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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Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decent flavor not a bad beer a little hops and Carmel

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

Bottle cracked at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA, and enjoyed w/ a pretzel. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A clear orange amber bodied beer, with a foamy, one-finger, slightly off-white head with average retention. Lacing is initially nice, with finger-like wisps rising from the white slick of foam laying atop the body, but disappears pretty quickly.

Aroma: Spicy grassy hops and some faint citrus are the dominant notes here, backed up by a pale, biscuity maltiness. A little simplistic but pleasant.

Taste: Very balanced. Malty, with lots of roasted notes, some nuttiness, a hint of buttery malt, and a few spicy phenols, but backed up by a healthy dose of balancing bitterness - a little rough, but not too bad - and a nice burst of orange zest and faint vegetalness. Stylistically, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Pretty fine-bubbled, full-bodied, and creamy. A good amount of carbonation as well, which melds with the hop bitterness and spicy phenols well.

Drinkability: I thought this one was pretty good, actually - a very interesting and balanced amber with a very reasonable alcohol level. Haven't yet had a bad beer from Firestone Walker - a very good beer from a very good brewery.

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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 inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Victory tulip/snifter glass. Bottle date is 11/21/11, so nearly 3 months old at this point.

A: Pours a really pretty clear reddish orange color. I got about a half finger of soapy off white head. It's a very clear beer. Good carbonation. You get some sticky lacing bits on the swirl.

S: Biscuity, bready malt sweetness. Basically no hops on the nose.

T: This is just an easy sipping, session beer. Very malt forward as per the style. Only hops used in the boil were probably mild additions. It's very smooth sweet malty goodness.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: It's a nice representation of the style. Nothing mind blowing or anything, but I'd order it again in a bar to see if getting it fresher does anything for the hop nose and taste.

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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.9/5  rDev +6%

Photo of knicks19947
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DogFood11
1.93/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pounder it formed a mediocre head that was eggshell white and left traces of lace. Brown body with medium to light carbonation.

A really odd tasting beer. I'm a category geek sometimes and I have no idea where this would fit in. It's kind of its own style so to speak. Has an odd woody backer that effects every pull. Roasted malts are somewhere between charred and roasted, creating a slightly bitter malt bill that is like drinking freshly cut dried kendling. Hops are a bit zippy although they have a tendancy to take a backseat with everything else going on. There is a sort of candied presence as well towards the beginning and lasts just for a brief second.

Notes: I really couldn't figure this one out. Not to say that complex and confusing can't be good, because it most definately can. This is just to much all over the map and the profiles are rather odd and don't blend well....Not for me.

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Photo of midlifec
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, the date is 05/13/10. I hope that is the bottled on date.

It pours a clear amber with a nice fluffy white head that also has a bit of creaminess. It recedes fairly slowly leaving some decent lacing.

Smell is light, but pleasant. There is a good deal of English hop nose and some light caramel scents. There is also a hint of vanilla oak character. It is not bad smelling for a lower abv beer.

The flavor and mouthfeel are ultra smooth. Almost like it is casky. It has a nice oak flavor, a subtleness of hops, mineral water, and a nice bready malt underneath. This is a full-flavored sessionable beer. The English hop weird aftertaste is annoying but not enough to bring the flavor down too much.

This is something I don't always get interested in but this one is done up right and uniquely.

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

Pours a light copper color with a light tan head of bubbles that falls quickly, some spotty lace left behind.
Aroma is lightly malty with some light fruitiness and hints of spice and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is like the smell malty some caramel and light frruit mixed with some floral and spicey hops. Overall the aroma and flavor seems more English in nature then an American Amber.
Mouthfeel is little lighter then a good amber but still pleasent.
Drinkability is ok not on par with the best amber ales but still not bad, if you like malt with some nice English like flavors could be for you.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of bump8628
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber/copper with a loose white head that sticks here and there.

Toasty with a noticeable biscuit character and plenty of light caramel sweetness all balanced by a snap of earthy hoppiness.
Nuances of vanilla and toast mingle in, but they're so subtle I don't know that I would notice them if I didn't know this was selectively fermented in barrels.

An interesting and quite flavorful amber/pale ale. One I pick up for everyday drinking anytime I'm in California.

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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,756 ratings.
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