Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

2,210 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,210
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 257 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (84) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Double Barrel Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,210 | Reviews: 705
Photo of chaseparker9
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's nothing fantastic but still a great beer and a great brewery

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a copper/amber with a thick fluffy off white head that has great retention.

Floral hops and some sweet caramel and slight toastiness.

Light hop bitterness. Earthy and bready and woody. Caramel, toast.

Light bodied and a litle dry.

Nice session ale.

Photo of T100Mark
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic Imperial pint glass (it seemed appropriate).

Appearance - Dark copper color. Great clarity. Moderate, off-white head. Big stickage. Nice.

Smell - Malt. Toasty.

Taste - Big malt flavor. Sweet. Toasty. Slightly bitter. Dry hop finish.

Mouth - Slick. Fizzy.

Overall - Why doesn't this beer have a higher BA rating? This beer reminds me, very much, of a quality English ESB. Highly chugable.

Photo of mxchap
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Overall: Solid easy to drink ale. This is American pub beer at its finest [4.25]
Look: Amber in color with a foamy head. Leaves behind chaotic lacing [4]
Smell: Floral and Herbal. Spicy. Toast. [4]
Taste: Follows the smell. Caramel malt asserts itself nicely. [4]
Feel: Spot on for a balanced english ale. Slightly creamy, nothing sticks out. Perfect carbonation. [5]

Photo of GatorCoop
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Got this in a 12oz bottle at a BBQ place in Fort Worth. Was ok but wouldnt get it again. Very bitter

Photo of arvidkoval
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color. Malt forward nose, a hint of hops. Malty sweet caramel, with a slight floral hop backing that really balances this out. A bready aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. I didn't know what to expect from this one, wasn't really sure what it was, but it's damn good!

Photo of keith466
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and refreshing with a clean finish!

Photo of Kraj30
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

in my top 10 Session beers.. perfect 5% for me..

Photo of snilsen13
1.68/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looks great, a nice dark amber. Very inviting, but its a trap.
This one smells like vomit.
Pinching my nose, it tastes mostly like sweet malts - caramel, etc., not too interesting. Add the vomit smell, it sucks.

Probably a bad batch, bottled 11/10/14, about 10 weeks ago.
Just reading others ratings and I find that I'm not alone. Maybe many bad batches but more likely just a crappy beer. Avoid.

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of BIA_BrewMasta
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Disappointed on the ABV. The beer really is unique and flavorful. There is obvious pride with this recipe

Photo of PA-hunter
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Cloudy and dark brown with a bit of a yellow tint to it. One finger head.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt, grainy.

Taste- Has a bready biscuit flavor followed by caramel malt sweetness, similar to the malt of an Oktoberfest. The finish is dry and bitter, yet still retains a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body, smooth with ample carbonation.

Overall- A good easy drinking beer that is on the sweet side. Very smooth and refreshing as well. Balance is also on point.

Photo of Stevedore
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle dated 10/8/2014. Stemless glass 12/19/2014.

A- Dark but clear brown-caramel body with a two finger offwhite head, nice retention and head longevity. Good lacing that is splotchy and uneven.

S- Crisp crackers, grains, a bit of orange marmalade, toffee, earth. As expected given the English-influenced style.

F- Crackers, orange marmalade, earth, caramel, grainy sweetness and a bit of toasted malt. I could very well be convinced that oak is present, but it's subtle enough that I don't feel strongly about it. Overall flavour is toasted, sweet grains with earth and orange marmalade. Fairly solid although it's quite a bit sweeter than its English ancestors. Mild-moderate orange zest bitterness on the backend.

M- Medium-thin bodied, not watery, nice depth for a 5.00% ABV brew. Finish is orange zest bitterness in the setting of a fairly sweet grainy toasted malt-hued finish. Certainly quite drinkable.

O- Fairly average take on the English bitter/pale ale style. The name implies there is some contact with barrels, but I don't get a lot of the barrel influence here- nothing I would stake my palate on. Despite this, this is a decent English-style bitter although it is a bit on the sweeter side.

Final score: 3.61

Photo of timontheroad
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a orangish-amber color, nice fluffy off-white one finger head that settled to a nice film after about five minutes. Very nice retention and lacing. Aroma is pretty muted, with just a touch of sweet malt notes, and some light wood tones. Taste was biscuity malt, just a touch of sweetness, and the same wood flavor as the smell. Mouthfeel was medium to kinda thick, pretty easy drinker. Overall, this one is ok, not great, just OK.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cherry amber with loose off white froth. 3.5
Toffee nose with earthy hops, some soap and a thread of orange rind - very English. 3.5
Big caramel backbone with some cardamom, pine sap, and dried leaf hops.
Waxy citrus finish and sherbet fizz linger. 3.5
Medium, round, clean. 3.75

-- An English premium bitter, and not a good one at that. This uses oaks barrels, and I can find an austere, vanilla thread if I look for it, but it’s not saving the beer. This maybe made sense in 1996, but it’s kinda dull and aimless now. 3.5

Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottle.
Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thick, foamy head.
Smell: not much there.
Taste: light malt. Citrus hops that are mellow. Light earthy/woody notes followed by a pleasant citrus finish ending with a very light oak.
Mouthfeel: medium light carbonation. Medium body. Slightly on the sweet side. Thin.
Overall: good beer. Nothing over the top, but good.

Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours deep amber with a creamy light tan head that fades and laces well.

S: Caramel malt sweetness up front followed with a little light citrus and some earthiness.

T: Caramel toffee malt sweetness up front, some earthy woodsy notes, a little pine and citrus, orange and grapefruit, maybe even a bit floral on the finish, with a moderate bitterness throughout.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one is from right in my backyard, but I can't say it's one of my favorites. Not bad by any means though.

Photo of hopsputin
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: its a clear rich caramel amber color with a 2 finger off-white rocky head

s: clean crisp caramel malts, lemongrass, berries, wet cardboard, strawberries, and a fait earthy bitterness

t: sweet smooth caramel, some of those sweet berries i picked up in the nose, big big biscuity bready flavors. there is a very faint tea-leaf & pine bitterness in here at the very end. very very slight bitterness - very slight. finishes with more of the caramel sweetness

m: lighter side of medium. nice amount of carbonation

o: its a super easy drinker. sweet and crisp - maybe a bit too sweet though, almost tastes like corn. but as mentioned, its very easy to drink. i'd prefer a little more of the biscuity flavors in here to balance out the sweetness, but its ok. supremely average, and easy to drink

Photo of StoutFox
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

When you read something along the lines of Double Barrel anything you really are expecting some level complexity and I found this to be a bit watery and didn't do it for me.

Aroma: dry hops, bit malty, sour
Taste: malty, but generally hoppy and a bit thin

Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%

Bright copper. Bready nose. Malty with a good hearty body and a nice dry finish.

I’d say that this is more of an ESB than an English Pale Ale. Either way, it is very, very good.

Photo of neurobot01
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

For what it is, this is really good. Surprisingly complex in a subtle way, with wood, nut, hop, and toasty malt in good balance. Generally quite tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of SensorySupernova
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Photo of Zach41
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance- copper. Weak head retention, more aggro pour recommended

Smell- malty but not overly so, wood, warm

Taste- very smooth, malty, with a very lightly hoppy finish. Clean aftertaste with subtle complexities if you really concentrate

Feel- medium bodied, great feel for drinking easily

Overall- what I will remember: very drinkable, malty but clean aftertaste is nice, very subtle complexities. It's the opposite of a drain pour if that makes sense.
3.7

Photo of fps_dean
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color.

Doesn't give off much smell, but I can smell some barley and bready malts.

Tastes like bready malts with a mild hop presence. Nothing is particularly overpowering or offensive here, and the overall flavor isn't too strong.

It goes down fairly smooth.

Overall a decent beer, but far from my favorite pale ale as well. That said, it still is a solid session beer.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(bottling date 08/04/14 - poured into a tulip pint)

L: perfectly-clear, copper-colored liquid with a jewel glow... loose foam builds, but settles rather quickly down into a thin film

S: pine needles, fresh-cut wood, dried and crushed mint leaves... almost a German pils-like mineral and crisp pale malt character... green, outdoorsy aromas - little-to-no fruity hop notes, but perhaps a coat of lightly fruity-caramel esters atop the crusty bready malt foundation a ways below... fairly bold altogether

T: dry, delicately spicy-bitter hops, followed swiftly by a well-sculpted musculature of hearty-bready malt with a bit more of a forward Munich and crystal toasty aftertaste with subtle caramel-sweet and vaguely apple-y highlights

F: just about medium-bodied but quite light in its flow, with a soft, leveled, sudsy lift from the carbonation... the mildly rubbery unfermentables bounce around up front and center on the palate while the back end just disappears, clipped dry... its overall curiously light weight while maintaining lean muscle is quite notable

O: leans a good bit on the toasty malt character and decidedly rigid dryness, with mild touches of sweetness, woody bitterness, and faint fruitiness, giving it just enough dimension and shape to keep it interesting... but all-in-all this is a fantastically easy-drinking-in-high-volume ale

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,210 ratings.