Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,202 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,202
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 73
Gots: 251 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Photo of Natural510
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of bbothen
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of theopholis
3.11/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.11/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of JamesP123
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Phelps
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Dsimenson
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Small head which quickly gives way to lacing. Deep amber color is nice. Aroma is citrus--hops. Flavor is balanced nicely, with a good amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium full, tingly, a bit foamy. I like this one, but it's not one of my two of three favorites.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of techdiver
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of JoeInBoise
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Penalty for being served in a Marie Calendars on Super Pi Day...And they don't have any pie.

Photo of Gasp100
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of BlindPig
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of sholland119
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
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

Photo of brewbattles
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
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

Photo of trappistlover
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours a clear copper color with off-white head. Low carbonation. Aroma has grass, herbs, a little bit of bubblegum and toasted bread. Taste is sweet malts with some caramel notes. Light bittering hops on the end. Medium bodied with and watery texture. Finish is bitter. An ok beer, but not my cup of tea.

Photo of rarbring
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber brew, an off-white head that settles unevenly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is mostly malty, some fruity notes as well.

Upfront a sweet brown bread with butter taste, then ripe oranges and pears, some weak bitter finish.

Medium low carbonation, small bubbles, a dry finish.

A decent ale.

Photo of Aenema
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of SethB2
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Murky, light copper in color with a scant off white head.

S - Gentle aroma of malt and vanilla, minimal floral hop presence. Overall the nose is very light.

T - Much like the nose the flavors are very light, but definitely leaning toward the malts. Slightly sweet with a hint of earthiness and vanilla. The floral hops barely poke through in the finish

M - Light body, a little thin.

D - A nice light and refreshing drink that I could imagine complimenting a nice hot day. Nothing outstanding, but decent.

Photo of noknife83
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer was just kind of bland for me... nothing really stood out, it didn't smell that great, the taste didn't pop out at me. There was too much malt for my palate. I wouldn't say it was a bad beer, but it was nothing special. I'm sure on tap it tastes a lot better, but out of the bottle it didn't really do much for me. This is a beer I'll skip buying next time.

Photo of klewis
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Intriqken and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for this one

A: Pours a caramel color with a small frothy head. Light, porous lacing.

S: Faint malty smell with some floral hops in the back. Not much aroma overall.

T: Not much flavor overall, but tha barrel brewing is evident with a soft vanilla flavor and an dry, woody taste.

M: Light in body with light-moderate carbonation. A course and grainy texture.

D: The woody taste is definitely interesting, but I'm not so sure that I could take much of it. This one gets a "meh".

Photo of tdm168
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 6-pack my wife purchased while on vacation in CA.

Pours a light amber with little head, carbonation bubbles evident. The only thing I pick up in the nose is caramel malt. Taste is a little disappointing; malt mostly with a tiny hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,202 ratings.