Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,203
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 73
Gots: 251 | FT: 4
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 barleywinefiend
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber color with a small white head. Nose was sweet with caramel, toffee. Taste was nice, sweet, malty but it went down like water. Very good taste. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and just right with a wine like texture. A really solid brew.

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-fingered off-white head that fades slowly and leaves traces of lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is slightly malty. Starts with some sweet undertones and finishes with a even mix of hops and malt. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle.

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. Was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft toasted malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of soft round caramel, clean grassy hop and light nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a standard sessionable psle ale.

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

Thanks goes out to Solomon420 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big on malts/caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet and malty. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice amber ale, recommended.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a Beers of the World mix box that I got for Christmas from an acquaintance. Thanks Scott!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the clear, burnished copper brew. Head fades but never quite disappears, and lacing is average to good. Aroma is lightly of grain husks, with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is hearty medium malts, with a citrusy close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, with the latter possibly even more so. This seems quite sessionable, and a nice brew.

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lovely, clear amber color with tangerine-hued highlights. Thin head that falls quickly to a frothy band; excellent clinging lace.

Floral, grassy hop nose with underlying sweet maltiness. Aroma is reversed a bit in the taste, with the malt emerging on the dominant side, and lightly bitter and floral hops coming out more in the finish. Just a hint of sweetness. Overall very nicely balanced.

Body on the medium-light side, lively carbonation that falls short of being fizzy. Crisp and clean, dry finish. An easy drinking English Pale with a somewhat assertive bitter bite and decent malt character. Drinkable, not particularly exciting.

Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured with minimal head that disappeared almost immediately. What lacing there was, was very nice and sticky. No big upfront aromas. Just a twinge of hop bite at the finish. Good full body. Very drinkable. This would be an excellent session beer. If you were stuck inside all day, this would be a wonderful companion.

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, candy sugar, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale, but is trending towards an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight pine, hint of pale malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel.

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber color with a finger of ivory head. Body is clear and the effervescence is appealing.

Smell: the aroma isn't enticing me much. It seems very, very mild and what there is of it has an unrefined biscuity quality which I don't happen to like too much. There is a small hint of sweet caramel character, but it's not enough to save this one for me.

Taste: now I can tell what the smell was trying to convey. Big biscuit and caramel malt with some floral hops up front and earthy hops on the backend, followed by a mild but good bitterness. The floral hops and sweet caramel make the first part of the sip notably good; I feel like it goes downhill a bit from there.

Mouthfeel: medium body and relatively big carbonation make this a surprisingly creamy and enjoyable consistency. I like it.

Drinkability: well, parts of the flavor and experience aren't my favorite, but other parts make up: that first sweet sip and the delicious creaminess. Split the difference -- I'd have this again.

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with a dense inch of beige foam. Clumpy and streaky lacing, good head retention. Malty and fruity aroma, earthy and lightly toasted, slightly herbal. Moderate bitterness with a biscuity malt sweetness, a little bready, caramel, earthy and slightly fruity, with a hint of spice in the finish. Low to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture. I enjoyed it. It was nicely balanced between malt and hops presence, making for easy drinking.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks a little hefty, good appearance, darker than yellow, good head retention, decent lacing, no appreciable aroma.

Taste, wood and malt. English style fo' sho'. Minimal hops, especially when comparing their pale w/ ipa. Remains consistent, decently drinkable, but not my thing, a little pricey for what tastes like a stronger Sam Adams style beer. Definitely not an American or West Coast Pale ale.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops. About equal in portion or so my nose says.

The taste mimics the nose but...the flavours don't quite mesh to my palate. It's as if the malt and hops are battling rather than working in unison. A noticeable amount of bread doesn't seem to help at all.

Good medium to medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation, it finishes decidedly sweet and bready. I know this is an English Pale Ale so it should be malt dominated but it just isn't working for me but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse off-white head with good retention; eventually to a half-inch cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Citrus and grapefruit hops. Nicely balanced nose.

T: Taste consistent the smell. The crytal malt is very prominent and evolves into a big bready flavor. The bitter finishes barely balance the big malt flavor.

M: Medium body. Light carbonation. Definitely a sweet and bready finish.

D: Flavorful, but the sweet and bready finish diminish its sessionability.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in Ventura CA. Clear copper color, almost no head. Pale ale or English pale ale, very unassertive representation from the style, very little hops, balanced. More malty sweetness than anything else, but really so balanced that no particular flavor jumps out. Toasted malts, maybe a little bread, that's it. Average mouthfeel, unremarkable in most ways.

Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudless burnished copper, the head is portly in size, and somewhat creamy in texture and the color a winsome light tan as it dissipates a thin sheet of lace is formed. Nose is mostly malt with a light floral aroma present, fresh, clean and the start is malt laden and sweet, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is pleasingly acidic with the hops gratifying in their spicy presence with a bone-dry aftertaste, been 1160 days since I had one of these, and I still find it quite drinkable.

Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 03/17/14. Sampled on May 3, 2014.

Copper-amber pour with nice clarity. A cream colored head that builds up quickly and simmers down just as quick but retains some texture all the way to the end.

The nose is sweet caramel malts all the way. There is a the mildest, low profile hop bite, which is the way it should be for this style.

The body falls into the light to medium range but there is a nice creaminess to it.

The taste really echoes the aroma and that aroma announces itself with every sip. Sweet roasted caramel malts are the key thing with a short-lived bitterness on the backside. A decent rendition of the style.

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a very large size frothy and creamy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a lot of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, cookies, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy on the tongue. I can taste lots of malts mixed with caramel and some light hops. There is also a bit of tangerine flavour and some notes of tea. It finishes with a malty caramel aftertaste with some light lingering hops.

Overall - It tastes like a toned down version of their Pale 31 beer. It has a little bit more of a biscuity taste and would work well as a session beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours very much like an IPA with a nice clear amber brown color and a 1/2 inch of sticky foam.

S - Smells of mild english malts, bread, toffee, and some sweet citrus hops.

T - Taste is very easy and clean with a biscuit hit, some citrus hops, and just a mild touch of herbal twang.

M - Light, refreshing, easy drinking ale.

Overall definitely overpaid at 4 dollars for the single but damn even for a simple English pale ale these guys make a tasty ale. Worth trying.

Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber (stamped 10/1/09) poured into my Meantime snifter, Double Barrel Ale is clear pale bronze with a frothy off-white head that leaves bubbly lace

Smell is pretty light, apricot English ale esters, some doughiness. Nice hint of minty, herbal hops come through as it warms from the fridge serving temp.

Taste is pretty good, on the sweeter side of the malt with a bit of citric orange from the hops, herbal tea like, contributing very little bitterness. Not bad, reminds me of a proper English mild.

Mouthfeel is sharp and dry, with a spicy, salty finish, medium bodied, probably from the oak tannins more then anything else.

Drinkability is OK, not really my style of amber. The first time I had this on draught, I was supremely disappointed, as it was my first Firestone Walker, and I knew it was their flagship. This bottle seems tastier then my draft experiences, but still, it doesn't really excite me too much. Something about it seems a bit much for sessioning...

Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rounded and malty aroma with a shot of citrus to give it an edge.

Somewhat hazy copper colour with a small off-white head. Decent head retention.

Smooth and malty with notes of toffee, citrus and earthy hops. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky and smooth.

A tasty beer with just enough going on to keep me interested but a silky, smooth feel and flavour that would have me happy to drink this for a while.

Photo of xnicknj
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint

Clear copper/amber color with a crop of beige head bubbled up on top. Fades slowly, leaving ringed lacing on the glass with some filmy retention.

Bready and malty in the nose with hoppy punctuation. Hints of citrus and pine with caramel, grain and toasted bread crust.

Mild bitterness, grapefruit and piny notes up front. Thicker malt backbone with bread crust, toasted grain and soft grassiness. Slightly citric and hoppy, finishing a little dry and crisp.

Medium body, decent carbonation, chewy and refreshing. Many of FW's offerings are on the aggressive, in-your-face side of the barometer, so this milder ale is a nice break, although it's still a bit plain for me.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Nugget Nectar glass

A: Deep amber with a thin tan head that recedes quickly. Fair amount of suspended particles in this one

S: Sweet, almost a jaggery sweetness with a faint hop presence. A combination of date, honey and palm sweetness is present in this one

T: Full, rich and complex flavors while remaining fairly light and easy to drink. Jaggery and dates dominate the flavor profile. There's a pleasant, mild woody bitterness before a lightly sweet and flavorful finish takes over

M: Full yet light and a pleasantly drying finish

D: I'd drink more!

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,203 ratings.