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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,896 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 135 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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4/5  rDev +9%

TheReese, Jun 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Hill4Hops, Jul 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Packlifenc, Jan 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

bucky505, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Rob23
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours dark copper with an inch of head and slight lacing.Has an odd smell to me but is floral and maybe dandelion.Taste off the bat id hoppy with a light bite.This does leave an aftertaste in the mouth.Not terrible but nothing really special.I expected a bit more but bought this in a mix 12 pack of their others also.Average rating for an average ale.

Rob23, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Fillpott
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

From a bottle into an American pint glass and again into an English-style pint glass. The glass style changed my perceptions slightly with regards to the aroma and taste, but it wasn't a serious difference. Here were my notes.

A-Copper in color and very clear. True to the style, but on the darker side.

S-Light hop aroma and a malt/oak-aged overtone. I let this warm a little, and that released some of the barrel-aged smell. It reminded me of what I get out of bourbon, a little.

T-Smooth, well balanced and easy to drink. I liked the faint oak flavor to the beer. It seemed a little thicker and with a hint of vanilla than a traditional EPA.

M-Again, it was thicker and chewier than most Pale Ales I've tried. There was a good balance of hops to malt, but there felt like there were some unfermentables that were adding to the depth of the beer.

D-Very drinkable and will likely become a staple in my fridge when I have people over. It is a craft beer that doesn't frighten away "average" American beer drinkers, in my opinion.

Fillpott, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of wesclaypool
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

a - Pours a dark brown/orange color with a thin layer of head.

s - Has a sweet, malty smell with no real bitterness present.

t - Again, very sweet with only a hint of bitterness.

m - Medium to thick body and very smooth.

d - If you aren't into bitter beers and instead look for something pretty malty, this is a very drinkable beer.

wesclaypool, May 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9%

bigalsd, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of amart79
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Served on tap

A - Clear golden brown color. A decent head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - nice fresh smell. A little toasty with a fresh citrusy hops.

T - pretty smooth, bready/malty taste with a little bitter bite at the end.

M - just the right amount of carbonation. It was very smooth on the palate.

Overall - Good solid beer. It's got just a little of everything you'd like to be there.

amart79, Feb 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

alucard6679, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Jesta384, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

alademann, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

delia0027, Saturday at 11:36 PM
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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%

Double Barrel Ale pours a nice reddish amber color with a small bit of white head. The smell is lightly hopped with East Kent Goldings and has a good amount of caramel malt aroma. The taste is full of caramel malt, a touch of toffee, a slight hop character, and some toasty base malt flavor. Like all fine English beers, there is just enough carbonation to feel it prickle on your tongue and it has a light body to round things out. At first taste I wasn't pleased, but as I drank more I really began to like it. I could have drank a lot more than just the bomber I bought, and now that I'm back on the East Coast I wish I would have.

cyraxx, Mar 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

rafa1213, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of kcinlober
3.78/5  rDev +3%

Appearance: little to no head. It does pour a beautiful translucent copper color.

Aroma: malty and a little sweet for a pale ale. Not very strong but pleasant.

Palate: starts with a caramel or honey taste. A little citrus and a mild but pleasant finish. Solid pale ale, I would drink again

kcinlober, Jun 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

HDACBrewer, May 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rcrockett74, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jkjd, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

Kwak78, Feb 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

eatabag, Nov 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

IanRiley, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

BlackIIPAJK, May 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

kluless59, Apr 20, 2013
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,896 ratings.