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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,984 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 1,984
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 61
Gots: 166 | FT: 4
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 BrewDrinkRepeat
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.

BrewDrinkRepeat, Jul 06, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Walkerjgt, May 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Brutus627, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of browniewithnuts
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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

fredmugs, Dec 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

alexanf, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Guyute
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Guyute, Dec 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

rderedin, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color into my pint glass. 1 finger head that slowly recedes. So far decent lacing.

Having a REAL hard time detecting ANYTHING on the nose.

Interesting taste. Biscuity malts, with a hint of hops at the end. A lot of yeast too. The beer is crystal clear and I didn't see any sediment in the bottle. I'm not sure why the yeast is so hugely present.

Slightly crist mouthfeel, but I feel it's over carbonated.

Eh fairly drinkable. I bought a 6 pack (on sale) so I'll finish it, but truly a poor representation of the style. England is much more fond of her Bitters than Pales, so you'd be hard pressed to find a proper English Pale in the first place whilst over there, but this tastes nothing like what I remember drinking while in the UK. I guess it's worth a shot.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Soneast
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, amber-orange color, grows a half-inch thick, dense, cream colored head, with mediocre retention, dissipating rather quickly to a sudsy ring. Good lacing, though.

The aroma has a fair amount of hops, a touch of citrus but also some earthiness. Some rich English malt character is also evident in the way of biscuits and caramel.

The flavor is quite unique. Hop forward, grassy and earthy like a mossy log. Not much citrus character like in the nose. This is one of the grassiest beers I've ever had. Tastes like a freshly mowed lawn smells. A mildly sweet, biscuity malt presence toward the finish that is ultimately overwhelmed by grass.

I have a hard time getting over the grass. Wow is this grassy. Not sure if it's supposed to be grassy, I guess I can officially say that I don't like grassy hops. One more time: Grassy.

Soneast, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of tlazaroff
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight vanilla on the nose and not a whole lot else. Somewhat disappointing actually.

Beautiful dark copper color on this beer with a slightly off-white head that just creates the most sticky lacing. Its really something to behold.

Vanilla upfront, it has this kind of bourbonesque approach to it. The vanilla just grows and grows until it overtakes the aftertaste and that is all I can taste. Light in body and a smooth carbonation make this quite quaffable, but overall I don't really care for it.

tlazaroff, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

650ml brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at a local Vons grocery store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery. Bottled 02/05/13. 5.0% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of okay cream, okay thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Average vibrance. Typical for the style. Nothing unique or special here. Quite average.

Sm: Biscuit malt and floral hops. Grassy character. That's about it. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Boring and simple. A mild strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, amber malts, and some grassy character. Pretty malty for a pale ale, but generally enjoyable. Pleasant, but simple, boring, and bland. There's nothing unique, special, or interesting here. It's balanced if only because there's so little happening.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate carbonation. Decent thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Average execution.

Dr: Meh. A pedestrian pale ale from Firestone Walker. I definitely wouldn't get it again. The price point needs work as well. Mundane and underwhelming. I'll easily finish this bomber, but it's just lacking in quality. Drinkable but forgettable.

C

kojevergas, Apr 15, 2013
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2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What can be said about a beer that is average in every sense of the word? Only disappointment when the bottle says "Passion for the Pale".

Poured into a stemware glass, the amber color was not bad. Smell was a little malty, no hops. The taste was mainly caramel malts with just enough bitterness, but no complexity. Carbonation seems low.

Was this bottle past its sell by date? Nothing to indicate that...

Just boring.

jfmorey, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of hoser
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Suddenly I am reminded of all the boring pale ales I had while in the United Kingdom and why I am still trying to suppress that trip from my memory. I see Firestone Walker is trying to just that and make boring English pale Ale. Congratulations you did just that but a higher ABV. A solid English Ale expect for the higher ABV, sorry won't be buying this again, this might be fun to have on cask.

hoser, Sep 27, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -21.5%

Turkneeditstan, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of ferrari29
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a white, one finger sized, white colored head; dissipates very quickly; well-carbonated; clear brown/orange colored body; thin in appearance; not much lacing formed; copper colored

S - Soapy smell; not much malt notes to this beer; little scent of alcohol; somewhat of a floral or herbal scented beer; really light smell profile, I even kept this out for a while to warm up; slight touch of caramel; hint of whiskey barrel and oak

T - Flavor profile has a few characteristics that stand out, like caramel and some fruit; not very impressed either with this beer; expected more flavor profile from a Firestone ale; bread malt flavor

M - Slightly watery; not very alive with carbonation or body; touch of bitter aftertaste, but has mostly a rinse/soap taste

D - Disappointed in this beer, I expected more out of a Firestone Brew; could have been more flavorful, but left my palate looking for even an ounce of flavor; I would pass if I had the chance to try this again

ferrari29, Sep 04, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber. Pours amber with a medium tan head. Aroma of malts, yeast, and oak. The taste is awful. The only thing I can compare it to is armpit sweat. Yeasty, stinky, armpit sweat. To add insult to injury, this bottle costs over $10. Damn you, Firestone.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of HugePlume
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Tawny copper color, with a light orange hue around the edges. A moderate pour yielded a loose half finger foamy head that was gone before you knew it. No lacing.

S- Not much nose, mostly just toffee malt, maybe a little booze. Could have been some oakiness but thats not what it came across as.

T- No hint of wood in this at all, its a very benign toffee malt with no hint of hop. Carbonation is light, but very effervescent, like a alka-seltzer tab that lifts some of the sweet malt off the tongue. Wet finish, but minimal aftertaste or bitterness,

M- Too watery, and again the fizzyy carbonation,

O- devastatingly average beer, with no hint of wood. I should probably be harder on this beer given the utter lack of woodiness but I'll leave it as-is. Its completely forgettable and lacking in any uniqueness,

HugePlume, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a deep amber color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention and good lacing left behind.

(S)- Quite the spicy array of piney hop and very very bitter smelling rye/carraway. Almost smells like sawdust too.

(T)- Similar to the smell in that combo of pine needle and spicy rye. Some subtle citrus behind a rather large caramel-like malt sweetness.

(M)- A solid carbonation level. A good balance, but perhaps too bold in how spicy it is showing with the rye. This only increases as it warms.

(O)- Its ok. In the sea of hoppy themed beers, this one gets lost in the tide for me.

sweemzander, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of spoons
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an Amber orange, perfectly clear with a thin white head.

Smells of grilled meats, teriyaki, and northern Wisconsin. Indeed, that is what this beer smells like.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost a bit watery. Tastes like a strange tea. This is not is not so great. Probably wont go searching for it.

spoons, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a dingy copper orange in color with a decent head.

Smell - The baseline American grain is mixed rather clumsily with some light English hopping with strong floral notes.

Taste - The American grain runs away with this flavor profile. I can pick up some of the hops from the nose and a light orange fruity taste, but I can't seem to find the woody notes promised on the label.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than light-bodied in the mouth but a far cry from medium. This is actually a quenching brew but the flavors aren't mated well.

Drinkability - This will be good on a hot SFV 100+ degree day. It's definitely a lawn mower beer, for those in SoCal unfortunate enough to have a lawn to mow.

RoyalT, Feb 28, 2010
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

tectactoe, Jul 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

deuce9259, Jan 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

ste5venla, Jun 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 05, 2013
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,984 ratings.