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Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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83
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Double Barrel AleDouble Barrel Ale
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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3.67
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Photo of beersarang
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, almost gold with a tan head that is creamy but recedes into a thin collar and minimal lace. Frikkin clear.

Slight grains and hop aroma, not too prominent.

Firm slightly roasted malt profile, and a very nice grapefruit hop presence. Overall rather balanced and smooth tasting. Finishes a little sweet, as an amber should, with grains at the exhale. Very solid.

Lighter bodied, quite drinkable. A good standby that is available everywhere, a good crossover beer as well.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I would like to preface this review by stating that I think it's absurd for "drinkablility" to accout for only 10% of the overall ranking of a beer on this site. No matter how "over the hop" it may be, the purpose of every beer is to be drunk. I think that appearance and smell could both stand a demotion in favor of the ultimate characteristic of a great beer. Having gotten that off my chest, here goes...

Appearance: Fantastic color, beautiful brown to orange, thin head, low bubble activity. A little better head retention and we'd go higher.

Smell: Smells great, but weak. I can detect the oakiness, but that's about all. This may be due to the fact that I had a Stone 10th anniversary IPA earlier.

Taste: A singing synergy of the elements of a great session beer. The malt, the hop, and the sweet soft water enjoy a wonderful polygamus marriage.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying, utterly unsticky.

Drinkability: In my opinion, there is not a better session beer in the world. Not an attention hog, but goes great with almost anything. Much better than the tires. If there is a more versatile beer in existence, please tell me about it. A great choice for when you're hanging with friends whose company you enjoy, but whose taste in beer could use some fine-tuning.

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Photo of DM1293
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste - The hops are the first thing to hit you and then they immediately dissipate, leaving a lingering finish on the palate. There's no bitter aftertaste, so this Ale is all Bite and no Bark. Interestingly, as I got halfway through, the ale seemed to ease up on the sweet hoppy taste and pulled back into more of a malt taste.

Overall - Its a crisp refreshing brew thats strong, but very smooth and easy drinking. I wish there was a little more flavor to it, but its otherwise solid.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled on 1/28/13. I'm hoping it's not too old.

A: Pours a deep orange, crystal clear, with 1.5 fingers of off-white (orangeish) head from a vigorous pour. Head quickly dissipates do a thin, bubbly layer with just a little lacing left on the glass, but plenty of stickiness on the side leaving lacing as I drink.

S: I would never guess this an English Pale Ale, but the malts do have that aroma to them now that I look for it. The nose is dominated by sweet, sticky malt character... very little hopping. Definitely fruity. Malt leading into alcohol, and something else clean that I cannot recognize, perhaps from the yeast.

T: The taste follows the nose, hitting strong with lots of malty sweetness. Finish is nice and smooth with bitterness lingering after the sip has finished, but not too evident in the character of the beer. Pretty nice. A little much alcohol shows up for a 5abv beer, but this taste is malt-dominated. Not quite as hoppy as I'd like (not just as a hop-head, but for the style), but otherwise very nice.

M: Interesting, because this beer is very carbonated (maybe a little too much), but still coats the mouth and lingers with its stickiness (again, maybe a little too much). That said, the mouthfeel isn't bad, and the beer drinks quite well. In fact, I find the lingering stickiness making me want another sip pretty much immediately, so I'm probably going to put this pint away fast enough that I'll be opening another brew shortly.

O: A good beer. Not a great beer, but I'm definitely not sad I'm drinking this. While I don't tend to like many English Pale Ales (based on a small sample space), I'm finding this interpretation of the style to be enjoyable. Maybe a little on the sweet side for its own good, and the hop bitterness is left wanting for its style. Perhaps this is just a consequence of the 4-month-old bottle... I may have to revisit this fresher.

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Photo of Duster72
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with lots of ruby. One finger off-white head. Aroma is primarily malts with some carmel, fruits, and herbal hops. Taste is a relatively interesting blend of malts with some sweetness coming from fruits and carmel. Some oakiness and mild floral/herbal hops. Mouthfeel is on the light side which works well with the beer. Fine beer, nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Mustard
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date. $5.99/6 pack from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City. Enjoyed the double-barrel trademark book-ended by malt to the left and hops to the right.

Appearance: Pretty, maple-tinged ruddy-brown. Small, fine, short-lived head. Light lacing.

Aroma: Thick caramel malt.

Taste: Strong caramel back balanced (or perhaps underbalanced) by a mildly woody, floral hop-bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A whit thin. Light, fine carbonation.

Notes: A rare, malt-heavy APA. Enjoyable. A nice alternative to your standard hop-strong type.

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visiting southern California and had to try something local so I chose this at a little bar around the corner. Came out with a nice half inch head that lingered and laced pretty nicely. Deep red copper color. Smell was very malty and crisp. Taste full of barley and bready goodness. Mouthfeel is full and great drinkability.

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Photo of Jordan
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dissapointing experience in the least. Firestone "Double Barrel Ale" fails to reach its supposed high standards of artisanship. This brew is aged in 'Toasted Oak Barrels', and there is a definate woody flavor on the palate. However the thin body fails to accentuate the wood notes in a more pleasing way. This is good for change, but there remains much room for improvement.

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Photo of mattbk
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, brown, weak carbonation.
S: Light earth, mild caramel, that's about it.
T: Similar to aroma, earth, caramel, fruity esters but not unpleasant. A bit watery. Maybe the slightest hint of oak, which I may not have picked up had I not known the name. This is a fine, but fairly uninteresting ale.
M: The carbonation is medium, medium/medium-light body. Good for style.
O: A solid English pale ale, contains the minimum necessary components, but a bit thin and low on most characteristics. Drinkable, but not at all interesting.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

VERY little head - the beer itself, though, is a nice copper color with orange overtones. The aroma is full of malt, and is pleasant, although I expected more hoppy character to it. There is some toastiness as well as a nice full maltiness. The flavor is also dominated by maltiness, and has some of the same characte as the 'regular' pale ale, but this has more toastiness and seems to have a little bit more hop character. (both beers are not as hoppy as I expected but that's not necessarily a knock). The malt character seems both toasty, slightly caramelly, and also full-bodied as well (that kind of German, solid malt character that reminds you of sweet without actually being sweet). This was good, overall, and the malt character is delicious. Very drinkable - although not a hops showcase, that's OK.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass. The body is a nice caramel coppery color, perfectly clear with little carbonation bubbles rising through it. The head is a thin finger of just off white yellow sand in it, dissipates quickly leaving thick lacing and a thin film to top it.

The scent is well balanced between malty parts and hops tones. I detect the sweetness right off the bat, a caramel honey combination which invites you in. The hops are there to provide a floral scent, no fruit but some fresh plants definitely.

The flavor picks up on the malt more in my opinion. I get a nice toasted flavor in there, like wood chips thrown over a fire just until they turn a nice brown on the bottom. Biscuit also comes to mind, a sweet chewy one with some caramel spread on it. The hops are almost nonexistent in this profile, very background and again the floral plantlike impartation hits me.

The mouthfeel is good for a 5%-er, creamy and a nice drinkable not too thick and not too soft feel. Goes down smooth while still giving you a full flavor and full body

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH goblet.

Appears a brown orange with a finger head that subsides to a very thin creamy slick.

Smells boozy and malty. Not much hops encountered in this pale ale. A little surprised for a pale ake that more hops weren't detected.

Tastes a little woody and a bit of raisin. Some dry bready malt cones through.

Mouthfeel is nothing eventful and does t really change from beginning to end.

Overall a bit dissapointed in this. Very basic without and stand out characteristics. :(

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Photo of irrevjim
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a can to a beer tulip
look; transparent bronze, 1" off white head that reduces to a covering that stays, moderate lacing
smell; yeasty salty bread, roasty malt, some sugar
taste; roasted caramel, bitter with a sugar kick, rye bread
feel; medium bodied, moderate carbonation, maybe more than needed
overall; tasty full flavored ESBish ale

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Photo of Azurescens
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Mac & Jack's pint glass, reviewed on 4/15/11

A: Pours a clear golden amber with off white head with a good amount of lacing left around glass.

S: Sweet bready malt with a faint herbal grassy hop aroma.

T: Same malty bread taste from the smell, clean with some herbal hops to balance out the malt.

M: Average pale ale mouthfeel, light bodied, malt forward, crisp with good carbonation and finishes dry.

O: Decent pale ale, nothing to really complain about but nothing special either. Good drinkability, not something I will be buying in the near future, but I would definitely drink one if it is offered to me.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic Imperial pint glass (it seemed appropriate).

Appearance - Dark copper color. Great clarity. Moderate, off-white head. Big stickage. Nice.

Smell - Malt. Toasty.

Taste - Big malt flavor. Sweet. Toasty. Slightly bitter. Dry hop finish.

Mouth - Slick. Fizzy.

Overall - Why doesn't this beer have a higher BA rating? This beer reminds me, very much, of a quality English ESB. Highly chugable.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firestone DBA into Konigsbacher Pils glass

Perfectly clear gold with straw highlights. The head is two fingers and leaves nice clumps of lace.

Oak, cinnamon, pale malt, evergreen, earth.

Palette is oak barrel presence, pale malt, evergreen needle hop bite, caramel nuttiness, cinnamon sticks.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a medium carbonation.

A very easy drinking beer, one that makes a super session and shows that a beer doesn't have to be a sour or big stout to show improvement from hanging out in oak for a bit.

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Photo of intensify
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body consists of amber tones with a copper-like tint. Held a well built head which left retention like its no ones business.

S- Roasted malts, fire-cooked nuts, caramel and orange peel.

T- Biscuit, cracked pepper, passion fruit, caramel and malt. The juicyness of the fruit and the breadyness of the caramel and biscuit balance it well.

M- Medium bodied, dry finish and medium to high carbonation. However, the long lasting taste after a sip is very pleasing.

Another fine product from the boys and girls at Firestone. Add this to the highly sought after beers they produce.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is copper-red and pours a thin head with little carbonation. There isn't much of a smell-hops nor malt. Taste is mild with no hops to speak of and with little malt. Because the hops and the malt don't overwhelm you the mouthfeel is light to medium while drinkability is exceptional. This is an excellent beer to have around the house and sip while flipping burgers on the grill.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had alongside a lot of sushi. Came out in a pint glass, brown clear beer with only the thinnest head.

Picked up the slightest hint of hops on the nose, but mostly clean malt.

The beer tastes exactly as it smells, a smooth maltiness with the smallest turn of hops at the end. All in all, very enjoyable, but not complex in the least. Goes down smoothly, and could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

During my visit in AZ a Total Wine and more opened. Nice. During a three week visit I get to taste a lot of awesome beers otherwise not available in Europe.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Comes out clear dark golden amber. nice two finger head leaving some nice lacing.

It's light on the nose but still loads of stuff going on. Floral notes, caramel malts and some nice hop aroma.

Flavors on this one are great. Loads of malty goodness, a little sweetness and a nice amount of hop.

More carbonation present than in your average English Pale Ale. A decent full body with a neutral finish.

I loved this one. It was just what I was looking for at the moment I drank it. Having had a ton of aggresive West Coast IPA's this one really presented me the variation I was craving. Low ABV makes this a great session beer.

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Photo of snilsen13
1.68/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looks great, a nice dark amber. Very inviting, but its a trap.
This one smells like vomit.
Pinching my nose, it tastes mostly like sweet malts - caramel, etc., not too interesting. Add the vomit smell, it sucks.

Probably a bad batch, bottled 11/10/14, about 10 weeks ago.
Just reading others ratings and I find that I'm not alone. Maybe many bad batches but more likely just a crappy beer. Avoid.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt amber, decent head, light lacing.

Crisp hop front immediately dances with a strong malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, enhancing hop crispness.

A good hop profile for an English Pale yet still balanced. A beer I would come back to for a solid, decently flavored beer. When I think "ale", this is the type of beer I have in mind. Nothing special, just a good beer.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass and enjoyed! This brew poured a nice dark amber/copper color with a thin head that fizzled down quickly and left minimal lacing throughout the drinking.

Aroma was of sweet malts nicely balanced with some citrusy hops; reminded me of orange blossoms.

Bold sweet malt flavor, rendered bitter-sweet by the slight hop aftertaste. Mild alcohol presence throughout the drink.

Smooth mouthfeel, very well balanced with good carbonation that keeps this brew lively.

All in all, I would definitely have to say this is a good session beer; it has excellent flavor and an average abv making this perfect all night long or paired with some food.

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Photo of Foxtrot
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a very nice amber brown color with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly with some lacing

S - Smells of Oak barrels with the sweetness of caramel with some hops

T - Tasted as it smells. That it had lots of oak with some sweet malts, and a little earthy.

M - Decent on the mouth feel with a low carbonation.

D - I like this, really clean taste with dry oak finish.

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Photo of mnapier
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.
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