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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,907 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,907
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 58
Gots: 139 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

standardcherry, Jun 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

POTABLE83, Jun 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

BeerBeast, Apr 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Kyrojack, Feb 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Modernrickk, May 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

kmanjohnson, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Stevie_Janowski, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Really, I haven't reviewed this before?

Appearance: Pours a slightly darker copper/amber color. Light off-white head turns to a film and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice, slightly roasted, malty aroma with a bit of caramel and florals.

Taste: A very flavorful beer with some more earthy caramel and floral flavors up front. Some hoppy bitterness comes in later, with a hint of butter at the finish. Has an aftertaste of slightly bitter caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth. Quite a bit of carbonation, but it is pretty light.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with a good ABV.

I really enjoy this beer. It has a nice kick in the flavor department, with a good combination of almost heady malts with crisp hop flavors, yet done at a very moderate ABV. It is easy-to-find and affordable too.

mithrascruor, Aug 16, 2010
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Tom-Peters, Aug 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

fthegiants, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

bluckbeyes, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Pahn
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.

Pahn, May 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

ncelauro, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker's flagship Double Barrel Ale. A brew I probably take for granted and grow tired of often becuase it in every restaurant nowadays. Having attended college on the Central Coast of Cali lets just say DBA has been around and I have been around DBA. Each time I revisit brings thoughts of an English Style Pub. With a Passion for the Pale.

12oz Bottle Dated 10/04/11
*Pint glass

A: DBA Pours a clear copper like amber color with a perfect khaki two fingers of cakey foam. Head slips away slowly leaving a maze of lacing.

S: Smell is malty with a sweet carmelized sugar aroma and a dry leaf tobacco component. The combination of spice, earth, and wood notes. Some light pines as well.

T: Has a caramel toffee malt sweetness overall. Although served up nice and light with a distinct moderate hop bitterness. Oak breezes through with some pine and earth notes. Drinks more like an English Bitter with the woodsy flavors really well incorporated. Incredible in balance.

M: Light to medium body with a frothy mouthfeel and dry crisp finish. Perfect carbonation levels.

D: Simple yet complex. Great caramel flavors and nice hop bitterness yet sessionable at the lower ABV range. Barrell treatment provides another intricate layer of flavors. Still tastes fresh and delicous after 2 months.

As I sit back and reflect to break down this old friend it all makes perfect sense as to why this is so flagship. Everything just comes together to make perfect sense.

Nugganooch, Jan 05, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a becker glass. Bottled on 5/14/12

A- Poured a very clear copper color with visible carbonation and a frothy head that left chunky lace

S- Some sweet fruit esters, some biscuit notes, and english malts. Pretty faint aroma

T- Pretty big fruity notes, lots of toasted malt, toffee, big sweet tea taste, floral notes, and biscuit notes

M- Medium body, smooth, finishes dry, prickly carbonation

O- This was a really good easy drinking beer. I have not really tasted a beer like this, actually I don't think I have had many English Pale Ales. Very balanced, crisp drinking, and sessionable.

Hoptometrist, Sep 29, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thin off-white head. Smells primarily of rich English toffee and malts. Taste is up front a toasty biscuity malt, followed by the herbal, earthy and tart flavor of Goldings hops. Mouthfeel is full, nice low carbonation. Overall quite good, a pretty accurate example of a English Pale Ale.

tronester, Nov 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

eulerthegrape, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

blindpiggie, Jul 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Mikeypnh, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

sansho, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Murrhey
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a 32 oz schooner at Islands.

A: Light brown, thick head, sticky lacing. Clear but with good carbonation.

S: Hoppy, but not too bitter a smell, nice aroma.

T: Started bitter, finished crisp. Good flavor, but not tremendously complex.

M: Good consistency. My only complaint is that the bar served it too cold. The head actually froze in places. It was bizarre.

O: Good beer. I enjoyed it as a choice on tap. Not cheap though.

Murrhey, Oct 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Maillard, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Camjmorton, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very murky honey-golden. Good foam and excellent lacing.

Smell: Burnt vanilla, sort of like bourbon. Some vague woody notes as well. Very malty in my opinion.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very subdued flavors. Burnt vanilla and oak. Very faint floral hop flavors in this as well. I was not initially in love with the mouthfeel, and I found it a bit thin. However, as this warms, the oaky, resiny traits of this beer come out, and the fiery bourbon sensation grows.

Overall: A very good beer that gets better as you drink. Would make a great session.

tjsdomer2, Sep 19, 2012
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,907 ratings.