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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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83
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1,614 Ratings
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Ratings: 1614
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.

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kristenspaintings

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This English IPA is relatively flavorless. It has a nice head and aroma, but it doesn’t possess any qualities that would make me seek it out. The way I understand the English IPA style is that it’s supposed to be very flavorful and pleasantly bitter, able to hold its own against spicy or very flavorful dishes. This beer is not very flavorful or bitter and if paired with food that’s full of flavor, it would politely step into the background.

I’m not saying I dislike this beer. I don’t. It’s okay and not disagreeable in any way but it’s not what I’ve come to expect from this style of beer.

However, their brewery sounds like it would be a fun tour.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 16:32:37 | More by kristenspaintings
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theopholis

California

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- crystal clear amber/reddish color. Head is an almost white, 3-finger foamy,very loose head with little staying power. Decent lacing.

Aroma-A sweet, malty aroma with hints of molassas. Maybe a hint of raisins? No hop aroma at all. I'm picking up something rather disagreeble to. Smells kind of grainy and slightly astringint.

Taste-Nice malt profile, with hints of toffee and caramel. A nice woody background. Good balance of bittering and floral hops (for the style), but not enough of either.

Mouthfeel-Kind of light bodied for an American red. Good carbonation, with a nice CO2 bite on the lips and tip of toungue.

Drinkability-Overall, it's not bad. I don't care for the thinnness, graininess and lack of hop character, but I wouldn't steer people away from this beer either.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 06:25:51 | More by theopholis
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bit of a disappointment, really. I picked up a sixer while out of town on business. We do not get Firestone Walker products here.

Pours a clear amber with a little bit of white head and no lacing.

Smells mildly of grainy malt with a faint hint of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is rather sweet but forgettable with little of the chocolate malt presence in the nose.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with good medium carbonation.

Drinkability is fine but I would choose another option if I had one. Not bad, not great.

HV

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 20:24:57 | More by sholland119
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Aenema

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear copper with a thick, off-white head.
Smell - Floral hoppy notes dominate.
Taste - Biscuity & caramel malts with a honey sweetness and floral hops. Flavors are not persistent.
Mouthfeel - Rather highly carbonated, light body with a smooth, slick feel. Thin feel.
Drinkability - Sessionable, but not a beer I would want multiples of.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 16:07:49 | More by Aenema
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brewbattles

California

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

We conducted a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other popular American Pale Ales: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, and Boulder Hazed & Infused.

Check it out: http://youtu.be/DHis2L_OBdg

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 23:16:58 | More by brewbattles
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Gasp100

Delaware

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured your standard amber with off white head. Decent lacing down the glass.
S - I really like the smell of this one. Soft floral with light citrus notes (not grapefruity though).
T - A decent amount of biscuit maltiness, the hop was laid back and this tasted way closer to an ESB than an American Pale Ale.
M - The mouthfeel was smooth, but a little cloying.
D - I could see this as a decent session brew, but I was expecting something more crisp and citrusy than a rounded off bitter style. Still decent brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 23:20:58 | More by Gasp100
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Thin whitish head on a clear orange/amber body.
S- Light caramel malts. Hint of wood to it and maybe a bit smokey also. Very light hops in it also.
T- Pretty much follows the smell. Not so much wood in it but is kind of smokey. Light bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Kind of lighter flavors. Bit of a dry aftertaste.
M- Thin body with medium to high carbonation.
D- It is alright. Easy to drink. Nothing amazing. Just a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 05:36:19 | More by BlindPig
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark amber color with an off-white head. Minimal retention but some lacing.

Aroma - Sweet caramel with a touch of molasses. Some mild hops present as well. There are light citrus notes present but they are hard to distinguish.

Taste - The sweet malts, are balanced nicely with the mild hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light with very little carbonation.

Drinkability - This goes down nice and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 01:41:31 | More by stereosforgeeks
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with minimal head that dissipates quickly.

Nose of malt, caramel, hops and oak.

Taste is sweet with a mild hop background and oaky notes.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with minimal carbonation.

Average drinkability, the low alcohol content would contribute, if only it were more appealing.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 03:57:40 | More by techdiver
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-red body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Musty grain scent, with light floral notes and some hints of caramel.

Taste: Light, thin caramel sweetness with a faint chocolate taste. Way off in the distant background is some woodiness and soft vanilla notes and something that makes me think "tin!" A very subdued floral hoppiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One was more than enough, thanks.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 03:12:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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JamesP123

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A. Pours a lght copper/reddish amber color -very transparenty for the coloration. Small off white head that sissipates quickly leaving a bubbly film on top of the beer.

S. First smell is sweet and malty, followed by a little spicy/sour tang.

T. Tastes a little musty, have had the same experience with certain scotch's. Taste is not very comlex -some caramel malts mixed with asome toasted malts and an ever so slight hoppy finish.

M. Nothing to write home about - mild carbination. Medium light bodied.

D. Decent beer - very sessionable. Not something I'll be picking up in the near futute but far from a drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 01:51:20 | More by JamesP123
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fairly translucent amber with a quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing.

S - More dark fruity malt than the appearance would lead to believe. A very small hop presence for a pale.

T & M - There is the traditional pale malt up front... but what is other toasty malt sweetness doing here? I'm a fan of beers that break style guidelines, but this isn't working for me. The woody caramel does not seem to jive with the light malt.

D - Very sweet. Too sweet. Nothing in the hop characteristics or anything else is able to cut into this.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 03:48:27 | More by dougofthefuture
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Phelps

Arizona

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks: Classic. Amber maple color, pellucid, with nary a bubble in sight. A grayish tan head quickly becomes a filmy ring, but leaves nice fat ant trails of lace.

Smells: grainy. Sourdough, apple juice, light oranges, dandelion, white grapes. Very light citrus. Maybe even some lager yeast.

Tastes: grain is more subdued, lending a nice apple sweetness. Subtle hops remind of clementines. Crisp, dry finish, only lightly bitter. Finishes so dry it's hard to tell there were any flavors there at all.

Feels: smooth. Medium carb, medium body. Not bad.

Drinks: middling. I'm not generally a fan of the style, but even if I was, DBA would be a completely skippable English pale.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 06:36:34 | More by Phelps
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper penny colored booze with one and half fingered of that good old dirty white head, a little lace...Smell of faint hop oils and some pale english malts. Solid hop wall to start leads to some lingering bitterness, a little aspen bark (yes I know what it tastes like), dirt and some basic malt. Medium bodied with a fuzzy carbonation. This pretty much sums up what an EPA tastes like.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:57:54 | More by JoeAmerican77
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bbothen

California

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a small 1 finger deep off white head.

Light caramel aroma and some faint citrus hops.

Sweet, but light, caramel maltiness, faint citrus & floral hoppiness, some nutiness. All flavors quite subdued.

Smooth, light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet.

User friendly easy drinking middle of the road amber. Better than lots examples of an American Amber. Your friend that thinks Fat Tire is high end will like this. Nothing wrong with that.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 05:27:49 | More by bbothen
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beergoot

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours out of the bottle and presents a nice, very clear copper-colored body with a decent thick, white head.

Mild biscuit-like malt aroma. Faint, grass-like hop presence.

The taste is pretty subdued. A tad bit of light malt flavor, a hint of bitterness at the finish. There is a satisfying smoothness to this beer, crisp and clean on the finish.

Certainly a good beer, a nice representation of the style. Nicely balanced. A good beer to introduce craft beer newbies to, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:07:31 | More by beergoot
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HopJ

California

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Served very cold in a chilled mug so it took a awhile before I was really able to taste it. A nice beer but not a lot of intensity or complexity. Flavors blend well together but I was wanting a bit more. The carbonation is was high for my tastes. Wouldn't mind tasting again a some point but wont seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 16:50:33 | More by HopJ
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NorthsideFred

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks good. Pours a dark amber with a quarter-inch off-white head, and minimal lacing.

S: The smell is disappointing. Not much here, a lil malty, a lil hoppy but both are rather muted. Smells a bit like rain. There is something here that doesn't appeal to me.

T: Bland. I'm not impressed at all. Tastes watered down.

M: Thin body, with moderate carbonation.

D: I could probably suck this down very quickly, but I wouldn't want to. And I wouldn't reach for a second one anytime soon.

Firestone makes some great beers, so I may have to try this again sometime...after I forget this experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:41:51 | More by NorthsideFred
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Natural510

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a darker bronze color with small amount of head, slight lacing.
Slight malty scent, otherwise not much there.
Flavor is mostly a caramel-cola malt, thin, with no hop balance or anything else to add body or complexity to the brew.
Body is fairly thin and watery, which would be acceptable for as a cask offering...but this is bottled.

Disappointed to be sure. I enjoy a fuller, more balanced English pale, but unfortunately, this is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 19:34:36 | More by Natural510
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 16:34:27 | More by thecheapies
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Murchmac

California

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a good beer, not great, not like there other beers.

A california version of an amber/red. The best thing about this beer is the look. Looks like a deeply hopped and malted beer.

Tastes warm, lots of malts, not much hops, kinda macro tasting.

I guess its hard to do an amber right, cause this tastes like malted water.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 00:44:43 | More by Murchmac
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Philousa

California

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber/brown in the glass with decent amount of white head. Caramel malt and toast in the nose. I got mostly caramel and nuttiness on the tongue with lingering malt bitterness. Some tangy yeast characteristics in there. Low viscosity, very drinkable. Appropriate amount of carbonation.

This is a drinkable, if unremarkable beer. I definitely don't agree with the English Pale Ale label, due to its appearance, flavor, and aroma. This is an amber. I'm not a huge fan of English ambers, which I would classify this as, so I'm not the most impartial reviewer here. Not my favorite, and I would reach for anything lighter that's on tap at the bar before going with Firestone Walker's DBA. Stick to Pale Ales, FW, it's your strength.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 04:18:37 | More by Philousa
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at B&B Burger & Beer in Las Vegas.

Amber copper body with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with sweet breads and a touch of fruit. More malt than hop character. A bit too sweet for my liking. A tad syrupy. Fairly light in body with light bitterness in the finish. Mediocre.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 01:25:13 | More by Huhzubendah
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was a bright copper color and clear of sediment. The foamy, khaki head rose to about two fingers.

Smell was clean and malty. Syrup. Metal?

Taste was fruits and malts. Pleasant, non-offensive. I had hoped for more hops, but I always do. Solid but not wow.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium, body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 02:57:18 | More by Cresant
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washburnkid

New York

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A tiny froth of head struggles to form and is having an even harder time retaining or forming lace anywhere on the pint. The body is amber with ruby hues.
S: Toasted bread and plum fruit. A tad buttery, but I'm hoping for the best.
T: No bottled on date that I can see, so I can't tell anything about the freshness. There's a heavy malt here, which is fitting for the style. It's toasted, and the presence of figs and plums adds a nice touch. A sourness hits at the back, but nothing too overwhelming.
M: Lighter body with medium carbonation.
D: If I were to go for a Firestone beer, my first choice would be Union Jack. But I'd reach for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 05:03:45 | More by washburnkid
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