Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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83
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2,750 Ratings
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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:
2,750
Reviews:
777
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
486
For Trade:
4
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up recently at Top Hops in New York. I never had this before and was hoping it would be as good as the Double Jack and the Union Jack. Unfortunately, this didn't quite measure up to those and almost didn't even seem like an English Pale Ale to me. Not a lot of hops to be found here and the malt profile was relatively recessed as well. There was enough carbonation to keep this light at least, as the flavors in this beer didn't last long between sips.

The pour to this was a light copper hue with enough head to be seen, although it didn't last long. Not a lot of lacing here either and the little that remained after each sip slid down the side of my pint glass before I got a chance to really appreciate it. Lots of floral and oak notes in the nose but no vanilla to be found there or in the taste. A hint of bourbon-like stickiness and booze was present here but never did this feel strong or aggressive. The hops were quite English in feel and the aftertaste had just a bit of metallic astringency to it. Since there was enough carbonation present from the pour onward, everything was scrubbed clean relatively quickly.

Sure, this qualified as a session beer but I couldn't see myself drinking more than one or two of these at a time. While not on the level or Fuller's, this beer was pretty easygoing and wouldn't offend anyone who would enjoy this style. Not oily, overly bitter, strong, cloying, or sticky, there was just enough bitterness here to remind me of what kind of beer this was, even if there wasn't anything particularly noteworthy or memorable about it.

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Date: 2/17/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Chalice

Appearance: Amber/Copperish color nearly see through. Light carbonation, no viscosity. A light ring of carbonation remains throughout.

Aromatics: A floral smell hits along with a bready/carmel smell.

Flavor: A very light airy flavor with that dry carmalized flavor.

Finish: Light the carbonation stays on the tongue. With the Carmel staying on my tongue and the hops on my breath.

Notes: Bottled 1/09/14 12:10pm

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/11/2013 printed on the front label. A new beer to me from Firestone Walker, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. It's been a while since I last had one of their beers, but my expectations are moderate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a brassy orange with good clarity and lots of bubbles rushing topside. Two fingers of thick sudsy off-white head with good staying power.

S - Smell is pretty faint. A bit of English / caramel / amber malts, green apples, yeast must, a hint of citrus, and mild soapiness.

T - Taste is of good clean English / amber / pale maltiness, a bit of graininess / huskiness, light nuttiness, some bitter earthy hop presence, and sticky green apple. Hint of toasted brown bread.

M - Feel is crisp, sticky, and lightly bitter. Earthy herbal hoppiness, and lots of bready malt on the finish. Light-bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, it was okay for what it was, and a decent example of the style. I would be very interested to see what the more amped up versions of this beer are like. A standard, enjoyable offering from Firestone Walker, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale ---3.5/5

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,750 ratings.
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