1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

1,797 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,797
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 54
Gots: 110 | 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)
View: Beers (72) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Double Barrel Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,797 | Reviews: 650 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Exner83
Exner83

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm gonna have to agree with brother Jason Alström - It'd be hard to drink more than one of these.

I found it so smokey oaky--like a forest in my mouth! Finish is an acrid, arboreal dryness. I guess I'm a bare-bones malt and hops kinda guy, 'cause I haven't had this much fragrant wood in my mouth since... (insert terribly off-color gay porn reference here.) It's just NOT my thing. I want malt, people!

God forgive me for thinking a beer should taste like malted barley. Anyway, if you feel sucking on raw tree bark has run its course for you, put the branch down, and pick this up!

(And to think I washed this down with a shot of Grand Marnier. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!)

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 04:39:48 | More by Exner83
Photo of Darkmagus82
Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep amber color with a two finger head of off white head. The foamy looking head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel and toffee smells with some lighter notes of a grainy aroma. Along with these smells are some notes of a more bready nature as well as a little bit of a haylike smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit flavor with a light caramel sweetness. These flavors create a base for the taste with them remaining rather constant throughout. After the initial tastes, which are quite smooth, some tea and haylike flavors come to the tongue. These flavors, as well as a little bit of a grassy taste really take away from the smoothness of the flavor and add a somewhat off taste to the flavor profile. In the end, the mix of flavors that is left on the tongue, leaves one with a somewhat unpleasant tea and vegetal, bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thinner body and a higher carbonation would have likely been a bit better for the brew, helping minimize some of the more unpleasant flavors of the brew.

Overall – A bit too hay and grassy like for the style with a slightly off flavor profile that ends up creating a rather harsh taste. Not one I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:34:12 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of charlesw
charlesw

New York

2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oh, I'd call this some sort of a darkish orange. Quite light for an amber ale. It had a moderately tall (1") darkish head (deeper than cream) that has very nice lasting power - a very nice and durable lacing.
It smells like rice beer. Bleh. Cheap and alcoholy, weak and thin. Ew!
The taste is ok, I guess. It's probably better than the Casco Bay, but that doesn't say a whole lot (LOL). I mean, sure, it's got a bit of malt to it and it's lightly sweet, but there's a weird bite right in the middle of the palate that prevents it from being good. The aftertaste is fine - no complaints - a nice and easy, lingering finish that doesn't spike on anything.
It's definitely too thin in the mouth for me to fully enjoy it. Oh well!
I'd drink it as a light alternative to an amber - maybe for a hot afternoon at the beach or something. As such it would be fine. In any other context, well, bleh.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 21:39:06 | More by charlesw
Photo of justintcoons
justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving behind spotty lacing. Low carbonation and excellent clarity.

N: Bread and caramel primarily. There's really no hop aromas coming off of this at all save for hints of grapefruit.

T: Bread and grapefruit upfront followed with some caramel and toasted grains. Finishes with bread and grapefruit. Meh.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and clean.

O: I'm not impressed. This is a very mediocre EPA. The only good thing about this beer is how easy drinking it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 17:08:10 | More by justintcoons
Photo of Direx
Direx

California

2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Rusty, copper color. Head dissipates rapidly, tiny bubbly foam residue remains on glass after 5 minutes, but it's not much--very little on the surface of the brew itself.

S: Difficult to smell, really have to shove your face in the glass. No distinctive smell.

T: After I take a swig, I inhale very deeply to try to invigorate my taste buds (if that makes sense). I just... there isn't much taste at all, even after 4-5 swigs. Surprised this isn't a red lager. No residual taste after the beer is swallowed. This is a very boring beer.

M: Watery, light, crisp. Even my burps taste bland.

O: This lager (it's really a lager folks) is in dire need of ingredients. Quantity, quality, needs them both. This glass tastes empty and devoid of flavor. Nothing complex, little character.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 04:59:26 | More by Direx
Photo of Phyl21ca
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
Photo of RenoZymurgist
RenoZymurgist

Nevada

2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light brown with an almost offwhite head which subsided quickly leaving a little lace. The aroma was malty with a a healthy dose of fruity esters and reminded me of aromatic malt or some other mildly roasted malt. The initial taste was sweet with the hops playing a minor role in the flavor and bitterness. The majority of the flavor was of a clean blend of dry, roasted malts and sweeter pale malts with a touch of a citrussy and flowery hop flavor at the end. I think this is a little too close to the pale ale style for me while the brewery calls it an amber ale i like a little more malt complexity in my ambers than this one can provide. An average pale ale this brew makes a mediocre amber ale and the folks at Firestone should work on the recipe a little more.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 08:19:03 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of BeerManDan
BeerManDan

California

2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not like this beer at all. From first sip to last gulp, all I tasted was a bitter no flavor beer. The bitterness was over powering to me. I'm not a big pale ale fan, but this brew really turn me off.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2002 21:52:33 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of wedgie9
wedgie9

Tennessee

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a super light and clear amber color with a thin but long lasting off-white head.

Aroma - The primary aromas are of malts. Brown sugar and cereal also come through. As the beer warms, a slight peach smell starts to come through.

Taste - The taste is a little fruitier with the peach coming through. It is a little malty, but overall underwhelming. Not much complexity but a nice bitter finish.

Palate - Very clean and bright. The carbonation average, just as I would expect.

Overall - This is a solid session beer, but not much beyond that. It does not have any of the complexity that I look for in a truly special beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 08:24:47 | More by wedgie9
Photo of climax
climax

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one poured an amber hue with a good sized head and tons of bubbles racing up from the depths of the glass.

Bright aroma, mostly made up of lemon zest, grass, a tinny twang and alcohol. Not as robust or balanced as I would have wished.

The taste has better flavor qualities than the nose, which was welcomed. Juicy orange, and a toasty backbone was really about it though. None too heavyweight.

The body is a a bit lacking. The feel was watery and there's wasn't much else in the feel to distract from that. Carbonation is low, and only a slight dryness keeps me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 01:22:31 | More by climax
Photo of Bob402
Bob402

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

04-20-2013 00:47:55 | More by Bob402
Photo of Jon4than
Jon4than

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

06-26-2014 03:36:31 | More by Jon4than
Photo of Admbmb92
Admbmb92

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

06-26-2014 19:34:55 | More by Admbmb92
Photo of kds2437
kds2437

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

03-01-2014 22:11:28 | More by kds2437
Photo of cletusdog
cletusdog

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

12-31-2012 05:25:00 | More by cletusdog
Photo of Quadsquad
Quadsquad

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

07-06-2014 22:27:52 | More by Quadsquad
Photo of imfatsowhat
imfatsowhat

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

06-16-2014 23:27:58 | More by imfatsowhat
Photo of omnibusfilms
omnibusfilms

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

09-08-2013 23:43:31 | More by omnibusfilms
Photo of BrewDrinkRepeat
BrewDrinkRepeat

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, purchased on the East Coast. (Unfortunately I have no idea how long this bottle sat on the shelf, or how long it took to get to Maryland before that.) Consumed from a Sam Adams beer glass.

Pours a medium copper color, brilliant clarity. Thin bright head that dissipates quickly, leaving a minimum amount of lacing.

Some caramel notes on the nose, also some stale wet-paper oxidized aromas. Zero hop aroma. I'm not put off by this, especially knowing that this might be an old bottle, but at the same time there is little here to entice me to drink. If I knew for certain that this was relatively fresh I would be disappointed.

Nice malty flavor, some toffee and biscuit as well. Not caramelly enough for the style, could use more crystal malt. Gentle hop bitterness, not enough for an American Amber style but not completely lacking, either. Enough to keep this from being a malty beer, but that's about it. I was expecting a bigger hop presence.

Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is nice and adds a bit of zing to make up for the missing hop bite.

A very drinkable beer, but a bit disappointing compared to what I've heard. I hope to find a known-fresh sample at some point to compare to this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 01:21:39 | More by BrewDrinkRepeat
Photo of Walkerjgt
Walkerjgt

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

05-02-2014 03:35:35 | More by Walkerjgt
Photo of Brutus627
Brutus627

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

06-27-2014 15:27:36 | More by Brutus627
Photo of browniewithnuts
browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

02-07-2013 00:57:53 | More by browniewithnuts
Photo of fredmugs
fredmugs

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

12-14-2012 22:55:26 | More by fredmugs
Photo of alexanf
alexanf

Mississippi

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

01-01-2014 23:29:33 | More by alexanf
Photo of Guyute
Guyute

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

12-30-2012 03:35:52 | More by Guyute
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,797 ratings.