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

DBA (Double Barrel Ale)DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
BA SCORE
3.67/5
2,775 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#31,922
Reviews:
785
Ratings:
2,775
pDev:
11.44%
Bros Score:
3.62
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
491
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,775 |  Reviews: 785
Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HalfFull
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Don't recall trying this in a bottle though not generally impressed in the distant past with tap versions. Pours a clean and clear copper amber in color, and sports a half inch of off white foam with average retention.

Light hops and some toasted, smoky malts on the nose, along with a hint of woodiness. Light caramel notes intermingle with some earthy hops. Notably more delicate than I recall on tap.

Taste is drier than expected and offers a bit of spice in the form of toasted bread with a light dusting of caramel jelly. Finish is somewhat brief yet you are then you are embraced by the bitter woodsy character which takes over and lingers after the swallow. Feel is lightly sweet and bready for the style and the beer offers a reasonable drink. Not overly complex yet not too sweet either. A well balance English Pale.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of swierczt
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey apricot colored with an inch high head of thick and dimpled light beige foam.

Aroma of bready malt, sweet and nutty, a hint of caramel.

Initial flavor of light malt, strong tea flavor, woody but not overly oaky. Some caramel malt sweetness, with a delicate hop bitterness. Mild oak flavor lingers.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, very sessionable.

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Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep amber with a fair amount of cream colored head.
Aroma is spicy hops with a hint of cinnamon.
Taste is rich leathery hops with medium bitterness. Slighttest hint of grapefruit for a change. Well balanced with the sweet malts. Some iced (sweet) tea in the mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. A very fine English Pale Ale. Very sessionable beer. When the 22 ounce bottle was empty I wanted another. I could drink this beer all night. Hope to see more from Firestone in my area.
One of my go to beers at this time. I'm never dissapointed with this beer. A nice change from my usual Pale Ales or IPAs.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of GFD400
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of angrybabboon
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/15/12

Appearance: Clear, copper amber color - small, off-white head, leaves spots of lacing

Smell: Very mild - pale malts, caramel malts, slightly biscuity, slight toffee - some herbal, vaguely English hops

Taste: Caramel and pale malts, toasted grains, lightly toasted biscuits, and toffee - dry, with minimal sweetness - minimal bitterness, too - some English hops - some hard water minerality, but not much

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, very drinkable

Overall: Good, just not very memorable

This is one of the most tame English Pale Ales I have ever tasted. While it should get some recognition for being remarkably clean, it's not remarkably memorable. It doesn't really have any flaws other than it's extreme mellowness.

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Photo of joe1510
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby

This was sent as an extra in a recent trade with errantnight, thanks again Derek! Double Barrel pours amber with glowing ruby highlights when backlit. A minimal head of one finger grew on the pour and fizzled rather quickly to a ring and a few spots. The head was slightly off white and didn't have much sticking power.

The aroma of this beer is unique and interesting. There's a good deal of malt present in the form of caramel and a touch of toffee but the hop profile is what stands out to me. After each swirl I'm greeted by a spicy hoppiness that mingles with a surprising tangerine citric quality. The tangerine is something I don't come across very often but I really enjoy it, even though it only comes up after each swirl.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma. It's much more malt oriented. The hopping comes through on the finish and adds a nice layer of bitterness but malt rules the roost. Caramel and toffee are the main subjects and a hint of alcohol chases all other flavors on the swallow.

Medium bodied with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation. The carbonation gives the body the right density but gets a little too prickly the more I drink. The hopping does leave a small but growing bitterness as I drink.

There are a couple minor flaws that could be easily fixed with a few small tweaks but this is still an easy beer to but away and is very session worthy.

This is a solid beer from Firestone Walker. My score probably doesn't show it but I did enjoy this beer. Good flavor and easily drinkable. Thanks for another good brew Derek.

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Photo of sholland119
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bit of a disappointment, really. I picked up a sixer while out of town on business. We do not get Firestone Walker products here.

Pours a clear amber with a little bit of white head and no lacing.

Smells mildly of grainy malt with a faint hint of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is rather sweet but forgettable with little of the chocolate malt presence in the nose.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with good medium carbonation.

Drinkability is fine but I would choose another option if I had one. Not bad, not great.

HV

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Photo of dannycohen62
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours amber and copper with little to no head. very light retention.

a mixture of caramel, pineapple, and sweet malts.

a light floral presence wthat mixes well with a light malty biscuit flavor. the floral hops last through out with a light lingering bitter aftertaste.

medium carbonation that has some bite to it. body is on the thin side and the carbonation helps to fill it out a bit.

got this as an extra and ive been wanting to try it for some time so HUGE thanks to dgb3 for this.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A very clear copper/mahogany colored body with a light tan head that recedes to a spit-bubble film. Random splotches of lacing that look like dragons and weird animals. Like looking at clouds, your imagination goes through the roof.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and toffee, wrapped in an oak casing.

Taste: Rarely do I mention mouthfeel in the taste attribute, but this is so damn smooth! Ok, toasted malts, oak wood, toffee. Slight hop bitterness like black tea. So balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, dry.

Overall: Absolutely my kind of beer. Balanced, loads of flavor, decent ABV. I could drink this all day.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of cultclassic89
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid stuff when I'm in the mood for something malty.

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Photo of Durandal_777
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DBA (Double Barrel Ale) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,775 ratings
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