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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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710 Reviews

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Reviews: 710
Hads: 2,291
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 83
Gots: 295 | FT: 6
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 hiku7
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a nonic pint glass.

The beer pours a mostly clear orange to copper with a thin white head, which quickly dissipates. This was disappointing because the picture on the bottle shows a solid frothy white head, though the color matched the picture.

The aroma was initially a mild fruitiness (not citrus, maybe berries) and emitted a pleasant yeasty smell as the beer warmed in the glass. The malt aroma was understated. A deep whiff also gave off a bit of an alcohol smell that is more often absent at this abv.

The taste was more malty than the smell suggested, primarily toasted and caramel malt, but also a surprising bit yeastyness coming through. Also a light fruitiness and even a hint of spiciness. The taste was well balanced on the back end by a moderate woody hop taste.

The beer was lightly carbonated, medium bodied, with a kind of doughiness, and had a dry finish.

Overall, a solid beer that I enjoyed, though it's not one I'd go out of my way to find.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic Imperial pint glass (it seemed appropriate).

Appearance - Dark copper color. Great clarity. Moderate, off-white head. Big stickage. Nice.

Smell - Malt. Toasty.

Taste - Big malt flavor. Sweet. Toasty. Slightly bitter. Dry hop finish.

Mouth - Slick. Fizzy.

Overall - Why doesn't this beer have a higher BA rating? This beer reminds me, very much, of a quality English ESB. Highly chugable.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice deep amber color with a thin white head that retains a little less well than was expected but did lace ok.

S- somewhat light, a sweet toasty malty smell with a very light hop aroma

T- nice clean malty sweetness at first then a nice citrusy hoppy bitterness that was mch more pronounced in taste as opposed to the smell

M- clean, crisp, nice carboantion, medium/light body

D- a nice and drinkable brew, goes down esily, low abv, smooth body, not too highly priced either as I recall, pretty good beer

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - light amber with a thin head that stayed on top of the beer for the entire duration. Nice lacing for the style.

S - C hop aromas with toasted malt and some sweetness.

T - Very flavorful! A little bit of C hops with toasted and carmel malts.

M - A little thin. I wish this beer had just a touch more body.

D - I love Session beers and this is definately one of them to keep.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I started drinking this beer once I moved to santa barbara. I usually buy this stuff at costco, and it is one of my go to beers and keep always stocked for dinner and company. Although like most beers, tastes much better and fresher on tap. It pours from the bottle a nice reddish brown color with a little laced head. On this particular beer, I am picking up a little skunkiness, but normally I would smell some sweetness, and hops. The taste I think is unique from the smokiness by the oak barrel. I love the heavy mouthfeel. Good beer, I have drunken many, but I usually have maybe one or two in a sitting.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown copper in color, fine but short lived head. A thin layer lingers on the top but not much.
Malty almost sweet smell. Hint of caramel.
Malty flavor, almost nutty, no hop bitterness, slightly sweet, not so much as the aroma suggests.
Mouthfeel is pleasant.
Overall I think a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear amber color with a relatively small off white with average retention. There is a little bit of lacing.
Light aroma of biscuit like malts and caramel.
Lightly toasted malts with a light caramel sweetness that is balanced with a little woody bitterness that must come from the barrels. There is also a hint of smokiness.
Light to medium body with a relatively dry texture. Light fizzy carbonation.
Very drinkable but needs a little more flavor to make it interesting. The dry finish also means it is not thirst quenching.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured a fairly dark brown with a slight hint of red. The head was just slightly off white and very thin. There was a good amount of lacing considering that the head was so thin. The smell was a toasted malt aroma with a slight hint of hops. There was a slight wood smell, but very very faint.

The taste was a sharp malt flavor with a hint of toasted malt essence. There was a nice hop bitterness at the end, but nothing too strong. The mouthfeel was ok, but the CO2 was too strong. The beer's thickness was fine.

A really nice beer to have on tap at a restaurant that does not have craft beers. A good standard in any book.

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Photo of GarrettB
2.26/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

When I arrived in San Diego, I saw Firestone everywhere, and assumed it was a company designed to push out as much beer as possible to as many venues as possible in a kind of cruel power and territory grab. How wrong I was. Firestone is a California establishment, but this beer was the nadir of my experience with them. The aroma brings apple and cinnamons to the nose, a little sweet and spice. But the flavor is a flop. Maybe I picked a bad batch, but this is an insipid brew. The carbonation is light, which does little to nothing to cover up a bland flavor, giving off a light touch of apple skins, and little else. Disappointing, but I know, with historical precision and all the benefits of hindsight, that this brew is a shocking exception in Firestone's line up.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip pint glass

A - Bright golden orange. Nice clarity. 1 finger white head. Pretty good lacing. Decent head retention.

S - Doughy. Faint grassy hops. Some pale malt. Nice yeastiness.

T - A nice malt sweetness with some distant grassy hop notes. Enjoyable roastiness sneaks up when warm.

M - Nice full bodied mouthfeel.

O - On the one hand, this didn't wow me. On the other hand, of the English Pale Ales that I've had - this is probably the one I've enjoyed the most. So, take it from an American IPA/DIPA drinker - this was very pleasant and had a strong malt backbone that revealed itself as the beer continued to warm.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a one finger off white head. Aroma is caramel, toast, and floral, earthy hops. Taste is caramel, biscuit, floral, earthy, and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a very, very good bitter/english pale ale. Every sip leaves me wanting more, although I probably like this beer more than most. Just excellent.

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Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into SN Imp Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear copper w/ a thick beige 1 finger head which fades to a thick cap and leaves some thick lace; lots of carb

S - Smells of chocolate and sweet malts, a tinge of metal that fades after the first minute or so, earthy, vanilla and oak, some light fruits, pear maybe, pecans, and white bread crust

T - Tastes much the same as the nose, hints of chocolate, bread, light floral and earthy hops, vanilla, very light biscuit and pecans

M - Light on the tongue, dry finish w/ slight bitterness, lightly tannic

O - Very good beer, much more malt forward than hops, balanced, light oak character, very drinkable.

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Photo of snilsen13
1.68/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looks great, a nice dark amber. Very inviting, but its a trap.
This one smells like vomit.
Pinching my nose, it tastes mostly like sweet malts - caramel, etc., not too interesting. Add the vomit smell, it sucks.

Probably a bad batch, bottled 11/10/14, about 10 weeks ago.
Just reading others ratings and I find that I'm not alone. Maybe many bad batches but more likely just a crappy beer. Avoid.

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Photo of ElSid
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California


Bottled on Date: 9/26/12

A: Clear copper with a transient head of white foam which leaves behind trace lace on the glass

S: Biscuity and sugary malt with a pinch of pine and herb which adds a nice olfactory kick.

T: Well balanced with buttery biscuit, caramel, and brown sugar maltiness. Wisps of vanilla and wood. The malts are contrasted with earthy bittering hops which also have some notes of herb, pine and a tea-like leafiness.

M: Smooth with a good amount of bubbles and ample linger.

O: The flavors do well together but as a whole this brew is somewhat pedestrian with no real exceptional moments but overall Double Barrel remains a satisfactory representation of the English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Crystal clear and amber, 1 finger head doesn't stay too long but leaves a whisky foam cap which creates good lacing

Smell - Clean and toasty/nutty malts mostly, faint fruity esters and floral hops in the background

Taste - Fits smell to a "T": malts are front and center with semi-sweet toasty bread and nutty complexities followed by a bit of floral hop astringency and fruity yeast esters, finishes just off-dry and malty with slight, drying hop bitterness.

Feel - Crisp and smooth, but feels a bit on the heavy side for a medium body. You'd think that would mean "syrupy/cloying", but it finishes reasonably dry.

Overall - This reminds me an awful lot of a Marzen festbier, toasty and malty but with heavier ale-like yeast qualities instead. It just doesn't have the same lager-like drinkability. Still, a pretty tasty beer if you're feeling like an easy to drink malt-forward brew.

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. A deep amber color with a two finger off white head. The smell is malt forward with a pleasant, slightly citrus hop aroma. The taste follows suit with a good malty flavor and a slightly bitter clean finish. The whole experience is pleasant if not exactly memorable. It's a good beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A copper/amber color, with a decent head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is nice and has some retention to the side of the glass.

S: Mostly toffee malts in the nose, some hops that have a citrus smell to them.

T: The carbonation is balanced in this beer making it really creamy and balanced. The balance of the hops and malts are ideal. Almost like fresh baked bread that is great and an easy drink.

M: Medium body but keeps it together and makes it very enjoyable.

O: I have been drinking this for I don’t know how long. Have had draft, cask, growler, bottle, this is just a great offering from FW. Its usually my go to beer when shopping at the market, because they always have it fresh and in stock.

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Photo of TheosTheories
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- nice copper color, half finger of off white head, large bubbles, head goes down pretty quick.

S- malty sweetness, not much hops, little caramel in there, really not much going on

T- caramel sweetness, light maltiness, little bit of hops in the end, some breadiness

M- light, goes down easy, a little dry I guess

O- this is just a very simple beer, not much going on, drinkable but very little flavor profile.

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Photo of jfmorey
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What can be said about a beer that is average in every sense of the word? Only disappointment when the bottle says "Passion for the Pale".

Poured into a stemware glass, the amber color was not bad. Smell was a little malty, no hops. The taste was mainly caramel malts with just enough bitterness, but no complexity. Carbonation seems low.

Was this bottle past its sell by date? Nothing to indicate that...

Just boring.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I liked this way more than most people. It's definitely a shallower, weaker beer than most of Firestone Walker's others, but still decent in my opinion. It smells like toast, maybe a tiny hint of cantaloupe. I liked the aftertaste - nice balance of fruit, toasty malt, and the alcohol is completely hidden.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured your standard amber with off white head. Decent lacing down the glass.
S - I really like the smell of this one. Soft floral with light citrus notes (not grapefruity though).
T - A decent amount of biscuit maltiness, the hop was laid back and this tasted way closer to an ESB than an American Pale Ale.
M - The mouthfeel was smooth, but a little cloying.
D - I could see this as a decent session brew, but I was expecting something more crisp and citrusy than a rounded off bitter style. Still decent brew overall.

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Photo of bradford
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a 12-pack bought at local market for $15
Looks okay, amber hue, brown and red when shifted into light
Can't detect much in the smell, lightly hopped, caramel, toffee
Taste is good, not much oak shows through, but if you really tried, you might find it
Mouthfeel is good, a rich, coating beer that doesn't have too much going on so as to ruin it
Drinkability is very high and it is easy to put several of these down
Like the posters around the Central Coast read, "It's what we drink around here"

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Photo of fsimcox
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a transparent amber color. White foamy head that dissipates quickly to a very thin white layer. Some lacing.

Smells of woody hops, with hints of citrus.

Taste is bold hops, malt, hints of bitter chocolate, finishes dry with chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy good. A little carbonation.

This beer is everywhere in central Cali. A bold, and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Cinderbike
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of a NYE party.

A - Copper/light brown, clear, off-white head.
S - Bread, malt, more malt. Faint floral and earthy hop aromas.
T - Caramel/malt sweetness. Some hop bitterness. Nice carbonic bite.
M - Thin with good carbonation.
O - Not every beer has to be a huge in your face DIPA or RIS. This is a good go-to drinking beer.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fairly translucent amber with a quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing.

S - More dark fruity malt than the appearance would lead to believe. A very small hop presence for a pale.

T & M - There is the traditional pale malt up front... but what is other toasty malt sweetness doing here? I'm a fan of beers that break style guidelines, but this isn't working for me. The woody caramel does not seem to jive with the light malt.

D - Very sweet. Too sweet. Nothing in the hop characteristics or anything else is able to cut into this.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.