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Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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699 Reviews
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Reviews: 699
Hads: 2,253
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 274 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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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.

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

Appearance:
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.

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

Mouthfeel/Body:
Medium bodied leaning towards fullness. (870 characters)

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. (306 characters)

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. (290 characters)

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. (395 characters)

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. (303 characters)

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. (467 characters)

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. (570 characters)

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... (727 characters)

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. (593 characters)

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. (739 characters)

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. (415 characters)

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. (784 characters)

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. (396 characters)

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. (514 characters)

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
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 (2,322 characters)

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. (178 characters)

Photo of cerveza5150
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good session beer. I've had many beers and ales that are better than this one, but this is a good choice if there are no others! Kinda liked the old SLO Brew better, but the brewery as a whole is pretty good. A little more hops would have been a nice addition. (260 characters)

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

Poured from my kegerator into a Firestone pint glass.

a. Dark copper, orange like color. Crystal clear with a small head. Head vanishes quickly.

s. Not much here. Sweett malt and faint hops.

t. Some vanilla, woody flavors. More malt than hops. Some toffee.

M. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Kind of watery.

d. Goes down quite easily. Could, and did, drink several pints per sitting. (390 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color.

Doesn't give off much smell, but I can smell some barley and bready malts.

Tastes like bready malts with a mild hop presence. Nothing is particularly overpowering or offensive here, and the overall flavor isn't too strong.

It goes down fairly smooth.

Overall a decent beer, but far from my favorite pale ale as well. That said, it still is a solid session beer. (395 characters)

Photo of SvenHayden
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly smooth, laid back beer.

Starts off with a decent foam head. Dissipates relatively quick.

Pretty color. Although lighter than I was expecting for an oaked english style ale. Light brown, copper. Almost matches the bottle. A little more red in hue.

Mostly malt aroma. Just a touch of hop citrus & oak.

Very drinkable, easy malt experience on the palate. Definitely used a good malt profile for an English Ale. A little bit of vanilla oak, slightly tart at the end (probably from the interplay of the hops & oak).

Im gonna guess they used a lightly-toasted hungarian oak. I could be totally wrong.

It wasnt as oaky as i was hoping for, considering it is labeled a Double Barrel Ale.

Overall a good experience though. Ill keep this option in my pocket when im looking for an English Ale experience, which is fairly often. (837 characters)

Photo of gnaussea
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pretty orage-amber color with an unfortunately petty head. The smell is quite sweet and malty with hints of nut and banana. These however, are lost in the flavor. The flavor is quite woodsy, with a soft hop and sweet malt flavor, but the complexity is lost in the rustic background. Overall, not a bad brew. Not a great brew, but it's wide availability makes it a good drinking beer on many a night out. (408 characters)

Photo of Chsyhkr
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An English Style Pale Ale from the west coast. Crystal Malt with ample hops to offset and a nice dry finish.

Probably better on tap as it is pretty average from the bottle here on the east coast. Amber to copper in color, little head and not much body. More dry than complex, but not a bad beer. Just not distinguished in any way.

A nice pale ale, enjoy. (360 characters)

Photo of ChiSox05
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, pumpkin orange amber color. Thin head 1/2" thick leaves very light lace. Clear.

Nice medium smooth malty smell, some cranberries.

Some oranges in the taste and subtle citrus hop taste. Great jumps from mild malt to balanced hops to a little yeast and biscuit.

Malty mouthcoating, lighter texture. Light carbonation.

Easy to have more than one, could go as a session beer or with a good meal. (410 characters)

Photo of mattffrost
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance - Beer is a clear copper color. Very little carbonation that does not last to long. Head is a off white colr. I would say a nice looking beer but in my opinion needs better lacing.

Smell - Some sweet malt smell. I smell a citrus hops smell as well. Nothing really profound.

Taste - Starts off a little fruity and finishes just a little bitter. A hint of some sort of floral taste.

Mouthfeel - Beer is very smooth on the palete with little carbonation. I would say light body compared to other Red Ale's?

Drinkability - Very easy to drink with its light body and smooth character. (624 characters)

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

A: nice rich amber color.
S: malty with a hint of hops
T: malty with enough hops and complexity to have 2-3 before you look up. Not a session beer though as it has a slightly undesirable aftertaste.
M: moderate to thick with nice carbonation and excellent head.
O:a high quality beer that keeps you coming back for more but not FW's best offering. (350 characters)

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.