DBA (Double Barrel Ale) | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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DBA (Double Barrel Ale)DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,770
Reviews:
785
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
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106
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488
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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good bar poured head. Leaves rings after every sip. Dark gold and quite clear.

The smell is a combination berry-like sweetness and floral hop. A bit of muted pepper in the background.

This beer has caramelized malt of an English Bitter with the hop bite of an American pale ale. Very easy to drink. Full bodied with a decent carbonation. Not complicated. Bitter swallow with a lengthy aftertaste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-red body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Musty grain scent, with light floral notes and some hints of caramel.

Taste: Light, thin caramel sweetness with a faint chocolate taste. Way off in the distant background is some woodiness and soft vanilla notes and something that makes me think "tin!" A very subdued floral hoppiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One was more than enough, thanks.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to UncleJimbo for the sample.

Appearance: A definite pssst when I popped the cap, fast to foam with a light crackle of carbonation. One finger of foam stays intact over the clear mahogany colored brew.

Smell: Slight candy and caramel sweetness under the toasted malt, faintly floral from the hops and quite clean as well.

Taste: Clean malt sweetness, lots of caramel and bread. The hop character melts in the malt and struggles to break its hold. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Hard crispness rolls off the palate with a medium body.

Drinkability: I could only drink one, maybe two of these in a sitting … seems heavy for some reason.

Notes: A tasty brew, pale ale? Amber ale? Does it really matter? Either way it was enjoyable.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy, soapy, finger's worth of off-white head with low retention. Color was a medium to deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a strong malty quality. Mouthfeel was a bit thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a faint, lager-like honey sweetness. The finish had a slight mustiness, possibly yeast-driven. Stick to the Drake's.

Well, I have no idea as to the original review's serving style. I CAN tell you, though, that on T, 18 July 2017, The CANQuest (tm) is getting it in the CAN!

From the CAN: "

I Crack!ed the CAN open & I was debating on an inverted Glug, but just a gentle pour was enough to raise nearly three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy breadiness along with a sugary, syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it. The flavor was odd, rather muted, perhaps to my AmeriCAN palate. It had a bready, syrupy malty sweetness underlain by a light grassiness, but not much else. Finish was in the sweet to semi-sweet range, very sugary and malty, but without much else to back it up. My original assessment stands, but I would not have been as generous with my scores today.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this along with a good amount of the rest of the FW lineup in a Secret Bunny BIF...and I jumped right into these as soon as I could. This one poured a very nice orange tinted amber with a nice overall reddish hue to it that came off very good. A nice fluffy three finger head of lace then rose up above it before settling down to nothing in the end, with just a clear top and no side glass lace. Initially a bit of carbonation streaming up, however this died down rather quickly to be honest.

The aroma was full of grainy malt characters. Not as sweet as I have seen in others, but it had a nice citric hop presence as well. Some nice grassy tones as well. The flavor followed perfectly, really making this quite the hoppy little red ale. The first notes of grains coming through very clearly, but then melding seemlesly with a strong citrus and pine like hoppy punch. Some light notes of caramel coming through now and blendning it all together. The finsih is strong, nice and drawn out with a good amount of hoppiness and bitter flavors riddled throughout. Nice light bodied ale that stayed very well carbonated and had an excellent dry finish to it.

Overall this was a very quality session ale. It took the amber ale theme and hopped it up a little but overall stayed pretty true to its form. Could have had at least three of these without issue. Defitlnly a must try here.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at Outlet liquors and wines in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled into a half pint.

A - A beautiful sunset hue like whiskey w/ nice clarity. 2 fingers of off white which is part smooth and creamy and craters are scattered about the topography in the head. The lacing is semi-clinging and the beading is small w/ visible carbonation.

S -Mild fruit esters w/ light biscuit, graham cracker, mild spice and hints of acetaldehyde.

M - Honey-like malt shifts to grainy after a mild spicy intial sip w/ mild carbonation apropos to style. The finish is mild w/ a malty semi-dry feel.

T - A flavor which is a bit honey-like w/ fruity sweetness and mild toasted malt flavors. The taste is gentle and unobtrusive in general w/ mild apple-like of yeast and mild malt as it finishes.

D - A pretty tasty beer all in all. I would probably have a few w/out any problem of boredom a tasty session ale.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

"I have two guns: one for each of ya." Classic. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear rusty-bronze topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit, flowers, very light seaweed, and a kiss of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly stronger and breadier malt backbone. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice and easygoing little brew, something I could easily see downing a sixer of every now and again whilst relaxing.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The Double Barrel Ale is another solid offering by Firestone. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had waifs of bourbon/whiskey. The taste was an easy drinking ale that had hints of bourbon and oak. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall quite nice.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at B&B Burger & Beer in Las Vegas.

Amber copper body with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with sweet breads and a touch of fruit. More malt than hop character. A bit too sweet for my liking. A tad syrupy. Fairly light in body with light bitterness in the finish. Mediocre.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pub glass. This brew appears a perfectly clear light amber color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained fluff. The cap retains quite well and is composed of rather large bubbles. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface in support of the head. Small patches of lace cling to the glassware after each sip.

The aroma of this brew is sweet caramel malt upfront, lightly toasted. Through the body and into the back is a mineral/metallic scent coupled with a bit of herbal and citrus hop scents. As this brew warms, it picks up some floral notes and a bit of sulfur.

The taste is a combination of herbal hops mixed with quite a bit of mineral flavoring. Light toasted malt flavor provides a bit of residual sweetness to counter the light bitterness of the herbal hops. As this brew warms, it picks up a light yeast note coupled with some grass notes.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. At times it seems a bit watery. The alcohol makes itself known in the finish with a bit of warmth. Overall not a bad brew, but it is completely forgettable.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 6-pack my wife purchased while on vacation in CA.

Pours a light amber with little head, carbonation bubbles evident. The only thing I pick up in the nose is caramel malt. Taste is a little disappointing; malt mostly with a tiny hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of imbibehour
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 21st 2012.

A real nice pour brings a great dark copper red caramel body, crystal clear, hints of chestnut brown edges, a nice smorgasborg of colors. Head is off white, somewhat fluffy making three fingers, with some decent pinhead size consistency. A real classic looking pint.

Nose is filled with lots of wonderment. Toasty crispy malt backbone, with a sweet cinnamon. Hints of fruity esters. Caramel and strawberries. Real nice mix on the bouquet here, quite decent and impressive really digging this, and excited about what might come next.

Palate hits with a large but mellow tea herbal palate. Finishes clean with a light body and bringing the toast aromas found on the nose. Slightly grainy finish. Quenching. Mild sense of cream and a mellow oolong black tea like aftertaste, and lots leafy character.

Overall, from the nose to palate there is a little bit of minor disappointment but it's still a very solid beer.

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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DBA (Double Barrel Ale) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,770 ratings.
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