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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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712 Reviews

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Reviews: 712
Hads: 2,293
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.71%
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 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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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD.

A- Clear reddish amber body. Poured with little to no head. Minimal carbonation.

S- Sweet taosted malts, toffee and vanilla. Slightly yeasty and hoppy.

T- Malty and bready beginning. A bit of oak. Very light hops in the finish.

M- Medium bodied. Lightly carbonated.

D- An extremely drinkable beer. Nicely balanced. No single overpowering taste. Light enough in body and alcohol to drink several of these in a sitting.

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

A: Amber body with a decent white head(fast dissipation). Minimal lacing.

S: Not very strong... A bread/biscuit malty smell, caramel, and earthy/floral hop hint.

T: There's some slight chocolate, those earthy hops, some fruit zest, and sweet caramel.

M: Smooth/creamy, low alcohol presence, medium/high carbonation, and dry finish.

O: Good beer.... but nothing more. I don't tend to favor pale ales but this was satisfying. I do believe that it's over hyped. I would tell others to give it a try, but I probably won't buy it very often.

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Photo of bgraney
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber color, minimal head, quickly dissolves.
Floral aroma, slight hop background
Highly carbonated, which blocks the flavor. The flavor that does come through is fruity.
Thin mouthfeel, not much lingering flavor.
A little bland for multiple pourings.

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Photo of srroos
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear red-amber with a short lived one finger head.

S: Malty and biscuity with some oak.

T: Nice and malty. Not as oaky as I would have hoped. Only slightly bitter with no noticeable hoppiness. I understand where the folks that relate this to Fat Tire come from, but it is certainly not the same.

MF: Good medium body. Not lots of carbonation, but not flat either.

D: Very drinkable and easy to enjoy. Good beer, commonly available, and inexpensive.

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Photo of Trappissed
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty straightforward beer in terms of flavors. Toasted grains/malts with caramel and some bitter hops. Some earthiness and bread-like qualities. Mouthfeel is superb, with some creaminess and good amount of carbonation. A very sessionable beer. Not much else to say about this.

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Photo of HugePlume
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Tawny copper color, with a light orange hue around the edges. A moderate pour yielded a loose half finger foamy head that was gone before you knew it. No lacing.

S- Not much nose, mostly just toffee malt, maybe a little booze. Could have been some oakiness but thats not what it came across as.

T- No hint of wood in this at all, its a very benign toffee malt with no hint of hop. Carbonation is light, but very effervescent, like a alka-seltzer tab that lifts some of the sweet malt off the tongue. Wet finish, but minimal aftertaste or bitterness,

M- Too watery, and again the fizzyy carbonation,

O- devastatingly average beer, with no hint of wood. I should probably be harder on this beer given the utter lack of woodiness but I'll leave it as-is. Its completely forgettable and lacking in any uniqueness,

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Hitching Post (from the movie Sideways).

Brown, burgandy, red all colors present in the pour. At 5% this is incredibly drinkable. Sweet malts, subdued hops here, so not too bitey. Like certain other brewers, Firestone has a certain trademark taste across almost all its beers and this one carried the same delicious taste. They're almost a sweeter, creamier taste for the beers they make.

Anyway, this was delicious, but not quite spectacular.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color, with a creamy head that settled quickly.

Nice caramel malt and biscuit notes on the nose. Smells tasty.

Takes like it smells with a little wood, a bit lighter than I expected with a pretty clean finish.

Nothing standoutish, but it's a good, sessionable beer.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma is malty with just a slight hint of wood. Color is a clear amber, very deep orange with a half inch beige head. I get malt then a little oak, followed by earthy hops and then a little chocolate and a touch of roast in the back. A little lingering malt in the finish with out being sweet. There is so much going on in this beer. I really enjoy it.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is highly drinkable yet complex. I kept finding new aromas and flavors every few sips, inviting me back to explore further this tasty well balanced ale.

Caramel greets you first, after which you are introduced to the much more shy personalities of citrus, vanilla and some floral hop notes.

Held to the light, Double Barrel Ale glows a radiant orange copper. When sitting patiently on its coaster away from the light DBA turns to star bright amber. Off-white head doesn't last too long and there is no lacing, however I believe my glass wasn't properly cleaned based on what other reviewers said about the head and lacing.

Caramel sweetness, mild bitterness, a slight woody taste and hints of apricots. Aftertaste leaves a very mild bitterness just long enough to detect.

Medium bodied leaning towards fullness.

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Photo of JohnL9013
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Could just be that this isn't my style, but I'm not too keen on this beer. It tastes like a macro brew to me. Slightly skunky, a little bitter, and not much else by way of flavor. The mouthfeel is great, it's surprisingly smooth, but the taste is inexcusable. I won't be getting this again.

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Photo of showell
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice copper color with a pure white head, about a half inch Really rather pretty. Not a lot of scent. What there is is malt, with just a hint of a bitter aftertaste. Maybe a tinge of bread in the flavor. It gets more flavorful as it warms up a bit. I'd let it sit out of the fridge for a few minutes myself if I were you. Enjoyable. Nothing exceptionally special, but a nice beer.

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Photo of spoons
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an Amber orange, perfectly clear with a thin white head.

Smells of grilled meats, teriyaki, and northern Wisconsin. Indeed, that is what this beer smells like.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost a bit watery. Tastes like a strange tea. This is not is not so great. Probably wont go searching for it.

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

Initial malty, mildly hoppy aroma that diminished very quickly. Clear deep amber color with a frothy tan head that lasted for several minutes and left medium lacing. Flavor was well balanced slightly in favor of bitterness and a mellow spicy "British" hop flavor and slight roasty notes. Slight diacetyl was a nice addition to the flavor. Aftertaste was a good mix of malt, bitterness and hop flavor. Lively carbonation and medium/light body with a fairly dry finish.

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Photo of livewire78
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange crossed with brown. Sounds ugly but I think it's pretty. Minimal head but there is some lacing left on the glass.

Smells of what?- hops? How am I smelling hops? They're faint but in there. Other smells of caramel and vanilla.

Starts out with the caramel malts followed by the toffee and ends up with a vanilla hoppiness.

Feels a little thin. I wish there was more carbonation in here. It feels a little flat for me.

This is one of those beers that you could drink a whole bunch of. Eventually, though you'd want something with a little more kick.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Popped the cap off the bomber and immediately smelled oaked barreling. A good sign...hehe...The appearance looks like Stone Pale Ale, a little darker hue, head is tall at first, but doesn't last too long. Probably about 5 minutes max. The smell is awesome. Great oaked characteristics and caramel backgrounds with awesome spice hints. The taste is just the same. It's like a carbonated, oaked version of Stone's pale ale. Very, very tasty! The mouthfeel is heavy and perfectly carbonated in my opinion. The drinkability you ask? I could drink this all day! A very fine offering that I hope gets to a wider market soon! One of my new favorite American beers. Leads me to wonder what an Oaked Arrogant Bastard might taste like...

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Photo of KidDoc
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium copper color. Nice head and lacing. Aroma of earthy hops and water conditioners to simulate the British waters. Very nice flavor with good balance. Nice example.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, I may have a bias towards the Firestone DBA because it was the first craft brew I ever drank, and I lived near the brewery for many years so fresh Firestone was always the choice at restaurants. Appears a classic pale ale coppery brown with a soft creamy head. Smell is average EPA but the oak really stands out. The mouth feel is soft and smooth. The flavor seems to combine a traditional english ale with a cali PA to make something memorable, especially if you like beers aged in oak. The guys at Firestone really created an outstanding beer out of a simple style with this one.

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Photo of Rezzin
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This this absolutely beautiful to look at. Pours reddish copper with some orange hues that's absolutely crystal clear. The 1" head is a little lacking and it disappears quickly. If the head retention was better I'd score a 5.

S - Somewhat fruity with a sweet and somewhat sour maltiness. Hop aroma seems subdued.

T - Honey malt flavors up front and slight hop bitterness in the back but for the most part, it's really mild. Some breadiness. Just enough hops to balance things out somewhat but it's a tad low for my tastes but seems to be right on as far as style goes.

M - Smooth going in and thin going down with moderate carbonation

D - Perhaps not my favorite style but not bad. My wife liked this a lot more than I did.

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Overall a great session beer with a Belgian quality to it - there is a slight floral aroma and flavor to it. Looks great with a dark amber color and good head retention. Smell is light, again with floral undertones and the taste follows. I could drink many of these if it were more my style of beer, but seems a bit light so pretty much 'one and done' for me. Now the 'Double' DBA... that's a whole different story.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a redish brown with a nice puffy white head, which goes down to about 1/2 an inch but leaves pretty lacing. A little clearer and this would be perfect. Nice.

S- a nice citrus and grassy/woody hops nose, but a lot of yeasty notes (like pouring your Wyeast in when homebrewing. Odd, but made up for by the hops and a nice carmel/malty finish.

T- nice malt carmel and flavors balanced by light woody hop flavors, but tastes a bit oxidized too, date is 5/24/10 so that should still hold up well.

M- Finishes easy on the pallet with a little heaviness which I like in my english style Pales.

D- overall it had some great qualities. I think it might just be a bit old and doesn't quite stand the test of time. Will probably have to come back and review a freshie at some point.

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Photo of hoser
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Suddenly I am reminded of all the boring pale ales I had while in the United Kingdom and why I am still trying to suppress that trip from my memory. I see Firestone Walker is trying to just that and make boring English pale Ale. Congratulations you did just that but a higher ABV. A solid English Ale expect for the higher ABV, sorry won't be buying this again, this might be fun to have on cask.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Murky, light copper in color with a scant off white head.

S - Gentle aroma of malt and vanilla, minimal floral hop presence. Overall the nose is very light.

T - Much like the nose the flavors are very light, but definitely leaning toward the malts. Slightly sweet with a hint of earthiness and vanilla. The floral hops barely poke through in the finish

M - Light body, a little thin.

D - A nice light and refreshing drink that I could imagine complimenting a nice hot day. Nothing outstanding, but decent.

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3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale

Appearance: DBA pours a great looking, crystal clear deep amber/copper. Its effervescence is extremely active, with carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass at a rapid pace. There is an off-white, creamy looking finger of head that eventually sinks to a nice crust. There is an impressive amount of lacing for the beer’s low ABV. This is one of the darker pale ales that this reviewer has seen, and is a very nice looking beer.

Aroma: The malt is extremely present in the aroma, but it is an odd, almost adjunct-lager smell to the malt that is not at all pleasing. Along with that comes a bit of a yeasty aroma and some biscuits and crackers. Caramel and toffee are also there. The hops do not come through very much, which is a shame. What is there is floral, but it is extremely hard to sniff out. It is not a bad smelling beer, but the evocation of awful American adjunct lager smells is not a positive association.

Taste: Pretty much follows the nose, without the nasty adjunct lager suggestion. The caramel malts come through really nicely, and there is just barely a bitterness. In fact, the yeast comes through and gives a sort of marmalade quality as well. The only real drawback to the flavor is the fact that the flavor just is not quite flavorful enough. This would do better as a beer with more ABV, so it can be assumed that Double DBA was a great choice for Firestone Walker.

Mouthfeel: Like the taste, there is not much to comment on here. It is a pretty run-of-the-mill beer with a medium to thin mouthfeel, quite active carbonation, and not much else going on. The finish is relatively dry, but is not astringent at all. This would be a refreshing beer on a hot summer day, but as it is, like the rest of the beer, the mouthfeel is just expected and average.

Overall: Having never had a Firestone Walker beer before, I had high hopes. This may not have been the place to start. This is an extremely pedestrian offering that really does not do anything special. I would certainly not turn this down if offered me, but I also would not actively seek it out again. Given that FW does not distribute to Wisconsin, this choice will not even be available to me. I will not judge FW based on this beer alone, as it does not have a great pedigree as it is. 14/20

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.