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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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2,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 69
Gots: 216 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of FW Double Barrel Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper color. There is a moderate foamy off-white head on the beer and very few bubbles in the glass.

Smell is a mild caramel grain aroma.

Taste is also a light caramel and sweet bread flavor. There are some citrus notes but very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth.

Over all a drinkable pale ale and a good representation of the style. Much more malt flavor than the American counterpart.

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4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber with lots of rising bubbles and a persistent creamy head. Smell is subtle caramel and toasty malts. Faint hops in there somewhere. I love the caramel flavors and breadiness of this beer. Hops are rather mild in character, but provide a fine bitter balance. I would like a little less toast in the flavor, however. Mouthfeel is excellent. Fluffy with soft bubbles and a not-too-heavy or thick body. This is a very English tasting pale. I really like it.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Great clarity, very active, amber color, with a finger of bubbly off white head that fades gradually.

Grainy pale malt, a touch of sweetness, and a faint litter box like hop character. Not impressed.

Faintly sweet pale malt, and grainy like the nose. There is some mild hop bitterness, but not much in the way of hop flavor. Pretty bland.

Strong carbonation, thin/medium body, clean finish. Pretty benign.

It's may well be pretty much to style, on the far low end of the hop spectrum, for an English style pale ale. And it's surely an adequate lawn mower beer. But I'm underwhelmed, and won't likely be buying this beer in the future. Tastes and smells like beer. Nothing special.

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

On-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Served in a Firestone Walker nonic.

A: Brilliant clear gold with good effervescence...decent white head and lacing.

S: Interesting nose...lots of caramelly bready aromas, sweetness and fruitiness...there is a hint of floral, maybe earthy hops, along with faint toasted grains, wood and vanilla.

T: Malt-forward but the hops come through a bit with touches of floral bitterness...lots of caramel, bready notes, hints of the oak & vanilla, with a clean lightly fruity finish.

MF: Light to medium feel, with a moderate body for a sessionable ale, clean finish.

O: Interesting, not sure if this is par-for-the-course for English Pales, but its not bad. Couldn't drink a ton, but to my tastes this is a lot more drinkable and pleasant to me than most authentic ESB's. Recommended.

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3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a crystal clear copper, with a small head. The smell is slightly honey-like, with a little malt sneaking through as it opens in the glass. The flavor is bready and malty with some grassy hops and a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin. This is a decent session beer, but not one to turn your head.

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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not like this beer at all. From first sip to last gulp, all I tasted was a bitter no flavor beer. The bitterness was over powering to me. I'm not a big pale ale fan, but this brew really turn me off.

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3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a standard orange/coppery color; starts with a one finger head that fades quickly to a thick, yet uneven skim; body is mostly clear and shows soft carbonation; washes of spotty lacing cling to the sides.

Smell: Sweet malts, slight citrusy hop presence; not especially strong overall.

Taste: Better than I thought it would be based up the weaker smell; nice and caramel-like sweet malts with a mild support from the citric hop presence; slight woodiness and even a hint of vanilla; slight grainy straw-like flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty refreshing overall; body is of decent thickness and offers a bit of a chewy aspect and there is a slight stickiness, but overall the finish is largely clean; carbonation is soft yet present enough to let you know it's not flat.

Drinkability: Quite high. Nice robust flavors and a nice blend of them as well; very moderate ABV makes this a potential session beer.

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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep amber with a fair amount of cream colored head.
Aroma is spicy hops with a hint of cinnamon.
Taste is rich leathery hops with medium bitterness. Slighttest hint of grapefruit for a change. Well balanced with the sweet malts. Some iced (sweet) tea in the mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. A very fine English Pale Ale. Very sessionable beer. When the 22 ounce bottle was empty I wanted another. I could drink this beer all night. Hope to see more from Firestone in my area.
One of my go to beers at this time. I'm never dissapointed with this beer. A nice change from my usual Pale Ales or IPAs.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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