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

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752
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3.68
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20.65%
 
 
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Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a JK beer -- DL likes it a lot!!!!! Very subtle , mild w/ a bit of a bitter bite at the end! (Try to say that 5x in a row after drinking 5 of these!). He wants to get it again.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt amber, decent head, light lacing.

Crisp hop front immediately dances with a strong malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, enhancing hop crispness.

A good hop profile for an English Pale yet still balanced. A beer I would come back to for a solid, decently flavored beer. When I think "ale", this is the type of beer I have in mind. Nothing special, just a good beer.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass and enjoyed! This brew poured a nice dark amber/copper color with a thin head that fizzled down quickly and left minimal lacing throughout the drinking.

Aroma was of sweet malts nicely balanced with some citrusy hops; reminded me of orange blossoms.

Bold sweet malt flavor, rendered bitter-sweet by the slight hop aftertaste. Mild alcohol presence throughout the drink.

Smooth mouthfeel, very well balanced with good carbonation that keeps this brew lively.

All in all, I would definitely have to say this is a good session beer; it has excellent flavor and an average abv making this perfect all night long or paired with some food.

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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 Foxtrot
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a very nice amber brown color with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly with some lacing

S - Smells of Oak barrels with the sweetness of caramel with some hops

T - Tasted as it smells. That it had lots of oak with some sweet malts, and a little earthy.

M - Decent on the mouth feel with a low carbonation.

D - I like this, really clean taste with dry oak finish.

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Photo of mnapier
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees farenheit. Service Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Purchased at John's Market July 27th, 2008

Appearance, is amber & clear with a medium to mild white foamy head that quickly dies out leaving apparitions of lace inside the glass.
The nose on this beer is very mild with a mix of floral, some spice, and a dash of caramel.
Sipping this I detect some mild earthiness, mellow sweetness, and some mellow roasted-ness.
Mouthfeel is mild to medium but overall a decent drink.

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Photo of 0110x011
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light amber/copper with a full, thick rocky head. Major stying power on the head. Lacing is a bit spotty, but a damn pretty beer.

S - major toasted grain and bread to start. Caramel sweetness and mild herbal hops follow.

T - Sweet caramel first, then the cracker breadyness comes across. Noble hops are faint, but play into the profile well.

M - Medium carbonation & medium-light body. Finish is off-dry & fairly quick.

D - Sessionable for sure. The third is as enjoyable as the first.

One of my new favorite session beers. Firestone never ceases to impress me.

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Photo of tbern007
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, bright, copper orange. Medium head, stays around for a little while. Little lace.
S - very light floral, earth.
T - reminds me of an ESB or English Pale Ale. Malty and lightly hoppy. A little floral, mildly citrus.
M & D - decent. Good balance. Very drinkable. Nothing out of this world. Less than $1.80 per bottle in singles at Khoury's or Lee's.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color. Malt forward nose, a hint of hops. Malty sweet caramel, with a slight floral hop backing that really balances this out. A bready aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. I didn't know what to expect from this one, wasn't really sure what it was, but it's damn good!

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: More brown than red amber, clear a smooth looking. Small bit of head, just about a finger, but quickly fades leaving some film.

S: Not much in the way of smell. Some roasted malt and maybe a touch of oak comes out. Hard to say what this will taste like.

T: Nice rich roasted malt and plenty of oak. I can taste a bit of Belgian strong dark ale in this, probably because of the aging. The flavor is pretty mild overall. Almost no hops that I can detect.

MF: Thin and smooth. Bit of a sweet aftertaste, not really sure where that's coming from.

D: I've had this on tap a few times, and always feel pretty much the same about it. It's really easy to drink and the flavor is a bit unique because of the barrel aging, but there's so many other good sessionable beers out there that I would probalby only resort to this if there was nothing better on tap. A solid brew, but nothing to jump out of your boots for.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Firestone DBA pours a nice copper color. Things are topped off by a healthy two fingers of bone white head. Head settles to a ring. Some lacing is left in its wake.

DBA has a classic British ale aroma. Caramel notes hit first. A light mineral edge present as well. Some lightly earthy and herbal hop notes round out the nose.

Taste follows the nose. Caramel notes hit first. Beneath the caramel lies some sweet bread notes. Hops take hold after the malt. Lightly earthy notes hit first. That's rounded out by some herbal - lightly minty/piney - notes. the finish is quick with more sweet caramel and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Has a bit of a watery quality.

DBA is a nice easy drinking brew. It's a solid English pale ale. I could easily drink this all night long.

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

Here is a solid pale ale from the folks down the road from me at Firestone Walker. I've had in both bottles and on tap. It's actually a little fizzy, but it pours a deep mahogany color, with a little lacing on the glass. Slight aroma of malt and a woody, smokey note. The taste is a straightforward combination of caramel malt with a oak note, and maybe a little smokey earthiness in there. It's more malty than hoppy, with a little grassy hop bitterness at the finish. Some heft in the mouthfeel, and while it looks fizzy, the carbonation level is A-OK. Really went well with my burger, and I expect this to pair well with a lot of foods.

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Photo of mxchap
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Overall: Solid easy to drink ale. This is American pub beer at its finest [4.25]
Look: Amber in color with a foamy head. Leaves behind chaotic lacing [4]
Smell: Floral and Herbal. Spicy. Toast. [4]
Taste: Follows the smell. Caramel malt asserts itself nicely. [4]
Feel: Spot on for a balanced english ale. Slightly creamy, nothing sticks out. Perfect carbonation. [5]

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

Bright amber-red ale with a finger-high, quickly dissipating white head. Brewed in the States with a nod to hoppier English ales.

The oak barrel brewing provides a woodsy, spice-like fragrance. The five blended malts give it a rich, full-bodied taste, while the English and Slovenian hops provide a snappy, crisp finish that gives way to dryness.

Mouthfeel goes from full and creamy to effervescent and dry. Pleasant, drinkable, and always a pleasure to see on the shelves in local supermarkets which mostly sell the usual macro-brews.

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

Had this on tap at Harry's Plaza Cafe in a 12oz pour. I've seen this beer around a lot, and having it be the best thing on tap there, decided to finally give it a shot.

Appearance: Very pretty dark brown-orange hue with little white crown of head and good lacing. Seems to look carbonated appropriately.

Smell: Some malty goodness, with some sweet toffee notes and some pale malt, all accentuated by a slight spicy hoppiness. Nothing too grand, but has some aroma for a pale ale.

Taste:A little roasted pale malts come in first with some very light and pleasant sweetness, and some nice bodied and balanced pale malt and spiced hop body. A lot of a flavor for a pale ale. Straight-forward and easy to drink, with a flavor profile that is very similar throughout the drink and tastes just as good the first sip as the last.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin for how good it tastes, and just a tad too tightly carbonated, but still leaves a nice aftertaste.

Drinkability: I was surprised how drinkable this was, I could've had quite a bit more and not flinched at the idea. Glass had to be paced, as I would've drank it much faster had I not made a conscious effor not to simply plow through it. Went excellently with my burnt ends Tri-Tip sandwich, which is also highly recommended if you're in the area. If you're looking for a nice session ale that goes great with some steak or a burger, and can be picked up by the case, DBA is a great little choice.

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Photo of alli4051
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint

Poured a clear tarnished copper with a small off white head. A somewhat aggressive pour gets about a finger and a half of head that recedes quickly with chunky lacing. Nose is earthy, biscuity malts. Taste is also malt forward with a faint, but pleasant, hop finish. Malts are bread and toffee notes rounded out by a nice herbal and tea-like finish. Medium bodied and a bit light on the carbonation. Feels more like and amber than a pale, and English amber? Is that even a style? What ever it may be it is a solid, drinkable brew.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear amber color with a relatively small off white with average retention. There is a little bit of lacing.
AROMA:
Light aroma of biscuit like malts and caramel.
TASTE:
Lightly toasted malts with a light caramel sweetness that is balanced with a little woody bitterness that must come from the barrels. There is also a hint of smokiness.
MOUTHFEEL
Light to medium body with a relatively dry texture. Light fizzy carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Very drinkable but needs a little more flavor to make it interesting. The dry finish also means it is not thirst quenching.
NOTES: BBCSD-0812

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Photo of hiku7
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a nonic pint glass.

The beer pours a mostly clear orange to copper with a thin white head, which quickly dissipates. This was disappointing because the picture on the bottle shows a solid frothy white head, though the color matched the picture.

The aroma was initially a mild fruitiness (not citrus, maybe berries) and emitted a pleasant yeasty smell as the beer warmed in the glass. The malt aroma was understated. A deep whiff also gave off a bit of an alcohol smell that is more often absent at this abv.

The taste was more malty than the smell suggested, primarily toasted and caramel malt, but also a surprising bit yeastyness coming through. Also a light fruitiness and even a hint of spiciness. The taste was well balanced on the back end by a moderate woody hop taste.

The beer was lightly carbonated, medium bodied, with a kind of doughiness, and had a dry finish.

Overall, a solid beer that I enjoyed, though it's not one I'd go out of my way to find.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I liked this way more than most people. It's definitely a shallower, weaker beer than most of Firestone Walker's others, but still decent in my opinion. It smells like toast, maybe a tiny hint of cantaloupe. I liked the aftertaste - nice balance of fruit, toasty malt, and the alcohol is completely hidden.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice deep amber color with a thin white head that retains a little less well than was expected but did lace ok.

S- somewhat light, a sweet toasty malty smell with a very light hop aroma

T- nice clean malty sweetness at first then a nice citrusy hoppy bitterness that was mch more pronounced in taste as opposed to the smell

M- clean, crisp, nice carboantion, medium/light body

D- a nice and drinkable brew, goes down esily, low abv, smooth body, not too highly priced either as I recall, pretty good beer

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - light amber with a thin head that stayed on top of the beer for the entire duration. Nice lacing for the style.

S - C hop aromas with toasted malt and some sweetness.

T - Very flavorful! A little bit of C hops with toasted and carmel malts.

M - A little thin. I wish this beer had just a touch more body.

D - I love Session beers and this is definately one of them to keep.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I started drinking this beer once I moved to santa barbara. I usually buy this stuff at costco, and it is one of my go to beers and keep always stocked for dinner and company. Although like most beers, tastes much better and fresher on tap. It pours from the bottle a nice reddish brown color with a little laced head. On this particular beer, I am picking up a little skunkiness, but normally I would smell some sweetness, and hops. The taste I think is unique from the smokiness by the oak barrel. I love the heavy mouthfeel. Good beer, I have drunken many, but I usually have maybe one or two in a sitting.

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Photo of GarrettB
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

When I arrived in San Diego, I saw Firestone everywhere, and assumed it was a company designed to push out as much beer as possible to as many venues as possible in a kind of cruel power and territory grab. How wrong I was. Firestone is a California establishment, but this beer was the nadir of my experience with them. The aroma brings apple and cinnamons to the nose, a little sweet and spice. But the flavor is a flop. Maybe I picked a bad batch, but this is an insipid brew. The carbonation is light, which does little to nothing to cover up a bland flavor, giving off a light touch of apple skins, and little else. Disappointing, but I know, with historical precision and all the benefits of hindsight, that this brew is a shocking exception in Firestone's line up.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown copper in color, fine but short lived head. A thin layer lingers on the top but not much.
Malty almost sweet smell. Hint of caramel.
Malty flavor, almost nutty, no hop bitterness, slightly sweet, not so much as the aroma suggests.
Mouthfeel is pleasant.
Overall I think a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured a fairly dark brown with a slight hint of red. The head was just slightly off white and very thin. There was a good amount of lacing considering that the head was so thin. The smell was a toasted malt aroma with a slight hint of hops. There was a slight wood smell, but very very faint.

The taste was a sharp malt flavor with a hint of toasted malt essence. There was a nice hop bitterness at the end, but nothing too strong. The mouthfeel was ok, but the CO2 was too strong. The beer's thickness was fine.

A really nice beer to have on tap at a restaurant that does not have craft beers. A good standard in any book.

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Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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