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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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2,084 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,084
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 67
Gots: 206 | FT: 5
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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Suddenly I am reminded of all the boring pale ales I had while in the United Kingdom and why I am still trying to suppress that trip from my memory. I see Firestone Walker is trying to just that and make boring English pale Ale. Congratulations you did just that but a higher ABV. A solid English Ale expect for the higher ABV, sorry won't be buying this again, this might be fun to have on cask.

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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.

3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale

Appearance: DBA pours a great looking, crystal clear deep amber/copper. Its effervescence is extremely active, with carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass at a rapid pace. There is an off-white, creamy looking finger of head that eventually sinks to a nice crust. There is an impressive amount of lacing for the beer’s low ABV. This is one of the darker pale ales that this reviewer has seen, and is a very nice looking beer.

Aroma: The malt is extremely present in the aroma, but it is an odd, almost adjunct-lager smell to the malt that is not at all pleasing. Along with that comes a bit of a yeasty aroma and some biscuits and crackers. Caramel and toffee are also there. The hops do not come through very much, which is a shame. What is there is floral, but it is extremely hard to sniff out. It is not a bad smelling beer, but the evocation of awful American adjunct lager smells is not a positive association.

Taste: Pretty much follows the nose, without the nasty adjunct lager suggestion. The caramel malts come through really nicely, and there is just barely a bitterness. In fact, the yeast comes through and gives a sort of marmalade quality as well. The only real drawback to the flavor is the fact that the flavor just is not quite flavorful enough. This would do better as a beer with more ABV, so it can be assumed that Double DBA was a great choice for Firestone Walker.

Mouthfeel: Like the taste, there is not much to comment on here. It is a pretty run-of-the-mill beer with a medium to thin mouthfeel, quite active carbonation, and not much else going on. The finish is relatively dry, but is not astringent at all. This would be a refreshing beer on a hot summer day, but as it is, like the rest of the beer, the mouthfeel is just expected and average.

Overall: Having never had a Firestone Walker beer before, I had high hopes. This may not have been the place to start. This is an extremely pedestrian offering that really does not do anything special. I would certainly not turn this down if offered me, but I also would not actively seek it out again. Given that FW does not distribute to Wisconsin, this choice will not even be available to me. I will not judge FW based on this beer alone, as it does not have a great pedigree as it is. 14/20

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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, I may have a bias towards the Firestone DBA because it was the first craft brew I ever drank, and I lived near the brewery for many years so fresh Firestone was always the choice at restaurants. Appears a classic pale ale coppery brown with a soft creamy head. Smell is average EPA but the oak really stands out. The mouth feel is soft and smooth. The flavor seems to combine a traditional english ale with a cali PA to make something memorable, especially if you like beers aged in oak. The guys at Firestone really created an outstanding beer out of a simple style with this one.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.52/5  rDev -31.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my kegerator into a Firestone pint glass.

a. Dark copper, orange like color. Crystal clear with a small head. Head vanishes quickly.

s. Not much here. Sweett malt and faint hops.

t. Some vanilla, woody flavors. More malt than hops. Some toffee.

M. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Kind of watery.

d. Goes down quite easily. Could, and did, drink several pints per sitting.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,084 ratings.