DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

DBA (Double Barrel Ale)DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #40
Ranked #39,949
3.69 | pDev: 11.38%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
DBA (Double Barrel Ale)DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
Notes: 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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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a BrewDog tulip.

A: The body is brown to amber with a beige head that shows no signs of retention as barrel aged beers would.
S: The aroma is quite interesting because it has a bit of fruity and herbal tones of the English Pale Ale topped with a hint of nice yeasty activity, almost resembling a belgian abbey beer. Very interesting indeed.
T: The taste is nothing remarkable as it looks like a aged pale ale, a style you wouldn't want to age at all, with more sugary contents, malty, with caramel and going towards a finish that has virtually no hoppiness. That's not bad - it's good to find this experiment as you can see where aging an EPA can get you but this defeats the purpose of the style itself.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is very low. Alcohol is unnoticeable.
O: It's not the best beer from Firestone but it's an interesting experiment, specially on the aroma.

Mar 31, 2020
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bret27 from California

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caramel amber look. Minimal head.
Has a really well balanced biscuity taste and mouthfeel. Decent to light hop character. Understably a flagship ale for the average beer drinker. Reminded me a lot of fat tire ale and Sam Adams Boston lager.
A California classic.

Oct 05, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: Red side of amber with a half-finger white head, quickly fading to a ring on the glass with some lacing.

S: Roasted malt mostly with floral and some citrus notes. Weak overall.

T: Slightly herbal malty fare. One note.

M: A bit weighty for a pale.

O: A balanced but boring ale, likely more loved in its day.

Jun 06, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/24/14; drank 1/1/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/ruby hue.

Frothy off-white head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Caramel, corn & acorn nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Acorn, mild caramel & corn flavors up front; mild brown sugar & oak finish.

A nice session ale with darker notes; enjoyable.

Mar 06, 2019
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looking for something smooth and mild at the moment so here goes.

A light amber brew with clarity.

Aroma of green apple, tea leaf, and a hint of caramel.

Tastes of green apple and pear with grain and pine in the finish.

Light in body and smooth and crisp.

Just what I was looking for. Not the best beer ever, but the perfect beer for the moment.

Feb 24, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours cooper with a slightly off white head. Head retention is low.

Smell: The aroma has moderate malt with caramel and moderate fruit most like stone fruit.

Taste: The initial flavors are moderate bread with moderately low nuts. There is a bit of a toffee flavor in the background with some stone fruit.

Feel: It has a medium body with medium low carbonation. It also has a mostly dry finish.

Overall, a very easy drinking and flavor able beer.

Nov 21, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off white head. Copper color.

Bready malts and some toffee. Caramel. Very English ale forward. Biscuity. Smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Well done English style ale.

Oct 07, 2018
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iguanodon from Utah

2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Original rating 2012-11-03] Pours orange/gold with a tall off white head. Aroma is spicy hops and citrus. Taste is malty, a little sweet, toffee, with a bitter finish.

Oct 03, 2018
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L-Burnt orange..frothy white head

S-Herbal hops

T-Biscuity malt, herbal hops....touch of toffee

F-Light side of medium bodied...or high side of light bodied...a little thin

O-Nice sessionable beer I'd gladly drink...prefer others in this style though..

Sep 22, 2018
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Pours an opaque copper with a thin, chunky, white head.
S- Carmel malt and hop.
T- Sweet malt and biscuit. Hop is secondary. Some spice. typical of style.
M- Crisp and refreshing.

Sep 10, 2018
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YungAnejo from Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had a pint on draft at P.F. Chang’s for $4 on happy hour

Half inch of white head, slightly amber body, minimal lacing

Aroma is sweet bread, not much else

Taste has a slight earthy hop but mostly sweet biscuit flavor, maybe corn?

Feel is watery and light, maybe refreshing to some but personally was very reminiscent of a session

Overall I know English variants aren’t meant to have any hop character but I guess I expected more from the Malts

If this is a proper representation of the style I have no need to revisit.

Mar 21, 2018
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JohnnyQuid76 from Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wonderful color, wow! Bottle poured well and beautiful with a nice head. Caramel malt and slightly toffee, though subtle. As an English, it was good and the malt was prominent. It was a pleasure to drink, but nothing too special, and many other of the type I might choose first. All in all a good experience and what you might expect from Firestone.

Feb 28, 2018
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sokol_1993 from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got one for Super Bowl party.

A good, dependable representative of a British Pale ale, nothing special, but good for a session. Not on par with is British cousins though.

Feb 06, 2018
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Gdobber from Washington

4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet.
Look: Burnt orange, translucent/clear, 1 finger off-white head.
Smell: sweet, light malt, slight fruity hops, a bit musty
Taste: malty, a bit of apple? almost a bit of cider, slightly bitter. Not as much flavor as I thought there would be. As it warmed up, there were a few more fruit notes
Feel: A bit bubbly, but smooth. Fairly crisp.
Overall: Not what I was expecting for Firestone. It is a good beer that I would gladly drink a 6 pack of in the spring time.

Jan 07, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amberish color. Fairly clear. The head is 1 finger, white, and frothy. Some lacing on the glass.
The nose has a bit of sweetness to it. Some malt aroma. S
Taste - intersting. I get a lot of flavors, but all are somwhat on the mellow side. I get some sweetness. Some malt. Slight hop bitterness. I almost get a hefe flavor to this beer.
Feel is pretty decent bodied. Some carbonation feel.
First Firestone Walker beer, that I picked up in Iowa, and I like it.

Dec 22, 2017
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the_awesometeer from California

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear amber color with slow rising bubbles and a very thin head. aroma of the sweetness of malts, raisins, some vanilla, and hops. The beer tastes similar but hoppier than the aroma. Nice mild carbonation to it and the malt flavors seem to linger on the tongue.

Nov 29, 2017
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mixed twelve pack copped from Bottle King in Morris Plains. Copper, ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Faint aroma replete with hints of molasses and bread. Similar overall flavor profile.

Aug 14, 2017
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a white head. Decent lacing.
Smell is more brown ale than pale ale. Malt, caramel, light nut note, hops, bread.
Taste is more of the same, a hoppier brown ale without the color. Malt, hops, caramel and bread note. Balance is very good.
Slightly heavier than a typical pale with a good lingering maltiness.

Aug 08, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper amber as a showcase, it tops with rather thick foamy off-white head that retains itself with pretty good retention before gradually collapsing to some bubble sheet on the surface and leaving some lacing on the glass-side.

In a nose, sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, toasted oak, toasted bread, biscuit, also with a hint of earthy and resiny hop.

Straightforward EPA through the palate, I get sweet malt at first with the suggestion caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted bread, and biscuit. The fermentation in oak barrel summons its toasted oak profile while hop lend its earthy and very dry resiny touch.

Medium body with rather smooth mouthfeel and mild carbonation, the feeling is well-rounded with a very dry finish.

Plenty of malt here and there with a reflection of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bread, as well as toasted oak from the time in there.

Aug 02, 2017
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $15.99 Foodland
Clear amber color
Light carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Toasted malt, caramel taste. Thinner taste than I had expected
Overall just ok. Based on the name I had expected a bolder taste, but this doesn't have much character. Would not buy again.

Jul 15, 2017
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish-orange with a foamy off-white head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is hops, malts and spice. Taste is sweet and hoppy. Finishes with a hoppy bitterness.

Jul 10, 2017
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WhiskeyMax from Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours and Amber orange with short lived head. Smell has toasted malt character without being very discerning. Taste is much of the same, not much distinguishable. Good carbonation and a nice dryness to the finish. Overall it's just ok. I will finish the six pack but not sure I'll buy another. Good on a lazy Sunday afternoon sitting on the porch.

Jul 03, 2017
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "Canned On" date 1-17-17.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, copper color with one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, brown sugar and an earthy metallic note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet brown sugar and bread then an earthy metallic hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer for the style but, it's not my favorite style, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys English Pale Ale but would not seek this one out again.

Jun 18, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a hazy copper/amber colored body with a one finger white foamy head that settles within a minute to a lumpy yet somewhat settled looking head with a clingy foamy lacing that graces the sides of the glass. The smell has a bready, earthy, malty, light spicy, light hoppy aroma. The taste is sweet yet bitter but also a bit of that earthy breadiness coming back with a somewhat dry malty aftertaste and dry finish. The palate is light to medium and definitely sessionable. The carbonation seems smooth for the style and I would say good to me. Overall, I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time, all I have to say is I’m certainly glad to have this. I would definitely have this again.

Jun 06, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Canned on 1/17/17. Pours a lovely translucent copper hue with a dense, one inch, cream-colored head. Nose is fairly subdued - pale malts with a hint of sweetness and a trace of floral notes towards the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, that trace of sweetness is overshadowed by biscuity notes. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild, easy carbonation. That said, it comes off a bit watery in the texture. Overall, a solid example of the style. Not sure why the reviews are so low. I bet it's delicious on-cask.

May 20, 2017
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