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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,802 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,802
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 54
Gots: 115 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002)
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

07-06-2014 22:27:52 | More by Quadsquad
Photo of Jamie134


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
Photo of pintnhand


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
Photo of MattThomas


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
Photo of Nhoddus


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
Photo of darrellzilla

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
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4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into pint

A: I really like the color of this beer, I held it up to my ceiling fan's light and was impressed by it's beautiful amber color with a burnt yellow color at the top.

S: Smelled great, general citrus scent with some pine scent to it

T: hit the spot, not to strong, but just right if you're in the mood for an amber ale!

M: light, smooth, flavor hits a little late for me, but when it does hit it's just what I was lookin for.

O: I'm really happy with this beer, it's exactly what I was looking for! I will grab this bad boy again and again in the future!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:40:43 | More by hajenaD
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

09-15-2012 02:18:39 | More by DavidMuhlstein
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

05-11-2013 21:15:10 | More by aalton77
Photo of DamienR


3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A very beautiful copper color, with lace all the way down, two finger head that had a decent retention, a very pretty beer, the off white head looks very nice alongside the copper.

S: From the bottle, smelled very pleasant. Earthy, bread smells mixed with a slight fruity smell. In the pint glass there was no discernable smell.

T: Very crisp, light malt and bread flavor at first that becomes thin with almost no aftertaste in a glass. After tasting directly from the bottle the taste is greatly improved and has a very pleasant, slight sweetness to it. I wouldn't recommend pouring this one. (Would make a nice session beer)

M: A very watery, thin feel. But with a pleasant silkiness accompanying it.

O: Goes down smooth in a glass, but I prefer it directly from the bottle. It seems to retain more of its flavor that way.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 07:31:51 | More by DamienR
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4/5  rDev +9%

01-20-2014 07:44:08 | More by Sandra_m
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

06-23-2014 17:16:06 | More by Rickguhr
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-30-2014 20:25:12 | More by NiveK510
Photo of goofyguy6782


5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorite beers. If I'm having a hard time making up my mind on what I want to get, this is one beer that I can always rely on for all around good times. The first time I tried it was on tap at a Ducks game in Anaheim and I was first taken in by it's sweet smell. Then I took a sip and have been hooked ever since

This beer goes down smoothly and in a very welcome way, likes to linger on your tongue. I'd gladly recommend this beer to anyone looking to try craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 05:01:50 | More by goofyguy6782
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4/5  rDev +9%

07-02-2014 12:42:54 | More by altinarodriguez
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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