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Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
758
Ratings:
2,493
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
20.65%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
375
For Trade:
4
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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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Photo of mikereaser
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a murky nut brown with no foam to speak of

S - a bit of fruit aromas, grapefruit maybe, and some sweet malt too

T - mild tasting, slight orange or grapefruit and corriander and some smooth malts

M/D - nicely balanced and carbonated beer, easy to drink and would be a nice summer beer

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Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey apricot colored with an inch high head of thick and dimpled light beige foam.

Aroma of bready malt, sweet and nutty, a hint of caramel.

Initial flavor of light malt, strong tea flavor, woody but not overly oaky. Some caramel malt sweetness, with a delicate hop bitterness. Mild oak flavor lingers.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, very sessionable.

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Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber (stamped 10/1/09) poured into my Meantime snifter, Double Barrel Ale is clear pale bronze with a frothy off-white head that leaves bubbly lace

Smell is pretty light, apricot English ale esters, some doughiness. Nice hint of minty, herbal hops come through as it warms from the fridge serving temp.

Taste is pretty good, on the sweeter side of the malt with a bit of citric orange from the hops, herbal tea like, contributing very little bitterness. Not bad, reminds me of a proper English mild.

Mouthfeel is sharp and dry, with a spicy, salty finish, medium bodied, probably from the oak tannins more then anything else.

Drinkability is OK, not really my style of amber. The first time I had this on draught, I was supremely disappointed, as it was my first Firestone Walker, and I knew it was their flagship. This bottle seems tastier then my draft experiences, but still, it doesn't really excite me too much. Something about it seems a bit much for sessioning...

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear amber color with a relatively small off white with average retention. There is a little bit of lacing.
AROMA:
Light aroma of biscuit like malts and caramel.
TASTE:
Lightly toasted malts with a light caramel sweetness that is balanced with a little woody bitterness that must come from the barrels. There is also a hint of smokiness.
MOUTHFEEL
Light to medium body with a relatively dry texture. Light fizzy carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Very drinkable but needs a little more flavor to make it interesting. The dry finish also means it is not thirst quenching.
NOTES: BBCSD-0812

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Orange amber color. Very clear. After a ultra aggressive pour, one and a half fingers of off-white head. Head is really dense with average retention. Lots of lacing.

4.0 S: A bit of citrus and a lot of some really nice smelling, unidentifiable fruit. Fresh and clean, awesome.

4.5 T: WOW! This is the best amber ale I've ever had. The wood barrel comes through in the taste, but isn't overwhelming like in OAB. The taste isn't all that unique, but it's perfectly balanced. The hop profile is very good. Just a bit of bitterness, but a lot of herbal and slightly citrusy flavor. The malts are very smooth with no unwanted flavors. A little more bitterness would have pushed this beer to perfect.

3.5 M: Medium body. Creamy, but undercarbonated.

4.5 D: I could drink this all night.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from a whole sixer (just so i know i've gotten it right!) Pours a nice clear amber with good strong redness and a nice white puffy head. Smells of sweet biscuity malt and light green hops. Flavor is very smooth, with just a bit of bitterness on the finish. Mild caramel sweetness and hop flavor mix well together. Extremely smooth drinker, medium bodied for the style. Drinks very easily and tasty to boot.

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Photo of mcallister
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahagony color with a white head that leaves a very thick lace that coats the entire glass. Great lace retention.

Sweet toffee malts at the forefront. Hints of herbal tea, and a slight hopping. Not much else I can smell.

More tea flavors and just malt driven. Some woodsy notes and a light date character. Hops are floral and nature and not very driven. RS is around 2% I'd say and could use a little more balance. Otherwise very drinkable with light carbonation.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the brews sent to me by Wasatch in our recent trade, thanks John.

American Amber/red ale? I would have guessed an English or American Pale Ale.

Copper colored body with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles moving around. About a finger and a half of off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice rings and sheets of lacing on the side of my glass.

There is not a huge aroma on this one. Mostly biscuity malt coupled with just a touch of hop aroma.

The taste of this beer is considerably hoppier than the aroma. The main hop characteristic is fruity, english hops. Fruity without a lot of bitterness. The standard bitter, grapefruit flavors comes through also though. The biscuity malt of the aroma is present here too. Finishes with an earthy flavor.

Medium bodied and carbonation, maybe a little thicker or heavier than I would have expected Rather oily mouthfeel, espcially after swallowing.

A pretty decent beer overall, something that is ok in the drinkability category.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

trade via barleywinefiend

I've never had Firestone Walker before and I can't help wonder who would win in a fight: the lion or the bear? Normally I'd take a bear but the lion seems to be a giant lion and I think a giant lion would beat a regular bear. Discuss.

See-through amber color with a medium white head. Good retention and some lace. Smells like fall fruit and bready malt.

Tastes very clean. Mainly tastes of toasty biscuit malt hints on oakiness. Low carbonation and very subtle flavors typical of English inspired ales. That said it's subtle almost to the point of boring. Though I'd like to see more flavor, the sublety and cleanliness of this brew give it high drinkability.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EinWeizenbitte for this extra.

Pours a clear amber color with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing for the most part. Smells of caramel, bready malts, fruit, and floral hops. Tastes of caramel and bread with a touch of vanilla. Light earthy hops kick perk up in the end along with a fruity finish of grapes. Medium/medium-light in body with average carbonation. Sweet and bready with a semi-dry crisp finish. An all right amber ale but could use a little more hop presence, seemed very overshadowed by the malt.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured with minimal head that disappeared almost immediately. What lacing there was, was very nice and sticky. No big upfront aromas. Just a twinge of hop bite at the finish. Good full body. Very drinkable. This would be an excellent session beer. If you were stuck inside all day, this would be a wonderful companion.

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

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma is malty with just a slight hint of wood. Color is a clear amber, very deep orange with a half inch beige head. I get malt then a little oak, followed by earthy hops and then a little chocolate and a touch of roast in the back. A little lingering malt in the finish with out being sweet. There is so much going on in this beer. I really enjoy it.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear, bright amber body with thin, creamy, white cap. Spotty lacing is left along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Caramel, melted butter, bready yeast, and oak. It's hard to explain, but the smell of DBA is just very unique and very enjoyable. Maybe I'm just a homer.

Taste: Similar to the smell, with warm buttery bread and caramel jumping out first and mildly hoppy finish. Oak can be found throughout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a crisp, clean finish. Carbonation produces a minor nip, and is pretty low for the style. Light-medium body.

Drinkability: My go-to amber (even though it's actually an English pale ale). The flavor is simple and delicious, and the body is light enough to allow you to drink as many as you'd like. I think FW really excels in this category with all of their beers.

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

Bomber. Pours amber with a medium tan head. Aroma of malts, yeast, and oak. The taste is awful. The only thing I can compare it to is armpit sweat. Yeasty, stinky, armpit sweat. To add insult to injury, this bottle costs over $10. Damn you, Firestone.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours slightly hazed copperish amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a wide patch mid-way though, with some lacing sliding down the glass.

The smell is of citrus/grapefruit with light roasted caramel.

The taste is of lightly roasted caramel, some nuttiness with a citric/leafy/herbal, slightly piney hop presence. Pretty evenly balanced, though leaning malty sweet with a bitterish touch and dry-ish finish.

It has a pretty chewy, medium body.

It has a nice amber-style maltiness with a hop presence more noticeable in taste than in bitterness. Not necessarily "complex", but an enjoyable, "sessionable" amber.

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

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a fine beige head that left some bits of lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet malty flavor with a very light touch of bitterness and wood on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a thin feel.

D - it was easy to drink but I've had better.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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 beachbum1975
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much of what makes me a beer fan is the opportunity to meet and trade with great people on this website. I was fortune enough to trade for a Firestone Walker 11th Anniversary EinWeizenbitte for some local brews and he was kind enough to send me a sampler pack of 4 of Firestone Walker's offerings as extras! EinWeizenbitte is a truly generous beer advocate. This one's for you!

A: No freshness date on this gorgeous 12 ounce brown bottle. I love the bear and lion attempting to keep the DBA balanced in the center of this classy label. Much like the picture on the label, this pours a beautifully clear ruddy copper with a great, creamy ½ off-white head. This is a thing of beauty to look at and a great example for its' style.

S: Lightly toasted malts, sweet grains and traces of floral hops.

T/M: Much lighter than I was expecting for being a double barreled ale. To me, a name like DBA implies rich flavors slamming your palate, especially with this being a West Coast beer. Instead the beer was gently blended in a very subtle manner. The taste was much like the nose - sweet malts with light floral hops. Slightly bitter in the middle, as well. It almost reminded me of Fat Tire. This is a light bodied, medium flavored beer with ample carbonation. Mouthfeel was slightly smooth and velvety. Very nice.

D: I really enjoyed this one. For its' style, it's quite easy to drink and the high carbonation helped.

I can't wait to try the other FW's now!

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Photo of mattffrost
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance - Beer is a clear copper color. Very little carbonation that does not last to long. Head is a off white colr. I would say a nice looking beer but in my opinion needs better lacing.

Smell - Some sweet malt smell. I smell a citrus hops smell as well. Nothing really profound.

Taste - Starts off a little fruity and finishes just a little bitter. A hint of some sort of floral taste.

Mouthfeel - Beer is very smooth on the palete with little carbonation. I would say light body compared to other Red Ale's?

Drinkability - Very easy to drink with its light body and smooth character.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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