Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Photo of klikger
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Medium to dark amber, with a little white head, and quality lacing

S - Essentially the smell of a good brewery right after brewing a batch. Malty - not complex, but smells really good

T - Fresh barley, lightly roasted, with a touch of yeast. A touch of caramel as it warms. The finish is some mildly bitter hops.

M - Heavier than it needs to be, i.e., it should have more taste. Adequate carbonation.

D - A couple is easy enough, but there's no compelling reason to session this.

A nicely crafted ale, this is not distinctive enough to buy on a regular basis. There are far more beers at this price point with far more flavor.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish brown with a decent off white head. Malty smell and taste to this one. More so than expected. It's kinda caramel/vanilla like. Fairly full body. Nice and smooth. Goes down easy. This is a good stand alone session beer or I could definitely drink this one with a snack or even a meal.

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

Pours a deep amber with a one finger off white head. Aroma is caramel, toast, and floral, earthy hops. Taste is caramel, biscuit, floral, earthy, and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a very, very good bitter/english pale ale. Every sip leaves me wanting more, although I probably like this beer more than most. Just excellent.

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Photo of zshaft
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

looks nice amber in a snifter with minimal head. nose is malt forward with earthy scents prevelant. taste is earthy and floral up front giving way to some elderberry or some other berry I cant quite make. finishes with some aromatic bitters and fairly clean. im not a big fan of earthy hops but this beer is not to bad. fairlybalanced and sessionable this is anice offering from a quality brewery. would not seek out but worth a try.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass. 22 oz. bottle all to myself.

Pours a slightly hazy copper red/brown. Not really dark for a red but certainly on the dark size of an amber. Forced the pour towards the end and only got a 1/2 finger white head. Overall a very attractive beer.

Aroma leans toward sweet and malty with some hop spice.

First couple of sips come across thin. Consistent flavor with a clean finish. A well-done beer that lacks identity.

Updated because I struggled to finish the 22 oz bottle by myself. The lack of character made it less enjoyable during consumption.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been enjoying this brew for years. It was the first case I picked up upon returning to California (albeit a beer desert section of Cali, does such a thing exist? yes, yes it does).

Appearance is clear orange with copper depths and lemon edges. A few fingers of head forms but falls rather quickly. No lace to speak of. Aroma is very forward: lemon, black tea, and moist earth. An undercurrent of sweet malt gives a bit of body to the experience. No butter notes. Taste starts with a slightly bready, slightly caramel sweetness. Earthy character more prominent in the taste. A moderate bitterness that's well-balanced with the whole. Good body for the style, not too heavy with a surprising crispness. Carbonation is low for my American palette, but is probably over-boisterous by English standards.

An exceptionally drinkable session ale. It has enough complexity to warrant extended consideration but is friendly enough to share with macro-drinkers. I never get tired of this beer.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
2.46/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coppery brown color into my nonic with an off-white head that froths up to a proper size then dies slowly, over many sips, to a thin ring, leaving behind no lacing.

Smells are quick and extremely hard to define - there's just a little malty honey, but there are some seriously metallic scents that I just can't quite figure out. I think they must come from the hops, or the oak barrels, or something related thereto. Maybe a bit grassy - yep, smells like a hay bale or my uncle's barn.

The taste is equally hard to define, but its' very thin, and what's available to taste is somewhat unpleasant. A kind of metallic, brash flavor, almost like asparagus or raw vegetables - very coppery and one-sided. Not very balanced at all.

Mouthfeel has a reasonable amount of carbonation at first, which quickly dissappears and becomes very watery. Very thin for an ale.

This is drinkable in mad gulps, but it's just not living up to my standards. I really wouldn't even want to drink this with a meal. I had it at a friend's recommendation but wouldn't recommend it to another friend.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color into my pint glass. 1 finger head that slowly recedes. So far decent lacing.

Having a REAL hard time detecting ANYTHING on the nose.

Interesting taste. Biscuity malts, with a hint of hops at the end. A lot of yeast too. The beer is crystal clear and I didn't see any sediment in the bottle. I'm not sure why the yeast is so hugely present.

Slightly crist mouthfeel, but I feel it's over carbonated.

Eh fairly drinkable. I bought a 6 pack (on sale) so I'll finish it, but truly a poor representation of the style. England is much more fond of her Bitters than Pales, so you'd be hard pressed to find a proper English Pale in the first place whilst over there, but this tastes nothing like what I remember drinking while in the UK. I guess it's worth a shot.

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Photo of karait95
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange amber color a little light body can be seen or at least it seams so, very clear for an ale, with a relative big head on top at least 3 fingers that dissipates somehow quickly not leaving much behind.

S: The smell is somehow more simpler than complexer some hops can be felt more than the malt or the barley .

T: The hops are predominant all over the flavor as with the smell the tasting of malt is hidden or overcome due to the bitter of the hops.

M: A little bitter since the begging and becoming more every second it spend in your mouth, with a good medium lasting a little dry with relatively high bitterness.

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Photo of rtaps
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an amber with about a 1/2inch head that dissipates quickly leave minimal lacing.

smell is i think the weakest part of the beer not picking out too much, hoppy bitterness and maybe a little oak in the back round

taste is very malty, think im picking up mild hints of vanilla. and some caramel. dry, and medium bodies with good carbonation

overall its a good EPA. Nothing thats going to blow you away, but solid enough to go back to anytime.

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Photo of pjwilson
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an English style amber, not American one bit. well it's made here in pasa robles, CA. But still i really, really liked this one for an English style beer....and I;m not a big fan of the style because i usually get let down. Not here. This beer screams drink at cellar temp...not too cold for this one.
a: amber. but really nice lacing..cool
smell: that English yeast smell...and some good malts backing it up..nice
taste: for once that English yeast taste is in the beer but doesn't overpower. It blends with the English hops and smooth malty taste. Very smooth thought..the yeast provides more flavor than the hops on this one. but like I said there is a good balance.
mouthfeel: nice drinkability: good. this has session beer all over it....
I wish this were cheaper as it would make an excellent fall back sessioner. This compares to Bass but is better.

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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 RedBrewer83
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a clear amber with hints of ruby and a huge four finger creamy white head that falls very slowly and in large pockets leaving very sticky webbed lacing.

S: Fairly muted on the nose, do pick up some faint caramel malt and a hint of grain along with a faint hint of wood. For the style of English pale this is pretty spot on, just wish it were a little more pronounced.

T: The grain is very pronounced here, along with the yeast and a backdrop of wood this is a very earthy beer and yet very clean on the palate. Again a great food beer. These guys really seem to know pale ales.

M: Light, crisp and clean with a dry finish. Perfect food beer!

D: Super drinkable with the abv being only 5% and the mouthfeel being so clean.

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

g: Pint

a: Clear copper color, 1 finger soapy white head. Splashy lacing.

s: Citrus and floral hops up front. Slightly peppery. Caramel malt, light cracker. Lemon.

t: Very well-balanced. Perfect ratio of hops to malts. Consistent flavor throughout. Citrus, floral hops. Lemon up front then met quickly after by caramel malt creating a great blend. Finish is somewhat clean, not too much lingering flavor.

m: medium body and moderate carbonation

d: Great session beer. Lots of flavor, not too bitter.

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Photo of StoutFox
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

When you read something along the lines of Double Barrel anything you really are expecting some level complexity and I found this to be a bit watery and didn't do it for me.

Aroma: dry hops, bit malty, sour
Taste: malty, but generally hoppy and a bit thin

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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 wedgie9
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a super light and clear amber color with a thin but long lasting off-white head.

Aroma - The primary aromas are of malts. Brown sugar and cereal also come through. As the beer warms, a slight peach smell starts to come through.

Taste - The taste is a little fruitier with the peach coming through. It is a little malty, but overall underwhelming. Not much complexity but a nice bitter finish.

Palate - Very clean and bright. The carbonation average, just as I would expect.

Overall - This is a solid session beer, but not much beyond that. It does not have any of the complexity that I look for in a truly special beer.

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Photo of Aenema
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear copper with a thick, off-white head.
Smell - Floral hoppy notes dominate.
Taste - Biscuity & caramel malts with a honey sweetness and floral hops. Flavors are not persistent.
Mouthfeel - Rather highly carbonated, light body with a smooth, slick feel. Thin feel.
Drinkability - Sessionable, but not a beer I would want multiples of.

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Photo of foles
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably underrated given the expectation for this beer to be a hop driven american ale. However this is an authentic english style offering from Firestone Walker. Nice malt, tea like hops on the nose and palate - seems like EKG. A rounded english profile, firmly bitter, maybe some esters in there. Maybe a bit too dry? Either way this wouldn't be out of place on cask in England.

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Photo of ccg
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, cloudy orange. Finger and a half of dense foam.
Smell is sweet, caramely malt. Surprisingly sweet smelling.
I can taste a hint of hops, but it's mostly sweet, caramel malt flavor with some earthy and citrus notes. It's not what I was expecting, but it's interesting and different.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium carbonation and thickness.
Overall, I'm not really sure what to make of this one. I don't think I've had a beer quite like it before. The flavors are not the boldest, but they are pretty well balanced.

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Photo of dcook11
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An aggresive pour provides a thick, white, iceberg head about two and a half fingers deep. The beer itself is a dark honey/bronze color. Some small fine bubbles rise to the top of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S- Pine, citrus, oak, caramal malt, a touch of tropical fruit. More pine/caramel forward as cold, but as it warms oak dominates.

T- More oak than in the smell. Piney/resiney hops.

M- Dry, light bodied.

O- A great sessionable beer for those who enjoy oak and hop character at a lower abv.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i must admit -- mr first FW beer was Union Jack, followed by Abacus, followed by Double Jack. So, it is kind of hard to gear down for this one, AND steeped in the cornucopia of amazing, exotic and experimental beers you can get out there....

it's hard to gauge this beer fairly as an English Pale Ale for me. PALE ALE has been defined as SN Pale for me. BASS ALE... is well... bass ale, and english beer you mix with Guinness sometimes... for me the disappointment is in the

1. lack of a fresh hop profile,
2. a lagerish type feel, not really Ale like
3. lack of sweetness and overall....

too dry for the style. yes, i just said i am somewhat limited on the style... and now i am saying it is too dry.

POURS a light mahogany color with a little one finger head, IF you pour aggressively. then the lager type feel hits... SMELL is mostly of yeast and some malt. it is a pleasant aroma. but not exciting.

TASTE again is yeast, and dry malt... like maybe the bitterness is drying out the malt? crisp and dry... not sweet and effervescent. MOUTHFEEL is light. OVERALL this beer would not win me over to this brewery.

but considering i am sold on most of their other beers... i would recommend this to fans of the Style.

cheers!

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Photo of SethB2
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Red Robin in Yuba City.

Beer served in a liter sized mug. Deep transparent redish amber color with a very nice head on the mug. Smell was nothing great. Some hops and a slight amount of sweetness. Taste was similar. It reminded me of what a APA is when it misses the target. Mouthfeel was thin and watery to me. Drinkability isn't bad. It's a fairly non offensive brew, so throwing a few back wouldn't be too difficult.

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Photo of kmcnair
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. Pours a deep golden brown and makes a thin white head. Lots of cereal malt character in the nose, not much in the way of hops. Flavor is spicy and sharp, slightly bitter and has a syrupy-sweet malt character. Leaves a creamy coating in the mouth. Rather drinkable, overall above average for the style. I really wish the typical macro brew tasted like this.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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