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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,777 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,777
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 54
Gots: 102 | FT: 5
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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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-29-2012 00:03:00 | More by johnnyboy76
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Pahn

New York

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA morningthief for giving me this bottle. Bottled on 1/4/12, drank 5/13/12.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving no lacing. Pours an almost translucent brownish orange, leaving a few streaks of lacing.

Smell: Effervescent. Bready malt, very slight East Kent Goldings aroma (we're at about the tail end of the beer's "drink by" time, according to the brewery, so not too surprising that the hops are muted). Nice oaky vanilla note comes out with time, along with a little more grassy hoppiness.

There isn't any one particular soaring note here, but the overall aroma is very pleasant.

Taste: Bready malt, faint oaky vanilla, minerally from the middle through to the finish, with re-emerging white bread notes at the end.

The oak influence is very interesting... it's a few steps above being "possibly placebo," but it's not very assertive. The flavor breakdown is: Fresh white bread malt in the foreground, hard water, then equally mild oily floral hops cutting through the middle of the beer and vanilla oak kind of underpinning the entirety of each sip.

These different elements make for a very quaffable beer (I hate that word 'quaffable', but that's what this beer is). Great, easy-drinking balance, neither bland nor bold.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry, pretty clean finish. Good but unremarkable.

Overall: Very well designed beer, where every element but the mouthfeel is greater than the sum of its parts. It's easy to drink a lot of beers like this. The flavor is unique and complex enough to keep you interested, but never overwhelming in any way.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 01:13:16 | More by Pahn
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deadliest

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-03-2013 18:17:44 | More by deadliest
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wtkphoto

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

04-30-2013 03:02:15 | More by wtkphoto
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Chingringo

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-18-2014 18:22:52 | More by Chingringo
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LakerLeith

California

4/5  rDev +9%

06-10-2014 11:21:07 | More by LakerLeith
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

08-02-2012 04:47:40 | More by patm1986
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-05-2013 03:09:26 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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eulerthegrape

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

02-03-2013 20:28:03 | More by eulerthegrape
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Karibourgeois

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

03-08-2014 22:39:18 | More by Karibourgeois
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Nunya

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-31-2013 19:48:18 | More by Nunya
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OStrungT

California

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark golden color with a thight tan head. the thin head fades slowly, leaving sparce lace.

This beer smells mildly of floral hops. I get a slight caramel sweet aroma. The aroma is pretty mild.

This beer tastes like it smells, with one exception. I get a slightly bready flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated. It leaves a flroal aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is mild and low in alcohol.

Overall: This is a good sessionable beer from a solid brewery. I am supprized that it took me so long to review it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:03:59 | More by OStrungT
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

03-29-2012 00:54:05 | More by gleemonger
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-25-2014 18:48:20 | More by sansho
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

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

The Double Barrel ale poured a clear red with a single finger foam head that stayed for a little while. Not much in the way of lacing.

The smell was caramel and a subdued hop note. The first drink was a sharp slap to the face as it gave quite a bite. It mellowed after a few drinks and had a good caramel profile. It was sweet on the finish.

It didn't have much for feel in the mouth. It left a tad bit of bitterness but was here and gone. Overall I found it to be a fairly uneventful amber.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 03:37:40 | More by cswhitehorse
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-09-2012 17:42:26 | More by rbrefbeerman
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gshackles

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

07-27-2013 04:25:46 | More by gshackles
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-10-2013 01:08:33 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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BKBassist

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-10-2013 23:15:45 | More by BKBassist
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice nose on this one. Quite sweet, with a good amount of caramel coming out....perhaps a hint of that vanilla from the barrels. Good stuff.

The taste has an initial hop bite to it, giving way to a sweet chorus of caramel malts intermingling with just a hint of oak and biscuit and just a little vanilla as well too on the finish. It's all perceptible, and makes for a pretty interesting and well rounded EPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 02:20:48 | More by NODAK
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klewis

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Intriqken and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for this one

A: Pours a caramel color with a small frothy head. Light, porous lacing.

S: Faint malty smell with some floral hops in the back. Not much aroma overall.

T: Not much flavor overall, but tha barrel brewing is evident with a soft vanilla flavor and an dry, woody taste.

M: Light in body with light-moderate carbonation. A course and grainy texture.

D: The woody taste is definitely interesting, but I'm not so sure that I could take much of it. This one gets a "meh".

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 00:47:04 | More by klewis
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joecast

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear deep copper color. half inch foamy head leaves little lacing.

aroma is malty sweet with some floral notes. fairly light even after letting it warm.

not much residual sweetness. leaning towards malt, but a nice finishing bitterness. an easy drinker if you dont want to maul your tastebuds.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2006 00:59:57 | More by joecast
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EinWeizenbitte for this extra.

Pours a clear amber color with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing for the most part. Smells of caramel, bready malts, fruit, and floral hops. Tastes of caramel and bread with a touch of vanilla. Light earthy hops kick perk up in the end along with a fruity finish of grapes. Medium/medium-light in body with average carbonation. Sweet and bready with a semi-dry crisp finish. An all right amber ale but could use a little more hop presence, seemed very overshadowed by the malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 22:29:33 | More by HopDerek
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Beerbuddy21

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-09-2012 05:47:09 | More by Beerbuddy21
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-14-2014 06:12:19 | More by Kramerbarthomer
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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