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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
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1,862 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 1,862
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 55
Gots: 125 | 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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largadeer

California

3.45/5  rDev -6%

Appearance - Dark and slightly hazy amber. The head starts off strong but dissipates too quickly.

Smell - Hints of caramel, toast and floral hops. Clean but quite mild; very difficult to pick out any specific aromas.

Taste and mouthfeel - Very bready and caramelly; sort of a bread pudding-like flavor. Notes of roasted nuts and toast. The mild floral hops provide just a touch of dry bitterness in the finish. Full mouthfeel with semi-crisp carbonation.

Notes - Decent stuff. The FW pale ale is much better.

02-06-2008 02:08:45 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-08-2012 14:33:54 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

04-22-2008 04:39:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little smoky and contains tea, caramelized malt and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of roasted malts, tea, caramel and a little citrus. The sweetness doesn't jump out at you in the beginning but gets a little stronger as you drink more of it. There's a good hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, this is definitely a quality session beer that you can drink quite a bit of. It's flavorful enough to keep you satisfied in that regard. However, if you want a hard kick, you would want to look elsewhere. Overall, though, it's a good beer.

09-02-2007 03:09:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-17-2014 04:11:17 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to UncleJimbo for the sample.

Appearance: A definite pssst when I popped the cap, fast to foam with a light crackle of carbonation. One finger of foam stays intact over the clear mahogany colored brew.

Smell: Slight candy and caramel sweetness under the toasted malt, faintly floral from the hops and quite clean as well.

Taste: Clean malt sweetness, lots of caramel and bread. The hop character melts in the malt and struggles to break its hold. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Hard crispness rolls off the palate with a medium body.

Drinkability: I could only drink one, maybe two of these in a sitting … seems heavy for some reason.

Notes: A tasty brew, pale ale? Amber ale? Does it really matter? Either way it was enjoyable.

05-12-2004 02:17:26 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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

12-14-2007 05:00:55 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

On cask at The Stone Brewing Bistro & World Gardens on 11/13/09 during their Firestone Walker 13th on the 13th event. Unfiltered and racked straight from the fermenter. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a murky coppery amber, with quite the finger of foamy brite-white head on it. Retains with froth around the edges, leaving a strong smattering of lacing behind. The aroma is EXTREMELY fresh and floral, with a tangy smelling backing of citrus and sweet breadiness giving this a nice sharpness. Full flavors here in the nose but this retains a great feeling mellowness to it from the oak and vanilla. This was really fantastic smelling here on cask.

The taste is just so sweet and mellow in the mouth, with notes of bread, vanilla, and slight oaky character. A slight tingle of hop activity leaves a considerable amount of dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a super easy and creamy feel to it. I'm finding that there is a good bit of greenish oaky tannic quality to this but heck, that makes it go down that much easier.

Mellow yet robust and drinking like a glass of water, yeah, I'd say that this being served on cask helped. I could have drank this all night if there weren't bigger and better things ahead.

12-10-2009 17:33:50 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-07-2014 15:01:00 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

I bought this at Outlet liquors and wines in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled into a half pint.

A - A beautiful sunset hue like whiskey w/ nice clarity. 2 fingers of off white which is part smooth and creamy and craters are scattered about the topography in the head. The lacing is semi-clinging and the beading is small w/ visible carbonation.

S -Mild fruit esters w/ light biscuit, graham cracker, mild spice and hints of acetaldehyde.

M - Honey-like malt shifts to grainy after a mild spicy intial sip w/ mild carbonation apropos to style. The finish is mild w/ a malty semi-dry feel.

T - A flavor which is a bit honey-like w/ fruity sweetness and mild toasted malt flavors. The taste is gentle and unobtrusive in general w/ mild apple-like of yeast and mild malt as it finishes.

D - A pretty tasty beer all in all. I would probably have a few w/out any problem of boredom a tasty session ale.

07-07-2009 14:05:58 | More by Slatetank
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

this ones all over the map. pours a brassy bronzey color with a one inch head quickly fading but leaving nice lace each sip. smells fairly straight forward, a little malty but nothing unique. flavor is not too exciting either, but it is delicious. just a well rounded glass of ale, the definition of a session beer, gorgeous malt profile just the smallest sweetness at the end. doesnt stand up to pickled garlic, jalapenos, and okra, but thats alright. will be buying this one when i plan to sit out back and watch a long slow sunset over the rockies...

01-21-2012 02:14:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

02-01-2008 01:53:19 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

First had: bottle from ?

Poured a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass (even though I do have a FW pint, but oh well). Burnt amber in color, clear, with an aggressive pour yielding a moderate finger's breadth of white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles pretty quickly. Simple aroma, with a good balance of caramel malts and grassy hops. Sweet malts in the taste, bready, with a good balance of crisp, grassy hops, and some citrus pith. A little bitter in the aftertaste. Nothing amazing, but pretty solid all over. Light-medium body, and quite drinkable.

11-15-2011 00:28:15 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

11-16-2011 01:46:15 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Rich and tasty amber ale. Quite attractive in the chalice with nice head and plenty of carbonation. Amber color, on the darker side. Toasty with long flavors of roasted malt. Bitterness is just right for the style, a pleasant hoppiness with that English watery refreshing quality.

Nice change from the American pale ale style. Very drinkable and interesting. Label says 5.1% ABV.

08-09-2011 05:56:37 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

12-05-2008 02:01:27 | More by jwc215
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

09-07-2012 19:25:22 | More by mendvicdog
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9%

11-27-2011 15:17:17 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

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

02-08-2007 22:36:28 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

11-24-2013 20:19:48 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

08-17-2008 01:46:12 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

08-11-2004 11:30:50 | More by Gavage
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-05-2012 21:03:02 | More by MarkyMOD
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kojevergas

Texas

2.81/5  rDev -23.4%

650ml brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at a local Vons grocery store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery. Bottled 02/05/13. 5.0% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of okay cream, okay thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Average vibrance. Typical for the style. Nothing unique or special here. Quite average.

Sm: Biscuit malt and floral hops. Grassy character. That's about it. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Boring and simple. A mild strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, amber malts, and some grassy character. Pretty malty for a pale ale, but generally enjoyable. Pleasant, but simple, boring, and bland. There's nothing unique, special, or interesting here. It's balanced if only because there's so little happening.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate carbonation. Decent thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Average execution.

Dr: Meh. A pedestrian pale ale from Firestone Walker. I definitely wouldn't get it again. The price point needs work as well. Mundane and underwhelming. I'll easily finish this bomber, but it's just lacking in quality. Drinkable but forgettable.

C

04-15-2013 00:04:37 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

11-09-2004 22:57:53 | More by GClarkage
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,862 ratings.