Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
12oz. bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with EinWeizenbitte. Thanks again man!
Pours a clear dark golden orange color with light olden yellow edges and a one finger light yellowish beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.
Sweet biscuit/caramel malty aroma with subtle grassy earthy english hop notes along with a wooden/oak presnce. The barrel aging gives off some subtle vanilla as well.
Slightly hop forward medium body with some dry earthy pine needle bitterness that lingers throughout over a prominent malt backbone into a subtle dry finish. Sweet caramel, toffe, biscuity malt backbone provides excellent balance to the earthy bitterness. The oak presence from the aging is very subtle, yet there is a prominent smooth vanilla character. Slightly watered down but still very complex. It kind of tastes like abottled agressively hoppy English cask ale.
12-22-2009 09:44:34 | More by corby112
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
Thanks to beermaninpa for this...
Appears a deep amber with a 1 finger off white head and ok lacing. Solid amounts of carbonation pumping towards the top.
Smell is of slight oakiness with light creamy maltiness and a touch of hops.
Taste is of a light oak tasting amber ale with a touch of vanilla and mild hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Feels a bit tingly with some bitter & sweetness that mixes well and is fairly decent.
Drinkability is actually that of a nice, strong session brew. Despite nothing spectacular jumping out, this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.
08-04-2005 17:04:25 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
02-06-2008 20:44:14 | More by yourefragile
3.33/5 rDev -9.3%
Pours a bronze-amber colour, with a thin head of white foam. Head dissipates pretty quickly, despite the steady carbonation. No lacing. Looks pretty tame.
Lighty toasted malt characters on the nose. Dark, a little sweet burnt sugar character. Although it's pretty weak, there's not a lot on it.
Taste is also pretty weak, a light roasted character on the front palate, and a light slightly sour character later on. Finishes with an earthy taste that leaves the palate feeling a bit rough. Pretty light mouthfeel too.
This is a pretty bland beer - there's nothing really wrong with it, but there's not a lot to it. Simple flavours. It's drinkable enough, but not very exciting.
09-28-2008 02:13:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-24-2009 20:36:25 | More by woodychandler
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
09-13-2009 18:47:02 | More by barleywinefiend
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
03-19-2005 05:21:52 | More by Billolick
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
02-04-2011 00:38:38 | More by stakem
3/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
12-23-2004 23:44:53 | More by jdhilt
4.33/5 rDev +18%
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.
03-03-2004 04:14:11 | More by Zorro
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
06-24-2007 17:23:15 | More by DoubleJ
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
Thanks goes out to Solomon420 for this brew.
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.
10-02-2007 23:29:03 | More by Wasatch
3.28/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
12-28-2011 03:27:29 | More by BARFLYB
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
01-26-2005 23:14:37 | More by ppoitras
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
09-01-2012 05:25:43 | More by superspak
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
11-01-2009 22:10:22 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
3.05/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
04-07-2014 01:25:13 | More by Huhzubendah
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
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!
07-25-2011 00:33:05 | More by biegaman
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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
07-24-2011 17:16:17 | More by Mebuzzard
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,864 ratings.