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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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712 Reviews

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Reviews: 712
Hads: 2,293
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 83
Gots: 295 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 712 | Hads: 2,293
Photo of SwillBilly
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of alehopman
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of techdiver
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of malcontent
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep reddish amber colored body and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is quite light, in fact at first it seems indistinct except for a soft berry-like fruitiness and a touch of grassy hop notes. Upon closer inspection the aroma opens up with a touch more fruitiness; notes of berries as well as sweet plums, golden raisins, and even a light aromatic apple note. In addition a soft citrus-like hop character, becomes more prominent after I first recognizable it. A very nicely balanced aroma, that is perhaps a touch too light even for a nice session brew.

Up front the taste is sharp with hop notes and dry malt character. It moves to a soft fruitiness that lingers on in the finish. The fruitiness is lead by that berry note, perhaps even a touch of strawberry. This beer has a fairly light body, though it does have some heft to it, especially towards the finish where a touch of malt sweetness and the fruit notes are found. The note that lingers the longest after swallowing a sip is that of biscuits or soda crackers. In fact this note helps to dry things out and prepare you for another sip. This beer is nicely hoppy with notes that are at times herbal, a touch citrus-like (leaning towards sweet citrus fruit notes), definitely with a nice bitterness, and maybe, just maybe with a touch of grass-like character. A touch of tannic astringency might be what is left of the barrel character, but this is soft and barely perceptible. I can't help thinking that this is at the right level though.

This beer is very soft overall, it is really quite tasty and well balanced, but I do wish there was more to it. I have a feeling that this would be a killer beer if served in an unfiltered straight from the hand pump form. I will have to seek out such a beast at some point as I am intrigued at what heights this beer might be able to achieve.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a crystal clear, lively amber color. Showed a medium sized ivory head.

Aroma was citrus and grass. Next up were caramel and wheat bread.

Taste was initially citrus. Then a biscuity flavor with just a bit of caramel. Very well balanced with a tilt towards hoppy. Very small hint of sweet fruit. Grassy at finish.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing, didn't seem at all drying. Just a bit grainy, texture-wise.

A very good everyday/session beer. Rich and full flavored. A little short on hops, but everything seems that way to me now. I will be having more of this, and at 5 ABV that is easy to do.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of the gracious hands of autumnaldave. Pours into my glass a brilliant amber color with hints of red and a small half inch of tight bubbly head. Aromas begin with nicely toasted, bready/biscuity malts with a touch of nutty caramel. Herbal hops lurk underneath with a touch of spiciness. Fairly nice, clean aroma.

First sip brings a smooth toasty, bready caramelized maltiness that has a touch of a nutty quality to it as well. Flows down with a mix of herbal hop notes that impart a nice spiciness midway through each sip. Mellow bitterness at the finish. A tasty amber ale if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy with a nice burst of tight carbonation that races down with each sip. I really do enjoy the mouthfeel on this brew and it lends itself to easy drinking. Overall, a tasty solid amber ale that has a nice spicy kick to it. Quite drinkable and enjoyable at that. My first Firestone brew makes me want to check out more of their stuff.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured a fairly dark brown with a slight hint of red. The head was just slightly off white and very thin. There was a good amount of lacing considering that the head was so thin. The smell was a toasted malt aroma with a slight hint of hops. There was a slight wood smell, but very very faint.

The taste was a sharp malt flavor with a hint of toasted malt essence. There was a nice hop bitterness at the end, but nothing too strong. The mouthfeel was ok, but the CO2 was too strong. The beer's thickness was fine.

A really nice beer to have on tap at a restaurant that does not have craft beers. A good standard in any book.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of theopholis
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice deep amber color with a thin white head that retains a little less well than was expected but did lace ok.

S- somewhat light, a sweet toasty malty smell with a very light hop aroma

T- nice clean malty sweetness at first then a nice citrusy hoppy bitterness that was mch more pronounced in taste as opposed to the smell

M- clean, crisp, nice carboantion, medium/light body

D- a nice and drinkable brew, goes down esily, low abv, smooth body, not too highly priced either as I recall, pretty good beer

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pretty clear golden amber with a small head that unfortunately melts away to nothing.
Aromas of sweet toasted amber malts.
Flavor is sweet toasted amber malts balanced very well with citrus hops....finally giving way to the citrus malts to leave a clean and drying taste in the mouth.
Aftertaste is sweet and drying...
Makes a nice thirst quencher.
It's May, 2007 and I have to re-evaluate my review of this beer.
There is a tremendous amount of depth and flavor in it along with the barrel smokiness they are famous for that elluded me when I originally tried it. I'm finding it an excellent summer brew that is very sessionable and feel fortunate I have a store that sells all Firestone 6'r's at $5.99. This and their pale ale will probably be my go to beers this summer.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. borrle

Pours a clear copper color with a ruby hue. Has a small eggshell head that fades. No real lacing to mention.

Mild herbal hop aroma over a light malt scent. A slight oak smell is also present as it warms.

Light caramel malt taste upfront followed by a light herbal hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes rather clean and dry with just a hint of malt.

Light body, plenty of carbonation.

Quite drinkable, but overall a rather plain jane amber. I had hoped to taste some oak flavor, which never really came through even as it approached room temperature.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a hazy copper color with medium off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was a faint, hoppy fruit smell, but it was difficult to get anything much. The flavor waqs mnore of the hoppy, apple-citrus fruit, but I could not pick up any of the oak barrel taste or aroma. Not a bad beer though, and I’m glad I tried one.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pind glass. The liquide is a deep cloudy orenge amber color, the carbonation is good. The head in one fat thumb, smooth small bubbles and faides to little lace.

The smell is faint, some hops over light malt.

The taste is better, malty with mild hops. The taste does not make a bold statement, it is mild, but good, nice with a meal.

The mouthfeel is thick sticky medium body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is good better if you need something low key. MK

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Photo of Gasp100
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of cerveza5150
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good session beer. I've had many beers and ales that are better than this one, but this is a good choice if there are no others! Kinda liked the old SLO Brew better, but the brewery as a whole is pretty good. A little more hops would have been a nice addition.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium copper color with modest white chunky head. Modest lacing. Smell is mainly of piney hops with a light maltiness in the background. Taste is a superb combination of malt and hops in an exquistite balance with neither dominating the other. Finish is good , but not up tho the promise of the taste with the hoppiness falling a bit short. All things considered, this was a great beer. I wish I had bought more than one.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I would like to preface this review by stating that I think it's absurd for "drinkablility" to accout for only 10% of the overall ranking of a beer on this site. No matter how "over the hop" it may be, the purpose of every beer is to be drunk. I think that appearance and smell could both stand a demotion in favor of the ultimate characteristic of a great beer. Having gotten that off my chest, here goes...

Appearance: Fantastic color, beautiful brown to orange, thin head, low bubble activity. A little better head retention and we'd go higher.

Smell: Smells great, but weak. I can detect the oakiness, but that's about all. This may be due to the fact that I had a Stone 10th anniversary IPA earlier.

Taste: A singing synergy of the elements of a great session beer. The malt, the hop, and the sweet soft water enjoy a wonderful polygamus marriage.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying, utterly unsticky.

Drinkability: In my opinion, there is not a better session beer in the world. Not an attention hog, but goes great with almost anything. Much better than the tires. If there is a more versatile beer in existence, please tell me about it. A great choice for when you're hanging with friends whose company you enjoy, but whose taste in beer could use some fine-tuning.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.93/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pounder it formed a mediocre head that was eggshell white and left traces of lace. Brown body with medium to light carbonation.

A really odd tasting beer. I'm a category geek sometimes and I have no idea where this would fit in. It's kind of its own style so to speak. Has an odd woody backer that effects every pull. Roasted malts are somewhere between charred and roasted, creating a slightly bitter malt bill that is like drinking freshly cut dried kendling. Hops are a bit zippy although they have a tendancy to take a backseat with everything else going on. There is a sort of candied presence as well towards the beginning and lasts just for a brief second.

Notes: I really couldn't figure this one out. Not to say that complex and confusing can't be good, because it most definately can. This is just to much all over the map and the profiles are rather odd and don't blend well....Not for me.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.