Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale

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:
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Reviews: 776 | Ratings: 2,739
Photo of Wiffler27
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich amber, mahogany color with a solid head. looks pretty beautiful

smell is lots of malt. caramel sweetness, slight honey.

taste is clean and malty. good flavor and nice body. clearly an English pale ale vs an American pale ale. similar to a regular English bitter. i could put this away on a nice fall day. would be very interested in trying this on cask

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Photo of Madrigae
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful amber color with crystaline clarity. The aroma is sweet caramel, mineral yeast notes and a hop note that is more floral/herbal. The palate is impeccably balanced with marble rye bread, caramel and beautiful hop character- not an IPA hopiness, but rather a crisp, woodsy style. This is a classic and a welcome refuge from the sea of West Coast hop drones.

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Photo of marlowe57
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nitro tap at Lardo Portland. Settled nicely. 1/2 inch foam head, white. Body is a copper color, very clear. Mild aroma, a little malt, a little hops. Taste is mild as well. A little bread / cereal. A light sweetness maybe butterscotch. Mild and little are key. Nothing here is in your face. A bit thin for me, not sure if the nitro helped or hurt that. Clean finish. Pleasant.

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Photo of andrewh995
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This review may not be relevant as I had this 6 months past the bottled on date. I really did not like this at all. It had very little flavor and the flavor it had was not good in my opinion. I hope to try a more recent bottle because the reviews I'm seeing are going right against what I tried.

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Photo of flgimp
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a frosted pilsner glass. Look is golden brown with a thick creamy head. Smell is very slight malty. Taste is of malt, toffy sweetness and a hint of hops. Mouth is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Totally clear brown-orange body, soapy eggshell head. Nose is pale malt with bread crust, strong with soap notes. Taste gives more of the same, pretty bland overall but at least balanced between that odd malty sweetness and downplayed bitterness. Finish hints at earthiness and spice. Body is slick, medium weight, with restrained, fine carbonation.
Someone, please tell me what is great about this beer. Honestly, send me a DM. The balance was there, but the actual aroma and flavor was milquetoast, boring, and simple. A flagship should be widely appreciable, but if played on the conservative side it mutates into the dull.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, caramelly, toasted malt dominates the aroma. There's a hint of floral hop character.

Flavor is similar, with a dry, oaky finish that lingers, becoming a bit overly tannic.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with excellent clarity. There's an inch of dense creamy beige foam. Light lacing. Aroma is of bready malt. I taste bready malt and a light dose of English hops. The mouth is very smooth and lightly creamy.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean amber, with off-white head. A little lace, but not so prominent.

Aroma: Seems malty with hints of the oak barrels and associated notes of vanilla and wood. Nice and different.

Taste: Nicely oaked, with a pleasant caramel malty flavor and an injection of citrusy hops in there. Supremely balanced, and a uniquely different (and delicious) take on the English pale ale.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice dark amber with good foam and decent lacing. Smells of hops, malt, biscuit. Taste is a nice malty hops with a biscuit like flavor and mild bite. Finish is very clean and little sweet and refreshing. Really like this beer, very nice flavor balance and refreshing in summer or fall.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Bottled about 7 months ago.

L: Dark amber color. Thin lacing.

S: Some faint caramel malt. Not very strong.

T: Malty with caramel and bready flavors. Finished slightly sweet with a hint of smokiness.

F: Moderate body and carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel with some crispness from the carbonation.

O: Forgot to check the bottling date before I bought this, not sure how freshness impacted the flavor of this brew. Still pretty tasty. Not a ton of flavor but what is there is good.

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Photo of akolb
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of sweet biscuity malt. Taste has pleasant bread and caramel with a spicy oppy finish. Earthy and smooth. This is an underrated beer in my opinion. Not your hoppy American version, but a subtly sweet and smooth beer that I could drink again and again.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark Amber with a nice creamy head.

Smells of floral and earthy hops backed by heavy malty bread with notes of caramel.

Taste is smooth and creamy tasting largely of malty sweet toasted bread with notes of caramel. It also has a dryness with earthy, bitter hops.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with one finger of creamy off-white head that leaves spiky volcanic rock lace as it recedes.

Smells of toffee, roasted nuts, sliced apple, brown bread and earthy green hops.

Tastes of crusty brown bread, more nutty toffee, browning apple, bitter citrus and more leafy bitter hops.

Feels mild and solid. Medium bodied with perky carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Tasty and easy to put away.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can with a canned on date of 6/15/16; into an English pint glass.
Appearance - pours a clean amber with little bubbles; medium, thick white head that dies to a thin, bubbly layer rather quickly. Lacing is lousy.
Smell - some mild Hawaiian bread and caramel.
Taste - rye, biscuit, Hawaiian bread and a hint of sweet caramel.
Feel - light, mild and rather dull to be honest.
Overall - easy enough to sit back and have one, but pretty mediocre really.

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Photo of Gmann
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a short soapy khaki colored head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is bready and has a light metallic note. Some brown sugar and toffee.

The aroma has a toffee sweetness to go along with a bready malt. Some tea and metallic flavors. The hops provide some offsetting bitterness but don't provide much flavor.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with enough bitterness to balance.

Not too sweet and good balance. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of MFMB
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep Amber orange. Smells of malt,breads and cracker. Malt bomb with a grainy feel. A bit of woody hop bite but very limited at that. Medium body, a tad bit oily. Ok beer, nothing special like I'm use to with FW.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a pretty copper/amber, with a substantial head and which quickly dissipated to light lacing.

S: Lots of bread, malt and caramel.

T: The malts and caramel come through in the flavor, with a bit of hops and bitterness at the end.

F: Medium bodied, which was surprising for such a dark amber beer. I thought it might be heavier. Medium/Light on the carbonation.

O: Decent beer. Not my favorite style, but a good alternative that would go well with a full meal.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single can, a refugee from the sixers that they comprise up here in good ol' Alberta. Fuck - no indication as to what the hell 'double barrel ale' means on the can's label, of course.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with one measly finger of puffy, weakly foamy, and faintly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random ocean upswell lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells almost like an above-average ESB - semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, muddled dark orchard fruit, an ethereal woodsiness, and generic leafy, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and biscuity caramel malt, hard toffee, a touch of campfire smoke, laid-back black stone fruit notes, and more tame leafy, earthy, and plain floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are decently active in their attempt at quotidian frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, those noble hops not of the sort to take too much of an undeserved tithe here. It finishes on the sweet side, all biscuity malt this, and wannabe barrel essences that.

Yeah, I suppose that I was to assume that some sort of wood treatment was applied here, and also to be less than surprised at how it was eventually rendered. Anyways, for an English ale produced in Cali, this does indeed turn out quite all right, double barrels or whatever.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.83/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

bottle to tulip glass (dated 3/2/16)

LOOK: amber color, medium white head.
AROMA: skunk
TASTE: Mostly Malty. Something Funky. not good. Maybe this is just a bad bottle, but this not enjoyable and not what I would expect from Firestone Walker.
FEEL: Medium body. Below average carbonation.



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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Double Barrel Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 05/25/16" and sampled on 07-15-16.
From a mixed 12-pak for $18.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

As a fan of English ales, DBA used to be one of my go-to's. When I met David Walker at a Pennsylvania release party for Firestone-Walker, I mentioned that to him, and he questioningly noted "But you haven't had it before?", meaning it'd never been available in PA. For a moment I was confused by that myself, and then I remembered - I had to drive to State Line Liquors in Maryland to get it. Ha, I thought it was that good!!! (Of course State Line also had a huge range of other stuff I couldn't get at home anyway).

The fruitiness from the yeast is immediately there (berries, apple), but I like to let it warm up a little to allow the malt to come through more fully. It's grainy, caramelish, toffee-ish, subtly nutty, and even a slight touch chocolatey. To me, those two things make the beer, but there's also a touch of woody dryness that you get in the finish along with the floral and leafy hops. It's perfectly balanced in my opinion, as well as rounded (meaning that all of the components are there, presenting themselves clearly). It's remarkably drinkable, not going too full in flavor, but offering a very rich character overall. Really nicely done!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 03-09-16

Pours dark amber burnt orange with a frothy off-white foam head. Smells like biscuity caramel honey malt, some oak, mild chocolate, vanilla, lemony orange citrus, with floral earthy grass and woody pine. Tastes like biscuity crackery dark honey toffee caramel malt, toasty oak, floral earthy herbs, dank woody grass and pine, with some mild zesty orange citrus notes. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice English pale ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts. Taste is bready malts, hops are present but in the background, some caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An amber beer from a twelve ounce can, this one has a full white head. The aroma is lightly malty...biscuit and bread, with a hint of hops. The taste is balanced, with a nice malt undertone and earthy, lightly fruity British hop flavors. Lightly hoppy, bitter finish. Dirnkable and enjoyable. This is a straightforward and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a JK beer -- DL likes it a lot!!!!! Very subtle , mild w/ a bit of a bitter bite at the end! (Try to say that 5x in a row after drinking 5 of these!). He wants to get it again.

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