Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,204 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,204
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 252 | 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

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Solomon420 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big on malts/caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet and malty. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice amber ale, recommended.

Photo of geokills
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Always pleased to find a local brew of value and excellence. Found on many store shelves here in California, and from the tap at many central Californian eateries, this is a handsome ale that pours a caramel brown with light carbonation and a similarly light head that will in all odds fade before you are half way into your glass. Nevertheless, this brew aged in oak barrels grants the imbiber a soft mouthfeel, sweet and nutty flavour, with an ever so delicate hint of hops. If I were ever to call a beer well-balanced, this would be a prime candidate. Tasty, relatively light whilst paradoxically rich and extremely drinkable, this Firestone Double Barrel will oft be found in the fridge at my home, readily offered to beer drinkers of taste who seek refreshment above the average.

Photo of Overlord
2.11/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow. What a disappointment. I hear great things about the near mythical Firestone 10 (one of the White Whales here at Beeradvocate.com), and was eager to try this. I actually gave it a whirl in San Luis Obispo, and yipes.

Not much carbonation, perhaps a one inch head. Taste was ... strange. I almost want to say it tasted as though it was flavored with wood chips. Some caramel/malt overtones, but nothing really to balance it out or add complexity. I see that many reviewers note some faint hops ... I detected none. A thin, strange tasting beer that wasn't my cup of tea.

It looked pretty with a nice amber color, though.

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

Review number 400,got this 22oz bomber from my brother-in-law on a recent visit from San Deigo.

Served into a nonic glass poured a clear,medium copper color with almost a 2'' off white creamy head with fair retention leaving rings of lace down the glass. Wisps of very tiny bubbles stringing to the surface,had to look very closely to see them.

Clean,sweet malty nose with nutty/toasty notes,fruity with lots of earthyness and moderate hop notes of spice with a perfumy touch.

The first taste i just noticed how nice the balance of the beer was.Complex maltiness not overpowering sweet/toasty/nutty/slightly roasty with a nice carmellness. Fruity and earthy with a good crisp moderate,hoppiness to match the maltiness hops were woody/herbal/spicy not as much spice as in the aroma.

Medium body leaning towards the lighter side,creamy,also had some grainyness with some astrigency at the finish. Easily drank the bomber,just don't think I would be able to drink all night. Very good Amber,well made nothing I would seek out,but would buy occasionaly if it was avalible in my area.

Photo of Floydster
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitcher at Baja Sharkeez in El Porto

Poured a much deeper brown than I though it would, had this beer several times previously out of bottle and did not notice this

Good amber and my parent's choice when drinking a beer

Widely available and available in six packs and 22 oz. bottles

Smells more like a brown an ale than a red, but has a smooth taste, not bitter at all

Goes down easy and highly drinkable, also a good summer beer

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little smoky and contains tea, caramelized malt and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of roasted malts, tea, caramel and a little citrus. The sweetness doesn't jump out at you in the beginning but gets a little stronger as you drink more of it. There's a good hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, this is definitely a quality session beer that you can drink quite a bit of. It's flavorful enough to keep you satisfied in that regard. However, if you want a hard kick, you would want to look elsewhere. Overall, though, it's a good beer.

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

Big thanks to Imstillthegman for sending this beer my way. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very pleasing effervescent amber coloration. The head is a nice creamy biege coloration with descent retention. Streaks of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer presents my nose with a nice oak floral caramel aroma.

Taste: The beer gives me the expected vanilla oak with toasted caramel maltyness. Floral hops combine well with a flash of smokeyness in the finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a lighter body. The carbonation is proper for this beer. I think this is an easy to drink beer. The Abv would lend this to sessionability. I would willingly have this on any occasion. Thanks again guy!

Photo of pintnhand
2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think this beer is way overrated. I have had a few red ales but this one doesnt make my list. I think they took the beer too far on this one. The taste is almost puckering. The taste leaves a very heavy unpleasent feel. At first it starts smooth but as the taste evolves it becomes less enjoyable. An ok appearance. I would term it as harsh.

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 mynie
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A grocery store staple here in the Valley...

Pours a dark rust with a decent but quickly dissapating head. Pretty, sparkly, and crystal clear.

Smells of wonderfully balanced caramel bread malt and light west coast hops. Very chewy and sweet, even if it's a bit subdued and sessiony.

Tastes like it smells. Big wonderbread malt up front, doughy and sweet, backed up by lightly bitter caramel malt and some single west coast hop that's a little graprefuity. Large complexity from a small beer, all you can really ask for in a session. n

Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the website it noted one of it's awards was for an "ordinary bitter" category, which I'm sure lends further confusion as to what this should be. But considering it uses both english hops and yeast it may be a closer bid.
Nonetheless...here goes.
Aroma is a really nice blend of hop and malt. Slightly toasty and grassy too. Sweet and somewhat earthy. Real pleasant.
Good looking beer too. Firm and somewhat dense head capping a classic amber of orange/brown. Clear with visible bubbles rising.
Flavor continues the trend of well blended ingredients. Nothing overpowers the other flavors and it's a rounded around a present yet soft bitterness. Toasty malt, grassy hops, mild dryness, touch of fruit, little sweetness up front, tasty bitter finish.
Quite soft in feel of both liquid and carbonation. Smooth drinking. On the richer side, but not too much.
I'm impressed. This is a well rounded ale that can be used for a variety of situations including food. Well done.
Thanks John.

Photo of BrewDrinkRepeat
2.74/5  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.

Photo of eberkman
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a bottle at the Cheesecake Factory in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Poured a copper-amber with a thin white head that left little lacing. Smelled primarily of caramel and spice notes with some fruitiness. Taste was also a blend of toasty caramel notes with a nice hopy finish. Mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated. Very sessionable -- drinkability was definitely this beer's strongest point.

Photo of Duster72
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with lots of ruby. One finger off-white head. Aroma is primarily malts with some carmel, fruits, and herbal hops. Taste is a relatively interesting blend of malts with some sweetness coming from fruits and carmel. Some oakiness and mild floral/herbal hops. Mouthfeel is on the light side which works well with the beer. Fine beer, nothing spectacular.

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 DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have a tough decision to make. I'm at Angel Stadium and I want a beer to go with my hot dog. What should I get? Get Budweiser Select on draft, or part an extra 50 cents for Firestone Walker? Or I could part $12 for a bomber of Corona Light. I'll have a Firestone, please. And it was granted. Time to try it out:

Dark amber in color with a creamy head, it's first impression was better that the watery light beers other fans were guzzling. It has a pleasant flavor of apricot, caramel, and some pine. A quick brush of hops ended each sip. The feel seemed a bit watery, but I'll take this beer over many of the other options available at the ballpark.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon for the BA Anny brew. Pours a dark amber in color. Smells faintly of oak. Tastes pretty good: a bit of oak & carmel but there is not much to this beer. It is drinkable and the carbonation is right. OK beer for the style but I am not a big amber fan.

Cheers.

Photo of SwillBilly
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a very clear light amber with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. Very thick merague like head last for long time. Nice lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Amber fruit and caramel with a hint of earthy English Hops, possibly EKG. Faint oakiness in the aroma profile.

Taste: Very mild to start with a light malty sweetness with hints of caramel, with a semi sweet chocolate like astringency. Could be the oak. Very clean bittering hops lends for a nice mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: Definitely a nice session beer that weighs in at 5% abv. Has enough character to keep things interesting. Mild maltiness with just enought hop bitterness to balance the beer. Easy to drink. Definitely worth checking out but nothing too special. A decent every day drinker.

Photo of bradybeer
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is copper-red and pours a thin head with little carbonation. There isn't much of a smell-hops nor malt. Taste is mild with no hops to speak of and with little malt. Because the hops and the malt don't overwhelm you the mouthfeel is light to medium while drinkability is exceptional. This is an excellent beer to have around the house and sip while flipping burgers on the grill.

Photo of alehopman
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, very fine carbonation, head about 2", compact retention. Amber. Good, balanced aroma, I get some English elements, malty and floral aspects. I wasn't enamored with the initial, Magnum hop flavor but the more traditional hop flavors kicked in. The Goldings flavor was nice. The finish was interesting, started fruity then the very nice oak element. Mouthfeel very smooth. I really like these guys going with a hybrid union system. Traditional is good. This is kind of a west coast/English hybrid. Interesting.

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 bjohnson
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker amber color with a lot of fizzyness clinging to the sides of the glass. Initial one finger off white colored fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. A lot of bubbles. Sweet caramel notes with slight fruity flavors. Slight floral hop notes, but the fruity sweet notes of the malt take over.

Sweet caramel notes with a hint of molasses. Prunes and figs make up the dark fruit notes and add to the sweetness. Sugar laden figs last well into the aftertaste. Residual sweetness sticks to the lips. Malts dominate the brew leaving the hops gasping for a chance to show themselves. Medium bodied ale. Sticky thick on the palate. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but not a bad brew.

Photo of Phatz
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper orange brown with a translucent body and a creamy off-white head. The head fades to a frothy cap that lasts the duration of the beer. Little lacing.

Smell: It has a musty floral caramel aroma, malt and a indistinct fruitiness in the nose.

Taste: It has an odd fruity candy flavor, soft cracker like malts and a woodiness attribute. The flavors are pleasant but seem to lack a bit of depth. A few swishes around the tongue bring out more tart berry and hop flavors and residual candy sweetness. The aftertaste has hints of vanilla and jolly rancher.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tart light body with prickly berry and hops on the cheeks.

Drinkability: As excited as I was to try this beer it left me less than blown away though it is quite easy drinking. After two the aftertaste gets a bit annoying. I'm done now.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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 malcontent
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber body sporting a thin layer of head with adequate lacing.

Slighty sugary malt nose with an unremarkable hop scent. Average in every way.

The standard flavor with justa little grainy mash aftertaste on the finish to sully an otherwise solid if unspectacular amber ale.

Mouthfeel is A-OK with a full body tempered by a crisp level of carbonation. Totally drinkable; a well-made, if safe, American amber ale.

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,204 ratings.