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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Photo of Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to pkeigs for sharing this one. Pours a mostly amber color with some slight haze. Off white head with ok retention that hid to the side of the glass. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is limited overall. Some grainy notes with a light kettle caramel backing. Some melanodian aromas. Some noticeable esters with more tropical fruits, plums, figs and pineapples. The yeast is surprisingly light with all the esters going on. Some astringency but I wonder if that is the woody aroma that others are getting.

The taste comes out more than the nose indicates. The malt comes out with a stronger caramel flavor with a light toasty flavor. A bit wispy, would have liked more depth. The esters back off a little compared to the nose, but still have some detectable fruity qualities. Some cherries, plums, figs and pineapple again. Also the yeast is smooth, helps with the drinkability. There is a boarder line peat notes on the backend. Some earthy hops are just barely detectable.

The body is moderate to light moderate. A bit wispy could use more body for sure. Interesting with the esters and the clean yeast flavors. To me this is closer to a Scottish than a US Red. The malt and hops just don't support.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Average looking amber coloured beer, small off white head. Lovelly aromas though, spicy,malty, fruity..floral. and woody.gorgeous. Mainlly malty ..semi sweet flavours, English leafy hop in the back and after taste, slightly toasty. Kinda thin on the palte..though thats not really a bad thing in this weather. Overall a nice English style plae ale..could be a good session if it lost 1% of its alcohol.

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Photo of sholland119
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bit of a disappointment, really. I picked up a sixer while out of town on business. We do not get Firestone Walker products here.

Pours a clear amber with a little bit of white head and no lacing.

Smells mildly of grainy malt with a faint hint of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is rather sweet but forgettable with little of the chocolate malt presence in the nose.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with good medium carbonation.

Drinkability is fine but I would choose another option if I had one. Not bad, not great.


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Photo of maximum12
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Donated by my most excellent compadre John after a beer tasting that I was out of town for.

Pours ambers with little head & some serious running carbonation. Smells is almost invisible to the nose; the barest hint of wood & malt.

Taste is kind of funky. I get the malty amberishness, just a bit of sawdusty wood, lots of watery thinness.

Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability? Not after this one. I may finish, I may shift to something more appealing.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First bottle, Average mouthfeel. Easy drinking,
An Amber? Not, an English Pale Ale, smells and tastes like one.
had again 3 1/3 years later and malty sugary taste, malty aroma. Need something hoppier. Good retained head of a quarter inch of white foam.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Andysr15 for the extra! Pours a light orange with a thin white head. A light amount of citrus hops on the nose. Decent hop flavor and very easy to drink. I get a slight bit of citrus hop bitterness on the tongue at first and it mellows pretty nicely with a sweet malty finish. Pretty good session brew.

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Photo of younger35
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this in San Luis Obispo at Sandy's Deli. The little dude that was working there was hilarious. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a reddish orange with a decent sized one finger bright white head. The head recedes fairly slowly leaving a spotty cap, fairly thin collar and pretty much no lacing.
Smell- Some soft malty sweetness upfront gives way to just a kiss of soft floral hops. A bit of toffee shows a bit more as it warms and the lilac like hops really shine. Fairly soft nose but pleasant none-the-less.
Taste- Much like the nose this thing is just soft and flavorful and delicious! Nice malty backbone that is somewhat biscuity and doughy. A small amount of sweetness is present but just enough to add a soft toffee aspect. The hops are fairly aggressive as well for a Red Ale. Some ripe juicy pineapple is present towards the end with a light lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Nice big body with a full feel and light carbonation.
Drinkability- Very easy drinking, nice flavorful brew. The malt and hop are in very nice balance and I thoroughly enjoyed this. I wish I could find a nice mild red around here that is as easy drinking as this brew.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber, poured into my trusty arrogant pint glass...

Clear copper, very light bubbles. Big frothy head made of big bubbles.

Aroma is light. Possibly a faint hint of fruit. Caramel for sure. Bread.

Unique flavor and luckily for me, I like it. Drank a few dogs lately. I taste tea. And something I want to compare to apple cider, but it isn't that. Not brimming with flavor, but nice. I'm trying to get a handle on the taste and the damn bomber is almost gone!

Refreshing, drinkable, sluggable. Very pale ale if you know what I mean.

If stouts or porters are referred to as coffee-beer, this puppy is definitely ice-tea-beer.

Overall: glad I tried it, went down oh too easy and I need to reach for another beer....

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Making my own sixer at Perfect Pour... Had read reviews and thought, "gee, I should add this one to my list." Didn't think much more of it until I pulled it from the fridge and poured it into a glass. Interesting clear amber with just a hint of (pink? copper?) color; small foamy head that left a hint of lacing along the way. Very slight malt and a hint of fruity hops in the nose, but the taste was extremely fresh and balanced. Nice, light carbonation and the malty body matched the subtle hops perfectly. No other (negative) flavors in the matrix; all in all, a very tasty, refreshing and exceedingly drinkable ale. I'd buy this again (in fact, I'll buy a full sixer this time). Great stuff.

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Photo of Brewlore
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brown, which yielded a decent somewhat frothy white head that stuck around a wee bit before forming a nice lacing. Amber in color with subtle reddish hues coming through in the light.

The scent is mainly malts. Caramel malts come through. It's actually pretty light in terms of aroma. I could not detect much. A bit of a disappointment actually.

Thankfully the taste is not similar to the lackluster aroma. Big malts on this one with a nice bitter backup from the hops. Slightly fruity and woody (should have just said oaky). Fairly grainy as well but the spicy hops balance that out. The malt flavor is quite toasty too.

On the palate this brew feels very nice. Lively carbonation with a medium body.

With an ABV of 5% this is surely a beer that's very drinkable and wont get you to lopsided (so to speak). This is not a "holy crap you've gotta try this" type brew but it's a solid one.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dident except much from this one when i poured it in to my glass, i wasent impresed with the color, or the faint sent it pordused but that all was quickley washed away when the first sip hit my lips. this has a hopy bite to it, way more than i thought would come from a 5% abv beer. all and all i would recomend this beer and will dirnk it agan if it ever crosses my path agan

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Photo of mnapier
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees farenheit. Service Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Purchased at John's Market July 27th, 2008

Appearance, is amber & clear with a medium to mild white foamy head that quickly dies out leaving apparitions of lace inside the glass.
The nose on this beer is very mild with a mix of floral, some spice, and a dash of caramel.
Sipping this I detect some mild earthiness, mellow sweetness, and some mellow roasted-ness.
Mouthfeel is mild to medium but overall a decent drink.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ive had this brew quite a few times on-tap as well as out of a bottle. it never really fails to serve. decent pour with very short lived head. subtle scent. nice flavor. great baseball brew. pair this up with a couple slices of pizza or a burger and some dogs and you have a winning combo. nowhere near the top shelf but i know that i can always depend on dba to come through for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass, picked up at the local Ralphs,

A: Pours amber with a small off-white head, looks like a typical pub pint.

S: Wood, oaky, caramel sweetness, molasses cookies, strong scent, lots of sugar.

T: Caramel and sugar form the main malt character with some pumpernickel bread, light toast. Has a definite mineral and carbonic acid character along with light lactic acidity I assume from the wood aging. Hops are grassy and herbal, a bit acrid at times, but do a good job to balance the malt.

M: Like the mouthfeel in this beer, light-bodied, can feel thin, but a like the mild acidity, gives an Old World flair to the ale.

D: Not a great beer, have had about 5 bombers of this beer in my life, some are malt bombs, some are drier, like the bottle I have here. Not a consistent beer, but brings something different every time you try it, quaffable, glad it exists, it is quite inexpensive. The bottle I'm having right now is probably the best I have had, tastes really fresh, would place it as an A-, but I'm trying to go overall with my experience with beer, so I have to rate it a little lower.

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a pretty deep reddish amber in color and a little hazy. Head is vanilla colored and about a finger and a half deep. It was quick to dissipate and left very little lacing on the glass. Very nice looking color nonetheless.

Smell: The nose is a bit of a disappointment. It's on the weak side of the spectrum. It is earthy, grainy, and features some spices and herbs. They're not strong enough to be identified, but are noteable enough to keep it above average. It is toasty and malty. Slightly sweet. Hops are not strong, but are present. They're mostly floral.

Taste: It is a little malty and sweet initially. Malts taste slightly toasted. It really has a strong earthy and grainy element to it. Perhaps a little spicy, but not much. Hops are clearly the headliner and show stealer. They're a little snappy and bitter, but I was not expecting the dramatic effect they'd have on the flavor. Don't get me wrong, it's not a strong hop bitterness, but rather a very interesting, lively component. It finishes a little sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one's light bodied and pretty smooth. Carbonation is active and makes it pretty crisp. It's pretty drinkable for what it is. I could easily drink more. But, I'd probably rather have something else if I had a choice. It's good, but not outstanding.

Double Barrel's a solid beer. I wasn't quite sure what to expect and am overall pretty pleased with it. The nose could stand some beefing up and the flavor profile could use a little more depth. But, it's a good beer as it is. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of brdc
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks wastrinkensie for this one. Large capped bottle.

It is a dark orange brew, with some nice red highlights, topped by a good sized white head that shows above average retention.
Aroma is hoppy, right from the start; not IPA hoppy, but more than your average amber ale hoppy, fruity and lively, along with some sweet malts, caramel and honey.
Medium bodied, refreshing but not light, with a well balanced taste, with sweet caramel tones and interspersing hoppy bitterness.
It is not a "wow" beer, but that is not what amber ales are supposed to be. It is a very weel crafted, tasty amber ale, well above the average and certainly worth a try. Significantly better than the score would lead you to believe, but it is probably because it lacks "wow" - if it had, it would not be an amber ale.

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Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, label as pictured above. Brought back from a trip to Dallas, found in a gas station beside the hotel. Looks pretty interesting.
Amber brown color, with a short off white head. Not alot of retention or lace which doesn't last too well. Nice aroma, caramel malt, earthy, woodsy. Strong malt flavor, caramel, brown sugar, but not overly sweet. Earthy hops in the finish. I found it to be really well balanced. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium body and carbonation, crisp finish. This is another good one.

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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 TheodorHerzl
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received from AndySR15

This beer pours a medium amber color, and it started with two fingers worth of head, but it quickly dissapated leaving a thin blanket of head for most of the beer. The nose isn't overpower, but I did get scents of toasted malt and caramel, and an ever so modest "grain" scent coming in as well. The flavor profile is quite well balanced between the sweet malt and a slight touch of bittering hops with secondary notes of oak, vanilla, bitter tea, and maybe even a little pine. The mouthfeel is a little watery for my liking with low carbonation, but the drinkability is really nice and sessionable at only 5%.

Pretty good session beer, but doesn't cross into the above average range.

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Photo of mhewes
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a copper color with a thin white head that disappears real quickly

S : Not too strong, some doughy, bready aromas along with caramel

T : A malty sweetness with a bitter hop finish

M : Creamy, smooth, good carbonation

D : Good flavor and easy to drink

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Roarmary's in Vegas. I believe that it was the manager that served me, and it was really nice that he knew quite a bit about the beer. I find out later that he is BJCP certified. Bonus!

Clear amber brown color. Some lacing but the head only lasts for the first minute or so.

A little of the wood, but it comes across as more like a scotch ale in the aroma than an Amber. Some evident sweetness also suggests a scotch ale. A bit more toasty notes noticeable as it warms.

The flavor is also mild with a clean malty profile. The wood is tame and again only reminds me of a scotch ale. Some sweetness to linger with only a mild floral contribution from the hops. As the beer warms a bit the wood is becomming more apparent.

This is a pretty good beer and I would drink it quite a bit if it were available in Texas. I don't think that it would do that great as an Amber in competition, but it drinks good.

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Photo of flexabull
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a clear dark gold color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are quite mild, some bread, dough, and lightly roasted grainy malts.

Taste is nice, mild, but flavorful enough. Flavors are slightly sweet, caramel, grain, brewed tea, light oak, and a bit of spice. Finish has a slight pine hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated.

Drinkability is this beers strong suit. It's very sessionable. Flavorful, but not overpowering or heavy, a pleasant beer to drink. I had 2, and could have easily had a couple more.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker- Double Barrel

A- Nice amber copper with a good billowy head. 1 ring lacing.
S- Bready grain malt, caramel, and earthy pine hops.
T- Smooth creamy caramel malt, fresh baked french bread grains, and a light touch of dry bitter pine hops in the end.
M- Smooth creamy malt throughout this 1. Slight dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- Malty, yet mild. A real easy drinker and a good session beer. My 1st from Firestone and a good at that!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Nugget Nectar glass

A: Deep amber with a thin tan head that recedes quickly. Fair amount of suspended particles in this one

S: Sweet, almost a jaggery sweetness with a faint hop presence. A combination of date, honey and palm sweetness is present in this one

T: Full, rich and complex flavors while remaining fairly light and easy to drink. Jaggery and dates dominate the flavor profile. There's a pleasant, mild woody bitterness before a lightly sweet and flavorful finish takes over

M: Full yet light and a pleasantly drying finish

D: I'd drink more!

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Hitching Post (from the movie Sideways).

Brown, burgandy, red all colors present in the pour. At 5% this is incredibly drinkable. Sweet malts, subdued hops here, so not too bitey. Like certain other brewers, Firestone has a certain trademark taste across almost all its beers and this one carried the same delicious taste. They're almost a sweeter, creamier taste for the beers they make.

Anyway, this was delicious, but not quite spectacular.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,739 ratings.
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