Walker DBA - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 11
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smcolw on 09-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Marv_Duper
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent character, a bit woody.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice umber color that has an off white head that settles at a moderate rate with virtually no lacing down the glass.

The nose is peppery malt that is sweet and pleasant with fruity notes that have hints of apples, melon and a tinge of hops.

The taste is nice rich malt that is dryer than the nose with a nice peppery hops taste that starts fresh and grassy then fades to a peppery tinge and a clean bitter finish.

The moutfeel is just right and is adequately rich for this style.

Overall this one is extremely drinkable and better than the sum of it's parts. This is a highly drinkable and excellent beer. You should definitely drink this one.

Photo of E-McFarden
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice malty aroma. Carmel front taste with a biscuity dry, almost pilsner like finish.

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- rosy light walnut. Medium head.

Aroma- lager-like sharpness with hint of corn syrup.

Taste- Starts with a mild yet rich malt balanced by gentle earthy grain notes and subtle cane sugar sweetness finishing with a lingering but subdued hint of hops and grain.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted March 2013.

Photo of beerdedking
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

At 6 months old, this isn't the ESB it was meant to be, but I love the toffee and caramel maltiness.
Has some woody hop bite on the back end, keeping itself honest. Would drink again, just for the mouthfeel

Photo of ronniebruner
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has to be my favorite Firestone beer. This beer is very hearty and heavy and goes down hard! The aroma is light in hops, but rich in taste, giving off a sweet aroma and the ideal amount of lace and head. Perfect for a bbq or a nice beer at an affordable price. This beer is easily better than some ales that are double to triple the price. Good job Firestone!

Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great copper color; clear. Small head but it lasts and leaves a thick ring lace after each sip.

Deep, roasted caramel smell, but it's not sweet. Balancing floral hop.

This is a California version of the English ESB, meaning it's more better and less sugary. Yet, this still retains the typical expectations. It's also far more carbonated, although the body is decent. Easy to drink.

Photo of KornWallace
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Date: 2/17/14
Location: Half Time Poughkeepsie
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Chalice

Appearance: Amber/Copperish color nearly see through. Light carbonation, no viscosity. A light ring of carbonation remains throughout.

Aromatics: A floral smell hits along with a bready/carmel smell.

Flavor: A very light airy flavor with that dry carmalized flavor.

Finish: Light the carbonation stays on the tongue. With the Carmel staying on my tongue and the hops on my breath.

Notes: Bottled 1/09/14 12:10pm

Photo of Darkman89
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

VERY drinkable DBA. Not over powering and mixed well with a medium spicy pork sandwich.

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

Bottle dated 02/11/14 08:45 (how specific!)

A: Pours a clear ruby red. Tall, frothy and fizzy tan head. Good head retention but with basically zero lacing.

S: Lightly grassy, a little bit of biscuity malt.

T: Yup, grassy. Nice toasted bread malt. Slight wave of bitterness in the finish with a little grass and some herbal hops too maybe? Lightly drying in the finish too.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

O: Pretty standard ESB. Crisp, smooth, drinkable. Lightly, lightly hopped but enough to give it some flavor. A nice session beer.

Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber with a good cap of creamy white head. The head lasts and leaves small amounts of sticky lacing. The aroma is milder and malty. The taste follows, but with an almost lager-esque hops finish. The body has a nice weight to it, medium-bodied with a good smooth feel throughout.

Photo of tasteology408
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably the best beer bottled by Firestone. Nice light balance of flavor. Worth picking up at least once

Photo of even23
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Awesome beer! Great taste. Not heavy very smooth. Nailed it!

Photo of CJNAPS
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites in Firestone's mix 12 pack, wish it wasn't retired.

Photo of msromberg
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Roys, Spanish Bay, Monterey, CA. Very nice ESB. Strong yeasty, toasty flavors

Photo of zander4dawin
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%

Malty ESB with taste of fig, raison, candied fruit, oaky with a smooth mellow hop back drop. Great session ale.

Photo of pkalix
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful pour, drizzles down to just sitting there with minor carbonation leaving thin head. yet another brew "lost" by the BA site which i reviewed and now shows i have not.....? purchased in the "winter bundle" with three other brews including the velvet mocha merlin....
smell is with some adjunct, seemingly, and borders on a 'commercial' brew. taste is much the same, yet not bad. easy drinking, low-abv.... some must in the nose. not light on the palate though; has a little heaviness for what i was expecting. decent....

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, that was nice just drink!

Photo of JAFoley
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A - Vigorous pour makes half a finger of bubbly off-white head over slightly hazy pale amber body. Not a lot of retention and no lacing.

S - Malts, apricot and caramel and biscuit.

T - Slightly bitter and fruity upfront. Somewhat astringent. Malts are earthy and subdued.

M - Medium/light body with moderate/high carbonation. Body is somewhat thin and watery. Mixed with large bubbly carbonation makes for a slightly soda-like mouthfeel.

O - Not bad and not great. The mouthfeel really doesn't work for me. It's too thin and too bubbly. This could possibly be a good session beer. Flavors are ok, but fairly one note. I'd have no problem drinking it if offered one, but I don't plan to pick this up again.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is hard to pinpoint for me. Appearance is not exceptional from a traditional standpoint (no head, no lacing, looks a bit flat) but the color itself is beautiful. Clear amber with hints of pink grapefruit. Sour cherries and malt in the nose, nothing striking though. Taste is amazing more sour cherries and malt, tart apple, oak, smooth hops. Not very carbonated, slight syrup consistancy.

Walker DBA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.