Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

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

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Buellton location. I started the evening with the pale ale and the second brew I got was the unfiltered double barrel ale. First sip and I was hooked. They poured it into a pounder glass and it formed a nice 2 finger head that fell to a solid cover.

Lots and lots of woody barrel aged goodness. Hops are still evident enough to keep this baby poppin'. After one serving I couldn't move on to anything else. It was my beer of choice for the evening. Much more complex than its regular version of double barrel. How so? Well the original version is good but it tends to be rather pedestrian and subtle. Maybe the unfiltered version is more for the beer geeks of the world as its a kicked up version of its sister beer. Just think double barrel with something extra. The extra is in the intesity of character. One of the best brews I've had in my life. I don't think this beer can improve. Perfect across the board.

Notes: Loved it fresh on tap. Probably closer to a wide open style like red/amber then a pale but thats splitting hairs. I was able to pick up a case of the 10th anniversary as well.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

amber with a nice overall fluffy three finger head of lace then rose up above it before settling down to nothing in the end, with just a clear top and no side glass lace. Initially a bit of carbonation streaming up, however this died down rather quickly to be honest.

The aroma was full of grainy malt characters. Not as sweet as I have seen in others, but it had a nice citric hop presence as well. Some nice grassy tones as well. The flavor followed perfectly, really making this quite the hoppy little red ale. The first notes of grains coming through very clearly, but then melding seemlesly with a strong citrus and pine like hoppy punch. Some light notes of caramel coming through now and blendning it all together. The finsih is strong, nice and drawn out with a good amount of hoppiness and bitter flavors riddled throughout. Nice light bodied ale that stayed very well carbonated and had an excellent dry finish to it.

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4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 2/7/09 - a Saturday. Served after Telegraph's California Ale, paired with Seared Ahi Tuna.

A: Nut-brown. Slightly hazy. Nice.

S: Nutty malt. Oak is forward.

T: Very different from the filtered Double Barrel. So smooth & delicious. I really dug this brew. Very flavorful w/vanilla flavors. Sweet fruit flavors abound. If you can taste this brew - GO FOR IT!

M: Creamy & full. Well done.

D: All day.

Hard to come by... I can get growlers for those that would like to trade (express shipping would be recommended - I'll foot the bill there - it's worth it!).

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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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4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A special offering only available at Firestone's 2 tap rooms. This stuff can't be bottled.

Pours a cloudy nut-brown brew.

Smell is a nutty malt smell with a strong smell of Oak.

The taste is VERY! Different from the filtered Double Barrel Ale.

The taste of this is very flavorful with a strong vanilla flavor. Lots of peach and apricot fruit flavors in this and a lovely butteryness. This is much superior to the bottled and filtered Double Barrel Ale.

Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, almost milky thick and pleasing.

Drinkability is exceptional!

I asked why this stuff can't be bottled and was told that it would go through a second fermentation and would ruin its taste because of the live yeast.

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4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew on 6/27/12 at the Paso Tap Room from an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light brown, copper-like color, with little off-white head.

N: Sweet malt and aromatic yeast esters and subtle hop florals.

T/M: The taste follows the nose with added oak characteristics. The body is medium to light with a smooth character. The carbonation is present but definitely not overbearing.

This is a fantastic beer. It seems to remind me of the Abacus with its malt tones. This is significantly more tasty than the standard bottled version of Double Barrel. I would love try this on cask. (Can you make that happen, Firestone?)

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4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a medium amber color, some cloudiness to it with a nice bit of carbonation. Small dirty white head to it. Nose is bready and malty. Taste is malty and very sikly smooth. Mouthfeel is very good, velvety, it has some wine like qualities as well. This beer is a pleasure to drink. I have finished half of the growler already and I am not full, tastes excellent, drinkability PERFECT!
3 Nov 08: Another great growler fill and still superb!

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4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a medium amber with a little head that dissipates after a few minutes.

S- Sweet caramel malt, as well as floral and fruity undertones dominate the aroma.

T- It has flavors of whole grain bread, mildly citric fruit, some woody-ness, and a somewhat rich sweetness that reminds me of coconut milk. Sounds like a bizarre combination of flavors, but it is very very tasty.

M- Thin to medium bodied, with ample carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel that keeps you sipping.

D- It is difficult to imagine a beer that is more drinkable, between the flavor, which is as complex as it is enjoyable (very), and the soft, smooth mouthfeel, this is a great session beer. Definitely one of the few I've had that balances intricate complexity with great drinkability.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 260 ratings