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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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1,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 60
Gots: 150 | FT: 2
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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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
Photo of Hoptometrist
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
Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev +9%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

*edit . My original review of this beer was on a stale bottle I received in a male order. The review was about a 2.58 I had another one of these fresh and it differed greatly. This is a new review.

Pours orange amber with perfect clarity lots of bubbles and a creamy head of foam. Falls to a slight ring and leaves a film on top. Nose has plenty of vanilla, hop floral and sweet biscuit malt. Taste is grassy, sweet with a bit of caramel and herbal. The vanilla is rich. A bit of dryness takes the creamy soft finish on this one. Malty, earthy subdued hops. Slight bitterness. It's a little too rich for a pale ale imo. But much better than the one I had that was stale.

utopiajane, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of bluckbeyes
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
Photo of taospowder
3/5  rDev -18.3%

taospowder, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of tronester
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
Photo of eulerthegrape
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

eulerthegrape, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Hendrick24
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Hendrick24, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Docrock
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Docrock, Aug 29, 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
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4/5  rDev +9%

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of StArnoldFan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

StArnoldFan, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

PhillyStyle, Sep 16, 2014
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
Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of megamass
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

megamass, May 18, 2013
Photo of nygannon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nygannon, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bernat1971, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small, off-white/tan filmy head dies fast over a clear, dark amber beer. There are some swoops of lacing. The nose has chocolate and milk. It's slightly grainsy. Nice. Milk chocolate up front, followed by a full-flavored, drakly malty middle. The finish shows bitter chocolate and some not-quite-sweet fruitiness. Bitter aftertaste with crackers. It's good. Quite chocolatey. A nice, full session.

kbub6f, May 19, 2005
Photo of sleazo
3/5  rDev -18.3%

sleazo, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful firm creamy head with excellent retention and sticky lines of lacing. Brew is a flat copper hue, transparent.

Dry earthy aroma, bitter, floral hint, bit of barrel.

Impressively smooth flavor: light crystal malt and bread, subdued hop flavor, wrapped in oak and vanilla. Bit of grass and earth.

Smoothness applies to the feel, as well, which is creamy with moderate sting.

I didn't know what to expect going into this, but this is s very easy drinking and satisfying beer. Very approachable, and tons of flavor for 5% ABV.

Roguer, May 13, 2014
Photo of cbl2
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4/23/2005 $6.99 6 pack 5.20% No best by date.


Pours a startingly clear light brown with mild carbonation that yields a quarter inch white head that settles rapidly.


Has a nice malty character that lends it a sweetness, which when coupled with the mild hoppy spice is very inviting.


Mild nutty character dominates the mouth, which transitions into a sweet finish which then takes a surprisingly hoppy bitter turn at the very last instant. Very well balanced, and easy to quaff.

cbl2, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open a 12oz bottle and poured a reddish amber-copper hued ale with an inch of light tan head, which settled fairly quick. Little lace but looks inviting.

First smell from the bottle was a sweet, malty aroma, nice. From the glass a bit more earthy, caramel and malt, hint of hop and mild yeast.

Flavor is well balanced, not to sweet, not to bitter with a full body and clean finish, tasty.

In the mouth it's smooth and bubbley yet a bit heavy. It doesn't appear to be very carbonated until it hits your palete, kind of reminds me of hydrogen peroxide but not in taste.

Goes down ok but after 2 of these, I'm feeling a little bit full. Worth a try.

scottoale, Feb 06, 2006
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,945 ratings.