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
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,756
Reviews:
779
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
486
For Trade:
4
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Photo of arlo19
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 jjd315
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kaunshelly
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 AMCPhD
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeLoynes
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 DubiousGopher
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Groenebeor
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 TheHopsman
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sephyrott
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

**
07/16/16
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.

Yuck.

**

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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 XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Bearshawks85
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,756 ratings.
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