DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

DBA (Double Barrel Ale)DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
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Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #40
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,461
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 11.38%
Reviews:
803
Ratings:
2,847
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  106
Gots
  508
SCORE
83
Good
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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unclenicky from New York

2.04/5  rDev -44.7%

Nov 12, 2014
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Riff from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a glass. Deep, amber color with a thick white foam head, 2-3 fingers deep. Smell was very malty up front, not much else afterwards. Taste is again malt forwards, earthy, with a little bit of caramel following at the end. Finish is clean and fades out quickly. Medium carbonation and a fairly light body. Overall a good English pale ale, certainly a pleasant drinker for the warmer months.

May 22, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright copper. Bready nose. Malty with a good hearty body and a nice dry finish.

I’d say that this is more of an ESB than an English Pale Ale. Either way, it is very, very good.

Nov 14, 2014
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright coppery orange with maize colored accents. Exceedingly fine carbonation slowly rises to a light gold, orangish beige cap. The foam has a solidity about it that promotes a slow, somewhat rocky, descent and results in a decent showing in the lace department. Several concentric rings are seen at midglass when the beer is nearly gone.

The nose is hoppier than expected. I would never confuse it with an IPA, or even a hoppy APA, but it's nice to run across what appears to be a hop-dominant amber ale. There's still a toasted malt background keeping the aroma grounded. The spicy, herbal (probably English) hops are where the action is however.

I like Double Barrel. There's a moderately sweet, whole grain toast-like malt structure that is firm without being unyielding. It's still pretty hoppy, but is more balanced than anticipated after the sniff test. This beer reminds me of an English pale ale or an ESB, and a pretty good one at that. The flavor profile is clean and is anything but shy. I get the sense the brewers hit the flavor target they were shooting for.

The medium length finish manages to keep a fair amount of bitterness in contact with the taste buds after the beer is gone. Dry and bitter is as good a way to finish as any other. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, although I'm sure the active carbonation is somewhat responsible for that impression.

Firestone Double Barrel Ale is a good one. It has no real faults and is as well-constructed as any amber ale that I've had in a while. I could definitely make a session out of a few of these and I'm sure they would go well with a wide variety of foods. This isn't quite a head turner, but it is a delicious, satisfying ale.

Jun 01, 2005
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wedgie9 from Tennessee

2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a super light and clear amber color with a thin but long lasting off-white head.

Aroma - The primary aromas are of malts. Brown sugar and cereal also come through. As the beer warms, a slight peach smell starts to come through.

Taste - The taste is a little fruitier with the peach coming through. It is a little malty, but overall underwhelming. Not much complexity but a nice bitter finish.

Palate - Very clean and bright. The carbonation average, just as I would expect.

Overall - This is a solid session beer, but not much beyond that. It does not have any of the complexity that I look for in a truly special beer.

Jan 31, 2010
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single can, a refugee from the sixers that they comprise up here in good ol' Alberta. Fuck - no indication as to what the hell 'double barrel ale' means on the can's label, of course.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with one measly finger of puffy, weakly foamy, and faintly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random ocean upswell lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells almost like an above-average ESB - semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, muddled dark orchard fruit, an ethereal woodsiness, and generic leafy, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and biscuity caramel malt, hard toffee, a touch of campfire smoke, laid-back black stone fruit notes, and more tame leafy, earthy, and plain floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are decently active in their attempt at quotidian frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, those noble hops not of the sort to take too much of an undeserved tithe here. It finishes on the sweet side, all biscuity malt this, and wannabe barrel essences that.

Yeah, I suppose that I was to assume that some sort of wood treatment was applied here, and also to be less than surprised at how it was eventually rendered. Anyways, for an English ale produced in Cali, this does indeed turn out quite all right, double barrels or whatever.

Jul 17, 2016
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Nov 27, 2011
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Rayek from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Double Barrel pours a straight amber with a small eggshell cap. The head falls quickly to a patchwork film and leaves bits of lace.

Toasted sweetbread dominates. Bitterness is well balanced and earthy, with a tea and pepper bite. The bitterness lingers through the finish, while the malts fade away. A medium-light and dry body could stand being a bit less tingly.

This is a pretty decent EPA overall. A little less tingle would be welcome.

Nov 04, 2011
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NODAK from Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice nose on this one. Quite sweet, with a good amount of caramel coming out....perhaps a hint of that vanilla from the barrels. Good stuff.

The taste has an initial hop bite to it, giving way to a sweet chorus of caramel malts intermingling with just a hint of oak and biscuit and just a little vanilla as well too on the finish. It's all perceptible, and makes for a pretty interesting and well rounded EPA.

Jun 29, 2014
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jeff1973 from California

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Nov 29, 2011
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rtaps from California

3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an amber with about a 1/2inch head that dissipates quickly leave minimal lacing.

smell is i think the weakest part of the beer not picking out too much, hoppy bitterness and maybe a little oak in the back round

taste is very malty, think im picking up mild hints of vanilla. and some caramel. dry, and medium bodies with good carbonation

overall its a good EPA. Nothing thats going to blow you away, but solid enough to go back to anytime.

Nov 11, 2011
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CAcker from California

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Jun 08, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Mar 11, 2014
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Eazy28 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Jun 19, 2013
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dunlap926 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Aug 02, 2014
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Dillinger from Mississippi

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Oct 19, 2014
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zshaft from Connecticut

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

looks nice amber in a snifter with minimal head. nose is malt forward with earthy scents prevelant. taste is earthy and floral up front giving way to some elderberry or some other berry I cant quite make. finishes with some aromatic bitters and fairly clean. im not a big fan of earthy hops but this beer is not to bad. fairlybalanced and sessionable this is anice offering from a quality brewery. would not seek out but worth a try.

May 22, 2016
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Soto from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Feb 27, 2014
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gpogo from California

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

A- Dark golden color with white head. Left a nice lacing on the glass.

S- Slightly yeasty. Toasted Malt smell

T- At first it tasted like a standard american amber, but it seems to have a west coast twist. It's hoppier than any american amber that I've had, though that's not to say it's too hoppy for the style.

M- Medium to Medium light body. Low carbonation.

D- It's better than I expected. Perhaps a decent session beer at 5% abv. In fact I'd consider another bottle.

Apr 10, 2008
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verge from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

May 16, 2013
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PsilohsaiBiN from New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Mar 16, 2014
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Dools9 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Mar 08, 2014
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Blue from California

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Feb 08, 2013
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KSteddom

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Oct 12, 2014
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Kaveman from Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

Aug 26, 2013
DBA (Double Barrel Ale) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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