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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 55
Gots: 119 | FT: 7
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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5/5  rDev +36.2%

03-11-2013 04:04:24 | More by beergirl805
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-12-2013 07:41:42 | More by seasondek
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-22-2014 23:58:09 | More by BrentHumes
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New Jersey

2.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 01:21:39 | More by BrewDrinkRepeat
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

02-28-2012 08:40:32 | More by BrianDeLizza
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-23-2012 19:23:46 | More by antieau
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-08-2014 21:00:18 | More by stiglitz
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

07-06-2014 22:27:52 | More by Quadsquad
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-24-2013 01:20:16 | More by RobertTheBruce
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3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper color with medium foam and little retention.

S-Has a bit of a smokey smell. Smells like most Mexican beers.

T-Sweet initial taste with a slight bite at the finish.

M-Carbonation is well balanced throughout.

O-Decent beer but won't knock your socks off. Simple and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 20:27:51 | More by Daddyrich
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a British Pale Ale despite others believing it is an amber. Amber merely describes the color. Website says all imported malt and hops. The result is apparent in the taste. It is more of a low-key session beer, highly drinkable. The oak fermentation also contributes a smoothness and sweetness to the beer. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2005 17:32:27 | More by Jamie134
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2.35/5  rDev -36%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 01:32:53 | More by pintnhand
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4/5  rDev +9%

11-23-2011 20:01:45 | More by pennsyk4
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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at a sports bar before my dinner. The first thing I noticed about the beer was the subtle fruity aroma coming from it's translucent, amber body. The flavor combined a complementary balance of fruit and malty breadiness that was well balanced by the subtle hop character. The only problem was that these flavors weren't strong enough to keep the beer interesting to drink. Carbonation was medium, but suited the character of the beer. The careful balance of good flavors and the lack of any offensive flavors makes this beer extremely drinkable. I would definitely recommend it for a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2009 09:58:38 | More by Sutardja
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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale. Poured a great head. Not much nose in to the beer, though. I guess I expected something larger in the flavor of the beer, having five or six malts and double oak barreled. It does have a nice feel to the mouth. Quality medium weight (what I would expect for a Amber Ale). It is absolutely quaffable. There is enough going on, but light enough to enjoy.

Definitely not the best Amber Ale on the market, but quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 00:02:53 | More by MattThomas
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about a two finger head, with nice clear copper color, Nestles into an off white cap that lasts till the end. Very little visible carbonation. Just a bubble every once in a while. Smells of malt and slight caramel sweetness, a little bit of light fruit. Similar to smell, nice slightly sweet malty flavor with flowery tones and a slight smokey wood taste, maybe some wheat cracker with a little hop bitter finish at the end. Can tell the carbonation much better in the mouthfeel, light small silky bubbles that dance on the tongue, which is nice, with the body of it being a little heavier, you can feel it coat your mouth with it's flavor, but not too much so. I could go through quite a few of these throughout the night comfortably, with enough taste to enjoy it slowly, and not so heavy that you'd feel bloated or too bubbly.

I like this beer, it's not my favorite, but for the price at my local stores and what it brings to the table for it, I stock this regularly along with their Pale Ale and Union Jack for a pocket forgiving good beer that delivers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 04:38:51 | More by Nhoddus
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3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into brandy-style glass. Head dissipates quickly. Brilliant clarity with fire orange hue. Fruity nose with some biscuit. Difficulty picking up the vanilla and oak subtleties that describe this beer. Estery up front with clean finish. Decent beer. Could drink a few back to back.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 04:51:16 | More by laco0043
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice easy drinking ale.
Coppery and clear in color, it s an easy pour with little head and makes a great session beer. Overall I call this beer smooth, this ale is lightly hoppy with strong citrus notes though distinctly smooth on the finish. The oaky character comes out from the first and is apparent at the first whiff.

A good beer for any afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 07:59:07 | More by darrellzilla
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-01-2013 02:23:47 | More by AustinGinger
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4/5  rDev +9%

07-13-2014 02:32:13 | More by cruzerbug
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at my local Vons in Southbay San Diego. Got home and poured this into a glass. The pour gave me about an inch of head, and the color was a reddish with a light caramel hue. It also had a sweet nutty aroma and went down very well. This reminds me alot of New Castle when I first had that. More flavor than the one and only, IMO better. Overall a good beer, I recommend it to other ale lovers.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 00:33:21 | More by cervecero
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-09-2012 22:04:31 | More by rupacaky
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whenever I am out for dinner and there is no beer selection, DBA is always my default; because for some reason it's always on the menu. For what it is, it is much more satisfying, flavorful, and goes better with food than your typical domestic piss beer (bud or miller).

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 05:53:24 | More by aritalia
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went to college in San Luis Obispo, so I pretty much grew up on Firestone beer, but I only learned to like this one recently.

Poured into the Firestone nonic glass. It's got a nice lightly coppery brown color, no haze. Not all that carbonated (mine was very cold, which probably exaggerates that), but still gets some minor lacing.

Not a lot of aroma. A little bit of caramel and smokiness, but doesn't give off a lot when cold.

Tastes very smooth. It's got a good balance of maltiness and light hoppiness. Not boozy tasting at all, and a low enough ABV that you can enjoy a few without going crazy.

Honestly, you can see why this beer is sort of Firestone's bread and butter. It's good, not alienating, and nice for session drinking. People used to the imperial stouts and whatnot will find it bland, most likely. Although I like almost all of Firestone's beers better, this one is still worthwhile.

Side notes: I asked the guy during the brewery tour what the significance of "double barrel" is... apparently it doesn't mean anything specifically; it's probably just supposed to sound cool like a double barrel shotgun or something. They do put it in barrels, though. Also, Firestone beer is supposed to be kept refrigerated at all times by vendors, and they only let that rule slide for Costco. I happened to get this beer from a variety pack at Costco (12 DBA + 6 Pale Ale + 6 Union Jack IPA for $22, buy now).

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 05:29:57 | More by dtwhite
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

11-12-2012 23:23:02 | More by beer76inthesouth
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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