Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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695 Reviews
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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,228
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 74
Gots: 263 | 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 tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very murky honey-golden. Good foam and excellent lacing.

Smell: Burnt vanilla, sort of like bourbon. Some vague woody notes as well. Very malty in my opinion.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very subdued flavors. Burnt vanilla and oak. Very faint floral hop flavors in this as well. I was not initially in love with the mouthfeel, and I found it a bit thin. However, as this warms, the oaky, resiny traits of this beer come out, and the fiery bourbon sensation grows.

Overall: A very good beer that gets better as you drink. Would make a great session. (552 characters)

Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label is different than the picture here, should be the same thing 5.0% Firestone DBA (bomber).

Pours a lively light brownish copper color with a minimal off white head and lacing.

A bready caramel malt smell

Sweet caramel malt taste with a hint of oak flavor.

Medium to light bodied and slightly resiny with a tea finish.

The hint of oak or tea finish slows down the session. (386 characters)

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Citrusy hops, nice bouquet, orange, grapefruite, caramel sweetness.

L: Crystal clear orange-amber. Off-white head that dissipates.

T: Caramel sweetness with an underlying mild bitterness with just a touch of minerals. Finishes earthy and fairly clean.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Decent english pale ale, sounds strange but could have used a touch more hops. (375 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Weibull for sending this my way!

Pours a reddish amber tone into a rinsed pint glass. Spotty lacing all around. Aroma of clean malty sweetness.

Flavor is mellow and malty, with light oak notes. Dry hops lend a low, earthy bitterness. Pretty easy drinking, not sure why anyone would have beef with this. (316 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice tannish head that takes a while to dissipate but still leaves a film on the top of the beer and in the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a clear copper color that is fairly close to a deep amber. The beer looks really nice but bordering closer to an amber ale than an English pale ale, but it still looks pretty solid and nice.

The beer smell is pretty nice but is a little spicy. The beer smell has strong malt smells with a leafy hop note. The smell has various malt notes ranging from caramel, lightly toasted, and a little bit bready.

The taste is somewhat the same in regards to notes. The beer has lightly toasted and caramel malt flavor balanced by a light and crispy hop presence. The hop presence is a bit flowery, which gives the beer a pretty nice earthy note.

The mouthfeel is good. The beer is a little heavy and probably medium bodied because of the malt presence. The beer is smooth with a little carbonation to it but not much. Overall, the feel is pretty nice and refreshing.

Overall, a pretty good English Pale Ale and worth getting. It's said to see this beer getting dinged for being malty and meeting the criteria for the beer type. (1,190 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours slightly hazed copperish amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a wide patch mid-way though, with some lacing sliding down the glass.

The smell is of citrus/grapefruit with light roasted caramel.

The taste is of lightly roasted caramel, some nuttiness with a citric/leafy/herbal, slightly piney hop presence. Pretty evenly balanced, though leaning malty sweet with a bitterish touch and dry-ish finish.

It has a pretty chewy, medium body.

It has a nice amber-style maltiness with a hop presence more noticeable in taste than in bitterness. Not necessarily "complex", but an enjoyable, "sessionable" amber. (672 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a Beers of the World mix box that I got for Christmas from an acquaintance. Thanks Scott!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the clear, burnished copper brew. Head fades but never quite disappears, and lacing is average to good. Aroma is lightly of grain husks, with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is hearty medium malts, with a citrusy close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, with the latter possibly even more so. This seems quite sessionable, and a nice brew. (521 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mellow fruitiness and oaky presence. In the taste, fruity, small oak, and a caramel like presence. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry fruit and caramel like aftertaste. Very English, nice oak and fruit presence. (315 characters)

Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into SN Imp Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear copper w/ a thick beige 1 finger head which fades to a thick cap and leaves some thick lace; lots of carb

S - Smells of chocolate and sweet malts, a tinge of metal that fades after the first minute or so, earthy, vanilla and oak, some light fruits, pear maybe, pecans, and white bread crust

T - Tastes much the same as the nose, hints of chocolate, bread, light floral and earthy hops, vanilla, very light biscuit and pecans

M - Light on the tongue, dry finish w/ slight bitterness, lightly tannic

O - Very good beer, much more malt forward than hops, balanced, light oak character, very drinkable. (663 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt and burnt toffee aroma that's a bit sweet smelling with just enough roasted character. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that is complex in nature. It goes down with ease and finishes with a slight oakey aftertaste. The oak works well with this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is my first FW beer. I like the their use of multiple specialty grains as well as the barrel fermenting. It offers up an interesting tasting experience. (626 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into imperial pint. Bottled 11/5/14.

A: Pours a clear medium amber with a huge, billowing, greasy and thick off-white head that took forever to slowly fade into a dense and oily film. Patches of chunky lace were left down the glass.
S: The nose is a pleasant mixture of bready biscuit scented malt mixed with spicy and earthy hops. There’s a touch of caramel and a touch of roast, and the hops impart a noble, earthy, and spicy quality. There’s a faint herbal quality as well.
T: Crisp grainy malt backbone with just a kiss of caramel sweetness up front, followed by balancing spicy and earthy hops. The finish has a lightly sticky sweetness, and the aftertaste is herbal, slightly leafy, and just barely bitter.
M: Medium-light body with soft and fluffy carbonation that creates a smooth and easy drinking mouthfeel.
O: Flavors are light overall, clean, and very easy to drink. As far as EPA's go, this is pretty solid. (941 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden color with white head. Left a nice lacing on the glass.

S- Slightly yeasty. Toasted Malt smell

T- At first it tasted like a standard american amber, but it seems to have a west coast twist. It's hoppier than any american amber that I've had, though that's not to say it's too hoppy for the style.

M- Medium to Medium light body. Low carbonation.

D- It's better than I expected. Perhaps a decent session beer at 5% abv. In fact I'd consider another bottle. (474 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear amber with a large off white head that would have spilled over the SA Perfect Pint glass if I hadn't stopped pouring the beer about 65% of the way. Not much lacing.

Smell is bready, that's the first thing I noticed, then slightly roasty with a hint of hop fruitiness and yeast.

Taste follows closely, bready malt body, with a flash of bitter hops at the end, and a strange toast aftertaste.

Feel is smooth and light, without being fizzy. Great carbonation makes this feel almost creamy.

Overall, not a bad beer, especially if you don't want get too crazy. Easy for me to drink, except the toast aftertaste might be unappealing to some, but it's enjoyable for me.

DOA (691 characters)

Photo of JoeySchlitz
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Overall a great session beer with a Belgian quality to it - there is a slight floral aroma and flavor to it. Looks great with a dark amber color and good head retention. Smell is light, again with floral undertones and the taste follows. I could drink many of these if it were more my style of beer, but seems a bit light so pretty much 'one and done' for me. Now the 'Double' DBA... that's a whole different story. (415 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright but dark copper hue with a frothy finger of white head. Decent retention and appealing lacing around the glass.

Aroma is hoppier than expected for an amber. Nice bouquet of floral hops and a hint of grapefruit as well. Nicely balanced with a touch of dry roasted malts.

As with the aroma, the taste is excellently balanced. Strong hops for the style but balanced perfectly with a sweet maltiness, in particular brown sugar and caramel.

Very carbonated and crisp mouthfeel. Expertly balanced so it sits smoothly. If you're looking for a taste of hops but not quite ready for a PA, this is the perfect beer. Solid 4 all around, I'd definitely recommend this one. (677 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited the Taproom a few weeks back where I picked up a 22 oz of this and flew it home in my luggage. Have been anticipating it but was disappointed to read some of the subpar reviews. Well, nothing like lowering expectations eh?

Pours a nice clear light amber to dark gold color. Has a nice fluffy white head that fades to a light froth. Carbonation seemed fine.

Very subtle aromas, but I get a real light smoky oak character. Some light toffee like malt character with a little dark chocolate. I get no hop aroma. Has a nice fresh baked bread aroma to it.

Tastes like it smells. Tastes a little bitter with no noticeable hop flavor. I think this is one solid English Pale Ale brew. Light & drinkable. Could drink this quite often - I just never see it around Philly. Overall, I think the overall charm of this one is in it's subtleness. Glad to have tried it. (867 characters)

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of piney hops upfront then some sweet malt to balance

T - Follows the nose starts with some piney hops then the sweet malt comes through

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit its a little more hoppy than most EPAs but its well balanced making it a good beer to drink worth checking out sometime (440 characters)

Photo of mklinger
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. A nice burnt orange color with a cream colored 1/2 inch head. Crystal clear with good carbonation composed of fairly large bubbles. Some but not a lot of lacing left behind.

Aroma is mostly caramel malts with just a bit of wood. Not much hop aroma.

Taste is really nice. Caramel sweetness, some earthy hop flavors and bitterness followed by a bit of oak at the end. This is a nicely balanced ESB-style beer.

Carbonation was excellent, good mouthfeel. A very pleasant beer. (508 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: Crystal clear amber with a short off white head that fades to a ring around the edge, leaving no lacing. It's so pretty!

Smell: Prominent yeast and malt

Taste: Spicy yeast and bready, slightly sweet malts, ending with mild hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick body with tons of fine carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty. Plenty of different flavors pop up, without any one of them overpowering. (438 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +9%

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap bottled on 06/10/2014. Poured into Saint Arnold "Barrel" glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper amber with 1 finger of head

Smell: A mix of floral hop and biscuity malt with a slight caramel

Taste: Hop bitterness up front with some pale, biscuit malt in the middle and the barrel character doesn't come into play until the finish giving a little complexity.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and finishes quite clean with a slight sweetness

Overall: The barrel characteristics make this interesting and deters it from being another run-of-the-mill English pale ale. There is a nice balance of flavors between the malt and bitterness. I'd really like to try this cask-conditioned. (710 characters)

Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a orange golden color that produced a nice, fluffy tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a blend of caramel malts and light, spicy hops

T - The taste of this beer had a sweet, toasted malty beginning and finished with spicy hops, not Sierra Nevada Celebration caliber, but more along the English Pale Ales

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - Double Barrel Ale was a well crafted, very delicious beer, I do not know why this beer does not rate higher, maybe because it is an English Pale Ale, and not an American one, but this was very good (703 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No complaints with this beer. Pours medium amber with good clarity, good white head that fades to a thin lace, and leaves Belgian lace on the way down. Nose is somewhat citrusy hoppy, but also sweet malty & caramel. More of that caramel malt on the palate, with a somewhat clean taste, and finishes somewhat sweet. (314 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brew festival.

Appearance: pours an off white head which slowly falls leaving light lacing. Color is a cloudy amber with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: caramel, medium roasted barley, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: light and watery, pleasantly dry finish.

Flavor: Toasted bread crust, nuts, and caramel, pungent earthy hops.

Overall: very well done in the English style. Most enjoyable. (402 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
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. (872 characters)

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a clear amber with hints of ruby and a huge four finger creamy white head that falls very slowly and in large pockets leaving very sticky webbed lacing.

S: Fairly muted on the nose, do pick up some faint caramel malt and a hint of grain along with a faint hint of wood. For the style of English pale this is pretty spot on, just wish it were a little more pronounced.

T: The grain is very pronounced here, along with the yeast and a backdrop of wood this is a very earthy beer and yet very clean on the palate. Again a great food beer. These guys really seem to know pale ales.

M: Light, crisp and clean with a dry finish. Perfect food beer!

D: Super drinkable with the abv being only 5% and the mouthfeel being so clean. (774 characters)

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.