Double Barrel Ale (DBA)
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Barrel Ale (DBA)Double Barrel Ale (DBA)
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
English Pale Ale
Ranked #51
Ranked #24,851
3.67 | pDev: 11.44%
Nov 22, 2023
Aug 24, 2002
DBA—a.k.a. Double Barrel Ale—is the trailblazing flagship beer that started it all for us back in 1996. Partially fermented in our patented Firestone Union oak-­‐barrel brewing system, DBA quickly took the Central Coast by storm and set the pace for future beers to come. Today, DBA is regarded as a California classic, and stands as an iconic tribute to traditional cask-­‐fermented English ales. Pale malts create a smooth middle with ribbons of caramel, English toffee and toasted oak.
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Rated: 3.62 by siege06nd from Virginia

Aug 26, 2023
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Reviewed by laketang from Arizona

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours out a lovely copper tone.
Nice malty notes of caramelized sugar.
A good mildly sweet beer, and there is some hop notes as well.
I also taste some toffee too.
Chewy medium feel with good carbonation.
I can see what they are going for with this ale.
Jul 21, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by Tsar_Riga from Minnesota

Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 3.85 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Jan 31, 2023
Rated: 3.98 by MJSFS from Florida

Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Light amber with a 1" light tan head, which fades to a wisp.

Aroma is caramel, malty.

Taste is caramel, malty, light toffee, oaky.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Semidry finish.

Another nice beer from Firestone Walker.
Sep 05, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Aug 12, 2022
Rated: 3.82 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

May 17, 2022
Rated: 4 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Apr 14, 2022
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Reviewed by DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2013 bomber opened with friends. Carmel color. Murk as it gets to the bottom. Carmel and malts on nose. Flavor is the same. No oxidation! Some sweetness. Medium mouth feel. Aged gracefully.
Apr 05, 2022
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Rated by evanwoertz from California

4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
really solid english pale. nutty and wooden. bitter but not harsh, almost buttery even.
Nov 22, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: A beautiful copper-red on the pour and sporting a silky-looking off-white head that lids up, leaving nice lacing behind
Aroma: Freshly baked bread, caramel, light earthy notes, raw bread dough, and some fruity esters as well
Taste: Caramel, bready malt, and earthiness combine forces to start it off and soon after, fruity esters start trickling in – Red Delicious apple & some quince. Dough and bread maintain their hold and the earthy hops keep it all in balance until the finish
Mouthfeel: Full, very smooth throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a soft and smooth finish
Overall: I’m digging this. I haven’t had this beer in several years and didn’t respect or understand its lure when I first had it many years ago as my palate was still very much a work in progress but now, this is definitely a winner. A great take on a British Pale Ale and checks all the right boxes for me; caramel, fruity esters, and rich malt. Yes please, I’ll take more
Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 3.44 by uncleotis from Illinois

Sep 14, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Aug 14, 2021
Rated: 3.6 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2021
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Served from a tap into a conical pint glass at Pappy McGregor's in Paso Robles, California.
A: Pours a crystal clear, copper color with a less one finger, white head, low retention, and limited lacing.
S: Aromas of grasses, caramel, and pepper.
T: Semidry. Flavors of caramel and toffee a bit overpowered by strong bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with low effervescence.
O: Definitely like the English Pale Ale. Thought this would be interesting. It really wasn't at all.
Jul 25, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by Connybumbum from Colorado

Jun 17, 2021
Double Barrel Ale (DBA) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2872 ratings