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Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% Barrel Fermented.

Added by Zorro on 04-11-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,048
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
258
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Reviews by Sicem99:
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of breadwinner
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kind of a misnomer, as Jeffers Richardson has said this beer isn't unfiltered, just totally fermented in FW union barrel system oak barrels, rather than blended with beer DBA fermented in stainless steel. In any case, it's a really tasty brew, highlighting the vanilla/oaky notes the normal DBA has. As I understand it, fermenting fully in the union barrels makes the brew less shelf stable, which is why this is usually just draught brewery-only. Too bad, as it's a cool and unique spin on an English ale that I think a lot of folks would like.

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Photo of Professor_Yeesh
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

You can taste the difference from the regular DBA. UDBA includes 100% beer coming from the Oak barrels whereas DBA ferments 80% in steel silos and only 20% in the oak barrels for a final mix that goes into DBA.

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Photo of MrBiscuit
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Narshwaggle
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Duff_Man
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of girllovesbier
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Beer21
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WickedBeer
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-pump cask at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a 20oz nonic.

Burnt umber liquid with rust highlights. Superlative retention of the thick beige head. Very good lacing.

Nuts, wheat bread dough, and mild hop aromatics.

Brown bread, a touch of banana, slight caramel, earthy hops, and well water on the palate. Light pepper on the finish. Excellent, though the hops could stand up for themselves a little more.

Slightly chalky mouthfeel; not quite medium-bodied...

Overall, just a touch flat tasting (though not flat bodied), almost like it is diluted with mineral water - but an excellent domestic rendition of a British classic...

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on cask at Monk's Kettle for a Firestone Walker event.

Pours a cloudy amber color with minimal head from the cask.

Aroma is really interesting. Caramel malt and citrus along with interesting oak and vanilla notes.

Flavor is very oaky, along with vanilla from the barrel and even some coconut milk. Caramel malt and nuttiness from the malt as well, along with some citrusy and tropical fruit hop notes.

Smooth on the palate with medium body and low carbonation.

Wow, what an improvement this is over regular DBA. Drinking this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and I couldn't help but down it quickly. This is a really killer English Pale Ale.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Firestone Taproom in Buellton.

Came poured as a dark brown-amber, almost not able to see through with much clarity, and with no head at all. I don't think the lack of head was the fault of the bartender pouring it because swirling to regenerate does absolutely nothing.

The smell is pretty subtle but malty, toasty. The taste is malty and balanced with hops. It was pretty similar to the regular Double Barrel but this one was indeed a bit smoother. Drinkability was a little better as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Brewermeister
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark orange amber color. Had a nice head with good retention. Tasted sweet and citrusy just like it smelled. Light to medium body; smooth going down. I like the original but this is so much better than the filtered version. I tried some at the end of the brewery tour.

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Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 258 ratings
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