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 champ103
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A dense two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Near perfect lacing. This is a looker.
S: Bread, caramel malt. A bit of honey sweetness. Floral, piny hops. The wood is most apparent in the nose. Very nice.
T: A nice malty sweetness. Caramel malt, bread and biscuit. Some faint fruity flavors going on with light apples. A light hoppness as well. Floral, gassy, piny, citrus flavors with a lingering dryness. Excellent balance, and very nice.
M/D: A medium body and near perfect carbonation. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. After the initial sweetness, this finishes with a dry bite. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

I love this. The barrel treatment is so delicate, but works very well. Almost like a Burton Ale. Really, an excellent example of a Bitter or English Pale Ale. I would love to try this on cask. As is, still excellent.

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Photo of jplopez21
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Joshpu
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Buttermilk
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Vigilante
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lokieman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Therisse
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of 04beerguy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper with lots of bubbles and one-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted a minute or two. Okay lacing.

S: Bread, caramel malt, and light citrus.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Biscuit, caramel malt, and light hops. Matches the nose pretty well.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: The head and lacing were disappointing, but this beer was very drinkable. Nice taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of cjw333
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rodlavers
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/27/12, poured into a snifter for review. Super light tan, nearly white, head tops out at about 2 fingers, but rather quickly recedes to a thin layer of white lace which sits as a top layer on the surface of the beer. There is some lacing on glass. The color of the beer is wood brown, with lots of red as well, nice and clear too. I have to say DBA looks fantastic.

Mostly bitter aromas up front, not much oak or wood or anything like that. I do get very light notes of vanilla, maybe some toffee or caramel and malt. It's pretty complex, but overall the aroma is not terribly enticing or energizing. Not bad, just not great.

The flavors in DBA are similar to the aromas, but much more complex, which results in a sweet blend of light vanilla, toffee, caramel and wood flavors of oak. It's nicely balanced, and certainly opens up as it warms up.

Feels smooth, but carbonated and textured. Very unique I'd say.

Overall, this beer is well-balanced but not forceful in aroma or flavor. It's a nice alternative, and like I said above, unique. Worth a try, for sure. Wonder how this compared to other Barrel Aged varieties by Firestone Walker. Cheers.

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Photo of AaronBurr
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an perfectly transparent but extremely carbonated amber color with nearly no head. Aroma is slightly sweet and rich. Toffee, but neither hops nor barrels. Flavor brings out classic English bitter/ale flavors and a really nicely rounded touch of oak. Definitely crisp in the finish. Overall this is a superbly balanced ale and if you've got any affinity for English style ale this is a great choice -- if you can forgive the carbonation, which in the case of this 22 is too high for the style. I bet it would be something on cask though.

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Photo of Kwak78
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MASPuros
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of RudnicsMEB
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Auracom
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. purchase from MSCM. All 12 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on February 8th, 2013.

A -Fantastically clear, deep ruby amber coloring. Frothy soft white head. Good lacing. I could drink this one through a camera, that's for damn sure.

S - Bready, light oak, crystal sugar, stone fruit, very soft banana-like yeast.

T - White bread galore. Surprisingly unclean, almost danky hop notes. Light almond and honey.

M - Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, lightly dry finish. Very clean overall.

D - Not as good as I'd hoped. I wish there was a stronger pine or grapefruit note to offset the dominant bready malt character. I'm a bit surprised that the oak doesn't shine through so strongly.

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Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of sweemzander
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a deep amber color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention and good lacing left behind.

(S)- Quite the spicy array of piney hop and very very bitter smelling rye/carraway. Almost smells like sawdust too.

(T)- Similar to the smell in that combo of pine needle and spicy rye. Some subtle citrus behind a rather large caramel-like malt sweetness.

(M)- A solid carbonation level. A good balance, but perhaps too bold in how spicy it is showing with the rye. This only increases as it warms.

(O)- Its ok. In the sea of hoppy themed beers, this one gets lost in the tide for me.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,748 ratings.
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