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

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DBA (Double Barrel Ale)DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
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DBA (Double Barrel Ale)DBA (Double Barrel Ale)

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint

Clear copper/amber color with a crop of beige head bubbled up on top. Fades slowly, leaving ringed lacing on the glass with some filmy retention.

Bready and malty in the nose with hoppy punctuation. Hints of citrus and pine with caramel, grain and toasted bread crust.

Mild bitterness, grapefruit and piny notes up front. Thicker malt backbone with bread crust, toasted grain and soft grassiness. Slightly citric and hoppy, finishing a little dry and crisp.

Medium body, decent carbonation, chewy and refreshing. Many of FW's offerings are on the aggressive, in-your-face side of the barometer, so this milder ale is a nice break, although it's still a bit plain for me.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 333 ml bottle (bottle on January 24, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-An aggressive pour produces a very thin khaki colored head. The brew is deep amber in color with no visible carbonation. Clear.

S-The smell is sweet and fruity at first with a little whiff of biscuit and cracker. There is some buttery caramel, but nothing huge. No real distinct hop influence here.

T-The taste is like the smell, i.e., mild and vaguely sweet with some fruity notes, but lacking any real defining characteristics. There is a little hoppy twang on the finish.

M-The feel is smooth, with very light carb. The weight is medium to full body.

O-This is a pretty boring beer. From appearance to feel, there is nothing outstanding or noteworthy. I would say this was a decent session type beer, but it is surprisingly full-bodied, which hurts the drinkability factor. Put simply, there are better choices out there.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours an amber/ruby color with about 2 fingers of white head, that dissipates to a thin cap that carries on until the glass is empty.

Smell: Smells of sweet caramel and toffee, with a nice underlying biscuity malt toastiness.

Taste: Subtle sweet caramel and toffee tones, with a very nice bready counterpoint, as well as a faint touch of earthy English hops..

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied pale. Very drinkable as well as sessionable.

Overall: Very good high quality English style Pale Ale.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber with lots of rising bubbles and a persistent creamy head. Smell is subtle caramel and toasty malts. Faint hops in there somewhere. I love the caramel flavors and breadiness of this beer. Hops are rather mild in character, but provide a fine bitter balance. I would like a little less toast in the flavor, however. Mouthfeel is excellent. Fluffy with soft bubbles and a not-too-heavy or thick body. This is a very English tasting pale. I really like it.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap – pilsner glass at the Dolce Hayes Mansion bar.

Appearance: Deep copper-amber – clear. Off-white head upon pouring died back to a very thin skin. Plenty of lacing though.

Smell: Practically odorless at first. Not getting much of anything other than a hint of some floral hops. Once it fully warmed up some fruity (berry) sweetness would come through with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Crisp hops up front, then quick malt and bitter finish. Some citrus at the end. Rather clean and simple in taste. Some lingering bitterness, but not a lot. Once fully warmed up the bitterness is muted and some of the barrel aging vanilla/woody notes comes through, assuming this beer goes through some barrel aging as per the name of the beer. If it doesn't, could have fooled me. Like a west coast hop take on an English Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, spicy on the tongue. Some stickniness of hop oils on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: It’s allright. Went well with sliders at the bar while I worked, above average, but nothing really deep in flavor. Nice looking beer though. Drinkability is above average - not a lot of selection at the bar so it was easy to have another without noticing. It's more hoppy than a typical English Pale Ale, and it has more citrus bite than I was expecting for an English pale, but as I said in the taste comments above, it's like a West Coat take on an English Pale Ale and it works. Not amazing, but definitely above average and worth a try.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This English IPA is relatively flavorless. It has a nice head and aroma, but it doesn’t possess any qualities that would make me seek it out. The way I understand the English IPA style is that it’s supposed to be very flavorful and pleasantly bitter, able to hold its own against spicy or very flavorful dishes. This beer is not very flavorful or bitter and if paired with food that’s full of flavor, it would politely step into the background.

I’m not saying I dislike this beer. I don’t. It’s okay and not disagreeable in any way but it’s not what I’ve come to expect from this style of beer.

However, their brewery sounds like it would be a fun tour.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: nice rich amber color.
S: malty with a hint of hops
T: malty with enough hops and complexity to have 2-3 before you look up. Not a session beer though as it has a slightly undesirable aftertaste.
M: moderate to thick with nice carbonation and excellent head.
O:a high quality beer that keeps you coming back for more but not FW's best offering.

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DBA (Double Barrel Ale) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,798 ratings