Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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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772
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2,723
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3.68
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11.41%
 
 
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Photo of phishsihq
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This English-style pale ale pours an intriguing amber-orange, and it is capped with a thin, white head and moderate amounts of lace stick to the glass. Sweet malt aromas, most caramel and toffee, meld into some floral hop aromas. Flavors or toffee, biscuits, caramel, and tea create an interesting sweetness that becomes balanced by some grassy, floral hop flavors and bitterness. Finishing clean and dry, DBA is moderate in both mouthfeel and carbonation. Never a dull beer from these perennial medal winners!

Cheers!

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Photo of berkey
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip-pint hybrid.

Body is a very clean and clear light amber-brown. Forms an above average head with fairly good retention and great lacing.

Aroma is fairly fruity, the first thing that comes to mind is over ripe yellow apples. Yeast makes an appearance here as well along with some leafy hops.

Flavors also brings on more fruit. Yellow apples are joined by some mild pear flavors and even deeper there are very faint hints of apricot. Something akin to an herbal tea comes through along with some bitter hops in the background.

Nothing special about the mouthfeel, a little watery but not so much that it's distracting. Medium carbonation typical on an EPA keeps it clean and helps it go down pretty smoothly. Drinkabilty is very high. Great by the six pack or on tap.

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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 SoCal_Matt
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a Teku.

Pours a very orange copper with a small amount of white head. Nose is earthy with some oak. Taste is outstanding and a bit roasted with bread, caramel, oak. It is very crisp with a good amount of carbonation. This beer really impressed me and was not at all what I was expecting from a "pale ale." It is very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I’ve been trying more and more of Firestone and they seem to have a pretty decent spread of brews. This next one is 5.0% ABV and is nice Double Barrel Ale (DBA).

Look-It pours a thick head with a crystal clear amber color with orange copper hues and plenty of carbonation. The head billows into thick creamy foam that has the consistency of lemon merengue pie. The lacking is sticky and plentiful.

Smell-This hop-forward beer first gives you an aroma of roasty malts and then vanilla and spices. The smell is light.

Taste-It has a pleasant flavor with vanilla and light caramel. I also get sort of a bread pudding with raisins from this beauty.

Mouthfeel-It feels medium-bodied with a creamy moist center and a sweet but slightly dry finish. It is quite nice.

Overall-I think that this is a relaxing beer that has a lot to offer, but the flavors and aromas are slightly muted. It is easy to pick up on these flavors, but you best pay attention. Cheers!

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours crystal clear amber with about a half-inch caramel colored head. Average head retention....some lacing, but not a lot.

Aroma is caramel malt, with some notes of vanilla.

Taste is pretty mild, some caramel malt sweetness. Hops are there, and they come through with a hint of bitterness in the finish, but just aren't strong enough for me to really get a feel for their character. Finishes slightly sweet, with a hint of alcohol, and maybe a little bit of smoke thrown in.

Well balanced, with a medium body, & low carbonation. Pretty low-key beer, not really anything that makes you stand up and take notice....as an American Amber it seems tame, seems more like a mild English bitter. For my money, it's pretty much middle of the road.

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Photo of eberkman
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a bottle at the Cheesecake Factory in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Poured a copper-amber with a thin white head that left little lacing. Smelled primarily of caramel and spice notes with some fruitiness. Taste was also a blend of toasty caramel notes with a nice hopy finish. Mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated. Very sessionable -- drinkability was definitely this beer's strongest point.

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

Thanks to Imstillthegman and BIF 33 for the chance to try this one. Pours light copper, good dense head, it subsides for a bit. Lacing is moderate. Smell is faint, a slight grassy(?) aroma. Taste is slightly astringent, more english ale type than american ale in my book. Mouthfeel is good, but the astringency is there. Drinkable, well, yeah, seems sessionable, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light brown and clear with very little head.

Distinct nutty, toasty nose with some cocoa mixed in for good measure. Hop aroma is absent.

Lemon, nutty quality along with some light toast and cocoa; much like the nose. Light bitterness balances the grain sweetness. A very enjoyable session-able beer. Strong enough to stand on its own, and subtle enough to not detract from the tastes of other foods.

Tongue coating and medium bodied. Light carbonation amplifies drink-ability, and makes this beer and very quaff-able one.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks peacebone116!

A: Pours an orange/amber color, two finger white head, good retention. Dissipating into a white cap.

S: Very grainy malt presence, a little hop bite. It almost smells smoked, but not quite. Faint hints of apples and spice.

T: Grain returns, giving way to biscuity sweetness. Hop presence remains faint and hints at a bit of citrus here and there. Woody, almost smoked similar to the aroma.

M: Low end of medium, maybe a little thin. Well carbed. Not bad.

D: Good! A tasty and easy going beer. I would probably buy this again if it were local.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No obvious best before date.

A - moderate head that dissipates within a few minutes leaving some lacing. Light brown in color with moderate carbonation.

S - not overly strong nose on it; slight caramel malt with elements of copper. Nice fresh smell to it.

T - milder flavor than expected; rounded malty flavor with moderate and slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - heavy mouthfeel with mild carbonation; a bit surprising considering the muted flavor and average alcohol.

D - less drinkable than I would have guessed - wouldn't want to have too many in a big session.

Decent beer, but not great. Less satisfying than I was expecting.

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Photo of tony223366
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good looking beer! Excellent clarity with a rich copper color. Two fingers of white fluffy head. Small bubbles interspersed with large ones. Fantastic lacing is immediately present. Some action from the carbonation lingers for a while.

S: Rich caramel and a dark fruitiness is present in the beer. A small amount of breadiness. Hard to come across much by way of hops. Smells like it could be sweet.

T: Taste follows the nose. Rich caramel hits me first. Followed by a mild hop citrus. That quickly gives way to the dark fruit. Maybe even some brown sugar. A breadiness exists throughout as well. The finish is a little bitter but mostly clean.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy.

O: Very drinkable but almost a little cloying. It's interesting how much this feels like a dessert beer. Unfortunately this falls into the category of very average for an English Pale Ale. Not quite sessionable enough to be truly great.

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Photo of ARoman
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Transferred from old notes - 1/12/2014*
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Aromas of sour fruits - mostly apple and grape come to mind - start this one out with some faint yogurt smells sneaking through underneath. It’s a sparkling golden caramel coloring with a light, puffy white head that retains pretty well and leaves a nice lacing consisting of mostly micro-sized bubbles with some splotches of medium and small bubbles. It is mostly sour and yogurt-tart with moderate resin bitterness and a light, dull, sweet presence as well. The thin body contains a significant, but not overwhelming, amount of carbonation. It has a dry mouthfeel with some light peachy flavors as well as a toasted bread with butter taste. It finishes with a mostly toasty, resin finish, but after that fades, a cherry yogurt aftertaste is what lingers longest.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dident except much from this one when i poured it in to my glass, i wasent impresed with the color, or the faint sent it pordused but that all was quickley washed away when the first sip hit my lips. this has a hopy bite to it, way more than i thought would come from a 5% abv beer. all and all i would recomend this beer and will dirnk it agan if it ever crosses my path agan

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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 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 Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with one finger of creamy off-white head that leaves spiky volcanic rock lace as it recedes.

Smells of toffee, roasted nuts, sliced apple, brown bread and earthy green hops.

Tastes of crusty brown bread, more nutty toffee, browning apple, bitter citrus and more leafy bitter hops.

Feels mild and solid. Medium bodied with perky carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Tasty and easy to put away.

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

Pours a nice reddish brown with a decent off white head. Malty smell and taste to this one. More so than expected. It's kinda caramel/vanilla like. Fairly full body. Nice and smooth. Goes down easy. This is a good stand alone session beer or I could definitely drink this one with a snack or even a meal.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass. 22 oz. bottle all to myself.

Pours a slightly hazy copper red/brown. Not really dark for a red but certainly on the dark size of an amber. Forced the pour towards the end and only got a 1/2 finger white head. Overall a very attractive beer.

Aroma leans toward sweet and malty with some hop spice.

First couple of sips come across thin. Consistent flavor with a clean finish. A well-done beer that lacks identity.

Updated because I struggled to finish the 22 oz bottle by myself. The lack of character made it less enjoyable during consumption.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been enjoying this brew for years. It was the first case I picked up upon returning to California (albeit a beer desert section of Cali, does such a thing exist? yes, yes it does).

Appearance is clear orange with copper depths and lemon edges. A few fingers of head forms but falls rather quickly. No lace to speak of. Aroma is very forward: lemon, black tea, and moist earth. An undercurrent of sweet malt gives a bit of body to the experience. No butter notes. Taste starts with a slightly bready, slightly caramel sweetness. Earthy character more prominent in the taste. A moderate bitterness that's well-balanced with the whole. Good body for the style, not too heavy with a surprising crispness. Carbonation is low for my American palette, but is probably over-boisterous by English standards.

An exceptionally drinkable session ale. It has enough complexity to warrant extended consideration but is friendly enough to share with macro-drinkers. I never get tired of this beer.

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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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Photo of Tupperwolf
2.46/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coppery brown color into my nonic with an off-white head that froths up to a proper size then dies slowly, over many sips, to a thin ring, leaving behind no lacing.

Smells are quick and extremely hard to define - there's just a little malty honey, but there are some seriously metallic scents that I just can't quite figure out. I think they must come from the hops, or the oak barrels, or something related thereto. Maybe a bit grassy - yep, smells like a hay bale or my uncle's barn.

The taste is equally hard to define, but its' very thin, and what's available to taste is somewhat unpleasant. A kind of metallic, brash flavor, almost like asparagus or raw vegetables - very coppery and one-sided. Not very balanced at all.

Mouthfeel has a reasonable amount of carbonation at first, which quickly dissappears and becomes very watery. Very thin for an ale.

This is drinkable in mad gulps, but it's just not living up to my standards. I really wouldn't even want to drink this with a meal. I had it at a friend's recommendation but wouldn't recommend it to another friend.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color into my pint glass. 1 finger head that slowly recedes. So far decent lacing.

Having a REAL hard time detecting ANYTHING on the nose.

Interesting taste. Biscuity malts, with a hint of hops at the end. A lot of yeast too. The beer is crystal clear and I didn't see any sediment in the bottle. I'm not sure why the yeast is so hugely present.

Slightly crist mouthfeel, but I feel it's over carbonated.

Eh fairly drinkable. I bought a 6 pack (on sale) so I'll finish it, but truly a poor representation of the style. England is much more fond of her Bitters than Pales, so you'd be hard pressed to find a proper English Pale in the first place whilst over there, but this tastes nothing like what I remember drinking while in the UK. I guess it's worth a shot.

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Photo of karait95
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange amber color a little light body can be seen or at least it seams so, very clear for an ale, with a relative big head on top at least 3 fingers that dissipates somehow quickly not leaving much behind.

S: The smell is somehow more simpler than complexer some hops can be felt more than the malt or the barley .

T: The hops are predominant all over the flavor as with the smell the tasting of malt is hidden or overcome due to the bitter of the hops.

M: A little bitter since the begging and becoming more every second it spend in your mouth, with a good medium lasting a little dry with relatively high bitterness.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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