Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 62
Gots: 175 | 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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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper with lots of bubbles and one-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted a minute or two. Okay lacing.

S: Bread, caramel malt, and light citrus.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Biscuit, caramel malt, and light hops. Matches the nose pretty well.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: The head and lacing were disappointing, but this beer was very drinkable. Nice taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Roarmary's in Vegas. I believe that it was the manager that served me, and it was really nice that he knew quite a bit about the beer. I find out later that he is BJCP certified. Bonus!

Clear amber brown color. Some lacing but the head only lasts for the first minute or so.

A little of the wood, but it comes across as more like a scotch ale in the aroma than an Amber. Some evident sweetness also suggests a scotch ale. A bit more toasty notes noticeable as it warms.

The flavor is also mild with a clean malty profile. The wood is tame and again only reminds me of a scotch ale. Some sweetness to linger with only a mild floral contribution from the hops. As the beer warms a bit the wood is becomming more apparent.

This is a pretty good beer and I would drink it quite a bit if it were available in Texas. I don't think that it would do that great as an Amber in competition, but it drinks good.

Photo of IceAce
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium bronze body topped with two fingers of antique lace colored foam...due largely to my aggressive pour into a .5 litre Euro glass. Lacing is magnificent with the pattern covering approx 80% and clarity of the body is outstanding

Aroma: Heavy malt dominates the nose with a lighter backing from the oak barrel aging system and the yeast

Taste: The malt in the foretaste seems to magnify over the first five seconds, enveloping the tongue with malted goodness. The taste almost completely disappears and there is a second or so pause until the sweetness of the hops take over for the finish

Mouthfeel: Sturdy mouthfeel of a quality amber. The malty goodness belies a heavy presence that is nicely balanced with a zesty dose of CO²

Drinkability: The oak barrel brewing system adds a nice complexity to this amber; not as much as to overtake the taste, but merely to compliment it. This is a fine example of an English-style ale brewed in california

Photo of danielharper
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber, poured into my trusty arrogant pint glass...

Clear copper, very light bubbles. Big frothy head made of big bubbles.

Aroma is light. Possibly a faint hint of fruit. Caramel for sure. Bread.

Unique flavor and luckily for me, I like it. Drank a few dogs lately. I taste tea. And something I want to compare to apple cider, but it isn't that. Not brimming with flavor, but nice. I'm trying to get a handle on the taste and the damn bomber is almost gone!

Refreshing, drinkable, sluggable. Very pale ale if you know what I mean.

If stouts or porters are referred to as coffee-beer, this puppy is definitely ice-tea-beer.

Overall: glad I tried it, went down oh too easy and I need to reach for another beer....

Photo of Trappissed
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty straightforward beer in terms of flavors. Toasted grains/malts with caramel and some bitter hops. Some earthiness and bread-like qualities. Mouthfeel is superb, with some creaminess and good amount of carbonation. A very sessionable beer. Not much else to say about this.

Photo of DavidSomers
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of MikePags
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: nice rich amber color.
S: malty with a hint of hops
T: malty with enough hops and complexity to have 2-3 before you look up. Not a session beer though as it has a slightly undesirable aftertaste.
M: moderate to thick with nice carbonation and excellent head.
O:a high quality beer that keeps you coming back for more but not FW's best offering.

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

A deep brown amber color with a pretty standard foamy head, rises and falls quick.

Deep caramel in the malt, gentle and smokey scented herbs in the hops, slightly peppery with a slight peat aroma.

yummy malt! smokey wood with brown sugar, good complexity for a simple style. Only a gentle mixed-bag of herbs and green peppers comes from the hops with subtle dry feel. Dry herbs, smokey malt and a crisp medium body and smooth finish makes this one really pleasant.

I got a big Scottish-ale feeling from this one due to it's smokey-malt charecter.

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

Appearance: It's a pretty deep reddish amber in color and a little hazy. Head is vanilla colored and about a finger and a half deep. It was quick to dissipate and left very little lacing on the glass. Very nice looking color nonetheless.

Smell: The nose is a bit of a disappointment. It's on the weak side of the spectrum. It is earthy, grainy, and features some spices and herbs. They're not strong enough to be identified, but are noteable enough to keep it above average. It is toasty and malty. Slightly sweet. Hops are not strong, but are present. They're mostly floral.

Taste: It is a little malty and sweet initially. Malts taste slightly toasted. It really has a strong earthy and grainy element to it. Perhaps a little spicy, but not much. Hops are clearly the headliner and show stealer. They're a little snappy and bitter, but I was not expecting the dramatic effect they'd have on the flavor. Don't get me wrong, it's not a strong hop bitterness, but rather a very interesting, lively component. It finishes a little sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one's light bodied and pretty smooth. Carbonation is active and makes it pretty crisp. It's pretty drinkable for what it is. I could easily drink more. But, I'd probably rather have something else if I had a choice. It's good, but not outstanding.

Double Barrel's a solid beer. I wasn't quite sure what to expect and am overall pretty pleased with it. The nose could stand some beefing up and the flavor profile could use a little more depth. But, it's a good beer as it is. Definitely worth checking out.

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

A solid beer to grab a sixer of.

Poured into my Firestone Pint. Very nice darker clear amber color. Thin white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is just kinda malty. Not much else.

Taste is solid. Little bit of oak and smooth slightly malty flavor with a bit of hop bite in the finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel is good. On the dry side but a bit malty.

Overall a solid beer. I buy it often. A good beer to drink while I'm sittin on my balcony watchin my beer brew.

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

I was totally surprised when I got a beer that was as malty and smooth as this one. The carbonation was fairly low (but not so low you'd think it was flat), the hops were very low, but still there just a bit.

There was just something about this beer I enjoyed. This was one of those amber ales that are on the more malty/full bodied side instead of having a generous amount of hops too, but regardless, it was solid.

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

Pours a clear, highly effervescent but depply colored amber. Beer literally exploded from its brown tomb and rushed for the safety of the pint glass leaving a four finger head that dropped pockets of lace.
Aroma is toffee, nuts, sweet wood tones and some floral and citurs hop tones.
Flavor is sharp toffee, peat, some dark fruit, vanilla, nuts and a woddsy, resiny end.
Mouthfeel is smooth and buttery that switches to a bubbly, spicy and light but sharp bitterness.
Drinkability is pretty good, too sweet but good.

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

Clear deep amber with a fair amount of cream colored head.
Aroma is spicy hops with a hint of cinnamon.
Taste is rich leathery hops with medium bitterness. Slighttest hint of grapefruit for a change. Well balanced with the sweet malts. Some iced (sweet) tea in the mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. A very fine English Pale Ale. Very sessionable beer. When the 22 ounce bottle was empty I wanted another. I could drink this beer all night. Hope to see more from Firestone in my area.
One of my go to beers at this time. I'm never dissapointed with this beer. A nice change from my usual Pale Ales or IPAs.

Photo of berkey
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip-pint hybrid.

Body is a very clean and clear light amber-brown. Forms an above average head with fairly good retention and great lacing.

Aroma is fairly fruity, the first thing that comes to mind is over ripe yellow apples. Yeast makes an appearance here as well along with some leafy hops.

Flavors also brings on more fruit. Yellow apples are joined by some mild pear flavors and even deeper there are very faint hints of apricot. Something akin to an herbal tea comes through along with some bitter hops in the background.

Nothing special about the mouthfeel, a little watery but not so much that it's distracting. Medium carbonation typical on an EPA keeps it clean and helps it go down pretty smoothly. Drinkabilty is very high. Great by the six pack or on tap.

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

Poured into a pint glass

Coppery amber in color, there is not much head or activity within the body of the beer. Fairly still throughout, though a wisp of bubbles does appear on the surface.

The aroma has some fruity esters, much like those of an APWA...mainly apricots. There is a malty sweetness that comes through as well. On the palate, it permeates all aspects of the beer. Balanced well with the fruity esters of the British yeast, this beer tastes really darn good. Some piney and grassy hop flavors round it out.

Fairly still on the palate, seems about spot on for an English style. Overall, I would definitely grab some of this for everyday drinking.

Been a long while since I have had an English Pale that I have enjoyed like this one..

Photo of bradybeer
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is copper-red and pours a thin head with little carbonation. There isn't much of a smell-hops nor malt. Taste is mild with no hops to speak of and with little malt. Because the hops and the malt don't overwhelm you the mouthfeel is light to medium while drinkability is exceptional. This is an excellent beer to have around the house and sip while flipping burgers on the grill.

Photo of BigBry
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, label as pictured above. Brought back from a trip to Dallas, found in a gas station beside the hotel. Looks pretty interesting.
Amber brown color, with a short off white head. Not alot of retention or lace which doesn't last too well. Nice aroma, caramel malt, earthy, woodsy. Strong malt flavor, caramel, brown sugar, but not overly sweet. Earthy hops in the finish. I found it to be really well balanced. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium body and carbonation, crisp finish. This is another good one.

Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a clear dark gold color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are quite mild, some bread, dough, and lightly roasted grainy malts.

Taste is nice, mild, but flavorful enough. Flavors are slightly sweet, caramel, grain, brewed tea, light oak, and a bit of spice. Finish has a slight pine hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated.

Drinkability is this beers strong suit. It's very sessionable. Flavorful, but not overpowering or heavy, a pleasant beer to drink. I had 2, and could have easily had a couple more.

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.

Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a standard orange/coppery color; starts with a one finger head that fades quickly to a thick, yet uneven skim; body is mostly clear and shows soft carbonation; washes of spotty lacing cling to the sides.

Smell: Sweet malts, slight citrusy hop presence; not especially strong overall.

Taste: Better than I thought it would be based up the weaker smell; nice and caramel-like sweet malts with a mild support from the citric hop presence; slight woodiness and even a hint of vanilla; slight grainy straw-like flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty refreshing overall; body is of decent thickness and offers a bit of a chewy aspect and there is a slight stickiness, but overall the finish is largely clean; carbonation is soft yet present enough to let you know it's not flat.

Drinkability: Quite high. Nice robust flavors and a nice blend of them as well; very moderate ABV makes this a potential session beer.

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

Rich and tasty amber ale. Quite attractive in the chalice with nice head and plenty of carbonation. Amber color, on the darker side. Toasty with long flavors of roasted malt. Bitterness is just right for the style, a pleasant hoppiness with that English watery refreshing quality.

Nice change from the American pale ale style. Very drinkable and interesting. Label says 5.1% ABV.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sampling goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a mostly clear amber with a somewhat flimsy head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Lite carbonation can be seen, and it leaves very broken, spotted lacing. Smells of a semi rich & sweet caramel, chocolate, honey, molasses, biscuit aroma. Big malt profile with traces of earthy hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Taste of chocolate, caramel, wafer, and biscuits, it finishes sweet, with hints of nuttiness and mild earthy hop flavors that's very balancing. Very delicious! Mouthfeel is smooth with lite creaminess, it's lite-medium bodied with soft crispness.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I really enjoyed this brew, I wouldn't mind drinking this beer all night long, which is to say that it's highly drinkable. It's sweet like Fat Tire, with a bit more hops that round it out well. I pretty much liked everything about this beer, from the semi rich chocolaty flavor profile, to the outstanding drinkability! This is a beer that I could, and will enjoy frequently. Cheers!

UPDATE 2010 - A quaffable brew with mild leafy hop flavors & a mild malt base. Decent.

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

12oz bottle.

Poured a crystal clear, lively amber color. Showed a medium sized ivory head.

Aroma was citrus and grass. Next up were caramel and wheat bread.

Taste was initially citrus. Then a biscuity flavor with just a bit of caramel. Very well balanced with a tilt towards hoppy. Very small hint of sweet fruit. Grassy at finish.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing, didn't seem at all drying. Just a bit grainy, texture-wise.

A very good everyday/session beer. Rich and full flavored. A little short on hops, but everything seems that way to me now. I will be having more of this, and at 5 ABV that is easy to do.

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

It pours a very clear and glimmering golden amber. A finger of soft off-white head devolves in no time to nebulous froth. Strings of lacing twine the inside of the glass.

The aroma is mellow with toasted malt, caramel, and a distant fruit note. A muted hops presence is gently spicy and displays just a touch of citrus.

Upon tasting, the malt is lightly toasty and mildly sweet with caramel and earthy berry. The hops are slightly spicy and credibly citrus, not to mention very crisp in nature. Some residual grain and a dollop of peach are dried by a lingering but mitigated bitter finish. It's subtle, and subtly good.

Light bodied, the flow and ebb are ably leveled and the mellow presence is very homey.

It's mild, subtle, balanced, and crafted. Everything about it simply screams, or rather whispers, session, but in a low-key, well-behaved manner. It's the potato chip of beers- you can't have just one, unless that's all you have on hand, of course. Nicely drinkable and eminently refreshing, it's a fresh, clean experience. Thank you sir, may I have another?

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,022 ratings.