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 dcscientist
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice California-style English pale, very similar to others I've had from breweries in that state. Nothing super original, just a solid beer. Went great with a shrimp dish. Somewhat malty, with a bit of hops to balance it. I'd try more adventurous beers from this brewery next.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: earthy, toffee, floral;

T: caramel from start to finish; earthy in the background; light bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: easy drinking; pairs really well with a wide variety of foods;

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Photo of Riff
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a glass. Deep, amber color with a thick white foam head, 2-3 fingers deep. Smell was very malty up front, not much else afterwards. Taste is again malt forwards, earthy, with a little bit of caramel following at the end. Finish is clean and fades out quickly. Medium carbonation and a fairly light body. Overall a good English pale ale, certainly a pleasant drinker for the warmer months.

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Photo of zshaft
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

looks nice amber in a snifter with minimal head. nose is malt forward with earthy scents prevelant. taste is earthy and floral up front giving way to some elderberry or some other berry I cant quite make. finishes with some aromatic bitters and fairly clean. im not a big fan of earthy hops but this beer is not to bad. fairlybalanced and sessionable this is anice offering from a quality brewery. would not seek out but worth a try.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Some woody maltiness with a hint of caramel start things off, followed by some earthy hops to compliment the woody tone of the malt. Some light fruit notes also push through

T: Follows the nose. The woody maltiness is the major factor again, along with a moderate caramel sweetness and some earthy hops. The fruitiness comes out as an undertone around mid-palate. Finishes with a light sweetness and an overall dry tone

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid English pale with a good balance and great drinkability. Definitely more malt-forward than our American-styled pale ales, but that is a nice change every once in a while. One of the better American-brewed English pales that you'll find on this side of the pond

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Photo of Gajo74
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to see this listed as retired because apparently it has made a comeback. That, or I picked up something that has been sitting on the shelf for who knows how long.
It poured a copper color with a modest lace that soon dissipated entirely.
Some interesting things in the aroma. Apples, honey malt, nutty, floral and whiskey barrels.
On the tongue it tasted like apple skins followed by a dry tea leave like finish. The mild to moderate hops bitterness kicks in shortly thereafter and leaves an aftertaste. This is eventually smoothed over and some sweetness returns towards the end. The body is medium.
I admit I'm not a big connoisseur of the style and that the ESB style is not yet one of my favorites. I thought this one was O.K. but compared to some of the other gems I've had from Firestone Walker, it ranks below. However, I would reevaluate it once I get more ESB experience under my belt.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A very clear copper/mahogany colored body with a light tan head that recedes to a spit-bubble film. Random splotches of lacing that look like dragons and weird animals. Like looking at clouds, your imagination goes through the roof.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and toffee, wrapped in an oak casing.

Taste: Rarely do I mention mouthfeel in the taste attribute, but this is so damn smooth! Ok, toasted malts, oak wood, toffee. Slight hop bitterness like black tea. So balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, dry.

Overall: Absolutely my kind of beer. Balanced, loads of flavor, decent ABV. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a very accessible, "old-school" brew. If hops are your thing, this will lack the bitterness you crave. It looks, tastes and smells much like an ESB, with a tendency to sweeter malt and a bit of off-putting chalkiness. It's inoffensive and easy to drink.

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

A: Poured from the can into a tumbler-style pint glass. Body is clear coppery-amber with a good ecru-colored head on top that recedes to leave lots of foamy lacing. Visible carbonation in the form of slow-rising bubbles that fortify the head.

S: Not a lot in the nose - a bit of toasted malt and a hint of generic fruitiness is about it.

T: This drinks like a good Amber Ale or maybe even an ESB. Toasted malt foundation along with some toffee/caramel malt and basic fruity sweetness. Hint of bitterness at the finish provides modest balance and keeps this one from being too sweet, though there is some lingering fruity sweetness on the palate in the aftertaste.

M: Medium in heft. Good modest creaminess to the feel.

O: Good, though I'm not sure I'd call it an English Pale Ale. Nice changeup from my normal hoppy beers and a good Spring offering.

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Photo of Buck89
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light copper color with a generous off white head. Aromas were subtle but clear yeast, bread, and caramel. Taste was roasty and bitter with a nice mix of malt and floral hops. Clean finish.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a can to a beer tulip
look; transparent bronze, 1" off white head that reduces to a covering that stays, moderate lacing
smell; yeasty salty bread, roasty malt, some sugar
taste; roasted caramel, bitter with a sugar kick, rye bread
feel; medium bodied, moderate carbonation, maybe more than needed
overall; tasty full flavored ESBish ale

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Photo of TH28
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. 12/22/15 can date. Appearance: Light brown/Amber red, clear, off white foam head. Aroma: bready, toasty, vanilla. Hint of herbal hops. Taste: Toasted, bready maltiness, light vanilla, woody. Moderate herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium with a light carbonation. Finish: Finishes toasty with a touch of lingering herbal bitterness. Overall: Really nice bitter. Maltiness is dominant and layered, with wonderful toasted bread aroma and flavor. Hoppiness strong enough to balance and keep it easy drinking. Oak adds a light vanilla complexity

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Photo of Parmesan
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Copper orange amber color, pours a small white head that doesn't stick around for too long, with little lacing.

S: Some fruity esters, bready notes, some caramel toffee notes and a fairly strong floral hop note.

T: Caramel, bread, cracker, a little bit of fruity esters, a nice floral hop and slight bitterness and a slight mineral note. A good tasting English style ale.

F: Fairly creamy mouthfeel, but still pretty easy drinking.

O: This is exactly what I look for in an English style ale.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: copper color with a finger of white head
S: sweater hops and some malt to balance it out. But not much overall.
T: decent pale ale. Not too hoppy, not too malty. Fits the style.
F: thin, but again, fits the style. Easy drinking
O: a nice pale ale

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Photo of jmasher85
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a great offering but a perfectly nice one. It's a hop-forward pale ale with some nice lemongrass, grapefruit, and resin notes and a bitter, slightly sweet finish. If there's been some barrel aging on it, I didn't notice. Not as good as plenty of their other IPA offerings, but a good summer lawn beer.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a foamy off white head with some nice streaming bubbles.

Smells of barley, malt and hops, or the bones of beer. There is a bit of a woody, maybe sweet smoky smell in there as well.

Taste is sweet caramel with a touch of that woody smoke flavor. Getting some hops across the back of the tongue towards the finish.

Mouth feel is fairly light with a bit of a snap on the finish.

Overall this is a nicely brewed beer. The difference is the bit of barrel aging that they give this beer. It does impart a difference into the flavor that makes for a different kind of beer.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty pale ale, looks a little darker than expected, smells pretty average but tastes great, no bitterness and the sweetness is finely balanced, a very good pale.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First had this in California just over a year ago. I remember driving right by the brewhouse and being in too big of a hurry to stop at that time. Late that night though, at a diner in Pismo Beach, I ordered this on tap. From what I remember, greater with a burger and onion rings, an good beer. Time to see just how good (only this time from a bottle).

Slightly tarnished copper, mostly clear and bubbly, topped with foamy, fluffy, and chunky light yellow to tan head of great retention and decent lacing. As an English Pale Ale (albeit from the US West Coast), it is unsurprising that the smell is not too citric or piney, more so herbal, leafy, earthy, with a touch of caramel. Palate is tart and robust with biscuits but resinous and herbal throughout, more bitter, hop-spicy, and peppery towards the end. Just barely passes for an English, at least in my experience. Good though. Medium-bodied and packed with fine suds, near velvet in smoothness as it lingers, crisp and gulpy at the finish.

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Photo of BigGold
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at Cat Cora's Kitchen, Salt Lake City International Airport, poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped bottled on "12/07/2015," into tall, slender but thick-walled glass. Do not perceive any striking effects from the "patented oak-­‐barrel brewing system," but this is a very balanced, pleasing English-style ale.

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Photo of gee0001
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Would I drink it again?: Yes. The color is beautiful. The mouth-feel is satisfying. The taste is balanced and pleasing. While it is not an overly remarkable beer it is an enjoyable medium-bodied ale I would drink if available. It’s not light nor heavy. It retains a smooth and solid feel in your mouth. It packs consistent flavor and with a touch of bitterness and nuts that I enjoy. No one flavor or aspect is prominent so the beer is well balanced.
Appearnace: Appealingly light copper-brown colored beer, Creamy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a some lace, clean appearance even if a bit flat looking.
Smell: bit of nuttiness, faint earthy smell
Taste: slightly bitter, lightly nutty, light malt, solid texture
Mouth: clean, medium-bodied, easy to drink, not light but just right on the tongue, slight carbonation is more than you would think from look.
Finish: Clean finish, no lingering after-taste, pleasantly semi-dry ending

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good English-style beer. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone Imp. Russian Stout tulip. Clear amber color with a lot of carbonation showing.. Big frothy bubbly white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and a little toffee, fairly well pronounced. Taste is more of the same with a little grassy hops bitterness thrown in. Good tasting malty beer. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with good carbonation. Overall a tasty, refreshing fairly light beer. Low abv. enough for a session beer.

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Photo of m3rkury
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight from the fridge it was one dimensional. As it warmed up some of the caramel aromas came out. This was reflected in the taste with a nice malt. There was bitterness, but none of the floral/citrus flavors or aromas I was expected. Overall fair.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Yard House, LA. Boston shaker.

A: deep amber-red. 1 finger white head, quickly fades to a thin ring. Ample visible carb. Very good lacing.

S: a little weak, actually. Some mild floral/citrus, with some layers of toasted malt.

T: malty and slightly citrusy/woodsy/herbal arrival and mid-palate. Fairly woodsy and earthy, malty middle. A darker character pale ale. I love it. It's like a less bitter Burning River, minus the Northern Brewer hops. Somewhat like anchor steam.

M: heavier side of midweight. Well carbonated, not overly so. Very clean finish, with a touch of lingering floral hop.

O: This beer REALLY does it for me. Exceptional balance, depth of character and complexity. Given its similarity to Burning River, which I consider local, I don't know that I'd buy this regularly even if it were available to me. But if I lived anywhere else, this would be a staple. I think FW is incapable of making bad beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark amber with a light dissipating foam.

Light sweet grass and hay on the nose.

Huge malty lager up front, some caramel and slightly bitter hops in the background.

Carbonation kicks up a touch in the mouth.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1/17/16 Chicago (12 oz bottled 7/7/15 poured into standard pint glass). Amber / copper pour, mild quickly dissipating tan head with mild carbonation. Mild malt aroma and taste. Beer has solid texture, and you feel it going down. Solid hop and malt taste, somewhat bitter and nice rich taste.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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