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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: 2,295
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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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained through liqourama on-line

Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Slight sweet malt, bready notes & that's it

T: Caramel & a bit of dryness up front. As this warms, hops take over; lemons, oranges & a bit of herbal hops as well. Finishes piney with toasted malt, & a bit more caramel sweetness, plus a kiss of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, a solid, not great session ale

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark amber. Nice citric balance on the flavor. Kind of a pine aspect to it, but not a pine tar thing you get from a lot of IPAs. It's more like a fresh bud off a young pine deal. It's vibrant and fairly interesting. Feel is nice. Interesting bite to the carbonation. Overall a good drinker and a nice beer.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 4/23/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, orange zest, biscuit, herbal, floral, earth, nuttiness, and grass. Nice aromas with good balance, decent strength and complexity; quite pleasant. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, earth, and light orange and grapefruit. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and light citrus on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish. Good flavor balance between toasty flavors and hop flavors; and fairly robust feeling. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really nice English pale ale. Nice flavor balance with a good amount of fairly robust flavor; extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good bar poured head. Leaves rings after every sip. Dark gold and quite clear.

The smell is a combination berry-like sweetness and floral hop. A bit of muted pepper in the background.

This beer has caramelized malt of an English Bitter with the hop bite of an American pale ale. Very easy to drink. Full bodied with a decent carbonation. Not complicated. Bitter swallow with a lengthy aftertaste.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours slightly hazed copperish amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a wide patch mid-way though, with some lacing sliding down the glass.

The smell is of citrus/grapefruit with light roasted caramel.

The taste is of lightly roasted caramel, some nuttiness with a citric/leafy/herbal, slightly piney hop presence. Pretty evenly balanced, though leaning malty sweet with a bitterish touch and dry-ish finish.

It has a pretty chewy, medium body.

It has a nice amber-style maltiness with a hop presence more noticeable in taste than in bitterness. Not necessarily "complex", but an enjoyable, "sessionable" amber.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pub glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear light amber color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained fluff. The cap retains quite well and is composed of rather large bubbles. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface in support of the head. Small patches of lace cling to the glassware after each sip.

The aroma of this brew is sweet caramel malt upfront, lightly toasted. Through the body and into the back is a mineral/metallic scent coupled with a bit of herbal and citrus hop scents. As this brew warms, it picks up some floral notes and a bit of sulfur.

The taste is a combination of herbal hops mixed with quite a bit of mineral flavoring. Light toasted malt flavor provides a bit of residual sweetness to counter the light bitterness of the herbal hops. As this brew warms, it picks up a light yeast note coupled with some grass notes.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. At times it seems a bit watery. The alcohol makes itself known in the finish with a bit of warmth. Overall not a bad brew, but it is completely forgettable.

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Photo of tdm168
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 6-pack my wife purchased while on vacation in CA.

Pours a light amber with little head, carbonation bubbles evident. The only thing I pick up in the nose is caramel malt. Taste is a little disappointing; malt mostly with a tiny hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at B&B Burger & Beer in Las Vegas.

Amber copper body with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with sweet breads and a touch of fruit. More malt than hop character. A bit too sweet for my liking. A tad syrupy. Fairly light in body with light bitterness in the finish. Mediocre.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt and burnt toffee aroma that's a bit sweet smelling with just enough roasted character. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that is complex in nature. It goes down with ease and finishes with a slight oakey aftertaste. The oak works well with this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is my first FW beer. I like the their use of multiple specialty grains as well as the barrel fermenting. It offers up an interesting tasting experience.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/07/04- Purchased at a Safeway grocery store.

Appearance- Pours with a nice head and halfway decent lacing. A reddish-amber coloring.

Smell- Lots of malt and sweet caramel. Didn't sense and hops really.

Taste- A clone of the scent. Sweetish carmel and malt tastes. Maybe a touch of hops too.

Mouthfeel- a bit over carbonated for me. Kind of felt full after this beer.

Drinkability- Maybe good for one or two. A good beer that I would have again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy, soapy, finger's worth of off-white head with low retention. Color was a medium to deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a strong malty quality. Mouthfeel was a bit thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a faint, lager-like honey sweetness. The finish had a slight mustiness, possibly yeast-driven. Stick to the Drake's.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 21st 2012.

A real nice pour brings a great dark copper red caramel body, crystal clear, hints of chestnut brown edges, a nice smorgasborg of colors. Head is off white, somewhat fluffy making three fingers, with some decent pinhead size consistency. A real classic looking pint.

Nose is filled with lots of wonderment. Toasty crispy malt backbone, with a sweet cinnamon. Hints of fruity esters. Caramel and strawberries. Real nice mix on the bouquet here, quite decent and impressive really digging this, and excited about what might come next.

Palate hits with a large but mellow tea herbal palate. Finishes clean with a light body and bringing the toast aromas found on the nose. Slightly grainy finish. Quenching. Mild sense of cream and a mellow oolong black tea like aftertaste, and lots leafy character.

Overall, from the nose to palate there is a little bit of minor disappointment but it's still a very solid beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

app: clear reddish amber, white head, some lacing

Aroma: just a little yeast and malt

Taste: Balanced, bready malts , some snappy, peppery hops

Mouthfeel. nothing special,

Drinkability: yeah its drinkable, nothing too exciting, middle of the road, moderatly decent take on a dull and bland style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper / amber color with a 1.5" head. Some light lacing developed. The aroma was of caramel and lighlty roasted malts. The flavor was strong on the caramel tones and was very light on the bitterness. There was a mild roasted character to this.

The mouthfeel smooth with a light crispness at the start, and had a smooth short caramel finish. I found this to be nicely drinkable and quite an enjoyable session beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz snubby into a dark horse pint glass

A- DBA casts a bronze going towards light brown with a dark cream colored inch of foam that dies. Just a ring around the collar over time. No lace.

S- Smell is very malt driven. The english influence in the malts chosen is evident. Apple skins come up with a deep sense of caramel. A slight candy vibe after some warming. Some cereal comes into play and kills the scent for me.

T- This is pretty much your standard English Pale, except it's a bit darker in color, bolder in the nose and the taste is evidently more malt driven than any of the style that I have had. Maybe the style should be changed. A very deep amber ale if there was one. Fruit juice, malty caramel sweetness. Is there any barrel in this?

MD- The feel was pretty dim, not very lively, yet it is English driven so It might be adaquate. Taking time with this beer, I felt that the mouthfeel fit whatever firestone was going for here. While this is not all that jazzed up, it remains a simple beer, that has some taste. Drinkable.

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

I have a tough decision to make. I'm at Angel Stadium and I want a beer to go with my hot dog. What should I get? Get Budweiser Select on draft, or part an extra 50 cents for Firestone Walker? Or I could part $12 for a bomber of Corona Light. I'll have a Firestone, please. And it was granted. Time to try it out:

Dark amber in color with a creamy head, it's first impression was better that the watery light beers other fans were guzzling. It has a pleasant flavor of apricot, caramel, and some pine. A quick brush of hops ended each sip. The feel seemed a bit watery, but I'll take this beer over many of the other options available at the ballpark.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a light amber, clean pour the head starts to rock up a bit. the white foam is slow to form solidly, or maybe I'm too quick to drink it.

A calm aroma, fit for the style. From a brewer who has some heavy hitters, this one isn't one of them. But that's not a bad thing.

For me, the thing I look for in an EPA is an herbal hop presence and/or some hard water feel to it. This one has little of the latter and a splattering of the former. An herbal hop character seems to have some florals to it. Bad? Nope, perhaps to style 100%, but what the hell.
Toasted biscuit and very light caramel make up the malt imput.

A very nice, easy drinking beer

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass, picked up at the local Ralphs,

A: Pours amber with a small off-white head, looks like a typical pub pint.

S: Wood, oaky, caramel sweetness, molasses cookies, strong scent, lots of sugar.

T: Caramel and sugar form the main malt character with some pumpernickel bread, light toast. Has a definite mineral and carbonic acid character along with light lactic acidity I assume from the wood aging. Hops are grassy and herbal, a bit acrid at times, but do a good job to balance the malt.

M: Like the mouthfeel in this beer, light-bodied, can feel thin, but a like the mild acidity, gives an Old World flair to the ale.

D: Not a great beer, have had about 5 bombers of this beer in my life, some are malt bombs, some are drier, like the bottle I have here. Not a consistent beer, but brings something different every time you try it, quaffable, glad it exists, it is quite inexpensive. The bottle I'm having right now is probably the best I have had, tastes really fresh, would place it as an A-, but I'm trying to go overall with my experience with beer, so I have to rate it a little lower.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Chart House in Monterrey, CA. My first Firestone beer. Tasted closer to a brown ale to me than a Nugget Nectar, Red Rocket, Big Hoppy, etc (not to say they taste all that similar to each other)
A: A clear dark amber color with a very thin white head that leaves a tremendous amount of thick lacing.
S: Malt, caramel, not overly strong and some hops but not much presence from the oak here.
T: Clean and refreshing, but as I said above, taste reminded me more of an english brown (slightly thicker) than other ambers. Up front taste of roast malt, slight caramel, a little nutty and breadiness. Finishes with a slight hop taste. Nothing remarkable from the oak present in this. Very easy drinking pleasant beer, but nothing too exciting
M: Medium body, smooth and creamy with high carbonation, clean aftertaste
D: As it warmed up, this became slightly dry with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste like I felt about Duck Rabbit's Brown. Before that I was enjoying this much more. Glad I tried it, but would probably pass on it in the future.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Double Barrel Ale (DBA) poured from a 22 oz bomber. Ruby/Amber in color with a minimal head and lacing. Fine clarity.

Aroma is of floral and citrus hops. Sweet maltiness is also apparant.

Biscuity malt in the forefront with a nice hoppyness. Spicy hops are there adding a zing to the palate. Caramel and roasted malt flavors. Faint piney, grapefruity hops chime in at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering spice note from the hops.

Well balanced and fairly complex. I would definately enjoy this again if it was sold in this area.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours with a decent head, light and foamy. The beer itself is a red-copper color, almost brown in the deepest points. Smells of vanilla and earth/nut, and the beer tastes of vanilla as well, with an undertone of hops. The beer is round and bold in mouth, which is a nice change for a pale. They did a good job balancing the carbonation with the flavors. The beer is pretty enjoybale, and drinkable as well.

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

Pours a nice clear brown ale, dark for a pale ale.

Smell is very malty with some perfume and sweetness, and some hops. Faint wood and vanilla scent from the French Oak barrels they make this stuff in.

Taste sweet malt and bitter hops fight each other to a draw leaving a pleasant range of flavors. Vanilla, oak, caramel, malt, tea, citrus, all show up in the taste. Starts sweet and ends dry and woody.

Mouthfeel is full and a bit astringent.

Super drinkable, my favorite local brew, superior to SNA Pale Ale in my opinion.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent amber brown with yellow highlights when held up to the light that had a thin frothy head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of orange tangerine citrus aromas upfront with caramel slight hop notes and a good sweetness presence from the malts.

T: the caramel flavor is more apparent on the palate but the hops come through more as well with citrusy accents and sweetness from the malts that did overpower the hop bite.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a mostly sweet but mild hoppy, citrusy, and oily finish.

D: pretty decent pale ale but wasn't as hoppy as I thought it would be but drank good.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel aging hasn't done much to blur the clarity of this caramelly coloured beer. Its highlights look lively as its bronze tint glows brightly against the skin. It appears an entirely healthy beer save for the fact that the only way you'll find a head is by swirling (and even then you'll have to keep at it if you want it to stick around). Hence the lack of lacing.

The nose is a pleasant blend of clean oak, honeyed oats, sweet bready malts and fruity esters. So much for the idea of "terroir" - this Pacific coast beer seems remarkably similar to those from east of the Atlantic. It has a soft floral fragrance that is deepened substantially by notes of bruised dark fruit. Lots of honey, caramel and brown sugar perspire with warmth.

Lower carbonation allows flavours of creamy caramel and dry, clean oak wood to be appreciated. Toffee and brown sugar are also noted often, combining with the malts to make for a coffee cake-like flavoured beer that has the assertive bitterness of a long-steeped English breakfast tea. Fruity apricot, date and fig esters are also appreciated.

There's all kinds of sweet flavours - toffee, caramel, dried fruits - but an assertive hoppiness ensures that little sugar lingers. Instead, a crunchy maltiness endures, complimented by mellow oak and an herbal earthiness courtesy of those (quintessentially British) hops. It may be designed for sophisticated deliberation, but it's perfect for high-gear drinking.

Usually flagship brands equal flagship bland. But Firestone DBA, although much subtler than Firestone's special anniversary offerings, is still every bit as complex and enjoyable as those fantastic barrel-aged beers. And it's far more sessionable - this is the kind of beer most people would love to drink all night long - and I'm certainly one of them!

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