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Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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758
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2,493
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
20.65%
 
 
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Photo of yourefragile
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Chart House in Monterrey, CA. My first Firestone beer. Tasted closer to a brown ale to me than a Nugget Nectar, Red Rocket, Big Hoppy, etc (not to say they taste all that similar to each other)
A: A clear dark amber color with a very thin white head that leaves a tremendous amount of thick lacing.
S: Malt, caramel, not overly strong and some hops but not much presence from the oak here.
T: Clean and refreshing, but as I said above, taste reminded me more of an english brown (slightly thicker) than other ambers. Up front taste of roast malt, slight caramel, a little nutty and breadiness. Finishes with a slight hop taste. Nothing remarkable from the oak present in this. Very easy drinking pleasant beer, but nothing too exciting
M: Medium body, smooth and creamy with high carbonation, clean aftertaste
D: As it warmed up, this became slightly dry with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste like I felt about Duck Rabbit's Brown. Before that I was enjoying this much more. Glad I tried it, but would probably pass on it in the future.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a trip to California.

A: Pours a cola-like head that settles to about one finger. The beer has a pretty good haze and decent, but not great active carbonation. The head is pretty quickly gone. The beer is a rich amber brown.

S: Good, mostly English-smelling hops are perhaps a little stronger than I would expect. Good, a nice bitter sharpness.

T: This I'm not crazy about. A very basic sort of malty sort of herbal taste. Nothing outstanding here.

M: I really like the feel though. Lighter, with good carbonation and still a decent body.

D: Pretty good. Nothing I would seek out, but deffinately something I could see myself throwing back quite a few of.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a hazy copper color with medium off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was a faint, hoppy fruit smell, but it was difficult to get anything much. The flavor waqs mnore of the hoppy, apple-citrus fruit, but I could not pick up any of the oak barrel taste or aroma. Not a bad beer though, and I’m glad I tried one.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber with a small light beige head, and good lacing.

smells of caramel, roasted nuts, a touch of citrus, and malt in the back.

taste is creamy, caramel, a roastiness, nuts, and malt, ends a little dry and a little bitter.

a very nice english pale ale.

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Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pub glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear light amber color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained fluff. The cap retains quite well and is composed of rather large bubbles. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface in support of the head. Small patches of lace cling to the glassware after each sip.

The aroma of this brew is sweet caramel malt upfront, lightly toasted. Through the body and into the back is a mineral/metallic scent coupled with a bit of herbal and citrus hop scents. As this brew warms, it picks up some floral notes and a bit of sulfur.

The taste is a combination of herbal hops mixed with quite a bit of mineral flavoring. Light toasted malt flavor provides a bit of residual sweetness to counter the light bitterness of the herbal hops. As this brew warms, it picks up a light yeast note coupled with some grass notes.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. At times it seems a bit watery. The alcohol makes itself known in the finish with a bit of warmth. Overall not a bad brew, but it is completely forgettable.

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Photo of willic
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can I say, Firestone Walker ROCKS! Can they make a bad beer??? This is not my typical beer, but light, fun, complex... I love the crisp oakiness!

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Double Barrel ale poured a clear red with a single finger foam head that stayed for a little while. Not much in the way of lacing.

The smell was caramel and a subdued hop note. The first drink was a sharp slap to the face as it gave quite a bite. It mellowed after a few drinks and had a good caramel profile. It was sweet on the finish.

It didn't have much for feel in the mouth. It left a tad bit of bitterness but was here and gone. Overall I found it to be a fairly uneventful amber.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured with minimal head that disappeared almost immediately. What lacing there was, was very nice and sticky. No big upfront aromas. Just a twinge of hop bite at the finish. Good full body. Very drinkable. This would be an excellent session beer. If you were stuck inside all day, this would be a wonderful companion.

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Photo of kflorence
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - FEB 23, 2008

Pours a dark amber color with particulates, not much head. Smells of hops and toasted malts, perhaps some nuts and a hint of some type of fruit in there as well. The taste is heavily dominated by the hops, but you can definitely taste the other flavors, especially the toasted malts. It’s pretty carbonated, perhaps overly so, and a bit thin. Overall it has a lot of flavor and depth, but is easily forgettable.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/burnt orange. A decent half finger head with a bit of lacing. Clear in nature.
S: After some slight agitation, I am met with equally subtle notes of pine, citrus and malt. Perhaps a bit of caramel is present as well. Nothing overwhelming and a tad non-descript. Not off-putting either.
T: Extremely well balanced and follows the nose quite well. Perhaps a tad muted, but I am not sure what this brew is trying to be. It's very straightforward, yet not aggressive. The sweet caramel malts blend well with the hops to produce a flavor that's easily quaffable.
M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body. This is a very smooth brew with a decent aftertaste that is both piney and sweet.
O: This brew has session written all over it due it's low ABV, light body and well balanced flavors. It's remarkably unremarkable, in a great way. Wouldn't mind having a few more.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ordered a pint of this on tap at Bj's Brewpub.

When it came, there wasnt much of a head on it, just a ring around the glass. The color was a good looking, dull ruby.

I was really let down by the smell. I swerled and swerled, but to no avail. I did coax a little head out of it in the process though.

This is a good tasting beer. It has a nice full boddied maltyness with a pronounced but blunt hops bitterness that hits home. There also seemed to be a slight nuttyness in the flavor.

This ends up being a pretty drinkable beer, though i would have prefured a little more boquet. I would definatly drink again.

el_mocoso

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the brews sent to me by Wasatch in our recent trade, thanks John.

American Amber/red ale? I would have guessed an English or American Pale Ale.

Copper colored body with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles moving around. About a finger and a half of off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice rings and sheets of lacing on the side of my glass.

There is not a huge aroma on this one. Mostly biscuity malt coupled with just a touch of hop aroma.

The taste of this beer is considerably hoppier than the aroma. The main hop characteristic is fruity, english hops. Fruity without a lot of bitterness. The standard bitter, grapefruit flavors comes through also though. The biscuity malt of the aroma is present here too. Finishes with an earthy flavor.

Medium bodied and carbonation, maybe a little thicker or heavier than I would have expected Rather oily mouthfeel, espcially after swallowing.

A pretty decent beer overall, something that is ok in the drinkability category.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured for me by the manager at Napenthe Restaurant in Big Sur, California. I sat outside, overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a gorgeous and sunny afternoon. My surroundings may have biased my opinion.

APPEARANCE: Bright, lively and almost an orange color. 12oz. bottle poured into a 10oz. glass so I had to lighten up on the pour. This may have led to their not being as much head as there otherwise would have, but still it had a solid quarter-inch with big, loosely held together bubbles.

SMELL: Not very strong, but with a hint of oakiness.

TASTE: Strong caramel flavor hits the palate right off the bat, but it isn't too sweet. Then it gets a bit strange. An almost sour flavor enters the picture only to be replaced by the return of the caramel. Then, the aftertaste seems to return to sour. Odd, but good.

MOUTHFEEL: Lively and bubbly throughout most of the sip until it smooths out just at the end.

OVERALL: At 5.0% the Double Barrel Ale makes for a fantastic session beer. It is not overpowering in any direction, but the minor oddity in the faint sour flavor keeps it interesting. It's easy drinking beer that would make for a solid sixer. Half a dozen of these would not take a huge toll on a beer drinker like myself, but also would not require much sacrifice in the flavor or body department.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a copper/amber with a thick fluffy off white head that has great retention.

Floral hops and some sweet caramel and slight toastiness.

Light hop bitterness. Earthy and bready and woody. Caramel, toast.

Light bodied and a litle dry.

Nice session ale.

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Photo of SvenHayden
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Doing tha thang at Lazy Dog in Orange, CA on a Monday.

Ok. Ok like Jennifer Lawrence. On a Saturday night and after a few deep, yeah. But on a Wednesday and right after work? I don't think so. A bit sticky (in a bad way) and a bit syrupy at that.

Once and never again.

Peace!

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Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark and slightly hazy amber. The head starts off strong but dissipates too quickly.

Smell - Hints of caramel, toast and floral hops. Clean but quite mild; very difficult to pick out any specific aromas.

Taste and mouthfeel - Very bready and caramelly; sort of a bread pudding-like flavor. Notes of roasted nuts and toast. The mild floral hops provide just a touch of dry bitterness in the finish. Full mouthfeel with semi-crisp carbonation.

Notes - Decent stuff. The FW pale ale is much better.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Reviewed on May 29th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Poured a clean copper body. A short light tan head quickly collapsed and left a sparse amount of lacing.

Nose
Sweet, caramel heavy malts. Faint hint of floral hops. Subtle aroma all around.

Mouth
Heavy hit of malts up front... caramel and bread, fairly dense. Floral hops cut through the malts, attempting to lighten things up. Floral hops finished semi-sweet with a nice lingering presence of caramel malts. Medium bodied. Moderate/high carbonation.

Notes
I was surprised with the density of this brew. The overall taste was familiar and underwhelming. Not a bad brew but not my favorite.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared by RoyMunson.
Pours a light amber in color with a nice inch of head forming on the pour.
Smell is very light hops and a good amount of gentle spice and malt.
Flavor is more malty, just enough crispness from the hops to keep it refreshing and enjoyable. Very smooth and easy drinking. Very good session beer, but nothing memorable flavor wise. Solid beer and enjoyable.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: orange amber bodied beer with a white colored head.

Smell: Vinous grapes, toasted malt, and fruity.

Taste: White grapes, pears, and peaches. Its earthy and kind of vinous like an unfermented wine. Never tasted an English Pale Ale like this before. Its malty, but not sweet. Almost a bittersweet fruity note that dominates this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. Yeasty.

Overall: Not too excited about this beer. It was decent, but not what I was expecting. Not as much malty sweetness as I thought, also hoping for some barrel notes (its called double barrel ale after all). It seems like the yeast is more dominating of this beer than the malts.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Transparent amber coloration, decent bit of froth, retention was quite nice and it even left some generous lacing behind.

S - Light sugary aroma with hints of toasted malt. Not very potent, and leaves the desire for something more.

T - Smoke flavored light malt body, sweet caramel backing, with a faint bitterness at the end. Finishes mild and while fairly tasty, it's not very complex.

M - Crisp light body, sharp carbonation which really helps this brew out, and a rather clean feel.

D - Easy drinking, and pretty tasty, this would be a nice session brew. I'd say despite it's simplicity this one is worth trying.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a very clear light amber with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. Very thick merague like head last for long time. Nice lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Amber fruit and caramel with a hint of earthy English Hops, possibly EKG. Faint oakiness in the aroma profile.

Taste: Very mild to start with a light malty sweetness with hints of caramel, with a semi sweet chocolate like astringency. Could be the oak. Very clean bittering hops lends for a nice mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: Definitely a nice session beer that weighs in at 5% abv. Has enough character to keep things interesting. Mild maltiness with just enought hop bitterness to balance the beer. Easy to drink. Definitely worth checking out but nothing too special. A decent every day drinker.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this at a local bar, nothing special at all.

The appearance was a lighter orange color that came with a small half finger head. No lacing after a few drinks, pretty boring.

It did not smell like anything specific, had a warm alcohol smell, also strong malts.

The taste was bland, nothing stood out. I had a taste of medium malts, a little hop taste also. The mouthfeel was okay, nothing great either.

This beer was something that I have never tried before, and will never try again.
J

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Based on the description, I'm looking forward to an English bitter style of the pale ale.

Pours a reddish-orange color, complete with a big head and frothy foam. It sticks to the glass upon additional sips to. The carbonation is plentiful, and it definitely looks like an authentic English bitter. Good!

Smells malty, as expected – however, there are additional apricot ethers and some brown sugar in between. No large alcohol smell, but to my surprise there's some gelatin and caramel malts. I'm expecting this to be more astringent than needed.

Upon one sip, even ice cold, this comes off as malty as all hell, filled with a lot of sweetness blended with orange and citrus flavors and slight tartiness. While that may sound appetizing, it doesn't quite work with the thinning body, and large jets of carbonation. While it's overall a pretty flavorful beer, it's not as fun to actually drink.

A very bready, carbonated take on the English bitter. Not exactly as good as others I've had, but still worth your money if you're into very malty, watery beers. As for me, I'll probably pass unless offered one sometime.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks goes out to mrbubbler for this extra!

Pours a very clear, medium shade of amber. Loose head of light tan foam, just over a fingers worth. Retention is fairly good. Lacing is good, but quite slippery.

Light caramel malts and a mild hint of biscuits. Very light trace of honeyed dark fruits.
A very subdued nose, overall.

Extremely bready with a light hint of caramel malts. Mild traces of toffee and dark fruits. Very light hints of oak and spices.
This has good flavor, but it's very mild, which is a small turn-off for me.

This is medium-bodied and has a mild level of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a light touch of crispness to it. No real creaminess.

Very drinkable, especially at only 5.00%abv. I'd more than likely find myself reaching for something with a more bold flavor profile though.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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