Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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752
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3.68
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20.65%
 
 
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Photo of nelson4
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a- Poured to a nice clear amber/red
s- very heavy malty smell that reminds me of what it smells like when I am homebrewing. Too often, smell gets associated with hops. This has a great aroma.
t- Good malty taste, low on hops/bitterness but not to a fault. Flavor has slight caramel taste.
m- a little heavy on the carbonation, but overall nice feel.
d- This is where this beer stands out. I have had it on multiple occasions and it always seems to taste better on a hot summer day.
Overall a great example of a beer to watch a game with. Not something to cherish, but rather something to share.

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Photo of nkersten
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from our long awaited acquiring of Firestone beers in Washington. Appearance is a hazelnut brown with a small head fading to just beer. Smell is malty and sweet, a slight amount of ale yeast. Taste is good malty sweetness with a good hop backbone, but nothing overpowering. Mouth feel is slightly coating but leaves me anticipating the next sip. Overall drinkability is good for a brown ale. If I had bought two of these I would have drank two of these.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops. About equal in portion or so my nose says.

The taste mimics the nose but...the flavours don't quite mesh to my palate. It's as if the malt and hops are battling rather than working in unison. A noticeable amount of bread doesn't seem to help at all.

Good medium to medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation, it finishes decidedly sweet and bready. I know this is an English Pale Ale so it should be malt dominated but it just isn't working for me but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of Sutardja
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at a sports bar before my dinner. The first thing I noticed about the beer was the subtle fruity aroma coming from it's translucent, amber body. The flavor combined a complementary balance of fruit and malty breadiness that was well balanced by the subtle hop character. The only problem was that these flavors weren't strong enough to keep the beer interesting to drink. Carbonation was medium, but suited the character of the beer. The careful balance of good flavors and the lack of any offensive flavors makes this beer extremely drinkable. I would definitely recommend it for a session beer.

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

Glad to finally have Firestone available here. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a clear amber color with around a finger of off white foam. No lacing to speak of. nose and flavor are a tad sweet, malty, earthy hops, a bit of citrus. Just about medium bodied and amply carbonated for an amber ale. Worth a try if it's available in your area.

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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 birdypowder
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is highly drinkable yet complex. I kept finding new aromas and flavors every few sips, inviting me back to explore further this tasty well balanced ale.

Aroma:
Caramel greets you first, after which you are introduced to the much more shy personalities of citrus, vanilla and some floral hop notes.

Appearance:
Held to the light, Double Barrel Ale glows a radiant orange copper. When sitting patiently on its coaster away from the light DBA turns to star bright amber. Off-white head doesn't last too long and there is no lacing, however I believe my glass wasn't properly cleaned based on what other reviewers said about the head and lacing.

Taste:
Caramel sweetness, mild bitterness, a slight woody taste and hints of apricots. Aftertaste leaves a very mild bitterness just long enough to detect.

Mouthfeel/Body:
Medium bodied leaning towards fullness.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear amber orange color. This white foamy head. Poor retention but decent lacing.

S - Smells primarily of toasted bread. Hints of an earthy hoppiness as well. Overall somewhat dull malt aroma dominates.

T - Bready sweetness initially. Tastes of fresh baked yeast bread. Rather sweet. A light earthy hoppiness provides some balance. Finishes with a bitter sweet mix.

M/D - On the light side of medium bodied. Very crisp and easy drinking. An excellent sessionable beer. Nothing too extravagant about it.

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Photo of DijonKetchup
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A standard here on the Central Coast, now my thoughts.

Poured into a pint glass. Nice head retention, sticks like glue on the glass. Aroma is OK, but I was expecting more - maybe a bit warmer I would get more - this is after out of the fridge and 10 min. wait. Nice toasted grain aroma, maybe a bit of dried fruits. Taste is excellent, malty, buscuity and honey, well carbonated. Very nice session beer and this beer probably is so excellent due to the huge turnover and freshness of being local.

Huge gateway beer, great color and taste. Always a winner, Firestone knows their business.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd heard a lot about Firestone Walker, but this was the first bottle I'd seen in Washington State. It poured out in polished amber yielding a light breadcrust aroma and a simple English design that caught me off guard. It's definitely not the hopped up American amber ale I might have expected. Instead, it would seem to derive most of its flavor from the caramel component of Marris Otter malts. There's also a bit of honey biscuit that's similarly appealing in the English tradition.

It's not difficult to fault this beer for being a bit austere and undramatic. But it's also very clean, sessionable and English traditional.

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Photo of 0110x011
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light amber/copper with a full, thick rocky head. Major stying power on the head. Lacing is a bit spotty, but a damn pretty beer.

S - major toasted grain and bread to start. Caramel sweetness and mild herbal hops follow.

T - Sweet caramel first, then the cracker breadyness comes across. Noble hops are faint, but play into the profile well.

M - Medium carbonation & medium-light body. Finish is off-dry & fairly quick.

D - Sessionable for sure. The third is as enjoyable as the first.

One of my new favorite session beers. Firestone never ceases to impress me.

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Photo of Cresant
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was a bright copper color and clear of sediment. The foamy, khaki head rose to about two fingers.

Smell was clean and malty. Syrup. Metal?

Taste was fruits and malts. Pleasant, non-offensive. I had hoped for more hops, but I always do. Solid but not wow.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium, body and carbonation.

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Photo of mempath
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours nice and heady, with good chunky lacing...deep-bright clear amber/orange marmalade. head diminishes pretty quickly, but maintains a good 1/4 inch as the lacing itself gfades out a bit, too.

nice malty character jumps out without being overbearing...some caramel and even light molasses. finally some yeasty bready notes arrive.

wow. better than i expected. no, this isn't amber in a Nugget Nectar way...but it's got a nice balance and delay factor going on...the malts are out front followed by a nice, LOW level but everpresent hoppy-sourness. i almost think this is an english pale swingin' its arms...between that and a traditional IPA (and a little more)...very interesting and glad my brother got me the 6-pack (part of a nice birthday haul).

mouthfeel helps reveal a nice hoppy finish in the back of the mouth and roof...not thin nor thick...very sessionable...sort of a less thin yuengling lager with a little more snap. at 5% ABV you can enjoy quite a few of these in a sitting.

noting that as it warms a bit on this overcast but warming spring day, the hop presence continues to assert. nothing suggesting dry-hopped explosions at all, but nice for an amber ale. recommended!

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Photo of waltonc
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice looking filtered amber color with white head.
S: Not a very complex beer - I sniff and detect slightly sweet maltiness.
T: Very malty, faint hint of floral hops, maybe a pinch of honey.
M: Light/medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.
D: Very good every day drinking beer. I've had one of these each night for the past three nights and can't complain. A good cheap alternative to all the crazy expensive stuff for sale in California these days.

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Photo of deanhead
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a nice lace to the head. Stayed with the beer for the entire trip down my gullet.
Aroma is slightly buttery and bread-like. Buttery taste I'd bet there are definitely EKG hops in here.
Hint of diacetyl, Light bodied and easy drinking ale.
Nice example of the style.

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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 brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a thick head; excellent retention and it dots the glass

Smell: Biscuity malt aroma with some tea-like hop elements

Taste: Opens with plenty of biscuity malt flavor that is joined by the tea-like earthy hop elements at mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors tend to fade to neutral

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not particularly memorable

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks goes out to Wasatch for this one in a trade. 12 oz single.

A: Slightly hazy, brown/amber, really honey colored, about a 1/4 of white head showed up, but but quickly disappeared into nothing. No lacing to speak of.

S: Honey, musty malt/wet smell, quite malty smelling. Can't really pull much out of it other than that.

T: Honey and caramel, big time on the honey flavors, they really linger on this one, faint hop bitterness at the end, too faint to really place it, slightly sulfur taste to it. Really a flavorful beer, much more so than the nose leads one to think.

M: Medium thickness, nice carbonation, dry finish for the most part. Honey flavor really lingers in the mouth.

D: I'd drink quite a few of these in a sitting. I'd really like to try it on tap. Tasty beer. I'm starting to like and appreciate ambers again, I've really neglected the style for a while. There are some pretty tasty ones out there. Thanks John!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received courtesy of breity in a recent trade. Thanks much!

Pours a translucent orange with a decent inch-think head on top. Recedes pretty quickly and leaves little spotty lacing. Weak. Smell is a little on the weak side as well. Some biscuity malt scent, some faint hops, and some vegetable scent in there as well. Not sure if my slightly stuffed up nose is hindering this, but oh well. Unimpressive.

Packs a bit of flavor in here though. Is this really supposed to be an Amber Ale? Tastes more like a Pale Ale. Some mild hop kick backed up by decent balancing sweet malt. Aftertaste is a little like corn. Good mouthfeel. Crisp, yet smooth. I could drink a few of these. Let's correct the style though, shall we? The bottle itself even says Pale Ale.

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Photo of bbothen
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a small 1 finger deep off white head.

Light caramel aroma and some faint citrus hops.

Sweet, but light, caramel maltiness, faint citrus & floral hoppiness, some nutiness. All flavors quite subdued.

Smooth, light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet.

User friendly easy drinking middle of the road amber. Better than lots examples of an American Amber. Your friend that thinks Fat Tire is high end will like this. Nothing wrong with that.

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

Here is a solid pale ale from the folks down the road from me at Firestone Walker. I've had in both bottles and on tap. It's actually a little fizzy, but it pours a deep mahogany color, with a little lacing on the glass. Slight aroma of malt and a woody, smokey note. The taste is a straightforward combination of caramel malt with a oak note, and maybe a little smokey earthiness in there. It's more malty than hoppy, with a little grassy hop bitterness at the finish. Some heft in the mouthfeel, and while it looks fizzy, the carbonation level is A-OK. Really went well with my burger, and I expect this to pair well with a lot of foods.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - light amber with a thin head that stayed on top of the beer for the entire duration. Nice lacing for the style.

S - C hop aromas with toasted malt and some sweetness.

T - Very flavorful! A little bit of C hops with toasted and carmel malts.

M - A little thin. I wish this beer had just a touch more body.

D - I love Session beers and this is definately one of them to keep.

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Overall a great session beer with a Belgian quality to it - there is a slight floral aroma and flavor to it. Looks great with a dark amber color and good head retention. Smell is light, again with floral undertones and the taste follows. I could drink many of these if it were more my style of beer, but seems a bit light so pretty much 'one and done' for me. Now the 'Double' DBA... that's a whole different story.

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

The label is different than the picture here, should be the same thing 5.0% Firestone DBA (bomber).

Pours a lively light brownish copper color with a minimal off white head and lacing.

A bready caramel malt smell

Sweet caramel malt taste with a hint of oak flavor.

Medium to light bodied and slightly resiny with a tea finish.

The hint of oak or tea finish slows down the session.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a murky, brown orange color with a very small white head that leaves almost immediately.

Aroma is mostly biscuit and bread. Sweet and caramel aromas. Fruity as well.

Caramel malt with plenty of fruitiness and more biscuit and bread. Not a touch of hops but the beer isnt overly sweet; fairly balanced.

Average beer. Nothing really stands out but nothing is glaringly wrong. Ehhh...

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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