skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Great representation of the English Pale/APA. Straight forward, lightly hopped, mild malt, and sessionable. Drink it with the sun shining in your face, somewhere...on a warm beach maybe...or a boat... GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of EinWeizenbitte.
Pours deep amber with the slightest haze to it underneath a thick white head that recedes to a soapy swirl fairly quickly.
The aroma is sweet with pale malts, hints of caramel and some earthy hops.
Initial taste is sweet caramel malts followed quickly by some toasted bread. There is an herbal hop bitterness in the finish which keeps the sweetness of the malts from dominating completely.
The mouthfeel is extremely crisp with a dry herbal finish.
This is an extremely drinkable, hopped up English pale. Not the most complex beer in the world but very tasty for the style. skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours a reddish amber color with a off white head which fades to a little lacing. aroma is bread, toffee, a a little pine, and some fruit. flavor is of baked bread, pine resin, toffee, fruit, and some yeast. has a medium body with a crisp, dry finnish. oveall, a tasty, sessionable, english style pale. Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Slight reddish brown color. A light sweet tangy spicy hop aroma Very mild malt flavor. Slight breadlike flavor grace the tongue. Tangy creamy mouthfeel. Nice characteristics of an english mild. theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Slight malty and citrus aroma. Copper orange color. Crystal clear. Small head that disaptes quickly. Nice sweetness. Earthy, citrus, celery from hops. Hint of smoke and oak. Malt and hops fairly balanced. Medium body. Doesnt linger to much on the tongue. Overall ok. Complex flavors, but they dont come together like they need to. Drinkable.
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
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. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Reviewed 1/16/2010 (Bottle):
Pours a clear light red color body, small white head, diminishing. English malty aroma, dry hoppiness. Some sweetness. Some citrus, lost of dryness. English taste, pale and dry. Nice light taste, some sweetness. Some biscuitiness, light breadiness. Tasty, sessionable. Not really headache-inducing. phaleslu (10907) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2010
12 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade. Pours a clear copper color with a half-inch thick eggshell white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a little film at the top. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, earthy hops, grass, and a little vanilla and oak from the barrel, but not a whole lot of barrel notes come through. Flavor is grassy, earthy hops up front, with caramel malts, biscuit, and some barrel notes (oak, vanilla) following. Once again, the barrel is not prominent. Hop bitterness throughout. Light-bodied, with average carbonation and a mouthfeel very much like most English ales. Unmistakably English in style. Not bad. User29624 (1687) - - FEB 15, 2010
Had this at the Yard House downtown San Diego. Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma of caramel and mostly malt. Heavy malt flavor, caramel, brown sugar, and slight grass hops. Decent. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2010 Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Double Barrel Ale--1999 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Bright amber golden color with hints of red. Rich floral hop nose backed by light fruity biscuity roasted caramel ESB body. Nice rich earthy hop spice finish. Balanced and very flavorful. 6/29/1999.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Double Barrel Ale--2000 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV--34 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) ESB--Clear rich bright copper amber color. Rich floral malty hop front. Toasted ESB body with doughy bisquit flavor and chalky texture. Mild sweet fruit flavors. Mild floral hop ESB bitter finish. Sampled 8/31/2000.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Firestone Double Barrel Ale--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottles. 5.20% ABV--32 IBU’s. (3.75 / 5.0) ESB--Beer of the Month Club Selection April 2005. Mild lace head. Clear thin dark copper red amber color. Mild toasted hop front. Crisp tangy thin dry sweet toasted earthy caramel toffee bisquit body. Mild tangy hop spice citrus end. Mild ESB. Sampled 5/20/2005.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company--DBA--Double Barrel Ale--Passion For The Pale--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV--32 IBU’s. (3.85 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Thin mild lace off white head. Clear rich bright amber color. No sediment. Mild floral hop sweet malt fruit ester front. Mild sweet doughy caramel fruit soft vanilla oak British malt body. Easy malty mild hop spice clean stank hint English Pale Ale end. Odd. Sampled 11/14/2009. $4.49 Each.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company--DBA--Double Barrel Ale--Passion For The Pale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. 32 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Malty English Pale Ale. Mild lace off white creamy thin head. Clear bright copper red amber color. Floral toasty ripe doughy hop sweet nose front. Toasted caramel mellow fruit biscuit thin textured malty crisp Pale body. Dry clean crisp balanced mild tangy hop malty NW-SW Pale end. Sampled 8/9/2010. 6- Pack $9.49.