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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:
No notes at this time.

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

A: The pour is a clear dark amber color with a small white head on top.

S: A nice bite of piney hops up front with some sweet caramel malt filling in the back end of the nose.

T: A surprisingly intense toffee flavor is the first thing I pick up on this beer. This lends the beer a buttery and toasted biscuit character that makes me forget about the lack of hops for a moment. There are some hits of citrus hops, but not much in the way of bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit of a let down, a touch watery on the tongue. The carbonation is low to moderate, but works well with some of the flavors in the beer.

D: Usually my preference is toward the hoppier American interpretation of the pale ale, but this is a nice English pale. And, it's generally one of the better choice at restaurants, so it's one of my more oft-consumed beers.

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

Obtained through liqourama on-line

Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Slight sweet malt, bready notes & that's it

T: Caramel & a bit of dryness up front. As this warms, hops take over; lemons, oranges & a bit of herbal hops as well. Finishes piney with toasted malt, & a bit more caramel sweetness, plus a kiss of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, a solid, not great session ale

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Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to UncleJimbo for the sample.

Appearance: A definite pssst when I popped the cap, fast to foam with a light crackle of carbonation. One finger of foam stays intact over the clear mahogany colored brew.

Smell: Slight candy and caramel sweetness under the toasted malt, faintly floral from the hops and quite clean as well.

Taste: Clean malt sweetness, lots of caramel and bread. The hop character melts in the malt and struggles to break its hold. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Hard crispness rolls off the palate with a medium body.

Drinkability: I could only drink one, maybe two of these in a sitting … seems heavy for some reason.

Notes: A tasty brew, pale ale? Amber ale? Does it really matter? Either way it was enjoyable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

"I have two guns: one for each of ya." Classic. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear rusty-bronze topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit, flowers, very light seaweed, and a kiss of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly stronger and breadier malt backbone. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice and easygoing little brew, something I could easily see downing a sixer of every now and again whilst relaxing.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good bar poured head. Leaves rings after every sip. Dark gold and quite clear.

The smell is a combination berry-like sweetness and floral hop. A bit of muted pepper in the background.

This beer has caramelized malt of an English Bitter with the hop bite of an American pale ale. Very easy to drink. Full bodied with a decent carbonation. Not complicated. Bitter swallow with a lengthy aftertaste.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at B&B Burger & Beer in Las Vegas.

Amber copper body with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with sweet breads and a touch of fruit. More malt than hop character. A bit too sweet for my liking. A tad syrupy. Fairly light in body with light bitterness in the finish. Mediocre.

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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 woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy, soapy, finger's worth of off-white head with low retention. Color was a medium to deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a strong malty quality. Mouthfeel was a bit thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a faint, lager-like honey sweetness. The finish had a slight mustiness, possibly yeast-driven. Stick to the Drake's.

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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 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 tdm168
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 6-pack my wife purchased while on vacation in CA.

Pours a light amber with little head, carbonation bubbles evident. The only thing I pick up in the nose is caramel malt. Taste is a little disappointing; malt mostly with a tiny hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 21st 2012.

A real nice pour brings a great dark copper red caramel body, crystal clear, hints of chestnut brown edges, a nice smorgasborg of colors. Head is off white, somewhat fluffy making three fingers, with some decent pinhead size consistency. A real classic looking pint.

Nose is filled with lots of wonderment. Toasty crispy malt backbone, with a sweet cinnamon. Hints of fruity esters. Caramel and strawberries. Real nice mix on the bouquet here, quite decent and impressive really digging this, and excited about what might come next.

Palate hits with a large but mellow tea herbal palate. Finishes clean with a light body and bringing the toast aromas found on the nose. Slightly grainy finish. Quenching. Mild sense of cream and a mellow oolong black tea like aftertaste, and lots leafy character.

Overall, from the nose to palate there is a little bit of minor disappointment but it's still a very solid beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The Double Barrel Ale is another solid offering by Firestone. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had waifs of bourbon/whiskey. The taste was an easy drinking ale that had hints of bourbon and oak. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall quite nice.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours with a decent head, light and foamy. The beer itself is a red-copper color, almost brown in the deepest points. Smells of vanilla and earth/nut, and the beer tastes of vanilla as well, with an undertone of hops. The beer is round and bold in mouth, which is a nice change for a pale. They did a good job balancing the carbonation with the flavors. The beer is pretty enjoybale, and drinkable as well.

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

app: clear reddish amber, white head, some lacing

Aroma: just a little yeast and malt

Taste: Balanced, bready malts , some snappy, peppery hops

Mouthfeel. nothing special,

Drinkability: yeah its drinkable, nothing too exciting, middle of the road, moderatly decent take on a dull and bland style.

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

11/07/04- Purchased at a Safeway grocery store.

Appearance- Pours with a nice head and halfway decent lacing. A reddish-amber coloring.

Smell- Lots of malt and sweet caramel. Didn't sense and hops really.

Taste- A clone of the scent. Sweetish carmel and malt tastes. Maybe a touch of hops too.

Mouthfeel- a bit over carbonated for me. Kind of felt full after this beer.

Drinkability- Maybe good for one or two. A good beer that I would have again.

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

A: poured a translucent amber brown with yellow highlights when held up to the light that had a thin frothy head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of orange tangerine citrus aromas upfront with caramel slight hop notes and a good sweetness presence from the malts.

T: the caramel flavor is more apparent on the palate but the hops come through more as well with citrusy accents and sweetness from the malts that did overpower the hop bite.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a mostly sweet but mild hoppy, citrusy, and oily finish.

D: pretty decent pale ale but wasn't as hoppy as I thought it would be but drank good.

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

With a light amber, clean pour the head starts to rock up a bit. the white foam is slow to form solidly, or maybe I'm too quick to drink it.

A calm aroma, fit for the style. From a brewer who has some heavy hitters, this one isn't one of them. But that's not a bad thing.

For me, the thing I look for in an EPA is an herbal hop presence and/or some hard water feel to it. This one has little of the latter and a splattering of the former. An herbal hop character seems to have some florals to it. Bad? Nope, perhaps to style 100%, but what the hell.
Toasted biscuit and very light caramel make up the malt imput.

A very nice, easy drinking beer

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

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, candy sugar, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale, but is trending towards an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight pine, hint of pale malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt and burnt toffee aroma that's a bit sweet smelling with just enough roasted character. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that is complex in nature. It goes down with ease and finishes with a slight oakey aftertaste. The oak works well with this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is my first FW beer. I like the their use of multiple specialty grains as well as the barrel fermenting. It offers up an interesting tasting experience.

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

Pours a clear copper / amber color with a 1.5" head. Some light lacing developed. The aroma was of caramel and lighlty roasted malts. The flavor was strong on the caramel tones and was very light on the bitterness. There was a mild roasted character to this.

The mouthfeel smooth with a light crispness at the start, and had a smooth short caramel finish. I found this to be nicely drinkable and quite an enjoyable session beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have a tough decision to make. I'm at Angel Stadium and I want a beer to go with my hot dog. What should I get? Get Budweiser Select on draft, or part an extra 50 cents for Firestone Walker? Or I could part $12 for a bomber of Corona Light. I'll have a Firestone, please. And it was granted. Time to try it out:

Dark amber in color with a creamy head, it's first impression was better that the watery light beers other fans were guzzling. It has a pleasant flavor of apricot, caramel, and some pine. A quick brush of hops ended each sip. The feel seemed a bit watery, but I'll take this beer over many of the other options available at the ballpark.

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Photo of stevoj
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grunt fill from Alberstons. Pours out a hazy amber with small fluffy head. Malt dominates the aroma, and kicks it up a notch in taste. Toffee, caramel, very mild bitterness. Unfiltered characteristics a nice addition.

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

Thanks goes out to Solomon420 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big on malts/caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet and malty. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice amber ale, recommended.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz snubby into a dark horse pint glass

A- DBA casts a bronze going towards light brown with a dark cream colored inch of foam that dies. Just a ring around the collar over time. No lace.

S- Smell is very malt driven. The english influence in the malts chosen is evident. Apple skins come up with a deep sense of caramel. A slight candy vibe after some warming. Some cereal comes into play and kills the scent for me.

T- This is pretty much your standard English Pale, except it's a bit darker in color, bolder in the nose and the taste is evidently more malt driven than any of the style that I have had. Maybe the style should be changed. A very deep amber ale if there was one. Fruit juice, malty caramel sweetness. Is there any barrel in this?

MD- The feel was pretty dim, not very lively, yet it is English driven so It might be adaquate. Taking time with this beer, I felt that the mouthfeel fit whatever firestone was going for here. While this is not all that jazzed up, it remains a simple beer, that has some taste. Drinkable.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,482 ratings.
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