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Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
749
Ratings:
2,447
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
20.71%
 
 
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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Double Barrel Ale (DBA) poured from a 22 oz bomber. Ruby/Amber in color with a minimal head and lacing. Fine clarity.

Aroma is of floral and citrus hops. Sweet maltiness is also apparant.

Biscuity malt in the forefront with a nice hoppyness. Spicy hops are there adding a zing to the palate. Caramel and roasted malt flavors. Faint piney, grapefruity hops chime in at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering spice note from the hops.

Well balanced and fairly complex. I would definately enjoy this again if it was sold in this area.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass, picked up at the local Ralphs,

A: Pours amber with a small off-white head, looks like a typical pub pint.

S: Wood, oaky, caramel sweetness, molasses cookies, strong scent, lots of sugar.

T: Caramel and sugar form the main malt character with some pumpernickel bread, light toast. Has a definite mineral and carbonic acid character along with light lactic acidity I assume from the wood aging. Hops are grassy and herbal, a bit acrid at times, but do a good job to balance the malt.

M: Like the mouthfeel in this beer, light-bodied, can feel thin, but a like the mild acidity, gives an Old World flair to the ale.

D: Not a great beer, have had about 5 bombers of this beer in my life, some are malt bombs, some are drier, like the bottle I have here. Not a consistent beer, but brings something different every time you try it, quaffable, glad it exists, it is quite inexpensive. The bottle I'm having right now is probably the best I have had, tastes really fresh, would place it as an A-, but I'm trying to go overall with my experience with beer, so I have to rate it a little lower.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear brown ale, dark for a pale ale.

Smell is very malty with some perfume and sweetness, and some hops. Faint wood and vanilla scent from the French Oak barrels they make this stuff in.

Taste sweet malt and bitter hops fight each other to a draw leaving a pleasant range of flavors. Vanilla, oak, caramel, malt, tea, citrus, all show up in the taste. Starts sweet and ends dry and woody.

Mouthfeel is full and a bit astringent.

Super drinkable, my favorite local brew, superior to SNA Pale Ale in my opinion.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel aging hasn't done much to blur the clarity of this caramelly coloured beer. Its highlights look lively as its bronze tint glows brightly against the skin. It appears an entirely healthy beer save for the fact that the only way you'll find a head is by swirling (and even then you'll have to keep at it if you want it to stick around). Hence the lack of lacing.

The nose is a pleasant blend of clean oak, honeyed oats, sweet bready malts and fruity esters. So much for the idea of "terroir" - this Pacific coast beer seems remarkably similar to those from east of the Atlantic. It has a soft floral fragrance that is deepened substantially by notes of bruised dark fruit. Lots of honey, caramel and brown sugar perspire with warmth.

Lower carbonation allows flavours of creamy caramel and dry, clean oak wood to be appreciated. Toffee and brown sugar are also noted often, combining with the malts to make for a coffee cake-like flavoured beer that has the assertive bitterness of a long-steeped English breakfast tea. Fruity apricot, date and fig esters are also appreciated.

There's all kinds of sweet flavours - toffee, caramel, dried fruits - but an assertive hoppiness ensures that little sugar lingers. Instead, a crunchy maltiness endures, complimented by mellow oak and an herbal earthiness courtesy of those (quintessentially British) hops. It may be designed for sophisticated deliberation, but it's perfect for high-gear drinking.

Usually flagship brands equal flagship bland. But Firestone DBA, although much subtler than Firestone's special anniversary offerings, is still every bit as complex and enjoyable as those fantastic barrel-aged beers. And it's far more sessionable - this is the kind of beer most people would love to drink all night long - and I'm certainly one of them!

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. Was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft toasted malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of soft round caramel, clean grassy hop and light nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a standard sessionable psle ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts. Taste is bready malts, hops are present but in the background, some caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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 stevoj
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lovely, clear amber color with tangerine-hued highlights. Thin head that falls quickly to a frothy band; excellent clinging lace.

Floral, grassy hop nose with underlying sweet maltiness. Aroma is reversed a bit in the taste, with the malt emerging on the dominant side, and lightly bitter and floral hops coming out more in the finish. Just a hint of sweetness. Overall very nicely balanced.

Body on the medium-light side, lively carbonation that falls short of being fizzy. Crisp and clean, dry finish. An easy drinking English Pale with a somewhat assertive bitter bite and decent malt character. Drinkable, not particularly exciting.

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Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beermaninpa for this...
Appears a deep amber with a 1 finger off white head and ok lacing. Solid amounts of carbonation pumping towards the top.
Smell is of slight oakiness with light creamy maltiness and a touch of hops.
Taste is of a light oak tasting amber ale with a touch of vanilla and mild hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Feels a bit tingly with some bitter & sweetness that mixes well and is fairly decent.
Drinkability is actually that of a nice, strong session brew. Despite nothing spectacular jumping out, this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze-amber colour, with a thin head of white foam. Head dissipates pretty quickly, despite the steady carbonation. No lacing. Looks pretty tame.

Lighty toasted malt characters on the nose. Dark, a little sweet burnt sugar character. Although it's pretty weak, there's not a lot on it.

Taste is also pretty weak, a light roasted character on the front palate, and a light slightly sour character later on. Finishes with an earthy taste that leaves the palate feeling a bit rough. Pretty light mouthfeel too.

This is a pretty bland beer - there's nothing really wrong with it, but there's not a lot to it. Simple flavours. It's drinkable enough, but not very exciting.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-fingered off-white head that fades slowly and leaves traces of lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is slightly malty. Starts with some sweet undertones and finishes with a even mix of hops and malt. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with EinWeizenbitte. Thanks again man!

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with light olden yellow edges and a one finger light yellowish beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.

Sweet biscuit/caramel malty aroma with subtle grassy earthy english hop notes along with a wooden/oak presnce. The barrel aging gives off some subtle vanilla as well.

Slightly hop forward medium body with some dry earthy pine needle bitterness that lingers throughout over a prominent malt backbone into a subtle dry finish. Sweet caramel, toffe, biscuity malt backbone provides excellent balance to the earthy bitterness. The oak presence from the aging is very subtle, yet there is a prominent smooth vanilla character. Slightly watered down but still very complex. It kind of tastes like abottled agressively hoppy English cask ale.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber color with a small white head. Nose was sweet with caramel, toffee. Taste was nice, sweet, malty but it went down like water. Very good taste. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and just right with a wine like texture. A really solid brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 03/17/14. Sampled on May 3, 2014.

Copper-amber pour with nice clarity. A cream colored head that builds up quickly and simmers down just as quick but retains some texture all the way to the end.

The nose is sweet caramel malts all the way. There is a the mildest, low profile hop bite, which is the way it should be for this style.

The body falls into the light to medium range but there is a nice creaminess to it.

The taste really echoes the aroma and that aroma announces itself with every sip. Sweet roasted caramel malts are the key thing with a short-lived bitterness on the backside. A decent rendition of the style.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear brown, maybe a bit of orange. 1 inch head forms quickly. Little strings of lacing form down the glass.

Smells like grainy and bready with some strong caramel hints.

Tastes pretty similar, with some citrus zest, pine, toasted bread, caramel, light brown sugar, and oak. All flavors are light and non-overpowering, and mixed well. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end of each sip.

Medium to light body, excellent level of carbonation.

A great easy drinking session beer from Firestone Walker. I know some people dog on this beer, but I quite liked it.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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 Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops. About equal in portion or so my nose says.

The taste mimics the nose but...the flavours don't quite mesh to my palate. It's as if the malt and hops are battling rather than working in unison. A noticeable amount of bread doesn't seem to help at all.

Good medium to medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation, it finishes decidedly sweet and bready. I know this is an English Pale Ale so it should be malt dominated but it just isn't working for me but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse off-white head with good retention; eventually to a half-inch cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Citrus and grapefruit hops. Nicely balanced nose.

T: Taste consistent the smell. The crytal malt is very prominent and evolves into a big bready flavor. The bitter finishes barely balance the big malt flavor.

M: Medium body. Light carbonation. Definitely a sweet and bready finish.

D: Flavorful, but the sweet and bready finish diminish its sessionability.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a Beers of the World mix box that I got for Christmas from an acquaintance. Thanks Scott!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the clear, burnished copper brew. Head fades but never quite disappears, and lacing is average to good. Aroma is lightly of grain husks, with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is hearty medium malts, with a citrusy close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, with the latter possibly even more so. This seems quite sessionable, and a nice brew.

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Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a copper amber color.

The aroma has bready malts with some floral and citrus English hops.

The flavor follows with lots of malty sweetness and breadiness. Bigger sweetness toffee than one may expect from a smaller beer like this. There are a lot of English hops characteristics with grassiness and floral notse.

The beer finish quite clean with its carbonation.

A good representation of the English ale.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a grainy nose with traces of fruit and treacle. Pours brilliant copper amber under a 1” white finely bubbled foam cap. Very lacy. Big, super creamy lightly toasted malt character, graham cracker, hint of caramel, traces of light fruit, dries on the finish with some grainy astringency. Medium to medium full body and slightly below medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a very large size frothy and creamy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a lot of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, cookies, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy on the tongue. I can taste lots of malts mixed with caramel and some light hops. There is also a bit of tangerine flavour and some notes of tea. It finishes with a malty caramel aftertaste with some light lingering hops.

Overall - It tastes like a toned down version of their Pale 31 beer. It has a little bit more of a biscuity taste and would work well as a session beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear, deep copper color. Minimal head. Head is off-white but it barely even forms. The outer ring of foam leaves stringy lacing.

S-Fruity esters and sweet bread with some very light toffee and a caramel presence. Light floral hoppiness.

T-A mellow, malty flavor that kicks into an extra gear during the finish with a (still mellow) crescendo. Toffee, caramel and fruity yeast. Then the second wave of flavor brings some hoppiness that I find to be floral. Also some cereal and honey.

M-Medium bodied, leaning towards the lighter side. Almost zero bitterness. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-A very easy going beer. It's relaxed and sessionable. I feel as though I wouldn't have appreciated it earlier in my beer drinking experience. I enjoy the subtle nuances of this beer.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.
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