beer with a subtle oak nature that really plays well on this style. However, the hops are taking only a balancing role here, and I personally think that they should dial up the English hops (maybe use Fuggle) at the end of the boil. That would make for a better English Pale. Though I can't argue with what their doing since they have won a ton of awards from this beer. Keep doin what you're doin guys!

MusicaleMike, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

pearljam118, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Blue
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Blue, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Azrael
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Azrael, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Hugonaut13, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of browniewithnuts
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

browniewithnuts, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Beerswag, Feb 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

hilgart1, Feb 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

eulerthegrape, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Zuidman, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%


A: It has a nice golden copper color with a white head.

S: It has a musty malt aroma to it that I am not a fan of. That is really all that is there

T: There is nothing special about this beer. It has heavy lager notes to it with minimal hop character.

M: There is a nice feel to it with great carbonation to it.

O: I would not get this beer again. There is nothing that is great about this beer.

jvillefan, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of amalahow
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

amalahow, Feb 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

calcnerd, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of marct
4/5  rDev +9%

marct, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of deuce9259
3/5  rDev -18.3%

deuce9259, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Pours very much like an IPA with a nice clear amber brown color and a 1/2 inch of sticky foam.

S - Smells of mild english malts, bread, toffee, and some sweet citrus hops.

T - Taste is very easy and clean with a biscuit hit, some citrus hops, and just a mild touch of herbal twang.

M - Light, refreshing, easy drinking ale.

Overall definitely overpaid at 4 dollars for the single but damn even for a simple English pale ale these guys make a tasty ale. Worth trying.

DrDemento456, Jan 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bambam2517, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of olfolxholme
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%


12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip pint glass

A - Bright golden orange. Nice clarity. 1 finger white head. Pretty good lacing. Decent head retention.

S - Doughy. Faint grassy hops. Some pale malt. Nice yeastiness.

T - A nice malt sweetness with some distant grassy hop notes. Enjoyable roastiness sneaks up when warm.

M - Nice full bodied mouthfeel.

O - On the one hand, this didn't wow me. On the other hand, of the English Pale Ales that I've had - this is probably the one I've enjoyed the most. So, take it from an American IPA/DIPA drinker - this was very pleasant and had a strong malt backbone that revealed itself as the beer continued to warm.

olfolxholme, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz, bottled on 12/26/12, pours amber in color with a frothy, off-white head, excellent clarity, nice lacing as the head fades. Aromas are breast malt, herbal hop, caramel, earthy. Tastes are a nice balance of earthy, herbal hops, caramel, brown sugar, mild, spicy finish with a hint of toasted oak. The carbonation is perfect and allows for palate coverage and optimum flavor profiles. Overall, ample bitterness with a nice malty sweetness and a clean finish - another well executed beer from Firestone-Walker.

barnzy78, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 27, 2013
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,897 ratings.