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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:
2,492
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
20.65%
 
 
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89
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375
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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received from AndySR15

This beer pours a medium amber color, and it started with two fingers worth of head, but it quickly dissapated leaving a thin blanket of head for most of the beer. The nose isn't overpower, but I did get scents of toasted malt and caramel, and an ever so modest "grain" scent coming in as well. The flavor profile is quite well balanced between the sweet malt and a slight touch of bittering hops with secondary notes of oak, vanilla, bitter tea, and maybe even a little pine. The mouthfeel is a little watery for my liking with low carbonation, but the drinkability is really nice and sessionable at only 5%.

Pretty good session beer, but doesn't cross into the above average range.

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Photo of mhewes
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a copper color with a thin white head that disappears real quickly

S : Not too strong, some doughy, bready aromas along with caramel

T : A malty sweetness with a bitter hop finish

M : Creamy, smooth, good carbonation

D : Good flavor and easy to drink

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Roarmary's in Vegas. I believe that it was the manager that served me, and it was really nice that he knew quite a bit about the beer. I find out later that he is BJCP certified. Bonus!

Clear amber brown color. Some lacing but the head only lasts for the first minute or so.

A little of the wood, but it comes across as more like a scotch ale in the aroma than an Amber. Some evident sweetness also suggests a scotch ale. A bit more toasty notes noticeable as it warms.

The flavor is also mild with a clean malty profile. The wood is tame and again only reminds me of a scotch ale. Some sweetness to linger with only a mild floral contribution from the hops. As the beer warms a bit the wood is becomming more apparent.

This is a pretty good beer and I would drink it quite a bit if it were available in Texas. I don't think that it would do that great as an Amber in competition, but it drinks good.

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Photo of flexabull
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a clear dark gold color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are quite mild, some bread, dough, and lightly roasted grainy malts.

Taste is nice, mild, but flavorful enough. Flavors are slightly sweet, caramel, grain, brewed tea, light oak, and a bit of spice. Finish has a slight pine hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated.

Drinkability is this beers strong suit. It's very sessionable. Flavorful, but not overpowering or heavy, a pleasant beer to drink. I had 2, and could have easily had a couple more.

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

Firestone Walker- Double Barrel

A- Nice amber copper with a good billowy head. 1 ring lacing.
S- Bready grain malt, caramel, and earthy pine hops.
T- Smooth creamy caramel malt, fresh baked french bread grains, and a light touch of dry bitter pine hops in the end.
M- Smooth creamy malt throughout this 1. Slight dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- Malty, yet mild. A real easy drinker and a good session beer. My 1st from Firestone and a good at that!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Nugget Nectar glass

A: Deep amber with a thin tan head that recedes quickly. Fair amount of suspended particles in this one

S: Sweet, almost a jaggery sweetness with a faint hop presence. A combination of date, honey and palm sweetness is present in this one

T: Full, rich and complex flavors while remaining fairly light and easy to drink. Jaggery and dates dominate the flavor profile. There's a pleasant, mild woody bitterness before a lightly sweet and flavorful finish takes over

M: Full yet light and a pleasantly drying finish

D: I'd drink more!

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Hitching Post (from the movie Sideways).

Brown, burgandy, red all colors present in the pour. At 5% this is incredibly drinkable. Sweet malts, subdued hops here, so not too bitey. Like certain other brewers, Firestone has a certain trademark taste across almost all its beers and this one carried the same delicious taste. They're almost a sweeter, creamier taste for the beers they make.

Anyway, this was delicious, but not quite spectacular.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a crystal clear copper, with a small head. The smell is slightly honey-like, with a little malt sneaking through as it opens in the glass. The flavor is bready and malty with some grassy hops and a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin. This is a decent session beer, but not one to turn your head.

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Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very clear and glimmering golden amber. A finger of soft off-white head devolves in no time to nebulous froth. Strings of lacing twine the inside of the glass.

The aroma is mellow with toasted malt, caramel, and a distant fruit note. A muted hops presence is gently spicy and displays just a touch of citrus.

Upon tasting, the malt is lightly toasty and mildly sweet with caramel and earthy berry. The hops are slightly spicy and credibly citrus, not to mention very crisp in nature. Some residual grain and a dollop of peach are dried by a lingering but mitigated bitter finish. It's subtle, and subtly good.

Light bodied, the flow and ebb are ably leveled and the mellow presence is very homey.

It's mild, subtle, balanced, and crafted. Everything about it simply screams, or rather whispers, session, but in a low-key, well-behaved manner. It's the potato chip of beers- you can't have just one, unless that's all you have on hand, of course. Nicely drinkable and eminently refreshing, it's a fresh, clean experience. Thank you sir, may I have another?

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Photo of tmitch75
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright orange color with about 1/4" of white head.

Fruity sweet smell with floral citrusy hops.

Malty sweetness with toffee followed by citrusy hops and a hint of pine.

A bit past medium body with nice crispness.

Excellent beer, a very good amber ale.

Tasted on 5/5/08.

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Photo of joe1510
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby

This was sent as an extra in a recent trade with errantnight, thanks again Derek! Double Barrel pours amber with glowing ruby highlights when backlit. A minimal head of one finger grew on the pour and fizzled rather quickly to a ring and a few spots. The head was slightly off white and didn't have much sticking power.

The aroma of this beer is unique and interesting. There's a good deal of malt present in the form of caramel and a touch of toffee but the hop profile is what stands out to me. After each swirl I'm greeted by a spicy hoppiness that mingles with a surprising tangerine citric quality. The tangerine is something I don't come across very often but I really enjoy it, even though it only comes up after each swirl.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma. It's much more malt oriented. The hopping comes through on the finish and adds a nice layer of bitterness but malt rules the roost. Caramel and toffee are the main subjects and a hint of alcohol chases all other flavors on the swallow.

Medium bodied with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation. The carbonation gives the body the right density but gets a little too prickly the more I drink. The hopping does leave a small but growing bitterness as I drink.

There are a couple minor flaws that could be easily fixed with a few small tweaks but this is still an easy beer to but away and is very session worthy.

This is a solid beer from Firestone Walker. My score probably doesn't show it but I did enjoy this beer. Good flavor and easily drinkable. Thanks for another good brew Derek.

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

Consumed 06/06/08 on cask at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica CA.

Slight hazy medium amber hue with an outrageously smooth and creamy two fingered tan head.

Aroma is juicy and full of toffee, caramel and butterscotch.

Flavor is likewise juicy and refreshing. Some hop flavors, but mainly a toffee and caramel malt character. A bit of hop bitterness at the end.

Being on cask does wonders for this beer, which is already perfectly fine bottled or on a standard tap already. I could have done another pint or two fo this one, but with so many other taps to explore...

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Photo of Franchise
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering picked up in California pours a copper color leaving a thick tan head frothy and strong. The aroma has a slight sour tinge, flour, caramel, honey, airy.

The taste is delicious, starts sweet with a caramel feel, moving to a soft hoppy, earthy, sour twinge. This is a real drinkable beer one that at 5% is easily a session quality not a lot going on that clean, refreshing, suttle oak, with a great fruity mild bitterness.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. A clear dark brown with a medium head that laces. Iced tea aroma with a little lemon. Ditto on the flavor; sweet caramel iced tea with some citrus and light spice from the hops, and a mildly bitter finish; pretty nice balance, but could have some more hops. The body is medium-light with smooth carbonation. Overall, it's a very pleasantly drinkable beer, with subtle flavors. This is the standard local beer here, so I'm surprised I hadn't had it; it seems like they have it everywhere. Definitely going to re-rate when I go up to the FW taphouse in Buellton next week. Rerate: Draught at Chili's. A lot of wood and caramel come through. Very clean and drinkable.

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Photo of beace
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first encounter with a Firestone Walker brew... excited to taste what other beers they craft.

Appearance, amber color with a brilliant clarity. Head retention is a little weak and so is the lacing.

Notes of baked bread, caramel, toffee, and some dark fruit. Quite pleasant and complex aroma for an amber styled beer. There may even be a bit of oak in the nose or that might be my head telling me that because of the unique brewing system they use.

A very malty brew. Very close to chewing upon malt. There is as described in the aroma, a caramel biscuit character, dark fruits rub the pallet and bitterness takes light jabs at back of the tongue during the finish.

The bread character of this beer would play a factor in its drinkability. A unique and interesting amber. I would prefer a bit more of a hop character and less biscuit.

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Photo of bobsy
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BigBry for this one (and you're a lucky fella for having access to this). Nice amber pour, with a small off-white head which doesn't last too well. The appearance is loses something for the somewhat lackluster head, but its a small quibble, and made up for by the other aspects of this beer. Rich, malty caramel aroma and forest floor earthiness. Fruity, caramel flavours hit first as the malts dominate, before the hops make themselves felt wuth an earthy character. The crisp finish returns to fruitiness and light brown sugar. Just the perfect combination of flavours for a solid drink whenever, wherever brew. Nothing really challenges the palette, yet there's huge kudos for the soothing, drinkable and familiar flavours that this one brings to the table. Medium-light body and carbonation, but very smooth on the tongue. As I've already touched upon, there is huge drinkability here. The crisp finish and relatively light body really helps to make this a session beer that could disappear in a hurry.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Weibull for sending this my way!

Pours a reddish amber tone into a rinsed pint glass. Spotty lacing all around. Aroma of clean malty sweetness.

Flavor is mellow and malty, with light oak notes. Dry hops lend a low, earthy bitterness. Pretty easy drinking, not sure why anyone would have beef with this.

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Photo of claytri
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich amber with an off-white head. The beer has a pleasant aroma of balanced malt and hops. The beer has a biscuity malt flavor with a nice floral hop finish. The feel is medium and dry. I found this to be a very pleasant and drinkable beer. It was actually very reminiscent of a British Bitter.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear deep amber hue with a thin eggshell colored head that setles to a thin cap.

Light aromas of brown sugar and not much else.

Soft grain flavors mix with some caramel flavors from the burnt sugars. The hopiness is pretty mild, only enough there for balance. Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. It's not fizzy nor flat. The finish is the lingering sugary grains.

Not very complex but a good sessionable beer. I can definitely see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of errantnight
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm tempted to up the score, because I think this beer is generally under-appreciated... but for me, this is as close as I can get to a session beer out here in SoCal that isn't loaded with hops.

It's beautiful. Crystal copper with a thin head that sticks around with attractive lacing.

Aroma is a ball of malt with just a tinge of pine and hoppy spice with some fruit esters around the corners. Super mild, however.

Flavor is a perfect balance of malt and hops. Smooth, silky textures reveal subtle toasts and mild roast flavors. Nothing here stands out, but those claiming this lacks complexity aren't paying it enough attention.

The mouthfeel on this is refined and truly exceptional. A solid medium body with a pleasant lift from a perfect carbonic level. It's not big, it's not thin... I "blame" some tannins from the barrel aging process, and this is backed up a bit by some dryness in the cheeks.

I can't claim that this gets me excited to sniff and savor like great IPAs, or has the complexity and richness of... well, of the truly great beers. But there's something Perfect here. I was turned off to this beer by a Los Angeles location with infected lines, but now it's a staple. Inexpensive, prevalent, low in alcohol, and tasty. Good stuff.

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Photo of Exner83
2.56/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm gonna have to agree with brother Jason Alström - It'd be hard to drink more than one of these.

I found it so smokey oaky--like a forest in my mouth! Finish is an acrid, arboreal dryness. I guess I'm a bare-bones malt and hops kinda guy, 'cause I haven't had this much fragrant wood in my mouth since... (insert terribly off-color gay porn reference here.) It's just NOT my thing. I want malt, people!

God forgive me for thinking a beer should taste like malted barley. Anyway, if you feel sucking on raw tree bark has run its course for you, put the branch down, and pick this up!

(And to think I washed this down with a shot of Grand Marnier. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!)

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Photo of Redwood21
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks fantastic, you will go "wow what a beer" it has a nice foamy white head that has lacing and tops a gorgeous ruby beer

S: lacking, initial whaff was hoppy but then it became cold steal and sterile

T: this is a good beer, but a bit too caramely, not enough hop backbones. it is however a good beer. it is a bit too sweet, it is however a good beer. i would 100% drink it again. but it is not too earth shattering

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Photo of PhageLab
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Transparent amber coloration, decent bit of froth, retention was quite nice and it even left some generous lacing behind.

S - Light sugary aroma with hints of toasted malt. Not very potent, and leaves the desire for something more.

T - Smoke flavored light malt body, sweet caramel backing, with a faint bitterness at the end. Finishes mild and while fairly tasty, it's not very complex.

M - Crisp light body, sharp carbonation which really helps this brew out, and a rather clean feel.

D - Easy drinking, and pretty tasty, this would be a nice session brew. I'd say despite it's simplicity this one is worth trying.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark amber. Nice citric balance on the flavor. Kind of a pine aspect to it, but not a pine tar thing you get from a lot of IPAs. It's more like a fresh bud off a young pine deal. It's vibrant and fairly interesting. Feel is nice. Interesting bite to the carbonation. Overall a good drinker and a nice beer.

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Photo of number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin.

Pours an orange amber color with a bit more than a finger of ivory head. Keeps a thin lace and leaves a good amount of stick on the sides.

Smell has a good amount of caramel malt, some toasted malt aromas and earthy, sort of musty hops.

Taste also has a solid caramel malt base with some toasted malt and earthy hop flavor. A bit of vanilla flavor comes through the finish too. Not terribly flavorful, a bit on the bland side but very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth, adequately carbonated. This is a pretty decent beer but nothing special really.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,492 ratings.
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