Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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773
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2,727
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
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Photo of Gmann
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a short soapy khaki colored head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is bready and has a light metallic note. Some brown sugar and toffee.

The aroma has a toffee sweetness to go along with a bready malt. Some tea and metallic flavors. The hops provide some offsetting bitterness but don't provide much flavor.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with enough bitterness to balance.

Not too sweet and good balance. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale

Appearance: dark red orange, medium-small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice grains, hop, and malt.

Taste: wet hops, grains, and a faint sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This has a nice aroma and a pleasant flavor. It is a tad on the watery side, but the flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of klikger
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Medium to dark amber, with a little white head, and quality lacing

S - Essentially the smell of a good brewery right after brewing a batch. Malty - not complex, but smells really good

T - Fresh barley, lightly roasted, with a touch of yeast. A touch of caramel as it warms. The finish is some mildly bitter hops.

M - Heavier than it needs to be, i.e., it should have more taste. Adequate carbonation.

D - A couple is easy enough, but there's no compelling reason to session this.

A nicely crafted ale, this is not distinctive enough to buy on a regular basis. There are far more beers at this price point with far more flavor.

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. Freshness date unknown, as the 12-pack didn't have any date stamped in the Freshness box.

A: Poured a copper color with a small off-white head that quickly recedes into some light filming on the brew, and at most a few bubbles of lacing down the glass.

S: Peat and caramel are the strongest aromas. There's some earthiness in there as well.

T: Pretty mild and inoffensive. Mostly caramel sweatness, with a slight peat and smoke undercurrent. The finish is an earthy hop bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Carbonation is low and doesn't give it much crispness.

D: At first I wasn't too impressed, but then I attended a BBQ and brought this along. In comparing this against a couple of ambers (I know this isn't an amber, but it shares some similar flavors), the quality of this one was apparent. I'd go with this over some standard BBQ beers anyday.

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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 mattbk
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, brown, weak carbonation.
S: Light earth, mild caramel, that's about it.
T: Similar to aroma, earth, caramel, fruity esters but not unpleasant. A bit watery. Maybe the slightest hint of oak, which I may not have picked up had I not known the name. This is a fine, but fairly uninteresting ale.
M: The carbonation is medium, medium/medium-light body. Good for style.
O: A solid English pale ale, contains the minimum necessary components, but a bit thin and low on most characteristics. Drinkable, but not at all interesting.

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Photo of Duster72
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with lots of ruby. One finger off-white head. Aroma is primarily malts with some carmel, fruits, and herbal hops. Taste is a relatively interesting blend of malts with some sweetness coming from fruits and carmel. Some oakiness and mild floral/herbal hops. Mouthfeel is on the light side which works well with the beer. Fine beer, nothing spectacular.

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Photo of CA_brewster
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, completely transparent with a slightly off-white head. Very malt forward aroma on this brew. It smells like fresh mash with some very apparent yeasty characteristics. I didn’t really pick up on any hops. The taste of this beer is very mellow. It would be a good session ale, not particularly exciting but very refreshing.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber color with a finger of ivory head. Body is clear and the effervescence is appealing.

Smell: the aroma isn't enticing me much. It seems very, very mild and what there is of it has an unrefined biscuity quality which I don't happen to like too much. There is a small hint of sweet caramel character, but it's not enough to save this one for me.

Taste: now I can tell what the smell was trying to convey. Big biscuit and caramel malt with some floral hops up front and earthy hops on the backend, followed by a mild but good bitterness. The floral hops and sweet caramel make the first part of the sip notably good; I feel like it goes downhill a bit from there.

Mouthfeel: medium body and relatively big carbonation make this a surprisingly creamy and enjoyable consistency. I like it.

Drinkability: well, parts of the flavor and experience aren't my favorite, but other parts make up: that first sweet sip and the delicious creaminess. Split the difference -- I'd have this again.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint Glass.

Poured a clean amber color. Very nice to look at. A good head which disappears quickly. Decent lacing. The scents started musty, weak and unenjoyable. As the ale warmed the scents got better. The musty wood gave way to fruity hops. The malt was practically non-existent on the nose.

The flavor is okay overall. The ale has an overall wood flavor to it. Great if you like this but in this ale it masks the hops and malts. There is some fruit in the flavors but the hops have a hard time asserting themselves. There is a sweet vanilla flavor and a bit of a sweet yeast flavor. The malts are present but again they are not strong. Overall the flavors are on the side of unsatisfying.

It has no bite on the mouth. It feels slick and unfortunately a bit oily. It drinks easy and the carbonation has a nice feel to it.

Overall, this is a just slightly above average ale.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/16/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a clear light red color body, small white head, diminishing. English malty aroma, dry hoppiness. Some sweetness. Some citrus, lost of dryness. English taste, pale and dry. Nice light taste, some sweetness. Some biscuitiness, light breadiness. Tasty, sessionable. Not really headache-inducing.

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Photo of FitnessForBeer
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From variety pack

A: very dark caramel color, clear unclouded. Very little head that disappeared quickly
S: smells of malts, . Has almost kind of bitter smell
T: malty I think is the best descripter, Tastes like an English bitter. Bitter taste but not any hop taste.
M: pretty easy drinking, carbonation is evident but not seen in the beer
O: not sure of I've had too many of this style, it's fairly good. I'd say try it at least once

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Photo of yourefragile
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Chart House in Monterrey, CA. My first Firestone beer. Tasted closer to a brown ale to me than a Nugget Nectar, Red Rocket, Big Hoppy, etc (not to say they taste all that similar to each other)
A: A clear dark amber color with a very thin white head that leaves a tremendous amount of thick lacing.
S: Malt, caramel, not overly strong and some hops but not much presence from the oak here.
T: Clean and refreshing, but as I said above, taste reminded me more of an english brown (slightly thicker) than other ambers. Up front taste of roast malt, slight caramel, a little nutty and breadiness. Finishes with a slight hop taste. Nothing remarkable from the oak present in this. Very easy drinking pleasant beer, but nothing too exciting
M: Medium body, smooth and creamy with high carbonation, clean aftertaste
D: As it warmed up, this became slightly dry with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste like I felt about Duck Rabbit's Brown. Before that I was enjoying this much more. Glad I tried it, but would probably pass on it in the future.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark golden color with beige head. Aroma is really faint, just of hint of caramelized malt. Taste leans towards a helles, malty and grainy at first, light hop character on the finish. Light, effervescent body. Overall it's a mediocre ale.

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

Picked up on a trip to California.

A: Pours a cola-like head that settles to about one finger. The beer has a pretty good haze and decent, but not great active carbonation. The head is pretty quickly gone. The beer is a rich amber brown.

S: Good, mostly English-smelling hops are perhaps a little stronger than I would expect. Good, a nice bitter sharpness.

T: This I'm not crazy about. A very basic sort of malty sort of herbal taste. Nothing outstanding here.

M: I really like the feel though. Lighter, with good carbonation and still a decent body.

D: Pretty good. Nothing I would seek out, but deffinately something I could see myself throwing back quite a few of.

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

Poured to a hazy copper color with medium off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was a faint, hoppy fruit smell, but it was difficult to get anything much. The flavor waqs mnore of the hoppy, apple-citrus fruit, but I could not pick up any of the oak barrel taste or aroma. Not a bad beer though, and I’m glad I tried one.

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

pours a clear amber with a small light beige head, and good lacing.

smells of caramel, roasted nuts, a touch of citrus, and malt in the back.

taste is creamy, caramel, a roastiness, nuts, and malt, ends a little dry and a little bitter.

a very nice english pale ale.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pub glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear light amber color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained fluff. The cap retains quite well and is composed of rather large bubbles. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface in support of the head. Small patches of lace cling to the glassware after each sip.

The aroma of this brew is sweet caramel malt upfront, lightly toasted. Through the body and into the back is a mineral/metallic scent coupled with a bit of herbal and citrus hop scents. As this brew warms, it picks up some floral notes and a bit of sulfur.

The taste is a combination of herbal hops mixed with quite a bit of mineral flavoring. Light toasted malt flavor provides a bit of residual sweetness to counter the light bitterness of the herbal hops. As this brew warms, it picks up a light yeast note coupled with some grass notes.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. At times it seems a bit watery. The alcohol makes itself known in the finish with a bit of warmth. Overall not a bad brew, but it is completely forgettable.

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

What can I say, Firestone Walker ROCKS! Can they make a bad beer??? This is not my typical beer, but light, fun, complex... I love the crisp oakiness!

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

The Double Barrel ale poured a clear red with a single finger foam head that stayed for a little while. Not much in the way of lacing.

The smell was caramel and a subdued hop note. The first drink was a sharp slap to the face as it gave quite a bite. It mellowed after a few drinks and had a good caramel profile. It was sweet on the finish.

It didn't have much for feel in the mouth. It left a tad bit of bitterness but was here and gone. Overall I found it to be a fairly uneventful amber.

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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 kflorence
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - FEB 23, 2008

Pours a dark amber color with particulates, not much head. Smells of hops and toasted malts, perhaps some nuts and a hint of some type of fruit in there as well. The taste is heavily dominated by the hops, but you can definitely taste the other flavors, especially the toasted malts. It’s pretty carbonated, perhaps overly so, and a bit thin. Overall it has a lot of flavor and depth, but is easily forgettable.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/burnt orange. A decent half finger head with a bit of lacing. Clear in nature.
S: After some slight agitation, I am met with equally subtle notes of pine, citrus and malt. Perhaps a bit of caramel is present as well. Nothing overwhelming and a tad non-descript. Not off-putting either.
T: Extremely well balanced and follows the nose quite well. Perhaps a tad muted, but I am not sure what this brew is trying to be. It's very straightforward, yet not aggressive. The sweet caramel malts blend well with the hops to produce a flavor that's easily quaffable.
M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body. This is a very smooth brew with a decent aftertaste that is both piney and sweet.
O: This brew has session written all over it due it's low ABV, light body and well balanced flavors. It's remarkably unremarkable, in a great way. Wouldn't mind having a few more.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ordered a pint of this on tap at Bj's Brewpub.

When it came, there wasnt much of a head on it, just a ring around the glass. The color was a good looking, dull ruby.

I was really let down by the smell. I swerled and swerled, but to no avail. I did coax a little head out of it in the process though.

This is a good tasting beer. It has a nice full boddied maltyness with a pronounced but blunt hops bitterness that hits home. There also seemed to be a slight nuttyness in the flavor.

This ends up being a pretty drinkable beer, though i would have prefured a little more boquet. I would definatly drink again.

el_mocoso

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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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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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