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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,621 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1621
Reviews: 637
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)
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MiScusi

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 02:46:59 | More by MiScusi
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goschool

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear deep amber. The white head has great retention. The nose has sweet malts, grains and some faint floral hops. Sweet malts are up front followed by a fruity middle that owes a lot to what I think is English-style yeast and the beer finishes with floral hops. The English character in the middle is definitely the highlight. Nothing wows me about this stuff, so I'll only buy more if I'm in a supermarket with no other good choices or if I'm really in the mood for some that tastes English, but I don't want to pay for Fuller's and the like.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 06:22:51 | More by goschool
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mattdavis452

California

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

The key to this beer is its balance - overall, it is very well-balanced (as you shall see, I use this phrase a bit more than normal in this post).

A - Nice amber color.

S - Smells well-balanced, fits well with its appearance

T - A little more on the bitter side, but does not even come close to approaching an IPA. Well done for this style of beer.

M - Not too light or heavy. Again, quite well-balanced.

D - One of my favorite session beers. Easy to drink, goes well with most any food (in my opinion), and relatively affordable. Not too shabby overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 08:05:15 | More by mattdavis452
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lackenhauser

Maryland

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

The first of many beers received from beerrun13 in a huge trade. Big thanks to him for some great west coast brews I could never get here. Very nice amber color-quite the white head on top. Low aroma-sort of a nutty, sweet malt smell. Toasted malt flavors. Somewhat sweet. Slighly bitter in the finish. Decent enough mouthfeel. Above average drinkability but I dont find this as well done as their pale ale. I have a second bottle so will re-think my review when I have that.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 00:52:57 | More by lackenhauser
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a darker amber with a light tan head that didn't leave much lacing. Smells of toasted malts...honey and caramel come through. Strong malt flavor with very little hoppiness noticed. Medium to full body with smooth finish. A little heavy on the stomach...so I guess about two would be all for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 23:23:13 | More by Imstillthegman
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briman

Texas

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours crystal clear amber with about a half-inch caramel colored head. Average head retention....some lacing, but not a lot.

Aroma is caramel malt, with some notes of vanilla.

Taste is pretty mild, some caramel malt sweetness. Hops are there, and they come through with a hint of bitterness in the finish, but just aren't strong enough for me to really get a feel for their character. Finishes slightly sweet, with a hint of alcohol, and maybe a little bit of smoke thrown in.

Well balanced, with a medium body, & low carbonation. Pretty low-key beer, not really anything that makes you stand up and take notice....as an American Amber it seems tame, seems more like a mild English bitter. For my money, it's pretty much middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 02:05:54 | More by briman
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 19:08:12 | More by TastyTaste
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Rezzin

California

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 03:08:02 | More by Rezzin
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SethB2

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2006 02:19:16 | More by SethB2
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 03:38:13 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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cervecero

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 00:33:21 | More by cervecero
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scottoale

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 03:55:26 | More by scottoale
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KroMagnon

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 21:03:52 | More by KroMagnon
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Tupperwolf

Washington

2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 12:06:22 | More by Tupperwolf
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joecast

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2006 00:59:57 | More by joecast
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ChiSox05

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 06:58:31 | More by ChiSox05
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HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 15:42:49 | More by HopasaurusRex
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poluti

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2005 06:04:37 | More by poluti
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pjwilson

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 05:08:14 | More by pjwilson
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Jamie134

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2005 17:32:27 | More by Jamie134
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mitchfor3

California

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 07:26:53 | More by mitchfor3
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Ricochet

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 05:13:45 | More by Ricochet
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 00:43:33 | More by rousee
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 14:56:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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danielharper

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 00:46:33 | More by danielharper
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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